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January 28, 2015 6:41 PM Analysis - Blatter faces serious challenge at last

LONDON (Reuters) - If anyone had doubts that football believes the time is right for change at FIFA, the roll call of people ready to unseat incumbent president Sepp Blatter should dispel them. With the deadline to submit candidatures for the FIFA presidential election closing at 2300 GMT on Thursday, four men are optimistic of getting their names on the ballot 8

January 28, 2015 3:55 PM Time to oust Blatter and modernise FIFA says Van Praag

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Michael van Praag, the president of the Dutch Football Association (KNVB), on Wednesday named six countries who are backing his campaign for the FIFA presidency. Speaking at a news conference to formally launch his challenge to incumbent Sepp Blatter, the erudite 67-year-old said he had nominations from Belgium, Sweden, Scotland 9

January 28, 2015 1:49 PM VIDEO: Fearless daredevil schoolboy walks over top of bridge 40ft above traffic

A SCHOOLBOY risked his life by crossing a narrow arch above a busy main road as onlookers recorded his crazy stunt. The mystery youngster, thought to be aged around 12, had to scale barriers erected at each end of the arch a decade ago to prevent daredevils like him crossing it. He is believed to have been heading home from school as the footbridge 9

January 28, 2015 12:05 PM Facebook to sell real-time Super Bowl ads, taking on Twitter

(Reuters) - This Super Bowl Facebook is taking a page from Twitter's playbook, for the first time during a football championship selling ads that target people based on what they are talking about in real time. These include video ads that will play automatically on Facebook's newsfeed, triggered by key words that members mention in their posts as they watch 8

January 27, 2015 8:11 PM Colin Firth - Colin Firth Was Proud Of Stunt Injuries

Actor Colin Firth was proud of the injuries he received while filming upcoming action movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, because his bumps and bruises proved he had performed his own stunts on set. The Oscar winner wanted to show his friends and fellow actors that he was brave enough for a tough-guy role in the film, so every time he sustained an injury 11

January 27, 2015 2:57 PM Baghdad flights disrupted after bullet hits flydubai jet

A bullet hit the fuselage of a flydubai airliner on its descent into Baghdad Tuesday, lightly wounding a young girl and prompting many carriers to suspend their flights, officials said. "There was no consequence other than a slight injury to a young girl. The pilot landed and he was not aware of what had happened," Transport Minister Baqr Jabr al-Zubaidi 9

January 27, 2015 1:47 PM Fortitude: Polar bear roams London to promote Sky series

If you happen to be out and about in London today, then don't be alarmed if you come across this polar bear... An 8ft long puppet is roaming the streets of the capital to promote Sky's new series Fortitude, which begins later this week. The unusual commuter surprised travellers at Charing Cross Tube station this morning (January 27), before making its way to Hampstead 8

January 27, 2015 11:22 AM Polar bear shocks commuters on the Tube

Full-sized hyper-realistic bear hits the London Underground Commuters were left stunned as an eight-foot polar bear strolled London's busy Underground on Monday morning - even getting on a train. Manoeuvring through the crowds and pitching for a seat at Charing Cross station, the two-man puppet greeted passengers to celebrate the release of the new Arctic 9 7

January 27, 2015 11:15 AM Africa solidly behind Blatter, officials say

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea Jan 27 (Reuters) - African countries will vote overwhelmingly for Sepp Blatter in this year’s FIFA elections, senior officials told Reuters on Tuesday. “Africa is solidly behind Blatter. You will find he is very popular on the continent,” said Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president of the Ghana Football Association and a Confederation 8

January 26, 2015 11:57 PM Dutchman Van Praag joins FIFA presidential race

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) - Dutchman Michael van Praag became the fourth man to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency when he joined the race on Monday, saying it was time to bring soccer's governing body back to normal. The 67-year-old president of the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) and former Ajax Amsterdam chairman is an outspoken 11