Sportsman who bit head off live chicken faces legal action

Brigitte Bardot foundation says video of Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde is sickening Animal rights campaigners say they will sue a sporting champion for animal cruelty after he was filmed biting the head off a live cockerel during a dinner with friends. The Brigitte Bardot foundation said the actions of the Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde were shocking and sickening. In the brief video apparently made in June, a smiling Larralde is seen sitting at a table with several wine bottles and a cockerel. Larralde grabs the bird and, as it struggles, bites off its head, which he then spits out. Daniel Raposo from the BB foundation said the organisations lawyers had been instructed to sue. We must absolutely highlight …

Not one of the Fortnite World Cup’s 100 finalists was a woman. Why? | Keith Stuart

The esports industry must avoid replicating the sexism that blights other sports, says the gaming and tech journalist Keith Stuart This weekend the best latest figures from the Entertainment Software Association show that 46% of gamers are women a figure reflected in several other recent studies. The female audience for figures collected by Nielsen suggest that almost a quarter of the pro gaming audience is female, and in some parts of the world its much higher. So why arent we seeing that reflected in the Fortnite World Cup? The easy answer is because no women qualified. The heats were entirely open and held online over 10 weeks more than 40m players competed with no restrictions on age or gender. The …

Cocaine worth 1bn seized in Germany’s biggest haul

Hamburg customs find 4.5 tonnes in container from Uruguay, bound for Antwerp German authorities say they have seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine, worth 1bn ($1.11 bn), in the northern port city of Hamburg, making it the countrys biggest haul to date. Hamburgs customs office said it had examined a suspicious shipping container two weeks ago that came from the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, bound for the Belgian city of Antwerp. The containers description said it was loaded with soybeans but authorities instead found 221 black sport bags containing 4,200 packets of pressed cocaine, the office said in a statement. This enormous amount represents the largest single seizure of cocaine in Germany, it said, adding the Hamburg prosecutors office was investigating the …

State capture: the corruption investigation that has shaken South Africa

The long read: Gavin Watson was a hero of the struggle against apartheid. But this once-powerful businessman is now caught up in a sweeping inquiry that goes to the heart of how a nation is run On 17 January this year, South Africans watched, transfixed, as video from a hidden mobile phone camera was broadcast on TV. It showed a group of men, in corporate uniforms, walking into a vault where one of them counts out bundles of banknotes: One, two, three, four, five bloody Monopoly money, he laughs through heavy breaths, must be a million. The mans name is Gavin Watson, and the whistleblowers who put this video into the public domain claim it shows him counting out bribes …

Cuba Gooding Jr charged with forcible touching after incident in New York

Actor denies allegations that he groped a woman at a Manhattan nightclub on Sunday Actor Cuba Gooding Jr turned himself in to police on Thursday amid allegations that he groped a woman in a Manhattan nightclub. Minutes later he was charged with forcible touching, the New York police department said. Gooding, 51, smiled and waved as he arrived to speak to investigators in the NYPDs special victims division. A 29-year-old woman told police that Gooding, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for Jerry Maguire, grabbed her breast when he was drunk at about 11.15pm on Sunday. Gooding denies the allegations. He pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges at a night court arraignment. He was released …