Danika Hinz

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Belarus women who served on front lines of world war two – in pictures

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, thousands of young women served in the Red Army and partisan forces in Belarus. In the years since, they have been hailed as heroes and role models. Polish photographer Agnieszka Rayss met veterans for the photo book The Other Hundred

The long shadow of Chernobyl

A new book from National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig documents the worst nuclear disaster in history with sobering but stunning images. Ludwig visited Chernobyl nine times in 20 years to tell the stories of the lives of the victims, the exclusion zone and the abandoned city of Pripyat. The …

Sumerian King List Still Puzzles Historians After More Than a Century of Research

Out of the many incredible artefacts that have been recovered from sites in Iraq where flourishing Sumerian cities once stood, few have been more …

Ancient History

These World Cup Posters Are A Must-See For Any Soccer Super Fan

Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira pulled out all the stops when creating these incredible World Cup team posters for an ESPN campaign celebrating the tournament, which begins on June 12.<p>Each of these posters illustrates one of the 32 teams that will be heading to this year's …

Police: Teen gunman kills student at Oregon school

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a 14-year-old student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.<p>After the shooting stopped, police spotted the suspect slumped on a …

Prince Mak: K-pop's Australian star

He was born in Sydney but had to go to Korea to become a star. Now Henry Mak is living the regimented life of a K-pop idol – under the watchful eye of Jackie Chan<p>Henry Mak must be the only 23-year-old Australian on this planet who doesn't own a mobile phone. Not by choice, mind you. Mak, born and …

Americans finally want World Cup tickets

The World Cup is just days away, and Americans have finally caught the fever.<p>The United States is the second-largest market for tickets to the upcoming soccer tournament in Brazil, according to data from viagogo, the global market for ticket resales.<p>That's a major shift from four years ago, when …

The US Is The Favorite To Get The 2022 World Cup If There's A Re-Vote

Under current FIFA regulations, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2018 World Cup in Russia make nations belonging to the UEFA (Europe) and CONMEBOL (South America) confederations ineligible to host in 2022, and South Africa just represented the AFC (Africa) Confederation in 2010.<p>That means the …

South Korea

Vincent Kompany is eager for Belgium to make up for the lost decade

Spirit in the Belgium squad is what ‘most countries can only dream about’ and their captain insists confidence is sky high<p>For any elite footballer who finds himself an outcast from the summer’s all‑consuming sporting spectacle for one reason or another, the question burns. To watch or not to watch? …

Associated Press News

This Is How Much Every Country's Fans Would Pay to Win the World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off next week, but the battle for soccer fans’ spending dollars is already on. A new survey reveals how much money fans …

FIFA World Cup

Roy Hodgson says England can win the World Cup

Roy Hodgson has talked up England’s chances of winning the World Cup, insisting his team have a chance of winning in Brazil<p>Hodgson’s bold assertion comes just 24 hours after one of his predecessors, Sven-Goran Eriksson, said England had no chance of winning the tournament.<p>Traditionally England’s …

Soccer
Soccer

David Moyes turns down two job offers after sacking by Manchester United

• Former Everton manager would consider role abroad • ‘I would like somewhere with Champions League chance’<p>David Moyes has already turned down two offers to go back into management and is considering beginning the next stage of his career by looking for a club outside England.<p>“I have had a couple …

World Cup referees: everything you wanted to know

Love them or hate them, you certainly cannot ignore referees, the individuals who arguably, have the greatest influence on the outcome of a football match.<p>It’s with that in mind that Sports Interaction has provided what they call the ultimate analysis of the men in black for this tournament.<p>The …

Soccer

Russia odds to win World Cup 2014: betting preview, Group H predictions

The Russians are expected to battle the Koreans for a spot in the round of 16 and they remain solid World Cup 2014 bets to advance deep in the tournament.<p>Russia was a surprise winner of their European qualifying group, which included Portugal, and the strength of their team is their defense.<p>The …

Soccer

Landon Donovan Wants To Watch The World Cup At A Bar With Other Soccer Fans

Donovan was a guest on "The Dan Patrick Show," to discuss the debilitating affects of cramping after LeBron James had to be carried off the court during the NBA Finals.<p>He was then asked where he will watch the World Cup.<p>"Part of me just wants to sit on my couch and sit there and let the emotions go …

NBA Finals

Suarez jogs on field for first time since surgery

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay striker Luis Suarez jogged on a football pitch on Friday for the first time since knee surgery two weeks ago.<p>Suarez did stretching exercises and some light jogging during a Uruguay team training session on the outskirts of Montevideo, said Jose Herrera, one of the …

Beats by Dre Pairs Soccer's Finest With Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne

The new ad campaign featuring Neymar coincides with launch of redesigned Solo2 headphones<p>A new campaign for the launch of Beats by Dre's redesigned …

Colorado bans solitary confinement for seriously mentally ill

Colorado Gov.<p>John Hickenloopersigned legislation on Friday ensuring that seriously mentally ill inmates will no longer be kept in solitary confinement, an issue that has come under increasing scrutiny across the country amid arguments that the practice violates constitutional prohibitions against …

Mental Disorders

Veterans say final farewell to beaches of freedom

Amazing story of British veteran who absconded from his care home to join old comrades on a Normandy beach marks extraordinary occasion<p>Seventy years after he endured the horrors of D-Day, a veteran summed up how much it meant to Britain’s wartime heroes to honour their fallen comrades for what …

Associated Press News

Innovative Series Blends Movie Scenes and Video Games with Real Life Situations

French photographer François Dourlen blends movie scenes and video games with real life situations in his innovative concept series<p>The great thing …

John Travolta

North Korea says it is holding an American tourist

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has detained a 56-year-old man from Ohio, accusing him of an unspecified crime after he traveled to the communist-led country as a tourist, the nation's state news agency and the man's family said. The North is now holding three Americans.<p>The state-run Korean …

Photo highlights of the day: D-day anniversary, Normandy, France

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

Weekend readers' best photographs: shoots

From shooting with a camera to firing a cannon: your best pictures on this week's theme, shoots. The next topic is vibrant (to appear 21 June). Email a hi-res image (one per entry), plus a sentence or two about what inspired you to take your photo, to in.pictures@theguardian.com by noon on …