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Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 01:39 UTC

Interpol after Argentine promoters linked to FIFA corruption case

Judge Martínez de Giorgi issued arrest warrants after prosecutor Delgado filed three writs arguing that the accused should not be exempt from arrest.

Argentine judge Marcelo Martínez de Giorgi has approved the arrest of three Argentine business leaders named in a corruption scandal engulfing world football and facing US extradition requests, though he acknowledged he did not know if they were in the country. The businessmen were considered fugitives from justice on Thursday after Interpol was unable to locate them at their residences.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 00:48 UTC

One step closer: US drops Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism

On April 8, 2015, Kerry completed the review and recommended President Obama that Cuba no longer be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

The United States on Friday formally dropped Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, the US State Department said in a statement. The removal of Cuba from the US terrorism list eliminates an obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties between the United States and the communist-led Caribbean island state after 54 years.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 00:20 UTC

Without a wink of remorse, Blatter celebrates FIFA's fifth re-election victory

Neither Blatter nor Jordanian challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein got the necessary two thirds of the vote in the first round

Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after the only other candidate conceded defeat after a first round of voting in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in world soccer. Blatter's victory came despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery scandal being investigated by US, Swiss and other law enforcement agencies.

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 09:34 UTC

Falklands War plates' complaint rejected by BBC Trust: 'lack of evidence'

The Top Gear production team fled Argentina following protests over the use of the registration number H982 FKL.

The BBC Trust has rejected complaints over Top Gear's Patagonia special, in which a car number plate which appeared to refer to the 1982 Falklands war. The production team fled Argentina following protests over the use of the registration number H982 FKL.

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 09:22 UTC

WHO calls for action against illicit tobacco trade on World No Tobacco Day

“The Protocol offers the world a unique legal instrument to counter and eventually eliminate a sophisticated criminal activity,” says Dr Margaret Chan

Eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco would generate an annual tax windfall of 31 billion dollars for governments, improve public health, help cut crime and curb an important revenue source for the tobacco industry. Those are the key themes of World No Tobacco Day on May 31 when the World Health Organization will urge Member States to sign the Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 09:16 UTC

G7 finance chiefs meet in Dresden to discuss global recovery, but Greece overshadows

“We are all in the process of working towards a solution for Greece and I would not say that we already have reached substantial results,” said IMF Lagarde

Finance chiefs and central bankers from the Group of Seven economic powers discussed ways to revive the faltering global recovery on Thursday as the United States leant on Europe to reach a deal to avert a Greek bankruptcy. The threat of a Greek default, rising oil prices and bond market volatility are fuelling investor nervousness about the world's economy.

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:56 UTC

Argentine football and government pledge support for investigation and call for transparency

Grondona, who passed away in July 2014 having been at the helm of Argentine football since 1979, could have taken a total of US$15m in illicit payments.

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) issued on Thursday a press release in support of the US led investigation into FIFA and called for transparency in football, adding it joins the efforts to investigate corruption in the sport.

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:45 UTC

Led by former star Romario, Brazilian Senate opens formal inquiry into country's football

Romario: “There's no other alternative. Either these guys all go to prison or they will continue sucking the blood out of Brazilian football until its death”

Brazilian police began investigating allegations of corruption in its soccer industry on Thursday, prompted by the arrests of top officials at world soccer body FIFA in a U.S. bribery probe. The country's Senate, led by former national soccer star Romario, who is now a prominent legislator, moved to open a formal inquiry into alleged bribes paid to obtain contracts with the Brazilian Soccer Federation (CBF).

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:41 UTC

Putin claims US seeks to derail Russia's 2018 World Cup plans

The Russian president's comments came former UEFA president Lennart Johannsen backed calls for Russia to be stripped of the tournament

Russian president Vladimir Putin waded into the FIFA scandal by accusing the United States of interfering in FIFA affairs after the US Justice Department ordered Swiss police to arrest seven senior FIFA officials on Wednesday. They were among nine current and former FIFA officials indicted.

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:33 UTC

Undaunted Blatter blames corruption on others and pledges to rebuild trust in FIFA

“We cannot allow the reputation of football and FIFA to be dragged through the mud any longer. It has to stop here and now,” said Blatter.

Despite growing pressure to resign having presided over a series of corruption scandals, Sepp Blatter tells Congress he is still the man to rebuild trust in FIFA’s battered reputation

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