Sport Colombia's James Rodriguez is being courted by Real Madrid after a storming World Cup

Rodriguez has been linked with a move to the La Liga giants after a series of impressive performances at the World Cup

Sir Bradley Wiggins leads from the front on the final kilometre of Stage Six on the Tour de Britain

Tour of Britain: Sir Bradley Wiggins retains yellow jersey with home rider Simon Yates showing the future is bright

21-year-old sees off both Wiggins and Nairo Quintana to seal impressive stage win

Nairo Quintana celebrates during this year’s Tour de France

Cycling: Nairo Quintana hoping to rain on Sky’s Tour of Britain parade

Colombian wants to continue his good form after finishing runner-up to Chris Froome in this year's Tour de France

Woman caught trying to smuggle 2kg of cocaine in fake pregnancy bump

Columbian authorities have arrested a woman for attempting to smuggle two kilograms of cocaine concealed under a fake pregnancy stomach.

Steven Gerrard applauds the England fans in Kiev

England slip to 17th in world rankings - below United States and Switzerland

More embarrassment for Roy Hodgson's side after poor showing against Ukraine

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory over Guatamala

World Cup qualifiers: Expect to see Argentina next summer but regulars Uruguay and Mexico are in danger of missing out

A round-up of the qualifying groups from around the world ahead of next summer's showcase event in Brazil

In the studio with Oscar Murillo, artist

'Most painters are terrified of painting as the same space where they are defecating'

One of Oscar Murillo's lottery tickets

It could be you: £2,500 tickets available for the art world's new lottery

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Columbia: Troops on streets after two die in Bogota riots

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has deployed troops to patrol the capital following disturbances in which at least two people died.

Colombia government is ready for peace talks with ELN rebels, says president

Juan Manuel Santos' decision to engage with guerrilla group comes after it freed a Canadian geologist this week after holding him hostage for seven months

Pope Francis has taken to making personal calls to individuals

Francis’s calls to the masses (was it on the Pope mobile?)

You’d be forgiven for hanging up if someone called your landline and announced, “It’s the Pope”.

Mozilla's Firefox OS-powered ZTE Open sells out in US and UK

Budget handset sold on eBay for just £60

Father vows to free 'drug smuggler' daughter Melissa Reid from confines of Peru jail

William Reid flew to Lima where he told his daughter to "be strong"

The News Matrix: Friday 16 August 2013

Dave Lee Travis faces 11 sex charges

'We didn't have a choice', insist young women detained in Peru after being found in possession of £1.5m worth of cocaine

The two women say they were forced to become mules by violent Colombian drugs gang

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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible