Swiss police arrested seven FIFA officials in Zurich in the early hours of Wednesday morning, on charges of corruption. The arrests came at the request of the U.S. Justice Department and are the result of a three-year FBI investigation. Those indicted on Wednesday include nine FIFA officials, as well as four marketing executives whose companies had dealings with the organization. According to the DOJ, all of the defendants were facing charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses. Also this morning, DOJ officials searched the premises of the Central America and Caribbean football federation (CONCACAF) in Miami, Florida. In a separate development, the Office of the Swiss Attorney General has opened criminal proceedings against FIFA on suspicion of “criminal management” and “money laundering” regarding the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which will take place in Russia and Qatar respectively. Wednesday’s raid took place ahead of Friday’s vote to elect a new president for the governing body of world soccer. Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, the incumbent, is widely expected to be re-elected for a fifth term, despite a series of corruption investigations and allegations which have tarnished FIFA’s image. The arrest, at the request of U.S. authorities, came as a surprise to many. Swiss officials, however, said their American counterparts had good reason to pursue the case. “According to U....


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According to a statement given to the Associated Press, U.S. military and Nepali personnel are at the crash site near the mountain village of Kalinchok. The chopper, which was part of the Marine Light Attack Helicopter squadron based at Camp Pendleton, California, was carrying six U.S. Marines and two Nepali soldiers when it crashed. It…

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Security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists during sand storm in the eastern part of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, May 14, 2015. Islamic State extremists tend to take advantage of bad weather when they attack Iraqi security forces positions, an Iraqi officer said. (AP Photo)

ISIS militants on Friday came one step closer to taking full control of one of Iraq’s main cities after storming key government buildings in the city of Ramadi, the capital of the country’s largest province. Amid the buildings seized by the militants was the police headquarters for Anbar province, as well as the government centre,…

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