Sport West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka makes an alleged anti-Semitic gesture when celebrating his first goal against West Ham

Anelka bagged his first goal for West Brom since joining in the summer but has become embroiled in a racism row after an alleged anti-Semitic celebration

Alberto Aquilani is on loan at AC Milan

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish open to Alberto Aquilani return

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists if AC Milan do not want on-loan midfielder Alberto Aquilani then he is happy for the Italian to return to Anfield.

Players explore the final frontiers

It's not just ageing footballers who go abroad these days – China and India offer chances for those with open minds and empty wallets
Joe Cole has impressed since making the switch to Lille

Joe Cole would relish Olympics chance

Joe Cole has revealed his desire to play for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.

Joe Cole joins Lille on season long loan

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has joined French champions Lille on a season-long loan deal.

Sam Wallace: 'Golden generation' fell short of the highest standards – but England will miss them

Talking Football: In international football, where there is one trophy up for grabs every two years, there is always a good chance that the most gifted will come up short

Tottenham reveal interest in Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has declared an interest in signing Liverpool's out-of-favour midfielder Joe Cole.

Neil Warnock 'happiness' rejected by Rochdale manager Steve Eyre

Rochdale manager Steve Eyre has refuted Neil Warnock's claim that he was pleased QPR had been dumped out of the Carling Cup.

Diary: On the level... Gwyneth's bare essentials

Cook, actor and Earth Mother Gwyneth Paltrow has graced Elle Décor magazine with her list of the "things she can't live without". Cannot. Live. Without. Given that this is an interior design publication, you might imagine Ms Paltrow's selection would be superficial, not spiritual. But you'd be wrong. Granted, it's true that she "can't live without" her De Gournay hand-painted wallpaper, her Charles Edwards star lanterns and the Antonio Lupi Baia bathtub in her bedroom (yes, bedroom). But among her favourite things is also her Juxtaposition Religion Shelf, a shelf with slots of varying depths to hold the Koran, Bible, Tao Te Ching et al, "all at the same level", she explains, "which is how I like to think about religion."

Clarke offers hope to Cole as Liverpool clear midfield clutter

You imagine that Jevan Joel Raj would want Joe Cole to stay at Anfield. The 15-year-old queued for eight hours at a shopping centre in the Malaysian capital to get Cole to sign a Liverpool shirt. He intended to have it framed but should the 29-year-old leave the club, as has seemed likely all summer, it may have to come down from the wall.

Joe Cole has no regrets over Liverpool switch

Joe Cole has no regrets over his move to Liverpool and remains determined to make his mark at Anfield.

Kenny Dalglish will be patient with Joe Cole

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists Joe Cole will be given all the time he needs to rediscover his best form after a disappointing and disjointed start to his Reds career.

Johnson 're-energised' on the left, says Clarke

Liverpool coach Steve Clarke believes England right-back Glen Johnson has been revitalised by a switch to the left of defence. Johnson had a disappointing start to the season and looked well short of form.

Flank switch has improved Glen Johnson says Steve Clarke

Liverpool coach Steve Clarke believes England right-back Glen Johnson has been revitalised by a switch to the left of defence.

The Knowledge, Bush Theatre, London

As the controversy over educational standards, free schools and tuition fees seethes on, the Bush Theatre marches straight to the top of the class for commissioning a mini-season on the subject of education. Next week sees the unveiling of Steve Waters' Little Platoons, about a group of West London parents who are driven to try and set up their own "free school". But the season kicks off now with The Knowledge, a punchy, appallingly funny play by former teacher John Donnelly which pitches us headlong into the kind of educational establishment that Waters' parents are frantic to avoid.

Roy Hodgson tells Joe Cole to prove himself

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole's injury-time winner at the weekend may have eased the pressure on Roy Hodgson but the manager has told the England international he still has plenty to prove.

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A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
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‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
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Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
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Clothing the gap

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain