Lorraine Massey, also known as the Curly Girl. Photograph: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Rush For Literacy

(...) as curly girls. The craze for chemical hair-straightening techniques such as the 12-week blow(...)

Girvan Dempsey is currently the interim backs coach for Leinster. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Cups and is facing into Leinster’s first competitive Pro12 game of the season on Friday against(...)

 Greig Laidlaw Scotland captain converts his kick after Sean Lamont’s try against Italy at  at Murrayfield Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

(...) looked far more convincing than they did in their 16-12 win over the Italians in Turin last week. Flanker(...)

Anti-government protesters in Malaysia. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

(...) pro-democracy group Bersih for a protest permit, which had raised fears of a repeat of the 2012 rally(...)

Conor Murray is confident going into his second World Cup. “We are in a very good place and I don’t think we should be shying away from that,” he says. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

(...) ended on a sour note for Murray, when he injured his leg early in the Pro12 semi-final and missed the(...)

Munster’s Francis Saili runs in for a try in the pre-season match against London Irish at Musgrave Park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) from the start of the Pro12. Facing a London Irish side in their first game of pre-season, Munster(...)

Ireland’s Michael Bent is tackled by Scotland’s Grant Gilchrist during the World Cup warm-up match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo Niall Carson/PA

The Ireland management will be keeping a close eye on the performances of Michael Bent and Gordon D’Arcy in tonight’s pre-season friendly against Mose(...)

A street in Diyarbakir after clashes between the Turkish army and Kurdish rebels on Wednesday. Thursday’s clashes resulted in the deaths of at least seven people. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

(...) buildings,” said Abdullah Zeydan, a lawmaker representing the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). A(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe will be hoping for an eyecatching performance against Edinburgh.

Ireland international wings Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble will start for Ulster in a pre-season game against Edinburgh at Goldenacre on Friday nigh(...)

18-year-old Bill Johnston will make his first start at Musgrave Park on Friday night. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Munster take on London Irish on Friday in their final pre-season match before Pro12 (...)