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‘Huge misunderstanding’ – Peng Shuai denies sexual assault accusation



Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has held private talks with the President of the International Olympic Committee, in Beijing

Shuai disappeared from public life after making sexual abuse accusations against a political official in November.

The 36-year-old met with Thomas Bark, and he was joined by the former Chair of the Athletes’ Commission and IOC member Kirsty Coventry.

Bark previously held a private phone conversation with Shuai in November.

The meeting took place on Saturday over dinner at the Olympic Club in Beijing.

He says it’s up to the tennis player on whether she wanted an inquiry into the alleged assault.

The IOC has since released a statement

“During the dinner, the three spoke about their common experience as athletes at the Olympic Games, and Peng Shuai spoke of her disappointment at not being able to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. In this context, she also shared her intention to travel to Europe when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, and the IOC President invited her to Lausanne to visit the IOC and The Olympic Museum, to continue the conversation on their Olympic experiences. Peng Shuai accepted this invitation,” the statement read.

“Kirsty Coventry and Peng Shuai also agreed that they would remain in contact.  And all three agreed that any further communication about the content of the meeting would be left to her discretion.”

Tennis star Peng Shuai says there has been a “huge misunderstanding”

Peng Shuai spoke to non-Chinese media for the first time since November last year.

That’s when she appeared to post and later delete allegations of sexual assault against a Chinese official on Weibo.

The sporting star has now come out to an old French newspaper, saying that the allegations were an “enormous misunderstanding.”

However, here’s the catch – the interview was done in highly controlled circumstances.

The paper had to submit questions in advance.

Her interview was conducted at the Winter Olympics and a representative from China’s Olympic Committee was beside her, translating her comments

Peng told the outlet she was living a normal life – and would like to know, “why such concern?” saying “I never said anyone sexually assaulted me”

The 36-year-old also hinted she could retire from professional tennis, commenting on her age, surgeries and the pandemic as factors.

This whole stunt has left more questions unanswered, with some critics saying the highly controlled comments are a propaganda exercise

The IOC continues to be slammed by some rights groups for failing to address China’s human rights record as the Winter Games take place In Beijing.

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COP28: Global effort to phase out fossil fuels



World leaders at COP28 have intensified their commitment to combat climate change by embarking on a bold initiative to phase out fossil fuels.

The United Nations climate talks, held in a virtual format due to ongoing pandemic concerns, saw representatives from nearly 200 countries coming together to address the urgent need for action on the climate crisis.

The decision to focus on ending fossil fuel use marks a significant departure from previous climate negotiations.

Countries have traditionally grappled with setting emissions reduction targets, but this year’s conference places a strong emphasis on the need to transition away from the reliance on coal, oil, and natural gas. Experts argue that this shift is critical to limiting global temperature rise and avoiding the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

Key highlights of the COP28 agreement include setting ambitious deadlines for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, promoting renewable energy sources, and encouraging the development of green technologies.

The conference also established a fund to support developing nations in their transition away from fossil fuels, recognizing that these countries often face the greatest challenges in achieving sustainability.

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Russian police raid Moscow gay clubs



Russian authorities conducted raids on several gay clubs in Moscow, according to reports from various media outlets.

The raids have sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ+ community and have raised concerns about the ongoing crackdown on LGBTQ+ rights in Russia.

Eyewitnesses and clubgoers describe a heavy police presence during the raids, with officers reportedly detaining patrons and staff members.

The reasons behind these raids remain unclear, but they have ignited a fierce debate on social media and within human rights organizations.

International LGBTQ+ rights advocates are calling on the Russian government to address these actions and protect the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ individuals in the country.

The raids have also drawn attention to Russia’s controversial “gay propaganda” law, which has been criticized for its potential to fuel discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people.

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UK delays Jeff Zucker’s Telegraph deal for inquiry



The UK government has decided to put a hold on the proposed acquisition of The Telegraph newspaper by media mogul Jeff Zucker’s conglomerate.

According to a recent report, this decision has been made in order to conduct further investigations into potential regulatory concerns surrounding the deal.

The move comes amidst growing concerns over media consolidation and its impact on media diversity and competition.

The government aims to ensure that the acquisition would not result in a concentration of media power that could potentially stifle independent journalism and diverse voices in the industry.

This decision has sparked debates about the balance between media ownership and the preservation of media plurality in the UK. Supporters of the deal argue that it could lead to much-needed investments in The Telegraph, while critics worry about the potential for Zucker’s conglomerate to wield too much influence over the media landscape.

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