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Rog On Picking A Premier League Team

43<p>SHARES<p>I am fascinated by how American Premier League fans identify a rooting interest. Free of such obligations as a “local” team to support, the …

Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

The pop-star Lana Del Rey denied this week that she had “slept her way to the top”. This was the patient response to an interviewer’s question about …

Lana Del Rey

Russian media say we've all got it wrong on flight 17

While the world waits for answers surrounding the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the lives of the 298 people on board, the Russian media has taken matters into its own hands.<p>Evgeny Popov, host of a weekly news roundup program on Russia One, one of Russia's three state-controlled …

Despite recent events in Ukraine and Israel, flying over hot spots is business as usual

Airliners flying around the world pass over conflict zones regularly. But the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 last week has put that routine under the microscope.<p>And some are suggesting the crash also played a role in the US FAA ordering American airlines to supend flights on Tuesday to Tel …

Companies are tapping into a desire by some tourists to get up close and personal with war zones

Over the past year, groups of curious onlookers have gathered in the Golan Heights to peer across the Israeli-Syrian border at rumbling tanks and mortar rounds being fired in the Syrian civil war.<p>War tourism isn’t a new phenomenon, but according to Tel Aviv-based freelance journalist Debra Kamin, …

Tim Vickery Column: Brazil may want to look further afield in order to regain reputation

A depressing flashback, from seven years ago.<p>Brazil have just won the 2007 Copa America. They beat Argentina 3-0 in the final in Maracaibo, …

Brazil To Name Dunga As Head Coach? & Premier League Transfers :Soccer Morning

In 100 days since the mass abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of the girls' parents have died

The agony continues for the families of 219 missing schoolgirls in Nigeria.<p>It has now been 100 days since the girls were abducted by the extremist group Boko Haram.<p>Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan marked the occasion by meeting with some of the girls' relatives today. The kidnapping has been an …

Great moments in Science (if Twitter had existed)

Twitter is the source of a great deal of modern news, and scientists are often encouraged to tweet about their research. So what if Twitter had been around during the times of historic scientific breakthroughs and discoveries?<p>A lot of news these days comes from, or is about, Twitter. Entertainment …

Frank Lampard under fire from New Yorkers for 9/11 insensitivity

New Yorkers reminded of former Chelsea player’s crass behaviour by one of city’s main newspapers ahead of imminent move to its new Major League Soccer club<p>Frank Lampard may receive a less than warm welcome if his expected move to New York City FC goes ahead, after one of the city’s main newspapers …

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Ashley Cole's first Roma interview

The unforgettable sea of blue and white

Around me, Brazilian football has moved on. The local first division resumed on Wednesday, just three days after the World Cup final. And it is a …

Q&A: The First-Ever Expedition to Turkmenistan's "Door to Hell"

Explorer George Kourounis describes his descent into a fiery, gas-fueled crater.<p>More than four decades ago, a gaping, fiery crater opened up in the desert of northern Turkmenistan (map), likely the result of a drilling mishap.<p>The Darvaza Crater, more commonly known as the Door to Hell, still burns …