Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers ‘seek out-of-court deal’ over rape allegation

Attorneys for the Juventus footballer – who denies the allegation from former model Kathryn Mayorga – want the case dismissed or for a judge to “compel arbitration”.

That means it would be dealt with outside court without trial, with proceedings private and decided by an expert mediator.

His team have also asked for more time to defend the allegations.

After the allegations surfaced in Der Spiegel, the ex-Manchester United star, 34, said: “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me.

“Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”

But she says she felt intimidated into taking the money.

According to reports, DNA from Ms Mayorga hours after she alleged she was raped was tested for the first time.

But because she previously refused to name the alleged attacker, a trial was ruled out.

Daily Star Online has approached Ms Mayorga and Ronaldo’s representatives for comment.

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Fox News: Sean Hannity strikes fear into Iran – ‘Donald Trump will bomb hell out of you’

The Fox News presenter cautioned Iran after the New York Times reported President Donald Trump had called off a strike on the rogue Middle Eastern state. The attack would have been in response to Iran shooting down a US surveillance drone on Thursday morning. Mr Hannity warned Tehran will have “a small window” to tone down their aggressive behaviour or face retaliation from President Trump. 

Speaking after the strike was allegedly called off, the Fox News anchor said: “In the coming days, we will know if the Mullahs are smart enough to take the opportunity – which is a small window, it may not even exist in five minutes – because if they don’t, the President will have no choice.

“He will bomb the hell out of them.”

Mr Hannity continued: “We have the greatest military, thank God, on the face of this world. We have the most advanced weapon system.

“A strong message has to be sent that a huge price will be paid if you take on the United States of America. Simple ‘peace through strength’ and it works.”

Senator minority leader, Democrat Chuck Schumer voiced his fear Mr Trump and his advisors may “bumble into a war” as he insisted Congress would not fund a war with Iran unless a “robust and open” debate was held first. 

Mr Schumer said: “I told the President these conflicts have a way of escalating.

“The President may not intend to go to war here but we are worried he and the Administration may bumble into a war.

“We told the room that the Democratic position is that Congressional approval must be required before funding any conflict in Iran.”

He added: “One of the best way of bumbling into war, a war nobody wants, is to have a robust and open debate and for Congress to have a real say.

“We learned that lesson in the run-up to the Iraq War.”

A “senior administration official” speaking to the NY Times claimed the order was given to suspend the mission before any missiles were fired.

According to the article military officials still expected the attack to go ahead as late as 7.00ET (12am BST).

The publication adds that in addition to the combat jets in the sky US warships had moved into position to prepare for the strike.

The attack would have taken place during the night, to minimise the risk of Iranian military or civilian casualties.

Any American military strike, even a limited one, would risk Iranian retaliation and regional war.

Iran’s regional allies, such as the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, could also become embroiled in the conflict.

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U.S. envoy for Iran meets Saudi deputy defense minister in Riyadh

RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook met Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman in Riyadh on Friday, the minister tweeted.

They discussed recent attacks in the region which the United States and Saudi Arabia blame on Iran and Iran denies being behind. Prince Khalid affirmed Saudi support for the U.S. campaign to pressure Tehran.

According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump approved military strikes on Friday against Iran in retaliation for the downing of an unmanned $130-million surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them.

The Global Hawk drone was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.

The U.S. says the unarmed drone was flying over international waters but Iran says it was on a spy mission over its territorial waters.

The United States and Saudi Arabia are among countries that have blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, a major transit route for global oil supplies.

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91-year-old Holocaust survivor killed in SoCal hit-and-run

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A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor was killed in a Southern California hit-and-run Monday while walking his dog through a Los Angeles crosswalk, according to reports.

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"We wish you had a human soul to stop or call and not leave him lying on the ground,” Gennady Bolotsky’s granddaughter said of the suspected driver, who is still at large, according to Fox 11. Bolotsky’s family gathered at the scene Thursday to ask for help in finding the suspect.

"He was supposed to live to 100 or more. At 91, he had more energy than a person half his life," Bolotsky's son said.

The 91-year-old was hit at the same crosswalk 15 years ago and survived, KABC reported.

Bolotsky, born in 1928, came to the United States after escaping the Nazi occupation of Ukraine, Fox 11 reported.

Police are offering a $50,000 reward for information on the suspect.

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The Confession Tapes season 2 Netflix episodes: How many episodes are there?

The Confession Tapes season two drops in full on Netflix today with a brand new chilling series. Examining the psychology of possible false confessions, the show interviews experts on criminal law. Here’s all you need to know about the second series, including how many episodes there are.

How many episodes are there of The Confession Tapes? 

Netflix has not announced how many episodes will be in The Confession Tapes season two. 

If it follows the same pattern as season one, the show should feature seven episodes. 

In the first series, each episode focuses on a particular tape in its entirety.

However, the first two episodes of the first series focussed on just one tape.

This could affect the number of episodes in the second series on Netflix.

The Confession Tapes series two will be dropping on Netflix in its entirety on Friday, June 21.

The true crime documentary series looks at real cases where people claim their confessions were coerced, involuntary or false. 

Created by director Kelly Loudenberg, the show features interviews from experts on false confessions, criminal law and psychology to try and unpick the cases.

Not much has been released about the tapes that will be covered in the second series of the show so far. 

However, if it follows the first season, then they are likely to be shocking.

One of the most fascinating episodes of the first series was the confession of Lawrence DeLisle from Downriver Michigan.

DeLisle drove his station wagon off the edge of a pier, with his wife and four children inside.

He and his wife survived but his children never regained consciousness. While he originally claimed that his leg cramped, he confessed during his interrogation. 

Since his sentencing, he has maintained his innocence of the crime.

True Crime fans have been waiting for the second series since the first one aired in 2017.

The trailer for series two gives hints at the tapes that the latest series will cover and how it will feature real footage from the confessions. 

One interviewee in the clip says: “I see it every day, ‘you wouldn’t have pled guilty unless you were guilty.’ Let me tell you that is not how it works.”

The release of the new series is certainly timely after Netflix’s major hit When They See Us was released on Netflix last month.

When They See Us was created by Ava DuVernay and features how five young men confessed to a crime they didn’t commit after lengthy interrogations.

The Confession Tapes season two is released on Netflix today.

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Dark season 2 Netflix streaming: How to watch Dark season 2 online

Dark season two is the new series of the German thriller that drops on Netflix today. Set in the fictional town of Winden, the sci-fi show follows mysterious disappearances across three generations. The new show is released on Netflix at 8am BST today – here’s how you can watch it online.

How to watch Dark season 2 online

Dark is a mysterious German-language drama that follows what happens when the children start disappearing from the fictional town of Winden.

The second series of the show is available exclusively on Netflix.

This means that Dark season two cannot be watched on any other streaming platforms like Hulu, Sky Go or Amazon Prime.

Fans of the science fiction thriller can watch it by signing up to Netflix.

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If viewers have not previously had a subscription to the streaming platform, they’ll be able to watch the new series for free.

To be able to do make the most of this, new subscribers will have to sign up on the website for a 30-day trial.

Once the free trial comes to an end, there are three different membership options to watch Dark season two.

For £5.99 monthly, Netflix lets you watch all of the content on the platform on one screen at a time.

If you want to watch shows on two screens at the same time and in HD, then the cost of the platform is £8.99 a month.

For the premium membership, Netflix charges £11.99, which allows Ultra HD and as many as four different screens at the same time.

Membership to Netflix also lets subscribers download shows to watch offline or on the go.

To do this, viewers just need to have the app on mobile or tablet and they’ll be able to watch all eight episodes of the drama.

What will happen in Dark season 2?

The German-language show is set in the fictional town of Winden where children have begun to disappear

The first season of the mysterious series charted what happened across three generations in 1953, 1986 and 2019.

Dark season two picks up where season one ended with Jonas (played by Louis Hofmann) trapped in the future.

As he tries to return to 2020, his friends Martha (Lisa Vicari), Magnus (Moritz Jahn), and Franziska (Gina Stiebitz) try to uncover the mystery of the missing children.

The official Netflix synopsis reads: “More and more people are drawn into the events orchestrated by an obscure figure who seemingly controls everything that is connected throughout different time zones.”

Fans have been eagerly awaiting the new series since the last one aired on Netflix in 2017.

It’s not yet known the exact direction the latest outing will go in but viewers can expect plenty more mysteries and drama when the second season airs.

Dark season two is released on Netflix on Friday, June 21, 2019.

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Coroner rules a 17-year-old recruit at Deepcut took his own life

Coroner blasts the MoD for failing to learn from the deaths of two soldiers at Deepcut army barracks as he rules a 17-year-old recruit also took his own life

  • Geoff Gray was one of four soldiers to die at Deepcut between 1995 and 2002
  • The army recruit was discovered with two gunshot wounds to the head in 2001
  • Parents believed he was killed however a coroner ruled death as suicide today
  • Coroner told court in Woking, Surrey that MoD failed to learn from other deaths

Geoff Gray (pictured) was found at Deepcut with two gunshot wounds to the head

A coroner has slammed the MoD for failing to learn from the deaths of two young soldiers at Deepcut army barracks after concluding a third recruit took his own life.

Pte Geoff Gray, 17, who was one of four soldiers to die at the base between 1995 and 2002, was discovered with two gunshot wounds to the head.

His parents have claimed that the trigger was pulled by another person, however Judge Coroner Peter Rook concluded that he killed himself at an inquest today.

Woking Coroner’s Court heard that Pte Grey had been happy in the army and there was no suggestion that he was ever the victim of mistreatment.

He was the third of four young recruits to die at the barracks between 1995 and 2002 amid allegations of a culture of bullying and abuse.

Five spent cartridges were found next to Pte Gray’s body.

Sean Benton, 20, Cheryl James, 18, and James Collinson, 17, also died from gunshot wounds.

The inquest heard the barracks were on high alert in the days after the 9/11 attacks in New York and – contrary to orders – Pte Gray had gone on patrol alone when he died. 

The coroner was critical of the MoD for failing to remove phase 2 trainees from guard duty, a process which could be ‘lonely and unsettling’ for new recruits.

He told the court: ‘By 2001 the MoD had still not taken action to avoid the need for Phase 2 trainees to perform guard duty.

‘Phase 2 trainees would have been trained in the skill of how to make a weapon work, but would have had little or no experience as to when to use one.


James Collinson (left) was found with a single gunshot wound to his chin in 2002, while Pte Cheryl James (right) was found with a gunshot wound to her forehead in 1995

‘As well as guard duty often being a demoralising experience in itself, on any view, guard duty in themiddle of the night at an isolated location could be a deeply unsettling and lonely experience for young inexperienced trainees.’  

The army should have been aware of the dangers following the first two deaths, the coroner said.

He added: ‘It is deeply disappointing to discover that the MoD was so slow to recognised the risks of Phase 2 trainees being required to do guard duty, in terms of exposing them to the opportunity to self harm whilst alone and isolated with a lethal weapon.

‘There was a failure to appreciate that whatever new welfare measures were being introduced, on occasions it will not be foreseeable that a particular young trainee was at risk.’ 

Pte Gray – described as ‘capable and disciplined’ by his superiors – was originally from County Durham but had grown up in Hackney, east London.

His family said ‘he loved every minute of being in the army’ and he had no history of mental health problems or reported any bullying to them.

Pte Gray was the third of four young recruits to die at the barracks (pictured) between 1995 and 2002 amid allegations of a culture of bullying and abuse

Pte Gray had been due to commence his HGV driver training at a different barracks the week after his death and had been itching to leave Deepcut, his family said.

An open verdict was recorded in the first inquest into his death in 2002, but a fresh inquest was ordered after former Attorney General Jeremy Wright said he was satisfied fresh evidence had come to light.

After a five-month inquest in which evidence from 91 witnesses was heard, Coroner Peter Rook QC concluded Pte Gray’s death was suicide.

He noted the investigation had been hampered by inconsistent witness statements indicating the soldier’s body may have been moved and seeming to implicate another recruit.

The presence of two gunshot wounds and no prior history of mental health also raised questions about the cause of death.

Following a review of the ballistic evidence, including fresh analysis by independent experts, Mr Rook concluded Pte Gray was shot at very close range by the SA80 rifle found next to his body.

He found that if on automatic mode, the weapon could fire 11 rounds a second and that it was possible for a single burst of five shots to have been fired – with two hitting Pte Gray and three missing him.

‘The ultimate position is that the forensic evidence is consistent with self-infliction but does not rule out infliction by another,’ Mr Rook said.

Sean Benton (pictured) was the first to be found dead at the barracks, in 1995

But he concluded: ‘The scene and nature of the act rule out any suggestion that this may have been functional or attention seeking behaviour not intended to be carried through to its inevitable conclusion.’

He said there was no evidence of an intruder at the scene, no-one would have any motive to want to harm Pte Gray, and there was no direct evidence of the involvement of another person.

‘It follows that I conclude that at the moment he pulled the trigger, Geoff had the specific intention to end his life.’

Despite the suicide conclusion, Mr Rook noted: ‘There is no evidence from any witness that even remotely suggests that Geoff was bullied or subject to excessive discipline at Deepcut, or that he had any obvious or unobserved welfare problems for which he was not receiving support.’

He also emphasised the inquest into Pte Gray’s death was not a public inquiry into the wider culture of Deepcut.

During the inquest, two of Pte Gray’s contemporaries reported him making joking comments about shooting himself on the night of his death.

His complaints were apparently made in frustration at increased guard duties all recruits were subject to in the wake of 9/11.

Pte Jack Blackburn recalled Pte Gray saying: ‘I’ve done two 24-hour shifts on the weekend. I feel like shooting myself,’ before adding: ‘If I shoot myself first will you shoot yourself second?’

A few hours earlier, Pte Paul Craig overheard someone he believed to be Pte Gray saying ‘I wonder what it would be like to have a bullet in the head’, while playing computer games during a break from guard duties.

Mr Rook was critical of both Surrey Police and the Royal Military Police’s Special Investigation Branch (SIB) for their ‘lackadaisical’ handling of the case.

‘It is clear that the very early assumption of suicide made at the scene led to a limited scene investigation, an absence of contemporary witness accounts were recorded and an early opportunity to explore important inconsistencies between search witnesses was lost,’ he said.

Neither force was clear who was leading the investigation, with Surrey Police believing they had handed the reins to the SIB, while the SIB thought they were only assisting Surrey Police, Mr Rook said.

The forensic examination of the scene was so half-hearted that a 1in piece of Pte Gray’s skull was found a year after his death, the inquest heard.

His rifle had also been moved ‘out of the way’ by one of the soldiers who found the body, and no photographs were taken of the position of the cartridges.

Pte Gray’s clothes were earmarked for destruction just a day after his death by the coroner without forensic examination, while his boots were returned to the barracks to be reissued to another soldier. 

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Rui Hachimura Is Ready to Make History for Japan in the N.B.A.

By the time Rui Hachimura came to Gonzaga University for an official visit in October 2015, he had already been on the cover of Slam Magazine — the basketball and hip-hop culture bible — back home in Japan.

The son of a Japanese mother and a father from the West African nation of Benin, Hachimura became the first Japanese player ever selected in the first round of the N.B.A. draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center, where he went No. 9 overall to the Washington Wizards.

The moment is not lost on the 6-foot-8 Hachimura, who spent three seasons in relative anonymity at Gonzaga, in the West Coast Conference. Though he held his own media day for Japanese reporters when he was at Gonzaga, the draft is, in effect, his American debut. He said a junior high school coach in Japan once told him this moment would come.

“It’s been crazy,” Hachimura told reporters in New York on Wednesday. “I can’t even believe when I started playing basketball, the coach pointed at me and he said, ‘You’re going N.B.A.’ And somehow, I was stupid, and I believed him.”

But, he continued: “And I’m really here now. It’s crazy, actually.”

This past season, Hachimura averaged 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Zags, who breezed to another regular-season conference title and then lost to Texas Tech in the round of eight in the N.C.A.A. tournament. Hachimura had 22 points and 6 rebounds in that game.

Hachimura now looks up to N.B.A. stars like Kawhi Leonard, who led the Toronto Raptors to their first championship last week, and the Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. “I like to watch them a lot — how they play, how they use their bodies,” Hachimura said.

Jay Bilas, a college basketball analyst for ESPN, recently described Hachimura as “really strong and very, very skilled.”

“He’s a terrific pull-up jump shooter,” Bilas said Wednesday on the ESPN morning show “Get Up!” He added: “I think Hachimura has got a very high ceiling. I rank him 11th over all in this draft among prospects. He’s a very, very talented player.”

Tommy Lloyd, an assistant at Gonzaga, said he sensed that kind of ceiling was possible the first time he saw Hachimura play, for Japan at the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championships in the United Arab Emirates. His team was a nonfactor, but Hachimura led the tournament in scoring, averaging 22.1 points a game.

“At the time, he was like 6-6 and he looked like he still hadn’t physically developed yet,” Lloyd said. “He was strong, but it still looked like there was a lot of upside. And you just thought, ‘Man, if we could take this package and he physically matures a little bit, we could really have something.’ ”

Now that Hachimura is about to make N.B.A. history for Japan, he expressed pride at being a role model for biracial children — he describes himself as “black-anese” — who he said often experience discrimination in Japan.

“There a lot of black and half-Japanese, and they play sports, and they are actually good at it,” Hachimura said. “So I think it’s going to be great for them to see this moment.”

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FAA prohibits operators from flying over some Iran-controlled airspace

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an emergency order prohibiting U.S. operators from flying in an overwater area of Tehran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman due to heightened tensions.

In a separate advisory to operators, FAA said according to flight tracking applications, the nearest civil aircraft was operating within around 45 nautical miles of a U.S. Global Hawk drone when it was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile this week.

“There were numerous civil aviation aircraft operating in the area at the time of the intercept,” FAA said.

The agency said it remained concerned about the escalation of tension and military activity within close proximity to high volume civil aircraft routes as well as Iran’s willingness to use long-range missiles in international airspace with little or no warning.

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France's Macron says three lead candidates for EU Commission presidency failed to get support

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday the three so-called Spitzenkandidaten – or lead candidates – for the European Commission presidency had each failed to receive enough support among European Union leaders in Brussels.

“The three Spitzenkandidaten, the three names were tested by (European Council Chairman) Donald Tusk and he considered that they had found no majority on either of these three names,” he told reporters after an EU summit.

Macron had campaigned to block German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s candidate, Manfred Weber, a deputy head of her centre-right sister party, CSU, who had been picked by the conservatives as their candidate for the Commission.

“It appeared clearly this morning that there was no majority for Mr. Weber,” Macron said.

“This step was necessary considering the level of tension we had reached because of this obsession over a party organization that did not fit with Europe’s democratic reality,” he added.

Asked whether there was tension between France and Germany over the nomination process, Macron said:

“I have nothing against a German candidacy, I said it and it wasn’t a joke, had the chancellor been a candidate, I would have supported her, because I think she has the qualities, the skills to be a very good president of the Commission.”

“It is not what she wants, I respect that very deeply,” Macron added.

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