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Sunday, July 15, 2018
France has clinched its second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia in a dramatic final in Moscow featuring a series of firsts and a pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot.   France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. The own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic's head was the 12th of the tournament. That's double the previous World Cup record of six.   Croatia... (Full Story)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
A look at the best news photos from around the world. (Full Story)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
As the ferries from Finland approach Tallinn, the first prominent landmark looming port side is a 314-meter high television tower.  It is Estonia’s tallest building, but its prominence as a landmark exceeds mere elevation. The Soviet-era tower played a key role in Estonia establishing independence in 1991. As army tanks rolled to seize the tower, intent on preventing the collapse of the Soviet Union, Estonians surrounded the structure with trucks and formed human shields.  At... (Full Story)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
As he headed to the Helsinki summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a new attack Sunday on two of his favorite targets, the U.S. news media and opposition Democrats. The U.S. leader contended on Twitter that the American news media "is indeed the enemy of the people and all the Dems know how to do is resist and obstruct. This is why there is such hatred and dissension in our country – but at some point, it will heal!" The U.S.... (Full Story)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Indigenous elders in central Australia are leading efforts to save a critically endangered language. Of the estimated 300 Indigenous languages that once existed in Australia, only 90 are still spoken. Language is a critical part of Indigenous culture in Australia. It is a repository for tribal knowledge, history and customs, and gives communities a valuable sense of identity. About 300 languages existed when European settlers arrived in Australia in the late 1700s. Although around 90... (Full Story)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Dozens were wounded in Southern Iraq Sunday when police fired warning shots to disperse a crowd protesting unemployment and a lack of basic services as demonstrations entered a second week. Protesters in Basra attempted to storm the governor's headquarters on Sunday but were dispersed by security forces. Forty-eight people were wounded in the clashes, according to Reuters. Iraq's National Security Council deployed security forces and cut internet services Saturday as protests... (Full Story)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Palestinian militants have declared a cease-fire in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Fighting has tapered off in Gaza, following Israel's heaviest air strikes on Palestinian militants since the Gaza War four years ago. Hamas and Islamic Jihad declared a truce, after firing dozens of rockets and mortars across the Israeli border. Israeli warplanes attacked more than 40 Hamas targets Saturday, including tunnels, weapons depots and training bases. The military said the air raids were in... (Full Story)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the latest phase in an offensive to end the insurgents' presence in southern Syria. The government's push came after it had secured control of most of Daraa province in an offensive that began in June. On Sunday, the first batch of armed fighters and their families were preparing to leave from the city of Daraa, the provincial capital, in buses that would... (Full Story)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Chicago police say body cameras show that a man who was fatally shot by an officer was armed with what appeared to be a handgun. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi also said Sunday that officers found two magazines of bullets along with a gun at the site of Saturday evening's shooting on the South Side. He says the gun and the magazines have been sent for testing.   The shooting sparked a clash between angry residents and officers. Police say four people were arrested and... (Full Story)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
With so much attention focused on the World Cup in Russia, the popularity of women's soccer in the United States is expected to grow as the sport attracts new fans and more parents encourage their daughters to play the sport. The U.S. women's national soccer team has already won three Women's World Cup titles - a record that will only increase the sport's appeal for young girls. Genia Dulot has more from Los Angeles, California. (Full Story)
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