Blatter says vote for Russia, Qatar the root of FIFA crisis ZURICH (AP) - The worst corruption crisis in soccer history stems from the governing body's decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cup tournaments, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday. Blatter spoke at the FIFA congress hours before the presidential election in which he is a seeking a fifth term. He has refused calls to resign after FIFA was targeted by U.S. and Swiss authorities in separate corruption investigations.
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Hastert indictment offers few clues about alleged misconduct CHICAGO (AP) - A newly unveiled indictment against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert accuses the Illinois Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct." But it offers few hints about a central question: What was the alleged wrongdoing? The concise federal grand jury indictment handed down Thursday accuses Hastert, who once was second in line to the U.S. presidency, of agreeing to pay the money to a person identified in the document only as "Individual A," to "compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against" that person.
Suicide bomber attacks Shiite mosque in Saudi, kills 4 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - A suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in an eastern Saudi city on Friday and killed four people, the Kingdom's official news agency said, in the second deadly bombing targeting the religious minority in a week. The Saudi Press Agency said the bomber was parking his car at the entrance of the Imam Hussein mosque in the port city of Dammam, home to a large Shiite population, during Friday prayers. It added that guards approached the car as it was parking and that the driver detonated a bomb.
Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting BANGKOK (AP) - Regional talks dealing with the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia began Friday with a Myanmar official criticizing those who blame his country for causing the crisis, saying "finger pointing" would not help. Htin Linn, the acting director of Myanmar's Foreign Affairs Ministry, spoke after several officials urged delegates to address the root causes of the problem - a reference to minority Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar for years - and a top U.N. official called for stateless Rohingya to be granted citizenship.
New lab can create hurricane conditions on demand MIAMI (AP) - Researchers trying to figure out what makes some hurricanes strengthen into catastrophic monsters have a new lab that allows them to generate tropical storm conditions with the flip of a switch. The lab is at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. It's known as the Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction, or SUSTAIN.
AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N.'s poor handling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body's human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press. In a separate letter to the U.N. secretary-general, a woman who worked directly under the U.N. staffer who was suspended for alerting French authorities is protesting her dismissal last week, a day before she says she was to testify in support of him for an internal U.N. investigation.
Civilians biggest losers on Afghan war's new northern front KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) - When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, nobody was prepared. "They turned up suddenly and took us completely by surprise," said resident Ghulam Sakhi of the night of April 24 when hundreds of Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack. "It was horrific. People just started running away as fast as they could and for those who stayed, we were on our own for 10 days. The government just couldn't cope."