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Violence, corruption and concussion: The dark side to sumo wrestling – and why its popularity endures

The initial collision is seismic. The sumo wrestlers, crouched down in the centre of the ring, knuckles pressed into the sand beneath, launch forward in an explosion of rippling muscle and flesh. It’s a move the they practice for hours on end, honing the direction of that first impact, where to place their arms, whether to target the gut, chest or throat. Once contact is made, the giants rise up in a shaking embrace as they attempt to engineer a dominant position for themselves. Forearms are thrown, rolls of fat snatched at, dust kicked up as the two sets of feet make dance. Eventually it’s the smaller wrestler who emerges on top, inviting his rival to step forward before using his momentum…

Brexit deal is ‘difficult but still possible’ Michel Barnier says

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has today said a deal is ‘still possible’ before the weekend (Picture: Getty) The EU’s chief negotiator has said a Brexit deal ‘is still possible’ with just days before Boris Johnson could be forced to delay. Michel Barnier gave the prime minister a glimmer of hope this morning as he races against the clock to secure a fresh agreement with both the EU and MPs in Westminster. The PM is still adamant he will bring the UK out of the EU on 31 October – but faces having to ask Brussels for a delay if he can’t get a deal sorted by the end of this week. Ahead of the crucial EU summit, which begins on Thursday, Finnish prime minister Antti Rinne warned Mr Johnson…

Canada ‘temporarily’ suspends new weapons sales to Turkey amid Syria offensive

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Canada is the latest nation to halt arms sales to Turkey amid an ongoing military operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria. A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said in a statement that Turkey’s unilateral military action “risks undermining the stability of an already-fragile region.” It added that the military operation would worsen the…

Vladimir Putin leaves Saudi Arabia for historic UAE visit

The UAE is set to roll out the red carpet for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will arrive today. Roads in the Capital are lined with the flags of both countries, while the UAE-Russia Week has kicked off cultural celebrations at Emirates Palace. The leader is visiting the country after a gap of 12 years. The visit comes just days after the UAE’s first astronaut came back from Russia following a successful mission to the International Space Station, which was the result of an intergovernmental agreement. Steady growth in ties at various levels: Space ties Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the rapid growth in bilateral relations in the space sector. “I would like to extend our thanks and…

Security leader to the Pope quits job

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s latest leaks scandal claimed its first victim Monday, as Pope Francis’ chief bodyguard resigned over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation. The Vatican said its police chief, 57-year-old Domenico Giani, bore no responsibility for the leaked flyer but resigned to avoid disrupting the investigation and “out of love for the church and faithfulness” to the pope. The person who leaked the document to the Italian weekly news magazine…

Mexico blocks migrants on road north

TAPACHULA, Mexico — Hundreds of migrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America found themselves corralled in a migrant detention facility in southern Mexico on Sunday after a futile attempt to head north as part of a caravan aiming to reach the United States. The group set out before sunrise Saturday from the town of Tapachula, where many had been marooned for months unsuccessfully trying to get transit visas. They carried heavy backpacks, babies and parcels on their heads. Just before dusk, after having trudged more than 20 miles north, they were surrounded by hundreds of national guard agents and police who persuaded the exhausted migrants to board vans back to Tapachula….

Far-right groups protest Ukrainian president’s peace plan

Brandishing red flares and shouting “glory to Ukraine,” thousands of far-right and nationalist activists marched Monday through Kyiv, protesting President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s leadership and his long-awaited peace plan for eastern Ukraine. Zelenskiy sought to prove his patriotic credentials by visiting Ukrainian troops on the front line of the five-year conflict with Moscow-backed separatists, which has killed at least 13,000 people. Earlier Monday, he held a moment of silence at a monument to its Ukrainian victims. Police deployed around key sites in the Ukrainian capital as more than 10,000 people marched under a blanket of yellow-and-blue Ukrainian flags, in one of several nationalist…

Canada’s Trudeau, in election fight, says he needs voter support to stand up to Trump

WINDSOR, Ontario – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who looks set to lose his parliamentary majority after an Oct. 21 election, said on Monday he needed a strong government to keep standing up to US President Donald Trump. Trudeau’s remarks were unusually forceful, especially since the two leaders looked to have patched up relations after Trump accused the Canadian last year of being weak and dishonest. Opinion…