France have vowed to hunt down Johnny Sexton in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup clash at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Afp

The pre-match psychological warfare in advance of Sunday’s Pool D showdown was ratcheted up a notch or two yesterday, with plenty of musings from Raci(...)

A statement from the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs in Iraq  adds to a mounting body of evidence that Islamic State has a stockpile of chemical weapons in Iraq.  File photograph: Reuters

(...), an international body that tracks the use of banned chemical weapons, expressed “serious concern(...)

Bastian Schweinsteiger with John Schuster and Alexei Schuster, father and brother of Berkeley victim Niccolai Schuster, ahead of Germany’s training session at The Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

(...) photograph of himself posing with the German international. In June, in a Facebook post containing that same(...)

Small craft attached to  Naval Service vessel LÉ Eithne assisting with the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean in June 2015. The mission is to continue in 2016. File photograph: Irish Naval Service

(...) are currently abroad serving with 16 international missions. Illegal fishing The Minister said that(...)

Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick to move level with Jonah Lomu as the World Cup’s all-time leading try scorer as South Africa routed the USA at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Reuters

South Africa 64 USA 0 No one expected the Brave Blossom heroics of several weeks ago. Lightning striking twice in Pool B with South Africa on t(...)

The Fifa ethics committee have provisionally banned Sepp Blatter for 90 days. Photograph: Afp

Embattled Fifa president Sepp Blatter is on the verge of being suspended from football, after a longtime adviser confirmed the investigatory arm of Fi(...)

Devin Toner has rubbished French comparisons between Johnny Sexton and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photograph: Afp

They did this to Ronan O’Gara before the 2007 World Cup showdown in Paris. Guess who’s in the subtlest of firing lines eight years on? Mischievous Fre(...)

Simon Easterby has warned Ireland must beware of a rejuvenated Louis Picamoles in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup Pool D encounter at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Getty

Ireland must beware Louis Picamoles’ broadened horizons in Sunday’s pivotal World Cup clash with France, according to Simon Easterby. Forwards coach (...)

Portuguese prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho leaves after his meeting with Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva at Belem Presidential palace in Lisbon on Tuesday. Photograph: Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

(...) during its debt crisis when it had to be bailed out by its European Union partners and the International(...)