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US seeks extradition of nine Fifa officials over corruption charges

US authorities are seeking to extradite nine Fifa officials over conspiracy and corruption charges, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said.

Ms Lynch also told as press conference in Miami that Fifa President Sepp Blatter has not been charged "at this time."

The Fifa officials, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb and former vice-president Jack Warner, and five others have been charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies in connection with an alleged "24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer".

Warner 'took $10m in bribes from South Africa to host 2010 World Cup'

Jack Warner 'took $10m in bribes to host 2010 World Cup' Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The US Justice Department has alleged that former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner solicited $10 million in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup.

US officials also claim that Mr Warner 'diverted' some of these bribes for his own personal use.

More: US Attorney General: Fifa Officials were 'expected' to keep football 'honest'

Department of Justice 'determined to root out corruption'

The Department of Justice is determined to root out corruption and bring wrongdoers to justice, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said.

At a press conference in Miami, Lynch said that the 47-count indictment includes charges of racketeering, wire fraud, and accusations of money laundering spanning twenty years.

Events that were influenced by corruption include the award of the 2010 World Cup to South Africa and the 2011 Fifa presidential election, she said.

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Harman insists Labour will be a 'vocal' opposition

Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has been responding to the Queen's Speech. Credit: Dan Kitwood / PA Wire/PA Images

Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has said Labour will not hesitate to hold the Government to account if it does not act in the country's best interests, as she responded to the Queen's Speech.

Ms Harman joked she shared the status of "interim leader" with David Cameron but congratulated him on returning to the Commons as Prime Minister.

She insisted that her party will be "a determined, forensic and vocal opposition".

Where you act in the interests of the country, we will support the Government. When you don't, we will not hesitate to be a determined, forensic and vocal opposition and that is what every one of our 232 Labour MPs will do.

Britain faces a fragile future - for our economy, our constitution and our public services.

Although we are seeing economic growth return, its benefits are not being shared and the economy remains fragile.

Compared to other countries, Britain's productivity lags behind. Tax revenues have fallen short of where the Government said in 2010 that they would be now, meaning it's taking longer to reduce the deficit.

Britain cannot succeed by low skilled, low wage, insecure employment with a race to the bottom. The path to economic prosperity and recovery must be with a high skilled, long term approach.

But our productivity is being held back by a lack of investment in training, infrastructure and industry.

– Harriet Harman

Tony Blair resigns as Middle East peace envoy

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has submitted his resignation as Middle East peace envoy, an official has said.

Tony Blair has handed in his resignation Credit: PA

Diplomatic sources revealed Mr Blair had written to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announcing his resignation as representative of the Quartet of Middle East powerbrokers at the end of June.

He took up the role immediately after stepping down as UK Prime Minister in 2007.

No comment has been made by Mr Blair's office in London.

Fifa 'needs leadership that restores confidence'

The Fifa presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has said the governing body needs leadership that "restores confidence" of fans around the world.

In messages after nine Fifa officials were indicted on corruption charges, Ali bin al-Hussein suggested his election rival Sepp Blatter was "passing blame" over the latest scandal.

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