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IAAF vows to respect Semenya’s decision on testosterone rules

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Athletics’ governing body has promised to respect the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (Cas) decision on rules over testosterone levels in female athletes.

The IAAF has ruled some female runners with naturally high testosterone levels will have to race against men or change events, unless they take medication.

But Olympic and world 800m champion Caster Semenya has said she will fight the decision, calling it “unlawful”.

The IAAF and Athletics South Africa have agreed to honour any decision.

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“The meeting was cordial with both organisations agreeing that the Court of Arbitration for Sport was the right body to arbitrate this matter and its final decision will be respected by both organisations,” said an International Association of Athletics Federations statement.

The rule, which comes into force on 1 November, applies to women who race in track events from 400m up to the mile.

Cas says an arbitration procedure has been opened and a hearing will be held at a later date.

Semenya, a two-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion, has previously been asked to have gender testing by athletics chiefs, but no results have officially been made public.

“It is not fair. I just want to run naturally, the way I was born,” said the 27-year-old South African.

Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass, strength and haemoglobin, which affects endurance.

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Facebook’s WhatsApp limits text forwards to five user to restrain false news

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Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp (FB.O) messenger service company executives has stated their desire in globally limiting the number of times a user can farward a message to five, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumors”.



Victoria Grand, vice president for policy and communications at WhatsApp, said at an event in the Indonesian capital, “We’re imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today.”

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Previously, a WhatsApp user could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups. The five-recipient limit expands globally a measure WhatsApp put into place in India in July after the spread of rumors on social media led to killings and lynching attempts.

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WhatsApp, which has around 1.5 billion users, has been trying to find ways to stop misuse of the app, following global concern that the platform was being used to spread fake news, manipulated photos, videos without context, and audio hoaxes, with no way to monitor their origin or full reach.

The app’s end-to-end encryption allows groups of hundreds of users to exchange texts, photos and video beyond the purview of independent fact checkers or even the platform itself.

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Credit to Reuters for confirming the development through WhatsApp’s head of communications Carl Woog, stating that WhatsApp will roll out an update to activate the new forward limit starting Monday. adding that Android users will receive the update first, followed by users of Apple’s iOS.

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R.Kelly cut off by Sony music over alleged acts of sexual abuse

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Chicago-born singer, R. Kelly has parted ways with Sony Music and its subsidiary label, RCA Records, amid controversies surrounding his alleged acts of sexual abuse.




The controversial singer, who is facing different allegations of abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation, was dropped by the record label on Friday.

R. Kelly was removed from the RCA Records website, whose parent company is Sony Music.

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This new development comes in the wake of calls and petitions from members of the #MuteRKelly movement, who have been pestering the record company to part ways with him.

The calls intensified in the wake of the documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ in which multiple women accused him of sexual assault.

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This month has seen previous collaborators like Lady Gaga, Chance the Rapper, and Phoenix, all condemn R. Kelly and remove their collaborative songs from streaming services.

The documentary ‘Surviving R.Kelly’ is in six parts and gives detailed explanation into the history of allegations against the 52-year-old superstar.

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