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Not content with being Time's Person of the Year and scoring a Rolling Stone cover, Pope Francis has now achieved superhero status, at least in the eyes of graffiti artist Maupal.

Alen Halilovic has been labelled as the next 'Luka Modric'

Transfer news: Tottenham closing in on 'the next Luka Modric' after fee is 'agreed' for Croatian midfielder Alen Halilovic

Reports in Croatia claim Dinamo Zagreb have accepted an offer for the 17-year-old though personal terms are yet to be discussed

John Arne Riise

Transfer news: John Arne Riise set for Fulham departure

32-year-old defender has been told he can leave on a free transfer with Werder Bremen interested in the Norwegian international

Paul Renaudat, the mayor of Chavannes in the department of Cher in central France, originally told police and a local radio station that he planned to commit suicide if the families refused to leave the village.

'I will kill myself if another caravan arrives in Chavannes': Mayor of French village threatens suicide if 35 traveller families refuse to leave the area

Paul Renaudat's hunting rifles confiscated following comments over traveller dispute

The four Hungarian far-right extremists in court during their trial in Budapest

'Wake-up call' for Hungary as Neo-Nazis jailed for attacks that killed six Roma - including four-year-old boy

Amnesty International supports verdicts in a nation where far-right political parties are thriving

Fulham manager Martin Jol

Transfer news: Fulham announce deal for French midfielder Ange-Freddy Plumain

The 18-year-old arrives on a free transfer

Where to go after a September city break in Rome – seaside or countryside?

Q. We are hoping to go to Rome in September for a long weekend. How easy would it be to extend the stay with a few days by the beach or in the countryside afterwards, to combine some culture with recharging the batteries? Claire Allard, Southampton

Pope's bank clean-up man 'found stuck in lift with rent boy'

As the man charged with cleaning out the stables at the scandal-struck Vatican bank, Monsignor Battista Ricca will need Machiavellian cunning, good fortune and a whiter-than-white record to have even a fighting chance.

Miralem Pjanic

Transfer news: Miralem Pjanic wants to stay with Roma despite links with a move to both Arsenal and Tottenham

Midfielder has two years left on his current contract but insists that he is happy in Italy amid speculation of a move to north London

Arsene Wenger talks to Gervinho

Transfer news: Arsenal forward Gervinho close to Roma switch

Lyon also reportedly interested in the Ivory Coast international

Silvio Berlusconi’s ally ‘rendered dissident’s family to Kazakhstan’

Angelino Alfano accused of ordering an 'extraordinary rendition' to help Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Five-minute memoir: When in Rome

Douglas Coupland was all set to interview Morrissey. And then the sleeping pills kicked in…

Former head of the Vatican bank Ettore Gotti Tedeschi

Vatican bankers resign over finance scandal

The director of the embattled Vatican bank and his deputy resigned on Monday following the latest developments in a broadening finance scandal that has already landed one Vatican monsignor into prison and added urgency to Pope Francis’ reform efforts.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano is already under investigation in a purported money-laundering plot

Vatican official, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, arrested in corruption plot

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano is already under investigation in an alleged money-laundering plot involving the Vatican bank

Amanda Knox served two years in prison

Clues implicating Amanda Knox ‘were underestimated’ by judges

Italy’s supreme court has declared that clues that implicated Amanda Knox in the killing of British student Meredith Kercher had been underestimated by the judges who quashed her conviction for the crime and freed her from prison in 2011.

Mourners lay flowers and pay their respects to Aldo Moro upon his assassination in 1978

Italy looks into a murky past with new investigation into killing of former PM Aldo Moro in 1978

Conspiracy theories swirled around then premier Giulio Andreotti - who died earlier this year - for opposing any sort of negotiation with the kidnappers

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