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The British Ambassador to Brazil, Alex Ellis, spoke to the BBC's Natalie Pirks about the World Cup draw, England fans and Brazil's welcome to the World Cup.
England are a rabble and have lost all semblance of confidence with the bat, writes cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew
Two men are arrested in western India over the killing in August of Narendra Dabholkar, who campaigned against "fraudulent practices" by gurus.
Wigan Athletic name Brentford boss Uwe Rosler as their new manager, succeeding Owen Coyle at the Championship club.
England are in grave danger of suffering a 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia, says former captain Michael Vaughan.
A new campaign to encourage people to spend their money in local, independent shops has been gathering pace.
Some homes in Scotland remained without electricity for a second night as power firms work to restore supplies after Thursday's storms.
World number one Neil Robertson fends off a late Stuart Bingham fightback to progress to the final of the UK Championship.
An Essex Police officer resigns after allegedly making a fraudulent compensation claim for road crash injuries.
Vigils are continuing across South Africa to celebrate the life of the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95.
Congestion on the M4 around Newport could be eased for almost a third of the cost and much less environmental damage than the Welsh government's £1bn relief road plan, a think tank says.
Countdown of the carnage as England collapse to Mitchell Johnson once again in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
Diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear programme must be backed by military power, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel tells Gulf leaders.
Thousands of people who go on to be diagnosed with cancer are not being referred to specialists quickly enough by GPs, NHS England figures suggest.
England face a second humiliating defeat after Mitchell Johnson sparks a stunning collapse and Australia secure a 530-run lead.
A minute's applause in honour of former South African President Nelson Mandela is to be held later before kick-off at Premier League football matches.
US President Barack Obama presides over the lighting of the national Christmas tree in Washington DC
One month since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, we look back at the key moments from the areas hit by the storm.
Why are so many UK roads named after anti-apartheid leader?
Why all kinds of infections thrive in conflict zones