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

Restaurant review: Ballaro - an offer you can’t refuse

Could north London’s Ballaro be the capital’s best Sicilian?

Connacht 20 Zebre 2 match report: Irishmen give themselves a mathematical chance of a quarter-final place with solid win

Matt Healy and Robbie Henshaw crossed the tryline either side of half-time to secure the win

Julian Salvi scores for Leicester Tigers against Benetton Treviso

Benetton Treviso 19 Leicester Tigers 34 match report: Tigers set-up winner takes all clash with Ulster with comeback win

Treviso make English champions work hard for victory but a Miles Benjamin brace along with a Julian Salvi effort and a penalty try gives Tigers bonus point victory

Guiseppe Rossi has suffered an injury to his cruciate knee ligament

Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi in World Cup doubt after knee injury scan shows 'some damage to the anterior cruciate ligament'

Rossi has had three previous operations on the same ligament and will have another check-up to discover the full extent of the injury

Odds are still heavily against the Harlequins after consecutive defeats in Octobe

Harlequins cling to hopes of upset as Northampton face Ospreys battle

French league leaders’ home record now stands at 70 straight wins

David Moyes shows his frustration on another difficult night for the United manager

Peter Schmeichel says Manchester United 'always recover' amid crisis under David Moyes

The Red Devils have lost their last three games in a row

Eddie Irvine: F1 driver sentenced to six months in prison over Milan bar fight

Irvine is sentenced to six months behind bars in an Italian court

Postcard from... Rome

’Ndrangheta, the Italian crime syndicate that has overtaken Cosa Nostra as Italy’s most powerful mafia organisation, moves in mysterious ways.

The Teatro alla Scala in Milan is one of the few opera houses that can pay its bills

Lend us a tenor: Italian opera houses in need of funding

Some observers say changing tastes and diminishing attention spans have been bad for the elaborate art form

Eurozone unemployment rate remains stable at 12.1%

Eurozone unemployment was stable in November, prompting some analysts to suggest that the region’s problems might be beginning to abate.

Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie participates in a dock out ceremony before the start of race six of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in San Francisco

Sir Ben Ainslie leads British assault on 2014 Extreme Sailing series

The quadruple gold and silver medal Olympic champion opens his campaign in the 40-foot catamarans in Singapore next month

Pope Francis appears to have been captured on video performing an exorcism in St Peter’s Square

Catholic church trains more priests to perform exorcisms

The diocese in Italy is training priests to meet increasing demand for exorcisms

Silvio Berlusconi's latest appeal and a string of paedophilia and rape rulings that shame Italy

Italian courts must get tougher on sex criminals

Thomas Hitzlsperger with the Germany team

Thomas Hitzlsperger reveals he is gay, with the former Aston Villa and Germany international declaring: 'I have never been ashamed'

Hitzlsperger also played for West Ham and Everton during his career

Ryan Giggs looks downcast after scoring an own goal in Manchester United’s defeat against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light

Manchester United are in alien territory admits David Moyes, but the club on 'the verge of turning' following Capital One Cup defeat to Sunderland

But manager rejects the idea that the presence of Sir Alex Ferguson in the stand was unhelpful

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

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However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
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Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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10 best PS4 games

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Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent