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Fifa officials 'could be extradited to US within months'

The seven senior Fifa officials arrested in Zurich could be extradited within a matter of months, Swiss legal experts said.

All the men, from the Latin American and Caribbean region, are contesting extradition to face corruption charges.

But Zurich-based lawyer Peter Cosandey told Reuters: "From the time of arrest to the final enforceable decision, it would easily take two months [for extradition], a few months, if there are not too many complex legal issues. Not years."

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Network Rail in new talks with union to prevent rail strike

Union leaders will meet railway bosses for new talks aimed at averting strikes by rail workers in a dispute over pay.

The first national strike since the 1990s may be avoided Credit: PA

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail are due to walk out for 24 hours from next Thursday evening and 48 hours the following week, threatening travel chaos after a new pay offer was rejected.

A Network Rail spokesman said the company and the RMT have agreed to meet at the conciliation service Acas later today to try to resolve the dispute and avert strike action.

A previous strike planned for the spring bank holiday was suspended after Network Rail (NR) tabled a fresh pay offer.

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James Anderson reaches 400 Test wickets landmark

What an achievement from James Anderson. Credit: Reuters

James Anderson became the first Englishman to reach 400 Test wickets on day one of the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley.

The seamer began the day needing just one scalp to join an exclusive club containing only 11 other bowlers and he reached the landmark in his second over this afternoon.

With his eighth ball, and with rain closing in, Anderson had Kiwi opener Martin Guptill caught by Ian Bell at second slip.

It proved to be the final ball before another rain delay, with the umpires leading the players off immediately after Anderson wheeled away in celebration.

Former Fifa VP Jack Warner accuses US of 'witchhunt'

Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner has accused America of staging a 'witchhunt' over possible corruption within the football organisation.

He told a press conference in Trinidad: "Have you ever asked yourself that Michael Garcia, the person who did this investigation, is American.

"The country that bid for the world cup and failed is American. They are the ones who are angry. It is a witchhunt, so to speak."

Warner said the US authorities had indicted him on corruption charges despite never asking him a question. "It just can't make sense", he added.

Kendall sets out 'fresh start' in Labour leadership bid

Liz Kendall has placed education and social mobility at the forefront of her bid for leadership of the Labour party.

Liz Kendall laid out her vision for the Labour party Credit: PA

Speaking at De Montfort University, the Leicester West MP said the country cannot go on "repeating the remedies of the past" and that the "magnitude of defeat" suffered by her party meant that "taking the safe option" was no longer viable.

The 43-year-old said, under her leadership, children's foundation years - from newborns to five-year-olds - would have equal importance to primary and secondary education.

Kendall also addressed Labour's economic credibility, setting out her view that it should be "based on having a plan that starts before children are born and follows them through the ups and downs of their lives".

She said the country needed to equip all people with the "skills, knowledge, character and confidence" to compete in the global marketplace."

EU treaty change not ruled out by Germany

David Cameron and Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to rule out treaty change as she met with David Cameron in Berlin to discuss his plans to renegotiate the terms of the UK's membership of the European Union.

Mrs Merkel said: "Of course we have the desire to work very closely together. We would like to be a part of the process that is going on in Great Britain at the moment and we would like to be a constructive partner in this process.

"I have also said wherever there is a desire there's also a way and this should be our guiding principle here as well."

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