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Brazil fails to quell protests Brazilian authorities promise to reverse public transport fare rises that sparked unrest, but nationwide protests continue unabated. Details Singapore smog hits hazardous levels Singapore and Indonesia schedule an emergency meeting after haze in Singapore soars to hazardous levels, breaking all previous records. 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 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 China gives first lecture from space China's second female astronaut, Wang Yaping, delivers the country's first-ever video lecture from the Tiangong-1 space laboratory. 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 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 Two held in US 'X-ray terror plot' Two US men have appeared in court accused of plotting to build an X-ray weapon to kill enemies of Israel and the US with lethal rays of radiation. 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 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 China factory activity slows further China's manufacturing activity weakens further in June, falling to a nine-month low as demand falls, according to a preliminary survey by HSBC. 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 Applause is a 'social contagion' The quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives, a study suggests. Details