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

Wimbledon 2013: Laura Robson prepares for doubles campaign

Laura Robson begins her doubles campaign today after becoming the first British woman to beat a top-10 player at Wimbledon for 15 years.

Tamaya House, a screen painting; Japan, Edo period, late AD 1770s or early 1780s attributed to Utagawa Toyoharu as The British Museum is set to hold an exhibition on the subject of sex in Japanese art.

British Museum to host exhibition about sex in Japanese art

The British Museum is set to hold an exhibition on the subject of sex in Japanese art.

Lionel flair: The Argentinian celebrates with teammates

Lionel Messi overtakes Diego Maradona with hat-trick to become third-highest goal scorer for Argentina

Barcelona forward nets three times in 4-0 friendly win over Guatemala

Javier Mascherano tries to return to the field of play after the incident
Everton's Leighton Baines has been linked with a move to Manchester UnitedEverton's Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines and Wayne Rooney only English players in Europe's 'top 50 footballers'

New performance statistics make sorry reading for England

Edinson Cavani celebrates his goal for Uruguay against Venezuela in a World Cup qualifier

Sergio Aguero and Edinson Cavani score crucial goals in World Cup qualifiers

Uruguay, Colombia and Chile win while Argentina record draw

A worker at a banana plantation in Santa Marta, Colombia

Banana-drama: Columbian strike against pay cuts threatens supply of UKs favourite fruit

Fairtrade Foundation says bananas were selling in UK for roughly £1.10 a kg in 2002, compared to 68p now

Montenegro’s Mirko Vucinic (left) and Stevan Jovetic

World Cup qualification preview: England's route to Rio could get much harder

Group H leaders Montenegro in action against Ukraine

A local council in Canada spred chicken droppings in an attempt to drive away homeless people

City bosses in Abbotsford, Canada, try to drive away the homeless using chicken manure

City manager 'deeply sorry' for ploy

Brazil striker Neymar

Worse than Greece, Ghana and Bosnia: Brazil plummet to 22nd in Fifa world rankings

The five-time world champions slip to an all-time low

Radamel Falcao completes £51m transfer to Monaco

Striker joins from Atletico Madrid on five-year deal

Maria Sharapova at the French Open

French Open: Maria Sharapova refuses to complain about schedule after completing victory over Eugenie Bouchard

The defending champions saw her match hit by the weather

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao heads for moneybags Monaco in £51m deal – despite tax glitch

The Colombian had been courted by Chelsea and Manchester City

Jackson Martinez finished the season as the Portuguese League’s top scorer with 26 goals

Tottenham target Barcelona star David Villa and Porto striker Jackson Martinez as Andre Villas-Boas looks to splash out £45m

Andre Villas-Boas wants to bring in two strikers over the summer

Joao Moutinho (left) and James Rodriguez
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there