The Fifa whistleblower who said her confidentiality had been breached and her safety compromised by its investigation into the bidding process for th(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has insisted the ethics investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will not be reopened, despite the world governing body lodging a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general over “suspected unlawful activity” of unnamed individuals connected with the bidding contests.  Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Fifa ethics investigator Michael Garcia has lost his appeal against the findings which cleared Qatar and Russia to host the 2022 and 2018 World Cups. (...)

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(...)

Theo Zwanziger call on the  Fifa Executive Committee to vote on the publication of the Garcia Report.  Photograph:  Friedemann Vogel / Getty Images

Fifa’s executive committee will be asked to formally vote next week on whether the Garcia report into World Cup bidding should be published.German Fi(...)

A handout picture made available  by the Syrian Arab News Agency  shows Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad speaking during an interview with French magazine Paris Match, in Damascus. Assad spoke scathingly of France, portraying the last two French presidents as puppets of Qatar and Washington. Photograph: EPA/Sana

Airstrikes by the US and the coalition against Islamic State are neither “serious” nor “efficient”, the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has told Paris(...)

Sonia Bradley with her family at the Stone Forest in Kunming: ‘They have walked the Great Wall of China, swam with dolphins, and taken holidays of which I could only dream when I was growing up.’

It took only one call, dark and barely three minutes long, to make me feel so far away. To hold your mother’s hand as she cries can hurt; but to hear (...)

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(...)

Fifa president Joseph Blatter: said the workers were enjoying “better conditions” due to the World Cup. Photograph: AP Photo

Sepp Blatter said that the welfare of migrant workers involved in building facilities for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was the responsibility of the co(...)

A man makes his way through rubble at a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa. Photograph: Nour Fourat/Reuters.

Syria has said US accusations that its forces are targeting civilians with air strikes are “fabricated” and that Washington would do better to critic(...)

The PwC study found that a typical Irish company spends two weeks dealing with its tax affairs and makes a tax payment almost every six weeks, compared with a global average of more than seven weeks dealing with tax affairs and a payment every two weeks.

Ireland is the most efficient country in the EU for paying business taxes and the sixth most efficient in the world, according to a report by Price(...)