Chief Fifa inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls   at a press conference in Doha in  2010. Photograph:karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

Fifa’s technical report of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids may have been compromised by the head of the inspection team putting pressure on one of t(...)

Wine: Get the party started

There is no better way to get the Christmas festivities going than popping open a bottle of fizz. I intend serving a magnum of Champagne, but a goo(...)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (left) receives the final report of the Commission of Truth about human rights violations during the last dictatorship (1964-1985) from the Commission of Truth coordinator Pedro Dallari, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Photograph: Fernando Bizzera Jr/EPA

A truth commission investigating humans rights abuses committed by Brazil’s 1964-85 military dictatorship called on Wednesday for the overturning of (...)

Dr Michel D’Hooghe: ‘I have been in football for 42 years and 26 on the executive committee, but this is the hardest period of my life. You are just considered like a murderer.’ Photograph:  Stuart Franklin /   Getty Images

Long-serving Fifa administrator Michel D’Hooghe claims he is being treated “like a murderer” as he is investigated as part of the World Cup anti-corr(...)

Tabaré Vázquez waves a Uruguayan flag to celebrate his victory in the country’s presidential election. His victory follows those in recent weeks for fellow leftists Evo Morales in Bolivia and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. Photograph: Matilde Campodonico/AP

Sunday’s comfortable victory for the ruling Broad Front movement in Uruguay was the latest confirmation of the enduring appeal of left-wing rule in So(...)

An artist’s impression of the Rosetta spacecraft’s lander Philae  on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photograph: ESA/PA Wire

Astronomers at Queen’s University in Belfast will be anxiously awaiting news of the scheduled attempt today to land a probe on an icy comet 317 millio(...)

File photograph of Santiago, Chile. John O’Reilly was sentenced to four years probation for child abuse while serving in Santiago. Photograph: Martin Thomas/Reuters

An Irish-born Chilean priest has been sentenced to four years of probation for sexually abusing a minor while he was chaplain at a school in Santiago.(...)

Ireland men’s  head coach Ned Fulton. Hoping to lead squad on a training camp to South Africa  in the New Year. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Irish men’s team are hoping to travel to South Africa in the new year for a stint of warm weather training. The trip is to help prepare the side (...)

This image compares the size of the Solar System with HL Tauri and its surrounding protoplanetary disc. Although the star is much smaller than the Sun, the disc around HL Tauri stretches out to almost three times as far from the star as Neptune is from the Sun. Image: Alma (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO).

Some of the most detailed images ever taken of new planets being born around a star were published today, which astronomers said could transform theor(...)

Tony Mangan at Machu Picchu in Peru

Friday afternoon, driving down the N11, trying to find the man who has run around the world. Because if Tony Mangan is for real he must be at least se(...)