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Men walk past a large billboard advertising the translated work of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake on a street in Beijing, China.

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And you thought it was confusing in English...

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There have been Chinese whispers of a return to the Premier League for <b>Didier Drogba</b>, and despite the unpredictability of the Ivorian power-house, we give it a 0.01% chance of happening. The rumours surfaced as Shanghai Shenhua Chairman Zhu Jun supposedly threatened to put a lid on his cash-flow into the club, with the futures of Drogba and former Chelsea team-mate Nicholas Anelka looking edgy.

Didier Drogba is still under contract with Shanghai Shenhua claim Chinese club

Ivorian striker was announced as a Galatasaray player this week

Anelka to sign for Juventus

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Angry China factory workers hold bosses hostage

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Ted Baker soars amid the discounts

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Air Arabia Maroc has started flights from Gatwick to Tangiers

Fifa rejects Drogba bid to return to the Bridge

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Drogba's season with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua finished this month

Drogba linked to Chelsea return: Striker asks Fifa for permission to make loan move

Didier Drogba was being linked with a sensational return to Chelsea today after Fifa confirmed the Shanghai Shenhua striker had asked their permission to join another club on loan outside the transfer window.

Teaching English abroad is an increasingly popular choice for struggling graduates

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