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Fabinho: Liverpool agree deal for Monaco midfielder

Fabinho is expected to replace Emre Can at Anfield Liverpool have agreed to sign Monaco midfielder Fabinho in a deal that could be worth more than £40m. The Brazil international, 24, will join the Champions League finalists on 1 July for around £39m (45m euros). A further £4m (5m euros) could be added in performance-related bonus payments and Fabinho’s arrival will likely be followed by the departure of Emre Can.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich 'eligible to be Israeli citizen'

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Mr Abramovich will be the richest person in Israel The Russian-Jewish billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich, has flown to Tel Aviv after being found eligible for Israeli citizenship. Immigration officials told the BBC that he was interviewed last week at the Israeli embassy in Moscow. He has faced delays in renewing his UK visa. His spokesman would not comment on reports citizenship had been

Mamoudou Gassama: Travelling is a rite of passage for many Malians

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Mamoudou Gassama comes from an ethnic group which is famous for travelling Mamoudou Gassama’s four-storey dash to save a small boy in France is a reminder of another Malian hero who gained international prominence for a brave rescue. In January 2015, Lassana Bathily was credited with saving the lives of six hostages including a baby during an extremist attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris. He

French Open 2018: Novak Djokovic beats qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva

Djokovic has won three ATP titles since his French Open win in 2016 French Open 2018 Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app. Novak Djokovic made the second round of the French Open after beating Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva. The former world number one, seeded 20th at Roland Garros, went

US child migrants: Ivanka's mother and child photo sparks backlash

Image copyright@IvankaTrump/ GettyImage caption Ivanka Trump’s post has been linked by some to the government’s immigration policy As the daughter of one of America’s most divisive presidents, Ivanka Trump is no stranger to controversy. But on Sunday, she sparked backlash by sharing a photo of herself holding her two-year-old son, Theodore. Some Twitter users labelled the image “offensive”, amid reports that hundreds of migrant children have been removed from their

Carlo Cottarelli: Italy president names stop-gap PM

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Carlo Cottarelli met President Mattarella on Monday morning Italian President Sergio Mattarella has asked an ex-IMF economist to form a government as the country faces fresh political turmoil. Carlo Cottarelli became known as “Mr Scissors” for his cuts to public spending in Italy. His appointment came after efforts by Italy’s two populist parties to form a coalition government collapsed. But the move is a temporary measure and

Austria unveils plan to cut benefits for immigrants

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Sebastian Kurz has previously vowed to shut down migrant routes to Europe Austria’s coalition government has unveiled plans to cut benefit payments for immigrants, including refugees, in a move aimed at deterring new arrivals. The main benefit payment will be capped at €563 ($655; £492) a month, rising to match the amount Austrians receive – €863 – if they pass a German test. Immigrants will also be

Anthem protest: How diverse is the NFL?

Image copyrightGetty Images America’s National Football League (NFL) says it plans to fine teams if their players kneel during the national anthem. The form of protest, known as “taking a knee”, has seen sports stars refuse to stand for the anthem, to highlight what they see as police brutality against African Americans. The new rules were approved by the team owners at the spring meeting. Some twitter users highlighted that

China Mao impersonator at blockchain conference causes furore

Image copyrightWeChatImage caption Mr Xu appeared on stage at a technology conference dressed as Chairman Mao A publicity stunt at a conference about blockchain technology in China, which saw an actor impersonate Mao Zedong, has sparked uproar on social media. Xu Guoxiang imitated Mao – by wearing a grey suit and speaking in his Hunan accent – at the Boao Blockchain Forum for Asia in Hainan Province. China’s law prohibits

One million French smokers quit in a year amid anti-smoking measures

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Times have changed since the smoky days of the 1970s, when music legend Serge Gainsbourg was seldom seen without a Gitanes France has seen a sharp fall in the number of people smoking daily, with one million fewer lighting up from 2016-2017, a survey suggests. Such a drop has not been seen in a decade, according to Public Health France, which carried out the study. There has