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Swiss authorities arrest top FIFA officials in dawn raid

FIFA's congress is due to start later this week Credit: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

The Swiss authorities have arrested several top FIFA officials in an extraordinary dawn raid in a five-star Geneva hotel, according to the New York Times.

The arrests are said to have been carried out on behalf of the US Justice Department, which is investigating allegations of corruption and racketeering. The unnamed officials now face extradition.

Football chiefs are in Zurich for the FIFA Congress, where incumbent Sepp Blatter faces a challenge from Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in a presidential election on Friday.

Harriet Harman: We fear 'the reality' of Queen's Speech

The acting Labour leader has said that the party fears that "the reality of this Queen's Speech will be very different from the rhetoric".

Harriet Harman warned that "the Queen's Speech will talk of a 'One Nation approach' - yet [David] Cameron sets the nations of the country against each other".

She said: "The real question for this Queen's Speech will be whether it improves our country, our communities and people."


Russia wants to use convict labour to build World Cup

Russian president Putin sits with FIFA president Sepp Blatter Credit: REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev

Russia intends to use prisoners to help build stadiums and infrastructure for the 2018 World Cup and bring costs down.

A bill drafted by a member of the ruling party, United Russia, with the backing of the country's prison service, would allow contractors to use convicts in their projects.

"It'll help in the sense that there will be the opportunity to acquire building materials for a lower price, lower than there is currently on the market," Alexander Khinshtein told The Associated Press.

The Russian government is currently under pressure for the event's projected cost of 640bn roubles (£8.2bn).

Under the plans, convicts would continue to live in prison, travelling to work each day. They would earn roughly £190 per month.

Ex-MP Eric Joyce to be sentenced for assault

Former MP Eric Joyce Credit: PA

The former Labour MP for Falkirk is to be sentenced today for assaulting two teenage boys in an "unjustified and unprovoked" attack in a shop.

The 54-year-old was found guilty of two counts of common assault against the boys, aged 14 and 15, at Westminster Magistrates' Court earlier this month.

District Judge John Zani has said that "all options including imprisonment will be considered".

Dane Bowers in court on ex-fiancee assault charge

Dane Bowers Credit: Chris Ison / PA Archive

Former boyband star Dane Bowers is to appear in court today, charged with assault.

Bowers, 35, has pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by beating against his ex-fiancee Sophia Cahill in Croydon in January.

Bowers, a former Brit School student, became famous in the late-1990s as a member of R&B band Another Level and after the group disbanded he sang a duet, Out Of Your Mind, with Victoria Beckham. He went on to appear in Celebrity Big Brother in 2010.

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