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Good Evening and welcome to Elllo news, where we review the top stories of the week brought to you by www.breakingnewsenglish.com. In world news:

Nelson Mandela has launched a series of comic books based on his life. Mandela is a real-life super hero in South Africa because of his fight to end apartheid. Five young African illustrators and cartoonists drew the pictures for the books.

China’s government has announced it will reform its system of capital punishment by ensuring the Supreme Court reviews all death sentences. This transfers decision making out of the hands of local courts, which often make mistakes and execute innocent people. The new process should reduce the number of miscarriages of justice.

Communication giant Vodafone has created a vending machine that will sell mobile phones. The company is using a sales technique that is very successful with other goods, such as cigarettes, chocolate and soft drinks. The first of the company’s QuickPhone kiosks will be opened in Manchester, in the UK.

A new basketball season starts in America today and many players are angry about new fashion rules. The NBA’s boss, David Stern, has introduced a new dress code for what players can and cannot wear off the court. Many of the game’s black stars say the new rules are racist.

Rioting broke out in Paris yesterday for the fifth night in a row. The violence is because of the deaths of two teenagers, aged 15 and 17. Local residents have blamed the police for their deaths.

Real Madrid soccer star David Beckham and his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, are going to court to defend their image and marriage. The Beckhams are angry that a British tabloid newspaper printed a story that their “happy marriage” was a lie.

That's the news for this week. For more details on these stories please go to www.breakingnewsenglish.com. Thank you.


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