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 ERC Chairman Jean-Pierre Lux. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England, Scotland and Wales have submitted bid proposals to host the 2014 European Club Rugby finals next May according to European Rugby Cup ERC. F(...)

Jeremy Forrest (30), of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, Kent, has been found guilty after denying  an offence of child abduction at Lewes Crown Court. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

British teacher Jeremy Forrest has been found guilty at Lewes Crown Court of abducting a schoolgirl.Forrest (30), of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, Ken(...)

French president François Hollande: wants to establish a “personal training account” for the unemployed. Photograph: Andrew Winning/PA

President François Hollande prides himself on being a man of dialogue and consensus. So it is in character for him to launch France’s second annual s(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches The Case for Investing in Europe 2013 report at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has urged European leaders to deliver on their pledge to break the link between sovereign and banking debt, ahead of a key meetin(...)

Ryanair attracted buyers because its share price was slightly down. It clo
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sed at ¤6.97, up 1.75 per cent. Photograph:Eruc Luke/The Irish Times

Uncertainty around US economic stimulus ahead of a key Federal Reserve meeting last night weighed on global markets yesterday. Since late May markets (...)

Floods in south-west France have forced the closure of the Catholic pilgrimage site in Lourdes and the evacuation of visitors from nearby hotels. Wate(...)

Incoming governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney  is bringing Bank of Canada’s chief spokesman to London with him, in a two-year secondment that could signal a more open style of communications under his leadership. Photograph: Reuters/Michael Buholzer

Mark Carney does not take up his role as governor of the Bank of England until next month, but he has already made what may well prove to be one of th(...)

Axa, Europe’s second-largest insurer, plans to invest €10 billion in infrastructure debt over the next five years as low interest rates push European (...)

Setting out its targets a year before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, Adidas said sales from its soccer division would break the €2 billion barrier for the first time in 2014. Photograph: Reuters/Michael Dalder

German sportswear maker Adidas has forecast record sales for its soccer business in 2014, aiming to retain market leadership in the sport ahead of US (...)

 Rob Kearney of the Lions is tackled during the  match against the ACT Brumbies and the British & Irish Lions at Canberra Stadium. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Brumbies 14 Lions 12: Warren Gatland gambled on sacrificing the Lions’ unbeaten record by picking his non-test team and a makeshift backline four day(...)

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