FT Big Read

The inside story of the measures being taken by Fifa to survive amid US and Swiss corruption probes. The investigations continue as the body’s revenues are hit by scandal and new partners shy away. With many of those hoping to replace Sepp Blatter as president still in denial about the need for change, Malcolm Moore explains how football’s governing body is dealing with this existential threat.


A thriving black market in firearms has made Belgium a centre for jihadi operations, with would-be terrorists able to exploit the country’s fractured security services and geographical position as a transit country. Christian Oliver and Duncan Robinson report on how officials are scrambling to crack down on the illicit trade.


The headline valuations of some private tech companies are being tested by their IPOs, raising fears of an imminent correction, reports Leslie Hook. Numbers such as Uber’s $50bn, Airbnb’s $24bn and Snapchat’s $15bn became symbolic of the huge ambitions of this generation of start-ups. But they are not all they seem


The country is heading for its first polls under a civilian government in over 50 years but the military still has a tight grip. Michael Peel finds enthusiasm and cynicism over the transition to democracy


Helen Warrell is the first journalist allowed into a UK jail for over a year due to a clampdown by the MoJ amid budget cuts and staff shortages. She talks about what she found at Rye Hill sex offenders prison where nearly one in five inmates is over 60 and 40 per cent are over 50


As a surge in historic sex abuse cases puts more elderly men behind bars, Helen Warrell reports from inside Rye Hill sex offenders prison on the strains this is putting on the penal system – both practically and ethically. Is it a penal institution or a care home?


The ‘iron lady’ is opening an $11bn mine amid a rout in commodity prices and a slowdown in mining investment that are hurting the Australian economy. She is also fighting her children in the courts over control of Hancock Prospecting and the legacy her father left them, reports Jamie Smyth


Tom Mitchell reports from Xinjiang, a remote and resource-rich region three times the size of France that is key to President Xi Jinping’s Silk Road project. But Beijing’s policies seem only to fan the flames of ethnic unrest in the region


Employers are carving up white-collar jobs and scattering the pieces into a virtual mass of workers across the world. Will this create a global meritocracy or spark a race to the bottom, asks Sarah o’Connor


Latin America’s biggest economy is in recession, the political elite is engulfed in a huge corporate scandal and the president faces impeachment in a move that could bring the country to a standstill, reports Joe Leahy