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Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko  and  Russian president Vladimir  during a boat trip on the Black Sea on May 29th, 2021. Photograph: Sergei Ilyin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

The US is to join the European Union in imposing sanctions on Belarus over its campaign to crush critics of president Alexander Lukashenko and its div(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said  Belarusian  authorities have ‘blatantly ignored the democratic choice of the Belarusian people. It is time to change course’. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via AP

The European Union has offered Belarus €3 billion in support if it moves peacefully to democracy, while threatening to impose more sanctions over the (...)

Ireland gave out €0.93 billion in state aid in 2020,  which accounted for 0.26 per cent of national GDP, the lowest proportion in the EU. Photograph: iStock

Ireland ranked last in the European Union for the amount of state aid it doled out to companies in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic in proportion to (...)

Sean Flanagan: returns to action at Naas just a month after breaking his jaw in a fall at the venue. Photograph: Billy Keane/Inpho

A month after breaking his jaw in a fall at Naas, jockey Sean Flanagan returns to action at the track on Sunday.  Flanagan fractured his jaw whe(...)

Eddie O’Leary believes running Cheltenham behind closed doors is a better option  than a postponement. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Running the Cheltenham Festival behind closed doors is preferable to postponement should the coronavirus threat impact on next week’s action according(...)

Mark Walsh on City Island en route to claiming the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paisley Park may wind up being the Cheltenham festival’s hottest favourite but Curragh trainer Martin Brassil is still happy for City Island to take h(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins during a visit to his yard in Closutton on Wednesday: he is readying   a battalion of up to 60 horses for Cheltenham. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Willie Mullins’ old lieutenant Ruby Walsh isn’t on the front line with him anymore but with 20 days to Cheltenham D-Day, it otherwise feels very like (...)

 Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll clears the final fence en route to victory in last year’s Grand National at Aintree. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Tiger Roll has got the green light from owner Michael O’Leary to bid for a historic Randox Aintree Grand National hat-trick in April. Just three days(...)

 Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll clears the final fence as he races to victory during last year’s  Grand National at Aintree.  Photograph: Alex Livesy/Getty

The ‘will he-won’t he’ saga about Tiger Roll bidding for a historic Randox Health Aintree Grand National hat-trick looks set to continue after the Mic(...)

Jack Kennedy celebrates Delta Work’s  win in the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup during day two of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown. Photograph:  PA Wire

Jack Kennedy looks all but certain to miss next month’s Cheltenham Festival after breaking his leg at Leopardstown on Sunday in the very next race fol(...)

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