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Sport's highest court on Monday rejected the appeal of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six year ban signalling the end of his efforts to clear his name. The 80-year-old former football powerbroker was ousted over a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini which the Court of Arbitration for Sport called an "undue gift" that could not be justified. Blatter called the verdict "incomprehensible" but also acknowledged that he has come to the end of the road in his fight to clear his name.
Libyan forces said on Monday they were close to securing a final patch of land where Islamic State have been holding out in their former North African stronghold of Sirte, though there were reports of continuing skirmishes. Islamic State took over Sirte in early 2015, setting up its most important base outside the Middle East and extending its control along about 250 km (150 miles) of Mediterranean coastline. Forces led by brigades from the western city of Misrata launched a counter-attack against the jihadist group in May, and since Aug. 1 the United States has carried out at least 470 air strikes to support them.