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BRASILIA: The A-Z of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

UNS REPORT A – Abysmal Asia The continent’s four teams failed to grab a win in Brazil, the first time Asia has gone without a victory at a World Cup since 1990 when United Arab Emirates and South Korea each lost all three group games. …

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Buying the World Cup

By Irfan Husain QATAR’s ruling family must be feeling hard done by. Having spent a fortune in securing, and then preparing for, the 2022 World Cup event, the tiny state is now under fire for having bought the right to host the tournament. Right from …

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A ballsy move by Sialkoti entrepreneurs

By Murtaza Haider The success of Sialkot-based entrepreneurs is not because of government policy but despite it. -AP Photo The success of Sialkot-based entrepreneurs is not because of government policy but despite it. -AP Photo There is more to Pakistan than Bin Laden, polio, and …

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Pakistan football maker to fulfil World Cup dream

SIALKOT: It was when he felt the roar of the crowd at the 2006 World Cup in Germany that Pakistani factory owner Khawaja Akhtar first dreamt up a goal of his own: to manufacture the ball for the biggest soccer tournament on the planet. “The …

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Football: World Cup lesson from ‘worst team ever’

WELLINGTON (UNS /AFP) – As the best footballing nations on the planet prepare for the World Cup, a new documentary celebrates how the game s worst team, American Samoa, bounced back from a record 31-0 defeat. The film, “Next Goal Wins”, tells how an unlikely …

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Football WC: Singapore swoops on illegal betting ring

SINGAPORE: Singapore police said they have arrested 18 people believed to be part of a multi-million dollar illegal football betting ring less than a month before the World Cup starts. “Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are believed to have received illegal soccer bets amounting …

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More than 70 leaders expected for Mandela memorial, funeral

JOHANNESBURG: More than 70 world leaders from US President Barack Obama to Iran’s Hassan Rouhani are flying to South Africa for events commemorating Nelson Mandela this week, an unprecedented gathering that will hail one of humanity’s great peacemakers. Cuban leader Raul Castro, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe …

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U.S. VP visits Asia amid Japan-SKorea’s toxic ties

SEOUL (AP) – When South Korean fans at a soccer game against Japan unfurled two massive banners honoring men considered national heroes for battling Japanese invaders, organizers took them down, Tokyo grumbled and South Koreans cheered yet another sign of defiance against their former colonizer. …

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New pope uses typewriter in Twitter era

BUENOS AIRES (uns) – Pope Francis has 1.2 billion followers in the Roman Catholic Church, but he s not following a single one of them on Facebook or Twitter. In a fast-paced, globalized world in which billions send emails, share photos on smartphones and get …

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Euro Cup: Czechs take revenge on Greece

The Czech Republic kept alive their hopes of progress at Euro 2012 with an initially scintillating but ultimately nerve-wracking 2-1 win over Greece in Group A on Tuesday. In an enterprising but niggling clash that stirred memories of the teams’ dramatic 2004 semi-final, decided in …

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