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May 29, 2015 17:17
FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)
Sepp Blatter re-elected as FIFA president after Prince Ali concedes
FIFA's long-time head Joseph "Sepp" Blatter has won his fifth presidential term after his opponent, Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, withdrew before the voting went into the second round.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) stands with Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015. (Reuters/Ruben Sprich)
West vs Asia, Africa: How FIFA presidency standoff between Blatter & Ali plays out
As the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) elects its president, its incumbent head Joseph Blatter comes under fire from Western nations, but keeps the backing of Africa and Asia.
Israel's national soccer team players (Reuters/Nikola Solic) Palestine drops motion to suspend Israel from FIFA
Palestine has dropped its motion to suspend Israel from FIFA, Palestinian Football Association president Jibril Rajoub said. A committee was proposed to monitor the situation between the Palestine and Israeli associations, which FIFA approved.
Sigmar Gabriel, German Minister for Economic Affairs (Reuters/Fabian Bimmer) ​Ukraine conflict, US spying contradict EU values – German vice-chancellor
The values of the EU are put at risk by the lingering conflict in Ukraine, as well as by actions of the NSA, according to an opinion piece written by German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.
Two Mistral-class helicopter carriers Sevastopol (L) and Vladivostok are seen at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France, May 21, 2015. (Reuters/Stephane Mahe) ​Mistral dead end: Sources say French offer ‘totally impracticable,’ no progress in Moscow talks
Negotiations on the Mistral ships in the Russian capital have wrapped up with no effect - and even without starting properly, sources told media, as the French delegation put forward an “absolutely impracticable” suggestion.
Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili) ​Fugitive Georgian ex-president nominated as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region
The Ukrainian cabinet of ministers has nominated the former president of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, who has been placed on an international wanted list in his own country, as the governor of Ukraine’s coastal Odessa region.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Reuters/Francois Lenoir) US sees need to build bridges with Russia – Lavrov
Washington sees the need to build bridges with Moscow and end the unsuccessful period of US-Russia relations that benefits no one, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel.
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. (Reuters/U.S. Navy) Chinese mobile artillery placed on reclaimed island, Pentagon says
China has placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island of the Spratlys archipelago in the disputed South China Sea, the US military claim amidst soaring tensions, a day after China accused the US of spreading “chaos” in the region.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (2nd L), Head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (2nd R) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) walk together during negotiations at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 29, 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Reuters/Brendan Smialowski) Iran says no to IAEA-managed access to several nuclear sites
Tehran has rejected access to several individuals and nuclear sites that are listed by the Western states in relation to the nuclear program deal, according to local media.
Reuters/STR Neurons for Algernon: Scientists restore memories in amnesic mice, hope to help humans
A team of researchers have managed to unblock forgotten memories in lab mice using light pulses, a report published in the journal, Science, says.
People visit a World War II memorial in the former village of Khatyn, some 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Minsk (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko) ​Alleged Nazi war criminal dies in Canada & escapes justice
An alleged 93-year-old Nazi war criminal charged by Russia with genocide earlier this month has died in Canada, his lawyer announced. The man was second on the list of Most Wanted Nazi War Criminals, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
'Marauders Map': App exposes ease of tracking Facebook Messenger users
If you value privacy, you may want to think twice before using Facebook Messenger. A new extension for Chrome has revealed just how much location data is shared through the app – and it's enough to track someone down with almost perfect accuracy.
U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia (Photo from US embassy in Estonia spying on locals with consent from Tallinn – report
Personal information about Estonian citizens has been collected by a secret division of the US embassy in the capital, Tallinn, for some years now, Estonian media reports. The data has been fed to a global terror database.
Participants listen to the opening speech of FIFA President Sepp Blatter at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015. (Reuters/Ruben Sprich) Swiss police confirm bomb threat received at FIFA congress in Zurich - local media reports
A bomb threat was received at the FIFA congress in Zurich on Friday, prompting authorities to search the meeting venue. No evacuations were carried out, and the congress later resumed. It comes as the organization holds its presidential election.


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