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Appeal to trace mother after baby left on doorstep

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Police are trying to trace the mother of a newborn baby who was left on a doorstep in County Durham in the early hours of this morning.

The baby boy, who has been named Jack, was taken to North Tees hospital and is safe and well.

But Detective Inspector Aelfwynn Sampson, from Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding, team said: "Our priority is that mother and baby, who has been named Jack by hospital staff, are both fit and well and they get all the support necessary.

"We are obviously concerned about the mother’s welfare and want to reassure her we are all here to help."

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

Blatter holds emergency meeting with football chiefs

Sepp Blatter has held emergency meetings at Fifa's headquarters in Zurich to discuss the corruption scandal engulfing the organisation.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Credit: Reuters

The embattled president - who cancelled a public appearance this morning - convened a meeting with representatives from Fifa's six regions.

Fifa spokeswoman Delia Fischer said in a statement: "There was a meeting today with the president with the representatives from the confederations to discuss the current situation."

Fifa has so far resisted calls to postpone Friday's planned election amid calls for Blatter to resign in the wake of the allegations.

Fallon: Safety of UK nuclear subs 'not compromised'

William McNeilly is being held HMS Raleigh, it is thought. Credit: PA Wire

An investigation into allegations made by Royal Navy submariner William McNeilly about the submarines that carry the UK's Trident nuclear missiles has found that the safety of the public and submariners has not been compromised, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced

"The continuous at sea deterrent remains effective", Mr Fallon added.

Asda carries out own tests to kill off food poisoning bug

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Asda say they are carrying out independent tests to reduce the amount of the food poisoning bug campylobacter in their chickens.

It comes after more than 80% of samples tested positive for the bug, making it the worst performing supermarket in research done by the Food Standards Agency.

An Asda spokeswoman said: "We continue to take Campylobacter very seriously and are encouraged by our own most recent test data which confirms we’re making good progress to reaching the FSA’s target.

"We’re already seeing significant results from some of these trials including an impressive 80% reduction on both the neck and breast skin following the implementation of a steam process – SonoSteam.

"Along with other retailers and our suppliers we remain committed to working collaboratively to finding a robust solution to this problem that can be rolled across our entire whole bird range.

"In the meantime we continue to offer shoppers helpful advice on how to safely prepare and cook chicken – which will kill off any trace of the bug."

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David Cameron: Sepp Blatter must go as Fifa chief

David Cameron has backed calls for Sepp Blatter to resign as Fifa president following the latest corruption scandal.

The Prime Minister's spokesperson said he was "squarely behind" the Football Association's support for the Fifa presidential candidate of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: PA Wire

South Africa denies 2010 World Cup bribe claims

The South African government has denied allegations that bribes worth more than $10 million bribe were promised to a Fifa official during its bid to host the 2010 World Cup.

Sepp Blatter handing the World Cup to winners Spain in South Africa in 2010. Credit: Reuters

US prosecutors yesterday accused ex-Fifa vice-president Jack Warner of soliciting the huge bribe from the South African government in return for the right to host the tournament.

But a South African minister said there had been a "clean audit report" after the 2010 World Cup.

"There has never been any suggestion that anything untoward happened in South Africa,"Jeff Radebe told reporters.

The South African Football Association has also dismissed the claims as "baseless".

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