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BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government. In Palmyra, the Syrian air force struck at buildings captured by the Sunni militant group, whose arrival has raised fears that the city's famed Roman ruins will be destroyed. The air force leveled Islamic State "hideouts" and killed a large number of its members around Palmyra's military air base, Syrian state media said.
UEFA president Michel Platini said Monday that FIFA president Sepp Blatter had lied about his plans for a new term as he backed Prince Ali bin al Hussein's bid to oust the head of world football. Platini said as FIFA's executive met in Zurich that the 79-year-old Blatter fears a life of "emptiness" if he loses a vote for the presidency on Friday and that the world body will have no credibility if he remains. Blatter is a strong favourite to win a fifth term in the vote.