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The Manchester United striker trained separately from the rest of the squad and remains a doubt for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Argentina

Shinji Kagawa with Robin van Persie

Manchester United v Newcastle: David Moyes could be without Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie, as well as Wayne Rooney for Old Trafford match

Rooney is suspended, Kagawa has a sickness bug and it is not clear if RVP is ready to return

Two million passwords stolen from Facebook, Twitter and Google

Major sites have begun resetting passwords for compromised accounts, although researchers estimate that most targets were from the Netherlands

The Business Matrix: Saturday 30 November 2013

Pearson to sell Mergermarket

Books of the year 2013: Fiction

In the year when Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize sealed the status of the short story, don’t forget that in Britain we belatedly discovered another doyenne of the form. Edith Pearlman’s Binocular Vision (Pushkin, £8.99) collects stories from the Massachusetts writer into an eye-opening compendium radiant with wisdom, humour, mischief and – not least – a sense of the tragic history behind individual lives.

The technetium-99m isotope is used in gamma cameras operated by nuclear medicine technologists

Reactor closure puts medical scans at risk as shortage of radioactive material could jeopardise patients’ health

Doctors are searching for an alternative to key element used in diagnosis

Greenpeace Arctic 30: Russia grants bail to captain and two Britons

Captain Peter Wilcox and Britons Alex Harris and Kieron Bryan were granted bail today along with two other Greenpeace activists

19-year-old Ross Barkley was the latest youngster to make his England debut on Friday against Moldova

Ross Barkley described as 'exquisite' by Everton manager Roberto Martinez

The midfielder is currently among the England set-up ahead of the game against Germany

Wilhelm II with his mother the Empress Victoria, daughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain

Kaiser Wilhelm II’s unnatural love for his mother ‘led to a hatred of Britain’

Queen Victoria’s grandson had no time for nation from an early age

More than 950,000 young people are unemployed

Nearly a million under-25s still unemployed despite growth

IPPR says unemployment rate among 25 to 64 year-olds fell 0.2 per cent to 5.6 per cent in past year, while rate rose by 0.5 per cent to 21 per cent for younger jobseekers

Aitor Karanka will be unveiled as the new Middlesbrough manager on Wednesday

Rene Meulensteen in pole position for Crystal Palace manager's job as Aitor Karanka heads for Middlesbrough

Crystal Palace are in negotiations with the former Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen as they close in on appointing a successor to Ian Holloway.

Robin van Persie celebrates his goal against Arsenal

Manchester United fret over double-injury blow to striker Robin van Persie after he picks up individual toe and groin knocks

The striker will play no part in the Netherlands' international friendlies against Chile and Germany after he was deemed unfit to compete

Tim Krul keeps out Christian Eriksen from close range

Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: Tim Krul labelled 'outstanding' by Spurs stopper Brad Friedel

The Dutchman kept the home side at bay at White Hart Lane

Dutch royal family pelted with tomatoes in Russian opposition protest

Two activists arrested for fruit-based attack on King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima - though none of the projectiles hit their targets

Rotterdam rising: The city is due to unveil a new landmark

Travel by numbers: Rotterdam - Vertical city hits new heights in industrial-chic design

150 The height, in metres, of the new De Rotterdam building. Designed by Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, it is due to be completed this Friday following a four-year development that has seen the gleaming "vertical city" rise from the Wilhelmina Pier. It will hold office space, luxury apartments, shopping outlets and a 280-room Nhow Hotel (derotterdam.nl).

Fear of imprisonment for being gay in African countries is grounds for asylum, EU court rules

The ruling follows a request for advice from The Netherlands about three gay refugees seeking asylum from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Senegal

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