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Kyle Sinckler: Harlequins and England prop given seven-week ban for gouging

Kyle Sinckler (far right) was spoken to by referee Luke Pearce following the incident Harlequins forward Kyle Sinckler will miss England’s first two autumn internationals after being given a seven-week ban for gouging. The 24-year-old prop was cited for making contact with Michael Paterson’s eye during Harlequins’ Premiership defeat by Northampton on Saturday. Sinckler will miss England’s matches against Argentina (11 November) and Australia (18 November) at Twickenham. “It was

Puerto Rico: Trump compares Maria and Katrina deaths

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPuerto Rico isn’t a “real catastrophe like Katrina” President Donald Trump has told Puerto Rico officials they should be “proud” they did not lose thousands of lives as in “a real catastrophe like Katrina”. Mr Trump also said the storm-ravaged US territory had thrown the American budget “a little out of whack”. Before landing on the island, Mr Trump graded his administration’s

US Cuba: Washington expels diplomats over 'acoustic attacks'

Image copyrightReuters Image caption The Cuban embassy in Washington resumed its role in 2015 when relations between the countries warmed The US has expelled 15 Cuban diplomats, saying Havana failed to protect US diplomats from mysterious acoustic attacks. Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called the move “unacceptable”. The Department of State move follows last week’s US withdrawal of more than half of its own diplomats from the Cuban capital. Nearly

Mexican university announces feminism debate dominated by men

Image copyrightEPAImage caption Women protesting against femicide and the murder of 19-year-old Mara Castilla in Mexico City in September A debate on feminism has caused online outrage in Mexico because the panel is made up solely of men. But leading Mexican feminist Marta Lamas – who inspired the event – has defended the idea, saying she thinks it is “different and provocative”. The topics the 11 men will discuss are

US defence chief Mattis suggests backing Iran nuclear deal

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption James Mattis was speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington The US should consider staying in the Iran nuclear deal, Defence Secretary James Mattis has suggested. Asked in a Senate hearing whether he thought this was in the national interest, he said that it was. President Donald Trump, who is highly critical of the deal, is to decide by 15 October whether Iran is

Dan Evans: British tennis player banned for one year for positive cocaine test

Evans reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in January British tennis player Dan Evans has been banned for one year after testing positive for cocaine, which he explained had accidentally mixed with his medication in a washbag. The British number four provided the positive sample at the Barcelona Open on 24 April and his suspension is back-dated to begin from that date. Evans, 27, will therefore be free

Kursk sub disaster: Russia fined over free speech violation

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The Kursk disaster in 2000 was an international embarrassment for the Russian military The European Court of Human Rights says Russia must compensate journalists who were sued for articles about the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster in 2000. The case was won by Novaya Gazeta, an investigative newspaper often critical of the Kremlin. Russia must now pay it 3,388 euros (£3,007; $3,984), and 2,170 euros to its

Is Las Vegas gunman a terrorist?

Image copyrightCBS NewsImage caption Stephen Paddock has been identified by police as the man behind the deadliest shooting in modern US history As details emerge about the Las Vegas gunman who killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others, an online debate has begun about why Stephen Paddock has not been labelled a terrorist. Instead the 64-year-old who opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay

Zimbabwe reporter held over 'Grace Mugabe underwear' story

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Grace Mugabe is the second wife of President Robert Mugabe A Zimbabwean journalist has been detained over a story alleging that used underwear had been distributed to ruling Zanu-PF supporters on First Lady Grace Mugabe’s behalf, his lawyers say. NewsDay reporter Kenneth Nyangani was likely to face “criminal defamation” charges, the lawyers added. Zanu-PF MP Esau Mupfumi distributed the underwear, and said Mrs Mugabe had donated it,

NFL anthem protests after Las Vegas attack anger fans

Image copyrightEPA Fans have criticised three Kansas City Chiefs players who protested during the US national anthem amid a day of national mourning for a mass shooting. The demonstration at Monday’s game against the Washington Redskins came a day after a gunman killed 59 people and wounded hundreds in Las Vegas. Fans held up signs such as one urging players, “protest on your own time”. Some NFL players have been