The body that sets the rules for international football has approved the use of goal-line technology. The International Football Association Board gave the goal ahead for two systems – one involving cameras and one that uses a sensor in the ball. The head of the world football Sepp Blatter said he came round to the idea after England had an important goal disallowed during the 2010 World Cup. Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the technology could be introduced for the next World Cup in Brazil.
"We Fifa have decided to use the system at the Club World Cup next December in Tokyo, and that, if it is working, at the Confederations Cup 2013 and the World Cup 2014."
The British government has scrapping 17 major army units to save money. The army will be cut by 20% to just over 8,000 personnel – its lowest level for 200 years. Here's Jonathan Beale.
Over the past decade, the British army has been at war, fighting on two fronts: in Iraq and Afghanistan for long stretches. The smaller army of 2020 won't be big enough to do that. It will be split in two: a reaction force made up of regular troops, highly trained and ready to deploy at short notice , and an adaptable force that will carry out ceremonial roles, as well as meeting long-term commitments like defending the Falklands. The army of 2020 will be more reliant on reservists , no longer an add-on but an integral part of the army.
Police in Northern Ireland are to conduct a murder investigation into the death of 13 people shot dead by British soldiers 40 years ago in what became known as 'bloody Sunday'. The decision comes after a public inquiry found that none of those killed was armed. It's not yet clear that when the investigation will start.
French air crash investigators have concluded that a combination of human error and technical failures caused the lost of an Air France flight that plunged into the Atlantic in 2009. All 228 people on board of flight from Rio de Janerio to Paris were killed. The investigators support highlights faults with the plane's altimeter and air speed sensors. Relatives of the victims say they view the report as more impartial than earlier conclusions that blamed the pilots alone. Martin Vince Louis of the Brazilian victims' families association lost his sister in the crash.
"They don't want to die. They are professions, and they are, they've got not enough good training from Air France company. Airbus did not mention that the stall could happen in this situation. The auto-pilot went off by him(it)self, and this was completely unknown for the pilots."
Airbus has said it will take all measures to optimize air safety.
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A court in Argentina is due to deliver the verdict in the case of two former military leaders accused of overseeing the systematic theft of babies from political prisoners during military rule. If found guilty, Jorge Videla and Reynaldo Bignone could face long prison sentences. At least 400 babies are thought to have been taken from their parents while they were being held in detention centers during the military rule from 1976 to 1983.
The UN Security Council has passed a resolution calling for sanctions against Islamist fighters in northern Mali. They have destroyed several ancient tombs in the world heritage site of Timbuktu. From UN headquarters in New York, Barbara Plett.
The resolution expresses deep concern at the increased terrorist threat in the north of Mali and the region due to the presence of al-Qaeda fighters. It calls on member states to submit names of those linked to the group to be added to a UN list of al-Qaeda militants targeted by sanctions. It strongly condemns the destruction of Muslim shrines by the Islamists and says such act of desecration could fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. But it stops short of authorizing a request by the regional group Ecowas for a mandate to deploy a stabilization force.
The UN human rights council has voted to appoint a special investigator to look into accusations of rights violations in Belarus. The move follows a report by the UN human rights office which said there had been curbs on freedom of speech and rights of assembly since the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, was re-elected in 2010.
Art experts in Italy say they believe they have discovered dozens of drawings produced by the Renaissance master Caravaggio when he was a young student in Milan. The pictures were in a collection of works previously ascribed to the painter, with whom Caravaggio studied as a boy, Simone Peterzano.
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