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A car bomb has exploded in the Malian town of Kidal, killing at least two UN peacekeepers.

Man who tried to commit suicide by running into wall loses damages case over broken spine

A man who broke his spine when he tried to commit suicide by running head first into a concrete wall while in detention awaiting deportation has lost his High Court damages action.

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ITV will show the opening game of the tournament between Brazil and Croatia

French forces arrive in Central African Republic as military operations begin in troubled country

UN approves force to stop escalation of bloodshed in nation on brink of genocide

(L-R) Brazilian Cafu, Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, German Lothar Matthaus, Argentinian Mario Kempes and Englishman Sir Geoff Hurst will assist the real Group Stage draw

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South Korea and Ivory Coast complete Group E with Brazil, France, Italy and Australia making up the 'Group of Death'

A sex worker activist attends a demonstration with prostitutes against a proposal to scrap sanctions on soliciting and instead punish prostitutes' customers with fines, Paris

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French lawmakers are debating one of Europe's toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking. Local movie stars have signed petitions, political parties are split, and sex workers complain the government is doing them out of a living. France is divided over a bid to crack down on prostitution.

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup 2014 draw: Possible scenarios for England

The draw takes place on Friday

Viewpoint: Pepper Club Hotel, Cape Town

Get me out of here... - winter sun, northern Norway, Cape Town

Now... Winter sun in the wild Atlantic

Cape Verde is an Atlantic island nation that basks in year-round sunshine. Departing on 10 December, you can spend a week exploring the main island of Boa Vista, using the Iberostar as your base, with meals, transfers and Thomson flights from Gatwick for £828pp. capeverde.co.uk

England manager Roy Hodgson admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup 2014: England confirmed to be in unseeded pot for Friday's draw

England will be among an unseeded pot of European countries for Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup finals, organisers have confirmed.

Corruption Perceptions Index: Scandal-hit Spain drops 10 places in global corruption rankings led by Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan

Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan are the most corrupt regions according to Transparency International

Back to square one: Isa Muaza’s botched deportation reflects badly on Britain

Ms May should reconsider her approach to this case, and to others like it

Supporters of Mr Isa Muaza, who is being held in the medical unit at the Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow, described his treatment as 'inhuman'

Hunger-striking asylum seeker Isa Muaza back in UK after botched removal in private jet

Lawyers for a gravely-ill Nigerian hunger striker are to make a fresh attempt to halt his deportation after he endured a botched removal from Britain involving a 20-hour flight on a private jet hired at a cost of up to £110,000.

Hunger striker Isa Muazu loses release bid

A hunger striker who is "near death" has failed to win temporary freedom pending his appeal court challenge to being held in an immigration detention centre.

England could be in the same group as World Cup hosts Brazil

World Cup 2014: England face possibility of being placed in 'group of death' against Brazil or Argentina and France

Three Lions could be drawn with Brazil or Argentina, France and Nigeria next summer

The former hostage Francis Collomp arrives at Villacoublay military airport outside Paris on Monday

The great escape: How a French hostage fled Islamists kidnappers in Nigeria

Francis Collomp, 63, duped his captors into thinking he was feeble and old

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