News Model Liliana Matthäus with Patrick Liotard-Vogt and Israeli socialite Hofit Golan in Switzerland

One of the social media company’s backers has made an apparently sudden exit of his own from his native Switzerland for St Kitts in the Caribbean

Andrei Yarmolenko celebrates scoring Ukraine's winner

World Cup Qualifiers: Ukraine’s win keeps dream alive and puts Poland out of the picture

Ukraine kept up the pressure on England at the top of Group H but also ensured Roy Hodgson’s side will face an eliminated team on Tuesday when they beat Poland 1-0 in Kiev last night.

If America is exceptional among nations, it has to prove it – constantly

There was quite the flap here last month when Vladimir Putin dared suggest in an article in The New York Times that America’s long-held credo that it is “exceptional” among nations is wrong and even dangerous. This country’s sense of superiority was being challenged. But how can Uncle Sam hold his head up in the current mess?

David Cameron humiliated me, says Peter Cruddas - the man who bankrolled the Tory party

Ex-treasurer attacks PM after victory in 'cash-for-access' case

World Cup qualifying: England lifted as nine-man Montenegro suffer home humiliation

England’s hopes of reaching the World Cup finals in Brazil next year were boosted last night when group leaders Montenegro were thrashed 4-0 at home in a bad-tempered game by Ukraine.

Robert Snodgrass in action for Scotland against Wales

World Cup qualifiers: Serbia v Scotland match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s game in Novi Sad

Football left in crisis by police report that says match-fixing is rife

Champions League game in England is one of 700 fixtures that Europol say are under suspicion

On Europe, it's not whether we stay or go that matters. It's how we negotiate our relationship

Ahead of David Cameron's much-vaunted speech on Britain's relation with Europe, our Chief Economics Commentator surveys the Prime Minister's options

Apology to Peter Cruddas over funds

The Independent has apologised and will pay a substantial sum to charity for an article that falsely claimed that Peter Cruddas, the former co-treasurer of the Conservative Party, was under formal police investigation.

Tartan trouble: Craig Levein during Scotland's 2-1 defeat in Cardiff. After the match he blamed the officials

Scots go to Belgium with Levein on edge

Scotland probably need to win in Brussels to save the manager's job

Gary Neville at St George's Park

Gary Neville urges England to think the worst ahead of San Marino encounter

England's players were due to meet up for the first time at their plush new HQ in Burton with coach Gary Neville admitting the best way to prepare for Friday's World Cup qualifier with San Marino might be to scare themselves by wondering what would happen if it all went wrong.

Tax dodgers will pay back £3bn hidden in accounts in Liechtenstein

Up to £3bn will be raised by 2016 from UK taxpayers with money hidden in Liechtenstein, surpassing previous expectations, HM Revenue and Customs has said.

£3bn due in Liechtenstein tax plan

Up to £3 billion is set to be raised by 2016 from UK taxpayers with money hidden in Liechtenstein, surpassing previous expectations, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said.

Mary Ann Sieghart: The scandal of cash for access

How much do you care if our government was being corrupted by shady donors? What would you be prepared to pay once a year to stop it happening? The cost of half a pint of beer? Too much? How about a pound coin? Still too much? Surely we can settle for 50p then, the price of a first-class stamp?

Teixeira faces police queries

Brazil's Fifa member and 2014 World Cup chief, Ricardo Teixeira, spent three hours being questioned by fraud investigators this week, according to reports from Rio de Janeiro.

Spain take blame for brawl against Chile

Spain must share the blame for an ugly brawl that marred their friendly game against Chile on Friday and the image the team projected was regrettable, said the world champions' coach Vicente del Bosque.

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Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker