Sepp Blatter has claimed the arrest of seven FIFA officials on US corruption indictments may have been an attempt to interfere with the congress where he was re-elected for a fifth term as president. Photograph: PA

The re-elected Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has said he was “shocked” at the way US authorities targeted football’s world body and slammed what he ca(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: with relations already tense over the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, he said: “We condemn Russia’s actions – and we have told them so.” Photograph: ANP/Siese Veenstra/AFP

Diplomatic relations between Moscow and the Netherlands worsened last night when Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte described a decision to ban three (...)

Russia’s president Vladimir PutinMr Putin, who has repeatedly denied any involvement of Russian troops in a pro-Russian separatist rebellion there, amended a decree that had previously classified only deaths during wartime as secret. Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin/Getty Images

President Vladimir Putin ordered on Thursday that deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations in peacetime should be classified as a state se(...)

Soldiers during exercises at the Kuzminsky military training ground near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Vladimir Putin has declared that all military deaths will be classified as state secrets not just in times of war but also in peace – a move that acti(...)

New prime minister Juha Sipilä has appointed his predecessor, Alexander Stubb (above), as finance minister. Photograph: Markku Ojala/EPA

Helsinki has grasped an Irish solution to Finland’s spiralling problems, unveiling plans to cut €6 billion from the budget in a bid to restore econo(...)

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(...)

Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov: controls an 80,000-strong paramilitary group which has displaced Russian federal troops as the guarantor of Chechnya’s security. Photograph: Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the exiled former Russian oligarch, has released a documentary film that challenges the Kremlin to rein in Ramzan Kadyrov, th(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko at the European Union Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on May 22nd. A parliamentary member of Merkel’s CDU party who described Russia as a ‘warmonger’ has been refused entry to that country, Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Germany formally protested to Russia yesterday over Moscow’s refusal to let a conservative German member of parliament into the country, a decision Be(...)

Singer Mans Zelmerloew representing Sweden poses with the trophy after winning the final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters.

Sweden won the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw. The Swedish song won with 365 points, giving it a comfortable m(...)