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Lukas Podolski takes part in a training session ahead of the World Cup final

Arsenal transfer news: Lukas Podolski exit rumours played down by Arsene Wenger

The World Cup winner has been linked with a move to Italy

Olivier Giroud latest: Injury to Arsenal striker 'sad for us', says Arsene Wenger

The France international could be out for months

Angel Di Maria trains with Argentina during the World Cup

Manchester United transfer news: Is Angel Di Maria really worth £59.7m?

The Argentina winger becomes the most expensive player ever bought by a British club

Kostas Manolas at the World Cup

Kostas Manolas to Arsenal: Greece defender set to join Roma

Arsene Wenger had reportedly been keen on the centre-back

Sergio Aguero
Mario Balotelli at the Etihad stadium to watch Manchester City vs Liverpool

Manchester City vs Liverpool live report: Stevan Jovetic gives hosts advantage

Half-time: Manchester City 1 Liverpool 0

Mario Balotelli at the Etihad stadium to watch Manchester City vs Liverpool

Manchester City vs Liverpool: Mario Balotelli takes seat at Etihad Stadium

Italian has completed a £16m move to Anfield

Liverpool confirm the Balotelli transfer on Twitter

Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: What have you got in Balotelli? 'Trouble!' says Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool boss excited to work with Italian

Liverpool confirm the Balotelli transfer on Twitter

Mario Balotelli: Liverpool fans 'weren't nice with me', says £16m striker

Striker has signed a 'long-term' deal at Anfield

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone