Former Starbucks chief exploring independent 2020 bid

A person close to Schultz’s advisers said they “are exploring a possible independent bid for the presidency in 2020,” but the person emphasized that all options remained on the table. “(Schultz) is thinking deeply about his future and how he can best serve the country,” the person said. Schultz stepped down from his position at…

Hillsborough trial: Fans ‘failed by match chief’

Image copyright PA Image caption David Duckenfield (left) and Graham Mackrell arrive at Preston Crown Court Match commander David Duckenfield’s “extraordinarily bad” failures led to the deaths of 96 “wholly innocent” fans at Hillsborough, a court has heard. The ex-policeman did not quickly take measures to free Liverpool supporters trapped in the fatal crush at…

Tokyo 2020: Japanese Olympic Committee chief investigated for corruption

The investigation relates to the bidding process for the Olympic Games, with reports that a suspect payment of €1.8 million ($2 million) was made around the announcement that Tokyo was to host the 2020 Olympics. Takeda, a former show jumper who competed at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, has been the president of the JOC…

Israel’s intelligence chief warns of foreign election interference

“A foreign country intends to interfere in the coming elections in Israel, and it will interfere. I don’t know at this stage whom it will help or hurt,” said Israel Security Agency (ISA) chief Nadav Argaman on Monday night, according to the Israel Television News company. “I know what I’m talking about,” Argaman added. Argaman,…

US nursing home chief resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

Image copyright Getty Images The chief executive of the corporation in charge of an Arizona nursing home where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth has resigned. Bill Timmons’s resignation was unanimously accepted by directors, the company said in a statement. The woman had been a patient in a clinic run by Hacienda HealthCare…

Anna Soubry: 50 MPs write to Met Police chief over ‘Nazi’ abuse

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrexit protesters chant ‘Nazi and scum’ at Conservative MP Anna Soubry More than 50 MPs have called on the head of Britain’s largest police force to improve their response to abusive protesters outside Parliament. Writing to Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick, the MPs cited “serious concerns” about…

Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigns

“I’ve decided the time is right to return to the private sector. It has been an honor to serve again alongside the men and women of the Department of Defense,” Sweeney said in a short statement posted on the Department of Defense website late Saturday night. Sweeney retired as a rear admiral in 2014. Sweeney…

Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigns

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Rear Adm Kevin Sweeney is the third senior Pentagon official to resign after President Trump’s Syria announcement Department of Defence chief of staff Kevin Sweeney has resigned, a month after the Defence Secretary James Mattis announced his departure. Rear Admiral Sweeney said in a statement that “the time is right…

New acting defense chief tells Pentagon ‘to remember China, China, China’

“While we’re focused on ongoing operations acting Secretary Shanahan told the team to remember China, China China,” the official said. Shanahan made the comments during a special meeting of all the military service secretaries and the undersecretaries of defense. His decision to urge the Pentagon’s leadership to focus on the threat posed by China came…

Russian doping: Wada chief ‘bitterly disappointed’ as deadline missed

Wada president Sir Craig Reedie had said he was “confident” of Russia complying with the deadline The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency is “bitterly disappointed” after it was confirmed Russia’s anti-doping agency missed the deadline to hand over data from its Moscow laboratory. Russia was set a 31 December deadline to comply, but Wada’s…