Before you went to work, FIFA officials were arrested at a conference, Afghan Taliban fighters were killed, and a Penn State fraternity was shut.
A Singapore Airlines jet survived a 13,000ft plunge, while scientists offered ecstasy hope for the terminally ill.
FIFA execs were arrested
Nine execs – and counting – from the federation that oversees the world’s multi-billion dollar soccer industry were arrested during a conference in Zurich, Switzerland, over kickbacks dating over the last two decades that could amount to about $1000m. FIFA has been under fire recently for allegations of abuse of workers building stadiums for the next World Cup in Qatar, which itself is seen as an unlikely location given the searing heat that soccer players will have to perform in.
Afghan Taliban fighters were killed
The insurgents were killed by police after an overnight stand-off at a guesthouse in Kabul. It’s the latest in a series of militant attacks in the Afghan capital.
A Singapore Airlines plane survived engine failure
Reassuring news for those with a fear of flying – the jet lost power in both engines at cruising height then plunged 13,000ft, but then regained use of the engines and landed safely. So maybe you can be a little less terrified next time you hit a spot of light turbulence?
A Penn State university fraternity was shut
Kappa Delta Rho fraternity has been closed for three years for posting photos on Facebook of nude girls sleeping or passed out. The university administration said it found “a persistent series of deeply troubling activities” at the fraternity.
Scientists tested MDMA as anxiety-reliever
Terminally ill patients could go out on a high if the researchers at Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, in Santa Cruz have anything to do with it. They’re trialling the use of MDMA or Ecstasy as it’s known, for treating fear, depression and anxiety of gravely ill patients.