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  • S.Africa ex-president joins denial of FIFA World Cup bribe claims 29 May 2015 | 2:42 am

    South Africa's former president Thabo Mbeki Friday joined government officials in denying allegations the country paid bribes to secure the right to host the 2010 FIFA World CupSouth Africa's former president Thabo Mbeki Friday joined government officials in denying allegations the country paid bribes to secure the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Mbeki was president when South Africa won the bid in 2004, becoming the first African country to host the event. This week a damning indictment by US authorities alleged bundles of cash in a briefcase were handed over at a Paris hotel as a bribe by a "high-ranking South African bid committee official".


  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT 29 May 2015 | 2:32 am

    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, nobody was prepared. "They turned up suddenly and took us completely by surprise," said resident Ghulam Sakhi of the night of April 24 when hundreds of Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack. "It was horrific. People just started running away as fast as they could and for those who stayed, we were on our own for 10 days. The government just couldn't cope."

  • Blatter defiant as re-election vote looms 29 May 2015 | 2:30 am

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C), flanked by his girlfriend Linda Barras (L), speaks to Swiss Sports Minister Ueli Maurer at the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on May 28, 2015FIFA president Sepp Blatter headed into a re-election vote Friday adamant that only he can clean up the world's most popular sport, to the dismay of critics who want to issue a red card to his 17-year rule. The boss of football's governing organisation brazened it out after governments joined leading figures of the global game along with deep-pocketed sponsors in crying foul over FIFA's corruption scandal. British Prime Minister David Cameron backed calls for Blatter to resign, while French President Francois Hollande said sports groups selecting the hosts of major events must be "irreproachable".


  • Muhammadu Buhari takes over Nigeria in crisis 29 May 2015 | 2:11 am

    A man sells banners of former General and Nigerian President elect, Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President elect Yemi Osibajo, outside Eagle Square, a day ahead of the Presidential Inauguration of Buhari, in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Muhammadu Buhari takes over a nation in crisis Friday with an Islamic uprising that has made 1.5 million people homeless and coffers emptied by massive corruption.


  • Buhari to be sworn in as Nigeria president after historic win 29 May 2015 | 12:34 am

    A vendor sells wrist watches with portraits of Nigerian president-elect Mohammadu Buhari ahead of a handover ceremony in Abuja, on May 28, 2015Muhammadu Buhari becomes Nigeria's new head of state on Friday, in an unprecedented ceremony after he won the first opposition victory over a sitting president in the nation's history. The 72-year-old takes charge of Africa's most populous nation, which is facing crises on several fronts, from severe economic turmoil to Boko Haram's still-raging Islamist insurgency. The inauguration, before visiting heads of state and dignitaries, comes 32 years after the former army general seized power in a military coup.


  • AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case 29 May 2015 | 12:02 am

    FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2006, file photo, Anders Kompass, the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights representative in Guatemala, speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Guatemala City. The U.N.’s poor handling of child sex abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers in the field fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body’s human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press. The letter dated May 8 from U.N. human rights field staffers is an angry response to last month’s suspension of colleague Kompass for telling French authorities, a decision that the U.N. Dispute Tribunal reversed this month. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s poor handling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body's human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press.


  • Ex-FIFA vice president Warner leaves jail in ambulance 28 May 2015 | 11:39 pm

    FILE - In this Thursday, June 2, 2011 file photo, suspended FIFA executive Jack Warner gestures during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in his native Trinidad and Tobago. Warner was one of the 14 people indicted Wednesday May 27, 2015 in the U.S. on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File)PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner left a Trinidad jail by ambulance Thursday, a day after he was charged in a U.S. corruption case that has led to the arrests of more than a dozen international soccer officials and businessmen.


  • A look at the voting blocs in the FIFA president balloting 28 May 2015 | 11:23 pm

    UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino and UEFA President Michel Platini attend a press conference after a meeting of the European Soccer Federation, UEFA, at a hotel in Glattpark-Zurich, ahead of the FIFA congress, in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The FIFA congress with the president's election is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2015 in Zurich. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)FIFA's 209 members are expected to elect President Sepp Blatter to a fifth term Friday, based on statements in recent months issued by continental confederations, despite a string of scandals including the indictment of nine soccer officials this week by the U.S. government.


  • Ghana, Nigeria lead African challenge at Under-20 World Cup 28 May 2015 | 9:00 pm

    FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2014 file photo, Cagliari's Godfred Donsah, right, controls the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Empoli, in Empoli, Italy. The FIFA Under-20 World Cup which starts in New Zealand on Saturday, May 30, will be a showcase of the new generation of talent that will populate those leagues in years to come. (AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni,File)CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — While Africa's senior teams have struggled to make an impact at the World Cup, the juniors have had considerable success.


  • THE LATEST: US will vote for Prince Ali in FIFA election 28 May 2015 | 6:28 pm

    FILE - In this Thursday, June 2, 2011 file photo, suspended FIFA executive Jack Warner gestures during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in his native Trinidad and Tobago. Warner was one of the 14 people indicted Wednesday May 27, 2015 in the U.S. on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File)ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:


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