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A headline on the website most popular and reputable newspapers, reads that "Sweden Will Soon Host the European Sex Championship." According to the report, Sweden has officially recognized sex as a sport and, to determine who's best at it, would host a tournament in which contestants would engage in daily encounters lasting up to six hours. The competition was apparently scheduled to begin June 8 in the city of Gothenburg. Other mainstream outlets and their social media platforms have also carried the claim. However, the Swedish sports body has denied the existence of any such event.Fact check: False "All this information is false," Anna Setzman, spokesperson for the Swedish Sports Confederation, said in a written statement from Stockholm to DW. "Right now, false information is being spread in some international media about Sweden and Swedish sports," she added. "These are vigorously denied." How did it all start? Göteborgs-Posten, one of the major Swedish-language dailies, reported that a Swedish man named Dragan Bratic was behind the whole drama. According to the newspaper, Bratic owns several strip clubs and wanted sex to be classified as a sport. He submitted an application to become a member of the confederation in January of this year. The Swedish Sports Confederation confirmed to DW that there was an individual who claimed there was a sex federation and applied for membership, but the application was rejected in May. "The Swedish Sports Confederation has drawn attention to the fact that in some parts of the international media news is currently being spread that a sex federation has become member of the Swedish Sports Confederation," Setzman said in the statement. "It is false information with the aim of smearing Swedish sports and Sweden."

Odisha train crash that killed 288

At least 288 people have been killed after at least two trains were involved in a crash in eastern India. It happened about 130 miles southwest of Kolkata, in Odisha's Balasore district, at around 7pm local time on Friday. It is the country's deadliest rail accident in more than two decades. Between 10 and 12 carriages of one train derailed and debris fell on a nearby track, said rail spokesperson Amitabh Sharma. The debris was hit by another train coming from the opposite direction and up to three carriages from that train also derailed.

Cyclone Gabrielle lashes New Zealand

New Zealand’s government declared a rare state of emergency as a cyclone lashed the country, causing destructive floods and landslips for the second time in a matter of weeks, underscoring the challenges in adapting to more frequent severe weather crises.

2023 New Year's celebrations from around the world

World celebrates arrival of 2023

At least 60 killed in U.S. due to devastating winter storm

At least 60 killed in U.S. due to devastating winter storm At least 60 people have died due to the winter storm, which has engulfed most of the US during the Christmas weekend. Buffalo, in New York, was hardest hit on Christmas Day, causing power outages and trapping people inside their cars.

Fisherman Killed Allegedly By Lankan Navy

There is huge anger in Tamil Nadu after a 22-year-old fisherman was shot dead on Monday allegedly by the Sri Lankan navy. More than a thousand people have gathered at the home of Bridgo in Rameswaram, and his family has refused to accept his body without assurance that action will be taken.
Govt. denies involvement of navy in fisherman's shooting

Plane Crashes Into Melbourne Shopping Center

Footage: At least five feared dead as light plane crashes into shopping center near Melbourne, Five people were confirmed dead after a light aircraft smashed into a Melbourne shopping center, Australian authorities say. The charter flight appeared to have had "catastrophic engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Melbourne's Essendon airport. The state premier described it as “the worst civil aviation accident that our state has seen for 30 years."

Bomb kills 70 at Pakistani shrine

At least 70 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a bomb ripped through a Sufi shrine in Pakistan, officials say, after a series of extremist assaults shook the country's growing sense of security.

VK Sasikala Convicted Of Corruption

VK Sasikala has been found guilty of corruption by the Supreme Court and will have to surrender to the police in Chennai so that she can be jailed for four years. This ends her bid to be Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu - she is now barred from contesting an election for the next ten years.

Doctor pulls live cockroach from woman's skull

It's the stuff of nightmares -- a cockroach crawls up your nose in the middle of the night, burrows in and drives you mad with scratching behind your eyes. But for one Indian woman, this horror story proved all too real.

Rex Tillerson Sworn in as Secretary of State

Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has been sworn in as secretary of state during a ceremony with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. The Senate approved Tillerson's nomination earlier Wednesday on a vote of 56-43. (Feb. 1)

6 killed in Canada mosque shooting

Six people have been killed and another eight wounded in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, BBC reported today. It said shots were fired at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday night, where dozens had gathered for evening prayers. Police confirmed the death toll and are treating the incident as a terror attack. Two people are in custody, and officers do not believe there are others suspects at large. Police said the area was secure and the situation was "under control". Dozens of people left the mosque safely, they said. A spokesperson said there was no information about the suspects in custody, saying their probe had just started. Earlier Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also described the shooting as a "terrorist attack". Mr. Trudeau said he heard of the news "with tremendous shock, sadness and anger". "We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge," he said in a statement.

Miss France wins Miss Universe 2017

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Miss France was crowed Miss Universe on Monday in a made-for-television spectacle free of last year's dramatic mix-up but with a dash of political controversy as the finalists spoke out on the refugee crisis and other hot-button global issues. Iris Mittenaere, a dental surgery student from Lille in the north of France, beat 85 of the world's most beautiful women at the event in the Philippines scheduled for primetime viewing in the United States.

President Trump, First Lady Melania's First Dance

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump share their first dance at inaugural ball

Donald Trump inauguration LIVE

Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States today. Security is tight in Washington DC as the billionaire businessman prepares to be sworn in at a lavish inauguration ceremony. The event will happen at noon local time (5PM GMT) with millions watching around the world. Trump's 35-word swearing-in is on a 10,000 square foot specially-built platform in front of the Capitol that holds 1,600 people. He then makes an inaugural address to the thousands watching on in Washington and millions more via their TVs. Anti-Trump protests have been taking place in the build-up to the inauguration and will culminate in the Women's March on Washington on Saturday.

15 Children Dead After School Bus Collides

At least 15 children have been killed and dozens more injured after a school bus collided with a truck in northern India, police said. The driver of the bus also had died in the crash, marking the latest deadly accident in a country with one of the worst road safety records in the world. “Tragic road accident in Aliganj, Etah. Over 15 school kids feared dead. Rescue of injured ongoing,” tweeted Javeed Ahmed, director general of police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where the crash occurred. Police in Etah district subsequently confirmed via direct Twitter message that 15 children had died and said the number could increase to 20. It is not yet clear what had caused the vehicles to crash, although collisions are a common occurrence on winter mornings, when northern India is frequently blanketed with thick fog. Road accidents killed nearly 150,000 people in India last year, around 400 a day, according to the data from ministry of road transport and highways. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the victims’ families. “Anguished by the tragic accident in UP’s Etah district,” he said. “I pray for those injured in the accident in Etah recover at the earliest.”

600 year-old Buddha statue emerges from lake

Archeologists believe that an ancient Buddha statue discovered by villagers in China’s Jiangxi Province is about 600 years old, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, state news agency Xinhua reported last week. The top of the statue was spotted last month when villagers noticed a Buddha’s head sticking out of the Hongmen Reservoir. According to Xinhua, water levels in the reservoir had fallen due to a recent construction project, revealing a sculpture. After an underwater expedition, researchers confirmed that the statue was about 12 feet long and carved into the cliffside. They also found the base of a hall beneath the statue and a 30-character inscription, which archeologists believe indicate that a temple had previously been there.

President Obama's Tearful Farewell speech

President Barack Obama bid farewell to the nation Tuesday in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump. (Jan. 11)Obama says goodbye in last presidential speech
Popular but politically humbled, President Barack Obama said goodbye to the nation Tuesday night, declaring during his farewell address that he hadn't abandoned his vision of progressive change. But in a concession that, for now, his brand of progressive politics is stalled Washington, he admitted "for every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back." "This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it," Obama said from a packed hall of supporters in his adopted hometown. "After eight years as your President, I still believe that," he went on. "And it's not just my belief. It's the beating heart of our American idea -- our bold experiment in self-government."

Deadly shooting at airport in Florida

A lone gunman opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday, January 6, killing multiple people and injuring others, according to local officials. A shooter opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida earlier on Friday, killing five people div style="text-align: center;">
Police are interviewing Esteban Santiago, who they say is a suspect in the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting that left at least five dead and eight injured.

At least 35 killed in Istanbul nightclub shooting

At least 35 people were killed and over 40 injured when a gunman opened fire inside a nightclub in Istanbul on Sunday, the city’s governor Vasip Sahin has said. Initial reports noted that two attackers were behind the assault. The whereabouts of the attacker are still unknown.
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