2014 World Cup News


The United States will play three strong teams, Germany, Ghana and Portugal, in the first round of next year’s soccer World Cup. The tournament draw took Adidas Brazuca 2014 World Cup Ball 1place today in Brazil.

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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How Egypt’s Gen. al-Sisi Won TIME’s Person of the Year Poll


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 [Sisi’s] national role and the love of Egyptians towards him.”

Sisi’s success reflected the genuine popularity of a man who led what was essentially a military coup in July against the democratically elected government of then President Mohammed Morsi. Sisi remains the most powerful political figure in Egypt. The win was driven by hundreds of thousands of votes from inside Egypt; the country of about 85 million provided more votes than more populous nations like India and the United States. Many of those voters came via websites like…

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The Best Nelson Mandela Covers From Around The World

Mandela’s Jailer: ‘He Was My Prisoner, But He Was My Father’


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. “The suffering of those 27 years helped to purify him and grow the magnanimity that would become his hallmark.” Jail helped Mandela learn how to make enemies into friends, said Tutu. It also gave him an unassailable credibility. “When you speak of forgiveness, 27 years in prison sets you up very nicely,” he said.

As free South Africa remembered its founding father Friday after his death at 95 the night before, many of the most eloquent commemorations also seemed to have a connection to Mandela’s time in jail…

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Syrian Nuns Taken by Rebels Appear in Video

God bless these nuns.

Chinese Firm Paid U.S. Government Intelligence Adviser

Police Block Mexico Hospital, 6 May Have Radiation

Watch: Around the World, Moments of Silence for Mandela


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.

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Research Shows More and More Guys Are Like, Totally Starting to Sound Like Valley Girls


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.

Research out of the University of California shows that particularly in Southern California, more and more young men are beginning to adopt the trend of uptalking–which isn’t surprising, since research also demonstrates that it’s primarily women who tend to kickstart vocal trends.

“We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender,” one of the researchers told BBC.

Uptalk is typically pigeonholed as being used only by young dumb women, so we’re like, totally looking forward to that perception…

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JON STEWART: “The Amazing Raise”