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Colombians get time off to see match

July 3, 2014 - 7:45am
Government workers in Colombia are given Friday afternoon off to watch the national squad play Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals.
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South Sudan: Heading for man-made famine

July 3, 2014 - 7:32am
Man-made famine looming in South Sudan
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Drake drops out of Wireless Festival

July 3, 2014 - 7:16am
Canadian musician Drake announces that he won't be headlining Wireless Festival this weekend because of ill health.
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Samsung ready to scrap plasma TVs

July 3, 2014 - 7:07am
Samsung is to stop producing plasma televisions (PDP TVs) by 30 November.
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Final round of Iran nuclear talks

July 3, 2014 - 6:30am
The final round of nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers begins in Vienna ahead of a deadline for a deal later this month.
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UK stars reign over US album chart

July 3, 2014 - 6:07am
Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are at numbers one and two on the US album chart - the first time two UK solo acts have taken the top two spots since 1993.
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Al-Shabab assassinates Somali MP

July 3, 2014 - 6:01am
Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab kills a prominent MP and his bodyguard in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Mogadishu.
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Shakira scores World Cup hat-trick

July 3, 2014 - 5:41am
Colombian pop star Shakira will perform at her third consecutive World Cup closing ceremony, it is announced.
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FGM failure is a 'national scandal'

July 3, 2014 - 5:32am
The failure to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) is a "national scandal" with as many as 170,000 victims in the UK, MPs say.
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Indians tweet 'Who is Maria Sharapova?'

July 3, 2014 - 5:26am
How Sharapova managed to stun a billion Indians
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VIDEO: Politician sobs and wails at briefing

July 3, 2014 - 4:44am
A Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura who wailed and sobbed when quizzed by journalists about expenses has yet to prove that he spent public funds legitimately.
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India stock exchange resumes trading

July 3, 2014 - 3:54am
India's main stock market, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), resumes trading after being disrupted due to a network outage.
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