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Evacuations near swollen Texas rivers, severe weather kills 21
By Lisa Maria Garza and Jim Forsyth DALLAS (Reuters) - Rivers in Texas flooded their banks on Friday after historic storms had pounded the state for more than a week, with the severe weather leaving at least 21 people dead, damaging more than 4,000 structures and prompting widespread evacuations. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Central Texas into Kansas, with additional rain swelling Texas rivers already at dangerously high levels. Across Texas, people spent the night in shelters as this week's floods turned streets into rivers, ripped homes off their foundations and swept over thousands of vehicles.
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Cuba removed from US terror list
HAVANA (AP) ? The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.
Palestine drops motion to suspend Israel from FIFABy Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Palestine unexpectedly dropped its motion to suspend Israel from international football on Friday amid highly-charged scenes at the FIFA Congress. Instead, soccer's governing body agreed to send observers to monitor the freedom of players and officials to travel to and from the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories -- one of the main complaints raised by Palestinian authorities. In a statement from Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed what he called the Palestinians' failure to freeze Israel out of world soccer, saying it represented a success for his government's diplomatic efforts.
Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes
By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after the only other candidate conceded defeat after a first round of voting in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in world soccer. Blatter's victory came despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery scandal being investigated by U.S., Swiss and other law enforcement agencies that plunged the world soccer body into the worst crisis in its 111-year history. Neither Blatter nor Jordanian challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein got the necessary two thirds of the vote in the first round, with Blatter on 133 and Prince Ali on 73.
US drops Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move
The United States dropped Cuba from its blacklist as a state sponsor of terrorism on Friday, in a landmark move aimed at paving the way towards normalizing ties frozen for half a century. The decision means Cuba will now have better access to US banking facilities and American aid, and a ban on arms exports and sales is also lifted. It also wipes out an international stigma which Havana -- on the blacklist since 1982 -- has long contended was groundless and unfair.