3 July 2014

Stranded Indian nurses in Iraq move to new area

In this Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 photo, Indian nurses help a tuberculosis patient Manjeet Mishra, 18, center, walk towards his ward at Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Hospital at Ram Nagar in Varanasi, India.
Dozens of Indian nurses who have been stranded at an Iraqi hospital are safe but are being forced to move to a new area controlled by Islamic militants, an Indian official said Thursday.

Finding summer solace in New Delhi park

In this Wednesday, June 25, 2014 photo, a family spreads a sheet as they prepare to enjoy an evening at the lawns of India Gate park in New Delhi, India. With temperatures reaching 100 degrees every day, India Gate, the colonial park in the center of New Delhi is a temperate escape for the middle-class and working-class - the kind of people who don't have their own backyards, and can't afford air-conditioners and generators during power blackouts. It's a safe place for families to gather, to picnic, to buy balloons and pink cotton candy and watch dancing monkeys.
Along Mansingh Road, dozens of ice cream carts glow brightly in the night, their battery-powered fluorescent lights calling out for customers.

Do you want a Smacko chocolate cone? A Strawberry Jiggly Jelly? An Orange Mahabar? A Delighto?

Video of Japan politician weeping goes viral

A video clip of a weeping Japanese politician accused of dubious spending on trips to a hot springs has gone viral, leaving many outraged and puzzled.

ON THIS DAY: Dutch reach 1974 World Cup final

In this July 3, 1974 file photo, Dutch forward Johann Cruyff scores his team's second goal against Brazil in their World Cup Soccer match, in Dortmund, West Germany. On this day: The Netherlands beats Brazil 2-0 to qualify for the World Cup final.
On July 3 in World Cup history: Johan Cruyff stars against Brazil as the Netherlands reach final in Dortmund, West Germany, in 1974.

Even though its participation in the 1974 World Cup was its first since World War II, the Netherlands team was one of the favorites. In a bruising encounter, the Dutch defeated defending champion Brazil to earn a spot in the final against West Germany. The Dutch were spearheaded by perhaps the world's best player at the time, Cruyff, who volleyed in at full stretch to give his team a 2-0 victory. The Dutch enthralled the world with their "Total Football," a strategy that effectively did away with positions. Players were interchangeable on the pitch at any one time. In the end, their mastery wasn't enough and the Dutch lost 2-1 to West Germany in the final.