The human toll of FIFA's decisions

Christopher Ingraham 5:32 PM   On the surface, it's just another white collar crime story. A closer look suggests a lot of real-world suffering as a direct result of FIFA's decisions.

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Jacob Zuma's pool is for fire safety

(FILES)- A file picture taken at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on April 8, 2015 shows South Africa's President Jacob Zuma delivering a speech before the signing of various memorandum of understanding between South Africa and Zimbabwe. South African President Jacob Zuma will not have to repay any of the millions of dollars of taxpayers' money spent on upgrades at his private residence, the South-Africa's minister of police announced on May 28, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

South African President Jacob Zuma didn't just use $21 million of taxpayer money to improve his private property, an investigation found.

Myanmar rejects blame for migrant crisis

A woman suffering from hunger in a camp in Myanmar.

Lindsay Murdoch 3:47 PM   Myanmar has refused to accept responsibility for South-East Asia's migrant crisis as the country faces a barrage of criticism for its decades-long persecution of Rohingya Muslims.

Japan's Mount Shindake volcano erupts

Lava flows out of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on May 19, 2015 on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. The Piton de la Fournaise started to erupt early on May 17, 2015. 
AFP PHOTO / RICHARD BOUHET

Japan has ordered evacuations after an island volcano erupted, shooting a huge column of ash high into the air.

FIFA Congress gives off stench of corruption

President of UEFA Michel Platini is urging Sepp Blatter to quit.

Nick Miller 3:15 PM   With buckets of champagne on ice, much cheery flag-waving, a well-catered dinner, and a floorshow featuring lederhosen, yodelling and the heavy stench of corruption, FIFA's scandal-riven Congress began.

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Islamic State claims blast at Saudi mosque

Second attack in a week: Smoke rises outside the Shiite mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Maha El Dahan, Sami Aboudi 9:59 AM   Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people at a Shiite Muslim mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday, the second attack claimed by the Sunni militant group in a week in the world's top oil-exporting country.

Muhammadu Buhari faces Islamist rebellion after being sworn in as Nigerian President

A vendor sells wrist watches with portraits of Nigerian President  Mohammadu Buhari in Abuja.

Dulue Mbachu and Elisha Bala-Gbogbo 8:58 AM   Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as President of Nigeria on Friday at a ceremony in the capital attended by numerous African heads of state and foreign dignitaries including US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Super typhoons to strengthen with climate change, study finds

Super Typhoon Haiyan as it approached the Philippines in November 2013.

Peter Hannam 7:47 AM   A warming planet is already stoking the intensity of tropical cylones in the north-west Pacific and their ferocity will continue to increase even with moderate climate change over this century, an international research team has found.

Myanmar finds boat with 727 migrants off coast

A boat packed with 727 migrants was intercepted off Myanmar's south coast on Friday.

Hnin Yadana Zaw, Antoni Slodkowski 11:44 PM   Myanmar's navy seized a boat packed with 727 people off the country's southern coast on Friday, the government said.

The body in the Bali rice field: Why Peter and John Ellis can't forgive their mother Noor, accused of the murder of their father Robert

Murdered Australian businessman Robert Ellis with his wife, Noor.

Jewel Topsfield 11:20 PM   On Wednesday, an Indonesian court will decide if Noor Ellis is guilty of masterminding the gruesome death of her husband of 25 years. For her sons, the decision is made.

Alleged Nazi war criminal charged with genocide dies in Canada

Vladimir Katriuk stands at his honeybee farm in Ormstown, Quebec, in April 2012.

8:55 PM   Vladimir Katriuk, the man who held the No.2 spot on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's list of most wanted Nazi war criminals, has died. He was 93.

Sepp Blatter the Bond villain of American imagining

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Nick O'Malley, United States Correspondent 6:28 PM   Soccer gets its comeuppance in the United States.

Australia and New Zealand abandon Blatter

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Nick Miller, agencies 6:25 PM   Australia's and New Zealand's soccer governing bodies have both joined a bloc of richer nations which have turned against embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter in the lead up to a crucial vote over who will run the corruption-riddled world game.

Women drawn to IS because of isolationism, need for sisterhood: report

Hayat Boumeddiene, ex-wife of of Paris attack terrorist Amédy Coulibaly. She reportedly fled to Syria after the attack.

Karla Adam 5:48 PM   Western women in the Islamic State are playing a crucial role in disseminating propaganda and are not simply flocking to the region to become a "jihadi bride."

The human toll of FIFA's decisions

FIFA President Sepp Blatter holding up the name of Qatar during the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country.

Christopher Ingraham 5:32 PM   On the surface, it's just another white collar crime story. A closer look suggests a lot of real-world suffering as a direct result of FIFA's decisions.

Double hotel bombing strikes Iraqi capital

Smoke rises from the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad on Friday.

Loveday Morris 4:17 PM   A coordinated bomb attack hit two of the Iraqi capital's most upmarket hotels on Thursday night, hitting targets frequented by foreigners and wealthy Iraqis.

Russian troop deaths now state secret

Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, in February.

Carol Williams 3:51 PM   Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned the release of information about troop deaths in "special operations" during peacetime, as the Kremlin continues to rebuff accusations its soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.

Chinese living in US charged in uni entrance exam fraud ring

The scam involved fake Chinese passports.

Julia Edwards 3:36 PM   Fifteen Chinese nationals living in the United States have been charged with developing a fraud scheme in which imposters took university entrance exams, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

200,000 shark fins seized in Ecuador

Shark fins processed in Taiwan for shark fin soup - a popular dish in Asia.

3:13 PM   Police in the Ecuadorian port city of Manta have seized about 200,000 shark fins destined to be illegally exported to Asia, where they would fetch up to two million dollars.

Rebels capture last Syrian town in Idlib province

A member of al-Qaeda's Nusra Front  heads for his position during an offensive in the north-western Syrian city of Ariha.

Suleiman al-Khalidi 2:48 PM   The Syrian army has pulled back after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city in Idlib province still held by the government.

North Korean nuclear and missile experts visit Iran: dissidents

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  on Thursday.

John Irish 2:38 PM   An exiled Iranian opposition claims a delegation of North Korean nuclear and missile experts visited a military site near Tehran in April

Who are the thieves behind the Cannes jewellery heist?

Actress Lupita Nyong'o on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars.

Alice-Azania Jarvis 12:15 AM   From Hatton Garden to the Cote d'Azur, sophisticated gangs of jewel thieves are getting away with it like never before. But who is behind the raids? And what becomes of the loot?

Tunnel and spiral staircase touted for one of earth's untouched secrets

Inside view: the crater of Iceland's dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano.

Nick Miller 1:24 PM   Nick Miller was lowered through the dome of a subterranean cathedral-like space. Above him, the volcanic crater was a small bright circle in a thin tube.

Former US House Speaker Hastert indicted on hush-money charges

Former US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert in 2006.

Eric Beech 12:28 PM   Former US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted on federal charges, including for lying to the FBI about $US3.5 million in hush-money payments.

Tortured, raped then shamed in Tunisia

Hamida Ajengui, at home in Tunis, was 21 when she was arrested and beaten by Tunisia's state police.

Carlotta Gall 12:12 PM   Tunisia has embarked on a bold and painful experiment, gathering testimony from victims of six decades of abuses under two dictatorships before its revolution four years ago led to a still-fledgling democracy.

'Manhattanhenge' turns New York streets into corridors of light

The setting sun breaks through the clouds along 34th street in New York City during a previous "Manhattanhenge".

Josephine Tovey 11:07 AM   Thousands of New Yorkers and tourists are expected to gather in the city's vast streets on Friday night to witness the stunning interplay of the sun and the city's itself, a phenomenon dubbed "Manhattanhenge".