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  1. Kristen Breitweiser (L) and Lorie Van Auken

    9/11 widows shun spotlight as 10th anniversary of attacks approaches

    The 'Jersey Girls', who fought for a credible inquiry into the attacks of 11 September, have moved on with their lives
  2. England v France: FIFA Women's World Cup 2011

    History repeats as England women crash out of World Cup on penalties

    National squad misses two penalties at BayArena in Germany to allow France through to the last four
  3. South Sudan independence day

    South Sudan celebrates a sweet separation

    The world's newest republic enjoyed its independence day, but bitterness over the long struggle for freedom lingers on
  4. Amnesty TV promotional poster

    Amnesty International marks 50th with launch of online TV channel

    Human rights organisation whose launch was inspired by an Observer article hopes to mobilise new generation with entertainment and inspiring stories,writes Vanessa Thorpe
  5. Jose Vargas has joined the fight for US immigration reform

    Jose Vargas joins fight for immigration reform after he admits: I am an illegal alien

    Pulitzer Prize winner sets up lobby group Define American
  6. 12.07am
    The medieval statue looted from St Olave's church.

    Statue looted from London church in the Blitz returned

    A medieval statue stolen from a London church in 1941 was spotted at an auction house
  7. David Willetts

    British bid to attract 10,000 Brazilian students

    Minister flies to Brazil to recruit fee-paying foreign students in a 'desperate' ploy to balance the university funding books
  8. Riot policemen in a cloud of teargas in Athens

    Defaulting rescued Argentina. It could work for Athens too

    Struggling under an impossible burden after its IMF bailouts, Buenos Aires knew its one hope was to stop paying its debts and become a pariah – and so it proved
  9. 12.06am
    A beach at Ostia, near Rome.

    Italy's elite are dismayed by vanishing beaches

    Sand is trucked in to build up a coastline suffering erosion from storms, rising sea levels and development
  10. 12.06am
    Yash Lakhotia, seven, and his sister Neha, now 12, two days before he was kidnapped and murdered.

    Heartache for India's new rich as brutal kidnappers target their children

    Gangs of ransom-seekers are preying on well-off families. They know the police are ineffective and desperate parents will pay up, but even so snatched children often die
  11. East Africa is in the grip of a drought after rains failed for a second year

    Rich nations risk breaking their pledges on farming aid, says anti-poverty group

    According to ONE campaign, only a fifth of money promised in 2009 to the world's poorest countries has been delivered
  12. 12.05am
    Naruddin Farah window on the world

    Nuruddin Farah: Windows on the World

    The Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah reflects on the Mogadishu he knew as a child and the contrast with its brutal present
  13.  John Walker Lindh

    Frank Lindh: America's barbaric treatment of my son John Walker Lindh

    Frank Lindh, father of 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh now serving a 20-year sentence in a US prison, explains why his son is an innocent victim of America's 'war on terror'
  14. Tony Blair talks to troops on the Kosovo border by phone at British army HQ, Macedonia, 3 May 1999

    The Alastair Campbell Diaries Volume Three: Power & Responsibility – review

    Alastair Campbell's account of the Blair years from Kosovo to 9/11 leaves Chris Mullin exhausted

  15. Still from an video

    The launch of Amnesty TV - video

    VideoVideo (52 sec)

    Amnesty International's TV outfit, which launches this month, labels itself '50% Newsnight, 50% Modern Toss' and plans to deliver a blend of human rights-centred hard news and stunt-based political satire

Deadly flash floods hit southern France

16 June 2010

Heavy rains have caused havoc in France

At least 19 people have been killed by flash floods in south-eastern France, officials say.

Several others have been reported missing after torrential rain hit the mountains above the Cote D'Azur region on Tuesday.

A number of towns in the department of Var were affected, with hundreds of homes flooded.

Meteo France, the national weather service, said up to 40cm (15.7in) of rain had fallen since Tuesday.

Meterologists say the floods are the worst in the region since 1827.

About 2,000 rescue workers have been drafted into affected regions around Draguignan - the worst-hit area - near the Mediterranean coast to help those trapped in their vehicles or houses.

Map of France

Water levels were said to be falling slightly in Draguignan on Wednesday, though the rain was continuing in nearby Roquebrune and Frejus.

Meteo France has warned of further storms on Wednesday night.

"We have never seen so much rain in the month of June," Patrick Galois of Meteo France told the AFP news agency.

At least 1,000 people had to leave their homes and spend the night in schools or other temporary shelters, and some 175,000 houses were estimated to have been left without electricity.

Some reportedly sought shelter on the roofs of their homes, while helicopters were brought in to rescue people.

Rescue teams had to moved 436 inmates from a prison in Draguignan after two floors flooded.

The force of the water swept empty cars and other vehicles down streets in Draguignan.

"This morning, we woke up to find a town centre that was devastated, extremely battered with overturned cars floating in the streets, collapsed roads and gutted houses," said Corinne Orzechowski, the official leading the emergency operation.

Cars washed up by flood water in Draguignan, France, 16 June 2010The floods are believed to be the worst since 1827

The BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris says that many of those who died were caught in their cars.

Rail and air services in the region were interrupted, and about 300 passengers travelling on a high-speed train between Nice and Lille had been trapped by the flood waters, the AFP news agency reported.

The railway line between Toulon and Frejus will be closed until Thursday morning.

President Nicolas Sarkozy offered condolences to the families of the victims, and pledged his support to rescue workers "mobilising non-stop to provide aid and find those still missing".

He plans to visit the area early next week.

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International news in brief — June 2010

Photographer files copyright suits in Virginia, Public Art Fund revives figurative sculpture in New York, Pre-Columbian works returned to El Salvador, and more

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Photographer Anne Pearse-Hocker says Firelight Media's recent documentary

Photographer Anne Pearse-Hocker says Firelight Media's recent documentary "We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee" used her photos without permission. Above, the film's signature photo, by Native American photographer Bob Charlo

Photographer files copyright suits

Photographer Anne Pearse-Hocker is suing Firelight Media in an Alexandria, Virginia district court for $450,000 for copyright infringement, claiming that their 2008 documentary “We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee” used photographs she took of the 1973 siege without her permission and without crediting her. The documentary was aired on PBS and is available for purchase through the broadcaster's website and from online booksellers including Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Borders, according to court documents. Pearse-Hocker said she spent two weeks as a photojournalist at Wounded Knee during the violent 1973 standoff between followers of the American Indian Movement and United States Marshals. She claims that she gave the photographs to the National Museum of the American Indian in 1996, but that she retained ownership of the copyright. She said that while Firelight asked the Smithsonian for permission to use the photographs, she was never contacted. Pearse-Hocker is also filing a copyright claim against the Smithsonian for allowing Firelight to use her work. K.A.

Public Art Fund’s new director revives figurative sculpture

The Public Art Fund is installing ten large-scale figurative works by contemporary artists in City Hall Park, New York, for the exhibition “Statuesque” opened 2 June (until 3 December). Director and chief curator of the organisation, Nicholas Baume, says he plans to install some of the works in the middle of pathways so the sculptures are “in your face” and has received special permission from city hall to remove chains from grassy areas so the public can have more direct interaction with each work. Baume says the exhibition reflects a “renewed energy around figurative sculpture” and the show includes works by internationally recognised artists such as Pawel Althamer, Huma Bhabha, Aaron Curry, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan, and Rebecca Warren. All the sculptures are being shown in New York for the first time and some were finished just before the exhibition, for example Monahan has created his first bronze for the show. H.S.

Pre-Columbian works returned to El Salvador following sting operation

A cache of pre-Columbian and Mayan artefacts were returned to El Salvador last month following the break up of an international smuggling ring that was selling the antiquities online. The investigation, headed jointly by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and El Salvador’s National Civilian Police, started three years ago when a customs agent in Miami noticed what appeared to be pre-Columbian artefacts being shipped through the mail into Alabama. Officials in El Salvador eventually arrested and prosecuted a husband and wife team who were advertising the objects on websites such as eBay and selling them to collectors worldwide. The investigation is still ongoing in the US, but the antiquities were seized under a Memorandum of Understanding restricting the export of cultural property, in place since 1995 and renewed for two more years this March. H.S.

Russia’s “best hope for contemporary art” accused of rape

An acclaimed young Russian artist, Ilya Trushevsky, was arrested on 2 May and charged with raping a 17-year-old girl in his Moscow apartment, Russian media reported. In 2003 the 26-year-old installation artist moved to Moscow from his native St Petersburg, and last year he was nominated for Best Young Artist of the Year at the Innovation Awards, a state prize for contemporary art. He didn’t win, but critics named him “the best hope for Russian contemporary art”. The artist is currently out of prison on bail. On 15 May he opened his exhibition “Sweet” at the Incubator gallery at Moscow’s Winzavod Contemporary Art Centre. Trushevsky’s case has been a hot topic of discussion in Russian art blogs, with writers either demonising him or trying to exonerate his actions. J.V.

Long-awaited new wing for Rome’s Macro museum opens

The Maxxi museum of 21st-century art and architecture, which opened in Rome last month 13 years after it was first mooted, has a rival. The Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (Macro) held a “soft opening” at the end of May of its long-awaited new 10,000 sq. m wing—designed by French architect Odile Decq—with the official launch scheduled to take place later this year. Works by Spanish practitioner Jorge Peris, Arte Povera artist Gilberto Zorio and Alfredo Pirri of Italy are on show in the new building, which was originally scheduled to open in 2006. The city council provided €15m funding for the extension, which includes a gallery dedicated to video art and a 2,500 sq. m roof terrace. An underground storage facility also forms part of the complex at the municipal museum, which was inaugurated in 1999 on the site of a turn-of-the-century industrial complex. F.R.M. and G.H.

Most visitors to Berlin’s museums are tourists

As the Berlin agency for marketing and tourism reports, more than 3/4 of the visitors to Berlin Museums in 2009 were tourists. Further, the report states that while Dutch, American and English tourists hit the city’s museums Swiss, Danish and Austrian visitors are especially interested in the capital’s theatres. According to the agency’s research, 76,2% of all museum visitors came from outside Berlin and 33,7% visitor from abroad. In the Jüdische Museum 89,9% of all visitors were tourists, followed by Schloss Charlottenburg, which counted 85,7% of tourists. Next to the artworks on display in the museums, the foreign visitors were especially content with the institution’s good service— more than the Berliner’s are themselves. J.v.P.

Female primary school teachers: Denmark’s typical museum visitors

The Heritage Agency of Denmark has produced its first survey of the country’s museum-goers. The average visitor is described as female, 55, living in the capital and a primary school teacher. The most atypical is 22 years old, living in Northern Jylland and working as a bricklayer. A selection of visitors to all 124 state-run and state-approved museums were interviewed for the survey, which also highlighted a general satisfaction, with museums on average receiving 8.2 points out of a possible ten. Those between the ages of 14 and 29 are under-represented as museum visitors compared with their share in the Danish population. “The report can increase the quality of discussions about the future of museums,” said Ole Winther, head of the Heritage Agency’s museums section. C.B.

Finnish Fund for Art Exchange to close down

The Finnish Fund for Art Exchange (Frame), established in 1992, is to be dissolved by the end of June, with a new organisation replacing it. “It has become clear that the set up is no longer optimal,” said Anna-Maija Marttinen, head of the cultural export and exchange unit at the culture ministry, which funds Frame. “We are now looking at how to organise the promotion of Finnish visual art in the best possible way in the future.” Frame is governed by the board of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. “It is also obvious that organisations today prefer small administrative bodies. A board with 12 people ruling a relatively small organisation was too much,” said Marttinen. The ministry has asked the public to make suggestions on how to support the promotion of Finnish art in the future, and more than 100 ideas have been sent in so far. In the last two months Frame had been hit by a reduction of staff—currently only the director, Marketta Seppälä, is still in position, with former employees complaining about her leadership style. Seppälä could not be reached for comment. C.B.

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World News Briefs -- June 12, 2010

Kyrgyzstan Asks Russia For Peacekeepers As Fighting Continues -- RIA Novosti

Kyrgyzstan’s interim leader said on Saturday that the Central Asian state had requested that Russia send peacekeepers to help stop violence in the south of the country.

Roza Otunbayeva’s comments came after she had spoken by phone to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin late on Friday.

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Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites.

Iran marks a year since disputed presidential poll.

Gaza flotilla captain: Activists prepared attack against IDF raid.


NATO opens northern supply route to Afghanistan via Russia, Central Asia.

N.Korea warns it could turn Seoul into 'sea of flame'.

Myanmar nukes would destabilize region: U.S.

Amnesty calls on Thai PM for fair protest probe.


Pirates release cargo vessel with 10 Ukrainian crewmembers.

South Africa revels in afterglow of World Cup opener.

ICC pushes UN for arrests of Sudanese suspects.


Belgium goes to polls for election that could trigger country's breakup.

Russia parliament votes to strengthen KGB successor.

Late surge may give Slovak right election victory.


Cameron and Obama to discuss BP oil spill.

Dozens missing in rugged terrain after Ark. flood.

Gunmen kill 39 in latest wave of violence in Mexico.


Exclusive footage gives rare insight into life in al Qaeda insurgency.

US gives India access to Mumbai attacks ‘planner’.

Hizbullah building terror infrastructure in U.S., infiltrating from Mexico.


BP's failures on the Gulf made worse by PR woes.

Euro to hit dollar parity in 2011, if still exists: analyst.

EU leaders to press ahead on bank tax: document.


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Here are the key events in world news for the month of June 2010.

  • Prime Minister of Japan Announces Resignation (June 1): Just nine months into his term as Prime Minister of Japan, Yukio Hatoyama announces his resignation from office. His countrymen reportedly find him an indecisive and ineffective ruler and have been clamoring for him to quit. He will be the fourth prime minister to leave in just four years.
  • U.N. Security Council Passes Sanctions Against Iran (June 9): The United Nations Security Council passes another set of sanctions against Iran's nuclear program, in hopes that they can stop Iran's production of nuclear fuel. President Obama strongly supported the sanctions, though only 12 of the 15 members of the council voted in favor of passing it.
  • U.S. Finds $1 Trillion in Untapped Mineral Deposits in Afghanistan (June 13): The United States finds more than $1 trillion in mineral resources in the mountains of Afghanistan, far more than expected or previously estimated. The findings, which include previously unknown deposits of iron, copper, gold, and lithium, could drastically improve the country's economy and fundamentally change the outcome of the war there.
  • Ethnic Fighting in Kyrgyzstan Reaches Horrific Level (June 17): Street fighting between ethnic Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks escalated in the city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan, leaving at least 200 people dead. Thousands of people are displaced after Uzbek neighborhoods are torched, and approximately 100,000 people have crossed the border into Uzbekistan, forcing that country's government to close its borders. (June 24): The death toll in the ethnic fighting in Kyrgyzstan rises to 2,000, yet the cause of the original skirmish remains unknown. Many of those who fled the country have begun to return.
  • Graeme McDowell Wins Golf's U.S. Open (June 20): In a surprise victory, Graeme McDowell wins golf's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California, beating second place Frenchman Gregory Havret by just one stroke. McDowell, from Northern Ireland, is the first European to win the tournament since 1970.

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Bangladesh lifts Facebook block

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 4:39
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Bangladesh unblocks Facebook after officials say the website agreed to remove caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
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Obama greets new Japanese leader

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 5:31
related countries: Japan JapanUnited States United States

Barack Obama telephones Japan's new leader Naoto Kan to pledge co-operation, amid tensions over a US military base.
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BP's cap 'funnels 6,000 barrels'

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 7:23
related countries: United States United StatesMexico Mexico

BP's latest effort to stem the Gulf of Mexico oil spill captured 6,000 barrels in 24 hours, a US official says, raising hopes of success.
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US porn actor in cliff-fall death

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 7:57
related countries: United States United States

An American porn-film actor, wanted by police for murder, falls to his death after a day-long stand-off with police.
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DR Congo police chief suspended

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 8:42
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo

The head of police in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been suspended following the death of an activist, officials say.
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Shot on sight

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 10:10
related countries: Israel Israel

The Africans risking it all to cross into Israel
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Live - England v Bangladesh

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 11:50
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England run through Bangladesh after enforcing the follow-on against Bangladesh on day three at Old Trafford.
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Behind the wire

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 11:54
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Israel's raid puts Gaza blockade back in spotlight
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Indian film gets Bollywood awards

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 12:26
related countries: India IndiaSri Lanka Sri Lanka

The Indian hit comedy 3 Idiots sweeps Bollywood awards at a ceremony in Sri Lanka boycotted by the Tamil Nadu film industry.
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Live - French Open men's final

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 12:45
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World number two Rafael Nadal is up against 2009 nemesis Robin Soderling as he targets his fifth French Open title.
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Germany looks to rein in budget

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 13:35
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a two-day cabinet meeting to come up with a savings plan for the country's budget.
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Israel deports Gaza aid activists

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 13:44
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Israel deports several activists detained after trying to sail an aid ship to Gaza in defiance of Israel's blockade.
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Egyptian-Israeli marriage ruling

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 14:05
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A Cairo court upholds a ruling urging the cabinet to consider revoking the citizenship of Egyptian men married to Israelis.
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Afghans to hold prisoner review

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 15:00
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai orders a review of the cases of every Taliban suspect held in the country's prisons.
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Ruthless England seal innings win

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 15:07
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England secure a 2-0 series whitewash over Bangladesh after winning the second Test at Old Trafford by an innings and 80 runs.
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In pictures

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 15:26
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Polish priest's beatification draws thousands
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Fans injured in SA stadium crush

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 15:51
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Twelve people are injured and one policeman seriously hurt in a crush outside a South African ground hosting a World Cup warm-up game.
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Nadal powers to fifth French Open title

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 16:01
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Rafael Nadal beats Robin Soderling in straight sets to win his fifth French Open title and regain the world number one ranking.
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Terror charge for men held at JFK

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 17:21
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Two men arrested at New York's JFK airport are charged with conspiring to commit an act of international terrorism in Somalia.
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Slovenes back Croatia border deal

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 19:40
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Slovenes vote to accept an agreement on a border dispute with Croatia in a national referendum.
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BP cap catches '10,000 barrels'

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 22:16
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BP's latest bid to cap a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is now capturing more than half the estimated leak, it tells the BBC.
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US mulls new North Korea measures

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 22:19
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The US says it is considering "additional options" to hold North Korea accountable for the sinking of a South Korean warship.
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Israel 'to reject raid inquiry'

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 22:25
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Israel will reject a proposed international investigation into its deadly raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, its ambassador to the US says.
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Fans injured in SA stadium crush

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 22:32
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Football fans are hurt in a crush outside a South African ground hosting a game between Nigeria and North Korea.
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World Cup 2010 insured for $9bn

Sunday 6th of June 2010, 23:25
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The 2010 World Cup in South Africa has been insured for more than £6.2bn, according to Lloyd's of London.
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