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  • FIFA votes amid corruption crisis: LIVE REPORT
  • -London (AFP) - 12:51 GMT - PALESTINIANS WITHDRAW BID TO HAVE FIFA SUSPEND ISRAEL -



  • Heavy rains pound North Texas, severe weather kills 18 in the state
  • Amy Gilmour a volunteer from San Antonio Texas walks past a pile of debris which included parts of destroyed homes that amassed when the Blanco River flooded during the Memorial Day weekend rains in Wimberley TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Storms bringing as much as seven inches of rain drenched North Texas overnight into Friday, prompting hundreds of calls for emergency assistance and adding to the woes of the state where 18 people have been killed in severe weather this week. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the Dallas area on Friday morning and a flash flood watch for an area stretching from central Texas into central Kansas. The seven inches (17.8 cm) in North Texas from Thursday morning into Friday comes after storms dumped seven inches on Austin on Monday and as much as 11 inches (28 cm) overnight on Monday in the Houston area.



  • Stocks open slightly lower after economic data disappoints
  • FILE - This Oct. 2, 2014 file photo shows the Wall Street subway stop on Broadway, in New York's Financial District. The U.S. economy went into reverse in the first three months of this year as a severe winter and a widening trade deficit took a harsher toll than initially estimated. The overall economy as measured by the gross domestic product contracted at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the January-March period, the Commerce Department reported Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower after the government reported that the domestic economy contracted in the first three months of the year.



  • Saudi suicide blast on Shiite mosque 'kills three'
  • Saudi police inspect the damage after 21 people were killed in a suicide bombing inside a Shiite mosque in Qatif, on May 22, 2015A suicide bomber disguised in women's clothing blew himself up at the entrance to a Saudi Shiite mosque during Friday prayers killing three people, the interior ministry said. The Islamic State jihadist group claimed the attack, the second in a week. "Authorities have managed to foil a terrorist crime targeting people performing the Friday prayers at Al-Anoud mosque in Dammam," capital of Eastern Province, said a ministry spokesman quoted by the Saudi Press Agency.



  • It's not just up to Germany to help Greece: Schaeuble
  • German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday that it was not just up to Germany to help Greece, saying this was a task for the whole of the euro zone. "We are aware of our responsibility and we will do everything to do justice to this responsibility but this is not just a responsibility for one country, not just a responsibility for Germany ? It's a responsibility for the euro zone as a whole," he said after a meeting of the finance ministers and central bank chiefs of the Group of Seven (G7) countries. Speaking at the same news conference, Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann said participants at the G7 meeting had discussed how the extended period of low interest rates could cause financial stability risks to arise, especially in the insurance sector.

  • U.S. Lew urges broad deal on Greece now, focus on details later
  • By William Schomberg and David Ljunggren DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Greece and its creditors need to quickly agree on a broad deal to address the Greek debt crisis and then work out the details before Athens hits deadlines for repayments, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Friday. Lew, speaking to reporters after a meeting of policymakers from the Group of Seven economies, said a speedy deal would reduce the chances of an "accident" and he wanted to see a pragmatic outcome to the protracted crisis. Greece and its creditors from the euro zone countries and the International Monetary Fund are trying to hammer out a cash-for-reforms deal that would prevent the country from defaulting on its debt and potentially leaving the euro zone.

  • Suicide bomber strikes Shiite mosque in Saudi, killing 4
  • Smoke rises after a car exploded near a Shi'ite mosque in Saudi Arabia's DammamRIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) ? A suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group.



  • Magnitude-6.7 quake strikes remote area off Alaska coast
  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ? A strong earthquake has struck in a remote region off the Alaska coast, but officials say there is no tsunami threat or immediate reports of damage.

  • Man with 1st name 'God' settles with credit rating agency
  • NEW YORK (AP) ? A New York City man whose first name is God has settled a lawsuit with a credit reporting agency that had refused to recognize his name as legitimate.

  • Exclusive: Air France faces new safety probe after freighter takeoff scare
  • An Air France aircraft takes-off at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport near ParisAir France faces its second safety investigation in as many weeks after pilots were forced to recover in mid-takeoff after entering the wrong data into the computer of a cargo jet, airline and safety officials said. The mistake over the plane's weight was discovered when the Boeing 777 freighter accelerated too slowly while starting off down the runway at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on May 22. Air France confirmed the incident in response to a query from Reuters and said the crew had been taken off flying duties once they had reached their initial destination.



  • California beaches could reopen after cleanup of oily goo
  • A cleanup crew collects balls of tar that washed ashore in Manhattan Beach, Calif. on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Popular beaches along nearly 7 miles of Los Angeles-area coastline are off-limits to surfing and swimming after balls of tar washed ashore. The beaches along south Santa Monica Bay appeared virtually free of oil Thursday morning after an overnight cleanup, but officials aren't sure if more tar will show up. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) ? Officials hope to reopen a 7-mile stretch of Southern California coastline that was closed to swimmers and surfers after globs of oily goo washed ashore.



  • Ruble rebound threatens 'Made in Russia' industry revival
  • In this photo taken on Friday, May 22, 2015, Stanislav Obraztsov, left, speaks to his colleagues at his craft beer bar in Moscow. The ruble?s crash in value against the dollar last year helped Russia?s nascent craft beer industry by making imported competitors more expensive. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) ? Russia's ruble is on a roller-coaster. After being the world's second worst-performing currency against the dollar last year, it is among the best in 2015.



  • Who? Townshend, Springsteen, Daltrey jam at NYC event
  • In this image made from APTN video, Pete Townshend arrives at Musicares event in New York, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/APTN)NEW YORK (AP) ? Bruce Springsteen called Pete Townshend "the greatest rhythm guitarist of all-time," told a story about attending his first Who concert as a pimply-faced teenager and joined Townshend and surprise guest Roger Daltrey onstage for a rocking set.



  • Request for probe of handling of Ferguson case back in court
  • CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) ? A St. Louis County judge is set to resume hearing arguments in a lawsuit seeking an independent probe of the county prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown.

  • Comer concedes governor's race, Bevin is Republican nominee
  • Ohio County Clerk Bess Ralph, left, shows vote totals to James Comer representative Darren Embry, right, as Assistant County Clerk Chelsea Rusher records the count during the recanvass of the Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial primary race, Thursday May 28, 2015, in Hartford Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) ? James Comer has conceded the governor's race in Kentucky, ending a tumultuous Republican primary and handing the nomination to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.



  • US economy contracted 0.7% in first quarter
  • The US downturn was due in part to the impact on trade of the three-month West Coast ports slowdown, as well as a lower level of private inventory investment than previously estimatedThe US economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the first quarter of this year, the Commerce Department said Friday in a revised GDP estimate. The downturn was due in part to the impact on trade of the three-month West Coast ports slowdown, as well as a lower level of private inventory investment than previously estimated.



  • India's heat wave tests water supply; death toll over 1,800
  • An Indian child plays in front of a water sprinkler to cool off on a hot summer day at Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad, India, Friday, May 29, 2015. Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weeks long heat wave to more than 1,000, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)HYDERABAD, India (AP) ? Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weekslong heat wave to at least 1,826, officials said Friday.



  • Muhammadu Buhari takes over Nigeria in crisis
  • New Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, salutes his supporters during his Inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, May 29, 2015. Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing and singing songs and praises at the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) ? Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing, singing praises and releasing white doves symbolizing peace at the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls.



  • Former champion Ivanovic through to 4th round at French Open
  • Serbia's Ana Ivanovic returns the ball to Croatia's Donna Vekic during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Paris. Ivanovic won 6-0, 6-3. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) ? After struggling in her first two matches at the French Open, Ana Ivanovic eased past Donna Vekic 6-0, 6-3 Friday to book a spot in the second week at the clay-court Grand Slam.



  • Blatter set to win new term despite soccer corruption scandal
  • FIFA President Blatter walks to deliver an opening speech at the 65th FIFA Congress in ZurichBy Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport's governing body. Addressing delegates at FIFA's annual Congress in Switzerland, where members will later vote to decide the organization's presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified. Europe, which accounts for all but three of the countries that have ever made it to a World Cup's final match, is particularly keen to banish the 79-year-old Swiss.



  • FIFA congress resumes after bomb threat in Zurich
  • Swiss police said on Friday they were investigating an anonymous bomb threat at the FIFA congress in Zurich that led authorities to search the premises. The threat was made by telephone to a Zurich-based newsroom on Friday morning, Zurich city police said, adding that no one had been evacuated from the congress. The premises have been cleared by the authorities," FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told the congress after it resumed.

  • US says all parties need to move on Greece
  • Greece is negotiating to unlock some 7.2 billion euros in bailout cash with creditors -- the IMF, the European Union and the European Central BankGreece and its creditors need to move if the debt-wracked country is to remain in the eurozone, the United States said Friday, as Athens' European partners insisted there was still a lot of work to do. "All parties need to move," the United States Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew told a briefing after a meeting of Group of Seven finance ministers and central bank chiefs wrapped up in Dresden. After four months of negotiating to unlock some 7.2 billion euros ($7.9 billion) in bailout cash, Athens' coffers are near empty and officials have indicated they might not be able to make a payment due next week, an event that might trigger a chain of events that could lead to a messy exit from the euro.



  • TV actor Dustin Diamond to testify during trial over brawl
  • PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) ? TV actor Dustin Diamond is expected to testify about what happened during a barroom scuffle outside of Milwaukee.

  • James Comer concedes Republican primary for governor in Kentucky; Matt Bevin is nominee
  • FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) ? James Comer concedes Republican primary for governor in Kentucky; Matt Bevin is nominee .

  • Ivanovic in hurry, Cornet wins error show
  • Serbia's Ana Ivanovic serves against Croatia's Donna Vekic during the women's third round of the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris on May 29, 2015Former champion Ana Ivanovic reached the French Open last 16 in just 53 minutes Friday while Alize Cornet kept home hopes alive by making the second week for the first time. In dramatic contrast, 29th seeded Frenchwoman Cornet needed two and a half hours to defeat 33-year-old Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a match scarred by 85 unforced errors. Ivanovic won the first seven games before Vekic, the world number 165 and playing in the third round of a major for the first time, stopped the rot and broke for 2-1 in the second set.



  • Mauritius' ceremonial president resigns, as expected
  • Mauritius President Rajkeswar Purryag inspects a guard of honour during his ceremonial reception at presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New DelhiMauritian President Rajkeswar Purryag resigned on Friday from his ceremonial position in accordance with an agreement with Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, his office said. Purryag said in a statement he had agreed with Jugnauth in January that he would step down in May. "The President is honouring his commitment by submitting his resignation to the speaker of the national assembly this afternoon," his office said.



  • THE LATEST: Netanyahu urges FIFA not to suspend Israelis
  • FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter puts his reading glasses away during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015 where he will run for re-election. (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP)ZURICH (AP) ? The latest on FIFA developments:



  • Chad says 33 Boko Haram militants, 3 troops killed in clash
  • Chadian soldiers drive past flags painted by Boko Haram militants in the recently retaken town of DamasakN'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad said on Friday that its army killed at least 33 militants from Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist group and lost three soldiers in heavy fighting on an island on Lake Chad earlier this week. "They tried to attack us on Choua Island but we pushed them back," Colonel Azem Bermandoa, a spokesman for Chad's army, told Reuters, referring to an island that sits near to where the borders of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon meet. News of the clash came as Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as Nigeria's new president and regional armies are working to stamp out Boko Haram's ...



  • Nigeria starts new chapter as Buhari sworn in
  • Chief Justice of Nigeria Mahmud Mohammed swears in Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria's president while Buhari's wife Aisha looks on at Eagle Square in AbujaBy Julia Payne ABUJA (Reuters) - Three decades after he first came to power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on Friday as elected President of Nigeria, giving him control of an African giant struggling with slowing economic growth and a raging Islamist insurgency. Moments later, dozens of white doves were released into the air, a symbol of peace against the Boko Haram militants who have killed thousands in the last six years in their quest to carve out an Islamic caliphate in the northeast. The formal swearing-in marks a remarkable political turn-around for Buhari, who has gone from military dictator in the mid-1980s to a born-again democrat swept to power on the back of a landslide victory at the ballot box in March.



  • US presses Europeans at meeting to solve Greek crisis
  • Jacob J. Lew, US Secretary of the Treasury, passes US flags after a press conference at the G7 Finance Ministers meeting in Dresden, eastern Germany, Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)DRESDEN, Germany (AP) ? Finance ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies heard a sharp call from U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to find agreement on more financial help for Greece.



  • Insurgents advance in areas around captured Syrian town: monitor
  • Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front gesture as they travel through the town of the northwestern city of Ariha, after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the area in Idlib provinceInsurgents who captured the last government-held town in Syria's Idlib province celebrated inside on Friday and made more advances in surrounding areas, in a further blow to the stretched army and allied militia. The "Army of Fatah" alliance which includes al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front, the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group and other factions, captured Ariha town on Thursday night as the Syrian military pulled back. The army has lost large parts of the northwestern province to insurgents since late March, when the provincial capital fell to Army of Fatah, a name which refers to Islamic conquest.



  • Latest on flooding: Oklahoma troopers rescue, arrest man
  • From left to right, Cara Hewitt, Linda Balas, Kathy Bullard and Doreen Crow look at the spot in Wimberley, Texas, on Thursday May 28, 2015, where eight of their friends from Corpus Christi were swept away in a flood. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGAZINES OUT7:55 a.m. (CDT)



  • The Latest: Hey Makarova! 9th seed into French 4th round
  • Russia's Ekaterina Makarova returns the ball to compatriot Elena Vesnina during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Paris, (AP Photo/David Vincent)PARIS (AP) ? The Latest from the French Open:



  • After 50 years, stateless Shona still trapped in Kenya's shadows
  • By Maina Waruru NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a village on the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi, 53-year-old Margaret Maposa embroiders seat covers for a customer, sitting with her niece Elizabeth Moyo, who is weaving a multi-coloured basket. Both women wear white headscarves, subtle markers of their membership of the 2,000-strong stateless Zimbabwean Shona community who have been living invisibly among Kenyans for more than 50 years. Maposa moved to Kenya as a two-year-old with her parents in 1963.

  • Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform
  • In this photo taken between musicians of the honor guards, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and British Prime Minister David Cameron listen to the national anthems during the welcoming ceremony for a meeting at the chancellery, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BERLIN (AP) ? German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded a conciliatory note Friday on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, saying "when there is a desire there should be a way."



  • Greek bank deposits fall to lowest in more than a decade
  • A man walks in front of a graffiti outside a shop in Athens, Greece, Thursday, May 28, 2015. Greece says it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors by Sunday, a development that would allow it to receive the desperately needed final installment of its international bailout plan and prevent a default. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) ? Bank deposits in Greece have hit their lowest in more than a decade, according to data released Friday, as Greeks concerned about the painfully slow pace of their government's talks with bailout creditors withdrew savings in an orderly but steady flow.



  • Italy's regional elections puts focus on migrant arrivals
  • In this picture taken on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Issa Konate, from Mali, attends an interview with The Associated Press past election posters near a migrant holding center in Baone, near Padua, northern Italy Housing migrants who continue to flood Italy, many risking death in Mediterranean crossings, has become a contentious campaign issue in Italian regional elections set for Sunday. It has unleashed a wave of anti-migrant resentment that Matteo Salvini, the up-and-coming leader of the populist Northern League, has both benefited from and fomented. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)RIVADOLMO, Italy (AP) ? The community's hostility is veiled, but palpable. When the young migrants from Nigeria and Gambia venture away from their house in this hilltop idyll south of Padua, they say neighbors come out and snap their photos in a gesture of intimidation. They have been pressured to stop using the local soccer field, accused of taking the pitch away from Italian kids.



  • US economy shrank at 0.7 percent rate in first quarter
  • FILE - In this April 27, 2015 file photo, rodbusters install rebar on the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center under construction, in Philadelphia. The Commerce Department releases first-quarter gross domestic product on Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The U.S. economy went into reverse in the first three months of this year as a severe winter and a widening trade deficit took a harsher toll than initially estimated.



  • Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting
  • Htin Linn, the head of the Myanmar delegation, points while speaking at the "Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean" regarding the Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrant crisis at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 29, 2015. A regional meeting called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia began Friday with a defensive Myanmar official criticizing those who blame his country for causing the crisis, saying "finger pointing" would not help. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)BANGKOK (AP) ? A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs beyond a consensus to keep talking. Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis, warning that "finger pointing" would not help.



  • Gordon-Levitt has high hopes for impact of 'Snowden'
  • FILE - In this March 1, 2014 file photo, Joseph Gordon-Levitt arrives at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, Calif. The 34-year-old actor wrapped filming earlier in May 2015 on Oliver Stone's thriller about former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, whose 2013 leaks to the media revealed the government's bulk collection of American calling records. "Snowden" is set for release in December 2015. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Joseph Gordon-Levitt has big expectations for the impact of "Snowden."