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Train passengers and railway staff push a train car in their effort to rescue a woman who fell and got stuck between the car and the platform while getting off at Japan Railway Minami Urawa Station in Saitama, near Tokyo

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Sepp Blatter has called on his Uefa counterpart, Michel Platini, to consider imposing tougher sanctions on the Serbian FA for racist chanting and violence

Blatter demands Uefa get tough

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Beijing attacks Dalai Lama over islands dispute

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Phil Strongman: Hiroshima is a war crime that haunts my family, 67 years on

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