8 July 2014

Powerful typhoon pounds Japan's Okinawa islands

Women walk amid strong winds on a street in Naha, Okinawa, southern Japan, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Powerful Typhoon Neoguri pounded across the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday, as residents took refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges. Airports closed and residents were evacuated from low-lying areas and shorelines as the typhoon passed over Okinawa, packing sustained winds of 175 kilometers (108 miles) per hour and gusts up to 250 kph (154 mph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
A powerful typhoon pummeled the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday, paralyzing transport and prompting U.S. forces based there to cancel all outdoor activity.

New India rail minister seeks foreign investment

Indian Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda, left, shows the briefcase containing Rail budget for the year 2014 to media persons as he arrives in the parliament house to present the budget, as junior minister for Railways Manoj Sinha, center right, watches, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Indian Railways is one of the world's largest and serves 23 million passengers a day.
India's new rail minister on Tuesday proposed allowing foreign investment to modernize the country's cash-strapped state railways.
Sadananda Gowda also outlined plans for a network of high-speed trains, with the first project slated to connect the financial capital, Mumbai, with the home state of new Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales

A woman visits the Samsung Electronics Co.'s showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. 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 China.
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 China.

Venezuela welcomes back stolen Matisse painting

Venezuelan government handlers hold a package containing the painting "Odalisque in Red Pants," by Henri Matisse, stolen more than a decade ago from a museum in Venezuela, at the airport in Caracas, Monday, July 7, 2014. Venezuelan authorities say the 1925 painting was stolen from the Caracas museum in 2000. The original work was swapped out for a copy. It was found in July 2012 when a couple tried to sell it to undercover FBI agents at a hotel in Miami Beach. The two were sent to prison for attempting to sell the stolen work.
A painting by Henri Matisse stolen more than a decade ago from a museum in Venezuela made its homecoming Monday.

ON THIS DAY: West Germany beats France in 1982

In this July 8, 1982 file photo, West Germany's Klaus Fischer scores the third goal and equalizes, in the World Cup semi-final soccer match against France, in Seville, Spain. On this day: West Germany defeats France in a penalty shoot out after a 3-3 draw. The game was marred by a terrible injury to France's Patrick Battiston following a collision with German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher.
On July 8 in World Cup history: In classic semifinal that sees first penalty shootout, West Germany beats France in Seville, Spain, in 1982. Late penalty helps West Germany grind out victory against Argentina to win 1990 World Cup in Rome.

Real Madrid great Di Stefano dies at age 88

In this Nov. 13, 2009 file photo, former Real Madrid soccer star and the club's honorary president, Alfredo Di Stefano of Argentina raises his glass during a tribute to his contribution to sport at the Argentine Embassy in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid on Monday July 7, 2014 says Alfredo Di Stefano has died at age 88. Di Stefano helped Madrid win five straight European Champions Cups, and was voted European player of the year in 1957 and '59.
Alfredo Di Stefano, the player Real Madrid has hailed as the most important component in its mid-20th century ascent to becoming a global football powerhouse, has died. He was 88.