Argentinian authorities will send investigators inside the headquarters of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to find evidence of money laundering in the case of public funds possibly being used for broadcast rights during the World Cup. The rights were taken over by the government in 2009 from a local cable company, subsidizing national and international game broadcasts. But the $176 million price tag was a questionable one, according to lawmaker Graciela Ocana, who also accused the AFA of leaning toward government-linked companies and failure to explain where some of the funds went. The four-year-long investigation will now gain access to board meetings and any other AFA materials it requests as it investigates possible money laundering. “We want to know how these funds are used,” the opposition lawmaker told the channel TN. “It’s great football can be viewed for free. But we also have to realize it’s not free, we pay for it in taxes, yet it has been a phenomenal propaganda coup for the government,” she added.
Number of Britons killed in Tunisia attack rises to 15
The confirmed British death toll in the Tunisia hotel attack has risen to 15 and could rise further, junior Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood said, calling the incident the “most significant” attack on British people since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. According to the Tunisian authorities, 39 is the total number of victims in the attack, which also includes German, Belgian and Irish citizens.
Houthi fighters attack Aden refinery, setting it alight
Yemen’s Houthi fighters fired missiles at storage tanks at an Aden refinery on Saturday, setting it on fire. On the same day, clashes between the Houthis and pro-government forces north of Aden resulted in the deaths of four people from Yemen’s southern resistance movement and 10 Houthis. A random Houthi shelling also killed eight civilians in northern Aden, including a woman and her three children, medical sources reported.
49 insurgents killed in Afghan military operation over last 24 hours
A series of anti-terrorist military operations have led to the killing of 49 insurgents in the past 24 hours, Afghan Defense Ministry told Xinhua news agency. The joint operation was spearheaded by Afghan National Army (ANA). “49 armed insurgents have been killed, numbers of were wounded, some weapon and ammunition confiscated, numbers of various IED bombs discovered and destroyed,” Defense Ministry said in their statement.
The suicide bomber who detonated explosives at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City was identified as Fahd Suliman Abdul-Muhsen al-Qabaa, a Saudi Arabian citizen, Kuwait’s Interior Ministry said. The man flew into Kuwait’s airport at dawn on Friday, only hours before the blast. At least 27 people were killed and 200 injured as a result of the attack on Friday. The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the blast.
Peru President Ollanta Humala has announced that the state of emergency in the region of upper Huallaga River will soon be lifted after 30 years. The area of rugged mountains and dense forests along the river has been a center of illegal coca cultivation for decades. It was also the scene of violence perpetrated by the Maoist insurgency Shining Path, the leader of which Florindo Eleuterio Flores, nicknamed ‘Comrade Artemio’, was captured in 2012.