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Chris Froome: will be lining up with the field at the start of the Tour de France as he seeks to win his fifth  title. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty

Chris Froome is free to race at the Tour de France this year after cycling’s world governing body closed a doping case against him. So what does the (...)

 Anti-corruption campaigner Andrei Nastase,  whose victory in the Chisinau mayoral election has been  annulled, and head of the Action and Solidarity party Maia Sandu: travelled to Strasbourg on Monday to meet EU officials. Photograph: Dumitru Doru/EPA

Moldova’s pro-western opposition is urging the EU to impose sanctions on leaders whom they accuse of turning the country into a “dictatorship”, follo(...)

Notorious French criminal Redoine Faid’s escape only took a few minutes. Photograph: IBO/Sipa via AP

A notorious French criminal serving 25 years for murder has staged a daring escape from a prison south of Paris using a helicopter. A huge manhunt ha(...)

Carrefour, Europe’s biggest retailer, makes the bulk of its €88 billion worth of sales in Europe. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

France’s Carrefour and Britain’s Tesco, Europe’s two largest supermarket groups, plan to form a global purchasing alliance to cut costs in the face of(...)

Ireland’s 2001-2002 membership of the UN Security Council, dominated by the response to the 9/11 attacks, was the last time Ireland held one of its 10 non-permanent seats.

Richard Ryan, Ireland’s permanent representative at the United Nations, was preparing for the second week of the Irish month-long presidency of the UN(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   in Brussels last week. He will be attending a series of events in New York on Monday marking the formal launch of Ireland’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Winning a seat on the UN Security Council would place Ireland “at the heart of UN decision-making on international peace, security and development,” T(...)

Pascal and Siobhán Bonnichon. Photograph: Frédéric De La Mure

A photography exhibition of families from across Europe who met through the Erasmus study-abroad programme opens in Dublin on Monday. The show, in St(...)

Ireland’s Shane O’Donoghue: is now six goals  shy of record-holder John Jermyn. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland 3 (S Loughrey, S O’Donoghue, A Sothern) France 0 Craig Fulton received a fine send-off from the Irish senior men as his final weekend as head(...)

 Edinson Cavani  celebrates scoring against Portugal. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Portugal 1 Uruguay 2 Edinson Cavani sent Uruguay into a World Cup quarter-final against France with two goals of the highest order eliminating Portug(...)

 France forward Kylian Mbappe  celebrates with team-mate  Antoine Griezmann after scoring their fourth goal  in the round of 16 World Cup clash against Argentina  at the Kazan Arena. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

France 4 Argentina 3 If Argentina paid much attention to France’s pre-tournament friendlies they might be forgiven if they made the mistake of discou(...)

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