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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Sepp Blatter, who has been Fifa president since 1998, will stand for re-election again

Sepp Blatter: TV reviews of referee decisions could be trialled next year

Sepp Blatter, who has been Fifa president since 1998, will stand for re-election again next year

The Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter says England 'must learn about fair play' as he confirms he will stand for another term as Fifa president

Blatter also seemed to confirm Qatar World Cup would not take place in the summer

The 66-year-old was born and raised with many siblings in a two-room house in Soweto

Oscar Pistorius murder trial: The woman who already knows if the Paralympian is guilty – or not guilty

Next week, an ex-journalist from Soweto will deliver her verdict in the most sensational trial in recent memory. Tom Peck tells her story

Ray Wilkins is the surprise choice as the new Jordan manager
George North

George North interview: Northampton Saints and Wales winger ready to impose his will on all

Although only 22, the Wales and Northampton winger is determined to stand taller than ever this season and take on more responsibility for club and country, he tells Tom Peck

Owen Farrell, the Saracens and England fly-half, is regaining fitness and relishing the new season

Owen Farrell ready to exorcise the ghosts of a testing summer

Losing two finals in eight days followed by heartache in New Zealand has not dimmed his desire to be England’s No 10, he tells Tom Peck

Phil Mickelson

Tom Peck: Time for corporate hilarity to play a central role in sport

VIP dining on the golf green is surely the next sensible step

Michel Platini has ruled out opposing Sepp Blatter for Fifa’s top job

Tom Peck: Michel Platini bides his time as Sepp Blatter reigns supreme as Fifa president

Frenchman will not stand against his rival in race to be the head of football's global body

Cosmin Moti celebrates his match-winning efforts on Wednesday night

PFL Ludogorets Razgrad vs Steaua Bucharest: Cosmin Moti’s late penalty heroics delight little Ludogorets

Defender stands in after goalkeeper is dismissed and saves two spot-kicks... after opening the scoring in the shootout

Harry Kane settles Spurs' nerves with their first goal against AEL Limassol

Tottenham Hotspur vs AEL Limassol Europa League match report: Harry Kane proves Spurs’ perfect citizen

Tottenham Hotspur 3 AEL Limassol 0 (Tottenham win 5-1 on aggregate)

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there