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EPL Insider: Isco Still On Man City Radar

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Manchester City’s failure to sign Spanish starlet Isco in the summer has almost been forgotten amid an avalanche of goals but the Real Madrid playmaker remains very much on the Premier League club’s radar.Alvaro Negredo has been an...

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United Hope To Tie Down Rooney To Monster £300,000-A-Week Deal

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Manchester United hope star striker Wayne Rooney will finally put his name to a new £300,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford in the coming days.Rooney and United officials have...

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Despicable Mourinho Is A Boring Bully For Picking On Wenger

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Bob Wilson has launched an astonishing attack on Jose Mourinho in which he accuses the Chelsea manager of being a boring bully.The former Arsenal goalkeeper, angry...

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City’s Toure Defies His Critics Against Blues To Prove He Is No Liability Now

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Yaya Toure, help or hindrance? At first it looks like a trick question — after all, the 30-year-old has scored an impressive 15 goals from midfield this season and been voted African Player of the Year.On the other hand, he has...

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Hodgson Will Invest In Sterling For World Cup Spot

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Roy Hodgson will welcome Raheem Sterling back ...

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Chinese man, 46, caged in tiny stone cell for 30years by his parents

Hai has not stepped out of this structure for 30yrs. ...

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Obama: Syria chemicals grave concern

Bridget Kendall investigates how the attack unfolded, mainly through extremely distressing videos posted online US President Barack Obama has said the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria in an attack on Wednesday is a "big event of grave concern".Mr Obama said the US was still seeking confirmation such weapons were used, but if proved true the situation would "require America's attention".Meanwhile, Syria's main ally Russia has said there is growing evidence that Syrian rebels were behind the attack.The opposition says hundreds died in a government assault outside Damascus.But despite calls from many different countries, there is no sign yet that the Syrian authorities will allow a UN inspection team to visit to investigate the claims.Unverified footage shows civilians - many of them children - dead or suffering from what appear to be horrific symptoms as a result of Wednesday's attack.Also on Friday, UN agencies said the number of children forced to flee Syria had reached one million.The UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, and children's fund, Unicef, described the figure as "a shameful milestone", and said a further two million children were displaced within the country.'Very troublesome'Last year, President Obama said the use of chemical weapons in Syria would cross a "red line" and force a tough US response.In an interview broadcast on CNN on Friday, he said that the recent claims of chemical weapons use were "very troublesome"."What we've seen indicates clearly this is a big event, of grave concern, and we are already in communications with the entire international community," Mr Obama said.He said that "core national interests" of the US were involved in the Syrian conflict, "both in terms of us making sure that weapons of mass destruction are not proliferating, as well as needing to protect our allies, our bases in the region."The BBC has learnt that some in the White House are furious and regard Wednesday's attack as an outrage that breached international law and demands a response.But Mr Obama warned in his interview: "Sometimes what we've seen is that folks will call for immediate action, jumping into stuff, that does not turn out well, gets us mired in very difficult situations, can result in us being drawn into very expensive, difficult, costly interventions that actually breed more resentment in the region."Meanwhile, Russia joined calls for an "objective investigation" by UN chemical weapons experts.Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said Moscow had urged President Bashar al-Assad to co-operate with a probe, but also that questions remained about the willingness of the opposition to provide "secure, safe access of the [UN] mission to the location of the incident"."More new evidence is starting to emerge that this criminal act was clearly provocative," the ministry added."On the internet, in particular, reports are circulating that news of the incident carrying accusations against government troops was published several hours before the so-called attack. ...

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Mumbai photojournalist gang-raped on assignment

A 23-year-old photojournalist has been gang-raped by five men in the Indian city of Mumbai, police say.The woman, who was on assignment on Thursday evening in the Lower Parel area when she was attacked, is in hospital with multiple injuries.She was accompanied by a male friend who was beaten by her attackers. ...

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Bo Xilai trial enters second day

A second day of hearings is under way in the trial of Bo Xilai, the former top Chinese politician charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power.On Thursday Mr Bo, the former Chongqing Communist Party chief, denied accepting bribes from businessmen.He said he was coerced into making a confession and rubbished testimony from witnesses who included his wife.The indictment links the abuse of power charge to his wife's role in the murder of a British businessman, Neil Heywood.Foreign media are not being allowed into the trial, which is taking place in the city of Jinan in Shandong province.But the Jinan Intermediate People's Court is posting updates and relevant testimony on its official microblog.It is not clear, says the BBC's Celia Hatton in Beijing, whether the events on Thursday constituted tightly-scripted political theatre or an unexpectedly colourful legal showdown.Analysts say the trial is as much about getting rid of a popular politician as it is about criminal wrongdoing. ...

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Syrian child refugees reach one million – UN

Syrian children walk amid tents at the Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border on March 7, 2013. ...

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