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Twins Remain Missing After Father Found Dead

Two six year old twins remain missing, after been kidnapped by their father in Switzerland.

Police in three countries are currently searching for the girls, Alessia and Livia Schepp, after their father Matthias (43) committed suicide on Friday.    

His body was found after he threw himself in front of a train near the Cerignola station, outside Bari.

The children’s mother,Irina, who is Italian, went to French police in Marseille, from where her husband had sent her a postcard on January 31, the day after he took the children from their Swiss home.

He had said he was desperate and could not live without her, after she had chosen to leave him in August. Divorce proceedings were advanced when Matthias took the children

Swiss police said he had drawn large sums of money out of cash machines in Marseille.

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O`Gara Pulls Victory from Jaws of Defeat

A late Ronan O`Gara drop goal sealed a 13-11 win for an injury ravaged Ireland side against Italy in Rome.

The Munster man found the space in the final minute to convert the drop goal, much to the relief of manager Declan Kidney as his unconvincing side seemed destined for a first ever defeat at the hands of Italy in the six nations.

Ireland , who were missing a host of top names , got off to a sluggish start committing error after error. Their opening half performance left a lot to be desired, as they trailed the Italians 6-3 at the break, courtesy of two Mirco Bergamasco penalties to one by Leinster`s Jonathan Sexton.

Immediately after the break Ireland upped their game, with captain Brian O`Driscoll bagging a try just minutes after the restart, which was followed by a Sexton conversion. His conversion drained the confidence from the Italians as a host of handling errors crept their way into the game.

The Italians however were not the only side guilty of bad handling, with Gordon D`Arcy committing his third knock on of the match, with the try line only metres away.     

However, a sin-binning for Denis Leamy late in the second half, was followed by an Italian try courtesy of Luke McLean.Crucialy Bergamasco was unable to put the conversion between the posts, something his side would come to regret. 

O`Gara was sprung from the bench in the second half and provided the winning kick, once again outlining how big of an influence he can be to any Irish team.

After the match a deflated O`Driscoll was relieved at his side getting the win. “They nearly made us pay for our mistakes but we came back and showed just enough charachter. That was sub standard and we have got to expect a lot more from ourselves.

“Thankfully we got the win and that`s the only thing we can take from this performance”, said O`Driscoll , as his thoughts switch to next Sunday`s Dublin date against the French.

Ireland:Luke Fitzgerald,Fergus McFadden,Brian O`Driscoll,Gordon D`Arcy,Keith Earls,Jonathan Sexton,Tomas O`Leary,Cian Healy,Rory Best,Mike Ross,Donncha O`Callaghan,Paul O`Connell,Denis Leamy,David Wallace,Sean O`Brien. 

Replacements:Ronan O`Gara for Sexton,Leo Cullen for Paul O`Connell ,Sean Cronin for Rory Best ,Paddy Wallace for Gordon D`Arcy,Tom Court for Cian Healy,Eoin Reddan for Tomas O`Leary

Duo Ruled Out Of Six Nations Opener

Ireland duo Tommy Bowe and Jamie Heaslip will miss the upcoming RBS 6 Nations opener against Italy on February 5th.

A statement from the IRFU confirmed that Bowe’s knee injury is too serious for him to be allowed to play. It was reviewed by medical teams from the Ireland squad and his club team, the Ospreys.

The statement added that the Ireland medical team will ‘continue to liaise with the Ospreys to determine when he will be fit to return to play’.

Ireland head coach Declan Kidney had said he would not rule Heaslip out of contention as late as this afternoon.

But the number eight also saw a specialist today and it has now been confirmed he will miss the Italy match.

The IRFU statement added that Heaslip will continue his rehabilitation and has not been ruled out of contention for the France game the following week at this point.

Stephen Ferris, who had an ankle injury, is expected to be fit.

Bowe’s injury means Ireland have now lost five contenders for places at wing of full-back with Rob Kearney, Geordan Murphy, Andrew Trimble and Shane Horgan also ruled out.

Fergus McFadden has been drafted into the senior squad from the ‘A’ panel as a result of the injury problems. Keith Earls and Luke Fitzgerald are the other players currently in the senior squad who are in contention for starting places.

Suicide Bomber Brings Terror To Russian Airport

A suicide bomber killed at least 35 people at Russia’s busiest airport on Monday, state TV said, in an attack on the capital that bore the hallmarks of militants fighting for an Islamist state in the North Caucasus region.

President Dmitry Medvedev vowed to track down and punish those behind the bombing, which also injured over 150 people, during the busy late afternoon at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. The dead included some foreigners.

Islamist rebels have vowed to take their bombing campaign from the North Caucasus to the Russian heartland in the year before presidential elections, hitting transport and economic targets. They have also leveled threats at the 2014 Winter Olympic, scheduled for the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, a region some militants consider “occupied.”

Dense smoke filled Domodedovo’s international arrivals hall and a fire burned along one wall.

“Taxi drivers lined up in the arrivals hall were blown up. Pieces of their bodies covered us and my left ear doesn’t hear very well at all,” Artyom Zhilenkov, 30, told Reuters as he pointed to pieces of human flesh on his coat.

Thick drops of blood were scattered across the snow-covered tarmac outside the arrivals hall, where Interfax news agency said traces of shrapnel were found.

Two Britons were among the dead, media cited investigative committee spokesman Vladimir Markin as saying, and French, Italians, and Germans were in hospitals, though this could not be immediately confirmed with their embassies. Planes from across Europe had landed in the half hour leading up to the attack.

“I heard a loud boom… we thought someone had just dropped something. But then I saw casualties being carried away,” a check-in attendant who gave her name as Elena told Reuters at Domodedovo, which is some 22 km (14 miles) southeast of Moscow.

The prosecutor’s office said the bomb had been classified as a terrorist attack — the largest since twin suicide bombings on the Moscow metro rocked the Russian heartland in March.

“The blast was most likely carried out by a suicide bomber.”

State television said the blast was the work of a “smertnik,” or suicide bomber. State-run RIA, quoting Markin, said the bomber most likely had a belt laden with explosives.

U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the “outrageous act of terrorism” and offered Moscow help. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he was shocked, state TV said.

A decade after federal forces drove separatists from power in Chechnya in the second of two wars, the mainly Muslim North Caucasus is wracked by violence.

Medvedev, who has called the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus the biggest threat to Russian security, wrote on Twitter: “Security will be strengthened at large transport hubs.”

“We mourn the victims of the terrorist attack at Domodedovo airport. The organizers will be tracked down and punished.”

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