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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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Woman bomber kills Somali sport chiefs

MOGADISHU: At least six people, including two of Somalia’s top sports officials, were killed when a female suicide bomber struck a ceremony at Mogadishu’s national theatre. Al Shabaab insurgents claimed responsibility for the blast on Wednesday that killed the heads of Somalia’s soccer federation and …

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Gaza runner to fly Palestinian flag at Olympics

Gaza runner Bahaa al-Farra treads carefully, braving the elements and potholed roads ravaged by years of conflict  between Palestinians and the Israeli army, as he prepares to race at the London Olympics. The 19-year-old trains for three hours a day in Gaza’s Yarmouk soccer stadium, …

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Millions pushed into child labor in Pakistan

Tears tracing lines of dirt on his face, six-year-old Pakistani boy Nabeel Mukhtar cries while crouching on a pavement to scrub motorbikes, his job for nine hours a day, six days a week. He is one of millions of children driven into labor by poverty …

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