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US accidentally shipped anthrax to two foreign countries

File photo: Spores from the Sterne strain of anthrax bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) Credit: Reuters

The US military has discovered more suspected cases of accidental shipments of live anthrax spores than initially thought - including some that were sent overseas.

In a statement, the Pentagon said:

As of now, 24 laboratories in 11 states and two foreign countries are believed to have received suspect samples.

– Pentagon statement.

There was no known risk to the general public and extremely low risk to lab workers, officials said.

Labour leadership hopefuls begin campaigning in earnest

The three candidates hoping to succeed Ed Miliband as leader of the Labour party kicked off their campaigning in earnest today.

With the dust barely settled on the party's general election defeat, there was no time to relax as all three took part in events to try to win support among party members.

But while they are all hoping to stand out, they are pushing a similar message - that major changes are needed to 'Labour thinking'.

ITV News political correspondent Libby Wiener reports:


Blatter faces calls to step down despite re-election

Returning Fifa President Sepp Blatter faces mounting calls to step down after 18 people were arrested in police probes into allegations of kickbacks, bribes and ''rampant'' corruption.

While Blatter is not himself under suspicion of corruption, he may still be questioned by police as part of the US and Swiss investigations.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports on whether Blatter's image could be tarnished beyond repair:

Sepp Blatter sees off challenger amid crisis at Fifa

Sepp Blatter has been re-elected for a fifth term as Fifa president despite the crisis that has struck football's world governing body this week.

Blatter saw off the challenge from Prince Ali Bin al Hussein after seven Fifa officials were arrested in Zurich and 18 people connected to football were indicted on corruption charges by the US Justice Department.

He won the first election round by 133 votes to 73 and, after Prince Ali decided to withdraw of the race, Blatter was installed as Fifa president for another four years.

ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott reports:

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