The deaths of 71 people suffocated in a truck on an Austrian motorway last week were not, apparently, enough to awaken Europe to the urgency of the pl(...)

Ulster try scorer Paul Marshall in Pro12 action at  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 28 Ospreys 6 Not the worst way to open thing with a bonus point win in the bag and another home win to launch Ulster’s Pro12 campaign i(...)

Germany moved to the top of Euro 2016 qualification Group D after a 3-1 win over Poland in Frankfurt. Photograph: Reuters

Germany 3 Poland 1 Germany’s Mario Götze struck twice as the world champions beat rivals Poland 3-1 in an entertaining Euro 2016 qualifying enc(...)

Bradley Dredge of Wales chips out of a bunker on the 18th hole on day two of the M2M Russian Open at Skolkovo Golf Club  in Moscow. Photograph: Harry Engels/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy closed with two bogeys to take the shine off his opening round at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston as he carded a one-under 70 in(...)

Lampre-Merida’s Portuguese cyclist Nelson Oliveira celebrates winning the 13th Stage of the Vuelta a Espana, a 178km route between Calatayud and Tarazona. Photograph:  Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images

Portugal’s Nelson Oliveira attacked from the breakaway for a solo win on stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana. Oliveira (Lampre-Merida) broke free alone wi(...)

.Niek Jan van Damme, managing director of Deutsche Telekom in Germany. His company would have issues with a Liberty Global and Vodafone merger.  Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Deutsche Telekom would protest against a merger between Liberty Global and Vodafone in Germany, arguing that the two rivals would control too much of (...)

In preliminary findings last year, European antitrust authorities said Apple’s tax arrangements were improperly designed to give the iPhone maker a financial boost in exchange for jobs . Photograph:  Peter Kneffel/AP

Ireland will probably face censure from European authorities within months in relation to its tax dealings with Apple, according to sources. A f(...)

Secondrow John Madigan will make his senior competitive debut in their opening Guinness Pro12 match against  Benetton Treviso at Musgrave Park on Saturday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley has handed competitive debuts to three players for Saturday’s opening Guinness Pro 12 match against Benetton Treviso at Mu(...)

Lord Alderdice led the Independent Monitoring Commission until 2011.

A former member of the commission which monitored the IRA ceasefire has said recreating the organisation to investigate paramilitary activity would no(...)

BlackBerry has agreed to buy Good Technology , one of its competitors in mobile-device management, for $425 million. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

BlackBerry has agreed to buy Good Technology , one of its competitors in mobile-device management, for $425 million. Good Technology, based in Sunnyva(...)