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Israeli soccer players attacked by protesters at Austrian friendly

A preseason soccer match in Austria had to be abandoned after pro-Palestinian protesters invaded the pitch and started attacking players from Israeli team Maccabi Haifa.<p>Clashes between a group of youths carrying Turkish and Palestinian flags and the Maccabi team broke out at the end of Wednesday's …

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup

Ramunas Navardauskas wins with late escape on Stage 19 of Tour de France

Cycling’s equivalent of the curse of Hello! magazine seems to have struck the cyclists who shook the Duchess of Cambridge’s hand before the official start of this Tour de France outside Leeds. Seven of the field were honoured in this way – the previous three winners, the world champion Rui Costa, …

Teenager killed on his birthday as violence ignites in West Bank

On his 17th birthday, instead of celebrating at home with his family, Mohammed al-Araj made the fateful decision to join thousands of others on the West Bank in a protest over spiralling civilian deaths in Gaza, 50 miles away. As the violence that has consumed that tiny strip of land for the past …

Gaza crisis: Kerry says ceasefire deal remains out of reach

We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here's a summary of where things stand:<p><b>Diplomatic efforts in Cairo led by US secretary of state John Kerry failed</b> to produce a ceasefire deal in the Gaza conflict. The diplomats were to resume work in Paris on Saturday.• <b><br>There were signs the</b> …

Brazil Gutted in 7-1 Rout by Germany

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Germany Wins World Cup on Late Goal

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German press laud World Cup win

A jubilant German press on Monday celebrated the national side's fourth World Cup win and crowned striker "Super Mario" Goetze as a "football god" for his victory-clinching dream goal.<p>"It Is True", headlined conservative broadsheet Die Welt, with the three words printed in the national colors of …

Germany's victory over Argentina in World Cup final breaks Twitter record

A huge 618,725 tweets per minute were posted about the match at the final whistle, to beat the previous record set during Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-final<p><b>Germany's</b> <b>World Cup</b> final victory over <b>Argentina</b> set a new record for number of tweets per minute.<p>A huge 618,725 tweets per minute …

Maradona: Messi got award for marketing reasons

A crestfallen Diego Maradona rued Argentina's 1-0 defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, telling viewers of his 'De Zurda' show, on Venezuelan TV, that the result left him with "huge sadness in my heart".<p>Maradona: Messi got award for marketing reasons<p>07/14/2014<p>A crestfallen Diego …

World Cup title ends 10-year project for Germany

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The World Cup title for Joachim Loew and his "golden generation" crowned a process that was 10 years in the making. With a …

Brazil's upside-down Cup: Bad on field, good off

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For Brazil, it was the upside-down World Cup.<p>Brazilians lost at what they were certain they would win — soccer — and won where …

Thousands welcome Argentina home after World Cup Final defeat

Thousands of people greeted a crestfallen Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina team when the squad flew home to Buenos Aires on Monday after the World Cup final defeat to Germany.<p>Thousands welcome Argentina home after World Cup Final defeat<p>07/14/2014<p>Thousands of people greeted a crestfallen …

Athletes Should Not Play With Head Injuries, Say Doctors

Germany’s decision to let midfield Christof Kramer keep playing in the World Cup final yesterday after being slammed in the head was …

World Cup walloped social-media records

In terms of online entertainment, the World Cup seemed to have it all.<p>There was a cannibalistic Luis Suarez. Tim Howard saving ... well ... everything. Sad Brazilians. And Cristiano Ronaldo's hair.<p>Oh, yeah ... and the actual matches, which saw the U.S. team make an inspiring run, the powerhouse …

Israelis Admit to Killing Palestinian Teen, Cops Say

Israel has charged three Jews with the kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager whose death set off days of violent protests in Arab areas of …

A knock on the roof, then another Gaza home destroyed by Israeli missile

In a side street in Gaza's Shati camp, an Israeli warning missile has just "knocked on the roof" of Alaa Hadeedi's house, filling the road with a thin mist of smoke. A few ambulances have rushed to the scene and are waiting 100 metres or so from the house. Behind them, a crowd of wary neighbours …

Immediate Gaza ceasefire unlikely as Israel tries to hurt but not kill Hamas

The Arab League and the European Union joined calls on Monday for an end to the bloodshed in Gaza after a week of intense Israeli military assault on the Palestinian enclave, but there was little sign of an imminent ceasefire being brokered.<p>Arab foreign ministers were due to meet in Cairo on Monday …

Palestinians struggle to find safety in Gaza

The Israeli Cabinet will meet early Tuesday to consider a cease-fire proposal that could provide a possible breakthrough in the ongoing crisis.<p>The proposal, put forward by Egypt, calls for all sides to cease hostilities in Gaza. It also calls for the opening of border crossings, once the security …

Gaza civilians pay heavy price in conflict

Israel: Gaza conflict ends 'when our goals are realized'

GAZA CITY — The Israeli military announced that four soldiers had been lightly wounded during a brief incursion to destroy a rocket launching site in northern Gaza.<p>It is the first time that Israeli ground troops are known to have entered Gaza in the current offensive. But the operation was carried …

Israel continues Gaza bombardment, pushing death toll past 120

Israel has vowed no easing of its aerial bombardment of Gaza, which has killed at least 120 Palestinians, as a defiant Hamas rained more rockets on the Jewish state.<p>A charity for disabled people and a mosque in which Israel claims weapons were concealed were reported to be among the latest targets …

The Week in Review: Violence in Gaza

Since the murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month, simmering tensions between Israel and Palestine have risen to a boil. …

Israel

Hamas goes to war – for a ceasefire

Writing in Yedioth Ahronoth a few days ago, the Israeli analyst Alex Fishman depicted Hamas in vivid terms. The militant Islamist group was "behaving like a suicidal individual trying to drag Israel forcibly into armed conflict … believing [it] will be the one to determine the strength of the …

Far Cry 4's exec producer shares more details on its hero and villain

There's more than meets the eye to <i>Far Cry 4'</i>s charismatic antagonist Pagan Min and protagonist Ajay Ghale, according to executive producer Dan Hay in a recent video published by Ubisoft.<p>Behind the magenta suit, Hay said that the development team wanted Min to have an air of sophistication about him …

FIFA 15 review

There can be a divide between 'FIFA the core game' and 'FIFA the wider experience'. What looks like football doesn't always feel like football, and …

Israel's missiles strike out of the blue, but rockets still rain down

The family of Hafez Hamad, a senior member of Islamic Jihad, were sitting on a pair of low orange divans in the space between two houses when the rocket hit them a little before midnight.<p>Fired from a drone it slammed into the ground a foot from one of the two sofas, leaving behind a round …