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The Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn where Juan Ángel Napout of Paraguay, José Maria Marin of Brazil, and Manuel Burga of Peru are on trial in the Fifa corruption scandal. A former Argentine football official has reportedly committed suicide after he was accused of bribe-taking in testimony to a trial of top former Fifa figures in New York. Photo: Don Emmert/Getty Images

A former Argentinian football official killed himself just hours after he was accused of taking bribes by a witness in the New York corruption trial e(...)

Netflix added 5.2 million subscribers in the second quarter. (Photograph: Reuters)

Shares in US streaming giant Netflix rose 13.5 per cent in US trade yesterday, shooting the stock to the top of the S&P 500 index. The share pri(...)

The charred exterior of the Marco Polo Building after a fire broke out on the upper floors and  killed at least three people. Photograph: AFP

Three people were killed and at least five others suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital last night in a fire that consumed three floors of (...)

In a word . . . China

Hello and happy New Year’s Day. I know, I know. That was last month, you say, way over there at the other end of gone and already (wilfully) forgotten(...)

lluminated artwork sits outside the Fifa headquarters following an executive committee meeting in Zurich yesterday. Photograph: Alessandro Della Bella/Bloomberg

The investigation into corruption and bribery in soccer that in May rocked Fifa to the core reached new levels yesterday. United States officials u(...)

There was a time in Ireland when ice-cream was a simple affair. People could chose from a vanilla cone – with a flake and sprinkles if their ship h(...)

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(...)

The Grande Raccordo Anulare (GRA) is Italy’s most expensive public highway; a 50-km ring road that encircles the city of Rome. If you listen closel(...)

Lorenzo Richelmy in a scene from Netflix’s ’Marco Polo’. Photograph:  Phil Bray for Netflix.

The latest subscriber figures from Netflix blamed the price hike of $1 to $8.99 (€7) a month for its lower than expected number of new sign-ups in th(...)

Brothers Cameron (left) and Tyler Winklevoss talk to each other as they attend a New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) virtual currency hearing in New York in January. In a blog post, the Winklevoss brothers said they used bitcoins to buy tickets for a high-altitude voyage on billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic commercial spaceflight venture. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

You can’t spend bitcoins at Amazon. com or to pay your mortgage but, as the Winklevoss twins showed, you can use the digital currency to book a(...)

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