A Syrian insurgent alliance which has captured the last government-held town in the northwestern Idlib province made further advances on Friday, a monitoring group and fighters said. The "Army of Fatah" which includes al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front, the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group and other factions, captured Ariha town on Thursday night as the Syrian military pulled back. The Syrian army has lost large parts of Idlib province to insurgents since late March, when the provincial capital fell to the insurgent alliance, whose name is a reference to Islamic conquest.
Blatter asked for security staff to be more vigilant and it was a few moments before those nearest to the two women reacted, he says. 10:10 GMT - Qatar - Organisers of Qatar's 2022 World Cup insist their controversial bid was conducted "with integrity and to the highest ethical standards". It is the first official statement by Qatar since the arrests of seven FIFA officials earlier this week and the launching of an investigation into the bidding process of the 2018/2022 tournaments.