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Magical Goetze eclipses Messi as Germany win World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Mario Goetze’s superb extra-time volley sealed a fourth World Cup for Germany with a 1-0 win over Argentina in a thrilling final on Sunday as they became the first European team to triumph on South American soil. A thunderous third final meeting between Germany, 7-1 conquerors of Brazil in the last four, and bitter rivals ...

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Assisted dying: Desmond Tutu signals support

Desmond Tutu has said he would support assisted dying for the terminally ill. Writing in The Observer he said he reveres “the sanctity of life but not at any cost”. He also suggested that prolonging the life of Nelson Mandela had been an “affront” to his dignity. His comments follow a U-turn by former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, who ...

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Israel-Gaza air strikes kill 151 people

London, July 12: Even as Israel, Hamas continue to remain defiant and the death toll increased to 151, western countries will hold a meeting in Vienna on Sunday to on how to ceasefire in Gaza. Britain, US, France and Germany will meet in Vienna where the discussion will be held on the sidelines of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme, the ...

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Netherlands shuts down host Brazil

BRASILIA, BRAZIL — Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday. With the result, the Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time, having lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals. After ...

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Afghan rivals clinch deal, easing political crisis

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Afghanistan’s two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement Saturday to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the victor, a national unity government. The deal, brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, offers a path out of what threatened to be a debilitating political crisis for Afghanistan, with both candidates claiming victory and ...

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John Kerry: Afghanistan Presidential Candidates Agree To ‘Comprehensive Audit’ Of Ballots

Kerry spent much of the past two days meeting with Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani and his opponent, former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, to discuss a way forward after controversy greeted last Monday’s announcement that Ghani had won the runoff balloting by a wide margin. “The audit will be carried out in Kabul, and it will begin within 24 hours,” ...

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Gaza Conflict: ‘Eight Dead’ In Latest Raids

Eight Palestinians have died in fresh Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip and two explosions have been heard in the Jerusalem area, according to reports. Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al Qudra told AFP the eight were killed in Gaza City, central El-Bureij and northern Jabaliya and included a woman and a teenager. Medics say the death toll from five ...

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Work to tow away Costa Concordia to start soon

Travel deals GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy – (AP) — Italian authorities say work to float the shipwrecked Costa Concordia so it can be towed away for scrapping can start Monday, weather-permitting. The cruise liner struck a reef when it came too close to Giglio Island in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people. After a daring engineering operation set the Concordia…

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Iraq forces executed 255 prisoners in revenge for Islamic State killings: HRW

Iraqi security forces and government affiliated militias appear to have unlawfully executed at least 255 prisoners over the past month in apparent revenge for killings by Islamic State fighters, according to a rights group on Saturday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the killings had taken place in six Iraqi towns and villages since June 9 and at least eight of ...

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Israeli bombing campaign turns densely populated Gaza City into ghost town

Published July 12, 2014Associated Press Facebook0 Twitter0 A Palestinian man drives a donkey cart on an empty main road in Gaza City on Friday, July 11, 2014. It’s the holy month of Ramadan, and throughout the Muslim world people are socializing with friends and family, buying presents for loved ones and breaking a day long fast amid colorful night time ...

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