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    Liverpool spent £67 million on Alisson last week, but it has emerged that the Reds could have signed the goalkeeper for just £4m three years ago.

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    "If they don't agree to using a condom, I kick them out," says Foxxy Angel, a 47-year-old platinum blonde sexworker, sporting some fearsome tattoos, in Amsterdam's notorious red light district. The Netherlands' biggest city is almost synonymous with the sexshops, brothels and prostitutes huddled in the narrow streets close to the main train station, drawing perhaps even more tourists than they do clientele. Some of the city's quaint narrow houses serve as brothels with their characteristic bay windows on the ground floor, where the sexworkers sit under red neon lights awaiting the next customer.

  • China's Xi offers fresh $295 million grant to Sri Lanka in push for dominance

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered Sri Lanka a fresh grant of 2 billion yuan ($295 million), as Beijing tries to expand its influence in the tiny island country off India's southern tip. President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, a partner in Beijing's multi-country Belt and Road infrastructure push, made the announcement on Saturday at a ceremony to mark the start of construction of a Chinese-funded kidney hospital in his home constituency of Polonnaruwa, 230 km (142.92 miles) from capital Colombo. "When the Chinese ambassador visited my house to fix the date for this ceremony, he said that Chinese President Xi Jinping sent me another gift," Sirisena told the gathering.

  • Thai boys rescued from cave to be ordained in Buddhist ceremony

    Most members of the Thai youth football team rescued from a flooded cave will have their heads shaved, don robes and be ordained in a Buddhist ceremony this week, officials said Sunday. The "Wild Boars" are enjoying their first few days home after being discharged from hospital and speaking to the media about their harrowing ordeal inside the Tham Luang cave near the Myanmar border. All made a speedy and surprising recovery after a week in hospital, and on their first day out they prayed for good fortune in a traditional ceremony and mourned a former Thai navy SEAL who died during the rescue efforts.

  • Thousands Attend Funeral of Slain Kazakh Olympian Figure Skater

    Thousands of people attended the funeral ceremony for Denis Ten, the 25-year-old figure skater and Kazakhstan’s first Olympic medallist, in Almaty on July 21. Ten died two days earlier after being stabbed with a knife on a street in Almaty. Ten, the first Kazakh to win a Olympic medal for figure skating, was stabbed in the torso after a dispute with two men who were trying to steal his rear-view mirrors off his car, reports said. His death sparked national outcry and tributes from fans, athletes, and Kazakh officials. President Nursultan Nazarbayev paid tribute to Ten after his death on on July 19, and on July 20 ordered Prosecutor General Kairat Kozhamzharov and Minister for Internal Affairs Kalmukhanbet Kassymov to take the case “under special control.” Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful

  • Lewis Hamilton seals remarkable German GP victory after Sebastian Vettel crashes out 

    Lewis Hamilton seals remarkable German GP victory after Sebastian Vettel crashes out 

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