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Harvey Weinstein: Prosecutors defend lack of action

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prosecutors have defended their decision not to take action against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein after a woman complained about his behaviour in 2015. The Manhattan district attorney’s office says undercover audio of the complainant and Weinstein was “insufficient to prove a crime”. But they said the Oscar winner had a “pattern of mistreating women”. Weinstein says many of the accusations against him are false. In a statement, Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo said: “If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the…

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Lifestyle 

In Love With Romance Novels, but Not Their Lack of Diversity

Earlier this year, after having seen books like “Heroine Complex,” “Trade Me” and “Forbidden” fly off shelves at the Ripped Bodice, their Culver City, Calif., bookstore that specializes in romance fiction, Bea and Leah Koch got curious. Seven of the 10 best-selling novels from the time of the store’s opening in March 2016 through the end of that year were written by nonwhite women. So why was the overall percentage of books that were written by nonwhite women and released by the major romance publishing imprints, like Avon Romance, at…

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Sports 

World Cup 2018: Boss Gareth Southgate says England lack 'big players'

England manager Gareth Southgate says his squad does not contain “big players” because of their lack of success in Europe. Southgate admits he and the players he will take to next summer’s World Cup in Russia still have to prove their credentials at the highest level. England face Lithuania in Vilnius on Sunday in their final qualifier. They secured their World Cup place with an uninspiring 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday. Butland to start against Lithuania World Cup 2018 – who needs what to qualify? Southgate is…

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Jack Wilshere in line for place in England's World Cup squad despite lack of action at Arsenal

Jack Wilshere Saturday, October 7, 2017 Jack Wilshere is being lined up for a spot in England’s World Cup squad. The Arsenal midfielder – once billed as one of football’s brightest talents – has seen his career stall after a string of injury problems. He has not started a Premier League game for the Gunners since August 2016 and spent a mixed spell on loan at Bournemouth last season.  Wilshere is back at Arsenal and part of Arsene Wenger’s first-team squad but, despite being full fit, his only action has…

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Sports 

Lack of top-flight exposure? How England U21s compare to Spain, Germany & Italy

England’s Under-21 players have played less top-flight football this season than their Spanish, German and Italian counterparts. BBC Sport analysed the minutes played by the squad members of the four 2017 European Under-21 Championship semi-finalists. And the data shows that England’s youngsters have played 49% of the total minutes of their Spanish opponents, 58% of the Germans and 67% of the Italians. It comes after a summer in which England’s youth teams reached three out of four tournament finals – winning the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea and the…

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NYFW it-model Duckie Thot criticises Australia’s lack of diversity in model casting

Australian model Duckie Thot has dominated the US fashion industry in the past year. She made her debut appearance at  Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 catwalk show, has been shot by Mario Testino for V magazine, appeared in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, closed the Naeem Khan spring 2017 catwalk at New York Fashion Week and recently fronted Rihanna’s new beauty range, Fenty Beauty. But the 21-year-old model has revealed in an interview that she felt forced to move overseas because of the Australian fashion industry’s lack of acceptance when it comes to different skin colours and ethnicities. Duckie Thot arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater. Photo: Richard Shotwell/AP The…

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Federer unsettled by lack of control over his own destiny in Del Potro loss

US Open Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day. Roger Federer said he never felt “in a safe place” physically or mentally during a US Open campaign that ended with defeat by Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine 24th seed won their quarter-final 7-5 3-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 in Wednesday’s night session. Third seed Federer had struggled with a back injury in the build-up to New York and confirmed he never felt 100% fit. “It was…

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