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FIFA Scandal Has Echoes Of Salt Lake Olympics Corruption Crisis

Officials of both organizations were accused of taking bribes. Leaders of both said they couldn't watch subordinates' behavior. Persistent outsiders found evidence of misconduct.

Anthrax Was Accidentally Sent To 11 States, 2 Countries, Pentagon Now Says

The numbers are more than the Pentagon's Thursday estimate of nine states and a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea. News organizations named Australia as the other country that received the samples.

All Things Considered

Southeast Asian Countries Agree To Step Up Efforts To Address Migrant Crisis

Nearly 20 countries are meeting in Bangkok Friday to try and resolve the migrant crisis affecting them. Most are economic migrants from Bangladesh and Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

All Things Considered

Indictment Against FIFA Raises Questions About Nike's History In Brazil

A U.S. indictment alleges an unnamed sportswear company paid bribes to secure a 1996 deal with Brazil. That's the year Nike signed a multi-million dollar sponsorship with Brazil's soccer federation.

EU, Japan Express Concern Over China's Moves In South China Sea

The concern follows reports that China has placed mobile artillery on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands chain, where Beijing is in the midst of unilateral land reclamation and construction.

U.S. Drops Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

The State Department removed Havana from the list following a thawing of relations with the United States.

At FIFA Meeting, Israeli And Palestinian Delegates Shake Hands

The "handshake for peace" was perhaps the only thing that could compete with accusations of corruption and bribery that have dominated the international gathering of soccer's governing body.

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Second Saudi Attack

At least four people, including a suspected suicide bomber, were killed in the attack on a Shiite mosque in the kingdom's Eastern Province.

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Indictments Bring To Light FIFA's Veil Of Secrecy

The corruption arrests of officials on soccer's governing body hardly surprised those who pay attention the sport. Lack of accountability and payouts to soccer federations helped to create the empire.

Morning Edition

Under Cloud Of Scandal, Sepp Blatter Seeks 5th Term As FIFA President

The head of soccer's global governing body was not among those indicted on criminal charges. Still, many believe Sepp Blatter shares the blame for a "culture of corruption," and he should step down.

Inside The Winner’s Circle With Basketball’s Sue Bird

May 30, 2015
Olympics Day 5 - Basketball

The 2015 WNBA season opens on Friday. Sue Bird is set to begin her 13th season as a point guard for the Seattle Storm, continuing one of the decorated basketball careers in history. This spring, Bird sat down with Only A Game’s Doug Tribou to discuss her basketball life — which has included state and national championships, WNBA titles and Olympic gold medals.

Why Did FIFA Re-elect Sepp Blatter?

May 30, 2015
Sepp Blatter was voted as president of FIFA once again. How did he win again after the allegations that have hit the organization this week? (Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Fourteen FIFA officials were indicted this week on charges of corruption, so how the heck did FIFA president Sepp Blatter win re-election? Bill Littlefield gets the answer from longtime soccer writer George Vecsey.

What A Nuclear Arms Deal Will Mean For Iran

May 29, 2015
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks on April 2, 2015 at the The Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne. Iran. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Eliot Cohen, a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, discusses what the deal would mean, if the deadline is met.

Isabel Allende’s Ode To Her Grandparents

May 29, 2015
Chilean writer Isabel Allende is pictured on May 3, 2010, in New York. (Peter Morgan/AP)

The Chile native is often called the world’s most widely-read Spanish language author. She was raised in her grandparents’ house.

The State Of Zimbabwe Today

May 29, 2015
Supporters cheer during celebrations for Zimbabwe's 35th independence anniversary on April 18, 2015 in the capital, Harare, where President Robert Mugabe condemned ongoing anti-foreigner attacks in neighboring South Africa. (Jekesai Nijikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton has spent a lot of time in the country, and discusses its politics and economy today, compared to yesteryear.

Sepp Blatter Wins Re-Election As FIFA President

May 29, 2015
FIFA president Sepp Blatter (left) delivers his speech ahead of the vote to decide on the FIFA presidency in Zurich on May 29, 2015. Sepp Blatter, 79, is being challenged by Prince Ali bin al Hussein, a FIFA vice president. The prince, strongly backed by Europe's football powers, has campaigned on the need for change at the top of the scandal-tainted body. (Michael Buholzer/AFP/Getty Images)

He was re-elected despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption within soccer’s world governing body.

Week In The News: FIFA Arrests, Texas Floods, 2016 Horse Race

May 29, 2015
Residents are evacuated by members of the Houston Fire Department from floodwaters surrounding their homes in Houston, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Heavy rain overnight caused flooding and closure of sections of highways in the Houston area. (AP)

Texas floods. Soccer scandal. Nebraska outlaws the death penalty. Identity theft at the IRS. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Behind China’s Roller Coaster Stock Market

May 28, 2015
A stock investor gestures as she checks share prices at a security firm in Fuyang, east China's Anhui province on May 28, 2015. Chinese stocks plunged 6.5 percent on May 28 on concerns over tight liquidity and stricter requirements for margin trading, after closing at a more than seven-year high the previous day, dealers said. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The Shanghai Composite Index tumbled more than 6 percent today, after hitting a historic high earlier this week.

U.K. Wants European Union Reforms

May 28, 2015
British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 19, 2015. (Virginia Mayo/AP)

British Prime Minister David Cameron is hoping to negotiate reforms with the E.U. before the U.K. votes on whether to remain in it.

Egypt's Transformation, Before And After Morsi's Fall

May 28, 2015
Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi raises his hands as he sits behind glass in a courtroom, in a converted lecture hall in the national police academy in an eastern Cairo suburb, Egypt, Saturday, May 16, 2015. (AP)

Sentenced to death in Egypt for espionage, respected academic Emad Shahin joins us with a big take on Egypt, ISIS and America’s response.

Commentary: Nobody Does Corruption Like FIFA

May 27, 2015
Days before the election of a new FIFA President, high-ranking executives in Sepp Blatter's organization have been arrested. (Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Seven high-ranking FIFA executives were arrested early Wednesday morning in Switzerland. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the allegations of bribery, kickbacks and illegal arrangements regarding the scheduling and marketing of major soccer tournaments.

In India, Heat Kills As Monsoon Season Approaches

May 27, 2015
The front page of the Hindustan Times carried this photo of asphalt melting in Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)

In the capital New Delhi, 113 degree Fahrenheit temperatures have melted roadway crosswalks.

China State Council Releases Report Detailing Military Strategy

May 27, 2015
This areal photo taken through a glass window of a military plane shows China's alleged on-going reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea Monday, May 11, 2015. (Ritchie B. Tongo/AP)

The policy document says that China’s Navy will focus on projecting power in the open seas.

FIFA Officials Arrested On Charges Of Bribery And Corruption

May 27, 2015
A FIFA logo sits next to the entrance to the FIFA headquarters on May 27, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. Swiss police on Wednesday raided a Zurich hotel to detain top FIFA football officials as part of a US investigation into corruption. (Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

The arrests, on charges of accepting bribes and kickbacks, were made at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Swiss FIFA Arrests Shake Up Global Soccer

May 27, 2015
Two persons are reflected in the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested Wednesday pending extradition to the U.S. in a separate probe of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption. (AP)

Top officials at soccer’s international governing body FIFA arrested in Switzerland today on charges of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery. We’ll dig in.

France Moves To Vastly Expand Surveillance In Wake Of Charlie Hebdo Attacks

May 26, 2015
Protesters hold placards reading 'Say no to mass surveillance' take part on May 4, 2015 in Paris in a demonstration against the government's controversial bill giving spies sweeping new surveillance powers, deemed 'heavily intrusive' by critics. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

Although the country has long been critical of the Patriot Act, lawmakers are now moving to vastly expand government surveillance.

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