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News: Marriott forced to issue apology after China error

Marriott International has been forced to issue a grovelling apology to authorities in China after the hotel giant incorrectly labelled Tibet and Taiwan as independent countries in a survey sent out to loyalty members. To compound the error, Marriott also suggested its support for this position by liking a post on Facebook, a move it blamed on a “careless” associate. China views with Tibet and Taiwan as integral to its territory and reacted furiously to the mistake. In response, the country’s internet regulator has accused Marriott International of breaking Chinese…

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Gaia Pope death: Arrested family want police apology

A 19-year-old wrongly suspected of Gaia Pope’s murder has been “on the verge of a mental breakdown”, his mother has said. Nathan Elsey was detained alongside his grandmother Rosemary Dinch, 71, six days after Miss Pope, 19, disappeared. Deborah Elsey said she had “no idea” why her son was a suspect and has called on Dorset Police to apologise. The force, which has released the pair without charge, said officers would have had “multiple grounds for arrest”. More on this and other stories from across the South of England Media…

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Wenger owes Sterling apology after diving accusation – Shearer

Media playback is not supported on this device Arsene Wenger was “totally wrong” to accuse Raheem Sterling of diving and the Arsenal manager should apologise, says Alan Shearer. Wenger felt winger Sterling dived for the penalty that put Manchester City 2-0 up in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal. “I believe it was no penalty,” Wenger told BBC Sport. “We know that Sterling dives well, he does that very well.” Shearer said on Match of the Day 2: “There is no way that was a dive and it was a penalty.”…

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Gay men to receive Scottish government apology

The first minister is to apologise on behalf of the Scottish government to gay men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences. Nicola Sturgeon will make the apology at Holyrood on 7 November to coincide with new legislation giving an automatic pardon to those affected. The legislation was promised by Ms Sturgeon when she presented her programme for government in September. The law will also allow the removal of such crimes from criminal records. A Scottish government spokesman said that Ms Sturgeon would apologise to those convicted prior to 2001 under discriminatory…

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Swimming body apology over 'climate of fear'

British Swimming has apologised to Paralympic athletes after it was found that a former head coach “created a climate of fear”. It said an independent inquiry into complaints of bullying from 13 Para-swimmers found they and their families faced “unacceptable behaviours”. The governing body said the unnamed member of staff – understood to be ex-head coach Rob Greenwood – was found to have been “communicating with athletes in an abusive manner, as well as using derogatory terms to describe athletes”. Greenwood left his job before the investigation began, and it…

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Destiny 2 apology for 'Nazi-inspired' Kekistan flag

Destiny 2’s developer has apologised after featuring armour in the video game that resembles a flag associated with the alt-right and internet trolls. The item matches the design and colouring of the Kekistan flag – a banner made for a fictional country, which anti-racism campaigners say was modelled on a Nazi war flag. Developer Bungie said it had already removed some instances of the imagery. It added that others would be wiped by an update planned for next week. “It’s come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2…

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Bake Off: Paul Hollywood in Nazi outfit apology

Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood has apologised after being pictured wearing a Nazi uniform. The Sun on Sunday published pictures of the celebrity baker in a World War Two outfit, including a swastika armband. The 51-year-old said the pictures dated from 2003, when he went to a New Year’s Eve party as a character from the 1980s WW2-set BBC comedy series ‘Allo ‘Allo. In a statement he said: “I am absolutely devastated if this caused offence to anyone.” Iron Cross One picture shows Hollywood smiling in a photo…

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