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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:


Blatter: We will restore Fifa's credibility, starting tomorrow

Re-elected Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said he "takes responsibility" for allegations of corruption under his rule - but added he now wants to look to the future and "restore credibility" to the sporting body.

He said the congress which re-elected him was "difficult" because of a US prosecution which saw 14 people from the organisation indicted, and the subsequent media furore.

His plan to repair the damage to Fifa's reputation would begin tomorrow, he added.

We have to build a better image of Fifa, and I know how to do it.

I cannot disclose it now, but we will do it as from tomorrow morning. We have a meeting of the executive committee and they will listen to me.

They will receive some information or some messages, and some of them will be surprised.

– Sepp Blatter

Prince Ali: 'I hope opposition continues to grow'

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has told reporters he hopes the number of members opposed to Fifa president Sepp Blatter grows to the point where "we have a real change in this organisation that desperately needs it."

Speaking after withdrawing from the presidential race, he added that he ran for the "brave 73" who stood against the Fifa chief.

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.

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