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FIFA sponsor Visa fires shots at organizationFIFA sponsor Visa fires shots at organization

NEW YORK -- More than $1.62 billion of FIFA’s $5.72 billion revenue came from sponsorship during the four-year run-up to the the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Both Sony and Emirates Airlines terminated their World Cup sponsorship deals in November 2014. Now Visa is mounting pressure as other famous brands find their name and products associated with the increasingly tarnished FIFA.


World’s most powerful and loathed sports organizationWorld’s most powerful and loathed sports organization

ZURICH -- Founded in 1904 to oversee international competitions in the world’s most popular sport, FIFA is now bigger than the UN, with 209 national members.

India heatwave death toll passes 1,400India heatwave death toll passes 1,400

DELHI -- More than 1,400 people, mostly labourers, elderly and homeless, have died in a continuing heatwave in India that has seen temperatures reaching 47C.


Jun 4: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie turns 40Jun 4: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie turns 40

LOS ANGELES -- One of the world’s highest-paid actresses, Angelina Jolie is also a noted human rights activist, focusing on conservation, education, and women's rights.

Airbus E-Fan electric plane due in 2017Airbus E-Fan electric plane due in 2017

TOULOUSE -- The all-electric Airbus E-Fan can cruise at 160km/h for up to an hour before changing batteries. Airbus plans a 90-seat electric regional airliner by 2050.


World Agenda for June available nowWorld Agenda for June available now

GLOBAL -- Events include a bid to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, G7 summit in Germany, and an EU military campaign to smash migrant smuggling networks.

EU to launch naval mission to tackle migrant crisisEU to launch naval mission to tackle migrant crisis

BRUSSELS -- The European Union plans a year-long military operation against human trafficking networks in the Mediterranean, destroying vessels along the Libyan coast.


India's  Modi completes first year in office India's Modi completes first year in office

DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government completes one year in office on May 26. Elected by a landslide, he has struggled to meet huge expectations.

Jun 12: Summer blockbuster Jurassic WorldJun 12: Summer blockbuster Jurassic World

LONDON -- Opening on June 12, Jurassic World is set 22 years after the events of Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 Michael Crichton adaption, Jurassic Park.


Jun 16: Battle of the virtual reality headsetsJun 16: Battle of the virtual reality headsets

LOS ANGELES -- Virtual reality headsets are set to become the next big product trend in gaming and communication technology at E3, the biggest video game show of the year.

Jun 18: Battle of Waterloo bicentennialJun 18: Battle of Waterloo bicentennial

BRUSSELS -- The Battle of Waterloo – one of the most decisive battles in history – took place on June 18, 1815. The French defeat drew to a close 23 years of war.


V-J Day – 70 years since the end of World War IIV-J Day – 70 years since the end of World War II

TOKYO -- Japan surrendered on August 14, 1945, V-J Day, following the atom bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States on August 6 and 9.

LightSail sends first data back to EarthLightSail sends first data back to Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL -- The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft is sending home telemetry data following a Wednesday launch to orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket.


Jun 11-14: Rally Italia Sardegna WRCJun 11-14: Rally Italia Sardegna WRC

ALGHERO -- A partly-new street stage in the southern city of Cagliari kicks off the action,while many of the later stages include roads never driven before.

Jun 11-Jul 15: Copa AmericaJun 11-Jul 15: Copa America

SANTIAGO -- Twelve national teams will compete to wrest the crown of South American champions from Uruguay who won a 15th title in 2011.


Jun 6-Jul 5: FIFA Women’s World CupJun 6-Jul 5: FIFA Women’s World Cup

EDMONTON -- Twenty four teams will take part in 52 matches, with host nation Canada opening the tournament against China.

Jun 18-21: U.S. Open golfJun 18-21: U.S. Open golf

TACOMA, Washington -- The Pacific Northwest welcomes the world’s best golfers to Chambers Bay – a links-style course with vast, treeless fairways built on a former sand quarry.


Jun 12-28: European GamesJun 12-28: European Games

BAKU -- The inaugural edition of the European Games, the final continental multi-sport games to be initiated, takes place in Azerbaijan

May 30: F.A. Cup FinalMay 30: F.A. Cup Final

LONDON -- The final of the world’s oldest association football competition, will be contested this year by Arsenal, bidding for a record 12th title, and Aston Villa.


Jun 4-7: F1 Canadian GPJun 4-7: F1 Canadian GP

MONTREAL -- Mercedes’ rivals will be hoping for a repeat of last season at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, when it witnessed the first win for a car other than the “silver arrow”.

May 9-31: Cycling Giro d'ItaliaMay 9-31: Cycling Giro d'Italia

SAN LORENZO AL MARE -- The Giro d’Italia, first of cycling’s Grand Tours, starts in San Lorenzo al Mare and will conclude in Milan three weeks – and 3,492km – later.


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