Football: Sepp Blatter wins Fifa vote amid corruption storm after Prince Ali withdraws
ZURICH (AFP) - Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as Fifa president on Friday in a dramatic end to an angry campaign dominated by a corruption storm that engulfed the leadership of world football.
His challenger Prince Ali bin al Hussein withdrew from the race after preventing Blatter from getting the required majority in the first round of voting.
Blatter, who had defied calls to resign, raised his arms in triumph and promised the congress to be the "commander" who "guides this boat Fifa" out of the corruption turmoil it has sunk into. The 79-year-old indicated he would not stand again saying he would handover a "strong" Fifa to "my successor" in four years. READ MORE HERE
At least 19 killed in Pakistan as gunmen storm buses: Officials
QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP) - Unidentified gunmen late Friday stormed two passenger coaches in southwest Pakistan, killing at least 19 people, officials said.
"The attackers forced the buses to stop, abducted more than two dozen passengers, and then shot at least 19 dead," said Ismail Ibrahim, a senior official in troubled Baluchistan province.
The buses were en route to the port city of Karachi when they were stormed in Mastung district, according to Akbar Harifal, deputy district commissioner. READ MORE HERE
More than 3,300 migrants rescued in Mediterranean Sea, 17 dead: Coastguard
ROME (AFP) - The Italian coastguard said it had coordinated the rescue of more than 3,300 migrants sailing across the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, but also found 17 corpses on several of the rickety boats.
Distress calls were made from 17 boats, and several other rescue operations were still underway late Friday evening.
The 17 bodies were found on three inflatable dinghies, from which more than 300 other migrants were rescued alive, the Italian navy said on Twitter. READ MORE HERE
McCain seeks defence funding to help Asia against China challenges
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading US senator has proposed that the United States provide hundreds of millions of dollars to help train and equip the armed forces of Southeast Asian countries faced with Chinese territorial challenges.
Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the proposal in an amendment to the 2016 US Defence Authorisation Act expected to be passed later this year, entitled the South China Sea Initiative.
It allows for the provision of up to $425 million (S$573 million) over five years to countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam for "equipment, supplies, training and small-scale military construction." READ MORE HERE
Snapchat gets $725 million in fresh funding
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Snapchat on Friday informed US regulators that it has raised US$537 million (S$724 million) in a new round of equity funding that could climb as high as US$650 million.
The vanishing-message service did not disclose who bought stakes in the Los Angeles-based company, which came at a price estimated to give Snapchat a value of more than US$15 billion, according to media reports.
US media reports indicated that Snapchat investors in this latest round of fund raising included Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba. READ MORE HERE