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Jun 3, 2015

FBI extends FIFA scrutiny to World Cup host bids of Russia, Qatar

NEW YORK/ZURICH, June 3 (Reuters) – The FBI’s investigation of bribery and corruption at FIFA includes scrutiny of how soccer’s governing body awarded World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar, a U.S. law enforcement official said.

Russia and Qatar have denied wrongdoing in the conduct of their bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, which were not the subject of charges announced by U.S. prosecutors a week ago against FIFA officials that stunned world soccer.

Jun 3, 2015

FBI probe includes 2018, 2022 World Cup host awards -U.S. official

NEW YORK, June 3 (Reuters) – The FBI’s investigation of soccer governing body FIFA includes scrutiny of how the organization awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 competition to Qatar, a U.S. law enforcement official said on Wednesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the review of those awards would be part of a probe that is looking beyond the allegations in an indictment of FIFA officials announced in the United States a week ago.

Jun 3, 2015

FBI to investigate Russia, Qatar World Cup bids

NEW YORK/ZURICH (Reuters) – The FBI’s investigation of alleged corruption at FIFA includes scrutiny of how soccer’s governing body awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 competition to Qatar, a U.S. law enforcement official said.

The review would be part of a probe that goes beyond the allegations of bribery in a U.S. indictment of FIFA officials announced a week ago, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

Jun 2, 2015

U.S. lawmakers warn proposed changes could doom spy bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – High-ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives warned the Senate on Monday that proposed changes to the USA Freedom Act, a bill reforming domestic surveillance, were unlikely to pass the House and might doom the contentious spy program.

The renewed tension between the two houses came a day after the Senate failed to pass legislation extending the legal authority for U.S. spy agencies’ collection of American’s phone records in time to keep the program from expiring.

May 30, 2015

Rollback of U.S. spy powers would mark post-9/11 watershed

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) – At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday,
the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies
will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected
Americans’ bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and
sealing off warehouses of digital data.

If the U.S. Congress fails to act, key provisions of the USA
Patriot Act will lapse in a watershed moment in the post-Sept.
11, 2001, era. Intrusive government powers, created and wielded
in the name of preventing another mass-casualty terrorist
attack, would be at least partly scaled back, proponents and
critics of the surveillance say.

May 29, 2015

Soccer body CONCACAF casts out executives implicated in bribe scheme

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) – The organization that governs soccer in North and Central America on Thursday announced it had dismissed its president and was placing on leave a top executive who matched the description of a “co-conspirator” in a U.S. corruption sweep against global soccer officials.

The Confederation of North, Central American and the Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) said it had “provisionally dismissed” its president Jeffrey Webb, who was among 14 top global soccer and sports marketing executives named as defendants by the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday.

May 22, 2015

Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed.

The emails from Clinton’s personal email account made public by the State Department do not appear to contain any revelations that could badly damage her bid for the presidency in 2016 or provide fodder for Republicans who accuse her of being negligent before the Benghazi attacks.

May 22, 2015

U.S. State Department posts first set of Hillary Clinton emails online

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton who was an unofficial adviser while she was secretary of state, promised to cooperate with a congressional committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Blumenthal, a former senior adviser on President Bill Clinton’s White House staff, sent private intelligence reports on Libya, prepared by a former senior CIA officer, to Hillary Clinton before and after the attacks, which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

May 22, 2015

Clinton friend promises cooperation with panel probing Benghazi attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton who was an unofficial adviser while she was secretary of state, promised to cooperate with a congressional committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Blumenthal, a former senior adviser on President Bill Clinton’s White House staff, sent private intelligence reports on Libya, prepared by a former senior CIA officer, to Hillary Clinton before and after the attacks, which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

May 21, 2015

Domestic surveillance powers in peril as U.S. Congress fights

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – The future of the U.S.
government’s power to spy on Americans’ phone calls and finances
was up in the air on Thursday as Congress fought over proposed
reforms, with no clear outcome in sight.

Lawmakers appeared to be close to deadlock over the central
question of how far citizens’ privacy rights should be infringed
to protect the country from violent extremists.