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Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer

A view of Elland Road

Leeds United takeover bid collapses, reveal consortium

The terms of a buy-out were agreed last year

Daniel Pablo Osvaldo narrowly avoided a red card

Transfer news: Juventus confirm interest in Southampton striker Daniel Osvaldo

The Italian was involved in a training ground incident this month

Why an independent Scotland could become the richest country on Earth

On a per capita basis, the nation has all the ingredients to be one of the world's most prosperous nations

Nani of Manchester United

Transfer news: Manchester United winger Nani could be in line for Inter Milan loan switch

Unwanted winger could be on his way to the San Siro

Could Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic join Arsenal on loan?

Transfer news: Arsenal reportedly reach agreement with Juventus to loan Mirko Vucinic

Striker could be on his way to north London

Amanda Knox has said she will not return to Italy to be retried

Meredith Kercher murder: Amanda Knox 'heart in mouth' as she and Raffaele Sollecito await retrial verdict

Ms Knox said today she will 'keep fighting until the end' if she is convicted today by an appeals panel in Italy

Sam Warburton is the first to sign a Welsh central contract

Wales captain Sam Warburton hopes many more will join him after signing central contract with WRU

Warburton became the first to agree a deal with the Welsh Rugby Union that will keep him playing for the Cardiff Blues

Cyprus bill: costs rise out of term time

An e-petition against holiday price hikes in the school breaks has attracted more than 140,000 signatures - but will it change things?

Some parents of children at independent schools like to calculate the cost per day of their offspring's private education – usually upwards of £60. For the benefit of all parents, I can now reveal the cost per day of the school holidays: £70, or even more.

Amanda Knox in Seattle, US. Ms Knox is not expected to return to Italy for the trial

Awaiting a verdict from afar: Retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito set to reach decision over the murder of Meredith Kercher

Neither of the former lovers are expected to be in the court in Florence, but if found guilty again, another appeal is bound to follow

China overtakes France to become largest consumer of red wine

Chinese drank more than 1.8 billion bottles of red wine last year

The boulder crashed through vineyards and fields before eventually coming to a stop

Giant boulder crashes through house owned by Catholic Church

4,000 cubic meters of rock fell from nearby cliff

Jose Fonte of Southampton turns to celebrate scoring the opening goal

Southampton 2 Arsenal 2: Jose Fonte happy to put 'eventful' week behind him

The defender scored the opener in the draw with the Gunners

Wales coach Warren Gatland oversees training

Six Nations 2014: Warren Gatland spoilt for choice as Wales go for hat-trick

Warren Gatland has a propensity for mind games but when he said his team for the start of Wales' challenge for a hat-trick of Six Nations titles was arguably his hardest selection, there was a ring of truth.

Italian man accused of eating 15 adopted cats

Animal welfare activists claim the man ate ‘at least 15 cats in two years’

Europe's air-traffic control strike means delays

European air-traffic control strike hits travellers

Two days of action means flight cancellations have already begun

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...