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Ignacio Scocco at former club Newell's Old Boys

Transfer news: Sunderland sign Argentine international Ignacio Scocco

28-year-old arrives from Internacional in Brazil

School holiday price Facebook rant goes viral after father's rage at expensive breaks

A frustrated father who posted an angry rant on Facebook about school holiday prices has struck a chord with parents across the nation.

Konstantinos Mitroglou

Transfer news: Fulham reportedly closing in on Kostas Mitroglou

Olympiakos striker has been in good form this season

Andy McSmith's Diary: The case of the MP, the police chief and the missing personal apology

As if the police had not already inflicted enough trouble on themselves with the plebgate saga, a Chief Constable had to ‘fess up that his force did not understand the law that protects an MP’s right to speak freely.

Illnesses are good for GDP with the money drug companies and health institutions are paid to come up with new treatments

Guy Hands: No matter what the politicians say, GDP is a distorted guide to economic performance – and a bad way to measure prosperity

When running a business, you learn that nothing matters more than setting the correct objectives and making sure you keep a very close eye on the balance sheet.

Charis Mavrias celebrates with his Sunderland team-mates after scoring against Kidderminster

Sunderland 1 Kidderminster 0 match report: Charis Mavrias gives Sunderland the slightest edge

Black Cats continue their strong cup form this season in a week that has seen them reach the League Cup final and FA Cup fifth round

Spain captain Iker Casillas lifts the Euro 2012 trophy

Euro 2016: England avoid Spain, Germany, Italy and Netherlands after being confirmed among qualifying seeds

Roy Hodgson's side cannot play Portugal, Greece, Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina either

Former rate-setter Adam Posen warns of danger of Help to Buy property bubble

Bank needs to dampen impact of Chancellor’s scheme ,

Gabor Vona delivers a speech during a demonstration of the nationalist party in Budapest. Campaign groups want to see Home Secretary Theresa May enforce a ban on Mr Vona entering the UK.

Hope Not Hate call for Jobbik leader Gabor Vona to be banned from the UK

Campaigners want to stop Gabor Vona holding a rally in London on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day

Close-up image of a conker and single horse chestnut leaf, which is showing signs of leaf miner damage (Getty Creative)

UK conker trees under threat from alien invading moths as scientists say Britain’s wasps are losing the insect war

Experts say there simply aren’t enough wasps to keep the horse chestnut-munching moths at bay

Postcard from... Rome

The disputed objects were largely ancient Etruscan treasures, similar to this one - an Etruscan black-figured amphora depicting the death of Medusa - on display in Rome's Qurinale Presidential Palace

Italy threatens legal action after British Government refuses to return artefacts seized from disgraced London art dealer

Sculptures of marble heads, a bronze bust of Alexander the Great and bronze statuettes of the gods form part of the collection

Champagne would also like to see more use of television inside the stadium, ending the situation where TV viewers see more of the play through action replays than paying fans

Jérôme Champagne set to challenge Sepp Blatter and run for the Fifa presidency

Champagne looks to burst the bubble of the long-serving Fifa overlord in next year’s presidential elections

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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'

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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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
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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
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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