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 “It felt at times as if we were small one-seater aircraft,  surrounded by huge 747s.” Photograph: William Susanto

Tonga is often the neglected Pacific isle, pushed into the shade by its louder and more developed neighbours of Samoa and Fiji. Yet blow away the dust(...)

Nicole Cronin of Ireland is tackled by Mathilde Coutouly of France during day one of the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

There is a school of thought that suggests that rugby’s siblings, the Sevens and 15-a-side, are not interchangeable pathways in developmental terms wh(...)

Connacht rugby’s head coach Pat Lam  says today’s man needs to be open and brave enough to just be himself. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

How to be a Man is a series exploring masculinity and the challenges men face in Ireland today. If you would like to add your voice to this series, em(...)

Neil Heywood and Gu Kailai. The wife of a former high-profile Chinese politician, Gu murdered Mr Heywood to try to prevent a scandal concerning millions of dollars in real estate being held in an offshore account.

For months, Gu Kailai worried about a secret that threatened to upend her comfortable life and stop her husband’s climb to the top rungs of China’s p(...)

A man carries bread as he walks past damaged buildings in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood December 2, 2013. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters.

One morning in mid-2014, before the summer sun had reached its peak, two elderly men in Aleppo, Syria, sat on plastic chairs, chatting quietly and dr(...)

The leak - Size of the leak: 2.6 TB - Number of documents: 11.5 million - Span of the data: 1977 to December 2015 (We’re taking into consider(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring for Argentina against Bolivia. File photograph: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

The law firm of a FIFA ethics watchdog had business relationships with three men who have been indicted in the world soccer association’s corruption (...)

Mossack Fonseca’s office in Panama: Files show client roster that includes drug dealers, Mafia members, corrupt politicians and tax evaders - and wrongdoing galore

Mossack Fonseca & Co. had a problem in Vegas. Legal papers filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas claimed that the Panama-based law firm had(...)

Such has been winger Matt Healy’s improvement over the last couple of seasons with Connacht that he was recently invited to train with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Billy stickland/Inpho

The Guinness Pro12’s leading try scorer would not where he is today were it not for Lansdowne. And Matt Healy probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t f(...)

A man fumigating a house in Mexico City, Mexico as part of the country’s campaign against the Zika virus. Photograph: Mexican Secretary Office of Health/EPA

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its travel warning to another eight countries or territories that pose a risk of infe(...)

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