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Offbeat: 6-fingered family roots for Brazil’s 6th World Cup

A family is counting on the fingers of a single hand its hopes for Brazil to win a sixth World Cup championship.All the members of ... Full story

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GREECE-CHINA Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited Greece’s largest port of Piraeus, where his country has made a big investment, as part of a three-day trip ... Full story

POLAND REPORT: Minister says US ties worthless

A Polish magazine said yesterday it has obtained recordings of a conversation in which Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski says the country’s strong alliance with the ... Full story

Russia’s Putin calls for compromise in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support yesterday for Ukraine’s declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides ... Full story

USA: Texas prisons address heat issues after deaths

The most populous prison system in the U.S., facing legal actions and criticism about inmates having to endure oppressive Texas summer heat, is looking to make conditions ... Full story

This Day in History: 1955 - Queen Elizabeth sails on schedule

Striking seamen have failed to delay the sailing of the Queen Elizabeth ocean liner which left Southampton on schedule this afternoon. The 83,673 ton Cunard ... Full story

Offbeat: NYC mayor a pirate among mermaids at zany parade

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (pictured with his daughter and son) portrayed himself as a man of the people in last year’s election. ... Full story

THE BUZZ: Ian Wright's family home burgled

Former England striker Ian Wright is flying home from the World Cup in Brazil after his London home was burgled, with his wife and two ... Full story

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SOUTH CHINA SEA China said it is moving a second oil rig closer to Vietnam's coast, showing its determination to press its territorial claims and ... Full story

SPAIN: Snacks, no banquet, for frugal new king

Crown Prince Felipe ascended to the Spanish throne yesterday, but there weren't any ritzy official celebrations.The economic crisis that has left a quarter of Spaniards ... Full story

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