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Halsall finished fourth in the 50 metres butterfly final

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Britain's medal drought continues as the sprinter finishes fourth at the World Championships

China issues nationwide warning as Shanghai suffers hottest July for 140 years

More than 10 people have died from heatstroke as temperatures soar to nearly 41C

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Shares in China plunged 5 per cent amid warnings from the government there that it would not "wet nurse" the economy back to health - sending global stock markets headed into further turbulence.

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Prime Minister David Cameron looks over the River Thames estuary from the top of a 138m high quay crane at the new London Gateway container port (PA)

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A demonstrator stands firm outside a government building in China’s Yunnan province

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Fears over proposed refinery in southern city of Kunming attracts thousands of protesters

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Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, who died on 27 April aged 96, revived the Catholic church in Shanghai after years of Maoist persecution. His death leaves one of China's largest and wealthiest dioceses deeply unsettled, riven by tensions generated by the Communist Party's insistence on tightly controlling all organised religions.

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