Fox and other top broadcasters involved in Fifa bribe scheme, witness tells court

Media companies bribed Fifa officials for rights to show South American tournaments, says former CEO of Argentina sports marketing company

Some of the world’s largest broadcasters, including Fox Sports, were involved in bribe payments to Fifa officials in order to secure the broadcast rights to major South American football tournaments, a key witness in the investigation into corruption at football’s governing body has told a federal court in New York City.

Alejandro Burzaco, the former CEO of Torneos y Competencias, a major sports marketing company based in Argentina, testified that five other companies he had partnered with, including Brazilian network Globo and the Mexican network Grupo Televisa, had bribed Fifa officials during his tenure.

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Congress Votes to Say It Hasn’t Authorized War in Yemen, Yet War in Yemen Goes On

The House of Representatives on Monday voted 366-30 to declare what has long been known — that it has not authorized U.S. action in support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, but other than urging the parties to come to a negotiated solution, the resolution did not actually do anything to end American participation in the conflict.

Since the Saudi bombing of Yemen started in the spring of 2015 — when Saudi forces intervened on the side of ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi — the U.S. has played a close support role. It has aided Saudi bombers with targeting and assisted with refueling. It has also sold tens of billions of dollars in munitions to the Saudis since the war began, while the kingdom has used U.S.-produced aircraft, laser-guided bombs, and internationally banned cluster bombs to target and destroy schools, markets, power plants, and a hospital, resulting in thousands of civilian deaths. Following a deadly strike on a Yemeni funeral in 2016, the U.S. actually doubled fuel support for Saudi airplanes. The war has led to an ongoing humanitarian catastrophe of historic proportions.

Which is why a bipartisan group of lawmakers last month pushed for an actual vote on United States support for the Saudi-led war. California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones, and others sought to invoke a clause in the War Powers Act to bring a resolution to the floor that would force an up or down vote on war authorization.

But congressional leadership in both parties pushed back, doing everything they could to prevent a vote. Eventually, a compromise was struck, the result of which was the toothless resolution that passed Monday night.

The resolution acknowledges that “Congress has not enacted specific legislation authorizing the use of military force against parties participating in the Yemeni civil war that are not otherwise subject to the Authorization of Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40) or the Authorization of Use of Military Force in Iraq (Public Law 107–243),” but does not withdraw funding for the participation.

It also “calls on all parties to the conflict to increase efforts to adopt all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent civilian casualties and to increase humanitarian access,” but does not specifically condemn Saudi conduct in the war. It does, however, condemn “Iranian activities in Yemen,” citing arms transfers to the Houthi rebels.

Most of the 30 representatives who opposed the bill were outspoken opponents of U.S. complicity in the Saudi war, such as Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash and Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison. One other opponent of Saudi intervention, Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson, voted “present.”

On the other end of the Capitol on Tuesday, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., brought photos of starving and dying children to the floor of the Senate. “Thousands and thousands inside Yemen today are dying. The Saudi-led coalition that has been engaged in an incessant two-year-long bombing campaign in Yemen is blockading Yemen – not allowing any humanitarian relief, not allowing fuel or food or water to get into the country. It would be one thing if the United States was a mere observer, but we are a participant in this,” said Murphy. “This horror is caused in part by our decision to facilitate a bombing campaign that is murdering children and to endorse a Saudi strategy inside Yemen that is deliberately using disease and starvation and the withdrawal of humanitarian support as a tactic.”

Top photo: People look at the damage in the aftermath of an airstrike in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a on Nov. 11, 2017.The Saudi-led military coalition carried out two airstrikes on the defense ministry in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sana’a late on Nov. 10, 2017, witnesses said.

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Roy Moore challenged Alabama law that protects rape victims, documents reveal

Cases were among 10 where Moore, as Alabama’s top judge, dissented from court’s majority view and sided with alleged offenders, Guardian review finds

Roy Moore challenged the scope of an Alabama law that protects rape victims while serving as the most senior judge on the state’s highest court, according to a review of records.

Related: Calls for Roy Moore to ‘step aside’ grow after sexual misconduct allegations

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Trump releases slow-motion video of his Asia tour set to trance music

Forty-five second clip fits somewhere between a YouTube bungee jump montage and a teenager’s iMovie video of a skiing trip

Donald Trump has marked his state visit to Asia by releasing a highlights video featuring slow motion footage over a soaring trance soundtrack.

The president posted the 45-second film to his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon. The unusual video seems to be a celebration of Trump’s relatively incident-free swing through Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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New book to give insider view of ‘nasty daily clashes’ at Trump’s volatile White House

Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is based on 200 interviews with Trump, his team and people in and around the administration

An explosive new book promises to blow the lid off a volatile White House that skidded from crisis to crisis in the first nine months of Donald Trump’s administration and is awash with intrigue “so corrosive and lethal” it threatens to “paralyze the new presidency”.

Provocative media critic and columnist Michael Wolff has written what is billed as the first inside account of the inner workings of the Trump White House in a “shocking, fly-on-the-wall” account that portrays a fiery but inexperienced president surrounded by warring factions of advisors and officials.

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Is the Trump administration is afflicted with ‘Moscow memory’? | Richard Wolffe

Sadly this sickness may have started inside the Trump family. Jeff Sessions is just a hapless victim of some brain-corroding virus

For so many people who are close to Donald Trump, Russia is the Bermuda Triangle of their memory.

Conversations and meetings seem to pass through this mysterious quadrant of their brains and simply disappear. Even when the wreckage is found on some server or other, they profess ignorance, confusion or innocence. And sometimes all three at once.

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Portugal v USA: international friendly – live!

  • Portugal host USA in friendly at Estádio Dr Magalhães Pessoa
  • United States in action for first time since failing to qualify for World Cup
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7.47pm GMT

Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look back at Christian Pulisic’s postmortem of the USA’s developmental woes.

Related: ‘Crushed’ Christian Pulisic questions US development after World Cup failure

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California shooting: at least three dead as children wounded at school – police

Attacker fired shots at multiple sites in the state’s rural north, including Tehama elementary school, before police killed him, authorities say

A California shooting left several people dead and multiple children injured at an elementary school on Tuesday, police said.

Authorities said a shooter fired shots in multiple locations in a rural area in northern California, including at Tehama elementary school, before law enforcement killed the suspect. School officials said students were shot and wounded.

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