Tom Peck

Tom Peck is a reporter on The Independent's news desk with an interest in just about everything. In January 2012 he became the paper's Olympics Correspondent.

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Luis Figo

Even Luis Figo’s silky skills cannot weaken the hold Sepp Blatter enjoys over Fifa

Portugal legend is a far more credible candidate than Ginola but solid support from Asia and Africa guarantees fifth term

Luis Figo

Luis Figo to stand as Fifa president: Former Real Madrid and Barcelona player to challenge Sepp Blatter

The former Portugal international wants to help clean up Fifa's image

Outflanking the Tolkien fans on New Zealand's Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Mt Ngauruhoe featured as Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's film version of The Lord of the Rings and forms the centrepiece of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Ivory Coast feature a number of Premier League stars, including Cheick Tioté (back, second from left), Wilfried Bony (third left) and Yaya Touré (fifth left)

African Cup of Nations 2015: Premier League clubs set to pay a high price as players depart

Equatorial Guinea tournament - and Asia Cup - will deprive many teams of star performers for crucial games. Tom Peck discovers the main losers

Gross wrote a book - 'Late Fragments' - before she died

Remembering Kate Gross: Tony Blair's former aide died on Christmas day aged 36

She was writing the Queen's speech in her twenties, as well as advising Tony Blair as his private secretary for Home Affairs, and founding a charity for Africa. Tom Peck remembers his friend's remarkable wife
Peter Moores said sacking Cook

Globetrotting England talk of new mindsets and fresh eras

Peter Moores claims team enters hectic year with more aggressive outlook after ‘brave’ decision to sack Alastair Cook as one-day captain

Prince Ali with Blatter in 2014

Prince Ali of Jordan offers welcome alternative to toxic Sepp Blatter

Prince Ali is a doer, not a talker like Blatter

Alastair Cook looks dejected during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England

Alastair Cook’s bad form dragged England down, says Stuart Broad

Cook was sacked as one-day captain a few days before Christmas, with Eoin Morgan replacing him

Scotland's Gary Anderson celebrates his win during the PDC World darts final against Phil Taylor of England at the Alexandra Palace in London, England

Darts: Gary Anderson seizes unlikely triumph with PDC World Darts Championship win

Scot was 16-1 shot at the start of PDC World Championship but rose to the occasion to shock Taylor

Ander Herrera celebrates the opener
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness