Joey Barton could play tonight as Marseille look to move on from 'ladyboy' incident

English midfielder tweeted abuse about Thiago Silva

The current season of Koh Lanta has been cancelled following the death of Gérald Babin

Second tragedy for French version of Survivor reality show as staff doctor kills himself following death of contestant

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Paris' Eiffel Tower was cordoned off yesterday after an anonymous call about an attack

Eiffel Tower evacuated after bomb threat

Concerns linger over attacks after France's campaign in Mali

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Wales fly-half Dan Biggar agrees new deal with Ospreys

The 23-year-old will remain at Liberty Stadium until 2016

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UK, United States, French and Canadian firms join forces to snap up more lucrative work

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Hermès bags a record profit

The maker of £10,000 Kelly and Birkin handbags has shrugged off fears of a slowdown in China by reporting record profit last year, driven by insatiable demand in Asia.

Kelly Brown hopes to lead the summer tour to South Africa

Six Nations: Scotland captain Kelly Brown hopes Paris victory will boost captaincy chances

Scotland captain Kelly Brown admits the country’s best Six Nations campaign in recent memory still might  not be enough to see him hold on to the captaincy.

Richie Gray was carried off after 30 minutes on Saturday

Six Nations 2013: Hamstrung lock Richie Gray ruled out of Scotland's final game

Scotland's bleached blond bombshell, lock Richie Gray, will have a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the hamstring injury that caused him to depart on a medical cart 30 minutes into the 28-18 defeat against Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Fendi’s furry shoes

What's afoot? Fur! From fuzzy red stilettos to mink-lined flats, it's all kicking off

It might not sound practical given the British climate, but that hasn't stopped designers from decreeing that shoes should come adorned with animal pelts on the outside.

Six Nations: Mighty Sergio Parisse the man who towers over Italy's failings

Captaining Italy is a job that demands an ability to man-manage an ever-evolving crisis. More often than not when Italy play, Italy lose and it was John Kirwan, the former All Black great and then Italy coach, who once neatly summed up the end-game for the captain as "invariably dealing with the crisis of defeat". It is a fire -fighting role in the Towering Inferno.

Tom Croft powers forward for England against Ireland last year

Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster welcomes Tom Croft back to England fold after serious injury

A year on from being nearly paralysed by a broken neck, England flanker could face Italy

The head of the chiefs of staff, Admiral Edouard Guillaud, said that the death of Abou Zeid, military commander of al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), was “probable”

Al-Qa’ida commander Abou Zeid may be dead, says France

A senior Islamist leader has “probably” died in fighting in the mountains of northern Mali, the French military said today.

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