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Stefan Velkov is training at Carrington in hope of securing a deal

Students protesting in Sofia have demanded the resignation of the Socialist-backed government

Students invoke spirit of ’68 in fight to rid Bulgaria of corruption

Protesters blockading Sofia University tell how nepotism is crippling their government

Bulgarian universities in chaos as students occupy 15 campuses in anti-government protest

Occupations are part of wider movement against centre-left government

Protesters and police struggle over a fence near parliament

Thousands of Bulgarians tell ‘mafia’ government to leave office

The protests began in response to the appointment of media magnate, Delyan Peevski, as head of state security

Melanie Jewett - deaf long-distance runner

Deaflympics: Deaf athletes get set - but who is watching the 'Silent Games'?

Deaflympics begins in Bulgaria, but suffers from lack of funding and media attention

Protesters clash with Bulgarian riot police in Sofia on Tuesday night

Police rescue 100 besieged MPs after parliament blockade as Bulgaria protest turns violent

Lawmakers were trapped inside for more than eight hours during protests

Stiliyan Petrov is in remission

Statement in full: Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov announces retirement

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has announced his retirement, via a statement from the club. Here is the statement in full.

Spain captain Iker Casillas lifts the Euro 2012 trophy

Uefa president Michel Platini admits expanded Euros will be 'less interesting'

Euro 2016 will see number of teams increase from 16 to 24

Police announced today that the violin uncovered in Sofia is a training replica of little value. Unlike this rare 'Archinto' Stradivarius Viola, played by Philip Dukes

Calm down! Stradivarius violin found in Bulgaria is a fake

It was thought to be the one stolen from Korean virtuoso Min-jin Kym at Euston station in 2010

San Marino v England: Leighton Baines profits from Roy Hodgson's shrewd decisions on the flanks

Despite the fiasco of the Rio Ferdinand affair, in which he was largely at the mercy of others, Roy Hodgson has brought a relaxed professionalism to this England team and this was evident tonight as he and his players kept their focus and were rewarded.

Danny Rose leaves the pitch at full-time

Racist chants and sickening violence mar England under-21s victory in Serbia

Serbia Under-21 0 England Under-21 1 (England win 2-0 on aggregate)

Kiril Maritchkov, who speaks five languages, would appear an ideal choice for ambassador

Vatican blocks Bulgaria's papal envoy in row over gay sex in book

Holy See 'upset' at homosexuality and prostitution in lawyer's popular novel

Israel blames Iranian campaign of terror as bus bomb kills tourists

Attack leaves seven dead in Bulgaria - and is latest in series targeting Israelis abroad, says Netanyahu

'Vampire' graves are unearthed in Bulgaria

Archaeologists have unearthed skeletons pinned down through their chests with iron rods – a practice to stop the dead from turning into vampires.

Stiliyan Petrov, who has recently been diagnosed with acute leukaemia

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov expresses gratitude for support

Bulgaria captain Stiliyan Petrov has expressed his gratitude to fans back home for their support as he battles acute leukaemia.

Worth their weight in gold: From left, lightweight Natasha Jonas, middleweight Savannah Marshall and flyweight Nicola Adams

The gloves are on: Meet the British women adding punch to the Olympics' newest sport

Seconds away, round one: women's boxing is to become an Olympic sport for the first time at London 2012. In this exclusive report, we go behind the scenes with Team GB to meet the young athletes who are going for gold.

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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