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Brazil tries to come to grips with big WCup loss

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:02 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Catastrophic. Suffering. A Historic Humiliation.

Those were just some of the apocalyptic headlines Brazilian newspapers used online to describe the national soccer team's stunning 7-1 drubbing by Germany in a World Cup semifinal match Tuesday.

Tears smudged the faces of children painted in Brazil canary and green colors. Brazil coach Felipe Scolari buried his face in his hands. Fans at watch parties across the country wailed in anguish.

Grace, danger blend in Haiti's machete fighting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:00 AM

JACMEL, Haiti (AP) — Two men pivot and slide in a forest clearing, their bodies weaving before a handful of spectators in what could be a graceful dance except that each waves a machete, blades glinting in tropical sunlight.

The barefoot men are father and son, Alfred and Roland Avril, and are farmers by trade in southern Haiti. Their passion, however, is machete fencing, an obscure martial art with roots in the Caribbean country's history of slavery and rebellion.

North Korean leader limps at televised event

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 10:45 PM

TOKYO (AP) — As North Korea begins a 10-day period of mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of its first leader, Kim Il Sung, Pyongyang watchers are paying closer attention to his grandson — who was shown on state media walking to his seat for a memorial event with a noticeable limp.

Kim Jong Un seemed to have somehow hurt his leg enough to require a slight, but visible, limp as he marched across the stage Tuesday to assume his position of honor. He limped again as he left the room when the event was over.

Column: Disaster's branding iron burns Brazil anew

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 09:22 PM

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Even for an 84-year-old tournament drenched in history, Germany 7, Brazil 1 — you read that right — will be remembered as one of the craziest World Cup matches ever. Because of the humiliation it inflicted on a great footballing nation, as one of the most painful to watch, too.

Sri Lanka releases 36 who were on intercepted boat

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 09:06 PM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court has released dozens of asylum seekers who were detained after being returned to their home country following the interception of their boat by Australian border patrol last month.

Five alleged people smugglers who were among the 41 people aboard the boat were kept in detention. Twenty-seven adults who were aboard the boat were accused of illegally leaving the country and were released on bail, while nine children were discharged.

Brazil's 'German' city finds allegiances frayed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 08:50 PM

BLUMENAU, Brazil (AP) — In this southern Brazil town populated by descendants of German immigrants, many soccer fans suddenly became even closer to their European roots as they watched Germany dismantle Brazil 7-1 in a World Cup semifinal Tuesday.

"I came here to drink beer and root for Brazil," said Louise Franzoi Muller, who teaches biology at a local university. "But when I saw how badly Brazil was losing, I decided to switch my allegiance and root for Germany! After all, my husband is of German descent and he is extremely happy with the result."

Colombia's capital weighs easing drinking curfew

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 07:37 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Partiers in Colombia's capital may soon be able to extend their late-night revelry thanks to the easing of a drinking curfew widely credited with reducing violence.

Starting this weekend on a trial basis, bars, nightclubs and smoke shops in 14 nighttime districts of Bogota will be allowed to stay open until 6 a.m.

The city imposed a 1 a.m. closing time starting in 1995, and later extended it to 3 a.m. The restriction has been widely emulated by major cities in Latin America struggling to reduce street violence.

Telecom giant America Movil to sell some assets

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 07:22 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The telecom company America Movil said Tuesday that it will sell off some assets to reduce its market share in Mexico in the face of the country's telecommunications reform designed to break up monopolies.

The company of magnate Carlos Slim said its board of directors has agreed to sell enough assets to put the company at less than 50 percent of the market. America Movil controls about 70 percent of the mobile and about 80 percent of fixed telephone markets in Mexico.

North Korea again fires missiles into sea

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 07:07 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles Wednesday morning into the sea off its east coast, a South Korean defense official said, in a continuation of a recent series of missile and rocket test launches.

The missiles, presumed to Scud-series missiles, were fired from the southwest Hwanghae province and flew across the country before landing in the ocean, the official said requesting anonymity citing department rules. The missiles have a range of 500 kilometers (310 miles), he said.

AP PHOTOS: Argentine WCup fans follow team on bus

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 06:45 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) — Talk about commitment to your sports team.

A group of Argentine men has spent the last month traveling all over Brazil in a converted bus to follow their national soccer squad's progress during the World Cup.

The four pooled their money to buy the bus for $15,000, and saved up vacation time up over two years. The bus, formerly used for public transport, is outfitted for a long road tour with four single beds, an eating area, and cabinets for storing gear.

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