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By Reuters

Published: 13:07 EST, 17 December 2017 | Updated: 13:07 EST, 17 December 2017

SAO PAULO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka announced on Sunday that he is retiring from football.

The devout 35-year old Brazilian wrote on Twitter: "It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I´m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus name. Amen."

Kaka announced this year he would not extend his contract with Orlando City but he opened the door to a possible return to Milan, the club where he made his name.

"I would like to participate in the club in another way, as a manager, a sporting director, as someone who is between the pitch and the club," he said in a farewell interview with Globo TV in Brazil.

"I prepared very hard to be a professional footballer and I want to prepare for this new role."

He said Milan, with whom he won the Champions League in 2007, had offered him a role but did not specify the exact nature of the job or say if he would accept it.

Milan and his first team Sao Paulo both offered him a playing contract to extend his career, but Kaka, who was in Brazil's World Cup-winning squad in 2002 and was the last Brazilian to be voted world player of the year in 2007, said the time was right to call it a day. (Reporting by Andrew Downie, editing by Ed Osmond)

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By Associated Press

Published: 13:07 EST, 17 December 2017 | Updated: 13:07 EST, 17 December 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump speaks often of a pile of money sitting overseas that will come rushing back into the U.S. because of his tax plan. An AP Fact Check finds that's something of a mirage.

Some U.S. companies park profits overseas because of the high corporate tax rate at home. A lower rate should indeed bring some profits back to the U.S. But Trump's estimate of $4 trillion appears unrealistic. And when companies last got a tax holiday, they tended not to use it for hiring or operations.

A 2004 law temporarily cut taxes on repatriated profits to 5.25 percent from 35 percent. About 843 companies brought back $312 billion. But a 2011 Congressional Research Service report found that the tax holiday "did not increase domestic investment or employment."

President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he departs from the South Lawn of the White House via Marine One in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, to spend the weekend at Camp David in Maryland. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he departs from the South Lawn of the White House via Marine One in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, to spend the weekend at Camp David in Maryland. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he departs from the South Lawn of the White House via Marine One in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, to spend the weekend at Camp David in Maryland. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he departs from the South Lawn of the White House via Marine One in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, to spend the weekend at Camp David in Maryland. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he departs from the South Lawn of the White House via Marine One in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, to spend the weekend at Camp David in Maryland. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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By Chloe-lee Longhetti and Jo Scrimshire For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 17:08 EST, 17 December 2017 | Updated: 17:08 EST, 17 December 2017

She shocked fans when she called it quits with Bachelor star Richie Strahan, before moving onto a relationship with a woman.

And TV star Alex Nation left her radio co-hosts completely shocked when she made a rather graphic confession about her love life.

Speaking on her 88.3 Southern FM radio show, Jay, Foz and Alex, Alex talked about the past year and admitted: 'I like sausage and taco.'

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'I learned this year I like sausage and taco!' Alex Nation (R) leaves her radio co-hosts speechless with her graphic confession after an eventful year which saw her split with Richie Strahan and get engaged to a woman (seen is fiancee Maegan Luxa)

'I learned this year I like sausage and taco!' Alex Nation (R) leaves her radio co-hosts speechless with her graphic confession after an eventful year which saw her split with Richie Strahan and get engaged to a woman (seen is fiancee Maegan Luxa)

'One of the big things that I've learnt this year is that I like sausage and taco, it was a milestone in my life,' Alex said.

She then went on to rave about her co-stars and their show.

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  • Antoine Griezmann attended a 80s theme fancy dress party on Sunday night
  • The costume idea by the Atletico Madrid star was a questionable one
  • Griezmann opted to paint himself black and go as an NBA basketball All Star
  • The striker responded to his own post, telling people to calm down

By Danny Gallagher For Mailonline

Published: 15:54 EST, 17 December 2017 | Updated: 17:03 EST, 17 December 2017

Antoine Griezmann caused outrage on Sunday evening after posting an image of himself painted up black to replicate a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.

The Atletico Madrid star was attending an '80s party' as he informed fans on social media, uploading an image of himself on to both Twitter and Instagram.

Griezmann could be seen donning an Afro wig while wearing an NBA vest, striped shorts and clutching a basketball by his side.

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Antoine Griezmann took the decision to 'black up' as an NBA All Star for a party on Sunday

Antoine Griezmann took the decision to 'black up' as an NBA All Star for a party on Sunday

All visible parts of the 26-year-old's skin were painted up, while his smile suggested he was pretty pleased with his costume effort.

After posting his creation to social media, the France international was immediately and understandably hit with a backlash.

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By Andrew Bullock For Mailonline

Published: 17:08 EST, 17 December 2017 | Updated: 17:08 EST, 17 December 2017

CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT THE APPRENTICE 2017 SEASON FINALE

Lord Sugar has crowned two winners of The Apprentice, for the first time in the BBC reality series' 13-season history.

In the shock twist, the business mogul found it impossible to choose between candidates James White, 26, and Sarah Lynn, 35 and so hired them both – doubling his £250,000 investment and giving each of them the money to inject into their prospective businesses.

'Lord Sugar couldn’t make a decision,' James revealed, speaking to MailOnline. 'It was definitely different for this to be the result, but he felt it was unfair to give it to one and not the other.'

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'He couldn't make a decision!' Lord Sugar has hired BOTH Sarah Lynn and James White... after struggling to choose between finalists for the first time ever

'He couldn't make a decision!' Lord Sugar has hired BOTH Sarah Lynn and James White… after struggling to choose between finalists for the first time ever

Hired... and hired! In the shock twist, the business mogul ended up doubling his £250,000 investment and giving each of the finalists the money to inject into their prospective businessesHired... and hired! In the shock twist, the business mogul ended up doubling his £250,000 investment and giving each of the finalists the money to inject into their prospective businessesHired... and hired! In the shock twist, the business mogul ended up doubling his £250,000 investment and giving each of the finalists the money to inject into their prospective businessesHired... and hired! In the shock twist, the business mogul ended up doubling his £250,000 investment and giving each of the finalists the money to inject into their prospective businesses

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Sebastian Kurz greets voters in Graz on September 4th. Photo: AFP

Austria's conservatives and the far-right agreed a coalition deal on Friday, two months after elections that saw the Alpine country move to the right and capping a year of successes for Europe's nationalists.

The accord between Sebastian Kurz's People's Party (OeVP) and the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPOe) announced late Friday will see Kurz, 31, become chancellor and also the world's youngest leader.

"We are happy that we have reached this agreement. Tomorrow (Saturday) we will inform the president about our programme and our team," Kurz, foreign minister in the outgoing government, told reporters in Vienna.

"Voters gave us a clear mandate to take into account their concerns, particularly when it comes their security," FPOe chief Heinz-Christian Strache told the same news conference.

The OeVP came first in the October 15th vote with 31.5 percent after Kurz, nicknamed "wunderwuzzi" ("whizz-kid"), rebranded the staid party as his own personal "movement", promising to get tough on immigration and lower taxes.

The anti-immigration FPOe came third with 26 percent of the vote, double the stunning 13 percent notched by Alternative for Germany (AfD) in elections the month before.

Both the OeVP and the FPOe ran on promises of cutting benefits for all foreigners, even from the rest of the EU, slashing bureaucracy and stopping the European Union having too much say in national affairs.

They stoked concerns about newcomers following a record influx of migrants in 2015 and fatigue with the previous unhappy "grand coalition" of the OeVP with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPOe).

This was mirrored elsewhere, with Geert Wilders' Freedom Party now the second-largest in the Netherlands, France's National Front in a runoff for the presidency in May and AfD entering the Bundestag and re-drawing Germany's political map.

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  • Meghan Markle worked at Humphrey Yogart in Los Angeles when she was just 13
  • Former boss said she was a hit with customers thanks to 'outgoing personality'
  • Meghan previously said she met Baywatch's Yasmine Bleeth while working there

By Emily Chan For Mailonline

Published: 04:48 EST, 17 December 2017 | Updated: 04:50 EST, 17 December 2017

She charmed fans with her role on Suits – and it seems that Meghan Markle has been popular with members of the public from her very first job at a frozen yoghurt store.

The Suits star, 36, worked at Humphrey Yogart in Los Angeles for $4 (£3 an hour) when she was just 13 years old – with one of duties being to put out the bins.

According to her former boss, the royal bride-to-be was a hit with customers thanks to her 'outgoing personality'.

Meghan has previously spoken about how she met her idol, Baywatch star Yasmine Bleeth, in the parking lot of the frozen yoghurt store.

Meghan Markle's former boss said that the royal bride-to-be was 'very popular' with customers during her first job at a froen yoghurt 

Meghan Markle's former boss said that the royal bride-to-be was 'very popular' with customers during her first job at a froen yoghurt

Speaking to the Mirror, the actress's former boss Paula Sheftel said: 'Meghan was still at school – maybe a little older than 13 as the rules are strict in California.

'She earned minimum wage and was very popular with customers. She had to prove she had an outgoing personality and would work well with staff.'

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By Matilda Rudd For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 04:15 EST, 17 December 2017 | Updated: 04:55 EST, 17 December 2017

She once sang in the iconic Australian pop girl group Bardot.

And it seems as though Sophie Monk is looking to return to her roots, taking to Instagram on Sunday to perform a theatrical sock puppet musical performance with her father.

The pair didn't choose just any old song to duet though, instead taking it upon themselves to refresh The Beatles classic Drive My Car.

'We're thinking about touring': Sophie Monk unveils her latest career move on social media... which involves two sock puppets and her DAD

'We're thinking about touring': Sophie Monk unveils her latest career move on social media… which involves two sock puppets and her DAD

In a hilarious skit uploaded to social media the 38-year-old Bachelorette star held up a puppet that looked suspiciously similar to her and mimed the lyrics.

Meanwhile her father decided on a parrot puppet and let his songstress daughter take the reigns when it came to the actual singing.

She belted out the tune with gusto, moving her hand around so it looked like her puppet was dancing.

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By Afp

Published: 04:55 EST, 17 December 2017 | Updated: 04:55 EST, 17 December 2017

Israelis protest against government corruption on December 9, 2017 in Tel Aviv

Israelis protest against government corruption on December 9, 2017 in Tel Aviv

A former Israeli minister on Sunday started serving a 15-month jail sentence for fraud and breach of trust, judicial sources said.

Stas Misezhnikov, who was tourism minister from 2009 to 2013, was sentenced to prison in October for handing one million shekels ($280,000) in financial support to a student festival while securing a job at the event for a woman with whom he had an intimate relationship.

Misezhnikov starts serving time as public pressure increases to demand legal action against "corrupt" officials and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself faces two separate graft probes.

Misezhnikov is a member of Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman's ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party.

In August, Yisrael Beitenu secretary general Faina Kirshenbaum, who was deputy interior minister from 2013 to 2015, was charged with corruption, breach of trust, fraud and money laundering.

On Saturday, thousands of Israelis protested for a third week running in Tel Aviv to demand legal action against "corrupt" people in the government and their resignation.

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Turkey has slammed the incoming Austrian government for 'discrimination'. Photo: Alex Halada/AFP

Turkey on Sunday slammed the incoming Austrian government, a coalition between conservatives and the far-right, for "discrimination" after its programme contained a pledge that Vienna will not agree to Ankara joining the EU.

The landmark coalition deal, marking the return to power in Austria of the Freedom Party (FPOe), has sparked ripples of concern throughout Europe after a year of successes for far-right movements in Europe.

The chancellor-elect, Sebastian Kurz of the conservative People's Party (OeVP), already has a deeply-fractious relationship with Ankara due to his staunch opposition to Turkey's EU bid while serving as foreign minister.

"This baseless and short-sighted statement in the new Austrian government's programme unfortunately confirms concerns about a political trend based on discrimination and marginalisation," the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

Accusing the incoming government of "dishonesty", it warned that if realised, the programme would bring Austria "to the brink of losing Turkey's friendship" and be met with "the reaction that it deserves".

Turkey's decades-long ambition to join the EU has hit the buffers in recent months as the bloc sounded the alarm over the crackdown that followed the 2016 coup bid aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

While Austria has called for the accession process to be formally halted, this has met with opposition from key EU members, notably Germany.

Meeting Erdogan on his trip to Greece earlier this month — the first by a Turkish president in 65 years — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras also backed Turkey's EU bid.

But last month, the EU cut funds destined to Turkey in the 2018 budget, citing doubts about Ankara's commitment to democracy and human rights in a move supported by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.