Sport Referee Howard Webb has been selected to officiate at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Webb took charge of the 2010 final, becoming the first Englishman to referee a World Cup final since Jack Taylor in 1974

Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (R) and his partner Antonella Roccuzzo attend the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Lionel Messi wears garish red suit to awards ceremony

The Barcelona forward was among those short listed for the Fifa Ballon d'Or

Chinese supercomputer retains 'world's fastest' title, beating US and Japanese competition

Biannual ranking of world's most powerful machines sees China take the top spot, though the US dominates in terms of sheer numbers

The England manager made an appearance on Saturday night's Match of the Day

Fifa announce decision to seed European play-off matches for the World Cup

England could find themselves forced into a two-legged tie if results over the next seven days do not go as planned

Michel Platini

Exclusive: Uefa plot to turn the Euros into alternative World Cup

Brazil and Argentina could be asked to join a new-look tournament

A view of the World Cup trophy

Sepp Blatter washes hands of workers’ plight at 2022 Qatar World Cup

President’s response dismissed as ‘totally inadequate’ after he says Fifa cannot ‘change things’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Fifa will not take decision on switching Qatar tournament to winter until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Uncertainty over the 2022 tournament set to continue as task force is set up

Qatar begins review of worker conditions after union says 4,000 could die before World Cup

Union members give Qatar the red card as country says a review of mirgant labourer maltreatment has been put in place

The World Cup will be held in Middle East for the first time ever. The Doha Port stadium is pictured in this artists impression

Fifa delay decision to confirm 2022 World Cup switch, with task force to analyse moving the Qatar tournament to winter

The decision represents something of a U-turn for football's governing body

Zahir Belounis: 'I'm fighting alone against the system. I don't have a salary. I have two daughters.'

Zahir Belounis: Trapped in Qatar, the player forced to plead for his family’s freedom

Owed two years’ wages, Zahir Belounis cannot leave World Cup hosts until he drops case

Europe votes for Brian Cookson in battle for UCI presidency

The battle for the presidency of cycling’s world governing body took a potentially decisive step on Sunday when Britain’s Brian Cookson won a significant victory over his Irish rival Pat McQuaid.

Josef Ackermann: The Zurich Insurance Group chairman quit last week

Swiss executive's suicide note singles out 'aggressive' boss

Finance chief with Zurich Insurance was unhappy with high-profile chairman who has since resigned

Chairman of Zurich Insurance Group resigns after being named in financial officer's suicide note

The unexpected resignation of the chairman of Zurich Insurance Group came after he was named in a suicide note left by the firm’s financial officer last week, it has emerged.

Josef Ackermann spoke of ‘shock’ at the suspected suicide of his colleague

Shock as Zurich Insurance head Josef Ackermann quits after finance director's death

Josef Ackermann, the chairman of Switzerland’s top-ranking Zurich Insurance Group and a former head of Deutsche Bank, has stepped down with immediate effect following the suspected suicide of the company’s chief financial officer.

Zurich insurance finance boss Pierre Wauthier found dead in 'likely suicide'

Police in Switzerland say evidence points to 53-year-old CFO having taken his own life, as insurance group's profits reported to be tumbling

A photograph showing the so-called 'sex boxes' in Zurich, Switzerland

Switzerland opens drive-in ‘sex boxes’ in bid to reduce Zurich's street prostitution

Shelters will be equipped with alarm buttons with a security guard present

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game