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New England Patriots’ Robert Kraft heard blasting Trump in 2017 NFL meeting, audio reveals

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New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft blasted President Trump in a meeting at the height of the national anthem kneeling controversy in October 2017, uncovered audio revealed.

Kraft, who is a longtime friend of Trump’s, took a stand against the president’s rhetoric against players who were kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in the U.S., according to audio obtained by TMZ Sports on Friday.

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“I must tell you, I think these dialogues are great,” Kraft said. “But, the elephant in the room now in my opinion, is this kneeling, which every player has a right to do if they feel it’s right.

“The problem we have is, we have a president that will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interest of the matter. It’s divisive and it’s horrible. And, it’s actually the opposite of what you all are trying to do.”

Kraft apparently said that no matter what the players did, about half of the country will side with Trump anyway.

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“I just hope one of the things that can come out of here is that we find a way to be unified. And, be able to carry through and follow through,” he said.

The meeting at which Kraft was heard speaking in took place in New York City during the middle of the 2017 season. According to the New York Times, about 30 people were at the meeting that included owners, players and league executives. Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly had even made a point to say “let’s make sure that we keep this confidential.”

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The New York Times report confirms Kraft’s quote about Trump in the audio.

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British police make another arrest after migrants found dead inside refrigerated truck

A 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland has become the latest person to be arrested following the grim discovery of dozens of bodies inside a refrigerated container truck in Britain.

Essex Police say the man was taken into custody Friday along a highway northwest of London on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

The bodies of 31 men and eight women – all from Vietnam — were found Oct. 23 in the English town of Grays. Police said the victims were aged 15 to 44 and are believed to have paid human traffickers for their clandestine transit into England.

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Police escort the truck that was found to contain the bodies away from an industrial area in Thurrock, south England. (AP)

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British police have already charged 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, a truck driver also from Northern Ireland, with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people. They say he drove the cab of the truck to Purfleet, England, where it picked up the container, which had arrived by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

In Ireland, 22-year-old Eamonn Harrison faces U.K. extradition proceedings on charges of manslaughter. Several other people have been arrested in Vietnam.

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Ronan Hughes, 40, and his 34-year-old brother Christopher Hughes are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking, Essex Police said Tuesday. (Essex Police)

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Investigators are also still searching for two brothers from Northern Ireland: Ronan Hughes, 40, and Christopher Hughes, 34, who are both wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking, according to Essex Police.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NFL found ‘no evidence’ Mason Rudolph hurled slur at Myles Garrett, reportedly had no sound from brawl

The NFL said Thursday it found “no such evidence” that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph hurled a racial slur at Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett prior to their brawl last week.

One of the bigger reasons the league didn’t have evidence to support Garrett’s claim was because the NFL didn’t have any recorded sound from the game, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported. While the offensive linemen are mic’d up to enhance sound from quarterbacks, it is not recorded for use after the game is over. FOX Sports cameras also failed to capture sound of the incident.

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According to the Plain-Dealer, the NFL used a referee’s official report and the available camera angles. Clete Blakeman said he did not hear a racial slur during the skirmish between Garrett and Rudolph.

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Quarterback Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers fights with defensive end Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 14, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Steelers 21-7. (Getty)

Garrett’s allegation that Rudolph used a racial slur was brought to light in his appeal of his indefinite suspension, ESPN reported. He said in a statement after the suspension was upheld that he knew what he heard in regards to the slur.

“I was assured that the hearing was space that afforded the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about the incident that led to my suspension,” he said in a statement. “This was not meant for public dissemination, nor was it a convenient attempt to justify my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed.”

Garrett added: “I know what I heard. Whether my opponent’s comment was born out of frustration or ignorance, I cannot say. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans.”

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Rudolph denied using a racial slur in a statement released through the Steelers.

“Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement to ESPN. “He will not discuss this accusation any further and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.”

Rudolph’s agent also denied his client used the slur.

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“According to ESPN, in his appeal, Myles Garrett falsely asserted that Mason Rudolph uttered a racial slur toward him, prior to swinging a helmet at Mason’s uncovered head, in a desperate attempt to mitigate his suspension. This is a lie. This false allegation was never asserted by Garrett in the aftermath of the game, never suggested prior to the hearing, and conspicuously absent in the apology published by the Browns and adopted by Garrett,” Rudolph’s agent said in a statement.

“The malicious use of this wild and unfounded allegation is an assault on Mason’s integrity which is far worse than the physical assault witnessed on Thursday. This is reckless and shameful. We will have no further comment.”

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Rudolph is expected to be fined for his role in the brawl, but discipline has yet to be announced.

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Myles Garrett racial slur allegation draws fierce reaction from Steelers, Browns players

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett reportedly accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph of using a racial slur prior to the start of their infamous brawl last week — and the allegation drew fierce responses from both teams.

Garrett made the allegation during the appeal of his indefinite suspension Wednesday, ESPN reported. The allegation wasn’t made in any of the days after the brawl, though Garrett was asked by reporters whether Rudolph said anything to him that made him go berserk.

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Browns offensive lineman Joel Bitonio was one of Garrett’s defenders after a report of the allegation surfaced Thursday. He told reporters that if Garrett said Rudolph used a racial slur then he believes him, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson also believed that it wouldn’t be something Garrett would lie about.

“I know he wouldn’t lie on nothin’ like that,” Richardson said. “He’s kind of a carefree type of guy, so I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t lie about nothin’ like that.”

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Though he said he didn’t know anything about a racial slur being used, Richardson was sure a slur would have been a reason why Garrett acted the way he did.

“Nah, dude grabbing at my facemask and underneath my facemask and grabbing at my Johnson and stuff like that, definitely,” Richardson said. “An ass-kicking was coming, it’s just that simple. You’re trying hurt me, I’m hurting you. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, everyone deaf, dumb and blind at the end of the day, so that’s the way you want to go, we can take it that way.”

Odell Beckham Jr. also defended Garrett.

In Pittsburgh, Steelers players defended Rudolph.

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) goes after Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. The Browns won 21-7. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Cameron Heyward said his quarterback was being “villainized,” according to ESPN.

“He was pretty distraught. Mason came to me and said, ‘I did not say that’,” Heyward said. “I think we knew that using that as an excuse is not right.”

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Heyward added: “He’s being villainized by it. He said, ‘I’m going to be labeled as that.’ I just don’t think that’s right. That’s my teammate. I’m going to fight for him. I’m going to do what’s best for him. That kid made a bad mistake, but he never crossed the line when he talked about a racial slur.”

Alejandro Villanueva also defended Rudolph, according to The Athletic.

“I think using any kind of racial slurs has no place in our country whatsoever, but I think fabricating a story where somebody used a racial slur is a lot more damaging,” he said.

While Garrett said he “knows what he heard,” the NFL said it found “no such evidence” that Rudolph used a slur. Garrett’s indefinite suspension was upheld.

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) reacts after swinging a helmet at Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. The Browns won 21-7. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Browns general manager John Dorsey released a statement on the league’s ruling.

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“As we’ve consistently stated, our organizational support for Myles will continue,” he said. “He’s a man of high character and unquestionable integrity. He was open and honest with us about the incident from the start. He has taken accountability for his actions on Thursday night and this situation will not define him. As an organization, our focus going forward remains on the task-at-hand, which is preparing for the Miami Dolphins.”

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Ex-Boston College student linked to boyfriend’s suicide to be arraigned Friday, report says

Inyoung You, a 21-year-old former Boston College student accused of encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself, is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

You had returned to her native South Korea but is due in a Suffolk County courtroom to face charges of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Alexander Urtula, FOX 25 of Boston reported.

The woman was in South Korea when she was indicted in October. She and Urtula had dated for 18 months before Urtula, a New Jersey resident, jumped to his death from the top of a parking garage May 20, the day of his college graduation.

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Inyoung You was indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter last month in the suicide death of her boyfriend, Alexander Urtula. (Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office )

Earlier this week a public relations firm working on behalf of You released text messages suggesting she tried to intervene before Urtula died, FOX 25 reported.

After the announcement of her upcoming arraignment, David Guarino, a spokesman for the Urtula family released a statement that read in part:

“Since losing Alexander in May, the Urtula family and everyone who loved Alex has been devastated by his loss. Not a minute of any day goes by without those who loved Alex grieving and continually feeling the sharp pain of his passing all over again. memory by allowing his family and friends the privacy they need during this difficult time.”

The couple exchanged some 75,000 texts in the weeks before Urtula’s death, MassLive.com reported. Some of those from You said “go die” and that his loved ones would be better off without him, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins told the news outlet.

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It was unclear what potential penalty You faces if convicted.

[Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).]

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this story.

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CNN downplays its own FISA bombshell report, receives minimal on-air coverage

Despite having a major bombshell website report on DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s ongoing probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, CNN bizarrely offered very little coverage of its own exclusive reporting on-air.

CNN first reported that Horowitz had been investigating an FBI official who allegedly altered a document used to obtain a FISA warrant in order to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the 2016 election. Horowitz reportedly turned the evidence over to U.S. Attorney John Durham, who has launched a criminal probe in the origins of the Russia investigation.

The Washington Post also verified the reporting.

However, CNN barely promoted its own digital scoop on the network.

After the news broke on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” it was completely ignored on “Out Front with Erin Burnett,” “Cuomo Prime Time,” and “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.” It did, however, receive less than five minutes of coverage towards the end of “Anderson Cooper 360.”

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What was more puzzling was that after the two hours since CNN broke the news, “Cuomo Prime Time” anchor Chris Cuomo failed to mention his network’s report during a segment that featured former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI General Counsel James Baker, both who are now CNN contributors but were high-ranking FBI officials when the document used in the FISA application was altered.

Instead, Cuomo, like his network colleagues Erin Burnett and Don Lemon, spent the entire hour covering the ongoing impeachment hearing into President Trump and spoke with McCabe and Baker on how Thursday’s testimony of former National Security Council aide Dr. Fiona Hill “shattered GOP conspiracy theories.”

CNN did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

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Fox News offered more on-air coverage to CNN’s bombshell report than CNN, appearing on “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” “Hannity,” “The Ingraham Angle,” and “Fox News @ Night w/ Shannon Bream.”

CNN has been on a bizarre streak of downplaying or completely ignoring major headlines, including ABC News’ coverup of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, the Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer scandals that have plagued NBC News, and the allegations of inappropriate relationship with staffers made against Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill, which led to her resignation from Congress earlier this month.

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Adriana Cohen: Questions Democratic debate moderators should’ve asked but didn’t

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I watched the fifth Democratic debate in Atlanta so you didn’t have to. Here are the questions the liberal MSNBC moderators should’ve asked but didn’t.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: You say that if elected president, you will fight corruption. What say you about the fact that former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden – who had no known experience in the energy sector – was paid a reported $50,000 per month as a board member of a Ukrainian natural gas company that was under investigation for corruption while Joe Biden was vice president? Are you OK with billions of U.S. tax dollars going to foreign countries who then take a slice of the pie and give it back to powerful politicians’ family members? On the street, that’s known as a kickback. Do you agree with Republican lawmakers that Joe Biden and Hunter Biden should be called to testify at the impeachment hearings and explain to the American people what exactly took place?

Sen. Kamala Harris: California, the state you represent, is home to the worst homeless crisis in the country, with thousands of Americans – including veterans – sleeping on the streets in horrendously unsanitary conditions. There are drug needles; there is human waste, crime, disease and other health and safety issues. How can voters trust that you could solve our nation’s many complex challenges as president if you haven’t demonstrated an ability to fix the problems in your own state?

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: You and your Democratic colleagues claim that climate change is an existential threat and that we must take immediate and drastic action to curb carbon emissions before it’s “too late.” Why are you, Warren, Harris, Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg flying private gas-guzzling jets on the campaign trail? Don’t those pushing the radical Green New Deal have a moral obligation to practice what they preach?

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Sen. Cory Booker: In your city of Newark, N.J., your constituents have been exposed to contaminated tap water. There’s been an ongoing water crisis where thousands of Americans – predominantly people of color and their children – have been forced to drink bottled water because of the failing water infrastructure. How can Americans trust you to represent their best interests as president when your own neighbors don’t even have safe water to drink and their health and safety are endangered?

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Tom Steyer: You’ve made fighting climate change your No. 1 priority if elected president, yet you made your fortune at Farallon Capital Management, an investment management company you created that has invested in coal mines and dirty fossil fuels. In fact, it’s been reported you’re still making millions and profiting off coal and other fossil fuels in Australia and elsewhere. Are you the definition of an empty suit?

Sanders and Warren: You’re both pushing socialist policies such as “Medicare-for-all” and other costly big-government initiatives, yet capitalism has been very good to both of you. You’re both millionaires. You both own expensive homes – if not several of them – and live an enviable, affluent lifestyle. Why do you bite the hand that feeds you and denounce an economic system that’s helped you achieve the American Dream?

The Democratic Party supports abortion on demand at any time during a woman’s pregnancy including after-birth abortions and partial-birth abortions. Yet science has proved that unborn babies can feel pain at 20 weeks of gestation. Many developed unborn babies could also survive outside the womb in the second and third trimesters. How do you sleep at night knowing this reality? And when it comes to the overall topic of abortion, why do Democrats only talk about women’s health and bodies, not infants’ bodies and well-being? Where is it written in the U.S. Constitution that an adult body is more important than a viable unborn baby’s body? Isn’t that the essence of inequality, where one human is deemed more valuable in society than another?

The Democratic Party prides itself on inclusion. But by pushing for impeachment, is that extreme measure excluding 63 million Americans from our democracy by attempting to nullify their vote for Donald Trump in 2016? And would it not be more inclusive for Democrats to respect free elections – something we cherish here in the United States – and let voters decide at the polls versus push for something as corrosively divisive as impeachment?

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Those are just a few questions a conservative columnist and radio host like myself would’ve asked. To all the left-leaning outlets out there: I’m available for the next Democratic debate if your audience can handle tough questions and the truth.

My guess is it can’t.

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Krzyzewski wins 217th game with Duke ranked No. 1 in romp

Mike Krzyzewski is about to become No. 1 at winning at No. 1.

He has to share that milestone for at least one more game with the Wizard of Westwood.

Krzyzewski coached a No. 1-ranked Duke team to victory for the 217th time, matching John Wooden for that career record in the Blue Devils’ 87-52 romp over California on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Krzyzewski is 217-34 when the Blue Devils hold the top spot, a mark they hit this week in The Associated Press poll. Wooden went 217-11 with UCLA as the top-ranked team.

“I would think most games he (coached) he was No. 1,” Krzyzewski said. “Any time you’re mentioned along anything he did is a pretty big compliment.”

Krzyzewski can set the record Friday night at MSG if the Blue Devils (5-0) knock off Georgetown in the final of the 2K Empire Classic. The Hoyas defeated No. 22 Texas 82-66 in the opener.

The Blue Devils climbed a spot after unranked Evansville pulled off the season’s biggest surprise so far by stunning previous No. 1 Kentucky.

Duke is ranked No. 1 for the 143rd week, extending its own record, and has the top spot in the AP poll for the 20th season under Krzyzewski, also a record.

Vernon Carey led Duke with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Carey scored 21 points in the first half, one point better than the best in his brief career, set a game earlier against Georgia State.

“He’s the focal point of our offense right now,” Krzyzewski said. “He’s making passes, he can put the ball on the floor. He’s playing through contact, has a good touch.”

Jack White and Tre Jones hit consecutive 3s in the first half to help stretch a nine-point lead to 19 at halftime, and the Blue Devils never looked back. Duke fans filled the Garden, the program’s home in the Northeast. The Blue Devils opened the season here with a win over Kansas and they beat Cal for their 37th career win at MSG.

This game could have been played anywhere and the outcome would surely be the same.

The play of the game for Duke came on Alex O’Connell’s driving, one-handed dunk down the lane in the second half that woke up the sleepy crowd. That made it 57-32 and the cheers continued as the dunk was replayed heading into a timeout.

The loudest ovation came for former Duke star and Knicks rookie RJ Barrett, who flashed a gaudy championship ring — the type of jewelry the Knicks haven’t seen around the city in decades.

The Blue Devils are heavy on freshmen again after replacing one batch of one-and-done players with another. Carey, a five-star recruit who inherited Zion Williamson’s No. 1 jersey, made 11 of 18 shots and checked out with Duke holding a 27-point lead.

“We started struggling in the beginning with it and then the coaches told us to get the ball in the middle, and then it will open everything up, so just getting the ball in the middle spaced out a lot of things,” Carey said.

The Golden Bears (4-1) shot only 37% from the floor and failed to have a player score in double digits.

BIG PICTURE

Cal: Coach Mark Fox lost for the first time in his first season at Cal. Fox was hired after a search that lasted less than a week to replace Wyking Jones. During 14 seasons with Nevada and Georgia, Fox went 286-176 with five NCAA Tournament appearances. The Golden Bears were off to their best start since 2015-16 and are already halfway toward last season’s win total.

“This is a great test for us to learn what the best looks like,” Fox said. “They have a great team and a very complete team.”

Duke: The Blue Devils play for another in-season tournament title.

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Cal: Plays No. 22 Texas in the consolation game, then hosts UC Davis on Tuesday.

Duke: After facing Georgetown Friday in New York, returns home to play Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday.

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IOC’s Bach asked to intervene in Tokyo Olympic labor dispute

An international trade union wants IOC President Thomas Bach to intervene and investigate alleged labor and safety violations at venues being built for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

The Building and Wood Workers’ International has been critical for several years of workers’ rights at Olympic venues. In face-to-face meetings and in writing it has asked local organizers, Tokyo’s municipal government, and the Japan Sport Council, for outside inspections of construction sites and the right to interview workers.

“However, our attempts to achieve justice for complainants have been consistently rebuffed by the three implementing agencies,” the international union said in an open letter this week to Bach.

The union asks the International Olympic Committee to “intervene and directly address human rights abuses when local organizing committee fail to do so.”

The BWI, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, only an hour’s drive from the IOC’s main base at Lausanne, was formed in 2005. Its website says the BWI represents about 350 trade unions and around 12 million members in 127 countries.

The BWI alleges health and safety violations and has been critical of the treatment of migrant workers in Tokyo, the use of subcontractors, and wages. It has also complained about grievance procedures.

“We are writing this ‘Open Letter’ to ask for your immediate intervention in the preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics to prevent future worker rights violations,” the letter said.

The letter says three workers have died during the construction process, and it also alleges that “venues have been built using tropical rainforest timber from companies with a documented history of indigenous and worker rights violations.”

“Given all our efforts to cooperate with local organizers, we must conclude that they have no intention of respecting international labor standards. What does that mean for the IOC?”

The letter references the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which spell out practices for businesses and government. It also details human rights standards for sporting bodies like the IOC and soccer’s world governing body FIFA.

Many sports bodies have signed up to the Guiding Principles. They include FIFA and UEFA, the Commonwealth Games Federation, the International Paralympic Committee, and Qatar’s 2022 World Cup.

The IOC has been slower to move.

The IOC has added the UN guidelines to host city contracts that come into effect with the 2024 Paris Olympics.

This excludes Tokyo, and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, where independent labor unions are barred by China’s authoritarian government.

China is at the center of human-rights issues. Intense protests in Hong Kong have centered on demands for full, democratic elections. In western China, more than a million Muslims have been detained in reeducation camps. Those released have described them as virtual prisons.

In an email to AP, the IOC said it had asked the International Labor Organization, a United Nations body, to help negotiate a settlement.

“The IOC also engaged in a number of discussions and we still hope a solution can be found,” the IOC said in a statement to AP.

Both the BWI union and the ILO attended a forum given this week by the Centre for Sport and Human Rights. A BWI spokesman promised to raise the Olympics and Japan labor issues, and to also ask questions about “remedies” if solutions are not found.

Mary Harvey, the chief executive of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, told AP several months ago that “everyone should be taking a serious look at the risks identified by BWI’s report, and by everyone, I mean everyone who is a stakeholder, including the IOC, the Japanese government and construction companies.”

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in her keynote address this week at the forum noted “sporting events and their sponsors have a responsibility to uphold human rights, including with respect to workers, athletes, fans, and the local communities in areas where sport facilities are located.”

Many of BWI’s complaints are outlined in a report issued earlier this year titled: “The Dark Side of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.”

Most of the Olympic venues are completed, or nearly complete. But the BWI has noted that workers are also in jeopardy when the games end and venues are dismantled. I

It also said there will be “growing pressure” to complete any behind-schedule venues.

A report released last year by the national government’s Board of Audit said Japan is likely to spend $25 billion overall to prepare for the games. Tokyo projected total costs of about $7.5 billion in its winning bid for the games in 2013.

Organizers dispute the $25 billion and say it’s about half that much. It is all taxpayer money except for $5.6 billion in a privately funded operating budget.

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Baby found dead in Texas Applebee’s trashcan was stillborn: police

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A baby that was found lifeless in the restroom trashcan of a Texas Applebee’s last July was stillborn, police confirmed Thursday, according to a report.

The baby was discovered by an employee who went into the restroom about 30 minutes after the baby’s mother gave birth at the Irving restaurant, police said, according to The Dallas Morning News.

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The 29-year-old mother, who police did not identify, may be charged with abuse of a corpse.

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The case has been referred to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, which will decide if she should be charged, The Morning News reported.

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