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Eddie Howe knows he needs more firepower in his side if they are to avoid relegation straight back to the Championship

McIlroy hot on Donald’s heels at World Tour Championship in Dubai

World No 1 demonstrates intent to land the tournament and finish year on a high

Britain has still 22 countries to invade

Unfinished business? The 22 countries worldwide that Britain's not yet invaded

According to a new study, of the 193 countries in the world, Britain has invaded all but 22. The figures come from a new book by Stuart Laycock called All the Countries We've Ever Invaded and counts everything from full-scale invasions – Afghanistan – to piratical expeditions backed by the government – Ecuador.

The Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, had previously held talks over managing Monaco

Roberto Mancini mocks Pep Guardiola as Catalans arrive in Manchester

City manager remains on defensive over his long-term future amid executive reshuffle

Roberto Mancini: The Italian denied he was in talks with other clubs

Monaco tried to lure Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini in £6.4m talks

The Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, held discussions with Monaco for a period of four months earlier this year, as the club sought to entice him on a salary of £6.4m.

Album: Van Morrison, Born to Sing – No Plan B (Blue Note)

Van Morrison's best album in some while is a set of songs that, despite the relaxed tone of their jazz-blues settings, foam with indignation about the venality of capitalist adventurism.

Kimpton opens Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia this Thursday. The colourful 268-room retreat will have a Red Owl Tavern restaurant with a deli and classic American dishes, plus a rooftop cocktail lounge on the 11th floor overlooking the Liberty
A view of the Bangkok skyline

Thailand could host street race Bangkok Grand Prix

A grand prix in Thailand is on the cards from 2014 as an agreement is understood to have been reached in principle for a race to be run around the streets of Bangkok.

Fernando Torres celebrates scoring Chelsea's third goal

Fernando Torres: I am a better player for last season

Fernando Torres claimed yesterday that he would "change nothing" about last season at Chelsea, despite spending a fair proportion of it on the bench and telling an interviewer after the Champions League final that he had been mistreated by the club and experienced the "worst moments of his career".

Poets of the world, unite! Even if you can't all make the podium

The Olympics were about more than just sport. Suzi Feay looks at the 204 poems chosen from around the world to mark London 2012
Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi celebrates winning the 1500m final

Makhloufi miracle met with growing scepticism

'Injured' Algerian credits new coach as he comes from nowhere to take 1500m gold, writes Simon Turnbull

Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi celebrates winning the 1500m final

Makhloufi's miracle 1500m win met with growing scepticism

'Injured' Algerian credits new coach as he comes from nowhere to take gold in emphatic style

Invisible Ink: No 134 - Charles Hamilton

He was the most prolific author in history, but hardly any of his books can now be found – why have you never heard of him? Owen Conquest, Martin Clifford, Ralph Redway, Winston Cardew and Peter Todd were authors with something in common; they were alter-egos of the writer Charles Hamilton, born into a large family in 1876.

Monaco's Prince Pierre Casiragh sues over Double Seven nightclub brawl

A son of Monaco's Princess Caroline is suing over a New York nightclub brawl that left him bloodied and led to another patron's arrest and both camps blaming each other.

Bangor's Les Davies voted among Europe's best

Les Davies, a 27-year-old winger who is a cult hero for his club Bangor City, has made it on to the 32-man list of players nominated for Uefa's best player in Europe award.

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
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The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
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Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
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Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
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The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
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The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

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