Human Rights Groups Strongly Condemn The Premier League For Allowing Saudi Arabia ‘Sportswash’ Its Crimes By Acquiring Newcastle

Newcastle United has given its brand and image to a ruthless regime led by a brutal dictator, the organization established by slain columnist Jamal Khashoggi said on Thursday night, following the football club’s takeover by a Saudi-led consortium. While there was joy in Newcastle after the Premier League confirmed the £300 million deal had been completed, with fans hoping that the new owners would spark a revival in the club’s fortunes, multiple human rights organizations denounced the acquisition, saying it would allow Saudi Arabia to “sportswash” its crimes on the international stage.

Austria’s Right-Wing Chancellor Sebastian Kurz And His Close Associates Have Been Implicated In A Corruption Investigation

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his close associates have been accused in a massive corruption probe that threatens to usher in a new era of political turmoil in the Alpine country. According to an emailed statement from anti-corruption prosecutors, offices at Kurz’s Chancellery and numerous other sites were searched on Wednesday.

Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s Former Right-Wing President, Sentenced To Prison For Illicit Campaign Funding

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to a second prison term after being found guilty of illicit campaign funding for his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign’s massive, showman-style political rallies. The 66-year-old, who remains a powerful figure on the French right, was sentenced to one year in prison, which the court said may be served under home arrest by wearing an electronic ankle bracelet.