Beijing has also set up a market-stabilisation fund, according to reports, as fund managers pledge to invest $19bn in the local share market

China has frozen share offers and set up a market-stabilisation fund, according to reports, as Beijing intensified efforts to pull stock markets out of a nose-dive that is threatening the world’s second-largest economy.

The Wall Street Journal report that Beijing has suspended initial public offerings (IPOs) came a few hours after major brokers and fund managers collectively pledged to invest at least $19bn of their own money into stocks.

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The German football body was told to vote for Qatar for ‘economic reasons’, Fifa president tells a newspaper, adding that he is ‘tired of taking the blame’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said that France and Germany applied political pressure before the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

Blatter told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that “there were two political interventions” from former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his German counterpart Christian Wulff before the hosts were announced on 2 December 2010.

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By Associated Press

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Queen and other royals gather as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children prepare to appear in public for first time as family of four

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children will appear in public for the first time as a family of four on Sunday when Princess Charlotte is christened in front of the Queen and close family.

Large crowds are expected to gather for a glimpse of the nine-week-old at her baptism at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, Norfolk – walking distance from Prince William and Kate’s country mansion, Anmer Hall.

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By Guardian Staff

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• Chile 0-0 Argentina (Chile win 4-1 on pens)

After 99 years, it came down to Alexis Sánchez against Sergio Romero from 12 yards. The Arsenal forward attempted a Panenka, scuffed it badly, and scored anyway as the goalkeeper dived to his left. Misses from Gonzalo Higuaín and Éver Banega in the shootout proved decisive and, finally, Chile, one of the four participants at the inaugural Copa América, had a first international trophy. For Argentina the drought goes on: 22 years since their last trophy and an increasing sense that this gifted generation of players will remain unfulfilled.

Related: Chile win Copa América after beating Argentina on penalties – as it happened

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By Jonathan Wilson at the Estadio Nacional

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The Foreign Office has pushed for consular access to Andargachew Tsige with no tangible results, since the British citizen was abducted in Ethiopia a year ago

The UN has demanded the immediate release of a Briton held on death row in Ethiopia for more than a year, an intervention that campaigners say exposes Britain’s poor diplomacy towards the case.

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By Mark Townsend

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Chile win Copa America for the first time in their history after a 4-1 victory on penalties over Argentina

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Well, we’re going to wrap the blog up now. Congratulations to Chile; commiserations to Lionel Messi and Argentina. Thanks so much for reading. Have a good night.

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Here’s Eduardo Villanueva with the last word:

Down here we use “huevos” rather than cojones but the idea works. And a Panenka would a “cucharita” Spanish for the Italian word.

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By Tim Hill

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Embarrassment for government as it confirms only £5bn of announced £13bn funding is allocated for major road schemes and £3bn for rail

George Osborne’s pledge to build a “northern powerhouse” has been condemned as “cynical pre-election spin” as it emerged that the £13bn committed to build it includes routine spending on potholes and maintenance for the A1, which comes out of London.

In further embarrassment, a communities minister was also accused of misleading parliament over the money after he claimed to MPs in the Commons last week that the government was “investing £13bn in rail in the north” for “more trains, newer trains and more regular journeys”. A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has now confirmed that the money is not just for rail.

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By Daniel Boffey Policy editor

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Climate change experts say burning heather to increase bird yields is a threat to protected peat bogs

They are home to a diverse range of wildlife and up to 8,000 years old. And, according to a damning analysis by an independent government advisory body, the UK’s upland peat bogs are facing a sustained threat from the shooting classes’ desire to bag grouse.

The Committee on Climate Change’s 2015 progress report to parliament notes: “Wetland habitats, including the majority of upland areas with carbon-rich peat soils, are in poor condition. The damaging practice of burning peat to increase grouse yields continues, including on internationally protected sites.”

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By Jamie Doward

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A new movie about the singer has provoked hugely divergent reactions

There’s an unfashionable bar I drink in on the edge of Soho – you can always find a table – and what makes it unfashionable isn’t so much the neon lighting, the scant bowls of crisps or the pink straws in the gin and tonic so much as the Amy Winehouse fan art covering the walls. Amy’s five-day-old mussed-up beehive, smudged Cleopatra eyeliner and shy-bold eyes, features as unmistakable as Marilyn’s platinum curls, heavy eyelashes and delighted red-lipped smile, multiply around you in photorealist or more impressionistic oils.

Winehouse, who died four years ago this month, is already a too classical and universal part of pop culture to be fashionable. But we still can’t decide on what we witnessed during her last three years. Asif Kapadia’s new found-footage documentary of her life, Amy, was met with astonishment when it premiered at Cannes and was reviewed on its release on Friday as both “mawkish tabloid fare” and “a tragic masterpiece”. Was she a decent jazz singer made glorious by notoriety or a real musician unfairly cut down in her prime?

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By Joanna Biggs

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Though the all-white dress code may be restrictive, some competitors – Dustin Brown, Nick Kyrgios and Bethanie Mattek-Sands among them – are doing their level best to stand out

It is a perennial refrain: where are the characters in tennis? Who are this generation’s rabble-rousers, our Jimmy Connors, Ilie “Nasty” Nastase, and, the most indulged brat of all, John McEnroe? Where are the psychologically impenetrable enigmas like Bjorn Borg and Ivan Lendl? Why has the sport become so straitlaced and humourless?

Related: Andy Murray stumbles against Andreas Seppi but bounces back to victory

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By Tim Lewis

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