British warplanes carry out airstrikes in Syria
British warplanes have begun carrying out airstrikes in Syria, just hours after lawmakers in London approved an expanded strategy to defeat the Islamic State group.
Royal Air Force Tornado fighter jets took off from a British air base in Cyprus, struck targets in Syria, and returned safely to the base, British defense officials said early Thursday.
The defense ministry later said via Twitter that the bombs targeted the IS-controlled Omar oil fields, but did not provide any assessment of the strikes' results.
The ministry also said it was sending eight more warplanes to the Akrotiri air base from where the missions are being launched, doubling the number of British jets at the facility.
After 10 hours of debate, British lawmakers Wednesday approved (by a vote of 397-223) a request from Prime Minister David Cameron to take part in airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria.
Cameron appeared in parliament to make his case, saying the air strikes would be "part of a wider strategy" to overcome the militant movement.
Britain has been bombing in Iraq for more than a year and Cameron urged lawmakers to back extending air strikes to Syria.
New Arrests at FIFA Hotel in Zurich
Swiss authorities have made a new round of arrests in the FIFA corruption scandal, detaining a group of FIFA officials at the same Zurich hotel where the first round of arrests took place in May.
The New York Times reported Thursday that more than a dozen people were expected to face charges after the latest arrests at the Baur au Lac hotel. The Times reported that several of the officials were from South and Central America and were suspected of involvement in racketeering, money laundering, and fraud.
The report named Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, president of CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, president of South American soccer`s CONMEBOL governing body, among those arrested.
On November 18, suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter and European football chief Michel Platini lost their appeals against provisional 90-days bans by the FIFA ethics committee.