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

Sir Bradley Wiggins leads from the front on the final kilometre of Stage Six on the Tour de Britain

Tour of Britain: Sir Bradley Wiggins retains yellow jersey with home rider Simon Yates showing the future is bright

21-year-old sees off both Wiggins and Nairo Quintana to seal impressive stage win

Nairo Quintana celebrates during this year’s Tour de France

Cycling: Nairo Quintana hoping to rain on Sky’s Tour of Britain parade

Colombian wants to continue his good form after finishing runner-up to Chris Froome in this year's Tour de France

Woman caught trying to smuggle 2kg of cocaine in fake pregnancy bump

Columbian authorities have arrested a woman for attempting to smuggle two kilograms of cocaine concealed under a fake pregnancy stomach.

Steven Gerrard applauds the England fans in Kiev

England slip to 17th in world rankings - below United States and Switzerland

More embarrassment for Roy Hodgson's side after poor showing against Ukraine

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory over Guatamala

World Cup qualifiers: Expect to see Argentina next summer but regulars Uruguay and Mexico are in danger of missing out

A round-up of the qualifying groups from around the world ahead of next summer's showcase event in Brazil

In the studio with Oscar Murillo, artist

'Most painters are terrified of painting as the same space where they are defecating'

One of Oscar Murillo's lottery tickets

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Columbia: Troops on streets after two die in Bogota riots

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has deployed troops to patrol the capital following disturbances in which at least two people died.

Colombia government is ready for peace talks with ELN rebels, says president

Juan Manuel Santos' decision to engage with guerrilla group comes after it freed a Canadian geologist this week after holding him hostage for seven months

Pope Francis has taken to making personal calls to individuals

Francis’s calls to the masses (was it on the Pope mobile?)

You’d be forgiven for hanging up if someone called your landline and announced, “It’s the Pope”.

Mozilla's Firefox OS-powered ZTE Open sells out in US and UK

Budget handset sold on eBay for just £60

Father vows to free 'drug smuggler' daughter Melissa Reid from confines of Peru jail

William Reid flew to Lima where he told his daughter to "be strong"

The News Matrix: Friday 16 August 2013

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'We didn't have a choice', insist young women detained in Peru after being found in possession of £1.5m worth of cocaine

The two women say they were forced to become mules by violent Colombian drugs gang

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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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