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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Romario: We made a downtrodden nation ecstatic

​Romario had barely taken a penalty in his life before the Rose Bowl He showered Taffarel and Bebeto in praise ‘It was like a plate of food for someone who is starving’ “No, I won’t recall Romario,” snapped Carlos Alberto Parreira. And he didn’t, despite Brazil facing nemesis Uruguay in a win-or-bust USA 1994 qualifier. Then Brazil’s injury crisis heightened, the racket for Romario’s recall erupted like never before, and Parreira relented not only by handing the Barcelona striker an 11th-hour call-up, but by installing him in his starting XI.…

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Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed: The leader promising to heal a nation

Image copyright Getty Images Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been widely praised for introducing sweeping reforms aimed at ending political repression, writes BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane after visiting the country. The crowd at the airport in Jimma in Ethiopia’s Oromia region was handpicked and universally rapturous. But these were not the praise-singing party hacks who so often grace the arrivals and departures of powerful men in Africa. Men and women, old, young and very young – beaming babies were held above the crowd – had gathered to witness…

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DR Congo poll: Five things to know about the nation that powers mobile phones

Image copyright Getty Images The Democratic Republic of Congo – the world’s leading producer of cobalt, used to power mobile phones and electric cars – holds landmark elections in most of the country on Sunday. Three frontrunners have emerged in the race to succeed President Joseph Kabila. Here are five things to know about the country that through its mineral resources plays a vital role in the world economy: 1) There has never been a peaceful transfer of power Since independence in 1960 violence has always accompanied the transfer of…

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Canada Moose Cree First Nation to get drone deliveries

Image copyright Drone Delivery Canada Image caption Moose Factory island is difficult to transport goods to when the river freezes and thaws Residents of a remote First Nation island in northern Ontario will begin receiving goods by drone next year. The Moose Cree First Nation has signed a C$2.5m (£1.5m) commercial deal with a drone delivery company to transport supplies, medicine, food and mail from the mainland town of Moosonee. Moose Factory island is only accessible by boat in summer, ice road in winter and helicopter at other times. The…

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Iran’s Chain Murders: A wave of killings that shook a nation

Image caption Some of the victims of the 1998 killings It was an incident they were told never to talk about and for several years they heeded that warning. A group of 21 Iranian poets, writers and journalists believed they were heading to a literary conference in neighbouring Armenia in August 1996. But what should have been a routine trip turned into one of the most terrifying experiences of their lives. They had hired a bus to drive them high up into the mountains through the mist-covered Heyran Pass, a…

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Newspaper headlines: Theresa May’s Brexit ‘letter to the nation’

Newspaper headlines: Theresa May’s Brexit ‘letter to the nation’ By BBC News Staff Image caption The Mail on Sunday leads with Theresa May’s direct plea to the British public to support her Brexit deal. In her almost 800-word “letter to the nation” – which the Mail calls “extraordinary” – Mrs May promises her deal will lead to a “brighter future” when “we put aside the labels of Leave and Remain for good”. The Mail also reports that the PM’s aides are considering a live public debate between Mrs May and…

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How Alan Pegler saved Flying Scotsman for the nation

Image copyright National Railway Museum Image caption Alan Pegler fell in love with the locomotive at the age of four Just over half a century ago, the world’s best-loved steam engine was destined for scrap. That it was saved was down to the efforts of one man – a true British eccentric. But his love for the locomotive he called the “old girl” cost him his fortune – and nearly saw Flying Scotsman stranded in the United States. Alan Pegler was four when he was taken by his parents to…

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Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIsraeli Arab MPs protest and rip copies of the bill after Knesset passes nation state law Israel’s parliament has passed a controversial law characterising the country as principally a Jewish state, fuelling anger among its Arab minority. The “nation state” law says Jews have a unique right to national self-determination there and puts Hebrew above Arabic as the official language. Arab MPs reacted furiously in parliament, with one waving a black flag and another ripping up the bill. Israel’s prime minister praised…

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France v Croatia, World Cup final: How nation of four million reached final

World Cup 2018: Two World Cup stars go head-to-head in final 2018 Fifa World Cup final, France v Croatia Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Date: Sunday, 15 July Kick-off: 16:00 BST Coverage: Watch on BBC One, BBC Sport website and iPlayer; Listen on Radio 5 live; Text commentary online When Croatia beat England in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, football history was made. Croatia, with a population of just 4.1 million, became the smallest country to reach a World Cup final since Uruguay in 1950. To give that some context, Croatia…

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