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Blatter quits as FIFA corruption storm grows

Zurich - Sepp Blatter resigned Tuesday as president of FIFA in a stunning capitulation to critics as the weight of corruption scandals threatened world football's governing body.

FIFA denies Blatter deputy approved $10 million payment

Zurich - FIFA on Tuesday admitted that it had processed a $10 million payment from South Africa to a disgraced football official but denied the world body's secretary general Jerome Valcke was involved.

Brazil prosecutors investigating ex-football confederation leader

Rio De Janeiro - Prosecutors have launched an investigation against Ricardo Teixeira, former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president, for alleged crimes including money-laundering and fraud, officials said Monday.

Nigeria anti-graft agency arrests over 20 bankers for fraud

Lagos - Nigeria's anti-corruption agency has arrested six senior officials from the country's central bank and 16 from commercial banks over alleged currency fraud, a spokesman told AFP on Monday.

S. Africa denies $10 mn payment was FIFA bribe

Ginebra - South Africa denied that a $10 million payment it made in 2008 was in any way a bribe to FIFA for the 2010 World Cup, in the latest twist to the massive corruption scandal engulfing world football's governing body.

Berlin urges 'out-of-touch' FIFA to make fresh start

Berlin - Germany's foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier insists FIFA must make a new start following Sepp Blatter's re-election and says football's governing body is out of touch with the sport it serves.

Corruption tarnishes Russia's new showpiece cosmodrome

Moscow - Designed to showcase a revamped space industry and divert attention from recent failures, Russia's multi-billion-dollar project to build its own space launch pad to take over from Soviet-era Baikonur has been mired in corruption scandals.

Putin hails Blatter 'professionalism' after FIFA re-election

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated FIFA boss Sepp Blatter on his re-election as head of football's governing body, the Kremlin said Saturday, despite a high-profile corruption scandal rocking the game.

FIFA scandal: More arrests ahead but Putin smells U.S. plot

Zurich - Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s incumbent president emerged victorious against challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein at Friday’s FIFA elective congress.

Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics campaign

Zurich - FIFA president Sepp Blatter expressed shock at the tactics used by the US anti-corruption investigators but insisted he was not a target.

Defiant Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm

Zurich - Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president in a dramatic end to an angry campaign dominated by a corruption storm that engulfed the leadership of world football.

Defiant Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm

Zurich - Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president on Friday in a dramatic end to an angry campaign dominated by a corruption storm that engulfed the leadership of world football.

Blatter-Prince Ali duel for FIFA goes to 2nd round

Zurich - The duel between incumbent Sepp Blatter and Prince Ali bin al Hussein for the FIFA presidency went into a second round Friday when Blatter fell seven votes short of the required majority.

All-clear given after bomb threat at FIFA congress

Zurich - The FIFA congress resumed on Friday after the all-clear was given following a bomb alert at the venue where world football's governing body will vote on whether to retain Sepp Blatter as president.

FIFA votes for new president

Zurich - A 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.

Where the heck is Cutter?

Zurich - Networks reported Wednesday that corruption arrests of FIFA executives was partly triggered by its selection of oil-rich Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup. Jon Stewart’s Daily Show had much fun with the story.

Eight convicted of fleecing French billionaire L'Oreal heiress

Bourdeaux - A French court on Thursday convicted eight members of L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt's entourage of exploiting the frail billionaire, with one ordered to repay her 158 million euros ($170 million).

Blatter warns of 'more bad news' for tainted FIFA

Zurich - Beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Thursday warned of "more bad news" for football's scandal-tainted world body but rejected calls to resign over a widening corruption controversy.

S.African president cleared over 'swimming pool' scandal

Cape Town - South African President Jacob Zuma will not have to repay public money spent on 'security upgrades' to his private residence that included a swimming pool and chicken run, the police minister announced Thursday.

Blatter 'meets heads of six FIFA confederations'

Zurich - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has met with the heads of FIFA's six confederations in Zurich on Thursday morning as a vast corruption scandal continues to engulf world football's governing body, sources confirmed.

FIFA sponsors pile pressure on Blatter ahead of AGM vote

Zurich - Sponsors piled pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football as two major corruption scandals overshadowed the start of a congress Thursday at which he will seek a new term.

Brazil protesters demand Rousseff impeachment

Bras - Several hundred protesters gathered Wednday in Brasilia to demand the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff after they completed a 1,000-kilometer (650-mile) march on the capital.

Vatican official investigated for embezzlement: reports

Rome - Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, a Vatican official, is under investigation by Italian prosecutors on suspicion of embezzlement and price fixing during the sale of an historic castle, according to media reports Wednesday.

U.S. prosecutors allege 'World Cup' of soccer fraud

New York - The United States accused soccer officials of corrupting a sport loved by billions Wednesday, warning the investigation is not over and seeking the extradition of suspects arrested in Switzerland.

'Bribery in bidding' for South Africa World Cup: Lynch

New York - Corrupt officials at world soccer's governing body FIFA took bribes during the process that awarded the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch alleged Wednesday.

Brazil's new Right on the march

Bras - The teenage flag-bearer of Brazil's new Right, Kim Kataguiri, is marching on Brasilia as more conservative voices demand the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

China sending officials and their wives to jail, for tours

The Chinese government is sending government officials on prison tours. The tours' aim less to teach the officials about prison systems, and more to act as a warning against corruption.

Israel ex-PM Olmert sentenced to 8 months for corruption

Jerusalem - Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for corruption on Monday, the latest legal blow in a spectacular fall from grace.

Guatemalan president sacks 3 ministers amid graft scandal

Guatemala City - Guatemala's embattled President Otto Perez fired three ministers and his spy chief Thursday, seeking to get a grip on a deepening corruption scandal that already claimed his vice president.

Sun, sea, corruption: Valencia, hub of Spain voter rage

Valencia - With huge public works projects blighted by cost overruns and corruption scandals, the beachside Valencia region embodies Spain's ills -- and voters' hunger for change in looming elections.
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