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Kurt Zouma

West Ham vs Chelsea: Kurt Zouma can follow in John Terry's footsteps as a leader, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea’s manager says that Kurt Zouma is playing ‘more than he or I expected’ this season

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the winner for Aston Villa
Many migrant workers employed to help build the World Cup infrastructure in Qatar have been living in squalid conditions

Fifa's real crime with Qatar 2022 is ignoring the workers' plight

Workers are effectively prisoners in the country, with no access to their passports

John Terry puts Chelsea ahead
Eden Hazard enjoys a laugh at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground this week

Chelsea vs Tottenham: Eden Hazard exclusive interview - All is rosy in the garden of Eden

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the league’s most fouled player –  and he can’t stop smiling. As he prepares for the Capital One  Cup final against Spurs on Sunday, he tells Sam Wallace that is because he wouldn’t have it any other way

Dimitar Berbatov deals Arsenal a blow by scoring just after the half-time break to put Monaco ahead 2-0

All pieces in place but again Arsenal crumble

This season was meant to be one of progress for Wenger’s team

Chelsea announce £200m kit sponsorship with Yokohama Rubber in the club's 'biggest ever commercial deal'

Company's brand name will appear on Chelsea shirts from start of next season

Dimitar Berbatov celebrates his goal against Arsenal

Sam Wallace: Barcelona bill themselves as 'more than a club' - a year of crisis has taken the shine off

TALKING FOOTBALL: Barcelona visit the Etihad this evening for Champions League tie with Manchester City

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, centre, is led away after being sent off against Burnley on Saturday

Chelsea furious with FA at refusal to punish Ashley Barnes for Nemanja Matic tackle

The Chelsea hierarchy believe that the FA approach to bad challenges that go unseen by the referee is no longer fit for purpose

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

But if a real smoking gun is found, that might change things, says Tom Peck
Twenty two years later Jurassic Park series faces questions over accuracy of the fictional dinosaurs in it

Tyrannosaurus wrecked?

Twenty two years on, Jurassic Park faces questions over accuracy
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
Genes greatly influence when and how many babies a woman will have, study finds

Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

Study's findings suggest that human fertility is still evolving
12 best olive oils

Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

In their last five Test, they have lost two and drawn two and defeated an India side last summer who thought that turning up was competing, says Stephen Brenkley
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)