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With the vibes about Hurricane Fly more negative than David Bailey's darkroom, the focus can sharpen on Monday's Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Ireland's reigning two-mile hurdle champion has yet to race this season but, though he is among the entries for next week's Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown, his fans may have to wait a while longer for a sighting if the betting bush telegraph is a guide.

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Gloucester avoid embarrassment with try by May

Gloucester 23 Connacht 19

The scene in Balulang village in Cagayan de Oro in the wake of tropical storm Washi

Hundreds die as flash floods hit Philippines

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Air drop of fuel and water pump for stranded trawler crew

Aircraft from the New Zealand Defence Force have dropped emergency supplies to the crew of a stricken fishing vessel, trapped in ice near Antarctica.

British fisheries avoid quota cuts

Fishing fleets face fewer days at sea but bigger catch quotas after marathon talks which ended at dawn in Brussels.

Classy novices fly flag for Henderson

Though Paul Nicholls has already broken the £1m barrier, and holds a lead of nearly £300,000 over Nicky Henderson, both trainers know that the championship will not be settled until the spring Festivals.

Tanker re-routed amid cracks fears

A tanker carrying more than 55,000 tonnes of gas oil off the north west of Ireland has been re-routed to Belfast amid fears over cracks to its body.

Robin Scott-Elliot: A big, bustling, bouncy backside is as useful in skeleton as it is in bowling

View From The Sofa: Skeleton World Cup/Soccer Saturday, 5 Live/Eurosport/Sky/BBC

Julian Hunt: How good was this deal really?

Developing countries insist their economies must grow before cuts to emissions

Brian O'Driscoll celebrates Leinster's Heineken Cup victory last May

David Flatman: It's no surprise the Irish sides keep winning

O'Driscoll and Co are exposed to highest pressure but they enjoy decent rest and quality training too

Former Anglo-Irish boss arrested again

Ireland's most infamous banker, who was in charge of a toxic bank whose collapse proved ruinous for the country, was arrested for the second time near Dublin yesterday.

Sone Aluko ban upheld

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has furiously hit out at the decision to hand Sone Aluko a two-match ban for diving.

Northern Irishman Allen was heavily critical of the decision to shorten the early rounds of the UK Championship

Snooker: Mark Allen may face disrepute charge for bad language

Northern Irishman Allen was heavily critical of the decision to shorten the early rounds of the UK Championship, where he was a first-round victor over Adrian Gunnell on Monday.

The Fukushima nuclear power plant as seen by Tokyo Electric Power Company officials and journalists

Radioactive water leaks from Japanese nuclear plant

Japan's crippled nuclear power plant leaked about 45 tons of highly radioactive water from a purification device over the weekend, its operator said, and some may have drained into the ocean.

Warning as Dublin plans £1.2bn cuts

The Irish Government warned there is no hiding from difficult decisions that need to be taken in the interests of the State and citizens as €1.4 billion (£1.2 billion) spending cuts were outlined.

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