LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — FINA says it's launching a new series for elite swimmers, while being challenged by a privately run rival competition and a class action suit by Olympic and world champions.
After 25 years in the presenter’s chair, David Dimbleby will host his final episode of Question Time tonight. Mr Dimbleby, 80, announced in June that he would be leaving the role after a tenure that has spanned the premierships of John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, the Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition up to the present day Government. BBC newsreader and Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce will become the first female presenter of the current affairs panel show when she takes over in January.
Customs agents at a New York airport have arrested a bird smuggler who had hidden 70 live finches inside multi-colored hair rollers he had brought from Guyana and may have been bound for a gambling ring, federal officials said on Thursday. A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agriculture specialist at John F. Kennedy International Airport made the discovery on Saturday, during an inspection of the unidentified male passenger's luggage. The smuggled birds may have been destined for sale to Guyanese immigrants for a game that involves betting on how often the finches chirp per minute, said Customs spokesman Anthony Bucci.
Jose Mourinho's dire need for a top-drawer center back at Manchester United will be brought into sharp focus when his team comes up against a defender whose commanding presence has laid the foundations for Liverpool's English Premier League title challenge.
Technology researchers in China have been ordered to not travel to the US unless it is absolutely necessary, amid rising tensions between the two countries. Staff working in sensitive tech sectors were given the warning following the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada, a source told the South China Morning Post. The warning comes after a similar order from US tech giant Cisco to some of its employees, which asked them the to any non-essential travel to China.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been ordered to pay (£4million) over a long-running copyright case with Marvin Gaye’s estate. The singers have been battling the late legend’s family, who alleged back in 2013 that hit Blurred Lines copied Gaye’s Got To Give It Up. Gaye’s family originally won the case in 2015, but the verdict was appealed by Thicke and Pharrell in 2016.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank decided on Thursday to end its lavish asset purchase scheme but otherwise kept policy broadly unchanged, promising protracted stimulus for an economy struggling with an unexpected slowdown and political turmoil.