Sepp Blatter has been claiming that there were political interventions regarding the Qatar World Cup. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has claimed there were “political interventions” from the French and German presidents ahead of the 2018 and 2022 World Cu(...)

Last Saturday, our close-knit community in Qatar not only lost teammates, club members, and teachers, but two great friends, Eamonn Morgan and Char(...)

Eamonn Morgan, a PE teacher from Newry, and his girlfriend Charlotte Sant from Manchester died in a dune buggy accident on Saturday. Photograph: Qatar GAA Facebook

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family of a 24-year-old man who died in Qatar over the weekend. Eamon(...)

Syrian Kurds waiting behind barbed wired on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after they fled the Syrian town of Kobane. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State is a hydra-headed military cult that grows two poisonous heads for every one lopped off. Yesterday’s attacks in France, Tunisia, Kuwait (...)

rench foreign minister Laurent Fabius held a meeting on the proposal with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the West Bank, on Sunday. Photograph: Thomas Coex/EPA

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius’s initiative was considered the last hope of reviving the dead “peace process” between Israel and Palestinians.(...)

Afghan forces prepare for battle with the Taliban on the outskirts of Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan. Photograph: Reuters

Taliban envoys have been busy over the past month, shuttling from conferences in one world capital to the next, in the biggest rush of activity on the(...)

Amnesty International director general Salil Shetty: said Fifa ‘should have put a lot more pressure’ on Qatar’s government to improve conditions for those working on building projects related to the 2022 World Cup. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fifa has failed to put pressure on the authorities in Qatar to “do the right thing” and address the widespread abuse of migrant workers, Amnesty In(...)

Brazil’s Ronaldinho and Argentina’s Lionel Messi during their friendly football match at Khalifa Stadium in Doha on November 17th, 2010. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The Swiss criminal investigation into suspected irregularities and money-laundering over Fifa’s award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and (...)

The European Parliament has called on the outgoing head of Fifa Sepp Blatter to resign with immediate effect, arguing that the international football federation should appoint an interim president.   File photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

The European Parliament has called on the outgoing head of Fifa Sepp Blatter to resign with immediate effect, arguing that the international football (...)

‘Some might say there are other organisations which could more appropriately have been scrutinised for evidence of crimes touching directly on US interests. Banks, for example. HSBC, for instance.’ Above, Fifa officials are escorted out behind sheets following their arrests by Swiss authorities  in Zurich  last week.  Photograph: Pascal Mora/The New York Times 1:31

What business is it of the FBI that Fifa officials may have been involved in skulduggery in Switzerland? Whence comes US attorney general Loretta Lync(...)