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Afghan child with makeshift Lionel Messi jersey will meet his hero

A young boy in Afghanistan became a media sensation after photographs of his makeshift football jersey, made out of a plastic bag, went viral on the Internet. Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi had been asking his family for a team jersey of his favourite football player, Barcelonas Lionel Messi, for some time. But his father, Arif Ahmadi, said such a present was outside the means for the family living in rural Ghazni province. So Murtaza and his siblings made their own. Feb 1, 2016
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France: Distressed freighter to hit coast if salvage fails

A stricken cargo ship drifting on its side off the French Atlantic coast will run aground in southwest France if a renewed attempt to tow it to port fails on 1 February, a French maritime official said. The 164-metre-long Modern Express, which was transporting 3,600 tonnes of wood along with construction machinery from Gabon to France, has been drifting towards the coast since its crew was evacuated by helicopter last week. Feb 1, 2016
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Donald Trump: I have ‘much more humility’ than people think

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, well-known for his harsh stance on immigration told CBSs Face the Nation, I do have much more humility than a lot of people would think. Trump, who has the edge in the race for the Republican nomination in Iowa, also defended his decision to back out of the last Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News. I was treated very, very badly, they issued a statement that was an inappropriate statement, now what happened since then, they have been very, very nice, Trump said. Feb 1, 2016
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Tough Guy 2016: Mud, fire and the Brandenburger Gate

Thousands of competitors gathered at a farm near Wolverhampton on 31 January to take part in what has been described as the worlds toughest one-day race. Battling along a mud-sodden 15km course, the competitors must overcome obstacles such as the Brandenburger Gate, a 40ft vertical wall climb, an underwater tunnel and the Anaconda, a series of concrete pipes fixed with hanging electric wires. Feb 1, 2016