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German filmmaker imprisoned for exposing dire Qatar World Cup worker conditions

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Toiling in terrible conditions, no salaries for months, passports confiscated by employers – that’s the horrendous reality for migrant workers helping with preparations for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, as revealed by German filmmaker, Peter Giesel. He and his cameraman were detained and imprisoned after they tried to investigate the story. The two went to Qatar following the publication of a report... 

Olympic torchbearers set off from Moscow

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the start of the Russian leg of the record-breaking Olympic torch relay for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The relay kicked off at Moscow’s Red Square, where the flame arrived on Sunday. The first people to carry the torch around Kremlin were aspiring Russian ice-skaters Lina Fyodorova, 16, of Moscow and Maksim Miroshkin, 19, of Ekaterinburg. The pair... 

Brazil football referee beheaded after stabbing player to death

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Otavio Jordao da Silva A soccer referee has been beheaded then had his body dismembered by the spectators at a game following a dispute in which he fatally stabbed an amateur player for refusing to leave the field. Brazilian police spokesman Kena Souza said on Saturday that the incident took place on June 30 in the remote northern town of Pio XII. The dispute began when player Josenir dos Santos, 30,... 

US robots, Israeli drones to "secure" 2014 World Cup in Brazil

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Brazil has added 30 US military robots to the Israeli drones and ‘Robocop-style’ glasses with face recognition cameras to its arsenal after the country allocated $900 million to make 2014 World Cup “one of the most protected sports events in history.” The 30 PackBot 510 units, which usually cost between $100,000 and $200,000 apiece, will arrive in Brazil as part of the $7.2... 

Legless athlete runs faster than Arabian race horse

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South African athlete and amputee Oscar Pistorius, was faster than an Arabian horse in the competition “Run Like the Wind,” which was held in the city of Doha, Qatar. The event was dedicated to the achievements of people with disabilities, the Moskovsky Komosmolets newspaper wrote. Oscar Pistorius’s agent tweeted that the South African athlete won the race with Arabian stud named... 

World Women's chess crown goes to Ukrainian

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Ukrainian player Anna Ushenina in the final round of the World Cup 2012 Women’s Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk on December 1, 2012 Ukrainian Anna Ushenina has claimed the World Women`s Chess Championships, beating Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria in the four-game finals. The match concluded with the same rapid tiebreaker that decided the men’s finals earlier this year between Viswanathan... 

Police ban Moscow club's 'Nazi' emblem

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Torpedo Moscow’s classic emblem with letter ‘T’, a race car and a gear. The classic emblem of Torpedo Moscow football club, which was designed 1930, has been suddenly outlawed by the city police. ­Scarves, flags and banners with the symbol were banned from sale or to be brought into the stadium during the club’s latest home match in the Football National League. According to the... 

World Cup 2018 host cities revealed

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The Luzhniki stadium in Moscow FIFA President Sepp Blatter appeared on Russian national television to name the eleven cities where the 2018 World Cup will be played. ­There were 13 venues in the running, which were all visited by the FIFA inspectors during the two years after Russia won the World Cup bid. Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said earlier that the positions of Moscow, Saint... 

Why is McDonald's the Official Restaurant of the Olympics?

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McDonald’s restaurants are the very epitome of poor health, with their McNuggets most notably containing chemicals used in breast implants and silly putty, so why have the Olympic games officials adopted the restaurant chain as their official restaurant of the Olympics? Considering the Olympic games represent some of the most conditioned athletes across the globe, it seems quite bizarre that the... 

Austerity At The London Olympics: Gold Medals Contain Only 1.34% Gold

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As every Olympic athlete knows, size matters. The London 2012 medals are the largest ever in terms of both weight and diameter – almost double the medals from Beijing. However, just as equally well-known is that quality beats quantity and that is where the current global austerity, coin-clipping, devaluation-fest begins. The 2012 gold is 92.5 percent silver, 6.16 copper and… 1.34 percent gold,... 

Spain makes football history at EURO 2012

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Spain have thrashed Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev to retain their title, becoming the first European team in history to win three major international tournaments in a row. It took Vicente del Bosque’s charges just 14 minutes to put their noses in front. David Silva scored with an accurate header, guiding a crisp Cesc Fabregas cross from the byline into the net after Italian goalkeeper... 

Irish fans named best at Euro 2012

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Irish fans cheering before the Euro 2012 football championships match Ireland vs Croatia. European football’s governing body is to give a special award to fans of the Republic of Ireland for their behaviour in Euro 2012 co-host Poland Everybody loves the Irish and UEFA is no exception. The European football governing body has named Irish fans the best at the Euro 2012, citing their exemplary... 

London 2012: Olympic Fear Games

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Seven years ago, when Great Britain won the tender for the Summer Olympic Games in 2012, there were expectation that the City of London will be gorging on cheap credit and mega-bonuses. A few days later, terrorists staged a series of explosions on public transport in London, killing 52 people. Then came the global financial crisis and expectations of easy money have failed. The Olympics are prepared... 

Hundreds of people protest Euro 2012 games cost in Poland

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The logo of Euro 2012 football championships co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in western Poland to protest against the Euro 2012 football championships underway in the country, chanting “bread not games.” Nearly 500 protesters rallied in Poznan on Sunday against the Euro 2012 games arguing that too much money was spent organizing the games. “We’re... 

Sonic cannons to be used during Olympics to keep crowds under control

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Ear-piercing: The 'sonic cannon' similar to the one pictured here emits a loud pain-inducing noise. It could be used to disperse crowds during the Olympics Controversial weapons known as ‘sonic cannons’ will be used during the London Olympics, the Ministry of Defence revealed yesterday. The devices emit a pain-inducing noise, said to be as loud as a military jet taking off, which can be... 
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