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100 things we didn't know last year

<b>Interesting and unexpected facts can emerge from daily news stories and the Magazine picks out such snippets for its weekly feature, 10 things we didn't know last week. Here's an almanac of the best of 2014.</b><p><b>1. The Pentagon has</b> a plan for combating a zombie apocalypse.<p>Find out more (Foreign</b> …

Los Angeles

Russia football racism 'too common', as World Cup looms

Russia will host the next football World Cup and with three years to go before the finals, Fifa has called the level of racism in the Russian game "completely unacceptable".<p>The 2018 event is also clouded by other controversies - with calls to boycott the event over President Putin's actions in …

Thierry Henry Admits He Wouldn't Reject Arsenal Amid Arsene Wenger Discontent

Thierry Henry has admitted becoming Arsenal manager would be a "dream" that he couldn't reject.<p>The Gunners legend—who recently took up working as a Sky Sports pundit after retiring from the game—spoke honestly about the possibility of replacing Arsene Wenger during an interview on <i>The Jonathan Ross</i> …

Top Cuban Prospect Jorge Soler Is Key Cog in Cubs Realizing 2015 Hype

You wouldn't expect a team with five straight seasons of at least 87 losses to be all the rage heading into a new season. The Chicago Cubs, however, have worked hard to be an exception.<p>They've recently added an elite manager in Joe Maddon, as well as quality veteran talent in Jon Lester, Jason …

why a winter World Cup will cause chaos

After FIFA announced plans to hold the 2022 World Cup in November and December, Goal looks at the impact on players, clubs, competitions and continents.<p>There was global outrage on Tuesday when FIFA announced the 2022 World Cup would be held in November and December of that year.<p>A FIFA task force …

Scale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says

LONDON (AP) — Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World …

Rights & Freedoms

Europa League draw 2015: Wolfsburg vs. Inter Milan highlights round of 16

After a fun first knockout round, the round of 16 looks much tougher and should bring some interesting matches.<p>The next round of the Europa League has been drawn, and it is chock full of fascinating ties for the last 16 teams.<p>Title favorites Wolfsburg will face off with Inter Milan after seeing off …

Lionel Messi, Luis Enrique Reportedly Still Not on Speaking Terms

Reports of a conflict in the Barcelona dressing room between star man Lionel Messi and manager Luis Enrique have returned, as Goal's Pilar Suarez claims the duo are "not on speaking terms."<p>The two were involved in an incident in January, via <i>Marca</i>, leading to plenty of speculation regarding the …

Higuain returns as Napoli sight second spot

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain returns from a one-match suspension as Napoli look to boost their Champions League qualifying bid away to Torino this weekend, when struggling title hopefuls Roma host runaway leaders Juventus.<p>Napoli booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League thanks to …

UEFA extends probe of Monaco accounts, closes Liverpool case

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Champions League contender Monaco faces further UEFA probes for possible overspending on player transfers and wages.<p>The ongoing case was announced Friday, two days after Monaco's 3-1 win at Arsenal made it a strong favorite to reach the Champions League quarterfinals and …

U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

As diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba thaw, the island could see a new wave of tourism — with visitors treated to music and scenery that has been closed to most U.S. residents for more than half a century.<p>But beyond the beaches and cabarets, there's a spectacular world of …

Cuba

'Progress' in US-Cuba talks but no embassy decision

<b>Cuban and US diplomats say they have made progress in talks in Washington to restore full relations between the two countries.</b><p>At issue is the opening of embassies in the two capitals and Cuba's hope it will be removed from a US terror list.<p>The Cuban delegation was optimistic that problems could be …

Cuba

Fighting eases in eastern Ukraine but economic collapse now looms

Fighting has eased between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia separatists in recent days as both sides have begun to withdraw heavy weapons but the greater danger now confronting Ukrainians is collapse of their debt-strangled economy.<p>The national treasury's hard currency holdings are …

ISIL attacks on Christians part of 'silent genocide'

CAIRO — As the fate of more than 250 Christians abducted by the Islamic State in Syria remains unknown, frightened fellow Christians are fleeing in search of a safe haven in a region known for persecuting them.<p>"With all this hatred against Christians — I don't know, I'm so afraid," said Osama …

Mesopotamia