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  • Visa threatens to ditch FIFA as sponsor dismay mounts

    Visa threatens to ditch FIFA as sponsor dismay mounts

    Reuters - 11 minutes ago
    Visa threatens to ditch FIFA as sponsor dismay mounts

    By Anjali Athavaley and Emma Thomasson NEW YORK/BERLIN (Reuters) - Visa Inc has told FIFA it could end its sponsorship of soccer's world governing body if it does not act fast to restore the reputation of the game after senior officials were arrested on bribery and corruption charges. The statement from Visa, which became a FIFA partner in 2007 and recently extended the relationship until 2022, was the strongest so far as sponsors lined up to express concern about the scandal engulfing the …

  • THE LATEST: Blatter cancels speaking engagement in Zurich

    THE LATEST: Blatter cancels speaking engagement in Zurich

    Associated Press - 13 minutes ago
    THE LATEST: Blatter cancels speaking engagement in Zurich

    The Latest on FIFA developments: ___ 9 a.m. (0700 GMT, 3 a.m. EDT) FIFA President Sepp Blatter has cancelled another speaking engagement as he avoids appearing in public for a second day. FIFA says Blatter ... …

  • After complaints, Chinese hotelier gets his government's ear

    After complaints, Chinese hotelier gets his government's ear

    Associated Press - 21 minutes ago
    After complaints, Chinese hotelier gets his government's ear

    In the wee hours of a March morning, a Chinese hotelier wrote a 5,000-word open letter to his country's premier and posted it on social media. The delicate topic: how local regulators capriciously enforce ... …

  • Premier: Serbia ready to reduce dependency on Russian gas

    Premier: Serbia ready to reduce dependency on Russian gas

    Associated Press - 26 minutes ago
    Premier: Serbia ready to reduce dependency on Russian gas

    Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas supplies by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan. ... …

  • US, Swiss timed FIFA raids for maximum effect

    US, Swiss timed FIFA raids for maximum effect

    Associated Press - 27 minutes ago
    US, Swiss timed FIFA raids for maximum effect

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world. …