Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president, while people around the world called for him to resign. The soccer organization has been rocked this week by arrests and corruption charges. Several groups have called for Blatter to step down and businesses are reviewing sponsorships.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said corruption scandals within the world soccer organization have brought "shame and humiliation" on the sport. Also in the news, Iranian foreign minister expresses hope for nuclear deal; President Barack Obama hosts a Twitter chat on climate change.
A Human Rights group says that the Islamic State militants have executed 20 people in the ancient Roman theater in Palmyra, a UNESCO World heritage site. Also in the news, Heat wave kills 1,100 in India; Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum announces his campaign for president.
An Iraqi government television broadcast announced the move Tuesday. Also in the news, Al-Shabab attacks Kenya police near Somali border; Spy trial of Washington Post reporterJason Rezaian begins in Iran; Recovery efforts continue in Texas and Mexico after strong storms over the weekend.
China is adding several small nuclear warheads to missiles. China says its military is only for defense. Some people question that claim. Especially now, as China becomes more assertive in a dispute with several Asian nations over maritime territory. Some experts worry of a possible Asian arms race.
The Islamic State seized control of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. The fall of Palmyra reportedly left the militants in control of half of Syria. Last Sunday, the militants took control of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province.| In The News
China's navy is reported to have issued eight warning messages to a U.S. military spy plane over several man-made islands. Boats with Rohingya migrants accepted in Indonesian waters. U.S. and Cuba continue talks toward diplomatic ties.
The North Korean government has canceled a planned United Nations visit to the Kaesong Industrial Complex. The cancellation came just a day before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was to visit the industrial center, where 53,000 North Koreans work.
The forces came together Tuesday outside the Iraqi city of Ramadi. An offensive would be aimed at re-capturing the city from Islamic State militants. In other news, US officials have charged six Chinese people with economic spying and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea Thursday.
Shi’ite Muslim forces are also preparing to deploy to the city. Kerry has strong words for North Korea. Injuries reported during railway protest in Southwest China. Fighting in South Sudan condemned by UN. Nine killed in gun violence in Waco, Texas over the weekend.
The United States is considering sending military aircraft and navy ships to test Chinese claims in the South China Sea. Satellite images have confirmed China’s work on four coral reefs in the waterway. The work has included structures from shipping piers to landing areas for helicopters.
Chinese President Xi welcomed Indian Prime Minister Modi to his family’s hometown of Xi’an. The two leaders may sign $10 billion in economic deals during talks. Also in the news, Obama discusses Iran deal with Gulf leaders; Taliban attack on Kabul hotel kills 14; Migrant boat seen off Thai coast.
U.S. President Barack Obama praised U.S.-Saudi ties Wednesday as he welcomed the Saudi Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince. Also in the news, gunmen entered a guest house in Kabul; North Korea's defense minister was reportedly executed; Amtrak train was twice the normal speed before Tuesday's crash
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he had "frank" -- or direct -- discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday. Also in the news, the Philippines and Japan hold joint military exercises in South China Sea; Yemen cease-fire begins today ; Pakistani PM voices support for Afghanistan.
The leader of Saudi Arabia will not take part in talks with U.S. and other Arab officials this week. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced on the decision on Sunday. He said King Salman will send Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to the U.S.-Arab summit in Washington. The summit opens Wednesday.
This week one woman and two men announced they would campaign for the Republican party's nomination for president. Only one of them has held political office. They join three United States senators who have already announced their candidacies. | In the News
A U.S. appeals court in New York ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency's program to collect phone records of Americans is illegal. British voters are voting in a close election that could oust Prime Minister David Cameron from office. Iran releases seized Maersk vessel
Kerry said he will discuss a proposed "humanitarian pause" in Yemen during his talks in Saudi Arabia. Also in the news, Baltimore mayor seeks federal investigation of city’s police department; Officials look for links between ISIS and Texas attack; Death sentences for 4 Afghans in Kabul attack
Secretary Kerry is the first ever secretary of state to visit Somalia while in office. Also in the news, the so-called Islamic State claims responsibility for shooting in Garland, Texas; French lawmakers approve spy bill; Obama nominates Joe Dunford for Joint Chiefs of Staff chair.
Also in the news, over 7,200 people are confirmed dead in Nepal; Australian police defend cooperation with Indonesia in the case of 2 drug traffickers; Baltimore mayor ends a nighttime curfew; Texas police kill 2 gunmen at an event held by a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative.