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Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH - The corruption charges engulfing world soccer's governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the widening scandal. | Video

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Al Jazeera reporter Greste fears Egyptian conviction in absentia

SYDNEY - Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste, deported after spending 400 days in an Egyptian jail on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, fears he will be found guilty in absentia at a retrial that resumes in Cairo next week.

Egypt 28 May 2015

Volcano erupts on Japanese island, evacuation ordered and flights diverted

TOKYO - A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to order the island's evacuation and forcing airlines to divert flights.

UK police arrest two people suspected of preparing terrorism acts

- UK police arrested a man and a woman in two towns west of London on Thursday who were suspected of preparing terrorist attacks, the West Midlands Police said in a Facebook posting.

28 May 2015

Bombs outside two five-star Baghdad hotels kill at least 10

BAGHDAD - Car bombs exploded in the parking lots of two heavily fortified five-star hotels in central Baghdad late on Thursday, killing at least 10 people, police and medical sources said. | Video

28 May 2015

Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops in peacetime

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin ordered on Thursday that deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations in peacetime should be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending troops to fight in eastern Ukraine.

Russia 28 May 2015

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