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Russia cries foul: Fifa arrests ‘a conspiracy’ says Moscow

As the rest of the world debates the exposure of corruption at the heart of Fifa, all the talk swirling in Russia is of a conspiracy. President Vladimir Putin argues that the criminal inquiry is aimed at ousting long-time Fifa president Sepp Blatter from his post. He sees it as punishment for continuing to support […]

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Europe,World | Read More »

Fifa corruption: Congress opens as sponsor concerns grow

Football’s governing body Fifa is due to open its annual congress despite warnings from sponsors that they may review ties over the arrest of senior officials on corruption charges. Visa says it will reassess its sponsorship unless Fifa makes changes. Coca-Cola and Adidas voiced concern. The European football body Uefa will decide whether to boycott […]

May 28th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

Fifa corruption inquiries: Officials arrested in Zurich

Two criminal investigations into corruption at football’s world governing body Fifa are under way, with seven senior officials arrested in Zurich on US charges. Separately, Swiss prosecutors have launched a criminal case into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 world cups, to be held in Russia and Qatar respectively. The seven are among 14 […]

May 27th, 2015 | Posted in Europe,World | Read More »

Malaysia exhumes suspected migrant remains from graves

Malaysia has begun exhuming bodies suspected to be migrants buried in mass grave sites found by the Thai border. Authorities believe migrants were held for ransom in jungle camps, and those who died were buried in 139 graves. Thousands of migrants have left Myanmar and Bangladesh in recent weeks on boats and overland through Thailand […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Asia,World | Read More »

Islamic State crisis: Iraq will take back Ramadi ‘in days’ – PM Abadi

The Iraqi city of Ramadi could be taken back from Islamic State (IS) militants “in days”, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC. But he said more support was needed from international coalition partners. Iraqi forces have suffered a number of defeats at the hands of IS over the past year, and fled from […]

May 25th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

Malaysia finds ‘migrant’ mass graves near Thai border

Several mass graves thought to contain bodies of migrants have been found in Malaysia, authorities say. Home Minister Zahid Hamidi was quoted by Malayia’s Star newspaper as saying the graves were found in 17 abandoned trafficking camps near the Thai border. He did not know how many bodies had been recovered. Several mass graves have […]

May 24th, 2015 | Posted in Asia,World | Read More »

Mexico gang shoot-out leaves dozens dead

At least 43 people have been killed in a shoot-out in the western Mexican state of Michoacan. Friday’s gunfight between security forces and an armed gang took place in Tanhuato near the Jalisco state border. The violence is thought to be drug-related and officials have said that at least one police officer was killed. The […]

May 23rd, 2015 | Posted in America,World | Read More »

Islamic State ‘seizes last Syria-Iraq border crossing’

Islamic State militants have seized the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq, a Syrian monitoring group says. Government forces withdrew from al-Tanf – known as al-Waleed in Iraq – crossing as IS advanced, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said. The loss of al-Tanf to IS follows the group’s takeover of […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

EU Riga summit ‘not against Russia’, Merkel says

EU leaders are gathering for a summit with six former Soviet states in Latvia, overshadowed by Russia’s role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The EU’s Eastern Partnership “is not an instrument for pursuing an expansionist EU policy”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said ahead of the summit. The partnership “is not directed against anyone, it’s […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Europe,World | Read More »

Israel scraps scheme to ban Palestinians from buses

Defence minister had approved programme to stop Palestinians working in Israel returning to West Bank on Israeli buses Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has cancelled a pilot scheme banning Palestinian workers from Israeli buses in the occupied territories – denounced as tantamount to apartheid – only hours after it was announced. The plan had been […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in Africa,World | Read More »