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Monaco's Prince Pierre Casiragh sues over Double Seven nightclub brawl

A son of Monaco's Princess Caroline is suing over a New York nightclub brawl that left him bloodied and led to another patron's arrest and both camps blaming each other.

Bangor's Les Davies voted among Europe's best

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