The Garcia report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding, has been leaked to a German newspaper. Until now the report, named after FIFA’s former Ethics chief investigator Michael Garcia, has only been released in summary. A summary that was hotly contested by Garcia.
The first story of what Bild promises will be a series of exclusives focuses on Qatar and its winning bid for the 2022 World Cup. It is sketchy in detail but Bild promises more in tomorrow’s edition.
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The annual Group of 7 summit meeting begins today in Taormina, a small town on the Sicilian coast, which is known to many as a hub for gay men in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many iconic gay writers – Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Oscar Wilde – have basked in the Mediterranean sun there over the decades.
Even the decidedly heterosexual Ernest Hemingway once described the town as being so pretty “it hurts to look” at. Now, Taormina will also will be known as the setting where two young, progressive and handsome politicians met and sparked an Internet frenzy.
Continue reading Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron Make Bromantic Dreams Come True in Sicily
Pope Francis did not smile during President Donald Trump’s first minutes in the Vatican.
On Wednesday, Trump stopped by the seat of the Catholic Church as part of his first foreign trip, which also included visits to Saudi Arabia, Belgium, and Israel.
Throughout most of the meeting, Pope Francis maintained a serious face — and thus provoked a barrage of Twitter jokes about Trump’s first encounter with a Pope who has frequently criticized some of his policies .
The mood eventually lightened after the two exchanged gifts.
Continue reading Here are the hilariously awkward photos from Trump’s visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican
President Donald Trump may have disclosed highly sensitive information on the most secretive part of the US’s nuclear arsenal to the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, in a phone call last month.
“We have a lot of firepower over there,” Trump said of the Korean Peninsula, according to a transcript of the call obtained by the New York Times and verified by White House officials.
“We have two submarines — the best in the world,” Trump said, according to The Times. “We have two nuclear submarines, not that we want to use them at all.”
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