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Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

Business News - 24 min 19 sec ago

By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - The corruption charges engulfing soccer's governing body has heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the scandal. With FIFA facing the worst crisis in its 111-year history, Michel Platini, who heads Europe's soccer confederation UEFA, said he had told Blatter to go "with tears in my eyes", but the 79-year-old had refused. "I said, 'I'm asking you to leave, FIFA's image is terrible.' He said that he couldn't leave all of a sudden," Platini, a former French international, told reporters.

What's behind the heat wave and when will it end?

CNN World - 30 min 59 sec ago
It's often hot in India. But the past 10 days have been exceptional, even for one of the hottest places on the planet. The highest temperature recorded on Wednesday reached 116.6 degrees Fahrenheit in the eastern states of Jharkhand and Odisha.
Categories: International News

World's policeman wins rare applause for FIFA crackdown

Business News - 31 min 30 sec ago

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States has infuriated some of its closest allies in recent years by fining their banks and spying on their citizens. Following news on Wednesday that the U.S. Justice Department, supported by FBI investigators, was charging nine current and former FIFA officials with illegal payments, kickbacks and bribes, the Twittersphere was flooded with rare cheers of approval for the "world's policeman". Fans of the "beautiful game" - the world's most popular sport but outside the sporting mainstream in the United States - also questioned why countries with a richer soccer tradition had turned a blind eye to suspicions of corruption for so long.

NDP's Jagmeet Singh wants to legislate an end to police carding

National News - 39 min 37 sec ago
It's that last detail that he says has is the reason he's been stopped by the Toronto police at least 10 times. "I'm sure looking diverse or standing out was certainly a part of why I was targeted," Singh said in an interview on CBC's As It Happens. Singh is calling for a provincial strategy against carding, a practice whereby a police office can stop, question and collect information on a person without making an arrest.
Categories: National News

Conference Board sees 'underwhelming' economic performance in Alberta this year

National News - 43 min 15 sec ago
The Conference Board of Canada says a recession is unavoidable in Alberta this year. The Ottawa-based economic think-tank says even though oil prices have stabilized around US$60 a barrel, Alberta's economy will shrink by 0.7 per cent in 2015. It says oil prices are well below break-even levels for most new projects and things aren't expected to get better until next year.
Categories: National News