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It's yet to happen, but when it does, surely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take some beating for a strange place to play the most prestigious sporting tournament in the world. Temperatures during the summer reach 50 degrees and the tiny alcohol restricted state will have to find some way to accommodate beer swilling fans from around the world.

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Luis Cubilla (left): Footballer and coach with Uruguay and Paraguay

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Britain has still 22 countries to invade

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According to a new study, of the 193 countries in the world, Britain has invaded all but 22. The figures come from a new book by Stuart Laycock called All the Countries We've Ever Invaded and counts everything from full-scale invasions – Afghanistan – to piratical expeditions backed by the government – Ecuador.

Wigan midfielder Ryo Miyaichi

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Lionel Messi scores for Argentina

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Argentina's world class forwards were instrumental in a 2-1 away win over Chile last night that gave the visitors a three-point lead in the standings as the South American World Cup qualifying campaign takes a break until March.

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini

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Venezuela oil blast kills at least 24

A huge explosion rocked Venezuela's biggest oil refinery yesterday, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 50 others in the deadliest disaster in memory for the country's key oil industry.

Vladimir Weiss (left) of Manchester City hugs team mate Edin Dzeko

Edin Dzeko scores twice as Manchester City thrash Limerick

Edin Dzeko scored twice as Manchester City beat Limerick 4-0 at Thomond Park in their final friendly ahead of next weekend's Community Shield encounter with Chelsea.

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HSBC is facing explosive allegations that South American drug cartels have used it to launder money, and that the bank systematically and deliberately failed to install the systems needed to catch illegal transactions.

'Drugs cartels used HSBC to launder cash'

HSBC is facing potentially explosive allegations that South American drug cartels have used it to launder money, and that the bank systematically and deliberately failed to install the systems needed to catch illegal transactions.

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