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European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has said eurozone interest rates will stay at their historic low level of 0.15% for an "extended period" of time.
China and South Korea have reaffirmed their opposition to North Korean nuclear tests during a trip by Chinese president Xi Jinping to Seoul.
Satisfaction in the way people are dealt with by the police has dropped significantly in the past three years, a survey suggests.
The German parliament approves the country's first minimum wage, set at a level of 8.50 euros per hour.
Myanmar's second city, Mandalay, is put under curfew after reports of the deaths of two men - one Muslim and the other Buddhist - in clashes.
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Many parts of Greece are facing power cuts, as electricity workers stage rolling strikes in protest at a government privatisation programme.
Security is being tightened at airports with direct flights into the US - including some in the UK - in response to US warnings of a "credible threat".
Government workers in Colombia are given Friday afternoon off to watch the national squad play Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals.
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Canadian musician Drake announces that he won't be headlining Wireless Festival this weekend because of ill health.
Samsung is to stop producing plasma televisions (PDP TVs) by 30 November.
The final round of nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers begins in Vienna ahead of a deadline for a deal later this month.
Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are at numbers one and two on the US album chart - the first time two UK solo acts have taken the top two spots since 1993.
Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab kills a prominent MP and his bodyguard in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Mogadishu.
Colombian pop star Shakira will perform at her third consecutive World Cup closing ceremony, it is announced.
The failure to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) is a "national scandal" with as many as 170,000 victims in the UK, MPs say.
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A Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura who wailed and sobbed when quizzed by journalists about expenses has yet to prove that he spent public funds legitimately.