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US seeks extradition of FIFA 7 in Switzerland

Ginebra - The United States has demanded the extradition of seven FIFA officials detained in May setting off what could become a prolonged legal battle over the handling of the major corruption case.

Thousands in anti-corruption march against Honduras president

Tegucigalpa - Tens of thousands of Hondurans marched Friday in Tegucigalpa, many with torches in hand, as they demanded the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez over an ongoing corruption scandal.

Follow the money: Magnitsky case reaches Saint Tropez

Paris - In a fresh twist to the Sergei Magnitsky tax scam case which soured US-Russia relations, French investigators have found a money trail leading to the glitzy resort of Saint Tropez, sources told AFP.

Prosecutors seek five-year jail term for Berlusconi

Naples - Prosecutors in Naples on Wednesday asked the judge in Silvio Berlusconi's latest corruption trial to send the former prime minister and media tycoon to jail for five years.

Migration crisis and corruption takes toll on Italy's Renzi

Rome - Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi's popularity and public trust in his centre-left party have been damaged by corruption scandals and the immigration crisis, a new poll showed Saturday.

Thousands demand Honduras leader resign in latest protest

Tegucigalpa - Thousands of angry protesters marched in the Honduran capital Friday for the fourth week in a row to demand President Juan Orlando Hernandez step down over a corruption scandal.

Embattled Honduran president says U.S. may still provide aid

Washington - Hondurans waving torches may have taken to the streets demanding his resignation over corruption, but their president said Wednesday the US Congress may pass a huge Central American aid package anyway.

Swiss prosecutors probe 53 'suspicious' FIFA cases

Bern - Swiss prosecutors are investigating 53 cases of possible money laundering as they look into FIFA's handling of bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, officials said Wednesday.

Nobel centre severs ties with scandal-hit FIFA

Oslo - The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo announced Monday that it will end its partnership with football's world governing body FIFA, which has been engulfed by an unprecedented corruption scandal.

Former Sarkozy aide indicted over false invoices

Paris - French lawmaker and former Sarkozy aide Jerome Lavrilleux was charged Monday on charges of falsifying invoices during the 2012 French presidential campaign.

Romanian PM survives no-confidence vote amid corruption claims

Bucharest - Romania's parliament on Friday rejected a motion of no-confidence in the government of Prime Minister Victor Ponta who has been embroiled in a corruption inquiry.

Interpol suspends 20mn-euro deal with FIFA after scandal

Lyon - Interpol on Friday pulled out of a multi-million-euro deal with FIFA to promote integrity in sport, as the corruption scandal engulfing the world's football governing body left it increasingly isolated.

Spanish king strips graft-accused sister of duchess title

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI has issued a decree stripping his sister Princess Cristina of her title as Duchess of Palma, the palace announced Thursday, as the royal sibling faces tax evasion charges in a scandal that has embarrassed the monarchy.

Guatemalan president vows to stay despite graft probe

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez said Thursday he has no plans to resign despite being investigated for corruption and facing the possible lifting of his presidential immunity.

Romania minister quits as PM faces confidence vote

Bucharest - Romania's transport minister resigned Thursday, piling on the troubles for Prime Minister Victor Ponta a day ahead of a vote of confidence in his government and as he battles corruption allegations.

Blatter resists quit calls, top ally resigns

Paris - FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Thursday ruled out a European Parliament demand for him to quit immediately, but one of his top lieutenants did resign from the embattled organisation.

Zhou Yongkang: The 'tiger' who brought about his own downfall

Bejing - Former top Communist Zhou Yongkang, who rose through China's state oil industry to become the country's internal security chief, amassed so much power that he brought about his own downfall, according to analysts.

EU parliament urges Blatter to quit FIFA job immediately

Strasbourg - The European Parliament called Thursday on Sepp Blatter to step down immediately as FIFA president and allow for an interim leader to launch reforms in football's governing body.

China's ex-security chief jailed for life after secret trial

Bejing - China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang was jailed for life Thursday after a secret trial, state-media said, the highest ranking ex-official prosecuted by Beijing for corruption in decades.

Computer data seized at FIFA HQ

Lausanne - FIFA has handed over computer data to Swiss police investigating the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes and suspended bidding for the 2026 tournament as it remained at the centre of a football corruption storm.

Guatemala opens corruption probe against president: Court

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez will be investigated for alleged corruption and Congress has been asked to consider lifting his immunity, the Supreme Court said Wednesday.

FIFA suspends bidding for 2026 World Cup

Lausanne - FIFA announced on Wednesday it had suspended the bidding process to host the 2026 World Cup amid the furore surrounding corruption probes at the organisation.

Argentinian FIFA suspect hands himself in

Rome - Argentinian sports marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco, who has been indicted by US authorities in the FIFA corruption scandal, turned himself into police in Italy on Tuesday.

Romania MPs reject lifting premier's immunity for graft probe

Bucharest - Romania's parliament refused Tuesday to lift Prime Minister Victor Ponta's immunity to allow anti-corruption prosecutors to probe him for suspected graft.

Romanian PM backed in graft probe

Bucharest - A Romanian parliamentary committee on Monday ruled against a request from anti-graft prosecutors to proceed with a corruption case against Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

Romania PM calls graft probe 'coup d'etat'

Bucharest - Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Sunday called corruption allegations against him tantamount to a "coup d'etat" and again vowed he would not resign.

Russia and Qatar may lose World Cups 'if bribery found'

Ginebra - Russia and Qatar could lose the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if evidence is found of corruption in the bidding process, a FIFA official was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Despite FIFA charges Warner still beloved in Trinidad

Saint James - He is a key figure caught up in the middle of football's biggest corruption scandal. But indicted former FIFA vice president Jack Warner is still a wildly popular politician in his native Trinidad.

Thousands rally in Honduras calling for president to quit

Tegucigalpa - Thousands of protesters marched through Honduras's capital demanding the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez over a corruption scandal that has seen growing calls for him to quit.

British PM urges FIFA-style anti-corruption drive at G7

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday called for the G7 to "show the same courage" that exposed FIFA's corrupt practices in order to tackle graft around the world.
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