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Brazil Won The First Match, But They've Already Lost the World Cup

<i>Two Christmases ago, I visited Brazil to begin researching a project about the way soccer begets daily life in the most soccer-hungry country on Earth. Back then, many Brazilians brimmed with anticipation for the World Cup; today, promises that were revealed to be empty have turned some Brazilians</i> …

Jamaica government announces major changes to drug laws

<b>The Jamaican government has announced plans to radically reform the country's drug laws.</b><p>The Justice Minister Mark Golding said the cabinet was supporting a proposal to allow possession of up to two ounces (57 grams) of marijuana, known locally as "ganja.".<p>Mr Golding also said marijuana would be …

Cannabis

Monaco's Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene expecting baby

<b>Monaco's Prince Albert II and his South African wife Princess Charlene have announced they are expecting their first child.</b><p>In a short statement, the couple - who married in July 2011 - expressed their "immense joy" at the news.<p>The statement said the birth was expected before the end of the year, …

Family

Pope Corrects Israeli Leader: Actually, Jesus Did Not Speak Hebrew

Oops.<p>One minute into Benjamin Netanyahu’s sit down with Pope Francis on Monday, the Israeli prime minster found himself eating his words—words about …

Oldest American celebrates 115th birthday

<b>The oldest living American, one of the few living people born in the 19th Century, has marked her 115th birthday.</b><p>Jeralean Talley was born on 23 May 1899 and is the world's second-oldest person, according to a list maintained by the Gerontology Research Group.<p>The oldest is Misao Okawa in Japan, who …

19th Century

For Some, Balkan Floods Have Caused Damage Akin to 1990s War

The floodwaters are finally receding in parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, after three month's worth of rain fell in just two to three days, …

Pope Francis praises Jordan at start of Middle East visit

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1079000/1079356_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524648572_996b9cd1ac874951000349de5ace32bf<p><b>Pope Francis has praised Jordan for its "generous welcome" to Syrian refugees at the start of a three-day visit to the Middle East.</b><p>The Pope was …

Christianity

Google overtakes Apple as world's most valuable brand

Google has usurped Apple as the most valuable brand in the world after three years at the top, according to a new survey<p><b>Google</b> has been named ahead of <b>Apple</b> as the world's most valuable brand, according to a new survey.<p>Apple's brand value fell by 20pc in the past year to just under $148bn (£88bn), …

List-Worthy

Arsenal lead race as James Milner tells Manchester City he wants to leave

Arsenal want to sign James Milner from Manchester City after the England midfielder informed the newly crowned Premier League champions he would like a transfer. Liverpool are also interested but Arsenal, the FA Cup winners, are leading the way as it stands.<p>Milner's decision creates a serious issue …

Lionel Messi Declares He'll Leave Barcelona Only When Fans Want Him to Go

Link to Media<p>Lionel Messi has suggested the only way he'll leave Barcelona is if the fans no longer want him. The Argentinian superstar confirmed he is "very happy to stay" in Catalonia, as long as his presence remains the best thing for the club.<p>Speaking after Barca's 1-1 draw with Atletico …

Soccer

Brazil's Olympic sailing venue called an 'open sewer'

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sailing's governing body may conduct independent water-quality tests in Rio de Janeiro's polluted Guanabara Bay, the sailing venue for the 2016 Olympics and the site of Rio's first test event in 2½ months.<p>Any hope Brazil would be able to clean up the sewage-filled bay soon was …

As heavy as 14 elephants, as long as 2 tractor trailers: Meet Mr. Titanosaur

They may be the biggest boys on any block -- any block, ever.<p>In fact, the dinosaurs unveiled Saturday by Argentina's Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio may be the largest to grace the Earth. At about 130 feet (40 meters) long and 180,000 pounds (80,000 kilograms), it's no wonder, then, that these …

Associated Press News

MapMyFitness brings coaching and improved post-workout stats to Android

After being nabbed up by Under Armour late last year, things have been relatively quiet for MapMyFitness and its activity tracking app. That all changed this week though, as the outfit has rolled out a totally redesigned version of its Android software with a host of new features. On top of the UI …

The Sexual Assault Crisis on American Campuses

Under a spotlight University Hall at the University of Montana in Misssoula John Francis Peters for TIME

China: US must be objective about Asia tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — China's top general blamed the Obama administration's new focus on Asia on Thursday for various disputes in the East and South …

Marital rape is officially legal in India

A new ruling reveals a gaping hole in the country’s sexual assault laws<p>A judge in India has officially confirmed that rape laws do not apply to married couples — once you’re legally wed, forced sex is no longer a crime.<p>What’s especially chilling is that the judge, Virender Bhat, was hearing a case …