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Sport Jan Vertonghen celebrates his goal for Belgium against South Korea

We look ahead to the last match of the round of 16, with the much-fancied Belgium taking on surprise package USA

Doctors confident they can save legs of British couple crushed in Bruges drink-drive smash

Doctors are confident they can save the legs of a British couple crushed by a drink-driver in Bruges.

Ezekiel Fryers

Tottenham sign former Manchester United player Ezekiel Fryers

Left-back moves to White Hart Lane in deal understood to be in the region of £3m

The actor Gérard Depardieu is the latest Frenchman to look
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French panel overturns 75 per cent tax on ultrarich

A French constitutional panel has thrown out a plan to tax the ultrawealthy at a 75 per cent rate, saying it was excessive.

Album: Scala and Kolacny Bros, December (Pias)

Christmas songs tend to be either brash and tinselly or calm and still. This collection falls as delicately and lightly as snow into the latter category.

They gave us esprit de corps. But where’s theirs?

It’s because the French are instinctively statist that the Depardieu affair has exploded

Bernard Arnault's application for Belgian citizenship has been rejected

Bernard Arnault: The Frenchman who has everything - except Belgian citizenship

Fashion boss’ controversial application rejected

Sacked banker wins bonus case

Société Générale has lost a lawsuit brought by an investment banker whom it fired from its London office, which could cost it as much as €20m (£16m).

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup frustrated with referee over Michu incident during defeat to Tottenham

Spanish striker was knocked down in collision

Derek Pain: Luck has a way of affecting your fortune

No Pain, No Gain

Fellaini has been on fire this season

Marouane Fellaini hopeful of Champions League qualification with Everton

Belgian targets top-four finish with Toffees

Ilombe Mboyo apologised to fans

Striker quits as captain following awful penalty miss

Ilombe Mboyo hands in armband following dreadful spot-kick

Patrick Moore on: the Germans

As the Drip has already noted, the great Patrick Moore has died. His fixture in the British public's imagination was chiefly owed to his decades-long presenting career with The Sky at Night. But he also had many outspoken views on politics, of which his lack of affection for the Germans was a highlight. Here he is, quoted in the Daily Telegraph:

Eden Hazard with rest of his football mad family

Eden Hazard: My family would make a great five-a-side team

The Chelsea forward discusses his footballing background, including his mum who played while pregnant with Eden, in his first English newspaper interview

Towie sisters at Old Bailey for father's £1 million heist sentencing

The Only Way Is Essex sisters Sam and Billie Faiers were at the Old Bailey today to see their step-father sentenced for a daring £1 million bullion heist.

Snooker: Shaun Murphy ends Luca Brecel's dream

Shaun Murphy shattered the teenage dreams of Luca Brecel as he survived a nerve-racking quarter-final with snooker's new young star at the UK Championship today.

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