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World - Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes

By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - 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 U.S., Swiss and other law enforcement agencies that plunged the world soccer body into the worst crisis in its 111-year history. Neither Blatter nor Jordanian challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein got the necessary two thirds of the vote in the first round, with Blatter on 133 and Prince Ali on 73.

Friday, May 29, 2015  18:55


World - Canada will not support Blatter for FIFA presidency

Canada, which is hosting the 2015 FIFA Women`s World Cup, will not support incumbent Sepp Blatter in Friday`s presidential vote at the FIFA Congress, the head of the Canadian Soccer Association said on Thursday on his official Twitter account. Victor Montagliani said Canada will instead support the only other candidate, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan. `Our (Board of Directors) met and has made the decision of voting for Prince Bin Ali Hussein as we cannot support the current political leadership of FIFA,` he tweeted.

Friday, May 29, 2015  03:59


World - Europe vows to fight for reform despite Blatter`s win

Europe`s top soccer officials have vowed not to give up their fight to reform FIFA despite failing in their bid to oust Sepp Blatter as president of the sport`s world governing body. UEFA president Michel Platini, one of the driving forces behind Europe`s push to get rid of Blatter, said he was disappointed that Jordan`s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein failed to win Friday`s election in Zurich.

Friday, May 29, 2015  20:08


Europe - Blatter stays on as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter continues to reign over world soccer as he secures a fifth term as President of FIFA after his sole rival, Jordan`s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, concedes in the election battle.

Friday, May 29, 2015  19:13


World - Yemen`s Saleh says Saudi offered him `millions` to fight Huthis

Dubai (AFP) - Yemen`s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh said in an interview broadcast Friday he had rejected `millions of dollars` Saudi Arabia offered him if he stood up to the Shiite rebels.

Friday, May 29, 2015  19:13


World - Blatter takes the plaudits in final FIFA election pitch

By Mike Collett ZURICH (Reuters) - Incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter used all the tricks of the old master he is after 17 years in the job to woo delegates at the FIFA Congress when he made his final election pitch before voting began for a new president on Friday. The 79-year-old Swiss, who has been president since 1998 and is seeking a fifth term, gave a far more assured delivery than his challenger, 39-year-old Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan. ...

Friday, May 29, 2015  17:44


World - Blatter calls for unity ahead of FIFA vote

FIFA boss Sepp Blatter on Friday defended his actions battling corruption ahead of a vote to decide on whether he remains as president of football`s beleaguered world body. Blatter, 79, is being challenged by Prince Ali bin al Hussein, a FIFA vice president. FIFA was rocked on Wednesday by the arrest of seven officials in a dawn raid on their Zurich hotel.

Friday, May 29, 2015  15:20


World - Pakistan wins toss, chooses to bowl vs Zimbabwe

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and chose to bowl in the second one-day international against Zimbabwe on Friday.

Friday, May 29, 2015  12:19


Middle East - U.N. Resolves to Combat Plundering of Antiquities by ISIS

A resolution adopted unanimously by the General Assembly amounted to the broadest international condemnation so far to the cultural destruction wrought by the Islamic State.

Friday, May 29, 2015  02:45


World - `Disappointed` US soccer officials still push for FIFA change

(Reuters) - American soccer officials expressed their disappointment after Sepp Blatter`s FIFA election victory on Friday but were adamant they would continue to push for change and reform within the game`s governing body. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati congratulated Blatter on his re-election as president but made a point of calling for more `responsible, accountable, transparent` governance following the corruption scandal enveloping FIFA this week. `While we are disappointed in the result of the election, we will continue to push for meaningful change within FIFA,` Gulati, whose organization backed Blatter`s opponent Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, said in a statement.

Friday, May 29, 2015  20:44

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