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Germany wins 2014 FIFA World Cup after victory over Argentina

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Germany has claimed a fourth World Cup crown in a 1-0 win against Argentina after extra time in the final in Rio de Janeiro. Substitute Mario Goetze was the hero, as he scored the only goal with seven minutes to go. With that triumph Germany has become the first European nation to win the trophy outside of their home continent, which led to jubilant scenes... 

Russia writes off 90% of Cuba’s debt

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Russia has written down $32 billion of Cuba’s Soviet era debt. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law ahead of his official visit to Latin America, with Havana as his first stop. The agreement was first signed in October 2013 and draws a line under a twenty-year dispute. Cuba is now required to pay back $3.2 billion over the next 10 years. The first... 

Brazil’s six minutes of nightmare

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The humiliating defeat of Brazil in the World Cup against Germany – 7:1 – was dubbed “historic” and significantly downgraded the rating of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s as a candidacy for second presidential mandate. After the match, riots sparked throughout the country; football fans were clashing with police and looting... 

Bridge collapses in Brazil, at least 2 dead

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At least two people were killed and several others injured as an overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, according to the local fire department. A city bus and several vehicles were crushed after a part of a bridge, which was under construction, fell onto a busy highway. People may be trapped under the debris. O’Globo’s... 

Flooding displaces 50,000 in Brazil

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A man and a woman struggle to cross a flooded road in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, June 29, 2014. An emergency agency in Brazil says severe flooding caused by torrential rain in the southern parts of the country has forced more than 50,000 people out of their homes. The emergency agency for Santa Catarina State said 40,000 people had been evacuated,... 

Mass grave with 28 bodies found in Mexico

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A view of a ranch in the Mexican state of Veracruz on June 18, 2014, where the bodies of at least 28 people have been exhumed from a mass grave. The bodies of at least 28 people have been found in a mass grave at a ranch in the Mexican state of Veracruz. “So far, we’ve exhumed 28 bodies,” Deputy District Attorney Arturo Herrera said in a Wednesday... 

Indian scientist awarded for best disease-resistant non-GMO crop

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An Indian scientist living in Mexico has received the World Food Prize for outstanding contribution to wheat crop’s resistance to various diseases. Indian-born Sanjaya Rajaram was awarded with the accolade for his effective cross-breeding of different wheat, which has resulted in the crop’s resistance against disease as well as its ability to grow in different... 

Japanese fans clean up Brazil stadiums after team’s matches

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The football showdown between Japan and Greece ended in a scoreless draw, but the Japanese fans scored top points from the clean-up crew after leaving the stands of the stadium and its bathroom unblemished. It turns out that Japanese football fans have a tradition of cleaning up the stadium after matches at home, a practice which the fans vigorously undertake... 

World’s largest radiotelescope completed in Chile

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Radiotelescope antennas of the ALMA ( Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) project, in the Chajnantor plateau, Atacama desert, some 1500 kilometers north of Santiago, on October 1, 2011. The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), the world’s largest radiotelescope, located in the mountains of northern Chile, has received its finishing touches. The... 

FIFA 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil

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A view of the Itaquerao Stadium in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. Football fever grips the fans as the World Cup starts in Brazil while police in Sao Paulo clashed with protesters opposing the tournament. On Thursday, the Itaquerao Stadium shined under blue skies as Brazil kicked off its home World Cup with a football-style carnival. Some fans reportedly chanted... 

US pressures El Salvador to buy Monsanto’s GMO seeds

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As one of the preconditions to authorizing close to $300 million in aid, the United States is pressuring El Salvador to purchase genetically modified seeds from Monsanto instead of non-GM seeds from local farmers. According to Sustainable Pulse, a website covering developments related to genetically modified organisms and sustainable agriculture, the US will... 

Latin American unity forces end of 50 year embargo of Cuba

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The powerful regional organisations created in Latin America, an important legacy of the late Hugo Chavez, have forced cracks in Washington’s 50-year economic blockade of Cuba. Senior US regime figures have called on President Barack Obama to loosen the blockade. Obama loosened a few of the additional measures imposed by Bush the Second (lifting some... 

Thousands rally in Chile hoping to legalize marijuana

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A march in support of marijuana legalization united thousands of Chileans, who walked through downtown Santiago on Sunday. The capital saw people openly smoking joints, citing the example of neighbor Uruguay, which officially legalized pot in May. The demonstrators demanded the legalization of marijuana, decriminalization of consumption, including the right... 

Snowden is happy in Russia but would like to move to Brazil

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US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden If Brazil were to offer political asylum to Edward Snowden, he would gladly accept. The whistleblower told Brazilian TV that he is certain that if he returned to the US he would be tried unfairly for revealing the NSA’s global spy program. In an interview with Fantastico, a weekly program broadcast by Brazilian Globo News,... 

Chilean activist burns $500 million student debt documents

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Chilean artist Francisco Tapia Chilean activist and artist Francisco Tapia, also known as ‘Papas Fritas,’ has stolen and burnt $500 million worth of “pagares,” or debt papers. He then uploaded the video onto social media, claiming he had “freed” students by setting the papers alight. The artist made his claim in a video that went viral on... 
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