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The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become bishops after years of debate and controversy.
Egypt's military warns it will continue its crackdown on jihadist militants after two rocket attacks in Sinai kill seven civilians and one soldier.
Swimmers and sunbathers were forced to run for cover when hit a freak hailstorm hit a beach in Siberia, Russia, on Saturday.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he was surprised that Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball award at the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
The Sudan Council of Churches criticises the authorities for banning the construction of new churches in the mainly Muslim country.
Germany is to issue a stamp celebrating its team's victory in the football World Cup, after printing five million before the final match was held.
Why this image from Iran has been shared around the world