Russia’s anti-corruption watchdog chief says he does not believe the 2018 World Cup bidding process was corrupt and the FIFA arrests are a politically motivated attempt to strip Russia of the World Cup.
A founder member of the campaign group ‘New FIFA Now’ who is also a British Member of Parliament says change is needed more than ever and many people probably think president Sepp Blatter is the most despicable man in world sport.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Iraqi troops’ lack of will to fight Islamic State militants, an issue cited by the Pentagon chief over the weekend, has been a concern. In the wide-ranging briefing, Earnest also tells reporters the Obama administration has no backup plan if the U.S. Congress fails to act on legislation that would extend certain provisions of the USA Patriot Act.
The French lower house voted in favour of a law which could punish supermarkets who destroy edible food in a nation-wide effort to curb food waste.
Burundi’s opposition figure and his bodyguard have been shot dead by gunmen, adding to tensions after a month of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams welcomes Ireland’s landslide ‘yes’ vote for same-sex marriage and says it is a “huge day for equality”.
Early counting indicates Ireland has voted heavily in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in an historic referendum
A bill to end U.S. spy agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data, called the “USA Freedom Act”, is blocked in the United States Senate. A follow-up vote to extend for two months the current “USA Patriot Act” program which authorizes the collection of so-called telephone “metadata” also fails to pass.
President Barack Obama starts his own Twitter account, quickly amassing tens of thousands of followers.
A Burundi army general says he had sacked Pierre Nkurunziza as president for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office, and was working with civil society groups to form a transitional government.