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The Morocco international ends his loan spell with the Cottagers to move to Serie A

File image: Eight worshipers were killed after lighting struck a Church in Malawi on Saturday

Eight people killed by lightning strike on church

Several more were injured when a lightning bolt hit the Seventh Day Adventist church in Malawi

Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates with team-mates after Ryan Harris of Australia takes a catch to dismiss Kevin Pietersen of England during day three of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Ashes 2013-14: England’s batsmen guilty of another abject surrender

Top order show neglect and tail are blown away again as tourists fail to take control to prevent whitewash, writes Stephen Brenkley in Melbourne

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, left, sitting with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta - South Sudan's neighbours threw their weight behind President Salva Kiir, saying they would not accept any bid to overthrow his democratically elected government

South Sudan government agrees to ceasefire

Hopes of an end to hostilities in South Sudan were raised on Friday when the government agreed to a ceasefire.

Dima Litvinov became the first member of the so-called 'Arctic 30' to leave Russia; boarding a train at a railway station in St. Petersburg

First Greenpeace activist leaves Russia - with rest of 'Arctic 30' to leave by Friday

The first of 30 Greenpeace activists arrested after a protest over Arctic oil drilling has left Russia, the environmental group said on Thursday, with all expected to get clearance to leave Russia by Friday.

Chadian peacekeepers fire on demonstrators in Central African republic

Peacekeepers from Chad opened fire on a crowd demonstrating against their presence in the capital, Bangui, yesterday, killing one and injuring several others, protesters said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow; he later announced the surprise early release of the former Yukos oil tycoon

Mikhail Khodorkovsky pardoned: Russian President Vladimir Putin to free former political nemesis after 10 years in prison

The former oil tycoon is to be pardoned after as part of an ‘amnesty project’ by the Kremlin ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics next year

A referee uses vanishing spray

World Cup 2014: Referees will use 'vanishing spray' in Brazil

The technology helps officials battling to keep players creeping forward at free-kicks

Wilfried Zaha (left) speaks to David Moyes during Manchester United pre-season training

Transfer news: Manchester United prepared to let Wilfried Zaha go on loan, but deny receiving any offers

Fulham and Newcastle are among the clubs linked with a move for the England international

Atlanta student Sam McNair is suspended for a year for 'hugging' teacher

The 17-year-old senior at Duluth High School has been suspended for violating school rules on sexual harassment

South Sudan: President Salva Kiir orders curfew in capital Juba after 'attempted coup' by sacked rival

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir declared a curfew in the capital Juba on Monday after overnight clashes between rival factions of soldiers followed months of tension between Kiir and his sacked deputy.

Sergio Perez will join Force India for 2014 after leaving McLaren

F1: Sergio Perez joins Force India for 2014 after leaving McLaren meaning there is no room for Paul Di Resta

Perez will partner Nico Hulkenberg for next season in an all-new driver line-up

Ukraine protests: Kiev police fall back after failed attempts to storm occupied City Hall and Independence Square

Protesters appeared to fire water back at police from hoses after officers gathered outside government building

The FIA hopes the changes will increase the competition faced by the champion Sebastian Vettel

F1: Double-points for final Grand Prix labelled 'absurd' by Sebastian Vettel

The change is an attempt to maintain interest throughout the season

Aron Ralston at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood in 2011

Aron Ralston: Inspiration for Oscar-nominated film 127 Hours starring James Franco arrested over domestic violence claims

38-year-old amputated his right forearm with a pen knife to free himself from a boulder after becoming trapped during a hike

A poster of Nelson Mandela on which mourners have written their messages of condolence and support, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela's death: South Africa and the world mourns loss of Nelson Mandela

To mark the passing of a statesman abundantly blessed with spontaneity, mourners danced as he would have wished

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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