- Former FIFA member Blazer's plea seems key to investigation Updated: May-28-15 9:36 am
NEW YORK - Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer appears to have provided key information that has been central to the Justice Department's soccer corruption investigation, linking other officials in the Americas to a series of schemes.
- Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship Updated: May-28-15 8:34 am
LONDON - Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship.
- Things to know about the Under-20 World Cup Updated: May-28-15 3:24 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - The under-20 World Cup kicks off Saturday in New Zealand and will likely feature some of the stars of the future. Here's some things to know:
- 5 Players to watch at the Under-20 World Cup Updated: May-28-15 3:19 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Five players to watch at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which kicks off Saturday in New Zealand:
- Shocking ads ignite debate about abortion ban in Chile Updated: May-28-15 12:47 am
SANTIAGO, Chile - The video shows a woman climbing a stairwell, her belly visibly pregnant, as she offers suggestions: Make sure there are no security cameras. Be careful not to look down or you might regret it.
- Colombian rebel peace negotiator among dead in military raid Updated: May-27-15 10:44 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - Leftist rebels in Colombia claimed on Wednesday that one of their most-veteran fighters, a former envoy to peace talks with the government, was killed during a military raid last week.
- 12 schemes outlined by prosecutors in soccer indictment Updated: May-27-15 10:42 pm
The indictment of soccer officials and marketing and TV executives Wednesday alleges 12 schemes:
- Mexico drops charges against 4 men, finds they were tortured Updated: May-27-15 9:38 pm
MEXICO CITY - A judge has freed four men imprisoned for almost seven years on charges they threw hand grenades into a crowd at a Mexican independence day celebration in 2008, killing eight people.
- Ex-FIFA vice president Warner arrested, granted bail Updated: May-27-15 9:24 pm
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - Police said former FIFA vice president Jack Warner would spend Wednesday night in jail after surrendering to face an arrest warrant issued at the request of U.S. authorities, who filed corruption charges against him and 13 others tied to international soccer.
- Anti-mining protesters square off with troops in south Peru Updated: May-27-15 9:08 pm
AREQUIPA, Peru - Dozens of farmers and activists burned tires and briefly occupied a bridge in Peru's southern highlands Wednesday, defying troops sent to quell weeks of deadly protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.
- Ex-LAPD officer wanted in killing was lying low in Mexico Updated: May-27-15 8:56 pm
LOS ANGELES - A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man while off-duty evaded authorities for more than two months by moving between the homes of family members in Mexico, staying mostly indoors and avoiding cellphones and social media, the FBI said Wednesday.
- Basketball Without Borders camps reach 2 new destinations Updated: May-27-15 8:42 pm
NEW YORK - The NBA says its Basketball Without Borders camps will go to Gran Canaria, Spain, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for the first time.
- US senator in Cuba says normal relations 'weeks away' Updated: May-27-15 8:10 pm
HAVANA - The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island Wednesday.
- US, Swiss target top soccer officials in corruption probe Updated: May-27-15 7:38 pm
ZURICH - The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.
- Jonathan Franzen talks up, and around, his new novel Updated: May-27-15 7:26 pm
NEW YORK - Writing has become no easier for Jonathan Franzen, whose fifth novel comes out this fall.
- Crocodiles born in Sweden to be released in Cuban swamp Updated: May-27-15 7:17 pm
HAVANA - Ten young female crocodiles born in Sweden are to be released in their parents' former swampy home in Cuba after being returned to the Caribbean island.
- A look at the 7 officials arrested in the FIFA raids Updated: May-27-15 3:50 pm
Here is a look at the seven soccer officials arrested in Switzerland on warrants issued by the U.S. Justice Department after a corruption probe involving FIFA members. All seven are connected with the regional confederations of North and South America and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Authorities want them extradited to the United States:
- Planned march shows cracks in Venezuela opposition movement Updated: May-27-15 3:31 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - One of Venezuela's most high-profile politicians has called an anti-government march on Saturday, but the main opposition coalition is not endorsing the protest, underscoring fissures among critics of the country's socialist government.
- Journalist who denounced drug trafficking murdered in Brazil Updated: May-27-15 3:24 pm
SAO PAULO - A radio journalist known for denouncing drug traffickers and organized crime groups was murdered in northeastern Brazil, police said Wednesday.
- Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bergdahl could move freely Updated: May-27-15 12:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires.
- Survivors tell of terror during deadly Mexico tornado Updated: May-27-15 10:52 am
CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico - Jose Francisco Contreras and his wife were driving to the bus he takes to his job at a factory in northern Mexico when the winds picked up and torrential rain began to fall.
- Cheap motorbikes bring opportunity and chaos to Haiti Updated: May-27-15 8:47 am
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Joseph-Marc Carel knows the danger of ferrying passengers on his small motorbike, sometimes two at a time, as tides of the buzzing vehicles cut through the chaotic Haitian capital. He has a prosthetic leg to prove it.
- FIFA now subject to federal probes in US, Switzerland Updated: May-27-15 8:24 am
ZURICH - FIFA's reputation for corruption has reignited spectacularly two days before a presidential election expected to give Sepp Blatter four more years at the head of world soccer.
- US Department of Justice statement on FIFA corruption probe Updated: May-27-15 6:22 am
- Group of Florida lawyers taking trip to Cuba Updated: May-27-15 3:06 am
MIAMI - A contingent of Florida lawyers is heading to Cuba to learn about the communist island's legal and regulatory systems, as well as its economy and politics.