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

In brief: Birds Eye owner plans to double business; Latchways results warning; RBS to shed investment banking; Reuters man to chair Investis

Birds Eye owner plans to double size of its business

Iglo Group, whose brands include Birds Eye, has set out plans to double the size of the business to €3.2bn (£2.7bn) by 2020. The chief executive, Elio Leonim Sceti, has put Havas in charge of its marketing strategy. The UK, Italy, Germany and Austria are the group’s largest markets, representing about 85 per cent of turnover.

Cristiano Ronaldo smiles during the match Portugal against Sweden at the Luz stadium in Lisbon

Portugal 1 Sweden 0 match report: Cristiano Ronaldo deals first blow in personal duel with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Cristiano Ronaldo struck the first blow in his personal duel with Zlatan Ibrahimovic when his late flying header gave Portugal a 1-0 win over Sweden in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff on Friday.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi marks 10th anniversary since Barcelona debut

The world player of the year reflects on the beginning of his incredible career at the Nou Camp

US Marines killed in training ground accident at base in San Diego

Four US Marines have been killed in an accident on a training ground at the Camp Pendleton base near San Diego, California.

Russian tycoon Sergei Polonsky walks along with police officers after his arrest in Sihanoukville, southern Cambodia

Russian fugitive Sergei Polonsky arrested in Cambodia jungle

Police in Cambodia have arrested the Russian property tycoon Sergei Polonsky and plan to extradite him to his native country to face embezzlement charges.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Setad has built a fortune on the forced seizure of thousands of properties belonging to ordinary Iranians

Iran’s Supreme Leader runs business empire worth £60bn

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around £60 billion – a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation’s annual petroleum exports – a six-month Reuters investigation has found.

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai made 'chairman for life' of new political party

Supporters of China's disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in defiance of a decades-old de facto ban on new political parties.

Somali Islamists take responsibility for Mogadishu hotel bombing

Islamist al Shabaab rebels have claimed responsibility for a bomb that killed six people outside a popular Mogadishu hotel on Friday, and said they deliberately targetted government officials and security forces.

A muslim protestor reads a Koran during a demonstration against a Malaysian Catholic newspaper using the word 'Allah'

Non-Muslims cannot refer to God as Allah, Malaysian court rules

A Malaysian court ruled yesterday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.

Car bomb in northern Syria 'kills 20'

A car bomb killed at least 20 people on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Darkoush, close to the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and manager Alan Pardew

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley gets 'confused' and 'upset' with football claims Magpies' manager Alan Pardew

Pardew defends under-fire Ashley but admits his logic doesn't quite fit with the sport

Talks about Iran’s nuclear programme in Geneva will be the first since the election of President Hassan Rouhani, who has tried to improve relations with the West in an effort to have sanctions lifted

Iran rejects demands to ship out its uranium as Geneva nuclear talks are set to start

Iran yesterday rejected Western demands to ship out its stockpile of enriched uranium but signalled its flexibility on other aspects of its nuclear activities.

The Senate committee has recommended Berlusconi be expelled from parliament

Berlusconi asks for community service instead of jail

Ex-Italian premier currently faces one year behind bars

Syrian army recaptures two Damascus suburbs from rebels

Opposition activists said at least 70 people have been killed

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf arrested again

Pervez Musharraf, the former President, has been re-arrested following accusations that he was personally responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people after he ordered commandos to storm the Red Mosque in Islamabad following a stand-off with militants in 2007.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas