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FIFA president Sepp Blatter appealed against the 90 day ban that forced him out of office, his lawyers confirmed Friday, as world football's sleaze-tainted governing body headed into months of turmoil over how to find a new leader. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) became the latest regional body to demand an emergency meeting of the FIFA executive after the suspension of Blatter, UEFA president Michel Platini and FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke. The row over Blatter's suspension took a fresh twist on Friday as FIFA's ethics watchdog rejected the 79-year-old's claims he was not allowed to give evidence before he was banned, saying he was given "all his rights".
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations ever Saturday for the 70th anniversary of its ruling party's creation, an attention-getting event that is the government's way of showing the world and its own people the Kim dynasty — now in its third generation — is firmly in control and its military a power to be reckoned with.
Mining giant Glencore, burdened by debt and a commodity price crash, announced Friday it was slashing its worldwide output of zinc by a third, sending the metal's price sharply higher. Glencore, one of the world's largest miners and producers of zinc, said it was lowering zinc production by 500,000 tonnes across its operations in Australia, South America and Kazakhstan. "The main reason for the reduction is to preserve the value of Glencore's reserves in the ground at a time of low zinc and lead prices, which do not correctly value the scarce nature of our resources," the miner and commodities trader said in a statement.