Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test-fire of a strategic submarine underwater ballistic missile in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea said on Saturday it had successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, a step which would mark significant progress in the (...)

Cherry blossom time: performers dance during a festival for the flower at Gucun Park  in Shanghai, China. Photograph:  ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

It’s a special time in Japan, China and South Korea when the cherry blossoms open, a classic sign heralding the arrival of spring.The sakura, or che(...)

Jonathan Sexton goes off injured with Dr. Eanna Falvey against Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • November 25, 2014, 08:36

Katie Taylor’s fifth consecutive World championship title dominates the sports pages this morning and rightly so. Johnny Watterson has been ringsid(...)

The Olympic gold medallist had led by just 29-28 on two of the judge’s scorecards heading into the final round. Photograph: Doug McDermott/Inpho

The was no mistaking the importance this World Championship win made to Ireland’s Katie Taylor. For the European, Olympic and now a World Champion (...)

After only facing three rounds in her last two bouts Katie Taylor is fresh heading into her World Championship final against Azerbaijan’s Yana Allekseevna

With some amusement among those who cover the high octane world of Katie Taylor’s career, no one has ever had the experience of asking her how it felt(...)

 Ireland’s Katie Taylor is declared the winner after a fourth round stoppage of Jinhua Yin of China in Jeju, South Korea.  Photograph: Doug McDermott / Inpho

Ireland’s Olypic champion, Katie Taylor, earned a place in her fifth World Championship final when Chinese opponent Junhua Yin threw in the towel at t(...)

 Katie Taylor at her team hotel ahead of her semi-final bout against China’s Jinhua Yin tomorrow in the  2014 AIBA Elite Women’s World Boxing Championships, Jeju, Korea. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

The world number two Sofya Ochigava pulls out, the world number four Junhua Yin steps in. But Katie Taylor’s world doesn’t change. Her World Ch(...)

Katie Taylor will now face China’s Jinhua Yin for a place in the final. Photograph: Octavian Cocolos/Inpho

Katie Taylor has received a walkover into the semi-finals of the Women’s World Championships in Jeju, South Korea. The Olympiic champion was due to me(...)

Gordon D’Arcy above with assistant coach Les Kiss, looks set to start for Ireland against Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • November 20, 2014, 09:15

As Ireland look forward to their final game of the Autumn series and their final game of the international rugby calendar year against Australia on(...)