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FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Saturday he was "shocked" at the way the US judiciary has targeted football's world body and slammed what he called a "hate" campaign by Europe's football leaders. Blatter said he suspected the arrest of seven FIFA officials this week under a US anti-corruption warrant was an attempt to "interfere with the congress" at which he was elected to a fifth term on Friday. While US officials have said more indictments in their investigation are likely, Blatter said he believes there is a deliberate campaign against FIFA including the arrests just two days before the vote.
Islamic State group jihadists demolished a notorious government prison in the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Saturday, as barrel bombs dropped by regime helicopters killed more than 70 civilians in Aleppo. In neighbouring Iraq, government forces retook an area west of the city of Ramadi, which IS overran earlier in May. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS planted explosives that "largely destroyed" the Palmyra jail, which was for decades a symbol of abuses meted out on regime opponents.