Nobody who has passed through Northern Ireland in July should get too hoity-toity about the controversy concerning the Confederate flag. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The recent killings in Charleston once again invite us to ponder how western Europe differs from the United States. Nobody who has passed through Nort(...)

 “Only those who know the past can understand the present and shape the future. Or in other words: the ball is round – but only those who come from outer space know the actual dimensions of our sport,” Sepp Blatter told a Swiss newspaper.  Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

In what is becoming a regular pattern, Fifa has been forced to insist hurriedly that Sepp Blatter will not stand again for the presidency and will “l(...)

Charles Wooton  and Keith Newport, both from Atlanta, Georgia, show their wedding rings outside the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village, New York. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The US Supreme Court has legalised same-sex marriage nationwide, finding that the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under (...)

Workers prepare to remove a balcony at the Library Gardens Apartments in downtown Berkeley, last week.  Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

The Office of the Alameda County District Attorney, which is responsible for prosecuting crime in Berkeley, California, has opened an investigation in(...)

Prisoners Richard Matt(L) and David Sweat. New York police issues photographs showing how they might look after escaping on June 6th. Photograph: Reuters/New York State Police/Handout

An intense manhunt for two escaped convicts resumed at daybreak on Sunday around the tiny town of Friendship in south-western New York state, follo(...)

Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber said investigators were examining “nine terabytes” of information seized from Fifa’s Zurich headquarters and Swiss banks. Photograph: Reuters 1:31

Swiss investigators are looking into 53 possible cases of money laundering and 104 incidents of suspicious activity in Swiss bank accounts as part of (...)

 Former Fifa executive committee member Chuck Blazer agreed to act undercover for US prosecutors and has been cooperating since at least 2011 in the government’s investigation of soccer corruption. Photo: Wilfredo Lee: AP

Chuck Blazer was working undercover for the FBI for 18 months while still a member of Fifa’s executive committee, his plea agreement with US justice a(...)

Giovanni Trapattoni and  John Delaney at the Galway Races in 2008.  Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Giovanni Trapattoni, former manager of the Irish soccer team, has provided many memorable quotes over the years; one of his most stinging came in reac(...)

Walter De Gregorio, Fifa’s former director communications and public affairs. Photograph: EPA/ENNIO LEANZA

Walter De Gregorio has left his post as Fifa’s head of communications days after making a joke on television about the world governing body, despite(...)

‘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(...)