Former El Salvador soccer chief Reynaldo Vazquez jailed for sixteen months in FIFA corruption case

The former president of El Salvador’s soccer federation was sentenced on Thursday to 16 months in U.S. prison after pleading guilty to a charge arising from a global soccer corruption probe involving the payment of bribes to stage and broadcast matches. Reynaldo Vasquez, 66, the former president of the Federacion Salvadorena de Futbol (FESFUT), or… Read More Former El Salvador soccer chief Reynaldo Vazquez jailed for sixteen months in FIFA corruption case

Lawsuit filed against Uvalde school district, others over mass shooting

Parents of three children who survived the Uvalde, Texas school shooting have sued the school district, several former officials, the company that manufactured the gun used in the rampage and others. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Del Rio, Texas, appeared to be the first over the mass shooting, in which 19 children… Read More Lawsuit filed against Uvalde school district, others over mass shooting

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs decrees recognising occupied Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia as independent territories

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed decrees paving the way for the occupied Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to be formally annexed into Russia. The decrees, made public by the Kremlin, said Putin had recognised the two regions as independent territories. This is an intermediary step needed before Putin can go ahead with… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin signs decrees recognising occupied Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia as independent territories

Floods leave Florida residents stranded as Hurricane Ian edges towards Carolinas

Emergency crews on helicopters and boats raced on Thursday to reach stranded Florida residents after Hurricane Ian cut a coast-to-coast path of destruction across the state, leaving behind deadly floodwaters, downed power lines and widespread damage. Ian, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the U.S. mainland, flooded Gulf Coast communities and knocked out… Read More Floods leave Florida residents stranded as Hurricane Ian edges towards Carolinas

Scores reported dead as protests persist in Iran over death of Mahsa Amini

Protests continued in several cities across Iran on Thursday against the death of young woman in police custody, state and social media reported, as a human rights group said at least 83 people had been killed in nearly two weeks of demonstrations. Mahsa Amini, 22, from the Iranian Kurdish town of Saqez, was arrested this… Read More Scores reported dead as protests persist in Iran over death of Mahsa Amini

Vatican acknowledges disciplining East Timor’s Bishop Carlos Belo over alleged abuse of minors

The Vatican on Thursday acknowledged that it had secretly disciplined East Timor bishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Carlos Ximenes Belo two years ago, responding to allegations that he sexually abused boys in East Timor decades before. The Vatican acknowledgement came in response to reporters’ questions following an article this week in Dutch magazine De… Read More Vatican acknowledges disciplining East Timor’s Bishop Carlos Belo over alleged abuse of minors

Walt Disney names Alisa Bowen as president of Disney+

Walt Disney Co on Thursday named Alisa Bowen, who has led global business operations for the company’s streaming platforms, president of Disney+. Bowen will report Michael Paull, president of Disney’s direct to consumer unit. She has led global business operations for Disney’s streaming platforms, including Disney+, since its launch in 2019. In that time, Disney+… Read More Walt Disney names Alisa Bowen as president of Disney+

U.S. President Joe Biden pledges federal support for Florida following Hurricane Ian

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest, adding he would travel to the state when appropriate. “This could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history. The numbers are still unclear but we’re hearing early reports of what may be substantial loss of life,” Biden said during a visit… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden pledges federal support for Florida following Hurricane Ian