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Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée wants LIV golfers “banned” from some PGA Tour tourneys

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Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée wants LIV golfers “banned” from some PGA Tour tourneys

Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz said golfers who take part in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf events should be barred from playing in the PGA Tour’s major tournaments, USA Today reports.

Driving the news: Some of the world’s best-known golfers have joined the new venture bankrolled by the Saudi government and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the U.S. intelligence community has said ordered the Washington Post contributing columnist’s murder in 2018. Saudi officials have denied the allegation.

What she’s saying: “If they still carry on and play as if everything is normal, then they should be banned from playing in the world’s major tournaments,’’ Cengiz said, per USA TODAY. “This will show that there are consequences for supporting murderers, and it will show the murderers that they are not escaping justice.’’

State of play: LIV is controversial, in part because of conflicts with the PGA Tour, as well as where its financial backing is coming from: the Saudi Arabian government.

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  • The new venture has lured some of golf’s biggest names, including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, with substantial sign-on fees and the promise of huge purses at its events.
  • LIV kicked off its inaugural season on June 9. The PGA Tour suspended the 17 players who are taking part in the first event, and any players who participate in future events will face the same punishment.
  • Critics have said the country is using golf to boost its global image, an attempt at “sportswashing,” Axios Sports’ Kendall Baker and Jeff Tracy write.

A group of families and survivors of the 2001 terrorist attacks, 911familiesunited.org, also condemned the American golfers participating in the tournament, saying in a letter on Friday that “we are angered that you are so willing to help the Saudis cover up this history in their request for “respectability.”

  • “You are all Americans, keenly aware of the death and destruction of September 11.  Whether it was the appeal of millions of dollars of hard cash, or just the opportunity to prosecute your professional grievances with the PGA, you have sold us out.  This is a betrayal not only of us, but of all your countrymen,” the group continued in the letter.
  • “Please rethink your membership in this Saudi enterprise. Perhaps you were unaware of the Saudi role in September 11. Or if you were, perhaps you thought nobody would care, nearly 21 years later.  Either way, you were mistaken.”

What’s next: The U.S. Open begins next Thursday, and all players who qualified for the tournament are eligible to participate, the United States Golf Association has said, per USA Today.

  • Golf’s three other majors have not yet indicated whether players who participate in LIV events will be allowed to compete.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series

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Mishael Morgan becomes first Black artist to win Best Actress Daytime Emmy

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Mishael Morgan becomes first Black artist to win Best Actress Daytime Emmy

Mishael Morgan won the Best Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Award on Friday. Photo courtesy of CBS

June 25 (UPI) — The Young & the Restless star Mishael Morgan became the first Black artist to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the Best Lead Actress category in Pasadena Friday night.

“I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do,” Morgan said as she accepted her statuette.

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“Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation … they can strive to be the best.”

The actress also thanked viewers for their support since she joined the soap opera in 2013.

“I am so immensely proud of our generation,” she said. “We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together.”

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BTS’ ‘Proof’ tops U.S. album chart

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BTS’ “Proof” is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. File Photo by Oliver Contreras/UPI | License Photo

June 25 (UPI) — K-pop group BTS’ Proof is the No. 1 album in the United States this week.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart dated Saturday is Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti, followed by Harry Styles’ Harry’s House at No. 3, Post Malone’s Twelve Carat Toothache at No. 4 and Future’s I Never Liked You at No. 5.

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Rounding out the top tier are Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album at No. 6, Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers at No. 7, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour at No. 8, SZA’s Ctrl at No. 9 and Carrie Underwood’s Denim & Rhinestones at No. 10.

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Shooting at Oslo, Norway, gay bar leaves 2 dead

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Shooting at Oslo, Norway, gay bar leaves 2 dead

Police investigate the scene after several shots were fired outside the London Pub in the center of Oslo, Norway, on Saturday. Photo by Javad Parsa/EPA-EFE

June 25 (UPI) — Oslo, Norway, canceled its gay pride parade and raised its terror threat to the highest level Saturday after a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub left two people dead and 21 injured, authorities said.

The shooting took place at 1:14 a.m. Saturday at the London Pub, a second bar and a fast-food restaurant. Police arrested a suspected gunman who they believe acted alone.

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Of those injured, 10 were in serious condition.

Police haven’t identified the suspected shooter, but described him as being a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent, according to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. CNN reported he was “known to police” and had minor previous convictions.

Authorities said they seized two weapons from him upon the arrest.

Roger Berg, the head of Norway’s domestic intelligence and security service, said the shooting was being investigated as an act of “extreme Islamist terror,” according to The Washington Post.

The suspect was being held on charges of murder, attempted murder and terrorism, police official Christian Hatlo said.

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The attack happened hours before the city’s planned gay pride parade. Organizers said pride events scheduled for Saturday have been canceled upon police advice.

Despite the cancellation, thousands of people joined an impromptu parade outside the nightclubs where the shooting took place. Many waved gay pride flags, while others shouted slogans of support for gay rights.

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