There may be many who are disappointed by the re-election of Sepp Blatter to the presidency of Fifa in Zurich, but few will have been surprised. The 7(...)

Members of al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front fire their weapon during an offensive to take control of the northwestern city of Ariha in Idlib province. Photograph: Reuters/Ammar Abdullah

A coalition of rebel groups has said it seized the last city in Idlib province in northwest Syria near the Turkish border. The Syrian army pulled back(...)

The Syrian war has killed more than 220,000 people. Of the country’s roughly 23 million people, some 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian aid, including 5 million children. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

The United Nations’ outgoing humanitarian chief on Thursday painted a harrowing portrait of savagery in Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year, and (...)

The OAG said the criminal proceedings, which were opened on March 10th, are separate to a US criminal investigation into the allocation of media, marketing and sponsorship rights for soccer tournaments. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters 2:13

Soccer‘s governing body Fifa called the arrest of six of its leading figures on bribery charges a “difficult moment“ but said President Sepp Blatter w(...)

According to numerous news reports Swiss law enforcement officials arrested several leading FIFA representatives at a hotel in Zurich on corruption charges. Photograph: EPA. 2:13

The world governing body of football, Fifa, was plunged into an unprecedented crisis on the eve of its congress in Zurich after Swiss authorities arre(...)

FAI chief John Delaney was contacted the Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King over the treatment of labourers in Qatar building the facilities for the 2022 World Cup. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has called on the FAI to take up the cause of immigrant workers in Qatar with its general secretary, Patricia King,(...)

 King Salman of Saudi Arabia. His decision   not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders is seen as  a signal of displeasure over US actions on Iran. Photograph: Reuters

The decision of King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf leaders not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders outside Washin(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Riyadh last week. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that president Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxiet(...)

French president Francois Hollande (left) and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (right) pose with Saudi King Salman before a dinner at the Royal Palace in Riyadh. Photograph: Getty Images

France is in talks to agree billions of euros worth of contracts in Saudi Arabia that could be finalised “quickly”, ranging from the defence sector to(...)

Saudi interior minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been appointed crown prince. Prince Nayef is said to be the most powerful figure in the country. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Determined to leave his mark on Saudi Arabia’s monarchical regime, King Salman has reordered the succession, appointing his nephew as crown prince in(...)