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  • THE LATEST: Blatter to lead FIFA; challenger withdraws 29 May 2015 | 12:59 pm

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter smiles as he attends the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015, where he runs for re-election as FIFA head. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)ZURICH (AP) — The latest on FIFA developments:


  • Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes 29 May 2015 | 12:34 pm

    FIFA President Blatter gestures after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress in ZurichBy 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.


  • Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm 29 May 2015 | 12:22 pm

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures after being re-elected following a vote to decide on the FIFA presidency in Zurich on May 29, 2015Sepp Blatter won the FIFA presidency for a fifth time Friday after his challenger Prince Ali bin al Hussein withdrew just before a scheduled second round. Just before the second round was about to start the Jordanian prince, a FIFA vice president who had campaigned on the need for reform, withdrew thanking those "brave enough" to vote for him.


  • Bangladeshi couple spot abducted son in press photo of boat migrants 29 May 2015 | 12:20 pm

    "I am 100 percent sure that it is him," said Selina Akhtar, mother of Mohammad Sabbir Hasan, as she held up a copy of Kalerkantha, a Bangladeshi daily which published the picture taken by the AFP news agency. Thousands of people, mostly Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and Bangladeshis, have been trying to slip into Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for years through a people-smuggling network. Mass graves and suspected human-trafficking detention camps have been discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand.

  • No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis 29 May 2015 | 11:57 am

    Htin Linn, the head of the Myanmar delegation, points while speaking at the "Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean" regarding the Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrant crisis at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 29, 2015. A regional meeting called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia began Friday with a defensive Myanmar official criticizing those who blame his country for causing the crisis, saying "finger pointing" would not help. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)BANGKOK (AP) — A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs, as Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis and warned that "finger pointing" would not help.


  • Myanmar finds boat with 727 migrants off south coast 29 May 2015 | 11:20 am

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Antoni Slodkowski YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's navy seized a boat packed with 727 people off the country's southern coast on Friday, the government said, about a week after it found a similar vessel it said carried around 200 Bangladeshi migrants. Most of those on board this boat were also from Bangladesh, a senior official from the president's office, Zaw Htay, told Reuters. Earlier, Myanmar's Ministry of Information described them as "Bengalis", using the term the government uses to describe the country's persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority as well as people from Bangladesh.

  • EU, Japan say wary of unilateral actions in South China Sea 29 May 2015 | 9:02 am

    The European Union and Japan are concerned about unilateral actions that change the status quo in the South China Sea, a joint statement said on Friday, with China's reclamation in disputed waters stoking regional tensions. "We continue to observe the situation in the East and South China Sea and are concerned by any unilateral actions that change the status quo and increase tensions," said the statement issued after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and other EU leaders. "We urge all parties ... to refrain from unilateral actions, including the threat or use of force and coercion," it said.

  • S. Korea confirms 12 MERS cases 29 May 2015 | 8:53 am

    The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is considered a deadlier version of the SARS virus which killed hundreds of people in 2003 and led to Asian nations checking the temperature of passengers as they arrived at airportsSouth Korea confirmed five MERS cases Friday, bringing the total number of patients infected with the potentially deadly virus to 12, including a man who defied a quarantine protocol and travelled to China, health officials said. The infections were all traced to the original case of a 68-year-old man diagnosed on May 20 after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is considered a deadlier but less infectious cousin of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and killed hundreds of people, mostly in China.


  • After 50 years, stateless Shona still trapped in Kenya's shadows 29 May 2015 | 8:24 am

    By Maina Waruru NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a village on the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi, 53-year-old Margaret Maposa embroiders seat covers for a customer, sitting with her niece Elizabeth Moyo, who is weaving a multi-colored basket. Both women wear white headscarves, subtle markers of their membership of the 2,000-strong stateless Zimbabwean Shona community who have been living invisibly among Kenyans for more than 50 years. Maposa moved to Kenya as a two-year-old with her parents in 1963.

  • FGM campaigners: Nigeria ban welcome, but work not over 29 May 2015 | 8:11 am

    By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists on Friday welcomed Nigeria's new law banning female genital mutilation (FGM), but warned that legislation alone will not be enough to eradicate the practice. According to 2014 U.N. data, a quarter of Nigerian women have undergone FGM -- the partial or total removal of external genitalia which can cause physical and psychological problems. Although some of Nigeria's 36 states already prohibit the ritual, this week's new federal law brings in a nationwide ban.

Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

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The former chief minister of Bengal died earlier today. Jyoti Basu was hospitalized with pneumonia and then put on a respirator following acute breathing difficulty. He was admitted to the hospital last Friday and while showing some improvement the first few days of his hosp…
 
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