A pedestrian passes  a large screen in Tokyo on Wednesday showing television news reports about Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been kidnapped by the Islamic State group. Photograph: Agencies

The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying h(...)

Bin Hammam was banned from football for life in 2011 for offering bribes to Caribbean Football Union officials via former Concacaf president Jack Warner. Photograoh: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty

The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe has called on Fifa to re-run the vote for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, claiming in a new report th(...)

Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holds a photograph allegedly showing the body of Haruna Yukawa, in a video released by Islamic State. Photograph: Agencies

Japan has sought help from Jordan and other countries in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, with no signs of p(...)

Newly sworn-in Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (C) waves to spectators and media as is on his way to enter the prime minister’s offices, the Maximos Mansion, in Athens on Monday. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA. 2:17

Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in on Monday as the prime minister of a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down (...)

Supporters of the Syriza Party react to exit polls at the party’s election campaign centre in Athens on Sunday. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg 2:17

The euro regained a foothold in early trading on Monday with investors choosing to take some profit on two days of dramatic losses after the results (...)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney: gave strong hints that the Bank of England could increase interest rates from their record lows sooner than expected. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

The ECB has done its part – now it’s up for countries to implement structural reforms. That was the message from Benoît Cœuré, a senior ECB figure,(...)

US president Barack Obama and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in the gardens of Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and US president Barack Obama today announced that they had broken their six-year impasse over a civilian nucle(...)

 Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holds a photograph allegedly showing the body of Haruna Yukawa, in a video released by Islamic State. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japan has been left reeling by a video apparently showing Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto pleading with prime minister Shinzo Abe not to let him d(...)

Protesters holding placards  during a demonstration in front of the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo.  Some  200 people took part in the demonstration that saw the participants not only protesting against the relocation of a US military base to Henoko in the Okinawa prefecture, but also rallying in support of Kenji Goto, the remaining Japanese captive held by Islamic State militants. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants “outrageous” and again demanded the group r(...)

Anti-austerity Syriza supporters celebrate  in Athens as the party  heads for a clear victory in Greece’s election. Photograph:  LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

Greece‘s leftwing Syriza appeared on course to trounce the ruling conservatives in Sunday‘s snap election and could win the absolute majority it want(...)