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Court rules that the French businessman who sold tens of thousands of faulty silicone breast implants around the world is guilty of fraud

Probe into handling of Irish murder case

An investigation in to handling of the Sophie Toscan Du Plantier murder case in Ireland has been launched by the Garda Ombudsman.

Paul O'Connell in action against Italy

Captain Paul O'Connell urges Ireland to cut out errors

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell believes restricting the error count holds the key to dispatching France in Paris on Sunday.

France fullback Maxime Medard runs in his try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France

France full-back Maxime Medard out for nine months

France's RBS 6 Nations hopes have been rocked by the news that full-back Maxime Medard has been ruled out for up to nine months with a serious knee ligament injury.

Luke Narraway will move to the Top 14

Gloucester captain Luke Narraway to join Perpignan

Gloucester captain Luke Narraway is to leave the Aviva Premiership club at the end of the season to take up a two-year contract with French Top 14 side Perpignan.

Jeremy Laurance: The regulator needs to recover its grip, fast

Whatever the true risks and benefits of these implants, this does not inspire confidence in the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – the body charged with ensuring medical devices are safe. Why did it take a television programme and the British Medical Journal to prod it into action over this latest threat?

Farms warned as virus kills lambs

A virus causing stillbirths and deformities in livestock has hit scores of British farms. Experts say cases of Schmallenberg virus, first identified in England last December, have spread to more than 70 farms from Kent to Cornwall and from the Isle of Wight to Gloucestershire.

Dragons roar back in thriller

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Coach Andy Robinson looks on as Mike Blair takes part in Scotland training

Blair is restored but it's Laidlaw moving to No 10

Remember the clamour for Blair to be installed at No 10?

Stocker came off the bench to hit Basle's winner with four minutes to go

Champions League round-up: Bayern crash to Stocker's late winner as Basle pull off another shock

Having knocked out Manchester United before Christmas, Basle claimed another famous Champions League scalp when they beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their round of 16 tie at St Jakob-Park last night, substitute Valentin Stocker hitting the winner with four minutes to go.

Marseille's Andre Ayew, right, celebrates his goal with Morgan Amalfitano

Ayew hits injury time winner against Inter

Marseille 1 Internazionale 0

Soko is about to release her debut album - see the video for 'First Love Never Die' at bit.ly/Ah8kem

Agenda: Clarks; Soko; David Lynch; Jack White; The Thirsty Bear

Fashion: Clarks goes back to the bronze age

The PIP founder Jean-Claude Mas was detained in southern France

Former head of breast implant firm is charged

The boss of the French company at the centre of the breast implant scandal faces charges of "involuntary injury", his lawyer said.

The Saturday Quiz

1. Which actress made her film debut in Julia (1977)?

Profit warning hits Flybe founder in the pocket

Jim French, Flybe's founder and chief executive, was nursing losses of more than £550,000 yesterday as the regional airline's second profit warning in three months sent the shares to a record low.

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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