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A cultivator of marijuana smelling a plant at his house in Montevideo, Uruguay

In pictures: Uruguay's Senate creates world's first national marketplace for legal marijuana

The Uruguayan Senate voted on a government-sponsored bill legalizing the production and sale of marijuana. The bill has already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies and parliament's upper house, and makes Uruguay the first country in the world to regulate the cultivation and distribution of the soft drug.

CCTV footage showing the moment two signed Damian Hirst works of art worth £33,000 were stolen from the gallery on Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill

Damien Hirst signed paintings worth £33,000 stolen from London gallery

Two Damien Hirst paintings worth £33,000 have been stolen from an art gallery in London.

Espen Fadnes and Jokke Sommer descending to fly under the bridge at the top of Aiguille du Midi, 4,000m above Chamonix, France

In pictures: In search for the perfect wingsuit flight

'The Perfect Flight' is a series of 10 short episodes, which sees two BASE jumpers Espen Fadnes and Jokke Sommer travelling all over the globe in search for the perfect wingsuit flight. Locations include places like Rio, Bangkok, China, Switzerland and other stunning landscapes.

Various models of Volkswagen's Kombi minibus are displayed during a Kombi fan club meeting in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil

In pictures: Volkswagen Brazil to cease production of the iconic Kombi

The last plant to produce the Volkswagen Kombi, will cease manufacture of the iconic vehicle after 56 years of production. Higher manufacturing costs and increase in production time due to new auto regulations, which will require anti-lock brake systems and air bags in all cars produced in Brazil from 2014, contributed to its decision to stop the production of the Kombi.

People sing and dance in heavy rain while waiting for the start of the official memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank stadium in Johannesburg

In pictures: Nelson Mandela memorial service in Soweto

Over 60 heads of state have travelled to South Africa to attend a week of events commemorating the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Mr Mandela passed away on the evening of 5 December 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95.

Grounds people work in the gardens at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa

In pictures: South Africa prepares for Nelson Mandela's funeral

South African government announced that preparations for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela are in full swing. Mandela's body is being prepared by the Military Health Service of the South African National Defense Force to lie in state at the Union Buildings.Works are also underway at various venues such as the Union Buildings in Pretoria, FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, Mthatha and Qunu in the Eastern Cape, and at ports of entry to prepare for the events related to the State Funeral.

People gather to escape violence in the center of Bangui, in the garden of the Archbishop of Bangui at Saint-Paul's parish, Central African Republic

In pictures: French troops in Bangui as nearly 400 killed

French troops began efforts to secure main roads and towns outside Bangui after arriving in the Central African Republic. France said many thousands rather than hundreds would have died in the last three days, had its troops not intervened.

Women and their livestock wades cross the flooded Shebelle River in Jowhar. Subsequent flooding has left an estimated 11,000 households, about 66,000 people, spread over 33 villages, affected by localized flooding in Middle Shabelle’s Jowhar District

In pictures: Floods displace thousands people in Somalia

Thousands of Somali have been left homeless following continued flooding in parts of Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region over the past couple of months, with large tracts of farmland being inundated, raising fears of livelihood losses

<p><strong>Brazil</strong></p>
<p><strong>How they qualified </strong></p>
<p>Hosts</p>
<p><strong>Key player </strong></p>
<p>Oscar (Chelsea) - The preferred playmaker under
Jose Mourinho, Oscar will be crucial in making the Brazil attack click.</p>
<p><strong>Dangerman </strong></p>
<p>Neymar (Barcelona)- Full of Brazilian flair and
creativity, the Barcelona starlet will be in his element at the World Cup.</p>
<p><strong>World Cup best </strong></p>
<p>Five-times winners, most recently in Korea in 2002.</p>
<p><strong>Premier League interest </strong></p>
<p>Plenty – David Luiz, Lucas Leiva, Oscar, Ramires,
Paulinho. QPR’s Julo Cesar could well feature too.</p>
<p><strong>Most expensive </strong></p>
<p>Neymar - £50m from Santos to Barcelona, 2013</p>

World Cup 2014: Your guide to the 32 teams

After the excitement of the draw, here is our guide to all of the 32 teams aiming for World Cup glory in Brazil next summer.

The Johor authorities had evacuated 8,402 people from districts in the north and east of the state: Mersing, Batu Pahat, Muar, Kota Tinggi, Kluang and Segamat, to 57 relief stations statewide

In pictures: Thousands evacuated as worsening floods hit Malaysia

Floods in Malaysia are regular natural disasters, which happen nearly every year during the monsoon season. Severe flooding this year has left two people dead and two missing, while the number of evacuees, who sought refuge in evacuation centres in the east coast state of Pahang, has risen to over 30,000.

West Midlands double murder: Wesley Williams admits killing Yvonne Walsh and her seven-month-old baby son

Judge tells Williams to expect a 'very substantial' prison term

Newspapers front pages bearing portraits of late President Nelson Mandela are displayed at a newsstand in Lagos

In pictures: Nelson Mandela’s death dominates world newspaper headlines

Newspapers and television stations around the world published pictures of Nelson Mandela on their front pages and websites, accompanied by large, bold headlines.

South African artist John Adams works on a giant acrylic-on-canvas painting of Nelson Mandela in the driveway of his house in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa

In pictures: Mementos of Nelson Mandela

South Africa's iconic leader Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. Tributes have been paid across the world. We look at other mementos of the great leader.

Members of the household cavalry ride down The Mall as the Union flag flies at half-mast in a mark of respect following the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, at Buckingham Palace in London

In pictures: The world mourns Nelson Mandela

World leaders are paying tribute to Nelson Mandela following his death. US President Barack Obama said the anti-apartheid leader 'transformed South Africa' while the UN Secretary-General called him a 'giant for justice.'

Nelson Mandela quotes

Nelson Mandela: 11 inspirational quotes to live your life by

"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living," Nelson Mandela: 1918 - 2013

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