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Mario Gotze: 'Dream come true to win World Cup'

Germany's Mario Gotze celebrates with the FIFA World Cup Trophy Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

Mario Gotze has said he felt "unbelievable" after scoring the extra-time goal that gave Germany a 1-0 win over Argentina.

The World Cup match winner told Fifa.com: "It's an unbelievable feeling.

"I don't know how to describe it. You just score that goal and you don't really know what's happening after that.

"It'll be a party with the whole team and the country. It's a dream come true to win the World Cup, especially in Brazil."

Govt: Firefighters have 'one of the best pensions'

The Government has criticised the looming firefighters strike as they have "one of the best pensions in the public sector", according to one minister.

Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said:

Firefighters will still have one of the best pensions in the public sector.

New principles on fitness are already on the table with our backing and following a formal public consultation we have decided to make small changes to the scheme which allow us to improve the pension offer for firefighters who retire at age 55 or 56 so they are fairly rewarded, while those who work longer will rightly benefit for doing so.

– Brandon Lewis

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Germany land their fourth World Cup crown in Rio

After more than 24 years, Germany are once again World Cup winners after beating Argentina 1-0 in the dying minutes of extra time.

Millions of supporters watched from around the world as Mario Gotze scored a 112 minute goal to give Germany their fourth ever World Cup crown.

ITV News Brazil correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports on the nights events from Rio de Janeiro:

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Women and the Church: 'Hopeful of bishop success'

The Reverend Jody Stowell, from north west London, and a spokeswoman for Women and the Church, said they were "hopeful" of success in the vote for women bishops.

The Church of England is being given a second chance to back the introduction of women bishops at a key meeting today.

We are hopeful because of all the work that has been done within the General Synod in terms of relationships between people who have different opinions on this.

We would not say we are overly confident at all because it is the same set of people who voted it down in November 2012 so we have to be realistic about that.

– Reverend Jody Stowell

More: Church of England given second chance on women bishops

Firefighters walk out over pensions and retirement age

Firefighters will launch a series of strikes throughout the week in their bitter dispute over pensions and the age at which they can retire, their union has said.

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Firefighters on strike outside Soho fire station in London during the last walk out in June. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in Wales and England will stage short two hour walkouts from today for eight consecutive days, forcing brigades to implement contingency plans.

The dispute has rumbled on for over a year, as firefighters maintain forcing them to work into their 60s will put the public at risk.

London Fire Brigade urged parents to tell their children about the dangers of hoax calls as the industrial action coincides with school holidays.

The capital's fire commissioner Ron Dobson said: "Hoax calls waste our time and resources, but while the FBU is taking strike action and we only have contingency levels of cover it is even more important that we don't get any hoax calls."

Read: Firefighters to strike for 24 hours over pensions

Morning papers hail 'Super Mario' after German win

The UK papers have led with Germany's win over Argentina to clinch the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Putin aide: Ceasefire needed 'as soon as possible'

Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin talk before the World Cup final. Credit: REUTERS/Alexey Nikolsky

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that the Ukraine situation "has a tendency towards degradation" and have urged greater peace efforts, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

He said: "Both Putin and Merkel stressed the necessity to urgently resume the work of a contact group on Ukraine.

"It is their common opinion that, in order for the contact group to resume its work, a ceasefire needs to be declared as soon as possible," Peskov said.

The two leaders met briefly before the World Cup final in Brazil.

Cameron: Modern armed forces technology 'vital'

Cutting edge technology is "vital" to the future of the UK and the armed forces, David Cameron will say.

The Prime Minister is expected to emphasise the role defence technology plays in the UK economy in a speech in Farnborough later today:

Having modern, technologically advanced and flexible Armed Forces to protect us and our interests is vital.

Because of the difficult decisions we have taken to tackle the deficit we are able to make these vital investments in our defence capabilities.

We are also taking action to sustain our thriving defence industry, as part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking people.

– David Cameron

German striker in selfie with Merkel after Cup triumph

German forward Lukas Podolski celebrated winning the World Cup by tweeting selfies with fellow player Bastian Schweinsteiger and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Germans toppled Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final, to claim their fourth ever competition trophy.

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Govt to establish 'defence solutions centre'

A Government-backed Defence Solutions Centre, which will develop technologies for the global defence market, will be built in Farnborough, the Prime Minister will say.

David Cameron is expected to also announce:

  • The launching of a £4 million UK Centre Maritime Intelligent Systems based in Portsmouth.
  • The Government hopes to bring together industry and the Local Enterprise Partnership to develop cutting-edge naval technology, such as autonomous unmanned boats.
  • Building skills for the future through a new Defence Apprenticeship Trailblazer to attract new graduates to the Industry as well as up-skilling the existing workforce.
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