FIFA boss Sepp Blatter headed into a re-election vote Friday adamant that only he can clean up football's corruption-tainted headquarters, to the dismay of many as calls mounted to support his rival Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan.
The Syrian army has pulled back from the northwestern city of Ariha after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government.
USA - ISRAEL
US defence aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington’s efforts to assuage its ally’s fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran.
Top-seeded Serena Williams survived a fright against German Anna-Lena Friedsam at the French Open on Thursday, while Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all easily reached the tournament's third round.
Wearing a checkered shirt, his head and shoulders enveloped by a black shawl, one of the world’s most reclusive jihadist emirs sought to convince TV audiences Wednesday that he was that elusive oxymoron: a good jihadist.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Thursday said the world football body had to earn back people’s trust following the arrest of top officials, but ignored calls to step down over a massive corruption scandal.
FRANCE - JUSTICE
A French court has acquitted a former ally of Nicolas Sarkozy on charges of swindling millions of euros from France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, by taking advantage of her weak mental state.
UEFA president Michel Platini confronted FIFA leader Sepp Blatter at an emergency meeting of football chiefs on Thursday and said he called on him to stand down because of corruption scandals engulfing world football.
The armed extremist group Boko Haram does not top the list of concerns of ordinary Nigerians. Rather, the country's recurring fuel shortages are on everyone's mind, as a new president prepares to be sworn in Friday.
Former New York Governor George Pataki on Thursday entered the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, joining a crowded field of candidates vying to retake the White House for their party.
British Prime Minister David Cameron embarked on a two-day tour of European capitals on Thursday to win support for his European Union reform drive that aims to reclaim some powers from Brussels.
Tunisian authorities have arrested a second Moroccan suspect in connection with a deadly attack in March on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, the interior ministry said on Thursday.
Nebraska became the first Republican-dominated state in more than 40 years to abolish capital punishment as legislators overrode the governor’s veto of a bill repealing the death penalty.
Malaysia said Thursday it believes 139 people are buried in marked graves at remote detention camps used by people-smugglers on the Thai border, with each wrapped in white cloth in Muslim tradition.
FIFA's veteran president Sepp Blatter faced angry demands to resign after US indictments and arrests of top lieutenants engulfed the football supremo in crisis heading into an annual congress Thursday.