The verdict is expected on Monday in a landmark corruption and influence-peddling trial that has put French former President Nicolas Sarkozy in the spotlight. Prosecutors have requested a two-year prison sentence for him. Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, firmly denied any wrongdoing during the 10-day trial. The 65-year-old politician is accused of having tried to illegally obtain information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about a legal action in which he was involved. Sarkozy’s co-defendants also denied wrongdoing and also face prison sentences if convicted. Prosecutors have called it a “corruption pact.”
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There were the usual confounding results and general sense of chaos, compounded this year by Zoom fails and some awkward interchanges. But, to answer co-host Tina Fey's question of whether the night could have been just as well handled in an email, the answer is no. Because you wouldn’t have had Chadwick Boseman’s eloquent widow, tearfully explaining how she could never be as eloquent as her husband. Or Jane Fonda, calling out Hollywood's lack of diversity when her hosts were under fire for exactly that. Or Chloé Zhao, making history as the first woman of Asian descent to win best director. The Globes, as always, had its moments.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is standing by an unnamed Cabinet minister after an anonymous letter was sent alleging the man had raped a 16-year-old girl more than 30 years ago. The letter sent to the prime minister’s office contained a statement from a woman who said she was raped in 1988. The woman has not been publicly named and she took her own life last year. Morrison said the minister denied the allegations. A Greens party senator says the minister must step down pending an independent investigation because the allegation lingers over the entire Cabinet and erodes the belief that the government takes sexual assault seriously.
Former Notre Dame and NFL player Louis Nix III has died after being missing for several days, but many questions linger about the circumstances of his death. Nix’s mother Stephanie Wingfield told multiple news outlets in Jacksonville, Florida, that authorities said her son died but haven't been able to tell her how. Family members say his car was pulled out of a pond near his home on Saturday. In December 2020, he was shot in an armed robbery. Nix had received high praise during his time with the Fighting Irish. He was then drafted by the Houston Texans in 2014 but struggled to make an impact in the NFL due to injuries.
Chloé Zhao became the second woman to win best director at the Golden Globes in a year in which three women were nominated for the first time in the category. Zhao was honored for her work on “Nomadland,” about people who take to the road and move from place to place seeking work for usually low wages. It stars two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand and includes nonprofessional actors. “Nomadland” also won best motion picture drama on Sunday night. Zhao is a leading Oscar contender. She joins Barbra Streisand, who won in 1984 for “Yentl,” as the only women to win directing honors at the Globes.
Jane Fonda accepted the Golden Globes' highest honor, then turned her focus onto a couple deeper issues. The actor and social activist called for greater diversity in Hollywood and praised the “community of storytellers" for their vital role in troubled times. Wearing an all-white suit, she was one of the few honorees to accept an award in person Sunday in Beverly Hills, California. Fonda says her late father, Oscar winner Henry Fonda, would be “very proud" of her career and being honored with the Globes' highest honor. Fonda accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award given annually to an “individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.”
The U.S. Soccer Federation’s athletes council removed one its members, a day after he made a speech at the federation’s annual general meeting against removing an anti-kneeling policy. Seth Jahn, a 38-year-old from Florida who played for the U.S. seven-a-side ParaOlympic team at the 2015 Parapan American Games, spoke against repeal of what was known as Policy 604-1, put in place in response to U.S. women’s team star Megan Rapinoe kneeling in support of Colin Kaepernick. Jahn said those who kneel “don’t care about defending half of our country.”:
Congress is beginning debate on the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in a generation. Legislation from Democrats would touch virtually every aspect of the electoral process — striking down hurdles to voting, curbing partisan gerrymandering and curtailing big money in politics. Republicans see those very measures as a threat that would limit the power of states to conduct elections and ultimately benefit Democrats. The stakes are enormous with both control of Congress and President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda in the balance. But at its core, a more foundational principle of American democracy is at play: access to the ballot.
China appears to be moving faster toward a capability to launch its newer nuclear missiles from underground silos. This could improve its ability to retaliate after absorbing a nuclear first strike. That's according to an American expert who analyzed satellite images of recent construction at a missile training area. A longtime watcher of U.S., Russian and Chinese nuclear forces, Hans Kristensen, says the imagery suggests China is seeking to counter what it views as a growing threat from the United States. The U.S. points to China’s nuclear modernization as a justification for investing hundreds of billions of dollars to build an all-new nuclear arsenal.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump clung to his core election falsehoods in his first post-presidential speech, wrongly blamed wind power for the …