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Calvin Harris criticised by gay rights campaigners after performing at World Cup in Qatar

Calvin Harris took to the stage in Qatar last night despite concerns raised by gay rights campaigners. The Scots megastar DJ had been urged to pull out of playing a lucrative set during the World Cup because of the country’s human rights record. Ahead of ­headlining the Fifa Fan Festival event last night, Harris, 38, came under ­pressure from LGBT groups not to perform in the Gulf state, where same-sex ­relationships are banned.

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One Killed, 10 Missing After European Island Landslide
(CNN) – One person was killed and 10 more were missing Saturday after heavy rain caused a landslide on the Italian holiday island of Ischia.Search and rescue operations are underway in the small town of Casamicciola Terme and reinforcements are being sent from Naples, said the Italian Fire Brigade, but weather conditions are complicating the search, Italy’s Civil Protection department told CNN on Saturday.Eight people had been rescued as of Saturday evening local time, said the civil protection department.The operations were being coordinated by the Naples prefecture, authorities told CNN, and are expected to continue through the night. Seventy firefighters are currently on the island assisting with the search and rescue, Italian Fire Brigade said in a tweet.Ischia, in the Gulf of Naples, was hit by torrential rain early Saturday, damaging cars, buildings, and roads.Videos and images shared by local and national authorities earlier today showed the destruction in the port town of Casamicciola Terme.“It is a time of pain and great emergency,” Vincenzo De Luca, governor of the Campania region, where the island is located, said on Saturday, thanking Italian Prime Minister Meloni for her close contact and message of solidarity.Meloni said on Twitter that she was in contact with local authorities, expressing solidarity with residents and thanking the rescue services.Ischia mayor Enzo Ferrandino described the incident as a “tragedy” and urged people not to leave their homes, reports ANSA news agency.In February 2021 a landslide on the Italian coast near Genoa caused the collapse of a cemetery, leading to hundreds of coffins falling into the sea.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2022 Cable News Network, Inc., a Warner Bros.
LGBTQ+ Soccer Fans Should 'Be Respectful' in Qatar, Says U.K. Official
(CNN) — British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is receiving backlash for suggesting gay soccer fans should be "respectful" in Qatar when attending the FIFA World Cup set to take place in the Gulf Arab state later this year.Speaking to LBC Radio on Wednesday, Cleverly said he had spoken with authorities in Qatar -- where homosexuality is criminalized -- who "want to make sure that football fans are safe, secure and enjoy themselves."He continued: "And they know that that means they are going to have to make some compromises in terms of what is an Islamic country, with a very different set of cultural norms to our own."One of the things I would say to the football fans is, you know: 'Please do be respectful of the host nation.'"They [Qatar] will try -- they are trying -- to ensure that people can be themselves and enjoy the football and I think with a little bit of flex and compromise at both ends, it can be a safe, secure and exciting World Cup," the foreign secretary added.New UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's spokesman distanced themselves from the comments, saying, "We wouldn't expect [LGBTQ fans] to compromise who they are and you'll know the UK has very clear rules around this. Qatar's policies are not those of the UK government and not ones that we would endorse."Shadow Culture Secretary Lucy Powell of UK's main opposition Labour party slammed Cleverly's comments, calling it "shockingly tone deaf" in a tweet."Where do you draw the line on that?" she said in an interview with LBC Radio.
First openly gay Qatari with global profile counters death threats with visibility
World Cup year finally kicks off, even though he will never return to his homeland.As the wealthy Gulf state’s first openly gay man with a global profile his messaging will be far removed from the fanfare likely to sweep the eight stadiums in six months’ time.Dr Nas believes the 32 nations heading to a tournament regarded as the crown jewels of the sporting world will be playing ‘in a house of abused children’ in terms of his homeland’s treatment of LGBTQ+ people.He went public at the end of May, which resulted in death threats and abusive comments on social media, as well as many supportive messages from Qataris, albeit in private.Now working and living in the US, the physician plans to increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ Qataris before and during the FIFA World Cup 2022, which kicks off at the 60,000-capacity Al-Bayt stadium on November 21.His decision to step out of the shadows has come at great personal cost. The 35-year-old accepts he will never return to the land of his birth and is now estranged from his family, with the abusive messages coming after his story was covered by an Arabic-language TV channel.Even in the US, where he runs Osra Medical practice in San Francisco, he believes that ‘the threat of death is not zero’ after the news was ill-received by some in the conservative emirate.‘There was a wave of hate messages,’ Dr Nas says.‘I had at least two death threats on my Instagram, several more on my DMs and everything else short of that.