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Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics – but clean athletes can compete as neutrals

Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics – but clean athletes can compete as neutrals

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Russia has been banned from competing at next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee.But Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag.It follows an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Games hosted by Russia in Sochi."This should draw a line under this damaging episode," the IOC said.The decision has been widely condemned in Russia, with some politicians urging a boycott of the Games, though other officials have welcomed the chance for 'clean' athletes to take part.IOC president Thomas Bach and his board - who made the announcement in Lausanne on Tuesday - ca...
Vaginal mesh operations should be banned, says NICE

Vaginal mesh operations should be banned, says NICE

Health
The health watchdog NICE is to recommend that vaginal mesh operations should be banned from treating organ prolapse in England, the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show has learned.Draft guidelines from NICE say the implants should only be used for research - and not routine operations.Some implants can cut into the vagina and women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, work or have sex.One expert said it is highly likely the NHS will take up the recommendation.However, the organisation is not compelled to act on findings it receives from NICE.Both NHS England and NICE declined to comment.Media playback is unsupported on your device'Life-changing consequences'In the documents - to be published after consultation in December - NICE said there were "serious but well-recognised safety c...
Ivory trade to be banned in UK 'to protect elephants'

Ivory trade to be banned in UK 'to protect elephants'

Science
The sale and export of almost all ivory items would be banned in the UK under plans set out by the government.Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced a consultation to end the trade in ivory of all ages - previous attempts at a ban would have excluded antique ivory produced before 1947.The government says there will be some exemptions, for musical instruments and items of cultural importance. Conservation groups have given a guarded welcome to the plan.Growing marketWhile the UK has had a ban on the trade in raw ivory tusks, it has become the world's leading exporter of legal ivory carvings and antiques in recent years. According to an Environmental Investigation Agency report, there were more than 36,000 items exported from the UK between 2010 and 2015, more than three times that...
Model 'too sexy for Instagram' BANNED days after RACY boob flash video

Model 'too sexy for Instagram' BANNED days after RACY boob flash video

Entertainment
The blonde beauty, from the US, has only been back on the social media site for a few weeks but it seems she may have already landed herself in hot water.Elle has made it her mission to “free the cleavage” after two previous Instagram bans for flashing too much flesh.The glamour model had amassed more than 450,000 dedicated followers on her page thanks to her raunchy snaps.But her posts were too boob-heavy for Instagram bosses and saw her blocked for “violating community guidelines”.The blonde bombshell was first chucked off in January when her page was reported by shocked users.INSTAGRAMSHOCKER: Elle's Instagram account is currently unavailableBut in April she was banned once more – and it seems she still hasn’t learnt her lesson.Refusing to let the haters keep her down, Elle made her com