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The midfielder has not played for his country for two years

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Nigeria mosque attack: At least 56 dead in Islamist violence

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Critics ask why Britain is giving £1.5bn in aid to six nations with space ambitions

TaxPayers' Alliance says countries with space programmes should not be receiving money from UK mean to be going to world's poorest

Gervinho has been capped 45 times by the Ivory Coast

Arsenal cut losses on Gervinho after Roma clinch £7m deal

Arsenal confirmed the sale of Ivory Coast forward Gervinho to Roma, for a fee reported to be in the region of £7m.

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