Gareth Southgate says in-form Harry Maguire can win England the World Cup

Despite, by his own admission, staking his reputation on Maguire, Southgate insisted it is in England’s best interests, and not just his own, for the player’s fortunes to change before the World Cup kicks off in Qatar. “I know everybody says he’s important to me, he’s important to us,” said Southgate. “It’s us. It’s not … Read more

Iran players cover badges to protest against repression of women

The 27-year-old later removed the post. Iranian riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators in dozens of cities on Tuesday. Amini, from the northwestern Kurdish city of Saqez, was arrested on Sept 13 in Tehran for what the morality police deemed to be “unsuitable attire”. She died three days later in hospital after falling … Read more

Why is Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters so angry?

What’s eating Roger Waters? No stranger to controversy, the veteran rock star has talked himself into trouble again. Planned concerts in Poland have been canceled amid outrage over the Pink Floyd co-founder’s stance on the war in Ukraine. Krakow City Councilors scheduled a vote this week to declare Waters persona non grata, ahead of two … Read more

Putin’s own propagandists turn on draft sending ‘hairdressers and teachers’ to Ukrainian front

Olga Skabeyeva, one of the most prominent state TV hosts, on Tuesday also lashed out at the mobilization drive, urging criminal prosecution for those who abuse their powers in drafting men. Even Russia’s most blood-thirsty war reporters from state TV have expressed dismay over what appears to be a completely random choice of conscripts. Alexander … Read more

Russian opposition activist beaten up and raped by police

A Russian opposition activist was beaten up and raped by the police after he was arrested for reading poetry which criticized the Kremlin’s puppet governments in Ukraine. Riot police stormed Artyom Kamardin’s flat late on Monday and beat him up along with his girlfriend and a friend who was staying with the couple, his lawyer … Read more

US and Nato ‘too scared of nuclear apocalypse’ to intervene in Ukraine war

The United States and Nato will be too scared of a “nuclear apocalypse” to intervene in the war in Ukraine – even if the Kremlin fires the deadly weapons in Europe, Russia’s former president Dmitry Medvedev has said. In another ratcheting up of the rhetoric, Mr Medvedev, who is now deputy chairman of Russia’s Security … Read more

Putin massing fresh forces on Kharkiv border ahead of possible renewed offensive

The crew – the best in their brigade, according to the general, although they brush that off – are typical of the volunteer army now fighting this war, and the aging equipment is overwhelmingly in use despite Western arms deliveries. Tonko first served in tanks during his national service in the Soviet Army in the … Read more

MCC U-turns on Eton-Harrow match at Lord’s

MCC is understood to have agreed to an 11th-hour about-turn over their axing of Eton-Harrow and Oxford-Cambridge fixtures at Lord’s. A climbdown amid protests from a rebellion group comes just 24 hours after incoming president Stephen Fry backed the governing body to stand its ground at a crunch meeting with members. Accusations that MCC “trampled … Read more

Putin’s chef admits to being the founder of military contractor Wagner

Mr Prigozhin’s stunning admission comes eight years after Russian journalists first unmasked him as the man behind the notorious military contractor. But the businessman vehemently denied it and even sued several Russian and Western journalists over the reports. Wagner first emerged in eastern Ukraine in 2014 and later expanded its operations to Syria, Libya, the … Read more

Israel pilots robotic machine gun at West Bank checkpoint

The machine gun has been installed on Shuhada Street, where there are frequent demonstrations by Palestinians against Jewish settlers and the Israeli army. It appears to have been deployed to disperse such gatherings if they become violent. Smart Shooter, the manufacturer of the weapon, describes it as “an automatic targeting and firing system for small … Read more