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Niqab ban: Belgium was entitled to impose restrictions to ensure the principles of “living together”, according to the European Court of Human Rights. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

Banning the niqab and other full-face veils does not breach human-rights law, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled in two cases. The judges f(...)

Crossing the line to finish second on stage five. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Skin in the game Stage 1, July 1st: Düsseldorf (Germany) to Düsseldorf, 14km time trial It had been 30 years since the Tour last started in Germany, (...)

 Team Sky rider Chris Froome: “My hunger to win hasn’t got any less but the challenge is bigger this year because the level of my rivals is higher.” Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Reuters

He was the dominant winner in 2013, 2015 and 2016 but, this time around, Chris Froome starts the Tour de France knowing things could be more difficult(...)

Jon Walters scored a peach and then missed a golden opportunity in Ireland’s friendly win over Uruguay. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty

Friendly international football in June usually equals disinterested performances by disinterested players in front of disinterested crowds. Two years(...)

Police  in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi following the  attack by a machete-wielding man on August 6th. Photograph: Virginie Lefour/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Sunday for an attack by a machete-wielding man in Belgium that left two female police officers seriously injur(...)

 Police arrested two men suspected of planning an attack in Belgium after house searches on Friday evening, federal prosecutors said on Saturday. File photograph:Yves Herman/Reuters

Belgium charged a man with planning to commit murder in a terrorist attack and released his brother after a series of house searches on Friday evening(...)

Barry O’Halloran Irish-based ASL Aviation is taking over TNT’s European airlines in a deal linked to the logstics’ group’s $4.8 billion purchase by r(...)

Irish cyclist Daniel Martin of Etixx-QuickStep team celebrates winning the third stage of the 96th Volta a Catalunya cycling race between Gerona and La Molina, Catalonia, Spain inMarch. Photograph: EPA/Quique Garcia

If there were any lingering doubts that Ireland’s Dan Martin could take on and beat the world’s best riders, they were dispelled last month. The locat(...)

Paul O’Neill (left) climbs the Col du Glandon in the Alps in the 2015 edition of the Etape du Tour

You know those security questions linked to internet passwords. They include queries such as “what was your first school?” Or “what was the name of yo(...)

A Spanish 18th–century oil-on-canvas by an unknown artist of ‘A Still Life of Vegetables including Cabbage, Artichoke, Lemons, Carrots, Gherkins and a String of Garlic, with a Brass Basket on a Stone Ledge’, estimated at €15,000-€20,000

Adam’s is giving away little about the provenance of “A Distinguished Ulster Collection’ going under the hammer in Dublin on Wednesday (April 6th). Ni(...)

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