'World's biggest flag' covers field in Romania

The country's Prime Minister intends to visit the site later today

Rafael Benitez was in confident mood yesterday

Chelsea v Steaua Bucharest: Carefree Rafael Benitez mocks Chelsea fans as fixture pile-up looms

The Blues must overturn 1-0 defeat to progress in Europa League

Rafael Benitez (right) poured scorn on Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that the exertions of playing Real Madrid caused Manchester United's collapse against Chelsea

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Managers exchange swipes and refuse to shake hands after Cup tie ends 2-2 with City awaiting winners

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Ampersand Travel, which specialises in trips to Asia, is launching tailormade trips in the UK, including an art tour of the capital and a week taking in romantic spots in Scotland (ampersandtravel.com).
The latest move follows claims that thousands of Romanians and Bulgarians could be drawn to Britain when restrictions on their movement within the EU are lifted in January

Romanian PM: 'We will not rush to Britain'

Britain can “rest assured” that Romanians will not rush to Britain when access restrictions are lifted at the end of the year, the country's prime minister has said.

German Gorbuntsov after recovering in hospital

Moscow arrest linked to Canary Wharf mafia-style hit on Russian banker German Gorbuntsov

Moscow police say they have arrested the man they believe was behind a mafia-style hit on a Russian businessman in London last year.

The Duchess of Cambridge and the al view of Piata Unirii square in Bucharest in Romania

Worried about immigration? Then come to Romania - all our women look like Kate and Pippa

Bucharest hits back at migrant fears with cheeky ad campaign promoting tourism

'No evidence' to charge three Romanians accused of Picasso, Monet and Matisse art thefts

A lawyer for three Romanians who are charged with stealing valuable paintings from a museum in the Netherlands last year says there is insufficient evidence to charge them.

Malaga's Portuguese midfielder Duda celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the Champions League Group C match Malaga against Anderlecht

Malaga banned from European competition

Outstanding debts have led to decision, although Spanish club are clear to continue in this season's Champions League

Barf a minute: From Justin Bieber's vomit to Lady Gaga's onstage 'oops' moment

In August Lady Gaga shocked Romanian fans when she took a break from performing to vomit. Last night it was Justin Bieber who suffered fever and chundered in dramatic style while performing in in Glendale, Arizona.

Sparkling: at an awards ceremony in 2010

Mihaela Ursuleasa: Internationally-acclaimed pianist

Mihaela Ursuleasa was an internationally renowned concert pianist, who wowed audiences around the globe with her prodigious technique and often idiosyncratic interpretations.

Howard Webb was in charge when Fabrice Muamba collapsed at White Hart Lane

Webb: Crying wolf over injuries may lead to a real tragedy on the pitch

Howard Webb, England's leading referee and the man in charge of the game in which Fabrice Muamba collapsed, has cautioned players against "crying wolf" by feigning injury as it could increase the chance of on-field tragedy.

Howard Webb was in charge when Fabrice Muamba collapsed at White Hart Lane

Howard Webb: If players feign injuries, others could die

Play-acting puts at risk those in need of real treatment, says England's top referee

Radamel Falcao celebrates his second goal during the Europa League final

Flying Radamel Falcao sees stock rise even higher after Europa League success

Next step is surely the big league for striker who scored twice in Europa final, but will it be with Atletico Madrid or will other suitors gather?

Diego Simeone celebrates with his players

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone savours Europa League glory

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was beaming with pride after leading his team to Europa League glory last night.

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