FIFA's 209 members are expected to elect President Sepp Blatter to a fifth term Friday, based on statements in recent months issued by continental confederations, despite a string of scandals including the indictment of nine soccer officials this week by the U.S. government.
Manchester City's scheduled friendly against Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo on Thursday was cancelled after flooding left the pitch unsafe, the clubs said. City had travelled to Houston after a 1-0 friendly win over Toronto FC on Wednesday, when torrential rain had already swamped portions of Texas and Oklahoma. Premier League runners-up Manchester City were to travel to new York to watch their MLS sister club New York City FC take on Houston at Yankee Stadium in an MLS match on Saturday.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Foreign Minister said Friday that the upsurge of boat people in Southeast Asia has reached an "alarming level," and called for governments in the region to address the root causes of the crisis — a reference to the swelling number of refugees who have fled persecution in Myanmar.