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U.S. charges 16 FIFA officials in widening probe

<b>(CNN) —</b> Federal prosecutors in the United States on Thursday announced criminal charges against 16 FIFA officials, alleging they were part of a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves while overseeing the world governing body of soccer.<p>The 92-count indictment, which includes charges of racketeering, …

Corruption

Convicted Israel spy Jonathan Pollard free after 30 years

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> As a Jewish-American teen moving to South Bend, Indiana, in the 1960s, Jonathan Pollard immediately struggled to fit in.<p>The family moved so his father, Morris Pollard, could take a job as a virologist at the University of Notre Dame. But the transition to the predominantly …

Cybercrime

2 killed, 8 held after France raid, but suspected ringleader's status unknown

<b>Paris, France (CNN) —</b> French authorities took the offensive Wednesday, raiding a purported hideout of the suspected ringleader in last week's deadly Paris attacks in an operation that ended with eight detained, two dead and potentially more bloodshed thwarted.<p>But what about that suspected …

Special Forces

French jets bomb ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria; few may have been killed

<b>Irbil, Iraq (CNN) —</b> The French air force carried out bombing missions on ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria, for a second day in a row. France is retaliating against Islamist extremist terror attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris.<p>ISIS claims Raqqa as the capital of its so-called caliphate.<p>On …

Paris Attacks

Paris attacks: What we know so far

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Paris attacks that killed at least 129 people continued to prompt raids and arrests in Europe and airstrikes in Syria. They've also spurred pledges of support from around the globe, while skepticism of Syrian refugees is sprouting in a number of American states.<p>Many nations also find …

Paris Attacks

Obama says ground troops to fight ISIS would be a mistake

<b>Antalya, Turkey (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama sharply defended his strategy Monday for going after ISIS amid mounting criticism that the U.S. is not doing enough to stop the terror organization that went on a killing spree in Paris last week.<p>He faced a barrage of tough and probing questions from …

Middle East

'France is at war,' President Francois Hollande says after ISIS attack

<b>Paris (CNN) —</b> Declaring that "France is at war," President Francois Hollande on Monday proposed sweeping new laws and more spending on public safety in response to Friday's terror attacks in Paris -- promising to eradicate terrorism, but not at the expense of his country's freedom.<p>At the same time, …

Paris Attacks

Belgium-born French national sought in Paris terror attacks

<b>Paris (CNN) —</b> Authorities are hunting for a Belgium-born French national who's one of three brothers suspected in the Paris terror attacks.<p>Belgian and French officials want to know where Salah Abdeslam is, and Belgium has issued an international warrant for him.<p>French police released his photo and …

Paris Attacks

France launches massive strike against ISIL in Syria as manhunt intensifies

PARIS — France launched massive retaliatory airstrikes against the Islamic State on Sunday as a manhunt intensified for at least one fugitive linked to the extremist group who vanished following the murderous mayhem that left 132 people dead, hundreds injured and residents anxious that terrorists …

Terrorism

Paris suicide bomber identified; ISIS claims responsibility for 129 dead

<b>Paris (CNN) —</b> Authorities in France and Belgium took people into custody Saturday in the aftermath of the worst violence in France since World War II, a series of terror attacks that killed more than 120 people.<p>ISIS claimed responsibility for the horrific Paris attacks, for which France vowed …

Terrorism

Homo naledi: New species of human ancestor discovered in South Africa

<b>Rising Star Cave, South Africa (CNN) —</b> When an amateur caver and university geologist arrived at Lee Berger's house one night in late 2013 with a fragment of a fossil jawbone in hand, they broke out the beers and called National Geographic.<p>Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand …

South Africa

Police: Bryce Williams fatally shoots self after killing journalists on air

<b>(CNN) —</b> After he shot two journalists on live TV and before he shot himself, Bryce Williams sent a message: "I've been a human powder keg for a while....just waiting to go BOOM."<p>Those were the words the gunman wrote in a chilling fax to ABC News, according to the network. The document purportedly …

Media Industry

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies after crash

<b>(CNN) —</b> IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died Monday from injuries he suffered when struck by a part that careened off a crashed race car.<p>The nose cone of driver Sage Karam's car flew off after he crashed Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, and struck Wilson in the head. Wilson's No. …

Pop Culture

7 things we’ve learned from the Ashley Madison leak

Hackers who stole user information from the infidelity network AshleyMadison.com last month dumped their trove of email and street addresses, phone …

Security

St. Louis police use tear gas on demonstrators protesting fatal shooting

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators and made nine arrests Wednesday night in north St. Louis as protests continued over an officer-involved fatal shooting of a young African-American man earlier in the day.<p>Police said Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, pointed a gun at them before officers …

Justice

Chinese Port City Tianjin Searches for Clues After Devastating Blasts

Dozens dead and hundreds injured as videos showed flaming debris raining down<p>BEIJING—Authorities on Thursday raised the death toll from explosions in the northeastern coastal city of Tianjin to at least 50, with some 700 others hospitalized, as they searched for the cause of twin blasts large …

China

Blast at Baghdad market kills dozens; ISIS claims responsibility

<b>(CNN) —</b> A bomb tore through a crowded vegetable market in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 36 people and seemingly showing ISIS' brutality and reach once again, this time in Iraq's biggest city and capital.<p>The explosives were packed in a truck that detonated in the Souk Jameela neighborhood in …

Extremism

Massive blasts rock Chinese city of Tianjin; 44 dead, hundreds injured

<b>Tianjin, China (CNN) —</b> A series of huge explosions shook the northern Chinese city of Tianjin late Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and injuring hundreds more, according to officials and state media.<p>The cause was not immediately clear.<p>Liu Yue, a 25-year-old Tianjin resident, said she felt the …

Natural Disasters

Puerto Rico just defaulted for the first time

Puerto Rico just went into default for the first time in its history.<p>The commonwealth paid a mere $628,000 toward a $58 million debt bill due Monday to creditors of its Public Finance Corporation. This will hurt the island's residents, not Wall Street. The debt is mostly owned by ordinary Puerto …

Caribbean

'The Hunt' suspect Megan Everett captured in Florida

<b>(CNN) —</b> <b>[Breaking news alert, posted at 3:22 p.m. ET Monday]</b><p>Megan Everett, who was featured on CNN's "The Hunt With John Walsh" and was wanted for kidnapping, has been arrested near Gainesville, Florida, by Putnam County Sheriff's deputies and special agents from the FBI, a law enforcement official …

Crime

Jury unanimously agrees to consider death sentence for James Holmes

<b>(CNN) —</b> James Holmes could still face the death penalty after a jury unanimously agreed on Monday that aggravating factors outweigh the mitigating factors for all of the murder charges for which he was convicted.<p>That means that a third and final phase of sentencing will happen to determine whether …

Criminal Sentencing

Trump campaign fires staffer over Facebook posts

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's presidential campaign said Sunday it fired a staffer after racially charged Facebook posts he allegedly wrote were uncovered Friday.<p>Effective immediately, Sam Nunberg, a Trump political adviser, is "no longer associated with the Donald J. Trump for president …

Donald Trump

Close Hillary Clinton aide, State Dept. inspector general in pay dispute

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A close aide of Hillary Clinton is disputing she was overpaid almost $10,000 when she left the State Department and is asking its inspector general to reassess its findings, her lawyers told CNN.<p>Huma Abedin, who served for four years as deputy chief of staff for the State …

Democratic National Convention