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Michel Platini arrested on corruption charges

Michel Platini arrested on corruption charges

June 18th, 2019.

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Former UEFA president and soccer legend Michel Platini has been arrested by the French police on charges of corruption involving the choice of Qatar as host of the next FIFA World Cup. Archaeologist took 36 years to build a model of Ancient Rome at the request of dictator Benito Mussolini; the model, currently on display in Rome, is considered a reference for studies on the subject. Brazil has four restaurants on the first stage of the award which lists the 100 best restaurants in the world, and may have another one on the next stage, which will reveal the Top 50. The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal against an Oregon baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple; the baker had been sentenced to pay financial compensation to the couple, but the justices decided that such a decision would violate the baker’s religious freedom. Finally, Federal Attorney-General Raquel Dodge is trying to accelerate the pace of the investigations concerning cyberattacks which leaked conversations of Operation Car Wash taskforce members to the press.

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Michel Platini arrested on corruption charges

Former UEFA president and French soccer legend Michel Platini has been detained for questioning by the French police on charges of corruption involving the choice of Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup. The 63-year-old Frenchman is currently under police custody in the Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Judicial Police outside Paris. Platini, who headed Europe’s top soccer entity, UEFA, from 2007 to 2015, was currently serving a four-year suspension on all soccer-related activities for accepting a payment of approximately € 1.8 million, and is now being accused of taking bribes in exchange for his support to the Qatari bid.


Archaeologist took 36 years to build Ancient Rome model at Mussolini’s request

Rome may have once been the center of the world, but nowadays it bears little resemblance to what it looked like then – even though many of its ruins and remains can still be seen by tourists and history lovers. Recreating what the “Eternal City” looked like in the 4th century, during the rule of emperor Constantine, is what Italian architect Italo Gismondi wanted when he began to build his model in 1933. Dictator Benito Mussolini ordered the project to celebrate the birthday of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, and the work took 36 years to be concluded. Currently on display at the Roman Civilization Museum, it is considered one of the main references for Ancient Rome.


Brazil has four restaurants among the world’s 100 best in 2019

Four Brazilian restaurants have been listed among the top 100 in the world in 2019, in the newest edition of the World’s 50 Best award, considered one of the most prestigious in the field of gastronomy. Oteque, headed by Paraná-born chef Alberto Landgraf, is the newest member of this club, occupying the 100th position; also on the list are Lasai, in Rio de Janeiro, Maní, in São Paulo, and Alex Atala’s famous D.O.M., which for the first time is not among the top 50 on the list. Next week, however, the rest of the list containing the top 50 will be released, and there is an expectation that another Brazilian restaurant might be on it.


US Supreme Court rejects appeal against baker who refused to make same-sex wedding cake

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court rejected an appeal against a baker who claimed his religious objections did not allow him to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The case began in 2012, when baker Aaron Klein, owner of Sweet Cakes, in Oregon, refused to bake a wedding cake for Rachel and Lauren Bowman-Cryer, a lesbian couple. The baker said that it would violate his religious principles, and the couple went to the courts. Klein appealed against a local ruling which ordered him to pay US$ 135,000 in damages, and the case eventually reached the Supreme Court, where the local ruling was overturned based on the defense of freedom of religion. The bakery has since gone out of business.


Investigation into cyberattack against Operation Car Wash authorities has slow start

More than one week after the release of alleged private conversations between members of the Operation Car Wash taskforce in the Curitiba Federal Prosecutor’s Office, little is known about how they were obtained. Last week, Federal Attorney-General Raquel Dodge asked Federal Police general-director Maurício Valeixo to unify all investigations concerning the case. There are currently four ongoing investigations by the Federal Police involving cyberattacks on cell phones of over ten people. So far, only one such attack has been confirmed – that of taskforce coordinator Deltan Dallagnol’s phone – and none of those involved have handed their phones in to the police to be inspected.


Until tomorrow, good evening.