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  • Silk Road mastermind jailed for life

    The American man convicted of masterminding the criminal website Silk Road was sentenced in a New York court Friday to life in prison over the conspiracy that sold $200 million in drugs to customers worldwide. Ross Ulbricht was found guilty in February by a jury on seven counts of narcotics…

    AFP32 mins ago
  • THE LATEST: Figo slams Blatter again after FIFA election

    ZURICH (AP) — The latest on FIFA developments:

    Associated Press35 mins ago
  • More than 3,300 migrants rescued in Med Friday, 17 dead

    The Italian coastguard said it had coordinated the rescue of more than 3,300 migrants sailing across the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, but also found 17 corpses on several of the rickety boats. Distress calls were made from 17 boats, and several other rescue operations were still underway late…

    AFP53 mins ago
  • Europe vows to fight for reform despite Blatter's win

    Europe's top soccer officials have vowed not to give up their fight to reform FIFA despite failing in their bid to oust Sepp Blatter as president of the sport's world governing body. UEFA president Michel Platini, one of the driving forces behind Europe's push to get rid of Blatter, said he was…

    Reuters
  • Blatter faces bigger challenge at divided FIFA

    As Sepp Blatter was re-elected FIFA president on Friday he made almost exactly the same speech he did in 2011 about the need to pull together and root out corruption. Not only has FIFA failed to change its scandal-plagued image, it faces an even bigger credibility crisis after United States…

    Reuters
  • Germany warns Ukraine truce turning 'very fragile'

    Germany's foreign minister warned Friday that the situation in Ukraine's separatist east was turning "very fragile" and required all sides to refocus their efforts on salvaging a three-month truce. Frank-Walter Steinmeier flew into Kiev just days before Ukraine's Western-backed President Petro…

    AFP
  • U.S. considers airport preclearance centers in nine countries

    The Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it is considering expanding airline preclearance operations to 10 new foreign airports in nine countries, most of them in Europe. The department said it was entering negotiations to add preclearance programs in Belgium, the Dominican Republic,…

    Reuters
  • Blatter wins re-election despite FIFA corruption scandal

    ZURICH (AP) — In the end, nothing could stop Sepp Blatter.

    Associated Press
  • What lies ahead for FIFA and Sepp Blatter in his 5th term

    ZURICH (AP) — The FIFA election is won and done. Sepp Blatter's problems, however, are far from over.

    Associated Press
  • David Miliband says world refugee crisis to worsen with climate change

    By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A historic 52 million people are fleeing conflict worldwide, a trend that will intensify over the next two decades because of climate change, International Rescue Committee chief David Miliband said on Friday. "One of the drivers of displacement and…

    Reuters
  • FIFA presidential election results from 1904 to 2015

    By Mike Collett ZURICH (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter secured a fifth term as president of world soccer's governing body FIFA on Friday despite a corruption scandal engulfing the organization. Here is a look at presidential elections since FIFA's foundation in 1904: Paris 1904 The seven founding…

    Reuters
  • Foreign fighters switching tactics to reach Syria, Iraq

    Foreign fighters bent on joining jihadists in Syria, Iraq and North Africa are changing tactics to avoid detection, increasingly resorting to tortuous travel routes and relying on middlemen, Interpol said Friday. Interpol chief Juergen Stock told a special UN Security Council meeting that…

    AFP
  • France's Le Pen in Egypt for surprise talks with Muslim body

    French far-right leader Marine Le Pen held talks in Egypt with Al-Azhar that broached the top Sunni Muslim body's "serious concerns" over her party's stance on Islam, it said. National Front president Le Pen met late Thursday with Ahmed al-Tayeb, grand imam of Al-Azhar, at its Cairo headquarters…

    AFP
  • Experts urge Hungary to probe domestic human trafficking

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A report by the Council of Europe is urging Hungary to investigate the scale of human trafficking within the country, which it says is on the rise.

    Associated Press
  • Gravely ill Russian opposition figure won't be sent abroad

    MOSCOW (AP) — The prominent Russian opposition figure who is being treated at a Moscow hospital after the sudden onset of a mysterious illness won't be taken abroad for care.

    Associated Press
  • Palestine drops motion to suspend Israel from FIFA

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Palestine unexpectedly dropped its motion to suspend Israel from international football on Friday amid highly-charged scenes at the FIFA Congress. Instead, soccer's governing body agreed to send observers to monitor the freedom of players and officials to…

    Reuters
  • Belgium, Netherlands probe Germany after spying claims

    Belgium and the Netherlands have launched probes into claims of widespread espionage by Germany, which is accused of helping the US spy on Berlin's closest allies in Europe, officials said Friday. The separate investigations follow reports that Germany's BND spy agency helped the US National…

    AFP