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Apr 12, 2014

Risk of ‘gas war’ grows as Ukraine halts payments to Russia

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Saturday it was suspending payments to Russia for deliveries of gas, ratcheting up the tension in a standoff that has the potential to leave European Union states cut off from the Russian gas supplies on which they depend.

In eastern Ukraine, where groups of pro-Russian activists have been emboldened by the Kremlin’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, a band of armed men in mismatched camouflage outfits seized a police station in the town of Slaviansk.

Mar 8, 2014

Dublin bids emotional farewell to local legend O’Driscoll

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Dublin’s Aviva Stadium bade an emotional farewell to local hero Brian O’Driscoll on Saturday as the man widely regarded as Ireland’s greatest-ever player became the game’s most capped international in his final home appearance.

The 35-year old centre did not add to his tally of 46 tries in Ireland’s 46-7 demolition of Italy, but decisive passes in three of the seven tries was enough to win him man of the match and three standing ovations from an ecstatic crowd.

Mar 8, 2014

Rugby-Dublin bids emotional farewell to local legend O’Driscoll

DUBLIN, March 8 (Reuters) – Dublin’s Aviva Stadium bade an emotional farewell to local hero Brian O’Driscoll on Saturday as the man widely regarded as Ireland’s greatest-ever player became the game’s most capped international in his final home appearance.

The 35-year old centre did not add to his tally of 46 tries in Ireland’s 46-7 demolition of Italy, but decisive passes in three of the seven tries was enough to win him man of the match and three standing ovations from an ecstatic crowd.

Mar 8, 2014

O’Driscoll sweeps Ireland past Italy to extend Six Nations lead

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland took pole position for their first Six Nations title in five years with a crushing 46-7 win over Italy on Saturday as talismanic centre Brian O’Driscoll became the most capped player ever in his final home game.

O’Driscoll made decisive passes to set up three of the home side’s seven tries and sparked the biggest cheer of the day when he left the field after 62 minutes to end his world record 140th game for Ireland.

Mar 8, 2014

Rugby-O’Driscoll sweeps Ireland past Italy to extend Six Nations lead

DUBLIN, March 8 (Reuters) – Ireland took pole position for their first Six Nations title in five years with a crushing 46-7 win over Italy on Saturday as talismanic centre Brian O’Driscoll became the most capped player ever in his final home game.

O’Driscoll made decisive passes to set up three of the home side’s seven tries and sparked the biggest cheer of the day when he left the field after 62 minutes to end his world record 140th game for Ireland.

Feb 8, 2014

Gatland to take hard look at Wales after Irish humiliation

DUBLIN (Reuters) -

Wales coach Warren Gatland promised to take a long, hard look at his team after the Six Nations title holders fell to a humiliating 26-3 defeat by Ireland on Saturday.

Wales conceded 15 penalties and allowed Ireland to turn over the ball 10 times in an error-prone two-try loss, their first away defeat in the tournament since 2011.

Feb 8, 2014

Rugby-Gatland to take hard look at Wales after Irish humiliation

DUBLIN, Feb 8 (Reuters) -

Wales coach Warren Gatland promised to take a long, hard look at his team after the Six Nations title holders fell to a humiliating 26-3 defeat by Ireland on Saturday.

Wales conceded 15 penalties and allowed Ireland to turn over the ball 10 times in an error-prone two-try loss, their first away defeat in the tournament since 2011.

Feb 8, 2014

Ireland pummel Wales to lift Six Nations hopes

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland dealt a devastating blow to Welsh dreams of an historic hat-trick of Six Nations titles with a comprehensive 26-3 win at the Aviva stadium on Saturday.

In the latest sign of a revival under new coach Joe Schmidt, the Irish went 13-0 up in the first half after flanker Chris Henry forced his way over the Welsh line.

Feb 8, 2014

Rugby-Ireland pummel Wales to lift Six Nations hopes

DUBLIN, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Ireland dealt a devastating blow to Welsh dreams of an historic hat-trick of Six Nations titles with a comprehensive 26-3 win at the Aviva stadium on Saturday.

In the latest sign of a revival under new coach Joe Schmidt, the Irish went 13-0 up in the first half after flanker Chris Henry forced his way over the Welsh line.

Feb 3, 2014

Ryanair sees pricing pressures easing after customer service overhaul

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research) reported strong forward bookings and an easing of intense price competition among European airlines on Monday, raising hopes it can quickly regain height with a new customer-friendly image after a profit warning spooked markets last year.

Shares in the Irish airline, Europe’s largest by passenger numbers, opened up 6 percent after it said it was already seeing improved demand for tickets following the changes to how it treats customers announced late last year.