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Alex Cuthbert admits that Wales will be the team to beat ahead of this year's Six Nations

Six Nations 2014: Alex Cuthbert admits rivals will be gunning for Wales as the 'team to beat'

Fixture list favours Wales this year although they still face a testing trip to Twickenham to take on England on March 9

Sam Warburton and Warren Gatland pose with the Six Nations trophy

Six Nations: Sam Warburton insists Wales we take things one game at a time despite talk of an unprecedented hat-trick

Warburton could lead Wales to a third championship success in a row but the victorious British and Irish Lions skipper has stressed the importance of not getting ahead of themselves

Andre Greipel takes victory on the Tour Down Under

Tour Down Under: Andre Greipel takes 15th career stage victory in Australia with a typical late sprint finish

Andre Greipel won his 15th career Tour Down Under stage as he burst to victory in a bunch sprint over the final 600 metres of stage four.

Pope Francis: 'I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it'

Pope Francis has his feet on the ground but he may be too late to save the Church from the damage of sex abuse scandals

Is he doomed to play the role of Mikhail Gorbachev to an organisation long as secretive as the Kremlin?

The Trip To Italy: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon back with many The Dark Knight Rises impersonations

The pair will visit restaurants across Italy in their new show

Postcard from... Rome

A view of the Olympic rings in Sochi

Winter Olympics 2014: British Olympic Association receive terror threat ahead of Sochi Games

The threat, which has also been sent to Italy, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia, 'lacks credibility'

The boomerang generation: A lack of affordable housing is putting huge strain on young lives

For the first time in years, housing is a top five issue for voters

The disputed objects were largely ancient Etruscan treasures, similar to this one - an Etruscan black-figured amphora depicting the death of Medusa - on display in Rome's Qurinale Presidential Palace

Italy threatens legal action after British Government refuses to return artefacts seized from disgraced London art dealer

Sculptures of marble heads, a bronze bust of Alexander the Great and bronze statuettes of the gods form part of the collection

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, pictured here at an earlier match, refused to comment on the decision

Transfer news: Sunderland sign Argentina defender Santiago Vergini

The centre-back has one cap for the national side

Amanda Knox, left, and Raffaele Sollecito in 2007, outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher. Defense lawyers for Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend have their final say in the case on 20 January

Meredith Kercher murder trial: Possibility grows that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito will have guilty verdicts reinstated

Prosecutors have asked the Florence Appeals court for "cautionary measures" to be applied against murder suspect Raffaele Sollecito as the feeling mounts that guilty verdicts will be re-instated against Sollecito and his ex-girlfriend Amanda Knox for the killing for Meredith Kercher.

Clarence Seedorf takes charge of his first AC Milan match

Clarence Seedorf enjoys victory in first game in charge of AC Milan, before dedicating win to fans

The former midfielder returned last week as manager

Lord McAlpine: ‘a most unusual, intriguing, interesting character’

Lord McAlpine, libel victim and confidant of Lady Thatcher, has died aged 71

71-year-old died 'peacefully' in Italy

Round-up: Jonny Wilkinson sinks Glasgow

Hard as they battled, Glasgow were no match for a glittering Toulon side, who sailed into the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup as the winners of pool two after a 15-8 victory powered by Jonny Wilkinson’s boot.

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