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Item believed to have been cut from stuffed head in Cork mansion safari room

Christopher Horner pulled away from the peloton with less than a kilometre of the 172.5km (108-mile) course to go

American Christopher Horner breaks away into the lead in Spain

A daring break paid off for Christopher Horner as the RadioShack-Leopard rider claimed victory on stage three of the Vuelta a España between Vigo and Mirador de Lobeira yesterday.

Wayne Routledge

Michael Laudrup talks up Wayne Routledge form after Europa League victory for Swansea

The Welsh outfit won their play-off against Petrolul Ploiesti 5-1

Tom Carson, right

Hockey: England men into last four of European Championships

England's men reached the semi-finals of the European Championships in Belgium but not without a scare after a 2-2 draw with Ireland.

Doyle: Avoids wallowing in nostalgia, but throws his ageing fans the odd bone from his early stuff

Review: The Guts, By Roddy Doyle

It is 26 years since Roddy Doyle introduced us to Jimmy Rabbitte. Now he's back with some old friends, but time has moved on for all of them

US makes extradition request to Ireland for porn suspect

The United States has formally requested the extradition of a man in Ireland described by the FBI as being the "largest facilitator of child porn on the planet".

James Ashton: Rentokil is still not sprung from its trap

Outlook Whenever Rentokil Initial says it is doing better, I smell a rat. This is a company that has flattered to deceive for as long as I have been writing about it. A glance at yesterday's figures shows that underlying revenues are falling, it is enduring tough times in Europe, and it is trying to put in place a more efficient country-by-country operating model. So what's changed?

Robert Heffernan beat the home favourite Mikhail Ryzhov

World Championships 2013: Robert Heffernan makes history for Ireland

Hefferman took gold in the 50km walk race

Ardal O'Hanlon at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Edinburgh 2013: Ardal O'Hanlon - A 47-year-old little boy lost

Ardal O'Hanlon closes his show on a sweet and poignant note as he confesses: "I don't have a big finish. I've never been one for 'fireworks' like some comedians." Having described stand-up as the best way to make sense of the world, it's understandable if the 47-year old little boy lost feels a little deflated in not making the most of it and flatlining. 

Gary Neville: Former United team-mate was impressed the first time he saw Ronaldo play

England coach Gary Neville backs player quota system to help home nations

Foreign players dominate the Premier League

'Guantanamo is causing more problems than it solves' has said Harry Ferguson

Former MI6 officer on hunger strike over Guantanamo inmate

A former MI6 officer went on hunger strike today in support of Guantanamo Bay prisoner Shaker Aamer, motivated by shame at his former employer.

Gatwick enjoys 5.5% passenger surge

A leading holiday airport handled an increased number of passengers last month.

Treasury aims to lure the insurers

Move to bring back Lloyd's firms domiciled abroad to boost the nation's tax coffers
Austin and Oliver Stack (left to right), sons of Brian Stack, make a statement following a series of meetings with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

IRA finally admits killing prison officer Brian Stack during the Troubles

Chief officer of Portlaoise Prison was left brain-damaged and paralysed after he was shot in the back of the neck in Dublin in 1983

John Barnes has criticised Luis Suarez by claiming the striker thinks he is superior to the rest of the Liverpool squad

Transfer news: Former Liverpool player John Barnes claims Luis Suarez thinks he's superior to the rest of the squad

Barnes feels that fans have empowered players with their adoration which leads to star players blaming their team-mates for failures

Pat McQuaid claims to have enormous support around the world

Cycling in turmoil as UCI president Pat McQuaid is branded a 'dictator'

Livid rival Brian Cookson accuses incumbent UCI president of embarrassing 'an entire sport'

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?