9 July 2014

World Cup entangled with Mideast conflicts

In this Thirsday, June 19, 2014 file photo, Palestinians watch a World Cup football game on a wide screen on the beach of Gaza City. Politics and conflict are never far from soccer in the Middle East, but this year's World Cup has been entangled with unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tensions between Arab countries, pushing fans to watch matches in secret or even on a channel owned by region's number one enemy _ Israel.
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 reduced to watching matches in secret or even — and this is where it gets complicated — on a TV channel owned by Israel.

Widodo leads early results in Indonesia election

A relative assists a visually impaired man to cast his ballot during the presidential election at a polling station in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
Unofficial quick-count results of Indonesia's hotly contested presidential election Wednesday showed Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ahead of his rival with more than 80 percent of the votes tallied.

Widodo, the governor of Jakarta, was leading with about 52 percent of the vote, while Prabowo Subianto had about 48 percent, according to most credible quick-count surveys.

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India budget to test new government's mettle

Commuters hang by doors of a crowded local train in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. India's new rail minister Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday proposed allowing foreign investment to modernize the country's cash-strapped state railways. India has one of the world's largest railways, which transports 23 million passengers a day. Indian Railways is one of the world's biggest employers with more than 1.3 million employees. The network lost 300 billion rupees ($5 billion) last year.
India's new government presents its inaugural budget this week in the first substantive test of whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver on ambitious promises to revive stalled economic growth.

Luxury Rolls-Royce car sales soar worldwide

In this Nov. 21, 2013 file photo, models pose beside the Rolls-Royce Canton Glory at the company's booth during Guangzhou 2013 Auto Show in China's southern city of Guangzhou. Britain-based Rolls-Royce on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 said that global sales in the first half of the year were up 33 percent compared with the same period in 2013.
They are rolling symbols of wealth and excess, starting at $263,000 a pop, with many buyers choosing custom options that can easily double the price. And they are more popular than ever before.
Rolls-Royce reported a startling rise in demand for their distinctive cars Tuesday.

Brazil tries to come to grips with big WCup loss

A Brazil soccer fan weeps as she watches Germany score repeatedly against Brazil at a World Cup semifinal match on a live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
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 7-1 drubbing by Germany in a World Cup semifinal match Tuesday.

7-goal scoring spree stuns even Germany

Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
Chance after chance was offered, and the Germany players just kept on taking them with clinical efficiency.
In the end, not even they could scarcely believe the 7-1 World Cup semifinal win over Brazil.
Thomas Mueller opened the scoring in the 11th minute, and then Miroslav Klose's record-breaking 16th World Cup career goal triggered a four-goal frenzy in a seven-minute span as Germany took a 5-0 lead inside half an hour on Tuesday.

Brazil's defense falls apart without Thiago Silva

Brazil's David Luiz is consoled by teammate Thiago Silva as they walk off the pitch after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Germany has routed host Brazil 7-1 and advanced to the final of the World Cup.
Forget Neymar for a second and consider just how badly Brazil missed Thiago Silva in defense.
The host nation's backline was relentlessly picked apart Tuesday in the World Cup semifinals, allowing Germany to score goal after goal in a 7-1 loss that will stand as a national embarrassment in a country credited with creating "The Beautiful Game."

ON THIS DAY: Zidane headbutts Materazzi in 2006

In this Sunday, July 9, 2006, file photo, France's Zinedine Zidane, left, looks on as Italy's Marco Materazzi lies injured, and Italy's Fabio Cannavaro reacts, during extra time in the World Cup final soccer match between Italy and France, at the Olympic Stadium, in Berlin. On this day: Zidane is sent off minutes before the end of the final after head-butting Italy defender Materazzi. Italy wins ensuing penalty shoot-out to claim its fourth World Cup.
On July 9 in World Cup history: Zinedine Zidane loses his cool as Italy beats France to win 2006 final in Berlin.

Brazil fans crushed by 7-1 loss to Germany

A Brazil soccer fan cries as Germany scores against her team at a semifinal World Cup match as she watches the game on a live telecast in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
The tears started flowing before half time, and by the end of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semifinal, millions across Brazil were in dazed, damp-eyed disbelief.

Klose sets record that compounds Brazil's defeat

Germany's Thomas Mueller (13) is congratulated by teammate Miroslav Klose (11) after scoring his side's first goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
Miroslav Klose found perhaps the only way to make matters worse for Brazil.
On a night when Germany routed the host nation 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, Klose also became the tournament's all-time record scorer — surpassing Brazil great Ronaldo.
Klose scored Germany's second goal in the 23rd minute, giving him 16 career World Cup goals. It broke the mark of 15 goals he shared with the retired Ronaldo, who worked the game as a TV commentator.