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The Morocco international ends his loan spell with the Cottagers to move to Serie A

Kaka back in training with AC Milan

Kaka: The prodigal son returns to AC Milan - but he's not the same player that left for Real Madrid

'Ricky' sealed an astonishing return to the San Siro from Real Madrid for free on transfer deadline day

Postcard from...Rome

The Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaka has completed his return to Milan after four unhappy years at Real Madrid

Kaka to be eased back into action with AC Milan following transfer from Real Madrid

The Brazilian completed a move on deadline day

Buona! Boys carry spaghetti in 1929 Naples. Inset, Gennaro Contaldo

Ketchup on your pasta? Basta! Italian food institute issues a list of rules for foreigners to follow

We've all committed them, but now, at last, we have no excuses. A respected food institute has listed those culinary no-nos that make Italians wince inwardly but which they are too polite to tell you about. The Parma-based Academia Barilla, which aims "to defend and safeguard Italian food products made by reputable artisans and certified denominations against poor-quality imitations", has listed ten kitchen faux pas, in order to "teach foreigners how to avoid culinary horrors" in confronting Italian food.

People of Liberty party (PDL) leader Silvio Berlusconi

Berlusconi ‘paid Mafia bosses millions of euros in pact lasting decades’

Conviction for the former Italian prime minister’s long-time associate adds to mounting troubles

The Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaka has completed his return to Milan after four unhappy years at Real Madrid

Kaka forgives Jose Mourinho for freezing him out at Real Madrid

Brazilian delighted to have made return to AC Milan

Kaka has stated that he wants to leave Real Madrid

Transfer news: Kaka completes 'dream' free transfer from Real Madrid to AC Milan

The former world's most expensive players brings his time at the Bernabeu to an end

Kevin-Prince Boateng took a stand against racial abuse by walking off the pitch in January

Transfer news: Kevin-Prince Boateng set to switch from AC Milan to Schalke

Boateng has spent two short spells in Germany before

The former Italian premier, Silvio Berlusconi, has called off his political attack dogs

Silvio Berlusconi lifts threat to pull plug on coalition

Former PM acts after his media company loses €150m in stock market instability

Marina Berlusconi, 46, is reportedly an intimidating boss

The heiress-apparent: Silvio Berlusconi lines up daughter to take control of his political party

Comparisons to the Kennedys and the Bushes are exaggerated, but if Silvio Berlusconi’s criminal conviction makes it politically impossible for him to continue at the head of his party after the summer, there is a strong chance that another Berlusconi will take his place – Marina Berlusconi, his eldest daughter, who at present heads both Fininvest, his financial holding company, and Mondadori, Italy’s biggest book publisher, acquired by her father in controversial circumstances.

People hold signs as they celebrate the Italian Supreme Court's sentencing of Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi, in front of the Cassation building in Rome

Humiliated ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi rages at Italian court that declared him a tax fraud

Former premier faces community service or house arrest after judges uphold jail term

Postcard from... Milan

That Milan’s famous marble cathedral needs a constant supply of money for its restoration and upkeep is not in doubt..

Get me out of here - Cyprus, Lake Como, Dubai

Now... As the heatwave has slowed down holiday bookings, there are plenty of cheap packages. Flying from Cardiff on Sunday 28 July to Cyprus for a self-catering week in Ayia Napa costs £268 including 15kg baggage and transfers. thomascook.com

Postcard from... Milan

Much is heard about Italy’s criminals and mobsters, but rather less about the brave people who stand up to them.

'Closed for Indignation' - a Dolce & Gabbana shop in downtown Milan

Indignant Dolce & Gabbana shut up shop

The citizens of Milan – which, like other Italian cities, faces surging unemployment and a vicious recession – wrestled at the weekend with the additional prospect of being unable to buy Dolce & Gabbana’s highly priced clothes for a few days.

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