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Ronaldo’s superhuman match in pictures

Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Spain has been hailed as one of the all-time great World Cup performances. Here, in pictures and social media posts, is how the Portuguese star’s game unfolded. Ronaldo began by returning a smile to one of the mascots – to the boy’s delight and a fellow mascot’s ...

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Thousands of council tenants could get water payouts

Image caption Tenants could see money back from their landlords Up to 460,000 council and housing association tenants could get a payout after a London borough was ruled to have overcharged its tenants for water. The ruling against Southwark sets a legal precedent that means other councils and housing associations ...

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Speed limit cut on French roads angers rural voters

Image copyright Getty Images The Macron government’s decision to cut the speed limit on country roads from 90km/h (56mph) to 80 is proving deeply unpopular. Between now and 1 July a mini-makeover will take place on French roads. About 20,000 signs bearing the number 90 are to disappear. In their ...

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Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy case

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Boris Becker was awarded the international tennis hall of fame ring in April Former tennis champion Boris Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity against an attempt to sue him. The three-time Wimbledon winner claims his appointment as a diplomat by the Central African Republic (CAR) affords ...

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US air strike targets Pakistan Taliban chief in Afghanistan

Image copyright AFP Image caption A video released in July 2010 reportedly showed Mullah Fazlullah The United States has launched an air strike on the Taliban in Afghanistan. There are unconfirmed media reports that Mullah Fazlullah – the commander of the Pakistan Taliban – has been killed in the operation. ...

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Readers sound off on the gang database, NYCHA and the Pizza Rats

Brooklyn: In the early days of federally funded public housing, NYCHA was the gold standard of performance and maintenance as determined by the federal funders. NYCHA was rated at 90+%, while Chicago Housing Authority was rated in the 40% range. Lying to federal inspectors and trying to deceive federal auditors ...

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McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws

Image copyright PA Image caption Paper straws will replace the plastic ones McDonald’s will replace plastic straws with paper ones in all its UK and Ireland restaurants, starting from September. The fast food giant is the latest company to opt out of the single-use plastic, which can take hundreds of ...

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The surprise place where hijab can spell trouble

Image copyright Dalia Anan Image caption Dalia says she was refused entry to two restaurants because of her hijab “It is easier to be wearing hijab in London than Cairo.” This is how 47-year-old Dalia Anan describes her experience as a woman wearing the Islamic headscarf – also known as ...

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Pension sweeteners a bitter prospect for New York City

New York City police officers and firefighters, including those hired since the new benefit tier went into effect, get extremely generous compensation, including pension benefits. They can count virtually all overtime toward their pensions while many large cities exclude overtime entirely and New York state limits it to about 15% ...

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