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US military protects Americans' rights 'to criticize us': Ret. Gen. Petraeus

Retired four-star U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus said the military protects Americans’ rights “to criticize us” — an apparently different view than that of the White House press secretary who said it’s “highly inappropriate” to debate a U.S. general. “We in uniform protect the rights of others to criticize us, frankly,” ret. Gen. David Petraeus told ABC News “This Week” co-anchor Raddatz in an exclusive interview Sunday. “I think we’re all fair game.” Petraeus was responding to a remark at a Friday media briefing by Trump press secretary Sarah Sanders…

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Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi facing corruption probe over World Cup media rights

PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi with world record signing Neymar Thursday, October 12, 2017 The office of the Swiss attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to World Cup media rights. The new proceedings have arisen from an ongoing investigation into Valcke for alleged acts of “criminal mismanagement” concerning the awarding of World Cup media rights to certain countries. In a statement, the Swiss attorney general said the new proceedings involved suspected cases of bribery, fraud and…

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Trump's one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump’s administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and others. At a time when Trump finds himself embattled on many fronts, the two directives — issued almost simultaneously on Friday — demonstrated the president’s eagerness to retain the loyalty of social conservatives who make up a key part of his base. Leaders of that constituency were exultant. “President Trump is…

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Grant Shapps: Tories within rights to urge May to go

Tory MPs are “perfectly within their rights” to urge Theresa May to quit, a former party chairman has told the BBC. Grant Shapps said Theresa May was a “perfectly decent person” but had “rolled the dice” and lost over her decision to call a snap election. Cabinet ministers have been rallying around the prime minister after her conference speech was overshadowed by a prankster and her persistent cough. Damian Green said it was “nonsense” to suggest she should go over the speech. The First Secretary of State told BBC One’s…

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Facebook head of sport refuses to rule out bid for Premier League broadcasting rights

Facebook’s head of sports has refused to rule out a bid for Premier League broadcast rights as speculation mounts that the online giant is set to enter the English football market.  The English top flight’s next three-year set of domestic and international broadcast deals are due to be auctioned next year. Some experts believe it is only a matter of time before Facebook, Amazon and other deep-pocketed digital businesses decide to take on the likes of BT and Sky Sports. When asked in London if Facebook would bid, Dan Reed…

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Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta Offers Advice to a New Generation of Activists

At a robust 87 years of age, Dolores Huerta speaks with the rapidity, clarity and conviction of her younger self. During the Civil Rights Era, Huerta co-founded what is now the United Farm Workers union, resolutely dedicating her life to securing the rights of immigrant farmworkers and to combatting the fierce racism underlying their mistreatment. In today’s political climate, she sees the fundamental freedoms of her fellow Americans freshly imperiled, and has come forward to share her story with a new generation of activists seeking to effect change. In part,…

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Tories 'wrong' on gay rights in past, Theresa May says

The Conservative Party has been “wrong” on gay rights in the past – but can be proud of the role it has played in recent years, Theresa May has said. Marking 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, the PM said she and the party had both “come a long way”. Mrs May said there will “justifiably be scepticism” about the way she voted on some LGBT issues. PinkNews also carries comments from the Labour leader and three ex-PMs. The Sexual Offences Act was introduced…

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