Fifa made ‘selective probe’ into Qatar bid
Fifa was accused last night of conducting a selective investigation into the allegations of widespread corruption surrounding Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup after it was revealed that the official inquiry will be completed within days. The report is expected to be finished by Monday, which could mean that information leaked in The Sunday Times is excluded.
Mother joins jungle search for trekker
The mother of missing British trekker Gareth Huntley arrived in Malaysia yesterday to “be here when the find him”. The 34-year-old from north London has not been seen since Tuesday when he failed to arrive back at the charity project where he was volunteering.
Police search land in McCann inquiry
Portuguese police cordoned off scrubland in the Algarve resort near to where Madeleine McCann went missing seven years ago. Local police officers with dogs have been stationed at the site. A new inquiry into her disappearance was launched last year.
Dust storm in capital kills at least four
A heavy dust storm hit the capital, Tehran, yesterday, reportedly killing at least four people and injuring 30. State television said the storm killed five people, while Iran’s official Irna news agency said it claimed the lives of four people. The discrepancy could not immediately be reconciled.
Nurse’s husband in murder charge
The husband of a nurse, Rui Li, who was found dead in a car in Bournemouth, has appeared in court charged with her murder. Pierre Legris, 60, appeared at Bournemouth magistrates’ Court but did not enter a plea. He was remanded to appear at Winchester Crown Court tomorrow.
Court ruling sought on car-booking app
Transport for London has begun to apply for a High Court ruling on whether Uber, the car-booking software, illegally trumps the exclusive rights of black-cab drivers to charge metered fares. It is asking the court to decide whether the app complies with the law on taximeters.
Harris’s daughter ‘angry’ over affair
Rolf Harris’s daughter has told of her anger over learning her father was having an affair with her friend. Bindi Nicholls also told Southwark Crown Court that she experienced “suicidal thoughts”.
Protests over missing girls banned
Nigerian police have reportedly banned any more protests in the capital, Abuja, over the group of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Police said yesterday the demonstrations could be hijacked by “dangerous elements”.
More casualties from ‘female’ hurricanes
Research from the University of Illinois has found that people are more afraid of a hurricane with a male name than a female one and therefore the female-named storms have more casualties. A storm with a feminine name was seen as less threatening and more gentle, so people took fewer precautions.Reuse content