Juan Agudelo (r) has agreed to join Stoke once his contract with New England Revolution expires in January 2014

Transfer news: Stoke City close in on United States striker Juan Agudelo

The Potters will have to loan out the 21-year-old

Transfer news: Crystal Palace and QPR line up Carlton Cole after West Ham United deal ends - reports

Former England striker looks set to stay in the capital

Police officers outside a polling station during the 2011 Alternative Vote national referendum

Call for police to guard polling stations and voters to carry ID cards in areas at risk of vote-rigging

Elections watchdog raises concerns about voter impersonation in Birmingham, the London borough of Tower Hamlets and 14 other areas where there appears to be a higher risk of electoral fraud

A pile of confiscated ivory waiting to be crushed in Dongguan, southern Guangdong province

China crushes six tonnes of ivory in crackdown on illegal trade

The illegal stockpile was destroyed in a landmark move but critics say it is just a fraction of the total

'Goodnight, house!': Electronics show CES 2014 promises that the connected home is coming soon

The latest gadgets from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas promise a world of smart objects that will watch, listen and look after us

Teen throws boiling water into girl's face after she unfriended him on Facebook

The girl sustained 20 per cent burns to her face in the attack

Juan Mata, second left, was Chelsea's player of the year twice in a row before the return of Jose Mourinho

Transfer news: Juan Mata agent seeks assurances Chelsea player won't be sold during January window

Spaniard was Chelsea’s player of the year twice in a row before the return of  Jose Mourinho

More than a million pupils have been fingerprinted at their secondary school

Privacy concerns raised as more than one million pupils are fingerprinted in schools

An estimated 31 per cent of schools did not consult parents before using the biometric technology

Cambridge University librarian battles Home Office to allow his Chinese wife to stay in Britain

David Rushmer claims he and his wife are being treated like "political pawns"

January 1st is celebrated as a de facto birthday for thousands of Afghans who don’t know when they were born

Happy birthday to the Afghans who don’t know when they were born

During protracted wars in the 1980s and 1990s, the government didn’t have a system in place to register births

The Ionian island of Oxia, one of six bought by the former Emir of Qatar for use by his family

A Greek archipelago for €8.5m, a Maltese passport for €1m and Polish castles going for a song... welcome to the great European fire sale

For some, austerity Europe is a land of opportunity – castles, islands, citizenship are all up for grabs. But not all the locals are happy

Hawaiian woman with 36-character name finally receives ID card with it printed in full

Janice ‘Lokelani’ Keihanaikukauakahihulihe'ekahaunaele’s old licence only had space for her last name and missed off the final letter

Patients could receive emergency care and the NHS could recoup the cost later

Migrants will have to pay at A&E – and all patients will have to prove they are not foreigners to get free NHS treatment

New government plans mean patients must prove they are not  foreigners – or be charged for life-saving treatment

26 members of the so-called 'Arctic 30' pictured at the beginning of December

Russia formally drops criminal charges against Arctic 30 Greenpeace activists

The protesters and two freelance journalists, including six Britons - were arrested after Russian authorities boarded their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, during an anti-drilling demonstration in September

The former oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands next to a poster of himself, part of the Wall Museum exhibition near the old Berlin Wall

Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks out: ‘I am not the last political prisoner’

Speaking for the first time since his release, Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he will campaign for fellow inmates in Russia and across the world but will not challenge President Putin’s authority

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