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Transfer speculation: Manchester United remain in hunt for Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara

A swap deal involving Wayne Rooney has been suggested

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David Moyes coy with idea of signing Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara

David Moyes has admitted he is doing everything he can to strengthen his Manchester United squad amid reports the club are close to completing the capture of midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona.

Hong Kong: Feng shui master forged lover’s will to claim $4bn

A Hong Kong jury has found the lover of the late billionaire Nina Wang guilty of forging a will that named him the sole beneficiary of her estimated $4bn estate.

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill is suspended for nine matches over his conduct in the Premiership final

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill handed nine-match ban

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has been suspended for nine matches by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel after he was found guilty of using words that were “obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional” during the Aviva Premiership final.

Caribbean castaway: the British Virgin Islands

My life in travel: Dominic Littlewood

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A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

US authorities got NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's middle name wrong on extradition request, says Hong Kong

US complains Hong Kong was 'simply trying to create a pretext for not acting on the provisional arrest request'

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Hunt for Edward Snowden: 'I wonder if he asked them about internet freedon', says John Kerry as US turns to sarcasm

Such has been the embarrassment for the United States that its Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Monday resorted to sarcasm against Beijing and Moscow. “I wonder if while he was in either of those countries he raised the question of internet freedom since that seems to be what he champions,” Mr Kerry said.

Journalists show an iPad with the picture of Edward Snowden, former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, to passengers of a flight from Hong Kong trying to find out if Snowden was aboard the plane, in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport

Hong Kong risks US anger by giving Snowden clean exit

The Hong Kong government will not have endeared itself to the United States by giving a clean exit to Edward Snowden, the former contractor with the National Security Agency who has leaked secrets about its internet and telephone snooping programmes.

News of the US charges breaking in Hong Kong yesterday

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden 'requests asylum in Ecuador'

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Ecuadorian Ambassador to Russia among those involved in  US whistleblower's search for asylum

Former CIA employee fled to Hong Kong shortly before scandal broke

NSA Prism revelations: Hong Kong remains silent on Edward Snowden extradition

US Department of Justice has filed espionage charges against Snowden

The body of Janet Gilson, 64, was found hidden under a sofa in Hong Kong

Life for Hong Kong killer of British woman, Janet Gilson

The retired Salvation Army Officer was found dead under her niece's sofa

Hong Kong firm buys into London site

A historic Hong Kong hotel business is poised to make its first move into London after agreeing to spend £132.5m on a half-share of a new site near Hyde Park Corner.

UK house prices up 2.6% in the last year

Prices paid by first-time buyers 4.7 per cent higher

Chinese state media warns against extradition of Edward Snowden

One of China’s leading newspapers has called for Beijing not to return US whistleblower Edward Snowden to America, saying that to take such action would be a “disappointment for expectations around the world.”

Paul O’Connell leads the Lions out in practice in Sydney yesterday

Lions aim to duck blows with Waratahs and focus on sealing Test places

Tourists will be all about performance not punch-ups today 12 years after ugly brawl

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

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