“Blatter, who announced on Tuesday that he will be resigning from his position , has not been directly implicated in the parallel US and Swiss criminal investigations into FIFA, which were announced last week. Unidentified US law enforcement officials, however, told the NYT that ‘they were hoping to win the cooperation of some of the FIFA officials now under indictment and work their way up the organisation’ in a bid to build a case against Blatter.”
“Prof Hawking, who has motor neurone disease, has argued that keeping someone alive against their own wishes is the ‘ultimate indignity’, saying he would think about it in the event he was suffering great pain. In an interview with Dara O’Briain, for a new BBC programme, the world-renowned scientist disclosed he suffered bouts of loneliness, because people can be afraid to talk to him or let him answer. In 2013, he offered his public support to the discussion of assisted dying, saying: ‘We don’t let animals suffer, so why humans?’”
“Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told France Inter radio the coalition had seen ‘a lot of losses’ within IS in the past nine months. ‘It will end up having an impact,’ he added, but warned IS remained resilient and capable of taking the initiative.”
“The passage of the USA Freedom Act paves the way for telecom companies to assume responsibility of the controversial phone records collection program, while also bringing to a close a short lapse in the broad NSA and FBI domestic spying authorities. Those powers expired with key provisions of the Patriot Act at 12.01am on Monday amid a showdown between defense hawks and civil liberties advocates.”
“The sale of Maggi noodles has been banned for 15 days in the Indian capital and the state of Uttar Pradesh amid the widening food-safety scare, and several major grocery chains have taken the country’s favorite noodle off their shelves, BBC reports. Laboratory tests on two dozen packets of the noodles in northern India found nearly seven times the permissible limit of lead.”
“We need to learn lessons which we learned in Crimea, which we partly see in the east of Ukraine. Any possible attack, in any form, needs to be taken seriously,” Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said in May. “What makes sense for us is to be prepared for anything.”
“Russia has made big strides in international cooperation with others – especially China, in the relaxing of controls on state borders at the Primorsky Krai, in order to allow the free movement of tigers and Amur leopards – another animal whose conservation is now a major concern for the government. Wires were removed to prevent injuries, cameras were set up at the border, and various other measures put into place by the two countries. Now satellite signals are being beamed back to Moscow from collar trackers.”
He Jianzhong, vice minister of transportation, told reporters at the main rescue site that the operation might shift to lifting the ship out of the river but that the move would require five large cranes. One was already on site at midday Wednesday. Of the 456 people who were on the ship, the Oriental Star, 14 had been rescued and 26 deaths had been confirmed, China Central Television reported Wednesday evening.
“Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement late Tuesday that he has submitted a blueprint to create a state-based exchange to save subsidies for nearly 350,000 people with ObamaCare – which he called ‘the responsible thing to do.’”
“The missile, which had a reported range of more than 500 kilometers (300 miles), was fired from a southern launch pad, said an official at Seoul’s Defense Ministry who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules. President Park Geun-hye watched the launch, according to her office.”
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