Balotelli said he hated English food, the weather and the press

Mario Balotelli hits out at England and asks: what antics?

Mario Balotelli last night lambasted England and said there was little he liked about it apart from the football during a sullen press conference at San Siro.

Silvio Berlusconi's political opponents have suggested that Mario Balotelli's move to AC Milan might have motivations beyond the football field

The Balotelli effect: Silvio Berlusconi surges ahead in polls weeks before Italian general election

A blitz of TV appearances, populist sound bites and even the signing of star striker Mario Balotelli for his AC Milan football club appear to have helped ex-Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi surge in the polls, just three weeks ahead of a general election.

Balotelli's move caused wild celebrations by fans which ended in clashes with police

Balotelli completes move to AC Milan as return to Italy almost causes a riot

Former Inter Milan striker signs for rivals as wild celebrations by fans end in clashes with police

Mario Balotelli talks with Sergio Aguero

Signing Mario Balotelli 'a dream come true' says AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani

Manchester City striker set to join Serie A side imminently

Berlusconi's praise for Mussolini on Holocaust Day demands condemnation

Berlusconi's not done yet, with politics or bigotry. There has been bribery. Bunga-bunga with allegedly underage girls. And now - as the former Italian Premier bids to return to parliament - he's affirmed his well-known sympathies for fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, speaking on the day chosen to commemorate the Holocaust.

Loris Cereda has become the first person ever to be kicked out of the Italian Chess Federation

Cheque mate? Italian mayor accused of taking bribe now faces chess disgrace

Politician kicked out of game after odd winning streak is linked to scam involving dark glasses

Silvio Berlusconi will fight Italy's coming general election

Silvio Berlusconi praises dictator Mussolini for 'having done good'

Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi praised Benito Mussolini for "having done good" despite the Fascist dictator's anti-Jewish laws, immediately sparking expressions of outrage as Europe today held Holocaust remembrances.

Sir Alex Ferguson might have let his side down last weekend

The Last Word: A dummy run for football's very own reality TV

Last Sunday, in our sister newspaper, Hugh Godwin broke the news that BT plans to introduce an “access-all-areas” revolution to its coverage of rugby union. Training ground and dressing-room confidences will be shared with viewers, and measured by studio experts against the match-day realities.

Fabrizio Corona leaves court in Milan during his trial in 2007

Blackmailing paparazzo turns fugitive to escape jail term

Italy’s most notorious paparazzo, whose five-year prison sentence for blackmailing French football star David Trézéguet was confirmed by the Supreme Court last week, has fled the authorities.

Mario Balotelli

AC Milan ask Manchester City to lower asking price for Mario Balotelli

Manchester City are demanding over £20m for the Italian striker

Mario Balotelli

Working with Mario Balotelli would be 'stimulating' says Napoli manager

Manchester City striker has been linked with a return to Italy

AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng, left, was racially abused

Italian politician quits after being accused of participating in racist chanting that led to AC Milan players leaving a football pitch mid-match

A politician from Italy’s Northern League political party has been forced to quit after being accused of chanting racist comments that led AC Milan football players to walk off the pitch last week.

Berlusconi rules out bid for PM

Silvio Berlusconi has announced he will not seek to return as Prime Minister under an alliance with the devolutionist Northern League after elections next month. He had been striving to seal the deal with his estranged former allies to strengthen the centre-right bloc.

Walk-off part: An angry Kevin-Prince Boateng of Milan (right) leaves the field in response to the racist abuse

Sepp Blatter should resign over Kevin-Prince Boateng case, says anti-racism group

Fifa president said AC Milan player was wrong to stage walk-off

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee