South Korean FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-Joon on Thursday accused the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) of "election fraud" in backing rival candidate Michel Platini. Chung said the AFC, whose president Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa has publicly supported Platini, had sent "unsolicited" letters to almost every AFC member association except for South Korea and Jordan, to win their support for Platini.
The father of a three-year-old Syrian boy whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach, an image that shocked the world, said Thursday his children "slipped through my hands" as their boat was taking in water en route to Greece. Abdullah, whose surname is given by Turkish media as Kurdi but sources in Syria say is actually called Shenu, lost his three-year-old son Aylan, four-year-old son Ghaleb and wife Rihana in the tragedy. It was dark and everyone was screaming," Abdullah Kurdi told Turkey's Dogan news agency of the sinking.
The European Central Bank said Thursday it could scale up its contentious stimulus programme of bond purchases as the outlook for growth and inflation in the eurozone clouds over. Saying it was still too early to determine the extent and impact of the economic fallout from China's slowdown and lower oil prices, the ECB held its benchmark "refi" refinancing rate at the current all-time low of 0.05 percent, as expected. Referring to a policy known as quantitative easing or QE, Draghi said that "the asset purchase programme provides sufficient flexibility in terms of adjusting the size, composition and duration of the programme".