Carl M Force, part of federal taskforce that penetrated illicit online marketplace, ended up siphoning off more than $700,000 in digital currency for himself

A former undercover agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration has pleaded guilty on charges of stealing more than $700,000 in digital currency – most of it from an online drug bazaar known as Silk Road that he infiltrated as part of a federal investigation.

Carl M Force, dressed in the orange garb of the San Francisco jail and shackled at the ankles, pleaded guilty to extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice in federal court.

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By Associated Press in San Francisco

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England’s World Cup dream concluded in the cruellest fashion when Laura Bassett’s stoppage time own goal re-routed Mark Sampson’s Lionesses from the final in Vancouver to Heathrow.

Bassett was in tears after slicing an intended clearance into her own net at the end of an evening on which England had held their own against a slick passing, technically accomplished, but largely non-penetrative, Japan side.

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By Louise Taylor in Edmonton

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Contractor was setting up the stationary robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate at the plant in Baunatal

A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany, the automaker has said.

The man died on Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100km (62 miles) north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said.

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By Associated Press in Berlin

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The NSA did not just tap German chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone but also listened in on finance, economy, agriculture and other ministers

The United States did not just tap chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone but also eavesdropped on several of her ministers, the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung has reported, citing documents from WikiLeaks.

German-US relations were badly strained after fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 revealed widespread US foreign surveillance, although a probe into the alleged tapping of Merkel’s mobile phone was dropped in June over a lack of evidence.

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By feeds.theguardian.com

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Intruder shot dead by Russell’s husband, Chuck de Caro, who was also wounded after emerging from shower to find wife being held at gunpoint

An armed intruder who forced his way into the motel room of former CNN anchor Lynne Russell has been shot and killed by her husband.

Lynne Russell told reporters on Wednesday that her husband, Chuck de Caro, decided to stop at a Motel 6 on Albuquerque’s western edge because they were tired after a long day of travelling during a cross-country road trip. When she went out to the car to get something and returned to the room, a man was at the door with a handgun.

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By Associated Press in Albuquerque

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Japan reach final after a stoppage-time own goal from Laura Bassett gives them victory over England

9.09pm ET

I’m just trying to think of another football match, in such an important game, to end in such dramatic fashion. Michael Thomas at Anfield in 1989? Manchester United v Bayern in Barcelona in 1999? Miroslav Djukic for Depor in 1994?

Toni Duggan has just given the loveliest interview to TV. She’s gutted, obviously, emotional and teary, but so positive, and kind, and generous to Japan. She was brilliant today, too. Well played.

9.05pm ET

Here’s Steph Houghton, the England captain:

That’s football. It can be cruel at times but we can hold our heads high. The squad has shown some great character and desire to win, and passion to play for England. These girls have given everything for the jersey.

Thanks so much for all your support. We tried to perform and get to the World Cup final, but it just wasn’t to be.

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By Tim Hill

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Letter had urged broadcaster to use term Daesh, but BBC head Tony Hall said it risked giving impression of support for group’s opponents

The director general of the BBC, Tony Hall, has rejected demands from a cross-party group of MPs, including Boris Johnson and Alex Salmond, to stop the broadcaster using the term “Islamic State” to refer to the terrorist group.

The MPs made their demand in a letter following criticism of the BBC from David Cameron, who used an appearance on the Today programme on Monday to suggest that Muslim listeners would “recoil every time they hear the words Islamic State” to refer to its “appalling, barbarous regime”.

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By Dominic Smith

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Sales of artworks by Warhol, Bacon, Freud and others combine to make highest total ever achieved for contemporary art at the renowned auction house

An auction of contemporary art on Wednesday evening raised £130.4m at Sotheby’s with works from Andy Warhol, Lucien Freud and Gerhard Richter combining to make it the auction house’s most lucrative sale ever.

Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art said that the evening “affirmed the pivotal position of London within the international art market”.

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By Dominic Smith

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• The 24-year-old Uruguay international moves from Anfield in four-year deal
• Centre-back joined on loan last season and was crucial to relegation battle

The Sunderland head coach, Dick Advocaat, secured his first signing on Wednesday evening when the Liverpool defender Sebastián Coates completed a permanent switch to the Stadium of Light.

The 24-year-old Uruguay international, who had a year remaining on his contract at Anfield, has signed a four-year deal and joins for an undisclosed fee understood to be in the region of £2m.

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By Press Association

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The survey of 350,000 people across four continents did not, however, confirm a belief of a link between genetic variety and high cholesterol blood pressure

The children of parents who are more distantly related tend to be taller and smarter than their peers, according to one of the largest studies to date into genetic diversity.

The study suggests that height and intelligence may be increasing as a growing number of people are marrying people from more distant parts of the world.

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By Philip Oldfield

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