article 28 May 2015 World
'Surely it's time to say goodbye to Fifa, Mr Blatter?'
Fifa President Sepp Blatter addressing the opening of the Zurich congress (Reuters)

Embattled Fifa President Sepp Blatter is confronted by Keme Nzerem of Channel 4 News, minutes before giving the opening speech at the Fifa's 65th congress in Zurich.

article 28 May 2015
How 'bribes' compare to Fifa spending on improving football
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Fifa officials and company executives allegedly took $150m in bribes and kickbacks over 24 years. How does that compare to Fifa's spending on making football better?

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post 28 May 2015
Read more on Liam's blog El Nino's influence: more Pacific hurricanes likely this year

Yesterday, the National Hurricane Center issued its eastern Pacific hurricane outlook, saying that there¿s a 70 per cent chance of an above-normal number of storms this year - largely due to El Nino.

article 28 May 2015 UK
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Women in 'marginal' Jewish sect told not to drive

Women in a Jewish sect in north London have been told not to drive because of concerns that to do so would offend "traditional rules of modesty" - or face having their children barred from school.

article 28 May 2015 UK
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Cameron tours Europe as referendum bill unveiled

David Cameron begins his whistle-stop tour to meet European leaders, as he begins talks on the "substantive" changes he wants ahead of the UK's referendum on EU membership.

article 28 May 2015 World
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Fifa arrests: what the sponsors say

World Cup sponsors express concerns after the US accuses senior officials of football's governing body of fraud and money laundering.

post 27 May 2015
Read more from Kylie Morris on her blog Nebraska votes to abolish death penalty

Nebraska becomes the first conservative state to abolish the death penalty in more than 40 years.

article 27 May 2015 UK
CCTV (Reuters)
How councils were given 42,000 days to spy on public

Pigeon feeders and drivers were among thousands of surveillance targets approved by courts under legislation expected to be strengthened by the government's so-called "snooper's charter".

article 27 May 2015 UK
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Protesters gather after Queen's speech to 'fight austerity'

A few hundred protesters marched through Westminster to oppose austerity measures announced in today's Queen's speech - including restrictions on immigration and strikes.

article 27 May 2015 UK
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Queen's speech: unions attack Javid strike action crackdown

Trade unions representing more than 4.1 million people attack Tory plans to make it more difficult for public sector workers to carry out legal strikes, Kevin Rawlinson and Sahra Ajiba report.

post 27 May 2015
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Fifa arrests: why they'll worry big corporations

When US prosecutors say Fifa¿s execs have ¿corrupted global football¿, that will ring alarm bells in every global brand associated with football.

post 27 May 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Queen's Speech: a Tory 'kaleidoscope' government's programme

Former minister Simon Burns said it was a joy to be in office in a Tory kaleidoscope government. It was through, he said, a kaleidoscope that all was blue and blessedly without yellow, purple or red.

article 27 May 2015 World, Yemen
Air strike in Yemen (Reuters)
Yemen conflict: dozens killed in Saudi-led air strikes

At least 80 people are killed in Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen - in the deadliest day of bombing the country has seen in over two months of war.

article 27 May 2015 UK
Cold sore
Cold sores: the new cure for skin cancer?

A new weapon in the fight against skin cancer is being championed by scientists, who say a landmark trial of a genetically-modified cold sore virus have yielded "exciting" results.

article 27 May 2015 Technology
News
Bug enables you to crash almost anyone's iPhone

A new iPhone vulnerability can cause force a phone to crash when it receives a jibberish message.

article 27 May 2015 World
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Tony Blair to step down as Middle East envoy

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has submitted his resignatiom as Middle East peace envoy.

article 27 May 2015 World
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Fifa officials held in Switzerland on corruption charges

Fourteen high-ranking Fifa officials - including vice-president Jeffrey Webb - face extradition to the USA as part of an investigation into bribery allegations in world football adding up to $150m.

article 27 May 2015 World, Israel
Palestinian members of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas (Reuters)
Hamas 'tortured and killed Palestinian civilians' - Amnesty

Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians in Gaza during the 2014 war with Israel, according to Amnesty International.

article 27 May 2015 UK
Royal crown (Reuters)
Queen's speech 2015: adopting 'a one nation approach'

Delivered by the Queen in her speech at the state opening of parliament, the government outlines its political priorities, promising to "bring different parts of the country together."

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