Sport Toby Flood has admitted it was 'a very tough decision' to leave Leicester for a French club

Fly-half has admitted it was “a very tough decision” to leave Leicester for a French club

Danny Cipriani is to return to England

Danny Cipriani will return to England 'a better player and person'

Danny Cipriani believes he will return to England "a better player and a better person" following his 18-month stint with Melbourne Rebels.

Drinks giants team up to head off ad regulation

Eight of Europe's biggest alcohol firms have united to draw up new rules for their own advertising in an effort to head off tighter regulation.

Drinks giants team up to head off ad regulation

Eight of Europe's biggest alcohol firms have united to launch new rules for their own advertising in an effort to head off tighter regulation.

Licence to swill: Daniel Craig's Bond will cut back on martinis in favour of Heineken

From martinis to tinnies for an everyman Bond

Will a quick half sully the mystique of 007, wonders Geoffrey Macnab

Staropramen set to fall to Japanese Asahi in $3bn takeover

The British private equity giant CVC Capital Partners is in the final stages of selling the Staropramen Czech lager business to Japan's Asahi for $3bn (£1.87bn).

Former Lion Shane Horgan announces retirement

Former Ireland and British & Irish Lions wing Shane Horgan has been forced into retirement by a long-standing knee injury.

A la playa: A beach near Palma

Traveller's Guide: Mallorca

The largest Balearic island has much to offer beyond the beach, not least dramatic terrain and serene villages.

Mad Dog turns mentor: Moody to try coaching

A shoulder injury has forced the fearless flanker and former England captain to call it quits. He tells James Corrigan what's next
After 71 caps over 16 years Lewis Moody has retirement plans

Lewis Moody: Flanker to try his hand at coaching after body says enough is enough

A shoulder injury has forced 'Mad Dog' to call it quits. He talks to James Corrigan

Heineken drinks to a frothy rise in its profits

Heineken has grabbed market share in the UK, with the brand growing 14 per cent in the year. The group is optimistic that business will be boosted by events such as Euro 2012 football tournament, the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympics.

Richard Donovan: the only man on the planet to run seven marathons on seven continents in less than five days

A quick beer lifted ultra-runner to success

An Irish ultra runner has revealed a bottle of beer helped him become the only man on the planet to run seven marathons on seven continents in less than five days.

Tomas O’Leary of Munster tests the Northampton defence in Milton Keynes

Zebo makes unholy mess of Saints and Munster march on

Northampton Saints 36 Munster 51: Irish Heineken Cup dominance intensifies at expense of another English club

Llanelli Scarlets' Ben Morgan, who has been called up for England

Scarlets meet their match in 'world class' Foden

Scarlets 17 Northampton Saints 29

Win a big old 3D TV and a Blu-ray home cinema system worth nearly £1,500

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'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'
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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

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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
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there