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Jul 14, 2015

FIFA turns down request for Blatter to attend U.S. Senate panel hearing

By Mark Hosenball and Simon Evans

(Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel invited FIFA President Sepp Blatter to answer questions at a hearing this Wednesday about the corruption scandal that has badly tarnished soccer’s global governing body but FIFA declined on his behalf, a congressional official said.

“Sen. Moran’s office reached out to FIFA to explore the possibility of having Mr. Blatter testify but the organization declined,” said Garrette Turner, spokesman for Senator Jerry Moran, the Republican chairman of the consumer protection subcommittee, which is holding the hearing.

Jul 13, 2015

Soccer-FIFA turns down request for Blatter to attend U.S. Senate panel hearing

July 13 (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel invited FIFA President Sepp Blatter to answer questions at a hearing this Wednesday about the corruption scandal that has badly tarnished soccer’s global governing body but FIFA declined on his behalf, a congressional official said.

“Sen. Moran’s office reached out to FIFA to explore the possibility of having Mr. Blatter testify but the organization declined,” said Garrette Turner, spokesman for Senator Jerry Moran, the Republican chairman of the consumer protection subcommittee, which is holding the hearing.

Jul 10, 2015

U.S. personnel agency chief resigns over massive data breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Office of Personnel Management chief Katherine Archuleta resigned on Friday, a day after the Obama administration said massive computer hacks at the government agency had put the personal data of more than 21 million people at risk.

The White House, facing harsh criticism from Republicans in Congress, said Archuleta had stepped down and that OPM was stepping up cyber security measures, such as limiting the number of “privileged users” of computer data.

Jul 9, 2015

FBI says it thwarted Islamic State-inspired July 4 attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities foiled attacks planned around the Fourth of July, arresting more than 10 people in the month before the holiday who were inspired by Islamic State online recruitment, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday.

“I do believe our work disrupted efforts to kill people likely in connection with July 4th,” Comey told reporters at the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He did not detail the number of plots uncovered or their targets.

Jul 6, 2015

FIFA bans bid inspector Mayne-Nicholls for seven years

ZURICH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who led the teams which inspected bids to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, has been banned from all football for seven years, FIFA’s ethics committee said on Monday.

World soccer’s governing body said Mayne-Nicholls, formerly head of the Chilean Football Federation, would not be able to take part in “any kind of football-related activity at national and international level” during that period.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-FIFA bans bid inspector Mayne-Nicholls for seven years

ZURICH/WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) – Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who led the teams which inspected bids to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, has been banned from all football for seven years, FIFA’s ethics committee said on Monday.

World soccer’s governing body said Mayne-Nicholls, formerly head of the Chilean Football Federation, would not be able to take part in “any kind of football-related activity at national and international level” during that period.

Jun 26, 2015

Coordinated or not, attacks show Islamic State’s growing reach

LONDON (Reuters) – The attacks came one after the other in the space of a few hours.

In France, a decapitated body covered in Arabic writing was found after an attacker rammed his car into a gas container, triggering an explosion. In Kuwait, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a packed Shi’ite mosque during Friday prayers, killing two dozen. And in Tunisia, a gunman opened fire at a popular tourist hotel, killing at least 37 people.

Jun 24, 2015

Exclusive – Swiss authorities examine FIFA grants in football probe: source

LONDON – (Reuters) – Swiss authorities are examining development grants made by FIFA around the world as part of their investigation into the sport’s global governing body and its award of World Cup hosting rights for Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, a source familiar with the probe said.

In particular, the investigators are looking at how the money was spent and whether there is any falsification of documents, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The grants mainly go to national soccer associations and are often earmarked for new soccer pitches and related facilities, or for training programs.

Jun 24, 2015

Exclusive: Swiss authorities examine FIFA grants in soccer probe – source

LONDON – (Reuters) – Swiss authorities are examining development grants made by FIFA around the world as part of their investigation into the sport’s global governing body and its award of World Cup hosting rights for Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, a source familiar with the probe said.

In particular, the investigators are looking at how the money was spent and whether there is any falsification of documents, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The grants mainly go to national soccer associations and are often earmarked for new soccer pitches and related facilities, or for training programs.

Jun 24, 2015

Swiss authorities examine FIFA grants in soccer probe-source

LONDON, June 24 – (Reuters) – Swiss authorities are examining development grants made by FIFA around the world as part of their investigation into the sport’s global governing body and its award of World Cup hosting rights for Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, a source familiar with the probe said.

In particular, the investigators are looking at how the money was spent and whether there is any falsification of documents, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The grants mainly go to national soccer associations and are often earmarked for new soccer pitches and related facilities, or for training programs.