<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Wed, 27 May 2015 16:04:05 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Soccer officials arrested at Swiss hotel in corruption probe]]> By GRAHAM DUNBAR http://gazette.com/soccer-officials-arrested-at-swiss-hotel-in-corruption-probe/article/feed/237441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soccer-officials-arrested-at-swiss-hotel-in-corruption-probe/article/feed/237441?custom_click=rss

ZURICH (AP) — The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.

Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged.

Scandals and rumors of corruption have dogged FIFA throughout the 17-year reign of its president, Sepp Blatter, but he was not named in either investigation. He is scheduled to stand Friday for re-election to a fifth, four-year term, and the organization said the vote would go ahead as planned,

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]]> ZURICH (AP) — The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.

Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged.

Scandals and rumors of corruption have dogged FIFA throughout the 17-year reign of its president, Sepp Blatter, but he was not named in either investigation. He is scheduled to stand Friday for re-election to a fifth, four-year term, and the organization said the vote would go ahead as planned,]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:59:51 -0600 <![CDATA[FIFA's commercial partners urged to make their voices heard]]> By PAN PYLAS http://gazette.com/fifas-commercial-partners-urged-to-make-their-voices-heard/article/feed/237675?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fifas-commercial-partners-urged-to-make-their-voices-heard/article/feed/237675?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — FIFA's sponsorship paymasters are facing mounting calls to put pressure on soccer's global governing body to clean up its act — and fast — following Wednesday's arrest of seven officials.

Companies like Coca-Cola, Visa and Adidas have in recent months shown a growing willingness to voice their concerns publicly about FIFA's string of scandals, which have spanned from past allegations of corruption to the abuse of laborers building World Cup venues in Qatar.

Wednesday's developments, which have also seen Swiss prosecutors open criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, should prompt them to demand change, according to a leading official at a g

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]]> LONDON (AP) — FIFA's sponsorship paymasters are facing mounting calls to put pressure on soccer's global governing body to clean up its act — and fast — following Wednesday's arrest of seven officials.

Companies like Coca-Cola, Visa and Adidas have in recent months shown a growing willingness to voice their concerns publicly about FIFA's string of scandals, which have spanned from past allegations of corruption to the abuse of laborers building World Cup venues in Qatar.

Wednesday's developments, which have also seen Swiss prosecutors open criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, should prompt them to demand change, according to a leading official at a g]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:31:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-FIFA vice president Warner arrested, freed on $2.5M bail]]> By TONY FRASER http://gazette.com/ex-fifa-vice-president-warner-arrested-freed-on-2.5m-bail/article/feed/237554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-fifa-vice-president-warner-arrested-freed-on-2.5m-bail/article/feed/237554?custom_click=rss

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner turned himself in to Trinidad police shortly after they issued an arrest warrant at the request of U.S. authorities. He has been released on $2.5 million bail.

Warner arrived at a police station in the capital of Port-of-Spain with at least one lawyer Wednesday. He did not enter a plea and is scheduled to appear in court again July 12.

He is one of 14 people indicted in the U.S. on corruption charges involving international soccer's governing body FIFA.

Warner was forced out of FIFA in 2011 over a bribery scandal.

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]]> PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner turned himself in to Trinidad police shortly after they issued an arrest warrant at the request of U.S. authorities. He has been released on $2.5 million bail.

Warner arrived at a police station in the capital of Port-of-Spain with at least one lawyer Wednesday. He did not enter a plea and is scheduled to appear in court again July 12.

He is one of 14 people indicted in the U.S. on corruption charges involving international soccer's governing body FIFA.

Warner was forced out of FIFA in 2011 over a bribery scandal.]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:22:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Mexico drops charges against 4 men, finds they were tortured]]> http://gazette.com/mexico-drops-charges-against-4-men-finds-they-were-tortured/article/feed/237755?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexico-drops-charges-against-4-men-finds-they-were-tortured/article/feed/237755?custom_click=rss MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico has freed four men accused of lobbing grenades into a crowd celebrating Mexico's independence day in 2008, killing eight people.

The Federal Judiciary Council said the judge declared the men innocent, ruling that three of them had been tortured into signing confessions.

From the time they were arrested almost seven years ago, the men maintained their innocence. They said they weren't even in Morelia, the capital of the western Michoacan state where the crime occurred.

Later, 16 people came forward to back up the men's story that they were in the Pacific coast port of Lazaro Cardenas.

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]]> MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico has freed four men accused of lobbing grenades into a crowd celebrating Mexico's independence day in 2008, killing eight people.

The Federal Judiciary Council said the judge declared the men innocent, ruling that three of them had been tortured into signing confessions.

From the time they were arrested almost seven years ago, the men maintained their innocence. They said they weren't even in Morelia, the capital of the western Michoacan state where the crime occurred.

Later, 16 people came forward to back up the men's story that they were in the Pacific coast port of Lazaro Cardenas.]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:22:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Criminal probe arrives at door of the great survivor Blatter]]> By ROB HARRIS http://gazette.com/criminal-probe-arrives-at-door-of-the-great-survivor-blatter/article/feed/237643?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/criminal-probe-arrives-at-door-of-the-great-survivor-blatter/article/feed/237643?custom_click=rss

ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter is arguably the most powerful man in world sports and certainly its greatest survivor.

Now comes the biggest challenge of his 17-year rule of FIFA: dealing with the U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption among soccer officials, including some who were sipping drinks with Blatter in the hours and days before being arrested on Wednesday morning in Zurich.

Despite the corruption scandals that have scarred FIFA for years, the Teflon-coated Blatter has successfully held onto the presidency, his authority seemingly undiminished.

The ability to deflect responsibility onto one-time allies and then disown them has been a hallmark of the 79-year-old Swiss administrator's term in office

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]]> ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter is arguably the most powerful man in world sports and certainly its greatest survivor.

Now comes the biggest challenge of his 17-year rule of FIFA: dealing with the U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption among soccer officials, including some who were sipping drinks with Blatter in the hours and days before being arrested on Wednesday morning in Zurich.

Despite the corruption scandals that have scarred FIFA for years, the Teflon-coated Blatter has successfully held onto the presidency, his authority seemingly undiminished.

The ability to deflect responsibility onto one-time allies and then disown them has been a hallmark of the 79-year-old Swiss administrator's term in office]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:31:09 -0600 <![CDATA[FIFA suspends 11 people over soccer corruption cases]]> http://gazette.com/fifa-suspends-11-people-over-soccer-corruption-cases/article/feed/237677?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fifa-suspends-11-people-over-soccer-corruption-cases/article/feed/237677?custom_click=rss

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has suspended 11 people, including two of its vice presidents, from all football-related activities following a U.S. criminal investigation into corruption in world soccer.

The vice presidents — Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands and Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay — were arrested in Zurich early Wednesday after being indicted in the U.S.

FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert says "the charges are clearly related to football."

The other people suspended by FIFA's ethics committee including former executive committee members Jack Warner, Nicolas Leoz and Chuck Blazer.

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]]> ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has suspended 11 people, including two of its vice presidents, from all football-related activities following a U.S. criminal investigation into corruption in world soccer.

The vice presidents — Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands and Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay — were arrested in Zurich early Wednesday after being indicted in the U.S.

FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert says "the charges are clearly related to football."

The other people suspended by FIFA's ethics committee including former executive committee members Jack Warner, Nicolas Leoz and Chuck Blazer.]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:30:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Blatter: FIFA to root out corruption, regain soccer's trust]]> By ROB HARRIS http://gazette.com/blatter-fifa-to-root-out-corruption-regain-soccers-trust/article/feed/237723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blatter-fifa-to-root-out-corruption-regain-soccers-trust/article/feed/237723?custom_click=rss

ZURICH (AP) — While accepting the trust of world soccer has to be regained, FIFA President Sepp Blatter responded to the arrest of top officials on Wednesday by insisting it showed his efforts to eradicate corruption were working.

The deepest crisis in FIFA's 111-year history is threatening Blatter's bid to win a fifth, four-year term in a contest against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan on Friday, with European soccer leaders trying to delay the election.

"This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organization," Blatter said in a statement. "We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us.

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]]> ZURICH (AP) — While accepting the trust of world soccer has to be regained, FIFA President Sepp Blatter responded to the arrest of top officials on Wednesday by insisting it showed his efforts to eradicate corruption were working.

The deepest crisis in FIFA's 111-year history is threatening Blatter's bid to win a fifth, four-year term in a contest against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan on Friday, with European soccer leaders trying to delay the election.

"This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organization," Blatter said in a statement. "We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us.]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:29:10 -0600 <![CDATA[APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns]]> By JOSEF FEDERMAN http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-quartet-mideast-envoy-tony-blair-resigns/article/feed/237558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-quartet-mideast-envoy-tony-blair-resigns/article/feed/237558?custom_click=rss

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The departure reflected the dire state of Mideast peace efforts, which have been stalled for years and show no signs of resuming following the formation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government. A top Palestinian official said he was "happy" Blair was leaving, accusing him of ineffectiveness and caving in to Israeli pressure.

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]]> JERUSALEM (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The departure reflected the dire state of Mideast peace efforts, which have been stalled for years and show no signs of resuming following the formation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government. A top Palestinian official said he was "happy" Blair was leaving, accusing him of ineffectiveness and caving in to Israeli pressure.]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:18:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Journalist who denounced drug trafficking murdered in Brazil]]> http://gazette.com/journalist-who-denounced-drug-trafficking-murdered-in-brazil/article/feed/237676?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/journalist-who-denounced-drug-trafficking-murdered-in-brazil/article/feed/237676?custom_click=rss SAO PAULO (AP) — A radio journalist known for denouncing drug traffickers and organized crime groups was murdered in northeastern Brazil, police said Wednesday.

Three men armed with machine guns and pistols killed Djalma Santos da Conceicao Saturday night in the small town of Conceicao da Feira in the state of Bahia, police inspector Gustavo Coutinho said by telephone

He said the gunmen barged into a small bar where the journalist was taking part in a party and "abducted, tortured and murdered" him before dumping his body in a rural zone outside the town.

He was the second Brazilian journalist killed in less than one week.

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]]> SAO PAULO (AP) — A radio journalist known for denouncing drug traffickers and organized crime groups was murdered in northeastern Brazil, police said Wednesday.

Three men armed with machine guns and pistols killed Djalma Santos da Conceicao Saturday night in the small town of Conceicao da Feira in the state of Bahia, police inspector Gustavo Coutinho said by telephone

He said the gunmen barged into a small bar where the journalist was taking part in a party and "abducted, tortured and murdered" him before dumping his body in a rural zone outside the town.

He was the second Brazilian journalist killed in less than one week.]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:52:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Vatican's media operations in for overhaul]]> http://gazette.com/vaticans-media-operations-in-for-overhaul/article/feed/237707?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vaticans-media-operations-in-for-overhaul/article/feed/237707?custom_click=rss VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's media operations are in for a major overhaul to make them more efficient.

The head of Pope Francis' reform committee outlined the group's recommendations Wednesday. At a speech in London, Chris Patten said the proposal calls for the Holy See's newspaper, television and radio fiefdoms to be merged under a centralized management, with a souped-up spokesman's office that can operate in multiple languages around the clock.

Patten, former chairman of the BBC Trust, acknowledged the changes will be difficult to implement given the entrenched autonomy enjoyed by the different media branches over budgets and staff.

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]]> VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's media operations are in for a major overhaul to make them more efficient.

The head of Pope Francis' reform committee outlined the group's recommendations Wednesday. At a speech in London, Chris Patten said the proposal calls for the Holy See's newspaper, television and radio fiefdoms to be merged under a centralized management, with a souped-up spokesman's office that can operate in multiple languages around the clock.

Patten, former chairman of the BBC Trust, acknowledged the changes will be difficult to implement given the entrenched autonomy enjoyed by the different media branches over budgets and staff.]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:52:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Planned march shows cracks in Venezuela opposition movement]]> By HANNAH DREIER http://gazette.com/planned-march-shows-cracks-in-venezuela-opposition-movement/article/feed/237634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/planned-march-shows-cracks-in-venezuela-opposition-movement/article/feed/237634?custom_click=rss

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — One of Venezuela's most high-profile politicians has called an anti-government march on Saturday, but the main opposition coalition is not endorsing the protest, underscoring fissures among critics of the country's socialist government.

In a recording leaked from his prison cell over the weekend, former Mayor Leopoldo Lopez asked people unhappy with the administration of President Nicolas Maduro to take to the streets for a massive, peaceful demonstration to demand releasing political prisoners and scheduling a legislative election.

The Harvard-educated Lopez, who represents the more radical wing of the opposition, has been jailed for 15 months in connection with a bloody street protest movement th

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]]> CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — One of Venezuela's most high-profile politicians has called an anti-government march on Saturday, but the main opposition coalition is not endorsing the protest, underscoring fissures among critics of the country's socialist government.

In a recording leaked from his prison cell over the weekend, former Mayor Leopoldo Lopez asked people unhappy with the administration of President Nicolas Maduro to take to the streets for a massive, peaceful demonstration to demand releasing political prisoners and scheduling a legislative election.

The Harvard-educated Lopez, who represents the more radical wing of the opposition, has been jailed for 15 months in connection with a bloody street protest movement th]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:37:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Greece: Nearly 12,000 immigrants entered illegally in April]]> http://gazette.com/greece-nearly-12000-immigrants-entered-illegally-in-april/article/feed/237681?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/greece-nearly-12000-immigrants-entered-illegally-in-april/article/feed/237681?custom_click=rss

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says nearly 12,000 immigrants were arrested entering the country illegally last month — an almost seven-fold increase from the previous year.

The agency said Wednesday that 11,873 people were arrested in April and 6,583 were arrested in March — nearly all on islands facing the coast of Turkey.

Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, on a visit to Athens Tuesday, said he would back a European Union relocation plan to assist Greece and Italy.

Greece's government has welcomed the plan but is seeking a higher quota, to help it cope with large numbers of arriving from war-torn Syria.

According to government estimates, some 37,500 immigrants and asylum seekers have

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]]> ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says nearly 12,000 immigrants were arrested entering the country illegally last month — an almost seven-fold increase from the previous year.

The agency said Wednesday that 11,873 people were arrested in April and 6,583 were arrested in March — nearly all on islands facing the coast of Turkey.

Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, on a visit to Athens Tuesday, said he would back a European Union relocation plan to assist Greece and Italy.

Greece's government has welcomed the plan but is seeking a higher quota, to help it cope with large numbers of arriving from war-torn Syria.

According to government estimates, some 37,500 immigrants and asylum seekers have ]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:37:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Saudi-led airstrikes on police headquarters kill 45 in Yemen]]> By AHMED AL-HAJ http://gazette.com/saudi-led-airstrikes-on-police-headquarters-kill-45-in-yemen/article/feed/237500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saudi-led-airstrikes-on-police-headquarters-kill-45-in-yemen/article/feed/237500?custom_click=rss

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led airstrikes struck a headquarters for police commandos in Yemen's capital Wednesday, killing at least 45 people gathered there to prepare to fight against forces loyal to the country's exiled president, Shiite rebels said.

Hundreds had been gathered at the site, close to Sanaa's presidential palace, to receive weapons while others loitered in the grass and under trees before the strike, three men there told The Associated Press. There also were militiamen there from the ranks of the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, many of them wearing traditional Yemeni clothes, they said.

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]]> SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led airstrikes struck a headquarters for police commandos in Yemen's capital Wednesday, killing at least 45 people gathered there to prepare to fight against forces loyal to the country's exiled president, Shiite rebels said.

Hundreds had been gathered at the site, close to Sanaa's presidential palace, to receive weapons while others loitered in the grass and under trees before the strike, three men there told The Associated Press. There also were militiamen there from the ranks of the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, many of them wearing traditional Yemeni clothes, they said.]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:16:37 -0600 <![CDATA[US Senator Graham in Israel ahead of likely presidential bid]]> http://gazette.com/us-senator-graham-in-israel-ahead-of-likely-presidential-bid/article/feed/237629?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-senator-graham-in-israel-ahead-of-likely-presidential-bid/article/feed/237629?custom_click=rss

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says allowing the United Nations to decide the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is a "mistake."

The South Carolina senator is a Republican foreign policy hawk and critic of President Barack Obama's handling of the Middle East. He was visiting Israel on Wednesday ahead of an expected announcement on a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Following remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before March elections that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state, Obama has said he would reassess U.S. policy toward Israel. That means the Security Council could be a potential place to act on the conflict. France also has said it would take a res

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]]> JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says allowing the United Nations to decide the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is a "mistake."

The South Carolina senator is a Republican foreign policy hawk and critic of President Barack Obama's handling of the Middle East. He was visiting Israel on Wednesday ahead of an expected announcement on a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Following remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before March elections that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state, Obama has said he would reassess U.S. policy toward Israel. That means the Security Council could be a potential place to act on the conflict. France also has said it would take a res]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Temperatures soar across Mideast countries amid sandstorms]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/temperatures-soar-across-mideast-countries-amid-sandstorms/article/feed/237538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/temperatures-soar-across-mideast-countries-amid-sandstorms/article/feed/237538?custom_click=rss

CAIRO (AP) — Temperatures soared across the Middle East on Wednesday, with winds and sandstorms driving people indoors as unlucky pedestrians tried to shield themselves from the sun with books, newspapers or anything they could find.

In the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the thermometer hit 44 degrees Celsius (112 degrees Fahrenheit) in the afternoon, a level rarely touched this early in the year. Fewer people on foot braved the baking streets near central Tahrir Square, while some sat on plastic chairs dangling their feet into the Nile. Sandstorms later turned skies brown.

"While I was taking an exam, the sweat was dropping on the paper," said student Mohamed Said, who had just left class.

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]]> CAIRO (AP) — Temperatures soared across the Middle East on Wednesday, with winds and sandstorms driving people indoors as unlucky pedestrians tried to shield themselves from the sun with books, newspapers or anything they could find.

In the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the thermometer hit 44 degrees Celsius (112 degrees Fahrenheit) in the afternoon, a level rarely touched this early in the year. Fewer people on foot braved the baking streets near central Tahrir Square, while some sat on plastic chairs dangling their feet into the Nile. Sandstorms later turned skies brown.

"While I was taking an exam, the sweat was dropping on the paper," said student Mohamed Said, who had just left class.]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:06:51 -0600