Paolo Di Canio ponders deeply a home defeat by Fulham

Sunderland critics 'are like crows' says Paolo Di Canio

The Black Cats opened the season with a defeat at home to Fulham

MBA blog: The case for diversity

Jalpa Vyas explains how working in a diverse team has contributed to the development of her business skills

The Euro logo outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany

Eurozone recovery gathers pace as growth hits two-year high

But picture remains mixed, with good German results contrasting with gloom in France

Charis Mavrias

Transfer news: Winger Charis Mavrias set for Sunderland medical ahead of £2.5m move

The 19-year-old will join from Panathinaikos

Greece won a second massive financial bailout in the early hours of today

ECB officials arrive in Greece amid talk of third bailout

German Finance Minister says Athens will need further loan on top of €240 billion already obtained for 2010-2014

Tourists head back to ailing Greece

Tourists are beginning to return to Greece, offering some much-needed support for the battered eurozone economy.

View from Cyprus is getting sunnier

The mood is brightening among small businesses, according to a new survey.

Recovery hopes are fuelled as European car sales rev up

More encouraging signs of Europe’s economic recovery were seen yesterday as the Continent’s car manufacturers reported annual growth for only the second time this year.

Chancellor Merkel visits a veterinary research facility in Riems

No protective clothing needed as Merkel reaps rewards of Euro triumph

Tony Paterson joins the German Chancellor on the campaign trail

Metalist Kharkiv pictured ahead of playing Newcastle in the Europa League last season

Metalist Kharkiv banished from Champions League after CAS dismiss appeal

The expulsion relates to a match-fixing enquiry

The big six: Rural retreats in Cyprus

From a hidden hideaway in the peaceful village of Lofou to a cluster of 19th-century traditional stone houses in the refreshing mountain setting of the Eastern Troodos range

Seven A* A-levels and still a rejection from Oxford

A student who achieved seven A*s in his A-levels yesterday has been rejected from Oxford - but  isn’t 'in any way disappointed'.

The News Matrix: Friday 16 August 2013

Dave Lee Travis faces 11 sex charges

Metalist Kharkiv pictured ahead of playing Newcastle in the Europa League last season

Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv disqualified from Champions League over match fixing

The club were due to play Schalke in the play-off stage of the tournament

The Euro logo outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany

Growth in Germany and France ends euro recession

17 countries that use euro saw collective economic output grow by 0.3 per cent

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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