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LeBron James will play again for the Cleveland Cavaliers after opting out of the final two years of his Miami Heat contract.
As the World Cup draws to a close, football fans in Lebanon have been enjoying the action - despite the fact that their country has not been involved in the tournament.
The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, says his forces will find and destroy pro-Russian separatists who killed more than 20 Ukrainian troops in the east of the country.
The Parole Board says it will have to hold about 11,500 more hearings every year for prisoners who want to be released - even though there is no prospect of them being let out.
The retired judge chosen to head an inquiry into child abuse is "beyond reproach", the Home Office says, as it rejects one victim's call for her to step down.
Rory McIlroy follows his course-record 64 with a 78 to fall back to level par after two rounds at Royal Aberdeen.
Barcelona could be denied the chance to publicly unveil Luis Suarez when he completes his £75m move from Liverpool.
Israel will resist international pressure to halt its operations in Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.
Rio de Janeiro's largest ever security operation - involving 25,000 security personnel - is being planned for the World Cup final on Sunday, officials say.
A cholera outbreak has spread to nine out of 10 states in South Sudan.
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A two-month-old baby has been rescued from under rubble in the war-battered city of Aleppo in Syria.
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