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Fifa arrests: French minister calls for election delay

It "would make sense" to delay Friday's planned vote to elect a new Fifa president in light of the latest scandal to hit the organisation, France's foreign minister has said.

Sepp Blatter is bidding for a fifth term in office in this Friday's presidential election. Credit: Reuters

Laurent Fabius said Fifa currently had a "disastrous image" and time was needed to establish the facts.

"It's been several years that there have been accusations of corruption. It would make sense to take a bit of time, see what is true and not and then the authorities can adjudicate, but for now, it's giving a disastrous image," Fabius told a French radio station.

"I'm saying this on a personal level, but it would seem to make sense (to delay the election)," he said.


Indian heatwave kills 1,370 in just six days

A man sleeps under the shade of a tree. Credit: Reuters

A heat wave in India has now killed at least 1,371 people in six days as temperatures soar above 47C.

The country has experienced such heatwaves before but officials said in some places double the number of people had died this time round.

Most of those killed are elderly or labourers suffering from sunstroke or dehydration.

The heatwave is forecast to subside later this week before monsoon brings welcome relief to parched areas in the east and south.

Methodist Church apologises for historic abuse

Hinde Street Methodist Church in central London Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Methodist Church in Britain has apologised for failing to protect children and adults following nearly 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse within the institution dating back to the 1950s.

In a 100-page report published today, the church said it wanted to be open about the past, and to have stronger safeguarding procedures in the future.

Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, general secretary of the Methodist Conference said: "On behalf of the Methodist Church in Britain I want to express an unreserved apology for the failure of its current and earlier processes fully to protect children, young people and adults from physical and sexual abuse inflicted by some ministers in Full Connexion and members of the Methodist Church."


David Miliband's new warning for Labour Party

David Miliband has previously ruled himself out of the leadership race Credit: PA

David Miliband has warned the Labour Party has been sent "back to the classroom for the second time in five years" after their crushing defeat in the general election.

The former foreign secretary, currently president of the International Rescue Committee, also made comments that will fuel speculation about a return to British politics, boasting about his role in winning previous elections with Labour.

He said: "I was in the back room in the early 1990s when Labour in the UK figured out how to win elections rather than lose them."

In a lecture at the Harvard Kennedy School, Miliband blasted of David Cameron's foreign policy, saying that Britain is now politically "in retreat".

Mankini ban 'helps cut crime' in Newquay

The skinny swimsuits, as worn in the film Borat, are now banned in Newquay. Credit: PA

Newquay's decision to ban mankinis has significantly reduced anti-social behaviour in the town, police and community leaders said.

Officers in the Cornish seaside resort brought in the ban as part of a drive to help shed its "Wild West" image as a haven for stag and hen parties.

And they say their crackdown on excess drinking, public disorder and the wearing of inappropriate clothing, such as mankinis, has helped cut crime in the town.

Inspector Dave Meredith said: "People expected to come to Newquay to drink a lot, behave irresponsibly, a lot of really young people came to Newquay and knew they had a good chance of getting drunk.

"Certainly we have clamped down on that and the image of Newquay now has certainly curtailed some of that."

In 2009 locals joined protest marches to "take back their town" from the grip of anti-social revellers.

Town mayor Dave Sleeman said: "I remember back in the 2000s you couldn't walk the streets on a Saturday without seeing someone wearing a mankini or what have you.

"But now they're not allowed in Newquay. The police will tell them to go home and get changed if they see them wearing one, and the guest houses and camp sites are pretty good at warning their guests about what's acceptable."

Weather: A cool and blustery day in the North

It will be a cool and blustery day across the northern half of the UK, with a mixture of sunshine and showers. Some of the showers will be heavy at times, with hail and thunder, and may also be wintry over the tops of the Scottish mountains. Elsewhere will be breezy with sunny spells, though it should stay mostly dry. Highs reaching 19 Celsius (66F).

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