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World’s soccer organization FIFA appoints first woman to executive committee

FIFA has appointed the first woman to its executive committee on Tuesday, as world football’s governing body bids to restore its image after a series of corruption scandals. Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, has been co-opted onto the executive committee and will be formally installed at the FIFA Congress in Budapest on Friday, FIFA said in a…

IMF supports Cameron plan to slow pace of austerity

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday supported Britain’s decision to slow the pace of tough austerity measures to lift the country’s growth amid major risks from the eurozone debt crisis. “The slower pace of fiscal consolidation this year is appropriate,” said IMF managing director Christine Lagarde at the release of the fund’s annual country assessment for Britain. The world’s…

Youth joblessness near crisis peak

Youth joblessness is almost back at its peak following the outbreak of the global economic crisis and is unlikely to ease until at least 2016, the International Labour Organization warned Tuesday. The ILO said nearly 75 million youths or 12.7 percent of people aged 15 to 24 will be out…

Strong quake rocks Bulgaria, no casualties

SOFIA — A strong 5.8-magnitude quake that struck southwest of Bulgaria’s capital Sofia shortly after 3:00 am Tuesday left no casualties, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said. “So far, there are no (known) casulties or injuries, which is good news,” Tsvetanov told Focus news agency. “Let’s hope it does not strike…

Bush and Blair’s pre-Iraq conversation must be disclosed, U.K. tribunal rules

Extracts of a phone conversation between Tony Blair and George Bush a few days before the invasion of Iraq must be disclosed, a tribunal has ruled. The Foreign Office lost an appeal against an order by the information commissioner, Christopher Graham, to disclose records of the conversation between the two…

Michelle Obama gives new French first lady tips

CHICAGO — France’s new first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, Monday said she had been given some precious tips on her new role by Michelle Obama, as she eyed a future as an ambassador for equality. “What interests me, is the beginning, the children, equal opportunity,” she told reporters after a visit…

France has done ‘its duty’ in Afghanistan: Hollande

CHICAGO — French President Francois Hollande said Monday his country had done “more than its duty” in Afghanistan, as officials said a calendar to pull out troops would be drawn up in the coming days. Hollande also denied that France would have to make some kind of payback for pulling…

World’s smallest artificial heart implanted in Italian baby

ROME — Italian doctors in March implanted the smallest ever artificial heart into a 16-month-old baby before the infant received a permanent organ donation, said the hospital that performed the operation. “In March, the smallest artificial heart in the world was implanted at the Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome,” Antonio…

NATO leaders agree to mid-2013 Afghan security handoff

NATO leaders agreed Monday to hand Afghan forces the lead for security from mid-2013 as they rush to end the unpopular war and ensure Afghanistan can ward off the Taliban after foreign troops leave. In a Chicago summit declaration, US President Barack Obama and his 27 military allies confirmed plans…

UK police have unnecessarily kept nearly 500 body parts without telling victims’ families since the 1960s

Police forces have stored almost 500 major body parts, including organs, unnecessarily without telling the families of victims, an official investigation has found. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) says the human tissue samples were from murder investigations or cases involving other suspicious deaths that date back as far…

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