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London (AFP) - 19:26 GMT - AFP IS NOW CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT after a dramatic day that started with Swiss police arresting seven FIFA officials in Zurich, just two days before President Sepp Blatter seeks a new term in office.
The US military accidentally shipped at least one live anthrax sample across the country to a commercial lab in Maryland but there was no public health threat from the mishap, officials said Wednesday. A Defense Department laboratory in Utah had "inadvertently" transferred the live anthrax sample to a commercial lab and government health authorities were still testing other samples that had been shipped to laboratories in nine other states, a defense official told reporters. The live anthrax sample, which had been transported by truck, was discovered by the commercial lab late on May 22 and the other laboratories were then informed, officials said.
By David Alexander U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday called for an immediate end to island-building by China and other countries near the South China Sea, urging the participants to stop militarizing the dispute and find a peaceful solution. Carter said China's island-building efforts were "out of step" with the regional consensus and that U.S. military aircraft and warships would continue to operate in the area as permitted under international law. "China’s actions are bringing countries in the region together in new ways," he said in a military ceremony in Hawaii.