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July 9, 2014 Permalink

World Cup final is set

It will be Germany and Argentina in the World Cup final this Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Argentina beat the Netherlands today during penalty kicks after extra time, and Germany dispatched Brazil yesterday during a 7-1 rout that shocked the host country. --Lloyd Young (30 photos total)

Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez celebrates with Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero after scoring the last penalty during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 9. Argentina reached the World Cup final on Wednesday after beating the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout. (Hassan Ammar/Associated Press)
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July 7, 2014 Permalink

Spanish horses in festival and sport

Spain has a long-standing historical and cultural relationship to horses. They use them for sport and in a variety of festivals. During the summer there are several festivals in which the role of the horse is essential. --Thea Breite (19 photos total)

Wild horses are gathered during the "Rapa Das Bestas," (Shearing of the Beasts,) a 400-year-old horse festival in the Spanish northwestern village of Sabucedo July 5, 2014. On the first weekend of the month of July, hundreds of wild horses are rounded up, trimmed and groomed in different villages in the Spanish northwestern region of Galicia. (Miguel Vidal/Reuters)
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July 5, 2014 Permalink

Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur made its way up the East Coast of the United States over the last few days, causing widespread flooding and power outages. The storm reached a category 2 level with its greatest sustained wind strength of 100 mph. --Lloyd Young (18 photos total)

A vehicle sits in the flooded waters of the closed Route 18 on July 4 in New Bedford, Mass., after heavy rains from Hurricane Arthur. (David W. Oliveira/The Standard-Times via Associated Press)
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June 25, 2014 Permalink

World Cup goals

They bring joy and sorrow to players, coaches, and entire nations. They can come from a graceful header off a corner kick or a hard bending strike from the pitch. Here is some action and reaction on the more than 120 goals scored during the World Cup competition in Brazil so far. --Lloyd Young (34 photos total)

Greece's Orestis Karnezis watches as the ball goes into the net in a goal scored by Colombia's Pablo Armero (unseen) during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 14. (Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

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June 23, 2014 Permalink

The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

With the Iraqi military facing a huge crisis, tens of thousands of Iraqis answered the government's call for volunteers to fight the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Newly-recruited volunteers are undergoing military training in various parts of the country. --Thea Breite (14 photos total)

Shi'ite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), stand at attention during military training in Najaf, June 22, 2014. (Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters)
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June 20, 2014 Permalink

World Refugee Day 2014

June 20 is World Refugee Day, an opportunity to draw attention to those who have been displaced around the globe. This is a collection of photos documenting a small percentage of the people who have been driven from their home. --Leanne Burden Seidel (21 photos total)

A women and a girl wash at a tap at a temporary displacement camp set up next to a Kurdish checkpoint on June 13 in Kalak, Iraq. Thousands of people have fled Iraq's second city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP (internally displaced persons) camps around the region including the area close to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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June 18, 2014 Permalink

Iraq unrest

The fighting continued in Iraq today near a main oil refinery, with government forces trying to stop a week-long attack from members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and others. The Iraqi foreign minister has asked the United States for air strikes against the Sunni militants' positions but President Obama, in a meeting with leaders of Congress today, said he wanted for now to focus on training Iraq's security forces and providing equipment. Thousand of displaced civilians have been looking for shelter since the the attacks began. --Lloyd Young (25 photos total)

An image downloaded on June 11 from the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin shows militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waving the trademark Islamists flag after they allegedly seized an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin. Jihadists are pushing toward Baghdad on June 12 after capturing a town just hours to the north, as the US mulled air strikes in a bid to bolster Iraq's collapsing security forces. (AFP/Getty Images)
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June 13, 2014 Permalink

FIFA World Cup 2014 starts in Brazil

The World Cup started in Brazil this week among celebration and protests. The host nation won the game opener in front of 62,100 fans at Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, and masses watched in various positions around the country and world. -Some in protest that a huge amount of funds are directed to this prominent event.--Leanne Burden Seidel (27 photos total)

A boy runs in a decorated street in Fortaleza, Brazil , June 12. The FIFA World Cup 2014 is taking place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. (JARBAS OLIVEIRA/EPA)
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June 11, 2014 Permalink

Birthdays

It comes around every year whether you celebrate or not. We even recognize the day for notable people, places, and events from the past. So, whenever yours is or whose you mark -- Happy Birthday! --Lloyd Young (21 photos total)

Performer Ana Maria Martinez wipes away tears as she is presented with a birthday cake during a break of the performance of "Rusalka" at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, March 10. The plot summary of US opera in recent years has unfolded like the last act of a Verdi tragedy: New York City Opera, dead; Opera Boston, dead; San Diego Opera, on its final aria. The Chicago opera scene, however, is all up tempo.The nation's third most populous city has not only preserved its devotion to opera, it has expanded it, despite hard times for the art form elsewhere. Opera experts credit creative programming, solid philanthropic help and a loyal, enthusiastic audience. (Jim Young/Reuters)
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June 9, 2014 Permalink

2014 World Cup: Goalposts around the world

All you need is a ball and something to kick it in. Around the world, goalposts are made from metal, wood, plastic, sticks, tape, or paint on a wall. Reuters photographers captured images of goalposts on every continent as the world gets ready to watch the 2014 Brazil World Cup, which opens on June 12. --Thea Breite (20 photos total)

Kathmandu, Nepal. May 31, 2014. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)
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