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Didi Hamann says the Premier League is a FRAUD and 'full of average players' after England humiliation

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has branded the Premier League as a "fraud" following England's unexpected elimination from Euro 2016.<p>The …

Soccer

Five Matches to Watch in Euro 2016

It’s not a World Cup summer. You’ll have to wait for 2018, in Russia, for the next one. But 2016 is the next closet thing, with two major tournaments …

Brussels Terror: Belgian Police Find Bomb-Making Factory, ISIS Flag

Investigators carrying out raids after Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels believe they've found a bomb-making factory complete with chemicals used in explosives, nails and bolts.<p>Authorities are still hunting for one of three suspects caught on surveillance video as they pushed luggage carts …

Three more arrested in Brussels police operation over attacks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian police arrested three more people on Friday as investigations into Tuesday’s suicide bombings by Islamist militants in Brussels threw up more links to killings in Paris last year.<p>The federal prosecutor’s office said the operation was connected to the arrest in Paris on …

Extremism

Cameron criticises Ukip for linking Brussels attacks to immigration

PM says remarks by Ukip spokesman that ‘open borders are putting lives at risk’ are not appropriate on day of attacks<p>Ukip has been criticised by David Cameron and others for claiming the Brussels terror attacks show the dangers of lax immigration controls and a need to leave the EU.<p>Mike Hookem, the …

Afghan boy in homemade shirt looking to meet Lionel Messi

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The father of a 5-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from Lionel Messi says they are eager to travel to …

Soccer

At Least 10 People Are Killed in Train Crash in Germany

Many others are injured in head-on collision between two trains near the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling<p>BERLIN—Two commuter trains collided head-on at high speed in southern Germany on Tuesday, leaving at least 10 dead and dozens injured, in one of the country’s worst railway crashes in years.<p>The …

Germany

Lionel Messi: a genius and antidote to football’s bloated excesses | Barney Ronay

Fifa’s Ballon d’Or ceremony is undoubtedly overblown and overdressed but Barcelona’s talisman is a worthy winner of the celebrated award<p>Even Fifa gets it right sometimes. In front of the usual Zurich crowd of power brokers, buffet-lurkers, desiccated legends and appallingly tuxedoed superstars, …

Ballon d'Or is a weird dream of an event, and resolutely anti-football

Award celebrates the already celebrated, lauds the already lauded, and recognises players who have won trophies by giving them another trophy<p>“It’s a dream,” Neymar kept saying. And he was right, although to be strictly accurate it was not so much one of those straightforwardly happy dreams, but …

Lionel Messi wins record fifth Ballon d'Or and confirms intention to retire at Barcelona

European clubs' hopes of signing Lionel Messi take a dent as historic fifth Ballon d'Or finally settles long-running battle with Cristiano Ronaldo<p>Lionel Messi pleased his acolytes with a fifth world player of the year award but disappointed those still hoping to see him play for an English club one …

10 Tiny Towns For A Cozy, Low-Key Vacation

<i>This post was originally published on November 20, 2015.</i><br>Big cities may get most of the attention, but America's small towns have so much to offer …

Paris attacks: Woman 'was not suicide bomber' in raid

<b>French officials say the cousin of the presumed ringleader of last week's Paris attacks did not blow herself up in a police raid as previously thought.</b><p>They say the suicide bomber was a man, not Hasna Ait Boulahcen, who also died in Wednesday's raid in Saint-Denis.<p>Her cousin, alleged ringleader …

Paris Attacks

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

House passes bill to block Syrian refugees, require more vetting

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday to halt the admission of Syrian refugees into the U.S. until they undergo a more stringent vetting process — the strictest ever required for people fleeing a war-torn nation.<p>The legislation, passed by a vote of 289-137, was rushed through in response to …

We're on Our Way to a New Worldwide Patriot Act

It's Minority Report. It's Black Mirror. It's happening.<p>By almost any objective measure, the terror attacks in Paris last weekend were a horrifying success for the perpetrators, both in terms of the sheer carnage, but also in the political tumult that has followed as world governments scramble to …

The Latest: Police in Rotterdam detain 3 people

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local):<p>12:25 a.m.<p>Police in Rotterdam have detained three people who were found …