Former France captain Michel Platini has been Uefa president since 2007. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Michel Platini, the head of European soccer’s governing body Uefa, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of Fifa, (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Fifa president Sebb Blatter during the World Cup draw. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel prize for his stewardship of Fifa, Vladimir Putin said in an interview aired by the Swiss broadcaster RTS. On Saturday, (...)

Anti-Houthi  fighters  prepare to go to the frontline  in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

From exile in Saudi Arabia, Yemen’s vice president Khaled Bahah yesterday declared the “liberation” of Aden after four months of deadly and destructiv(...)

 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(...)