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FIFA votes for new president

FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers his speech at the opening of the FIFA Congress in Zurich, on May 29, 2015A FIFA congress on Friday started a vote for a new president with incumbent Sepp Blatter the favourite despite a major corruption scandal engulfing the organisation. Blatter's challenger is Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan, 39, who has campaigned on the need for reform at the multi-billion dollar world body which has faced a series of scandals in recent years. Blatter vowed to lead FIFA out of the corruption "storm" it has become embroiled in if he wins.



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FIFA votes amid corruption crisis: LIVE REPORT

FIFA President Sepp Blatter pictured at the FIFA congress in ZurichLondon (AFP) – 15:20 GMT – Appeal – More from the Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter.



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Palestinians withdraw bid to have FIFA suspend Israel

Israeli football chief Ofer Eini (right) shakes hands with his palestinian counterpart Jibril Rajoub during the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, on May 29, 2015Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub withdrew his association's bid to have FIFA suspend Israel from international football on Friday before shaking hands with his Israeli counterpart. "I have decided to drop the resolution for the suspension," Rajoub told the FIFA congress in Zurich before shaking the hand of Israeli FA president Ofer Eini. Palestine, which has been a FIFA member since 1998, had wanted the governing body to expel Israel over its restrictions on the movement of Palestinian players.



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German newspaper corrects IMF chief Lagarde’s Greece comments

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has corrected an interview with International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde in which she had been quoted as saying that a Greek exit from the euro zone was a “possibility”. It’s a complicated issue and it’s one that I hope the Europeans will not have to face because hopefully they will find a path to agree with the future of Greece within the euro zone,” Lagarde was quoted as saying in the transcript. FAZ, a leading German financial newspaper, said it had “changed” Lagarde’s quote.
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EPA proposes lowering required amount of ethanol in gas

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014 file photo, an American Ethanol label is shown on a NASCAR race car gas tank at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The Obama administration is proposing to reduce the amount of ethanol blended in the nation's gasoline, a blow to renewable fuel companies that have pushed to keep high volumes of their product flowing into drivers' gas tanks. The move is unlikely to mean much for consumers or prices at the pump. (AP Photo/Randy Holt, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing to reduce the overall amount of ethanol blended in the nation's gasoline in coming years, a blow to renewable fuel companies that have pushed to keep high volumes of their product flowing into drivers' gas tanks.



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Cuba removed from US terror list

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has taken Cuba off its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
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THE LATEST: Voting begins to choose next FIFA president

FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan attends the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015. (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP)ZURICH (AP) — The latest on FIFA developments:



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Cleanup of oily goo could allow California beaches to reopen

A cleanup crew collects balls of tar that washed ashore in Manhattan Beach, Calif. on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Popular beaches along nearly 7 miles of Los Angeles-area coastline are off-limits to surfing and swimming after balls of tar washed ashore. The beaches along south Santa Monica Bay appeared virtually free of oil Thursday morning after an overnight cleanup, but officials aren't sure if more tar will show up. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 7-mile stretch of Southern California coastline that was closed to swimmers and surfers after globs of oily goo washed ashore could reopen Friday after a two-day cleanup effort.



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Women of ISIS: Who are they?

“I made my little steps … I was trembling. Nervous. Scared…” Shams’ breathless prose reads like a trashy romance novel, as she describes every tiny detail of her first meeting with her husband-to-be.


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Blatter’s future as president at stake in FIFA election

FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter, right, walks past Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, left, and UEFA President Michel Platini, center, during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015, where he will run for re-election as FIFA head. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)ZURICH (AP) — The future of soccer's embattled governing body was at stake Friday as Sepp Blatter sought a fifth term as FIFA president amid the biggest corruption crisis in the organization's 111-year history.



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Blatter set to win new term despite soccer corruption scandal

UEFA President Platini speaks with FIFA President Blatter and Valcke, Secretary General of the FIFA, at the 65th FIFA Congress in ZurichBy Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) – World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport's governing body. Addressing delegates at FIFA's annual Congress in Switzerland, where members began voting to decide the organization's presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified. Europe, which accounts for all but three of the countries that have ever made it to a World Cup's final match, is particularly keen to banish the 79-year-old Swiss.



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Magnitude-6.7 quake strikes remote area off Alaska coast

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A strong earthquake struck in a remote region off the Alaska coast, but there was no threat of tsunami or immediate reports of damage, officials said.
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What is Dennis Hastert’s ‘past misconduct’?

The former House speaker’s indictment raises many questions. Here are the top five. FULL STORY


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No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis

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, with Myanmar criticizing those blaming it for fueling the crisis and warning that "finger pointing" would not help.



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Explosion shakes Burundi capital, deadly protests continue

Policemen prepare to throw tear gas canisters during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term in BujumburaBy Clement Manirabarusha BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – An explosion shook the centre of the Burundi capital on Friday but no one was injured, a police source said, as deadly unrest against against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office rumbled on. "We don't know the cause of the explosion yet," said one police officer who had visited the scene of the blast. The demonstrations, which began a day after Nkurunziza announced plans for a third term, have kindled the biggest political crisis in Burundi since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005.



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Latest on flooding: River’s threat reduced for Texas city

From left to right, Cara Hewitt, Linda Balas, Kathy Bullard and Doreen Crow look at the spot in Wimberley, Texas, on Thursday May 28, 2015, where eight of their friends from Corpus Christi were swept away in a flood. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGAZINES OUT10 a.m. (CDT)



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The Latest: It’s Stan the Man as Wawrinka reaches 4th round

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka unwraps a new racket in his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Steve Johnson of the U.S. at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/David Vincent)PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open:



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Response by operator of broken oil pipeline faces scrutiny

FILE - In this May 20, 2015, file photo, workers monitor the site of an underground oil pipe break up a hill from Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. The pipe, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, spewed oil down a culvert and into the Pacific on May 19 before it was shut off. Democratic U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein say the response to the oil spill that blackened beaches and created a 10-square-mile slick on the ocean was "insufficient." and called on federal regulators to provide more details on the activities and decisions by Plains. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Emergency workers and officials from a pipeline operator had gathered last week to train for the worst — an oil spill — when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell at a nearby beach.



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20-year-old Wisconsin cheddar makes debut at $209 a pound

MINERAL POINT, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin cheesemaker is debuting a 20-year-old cheddar this week that’s short in supply and big on price.
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James Patterson launches children’s imprint

FILE - In this May 3, 2006, file photo, author James Patterson contemplates a question during an interview at his home overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach, Fla. Little Brown & Company announced Friday, May 29, 2015, that Patterson has launched the “jimmy patterson” imprint for children’s books. The imprint will feature books by Patterson, who has written numerous children’s stories, and by other authors. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson, already one of the book world's most popular authors, is now becoming a publisher.



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Putin’s week of muscle-flexing

Here’s a look at the Russian President’s busy week — and why the actions matter. FULL STORY


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College basketball player drowns in Indiana reservoir

CICERO, Ind. (AP) — A University of Indianapolis basketball player has drowned after officials say he fell into an Indiana reservoir without a lifejacket.
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IS bombs second Saudi Shiite mosque, killing three

Saudi security forces inspect the site of a suicide bombing that targeted the Shiite Al-Anoud mosque in the coastal city of Dammam, on May 29, 2015An Islamic State jihadist killed three people Friday when he blew himself up in a car outside a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, the second such attack in a week. The bombing, again coinciding with weekly Friday prayers, added to the distrust felt by among the Shiite minority of protection provided by security forces in the predominantly Sunni kingdom. It was the third attack to target Shiites in the oil-rich Eastern Province where most of the country's Shiites live, and according to the interior ministry it killed three people dead and wounded four.



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Merkel promises to work with Britain’s Cameron on reform of EU

German Chancellor Merkel and Britian's Prime Minister Cameron address news conference in BerlinBy William James BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised on Friday to work with David Cameron to clinch a deal on reforming the European Union that would keep Britain in the bloc, saying "where there's a will there's a way". Both leaders, fellow conservatives with a good personal rapport, dodged the question of whether Cameron's demands for changes to the EU treaty were achievable before Britain holds a referendum on its membership of the bloc. Cameron, who won a second term as prime minister on May 7, said he hoped and believed that Europe would show flexibility towards one of its "larger countries, a big contributor, a major European player".



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TV actor Dustin Diamond to testify during trial over brawl

FILE - This Dec. 26, 2014 file photo provided by the Ozaukee County, Wis., Sheriff shows Dustin Diamond. Diamond, the actor who played Screech in the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," is accused of stabbing a man during a Christmas Day bar fight in southeastern Wisconsin. (Ozaukee County Sheriff via AP, File)PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — TV actor Dustin Diamond is expected to testify about what happened during a barroom scuffle outside of Milwaukee.



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Abolish penalty shoot-outs, Cameron jokes in Germany

FIFA should not only do away with Sepp Blatter but put an end to penalty shoot-outs as well, British Prime Minister David Cameron joked on Friday at a news conference in Berlin with Germany’s Angela Merkel. After telling a news conference that the FIFA president should step aside over allegations of corruption in soccer’s world governing body, Cameron offered a self-deprecating joke about England’s penalty shoot-out trauma in big tournaments, where they almost always lose — and often to Germany. “I don’t think there’s anything else to add on the footballing issue — though, of course, perhaps it’s an opportunity to say that we should have no more penalty shoot-outs,” Cameron deadpanned.
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Burundi opposition leader declares election boycott

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi’s most prominent opposition leader says his party is boycotting elections amid political unrest stemming from the president’s bid for a third term.
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Suicide bomber strikes Shiite mosque in Saudi, killing 4

Smoke rises after a car exploded near a Shi'ite mosque in Saudi Arabia's DammamRIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group.



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