The 32-nation tournament will take place at 12 venues across Brazil from June 12 to July 13.
The 32 teams will be placed into eight groups for the first rounds of the tournament. The top two teams from each group will then advance to the playoffs.
Spain won the last World Cup, held in South Africa, in 2010.
The World Cup is watched by more people than any other sporting event on the planet, with an estimated 3.2 billion people, or about 46% of the world’s population, watching at least part of the coverage from South Africa in 2010.
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When TIME announced on Thursday that Egypt’s Defense Minister, Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, had topped TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year poll with more than 440,000 votes his supporters were triumphant. Ahmed Abu Hashima, an Egyptian steel magnate and Sisi supporter, was one of the first to publicly congratulate Sisi on Twitter. Writing in Arabic, he called the victory an, "appreciation for national role and the love of Egyptians towards him."
Desmond Tutu once told me he believed prison was the making of Nelson Mandela. “I often surprise people when I say this,” he said. “Suffering can lead to bitterness. But suffering is also the infallible test of the openness of a leader, of their selflessness." When Mandela had gone to jail, he had been "one of the most angry," said Tutu.
(BEIRUT) — A group of Syrian nuns reportedly taken by rebels from a convent in a Christian village near Damascus have appeared in a video broadcast on Al-Jazeera.
In the video aired Friday, the nuns appeared healthy and took turns at speaking from an undisclosed location. The 13 nuns and three civilians said they left the Mar Takla convent in the village of Maaloula to escape heavy shelling.
(WASHINGTON) — A longtime adviser to the Director of National Intelligence has resigned, after the government learned he was a paid consultant to a Chinese tech company considered an espionage threat by the U.S.
Theodore H. Moran is an expert on China's international investment. He's served since 2007 as adviser to the intelligence director's advisory panel on foreign investment.
He also worked an adviser to the National Intelligence Council, the group of 18 senior analysts and policy experts who provide U.S.
(PACHUCA, Mexico) — A Mexican government official says six people being tested for possible radiation exposure are suspects in the theft of truck carrying cobalt-60.
The official says the six were arrested Thursday and taken to the general hospital in Pachuca for observation and testing for radiation exposure.
The official spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
From the UN Security Council to the NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls, here's a look at how people worldwide observed a moment of silence in memory of Nelson Mandela.
Who run the world? Girls--at least when it comes to speech trends (and being badass pop stars).
The BBC reports that "uptalk"--the vocal habit practiced primarily by women where your pitch goes up at the end of a sentence like you're asking a question--is quickly growing in prominence. From one valley girl to my future recruits: welcome to the coven.