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May 27, 2015

FIFA officials are arrested in Zurich, and 14 are indicted in the US.

  Swiss authorities arrested several officials from soccer’s global governing body at a hotel in Zurich as part of an investigation into alleged widespread corruption. The officials will be extradited to the US, where they face federal charges of racketeering, money laundering, and wire fraud. US attorney general Loretta Lynch said the government is seeking more arrests.
6 hours ago

Tony Blair will resign from his role as Middle East envoy.

  The former UK prime minister will step down next month from his role as an envoy to the region for the so-called Quartet, a group working towards a resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict. He has represented the bloc of the US, UN, EU and Russia since 2007, when he left Downing Street.
May 27, 2015

Amnesty International says Hamas killed and tortured Palestinians in Gaza.

  The human rights organization reports that Hamas forces committed serious abuses, including kidnapping, torture, and extra-judicial killings, during Israel’s 50-day offensive in the Gaza Strip in 2014. The victims were mostly accused of collaborating with Israel. The abuses have gone unpunished, Amnesty says.
4 hours ago

The world’s hungry population drops below 800 million.

  The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization says 72 countries have halved their proportion of the chronically undernourished, meeting Millenium Development goals. Since 1990-1992, the overall number of hungry people dropped by 216 million. Much of the success has been in the developing world, where the percentage that’s undernourished has fallen from 23.3% to 12.9% over a quarter century.
May 27, 2015

A Russian opposition member is hospitalized with a sudden illness.

  After Vladimir Kara-Murza lost consciousness Tuesday night, doctors initially suspected poisoning, a party representative said; but his father has since said the diagnosis is kidney failure. Kara-Murza is a leading member of RPR-Parnas, the political party of the murdered opposition activist Boris Nemtsov, and an ally of former political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
7 hours ago

Eighty are killed in the deadliest airstrikes of the Yemen war.

  The bombings carried out by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 40 people—civilians, according to a local who spoke with Reuters—near Saudi Arabia’s border; and another 40 in the country’s capital, Sanaa. The coalition has been bombing the Iran-backed Houthi rebels since March 26. Iran’s foreign minister urged Saudi Arabia to end its campaign.  
May 27, 2015

Hackers targeted the US’s Internal Revenue Service.

  They pilfered records filed by 100,000 households and tried to steal as many as 100,000 more. The IRS’s technology is severely outdated, tax officials warned earlier this year, with some applications dating back to when John F. Kennedy was president.
May 27, 2015

The new British government lays out its stall.

  Queen Elizabeth II will read a speech written for her by prime minister David Cameron’s team following his election victory. The program will include plans for a referendum on Britain’s future in the EU but may skip plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.l.
May 26, 2015
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Now you can look up the meanings of “vocal fry,” “emoji,” and “WTF” in the dictionary.

  Merriam Webster added 1,700 new entries to its standard-setting dictionary and expanded its existing phrases by 700 new senses. The new vocabulary includes internet language such as “photobomb,” “NSFW,” and “meme”; foodie lingo such as “macaron” and “crema”; and phrases to describe new ideas such as “palliative care” and “net neutrality.”

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