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FA to back Prince Ali in Fifa presidency race

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein is looking to become Fifa president. Credit: PA

The Football Association are set to throw their support behind Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in the Fifa presidency race.

Greg Dyke is understood to have offered support to the reformist Prince Ali, who will aim to oust Sepp Blatter.

It is expected that the FA will formally announce the decision after an upcoming board meeting.

Dutch FA president Michael van Praag - a strong Blatter critic - will also stand, but as he already has the minimum five supporting votes, the FA feel the more reformist candidates who run, the better.


Poll: Health and immigration seen as election priorities

Health is still seen as the top priority for political parties in the forthcoming general election, according to the results of a ComRes roll for ITV News.

Health overtook immigration as the top election priority in a poll earlier this month Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Half of all respondents said health is the most important issue, closely followed by controlling immigration (49%).

Labour (32%) is the party most trusted on the NHS, while Ukip (33%) is the party most trusted to control immigration.

Two in five people (21%) said they trust the Conservative Party most to control immigration - a five percentage point increase since the last poll.

Poll: 55% of Britons would prefer Cameron as PM over Miliband

More than half (55%) of Britons would prefer to see David Cameron carry on as prime minister after the general election.

When faced with having to choose either Cameron or Ed Miliband as the next prime minister, only 45% opted for the Labour leader.

The Com Res/ITV News poll found that a slim majority (51%) would prefer to see a Labour majority in the House of Commons, while almost three-quarters (72%) would rather one-party rule over another coalition.


Sir John Chilcot to face Foreign Affairs Committee over delay to inquiry

Sir John Chilcot is to give evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on 4th February about his delayed report into the Iraq war, the committee said.

Earlier, this month he said it was unlikely that his long-awaited report would be published before the general election.

Poll: Half of Britons think seven-party debates will be more interesting

Just under half (49%) of Britons think that election debates involving seven political parties will make for a more interesting debate, a poll has found.

Only around one in five (22%) respondents to the ComRes/ITV News poll said it would make the debates less interesting.

However, only two in five (39%) said that the televised debates will be important in helping them decide who to vote for. This proportion rose to over half (51%) among respondents between the ages of 18 and 24.

Almost two-thirds (64%) said the debates should go ahead even if David Cameron does not take part.

Isis hostages 'have less than 24 hours to live'

An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group has warned that a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot it is holding have less than '24 hours left to live'.

Senior Japanese officials are trying to authenticate the video, which like a previous message over the weekend does not bear the logo of the Islamic State group's al-Furqan media arm.

Freelance journalist Kenji Goto was seized in late October in Syria, apparently while trying to rescue another hostage, 42-year-old Haruna Yukawa, who was captured by the militants last summer.

Protesters holding placards chant 'Save Kenji' during a demonstration Credit: Pierre Boutier/ABACAPRESS.COM

The message also mentioned Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh, who who has been held by the extremist Islamic State group after crashing in December.

A video over the weekend showed a still photo of Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of the body of murdered Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa.

Today's message repeated demands for the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who has been sentenced to death in Jordan for involvement in a 2005 terror attack that killed 60 people.

I hope we can all firmly work hard and join hands to cooperate, and for the two countries (Japan and Jordan) to cooperate, in order for us to see the day when the Jordanian pilot and our Japanese national Mr. Goto, can both safely return to their own countries with a smile on their faces.

– Yasuhide Nakayama, Japan's Deputy Foreign Minister

Litvinenko's death was an 'act of nuclear terrorism'

The death of Alexander Litvinenko was an "act of nuclear terrorism on the streets of a major city", the barrister representing his widow Marina Litvinenko has told a public inquiry.

Giving an opening statement to the inquiry on its first day, Ben Emmerson QC said:

Mrs Litvinenko has as you know too well fought long and hard over many years to reach this day. The opening of a public inquiry into the political assassination of her husband in London.

That murder was an act of unspeakable barbarism that inflicted on Sasha [Alexander's nickname] Litvinenko the most painful and lingering death imaginable.

It was an act of nuclear terrorism on the streets of a major city which put the lives of numerous other members of the public at risk.

– Ben Emmerson QC
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