World Cup entangled with Mideast conflicts

Barbara Surk, Beirut With the World Cup in faraway Brazil coming at a time of unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tension in the Middle East, some Arab football fans have been

Israel hits key Hamas targets in Gaza offensive

The Israeli army yesterday intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least 14 people on the second day of a military operation it

This Day in History: 1985 – Rainbow Warrior sinks after explosion

One of the 11 crew members on board has been killed. He has been named as Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira, 33. Two explosions, 60 seconds apart, ripped through the stern at

Offbeat: US farmer loses phone, found on Japanese island

U.S. farmer Kevin Whitney thought his iPhone was lost for good when it fell into a grain elevator last year. Eight months later, his phone was returned unscathed after it

HISTORY IN THE MAKING | Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches final

Chris Lehourites Sports Writer, Belo Horizonte With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany. Nobody ever expected this. The Germans tore apart Brazil's porous defense time

Scolari apologizes for WCup failure: “Worst day of my professional life”

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari apologized to fans for failing to lead the host to the World Cup final, saying the "catastrophic" defeat to Germany marked the "worst day" of

Brazil tries to come to grips with big loss

Jenny Barchfield & Adriana Gomez Licon, Rio de Janeiro Catastrophic. Suffering. A Historic Humiliation. Those were just some of the apocalyptic headlines Brazilian newspapers used online to describe the national soccer team's stunning

Germany delighted, astonished by Brazil rout

Germans awoke yesterday to discover the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in their World Cup semifinal was not a delightful dream but a scarcely believable reality. The front-page headline in the country's

Brazil Beat: Merkel books seat

Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to the World Cup final in Brazil to watch Germany attempt to lift the trophy on Sunday . German President Joachim Gauck's office said that

Macau Matters | Nano Blood Sampling – taking out the fear and pain

Like many people I fear and dislike injections and needles. Moreover, I am now older and the doctors seem to love taking samples of my blood, which I hate. The

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Wave of investments precedes first Xi Jinping visit to Brazil

A wave of large Chinese investments is preceding the long-awaited first visit to Brazil by the President of China, Xi Jinping, which is expected to seal a number of important

BRIEFS: Angola linked to neighboring countries

Road links between Angola and neighboring countries will be in place by 2017, the director-general of the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA) said. António Resende, speaking to Angolan news agency

ECONOMY | Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales

Youkyung Lee, Technology Writer, Seoul Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in

US-CHINA | Strategic talks get test this week

Bradley Klapper, Beijing The United States and China will spend time over the next couple of days testing whether their annual "Strategic and Economic Dialogue" can produce tough compromises or just

MYANMAR | Camp baby a brief chapter in painful story

Esther Htusan, Sittwe Hours after Shamshu Nahad gave birth to her second child, a beautiful baby girl, her husband was digging its grave. The tiny corpse, wrapped in white cloth, was placed

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