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U-turn fails to end Brazil protests Brazilian authorities promise to reverse public transport fare rises that sparked unrest, but nationwide protests continue unabated. Details Afghans reject Taliban talks moves Afghan officials tell the BBC the removal of the flag and nameplate from the Taliban's Qatar office does not go far enough. 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 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 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 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 Bad weather hits India flood rescue Bad weather is hampering rescue operations in the flood-hit Indian state of Uttarakhand, where nearly 150 people have died. 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 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 Naked mole-rat gives cancer clues A rodent that never gets cancer could hold the key to preventing or treating malignant tumours, say scientists. Details