Sport Colombia's James Rodriguez is being courted by Real Madrid after a storming World Cup

Rodriguez has been linked with a move to the La Liga giants after a series of impressive performances at the World Cup

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Lionel Messi

Barcelona become first club to reach 50 million fans on Facebook - with most coming from Indonesia

The Spanish club are also particularly popular in Brazil and Mexico

A reporter takes notes at a press conference.

At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013

The deaths of 25 more are also being investigated to establish if they too are work-related

The olinguito was found in the forests of Colombia and Ecuador

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Why animal charity matters: Helping livestock victims of natural disasters helps people too

Despite possible appearances some animal charities have got their priorities right

Jacob Ostreicher, right, with Sean Penn last year

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Fredy Guarin

Transfer news: Chelsea on the verge of completing Fredy Guarin deal

Colombian valued at around £15m by Inter

Transfer news: Chelsea close in on Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin

Colombian star could be on his way to Stamford Bridge this January

Fredy Guarin celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between Internazionale and Sampdoria at San Siro Stadium on 1 December

Transfer news: Manchester United step up chase for Internazionale midfielder Fredy Guarin - reports

Manager Moyes has sent out representatives to watch the Colombian

Photographer behind Obama’s Mandela memorial ‘selfie’ defends snap as ‘human moment’

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The photographer behind that viral picture of Cameron, Obama and Thorning-Schmidt cosying up for a ‘selfie’ at Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday has defended the three’s decision.

Kentz hits all-time high after winning access to US oil and shale

A $435 million cash deal to get access to oil and shale businesses in the US and South America helped engineer Kentz spurt nearly 10 per cent today.

'We proceed to order of our guerrilla units and militias a cessation of fire and hostilities for 30 days from 00.00 hours of 15 December,' said Farc negotiator Pablo Catatumbo

Farc rebels call ceasefire after Colombia police station attack

Colombia’s main leftist guerrilla group fighting a five-year war with government forces has called a one-month long ceasefire from 15 December.

The British women's team pursuit have taken more than 10 seconds off their time in two months

Cycling World Cup: GB women smash own pursuit record – twice

“Let’s go faster,” suggested Katie Archibald, the newest addition to the women’s team pursuit line-up when questioned as to their ambition in Mexico this week at the second leg of the World Cup. And Archibald and her team-mates, Jo Rowsell, Dani King and Elinor Barker, have done exactly that.

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