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Queen's procession leaves palace to deliver speech

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The Queen has left Buckingham Palace to deliver her speech at the official opening of Parliament.

A horse-drawn carriage containing her crown and sword left the palace at 10.37am followed by a state coach with Prince Charles and Camilla in and then the Queen and Prince Philip in a Jubilee coach.

Webb and Warner among Fifa officials arrested

Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner

Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner are among nine Fifa officials and five corporate executives accused of racketeering, conspiracy and corruption by the US Justice Department.

The United States Department of Justice also confirmed Swiss authorities in Zurich arrested Eduardo Li; Julio Rocha; Costas Takkas; Eugenio Figueredo; Rafael Esquivel and José Maria Marin.


Fifa: No plans to cancel presidential election

Fifa says there are no plans to postpone Friday's presidential election despite the arrests of senior officials and launch of an investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Fifa spokesperson Walter de Gregorio. Credit: Fifa

Spokesman Walter De Gregorio told a press conference that Fifa welcomed an investigation into the allegations and will cooperate fully with Swiss officials.

He also confirmed Fifa's president Sepp Blatter and its secretary general Jérôme Valcke were not under investigation.

Mr De Gregorio admitted it was "certainly a difficult moment for us".

Cameron leaves Downing Street to attend Queen's Speech

Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street. Credit: pool

David Cameron has left Downing Street to attend the Queen's Speech as the Tories take control of parliament for the first time in nearly two decades.

The Queen will unveil the key measures put forward by the Conservatives which are expected to include an EU referendum, a ban on tax rises for low-income workers and handing over greater powers to Scotland.


Proscutors open proceedings over World Cup bids

Criminal proceedings have been opened in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Swiss investigators say.

Fifa's headquarters in Zurich. Credit: Reuters

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said individuals were suspected of criminal mismanagement and money laundering in connection with the bids to host the tournaments.

Prosecutors also said they had seized electronic data and documents from Fifa's headquarters in Zurich.

The announcement comes just hours after six Fifa officials were arrested on suspicion of corruption.

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