It was and will be the least surprising headline ‘scoop’ of the year, Qatar bribed officials to win their bid for the 2022 World Cup. The only surprising part of the tale being that such a vast paper trail exists of the money. I always thought bribes are supposed to be discreet. Isn’t this how the right to host sports events are won? When an undemocratic country are bidding, the potential for interference in the process is both too tempting and too easy for it not to degenerate into grubby handshakes and proverbial brown paper envelopes.
Ukrainian Protesters Vacate Government Buildings – Reuters
Today protesters in Kiev and other regions of the Ukraine vacated government buildings which they had been occupying for the last two months. The departure from the building was observed by the Swiss ambassador and was agreed upon as the government offered an amnesty, dropping criminal charges against activists. This however is far from the end of the unrest in the country as the occupation of major squares across the country, mainly Independence square in the capital, still have huge tent like occupations, with barricades blocking off many streets. Those protesting are adamant they won’t be coming down anytime soon and have not softened on their ultimate goal of removing Yanukovich from office.