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Last year Carphone Warehouse hung up on its partnership with US retailer Best Buy, but today it picked up new partner Samsung and approving investors piled in.

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc threatens to dispatch army to quell protests

Thousands take part in rallies across the country to demand an end to the police crackdown

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British spies at GCHQ 'spied on foreign politicians at G20 summit meetings in London'

An intensive spying operation was mounted by Britain’s secret intelligence agencies on foreign politicians attending two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009, it has been claimed.

Protesters shouting anti-government slogans from a barricade during clashes with police in Istanbul

Defiant Erdogan tells Turkey: It’s my duty to end protests

Barricades on streets of Istanbul as police fire tear gas on peaceful protesters

Pat McQuaid has failed to secure the nomination of his own national cycling organisation

Sport In Brief: Irish say they don’t want Pat McQuaid to be cycling chief

Pat McQuaid has failed to secure the nomination of his own national cycling organisation in his bid for a third term as president of the International Cycling Union.

Christine, Jason and Ian Fitzgibbon

Liverpool's Fitzgibbon drug family jailed for more than 30 years over Turkish heroin deal

Ian and Jason Fitzgibbon plotted to smuggle £6 million worth of high-strength heroin

Demonstrators set up camp at Taksim Gezi park, Istanbul

Gezi Park protesters win a concession, but Erdogan insists they must still leave

Court will decide on future of project that was catalyst for unrest across Turkey

Demonstrators set up camp at Taksim Gezi park, Istanbul

Turkey protests: Erdogan trying - and failing - to herd cats

The Prime Minister's authoritarian streak extends to dealing with street cats

Anti-goverment protesters unfurl the Turkish national flag in Taksim

Turkey unrest: Tear gas is not enough. If I was in power I would have used guns against protesters in Taksim Square, say supporters of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Richard Hall meets supporters of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his Istanbul stronghold, Fatih

‘Players were playing for their livelihoods,’ Sunderland Simon Mignolet keeper recalled

Exclusive: Arsenal and Liverpool told it will take £9m to prise Simon Mignolet from Sunderland

Brendan Rodgers is reported in signing the Sunderland keeper as Barcelona seek potential replacement for Victor Valdes

Transfer speculation: Manchester United 'willing to sell Nani for £8.5m' amid interest from Monaco and Juventus

The midfielder's future has been uncertain for some time

Turkish police fire tear gas at anti-government protesters as they try to reestablish police control of Taksim Square

Turkey clashes are disturbing, says David Cameron

Violent clashes between anti-government protesters and the Turkish authorities are “disturbing and concerning”, David Cameron has said.

Hamish McRae: 'Old world' opportunities remain with higher returns from developed economies

Economic View: If Greece has gone one way, parts of China have gone the other. Shanghai is in many respects a first-world city

Demonstrators set up camp at Taksim Gezi park, Istanbul

Turkey protests: Squaring up in the name of solidarity

Among the many who have protested in and around Taksim Square over the past weeks, some have made a longer journey than others.

A man walks in front of a burning car during clashes with police on Taksim square

Voices in Danger: 'I have worked in war zones but Taksim was terrible'

In December, Reporters Without Borders branded Turkey the world’s biggest jail for journalists. Since the protests began, it's only gotten worse

The England Under-21s lost all three of their matches

Three straight defeats for the England Under-21s: What went wrong? What can be done?

Steve Tongue, who has covered all four of Stuart Pearce's tournaments over the past six years, reports from Israel

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