File p[icture of developer Michael O’Flynn who is due to go to court  to counter US private equity fund Blackstone’s bid to take control of his  business. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Developer Michael O’Flynn is due to go to court today to counter US private equity fund Blackstone’s bid to take control of his property and construct(...)

Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel: says he has pulled brake on a lax arms export regime. Photograph:  EPA/Hannibal Hanschke

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Michael O’Flynn: said that both the O’Flynn Group debts and some personal loans were fully serviced with all payments up to date. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

US fund Blackstone and Michael O’Flynn look poised for a legal battle for control of the developer’s property and construction empire to which an e(...)

‘Let God avert this’: Italian infantry march through the desert near Tripoli, Libya, in 1915, during the first World War. Photograph: PA

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Michael O’Flynn said in a statement that he had begun talking to his lawyers.

US fund Blackstone and Michael O’Flynn look poised for a legal battle for control of the developer’s property and construction empire to which an ex(...)

Irish Guards with a wounded man in a trench in Wytschaete, Belgium. Photograph: Fr Browne.

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Ulrich Grillo, head of the Federation of German Industry, said sanctions could would come at a “painful” cost to European business, and to German exporters, but that the game had changed with Russia. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

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In 1960 Karl and Theo Albrecht drew the “Aldi equator” horizontally across the map of Germany. Everything north of the Ruhr went to Theo – Aldi Nord – while the south went to Karl’s Aldi Süd, the company that later expanded to Ireland. Photograph: Getty

Shortly before he died last week aged 94, Karl Albrecht did something he hadn’t done in 61 years: he gave an interview. The co-founder of the Aldi (...)

Germany’s departing ambassador, Dr Eckhard Lübkemeier, embraces the spirit of Irish Euro 2012 supporters. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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