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Mario Balotelli has scored six goals for Italy during their qualifying campaign

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Mario Balotelli is greeted by Italian supporters ahead of their training session in Quarto

Mario Balotelli branded 'an imbecile' for refusing to rule out links with Italian mafia ahead of World Cup qualifier between Italy and Armenia

The former Manchester City striker took to Twitter to respond to a report which praised him as an anti-mafia figure

Further proof emerges of Turkey’s genocide

The Turks are preparing to smother the 100th anniversary of their Holocaust against the Christian Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in 1915

The FA are hopeful of securing both a semi-final and the final of the 2020 European Championship at Wembley

Football Association continue bid for European Championship final despite Istanbul emerging as a strong front-runner

FA are hopeful to secure both a semi-final and the final at Wembley for the 2020 tournament which will be held across 13 cities in Europe

Czech Republic coach resigns following defeat to Italy

Michal Bilek quits with qualification for World Cup unlikely

An Armenian Sketchbook, by Vasily Grossman, trans. Robert & Elizabeth Chandler. MacLehose Press, £12

Near the end of his road, the author of ‘Life and Fate’ found beauty and solidarity in a strange land

Transfer talk: Borussia Dortmund beat Liverpool to £23.6m signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The attacking midfielder will move to the Bundesliga rather than the Premier League

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Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be fined after failing to return for pre-season training

Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin has warned midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan he will be fined after going Awol and missing training.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Transfer speculation: Liverpool register interest in Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Armenia international has emerged as a £22m target for the Reds

The Armenian hero Turkey would prefer to forget

The Armenian-Turkish officer Torossian was awarded medals by Enver Pasha

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Bonnie Tyler will represent UK in Eurovision

UK holds out for a hero as Bonnie Tyler chosen for Eurovision Song Contest 2013

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” singer Bonnie Tyler will represent Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

Akram Aylisli is in trouble for portraying violence by Azerbaijanis against Armenians

Bring me the ear of Akram Aylisli! Politician offers £8,000 for attack on writer

Head of political party offers £8,000 for author's body part over controversial novel

Homs is calm for now –but the fear remains

The city of Homs, once the heart of the Syrian uprising, is very much back under government control. The only substantial area still held by the rebels is the Old City, under siege by the Syrian army, which exchanges sniper fire and mortar bombs with the rest of the city.

German and Turkish officers pose with the skulls of Armenian victims

Photograph links Germans to 1915 Armenia genocide

Newly discovered picture shows Kaiser's officers at scene of Turkish atrocity

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