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World News - July 8, 2014

This Week in Pictures: July 5-11

07/11/14 10:54AM

Germany's defeat of the World Cup host country's team stunned soccer viewers and devastated Brazilians worldwide. Brazil and the Netherlands will face off on Saturday to determine the third-place winner of the month-long tournament, with the ultimate winner -- Argentina or Germany -- to be decided on Sunday. read more

German soccer fans at Leme Beach in Rio react to midfielder Mario Gotze's match winning goal in the 113th minute of the World Cup final at Maracanã stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 13, 2014.

World Cup Final: Faces of Brazil

07/08/14 02:56PM

The World Cup came to a close Sunday with Germany beating Argentina in extra time 1-0 – but for most Brazilians, once the crowds and cameras depart, everyday life will go on pretty much the same as ever. read more

Round of 16 - Belgium vs USA

This Week in Pictures: June 28-July 4

07/04/14 08:43AM

The U.S. won't be playing in the World Cup on Friday as hoped, but Americans will undoubtedly celebrate their country's birthday with plenty of fireworks and barbecue. read more

Australia's reserve players watch as Spain's Alba and Australia's Leckie fight for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba

This week in pictures: June 21-27

06/27/14 12:40PM

The World Cup dishes out surprises, Sunni extremists continue their push south in Iraq, and tensions were raised between Israel and Palestine. read more

Balloons drop after the Raj Shah speech and right before Above and Beyond started playing at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md., June 26, 2014.

Scenes from the Thank You Festival concert

06/27/14 11:03AM

Ask a parent about the most the important thing to them in the world, and there’s a good chance the answer is their kids.Whether it’s here in America, or in the poorest communities in the world, parents share a commitment to ensuring that their kids have the very best start in life - that they can survive and thrive. read more

This Week in Pictures: June 14-20

06/20/14 10:39AM

The week began with runoff elections in Afghanistan, between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, with Abdullah Abdullah expected to win. But international attention on the elections was quickly overshadowed by rapid developments in Iraq, where Sunni extremists launched a blitz southward towards Baghdad, overtaking cities along the way,... read more

The dark side of Brazil's Belo Monte dam

06/18/14 01:04PM

The Belo Monte in Brazil is set to become the world's third largest hydroelectric dam. But not without costs. The construction project is fueling a seedy underbelly society tearing apart the region. read more


This Week in Pictures: June 7-13

06/13/14 09:09AM

The world's attention turns to Brazil for the World Cup, Pakistan suffers an attack on its main airport in Karachi, and Iraqis flee as militants attack. read more

Ray Charles At The Apollo

The Apollo Theater at 80

06/10/14 10:40AM

James Brown, Jay Z, Lauryn Hill, Ray Charles -- these are just some of the names to have graced the marquee at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater, which celebrates its 80th birthday this week. read more

Cover of a souvenir brochure produced to celebrate Uruguay's 1950 World Cup success, as they defeated Brazil  2-1 in the Final played in Rio's Maracana Stadium.

Brazil's 1950 World Cup revisited

06/09/14 06:46AM

Bookies are tipping host Brazil to win the World Cup, which starts Thursday and ends July 13 in the Maracanã Stadium in the heart of Rio. But the last time the Maracanã was the site of soccer’s biggest game, things didn’t go according to plan for the home team. It was 1950, and all of Brazil expected the revered Seleçao to hoist the trophy for... read more

Maya Angelou, pictured Aug. 6, 2013.

Remembering Maya Angelou

06/07/14 11:20AM

Before Maya Angelou wrote the landmark first chapter of her autobiographyI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, before she read On the Pulse of the Morning at Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural, and before Barack Obama draped the Presidential Medal of Freedom around her shoulders, Angelou was an activist. read more

CSIO Show Jumping in St. Gallen

This Week In Pictures: May 31-June 6

06/06/14 11:22AM

This week marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when more than 150,000 troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, a turning point in the war when the Allies began to retake Europe from German forces; 25 years since the deadly crackdown on the 1989 protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square; and 25 years since the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini,... read more