Sport Mario Balotelli is being linked with a big-money move to Liverpool

Reds closing in on Balotelli as Rodgers' men prepare for City test on Monday

Mario Balotelli
Manuel Pellegrini will start his Manchester City career in South Africa

Manuel Pellegrini to start Manchester City reign in South Africa

New manager begins with two-game tour of South Africa before games in Hong Kong, Germany and Finland

Mario Balotelli reacts to abuse from Roma fans

Manchester City face possible reunion with Mario Balotelli

City will place AC Milan during a pre-season tournament

Rupert Murdoch wants top clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea to compete in new tournament

Idea comes after Fox lose rights to Premier League football in the US

AC's goalscorer, Stephan El Shaarawy

AC Milan open to selling Manchester City and Arsenal 'target' Stephan El Shaarawy

The striker has been linked with a move to the Premier League

Stephan El Shaarawy

AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy 'flattered' by Manchester City speculation

The Italy international has been linked with a move to the Etihad

Genaro Gattuso

Genaro Gattuso joins Palermo - but how long will he last?

The former AC Milan midfielder has been appointed by a president notorious for firing managers

Firework incident (October 2011): The Italian has another run-in with the emergency services after a firework is set off in the bathroom of his home, triggering a fire. The next day, he scores in the Manchester derby and celebrates by revealing a T-shirt which reads:

'Unless you apologise you will sweat the tears of my mother': Mario Balotelli furiously denies claims he sold drugs for Naples' Camorra mafia

Accusations were made by a gangster-turned-supergrass at a money laundering trial

In January 2013 David Beckham joined Paris Saint-Germain

David Beckham earnings expected to rocket following retirement from football, claim experts

The former England captain has announced will retire at the end of the season

David Beckham celebrates after scoring against Greece in 2001

David Beckham retires: 'The time is right' to retire from football

The former England captain calls it a day at the age of 38

Mario Balotelli with Roberto Mancini

Mario Balotelli not surprised Manchester City sacked Roberto Mancini

The pair were close during their time together at the Etihad Stadium

Gonzalo Higuain

Arsenal and Manchester City linked with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain

The Argentine striker will leave the Bernabeu this summer

Mario Balotelli was one of three players who had abuse aimed at him

Roma racist chanting against AC Milan earns fine and Sepp Blatter rebuke

Mario Balotelli was targeted by the abuse

Mario Balotelli reacts to abuse from Roma fans

Roma fined for racist abuse aimed at AC Milan players

Mario Balotelli was one of those targeted

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?