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VIDEO: Fireworks mark 4 July in US

July 5, 2014 - 3:20am
The US celebrates its Independence Day with firework displays across the country.
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US policeman seen 'pummelling' woman

July 5, 2014 - 3:18am
The California Highway Patrol says that it is investigating footage that shows a policeman repeatedly punching the head of a prostrate woman.
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Harris backlash in native Australia

July 5, 2014 - 1:19am
Australia distances itself from disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris
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Australia in row over Tamil refugees

July 5, 2014 - 12:47am
Australia is refusing to comment on the fate of more than 200 Tamil asylum seekers reportedly intercepted in the country's northern waters.
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In pictures: 4 July celebrations in US

July 4, 2014 - 11:35pm
Celebrations to mark the nation's independence from Britain in 1776 take many forms but one thing is certain - the stars and stripes take centre stage.
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Russia backs law on web data storage

July 4, 2014 - 11:22pm
Russia's lower house of parliament passes a law requiring internet companies to store Russian citizens' personal data inside the country.
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VIDEO: US 'double agent' suspected in Germany

July 4, 2014 - 11:19pm
The German authorities have summoned the US ambassador in Berlin after a man was arrested on suspicion of spying.
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Share of fuel duty 'could fix roads'

July 4, 2014 - 11:14pm
The government should spend £1bn a year of the money it collects from fuel duty to fix potholes and roads in England and Wales, the body that represents councils says.
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