i

Victims of violence turned away

Racing: Anthem odds on to overcome Daylami

ROYAL ANTHEM is a 4-6 chance with Coral to beat Daylami in a match bet in an intriguing clash for the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown a week today. Daylami is an 11-10 chance with Coral to confirm his three- quarters-of-a-length Coronation Cup superiority over Henry Cecil's impressive International Stakes winner.

Marine life being massacred as the world's oceans are turning toxic

THE WORLD'S oceans are suffering outbreaks of disease on an unprecedented scale, according to a group of leading marine biologists who cite man as the chief culprit.

Racing: Moulin mile decider

THE MILE championship of Europe could be decided on Sunday when Aljabr and Sendawar, winners of this season's Sussex Stakes and St James's Palace Stakes respectively, meet in the Group One Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

Top international rider killed instantly in fall from her horse

THE DEATH of the British international horse rider Polly Phillipps brought the Scottish Open Championships to a tragic and premature end yesterday.

Travel: Take the first left just after the coral reef

Claire Gervat is dazzled by the technicolour wildlife on a snorkelling trail off the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao

Coral go offshore to reduce bet taxes

CORAL, the country's third-largest bookmaker, is preparing to move its telephone-betting business to an offshore tax-haven. The move will allow it to charge less than half the rate of betting tax due on stakes in high-street betting shops, and could accelerate similar moves by the biggest names in British betting, William Hill and Ladbrokes.

EQUESTRIANISM; Official resigns `to heal wounds'

WHILE JOHN WHITAKER collected another two prizes at the Aachen International Horse Show, the Coral Cove positive dope test saga continued on its unhappy course at home with the resignation of a third key official: Michael Allen, the chairman of the British Horse Trials Association.

Global warming sinks islands

TWO PACIFIC islands have sunk beneath the waves, the first victims of the rising seas brought about by global warming, writes Geoffrey Lean. And others are on the verge of disappearing, too.

CRICKET: WORLD CUP - BETTING

TODAY

Complete Guide to the World Cup

WEBSITE

Equestrianism: Britain to miss Sydney Olympics

GREAT BRITAIN yesterday found themselves out of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney after a horse failed a drugs test for a substance that occurs naturally in hay.

CRICKET WORLD CUP: MATCH BETTING

YOU WON'T get rich backing England for a win in their match against Kenya today. Ladbrokes are the most generous with their prices and they make England white-hot favourites at 14-1 ON (you bet 14 to win one).

EQUESTRIANISM: Funnell so fluent in dressage

PIPPA FUNNELL and Supreme Rock held the lead when yesterday's first day of dressage was completed at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, having produced a beautifully fluent and accurate test to finish on 64 penalties. Under the previous formula, this would have meant a score in the upper thirties.

HOLIDAY DISASTERS: THE CORAL SEA

A diving trip to the Coral Sea - what could be more thrilling? But there was just one problem: first you had to travel 150 miles out into the open ocean to get there. Sue Ditchfield recalls the worst night of her life

Endangered Habitats

WHAT IS happening to the Costa Rican cloud forests is a significant early warning: a very vulnerable ecosystem is starting to be seriously damaged by global warming, perhaps beyond repair.
Arts and Entertainment
Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes Brown in the 2014 Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas special
tvCould Mrs Brown's Boys have taken lead for second year?
Arts and Entertainment
Madonna is not in Twitter's good books after describing her album leak as 'artistic rape and terrorism'
music14 more 'Rebel Heart' tracks leaked including Pharrell Williams collaboration
Arts and Entertainment
Jack O'Connell stars as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken
film review... even if Jack O'Connell is excellent
News
peopleIt seems you can't silence Katie Hopkins, even on Christmas Day...
News
i100
Life and Style
fashion
Arts and Entertainment
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi showing a small mascot shaped like a vagina
art
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all