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Updated: 14 min 43 sec ago
The US celebrates its Independence Day with firework displays across the country.
The California Highway Patrol says that it is investigating footage that shows a policeman repeatedly punching the head of a prostrate woman.
Australia distances itself from disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris
Australia is refusing to comment on the fate of more than 200 Tamil asylum seekers reportedly intercepted in the country's northern waters.