The wife of a Spanish reporter held for three months by militants in Syria has broken her silence in the hope that publicity might achieve what negotiation has not. Martin Chulov's report for the Guardian sheds new light on the kidnapping of journalists and aid workers in Syria and highlights the perils of what is plainly one of the most dangerous conflicts for reporters in recent history.
A diplomatic crisis has arisen which has the potential to make Euro 2012 as interesting for politics as for football, and to humiliate UEFA. It demonstrates - not for the first time - the naivety of imagining that sport and politics can be separated. The issue? In October 2011, Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister of Ukraine, was jailed for seven years following a trial that her supporters and many western diplomats condemn as politically motivated and luminously unfair.