Pressure is mounting on Fifa's chief, Sepp Blatter, to step down as the association's president, while the UK calls for a boycott of the World Cup.
Partial results show the United Kingdom's eurosceptic party has stormed to victory in the European vote with its raised anxiety over immigration.
Pro-Russia troops have used gunfire in seizing a Ukraine military base, while Nato has declared early-warning flights around the east.
Russia says any US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang and that Crimea has the right to self-determination.
Stage and screen star Peter O'Toole, who shot to fame in "Lawrence of Arabia", has died at age 81 after a long illness.
Britain will not join any military action against Syria after a stunning parliamentary defeat of a government motion on the issue.
US President Barack Obama has faced a showdown with Russia's Vladimir Putin over Obama's decision last week to arm the insurgents.
Environmentalists have accused the European Commission of giving in to corporate and government lobbying from Britain and elsewhere after it emerged that European Union legislation on the safety of industrial chemicals has been watered down.
The European Commission this week announced long-awaited proposals to reform some of the most criticised aspects of the its subsidy-laden common agricultural policy (CAP).
Europe's trading relationship with the United States deteriorated further this week when the European Commission said it had no option but to impose tit-for-tat sanctions in a rumbling row over an illegal US trade law.