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3,300 Mediterranean migrants rescued, but 17 found dead

Seventeen migrants were found dead on ships crossing the Mediterranean Sea today, the Italian coastguard has revealed, as a string of rescue operations saw more than 3,300 people rescued.

Distress calls were made from 17 boats during the day, with further rescues still underway by Italian, Greek and German crews this evening.


Culture Secretary: Fifa result 'incredibly disappointing'

Culture Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale has called Sepp Blatter's reappointment as Fifa president "incredibly disappointing".

"When presented with overwhelming demands for change, many Fifa members still opted for the status quo - for a president who's overseen an organisation tainted with accusations of corruption," Whittingdale said.

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale. Credit: PA/PA Wire

"A system designed to support the incumbent has returned a predictable result, but with its authority severely diminished," he continued

"The investigations taking place make it clear that Fifa needs to change, and change now. I hope the voices calling for this change within the football community can be successful and do not continue to find their efforts blocked and frustrated by vested interests."

Uefa president reiterates his desire for change at Fifa

Uefa president Michel Platini reiterated his desire for change within Fifa as he congratulated Prince Ali Bin al Hussein for his "admirable campaign".

Prince Ali Bin al Hussein (left) and Uefa President Michel Platini. Credit: Melanie Duchene / Zuma Press/PA Images

Platini, who said he had asked Blatter to resign as Fifa president before the election, said, "I am proud that Uefa has defended and supported a movement for change at Fifa, change which in my opinion is crucial if this organisation is to regain its credibility."

"I congratulate my friend Prince Ali for his admirable campaign and I take the opportunity to thank all the national associations who supported him."

'Is it a joke?': Ginola can't believe Blatter's re-election

Former Newcastle and Spurs midfielder David Ginola told ITV News he cannot believe Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as Fifa president asking, "Is it a joke?"

Ginola, who had hoped to run against Blatter for the role, compared watching his re-election to "watching a very bad reality TV show".

"I don't know what we're talking about. I saw people standing in the audience applauding, I mean is it a joke?" he asked.


Cameron's mission to reform EU given boost by Merkel

David Cameron's mission to reform the EU treaty was given a significant boost today, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "Where there is a will, there is a way".

The Prime Minister was in Germany for the latest part of his European charm offensive - though earlier in the day, in Poland, his views were not so well received.

Leaders in Poland are upset by plans to curb benefits for foreign workers.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:

Corfu tragedy mum: Thomas Cook ex-CEO has 'no humanity'

The mother of two children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while on a Thomas Cook holiday in 2006 has accused the company's former boss of failing to show any "humanity".

Sharon Wood said Harriet Green has still not spoken to the family, and accused the ex-chief executive of trying to "offload" her guilt by donating a third of her shares to charity, and said it was "abhorrent" to use her children's deaths as a way to provoke public sympathy.

ITV News consumer editor Chris Choi reports:

Blatter chants 'let's go' as he is re-elected Fifa President

Sepp Blatter has been re-elected President of Fifa for a fifth term despite the corruption scandal that has engulfed football's International governing body.

Mr Blatter won the election despite failing to secure enough votes in the first round to avoid a second run-off, after his challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein conceded.

In his victory speech, Mr Blatter chanted: "Let's go Fifa, let's go Fifa," to a standing ovation from delegates.

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