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European Council President Herman Van Rompuy defends the discursive nature of the summit pointing out that solutions to the issues are not “not black and white”. Photograph: Eric Vidal (Reuters)

It was not a “crisis meeting,” as Enda Kenny said before it got going. Eu rope right now is enjoying a period of relative calm in(...)

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel takes a forceful strong line against any lifting of the Syrian arms embargo. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule (Reuters)

A demand by France and Britain to ease the Syria n arms embargo to provide weapons to the rebels ran into resistance at the su(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

Castrogiovanni, whose mooted move from Leicester Tigers to Toulon has seemingly fallen through, was forced off in the first half at Twic(...)

Ireland’s Tom Daly in actio against France at Dubarry Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Once again coach Mike Ruddock has had to shuffle bodies around for his final match of the series. One of Ruddock’s themes this season ha(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

As anticipated, Jacques Brunel has decided not to risk Italy ’s iconic and talismanic prop Martin Castrogiovanni or flanker Robert Barbieri, al(...)

A  Free Syrian Army mortar attached to a car for pulling to the front line, to be used against forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph:
Mohamed Kaddoor/Shaam News Network/Reuters

France and Britain will push for an urgent EU meeting to re-consider the embargo on arming the Syria n opposition. If unanimity cannot be reach, th(...)

 Sam Warburton of Wales gestures during the match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Gethin Jenkins will captain Wales in Saturday’s Six Nations title decider against Grand Slam-chasing England at the Millennium Stadium. (...)

  Mathieu Bastareaud in action against Ireland last weekend.  Photograph: Colm O'Neill/Inpho

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s Six Nations meeting with Scotland in Paris. T(...)

Eu ropean stocks rose to an almost five-year high as the region's policy makers begin a two-day summit. Japan ese equities climbed to th(...)

The Government are urging people to avoid excessive drinking during St Patrick’s Day festivities. Photograph Johnny Green/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has appealed to people to avoid the excessive drinking that sometimes mars St Patrick’s(...)

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