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Fifa president Blatter: The truth will be shown

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he is pleased that Michael Garcia's report into the World Cup bidding process will be published.

Blatter hopes the publication will help boost public confidence in the organisation after the summary of the report was heavily criticised.

Sepp Blatter seems quite happy with the outcome. Credit: PA

"I am pleased they have agreed. It has been a long process to arrive at this point and I understand the views of those who have been critical," Blatter said in a statement.

"We have always been determined that the truth should be known.

"It is clear that while a summary of the report was issued, the publication of this report has become a barrier to rebuilding public confidence and trust in FIFA.

"Now it is important that the work of the Ethics Committee continues and that any instances of wrongdoing are fully investigated and their perpetrators pursued and sanctioned."


Kurdish troops battle to open key corridor in Sinjar Mt

The Kurdish forces are beginning to open up a corridor on the mountain, they said. Credit: RTV

US backed Kurdish forces have succeeded in breaking a months-long siege by the Islamic State on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, potentially opening a key corridor into the northern Syrian base of the terror group.

Peshmerga forces approaching the Sinjar mountain. Credit: RTV

It is the biggest military victory against the extremist group since it overrun large parts of northern Iraq in July.

The Pershmerga forces engaged in battles supported by US airstrikes. Credit: RTV

Ex-Cameron aide denies indecent images charges

Patrick Rock had worked with the Prime Minister for 20 years. Credit: PA

Patrick Rock, a former aide to Prime Minister David Cameron, has pleaded not guilty to child indecency charges.

Rock, who once drew up government policy on internet porn filters, denied six counts of making indecent photographs of children and one of possessing indecent images.

The offences are said to have been committed between July and August last year and relate to more than 60 images of girls aged between 10 and 14.

The 63-year-old, who had worked alongside Cameron for 20 years, will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on February 27.

Queensland premier: We are all shocked by this tragedy

Queensland premier Campbell Newman said he was "deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic events in Cairns today", The Guardian reports.

Indeed, the whole Cairns community and the people of Queensland will feel the effects of this tragedy, particularly at a time of year when families come together.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those concerned.

– Campbell Newman


Public urged to 'nip problems in bud' amid NHS pressure

People are being encouraged to "nip problems in the bud" to avoid going to hospital over the Christmas period.

NHS England said record numbers of emergency patients were admitted last week, with health officials claiming the pressure on A&E services is increasing significantly.

Patients have been told to avoid going to A&E departments this Christmas. Credit: PA Wire

"We have admitted more people to hospital this week (ending December 14) to take care of them than in any previous week on record," Dr Barbara Hakin, national director of commissioning operations for NHS England, said.

"As we come into the holiday period, it is important people continue to look after themselves and nip problems in the bud.

"They should ensure they have proper medication, get their flu jab if they have not done so, and get advice from their pharmacist."

Fifa to publish Garcia World Cup report

Michael Garcia resigned over the handling of his report. Credit: Reuters

Fifa's executive committee has unanimously agreed to publish Michael Garcia's reporting into the World Cup bidding process.

The decision was taken following a meeting in Morocco, but there was no vote taken. The report will not be published until charges against three Fifa ExCo members are resolved.

Domenico Scala, the head of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, gave a presentation to the ExCo suggesting the report should be published in an "appropriate form" - with all names and other details redacted.

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