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Violent protests mar Brazil match Protesters clash with police in Brazil's city of Fortaleza ahead of a football match against Mexico, as public discontent over poor public services widens. Details UN condemns 'despicable' Somali raid UN head Ban Ki-moon expresses outrage over a "despicable" attack by Islamists on a UN office in Somalia which killed at least 15 people. Details Sopranos actor James Gandolfini dies James Gandolfini, the US actor best known for his role as a therapy-seeking mob boss in The Sopranos, dies at the age of 51. Details Obama calls for nuclear arsenal cuts Speaking at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, President Barack Obama calls for reductions to be made in US and Russian nuclear stockpiles. Details Kerry calls Karzai to defuse tension The US Secretary of State John Kerry calls the Afghan leader to defuse tension over the opening of a Taliban office, an Afghan official tells the BBC. Details Microsoft U-turn in Xbox games row Microsoft backtracks on controversial plans to impose strict restrictions on the playing and trading of games on its upcoming Xbox One console. Details FBI uses surveillance drones in US The FBI has used drones for surveillance in limited cases over US soil and is developing a drone use policy, the FBI director tells the US Senate. Details Mexico arrests top 10 US fugitive A US fugitive on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list for the alleged sexual exploitation of children is arrested at a resort in Mexico. Details North Korea 'willing to join talks' The government in North Korea is willing to restart talks over its nuclear programme which broke down five years ago, according to Chinese officials. Details Protests flare over Egypt governor Egypt's tourism minister quits and protests erupt as a man with links to Islamists behind the deadly 1997 attack in Luxor is named as city governor. Details US force-feeding 'hurts detainees' A hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay detainee tells of the 'ordeal' of force-feeding, as doctors call for inmates to get independent medical care. Details Cyprus leader attacks bailout terms Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades urges eurozone leaders to help his country's biggest bank and sharply criticises the bailout agreed in March. Details Applause is a 'social contagion' The quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives, a study suggests. Details