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Spindrift trimaran capsized at the start of the Dublin Bay race

Crew-member airlifted to hospital and another injured after trimaran capsizes during Route des Princes European Tour

Lucky escape for eight-man crew plus two guests as boat capsizes at the start of Dublin Bay race

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud saw red for a late challenge in the game against Fulham`

Premier League: Arsenal v Manchester United match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Emirates

David Beckham trains with PSG

Champions League: PSG v Valencia match preview

A look ahead to Wednesday nights Champions League knockout fixture at the Parc des Princes

A litter of puppies that was caught near the site of fatal mauling at a dog pound in Mexico City

Mexico rounds up 'killer dog packs' after fifth death

A 15-year-old girl found fatally bitten by dogs outside a Mexico City park in mid-December may have been the first victim of a feral pack suspected of killing at least four other people over the last month, say prosecutors.

18 arrested in raids targeting gang suspected of bringing Iranian asylum seekers to UK

Seven people have been arrested in raids targeting a gang suspected of taking cash to help Iranian asylum seekers get into Britain.

Passengers tell of terror at Glasgow airport runway evacuation two hours before a second plane is grounded in Dublin as smoke fills cabin

A passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Dublin Airport this morning after crew detected smoke in the cockpit, only two hours after another aircraft was evacuated on a runway at Glasgow Airport because traces of smoke were seen in the cabin.

Skipper Ben Ainslie ended a hectic week in San Francisco in second place of the fleet racing at the America’s Cup World Series Championship Racing

Ben Ainslie beaten into second by tie-break in America's Cup

Equal on points and beaten only by the tie-break, Ben Ainslie ended a hectic week in San Francisco in second place of the fleet racing at the America’s Cup World Series.

EasyJet eyeing a record after late rush in search of the sun

Budget airline easyJet yesterday flagged up record profits this year as holidaymakers who stayed at home for the Olympics dashed abroad to grab some late summer sun.

Radamel Falcao celebrates his second goal during the Europa League final

Flying Radamel Falcao sees stock rise even higher after Europa League success

Next step is surely the big league for striker who scored twice in Europa final, but will it be with Atletico Madrid or will other suitors gather?

Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente celebrates after he scored against SCP Sporting during their Europa League yesterday

Llorente takes Athletic Bilbao through to all-Spanish Europa League final

A dramatic winner from Fernando Llorente with two minutes to go sent Athletic Bilbao through to the Europa League final, where they will face fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

Valencia threat to end grand prix

The future of the European Grand Prix in Valencia is in doubt after the city's council indicated that it wants to renegotiate its race fee.

Andre Villas-Boas: Returned to the criticism he made of the media after Chelsea's win on Tuesday night

Villas-Boas rants at 'comic' Neville

Chelsea manager goes on the attack again against 'ridiculous' pundit

Albelda sad that it will be either him or his old mate Mata going out

It should never have come to this. When Valencia captain David Albelda spoke to former team-mate Juan Mata earlier in their respective Champions League campaigns he told him – only half in jest – to make sure Chelsea beat Bayer Leverkusen to help send both teams through.

David Albelda nearly joined Chelsea in 2008 but opted to stay in Spain

'TV rights deal has to change, we can't compete with Barça'

Valencia's dire financial straits are not just due to the mismanagement of the club's former president Juan Soler. Real Madrid and Barcelona have also wasted plenty of money since the turn of the century but the financial cushions provided by their inflated shares of television revenues always break the fall.

Segovia: 'I don't believe in roots'

Tomás Segovia: One of Spain's 'poets in exile' during the Franco dictatorship

I'm sadder than a drowned shoe, sadder than the sweat of the ill ... as sad as the first bus of the day when dawn breaks, as sad as a lawyer's underpants," runs one of Tomás Segovia's poems, and this curious, compelling mixture of the lyrical and the drily humorous, the melancholic and the romantic, helped make Segovia one of the most outstanding of the so-called "poets of exile" during Franco's dictatorship, and a key figure in modern Mexican literature.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there