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Updated: 7 min 35 sec ago
The US celebrates its Independence Day with firework displays across the country.
The California Highway Patrol says that it is investigating footage that shows a policeman repeatedly punching the head of a prostrate woman.
Australia distances itself from disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris
Australia is refusing to comment on the fate of more than 200 Tamil asylum seekers reportedly intercepted in the country's northern waters.
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.
Russia's lower house of parliament passes a law requiring internet companies to store Russian citizens' personal data inside the country.
The German authorities have summoned the US ambassador in Berlin after a man was arrested on suspicion of spying.
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.