Tinkoff-Saxo team rider Michael Rogers of Australia celebrates after winning the 16th stage.   Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Michael Rogers won his first stage of cycling’s Tour de France as Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained his overall lead. Rogers won the 16th stage -- a 2(...)

 Real Madrid have agreed  to sign Colombia forward James Rodriguez from Monaco on a six-year deal, the Spanish club have announced.  Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from Monaco, the European champions have announced.The Colombia i(...)

CRH are truly Irish - many of the other companies pushing FDI to the USA are as American as baseball but based here for tax reasons. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

To paraphrase the old saying about statistics; it is a case of lies, dammed lies and surveys in the constant battle for mobile investment. A case in p(...)

German chancellorAngela Merkel can make daring leaps if they are politically opportune. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel spent the weekend packing for her summer holidays: walking shoes, sun cream and encrypted mobile phone. Distrac(...)

Alexander Kristoff of Norway and Team Katusha celebrates as he wins the 15th stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 222km stage between Tallard and Nimes. Photograph:  Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

While usually the game of cat and mouse in the final kilometres of a flat stage of the Tour de France between pursuers and pursued is clearcut there a(...)

A pro-Palestinian protester stands infront of  riot police in paris today  during a demonstration against violence in the Gaza strip which had been banned by police. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters.

Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in French cities today to condemn violence in Gaza, defying a ban imposed after demonstrators marched (...)

‘Prime Suspect’ author Lynda La Plante. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/GC Images

Best known, perhaps, as the writer of the TV series Prime Suspect, Lynda La Plante has published over 30 novels. Twisted (Simon & Schuster,€27.50)(...)

 A view of Val-de-Travers, the valley where absinthe was born and has been produced for centuries, in Gorgier, Switzerland. The absinthe trail, a  list of attractions related to the drink, dots the Val-de-Travers. Photograph: Niels Ackermann/The New York Times

Sunbeams shot through the forest, lighting up the wispy fog on the path ahead. For over an hour I’d been walking up the mountain trail alone, marching(...)

Mrs Robinson’s new role

Nobody could accuse UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of having a shortage of ambassadors to promote the urgency of tackling global warming, following (...)

A customer carries a shopping basket through the vegetable aisle inside a Netto discount store, operated by Danske Supermarked  in Copenhagen. Photographer: Freya Ingrid Morales/Bloomberg

The euro-area inflation rate held steady in June, as weak energy and food costs continued to subdue prices. Annual consumer-price growth remained at 0(...)