- Fond memories in Brazil's Nelson Mandela favela
"Welcome to Nelson Mandela" says graffiti emblazoned over a bullet-pocked portrait of the late South African icon that greets visitors to the gritty slum in Rio de Janeiro. Mandela visited Brazil twice but never came to this shanty town admiring locals named after him, honoring his legacy as an anti-apartheid fighter. "Our community was inaugurated on April 10, 1990, soon after Mandela was released from prison," said Denaide Alves da Fonseca, one of the favela founders. "Here, more than 70 percent of the population is black and that's why we chose his name," said the 66-year-old best known by her nickname "Tia Pretinha" ("Black Auntie").
- England-Italy World Cup clash moved forward
London (AFP) - World governing body FIFA announced on Saturday that the kick-off in next year's World Cup group game between England and Italy in Brazil has been brought forward by three hours.
- VIDEO: 'Be on the ball' for World Cup
The British Ambassador to Brazil, Alex Ellis, spoke to the BBC's Natalie Pirks about the World Cup draw, England fans and Brazil's welcome to the World Cup.
- WTO hails 'historic' trade agreement
Nusa Dua (Indonesia) (AFP) - Commerce ministers capped days of hard negotiations Saturday by approving a commercial deal that the WTO hailed as a "historic" boost for the trade body and the world economy. The agreement falls far short of the World Trade Organization's lofty but elusive vision of tearing down global trade barriers through its frustrating, 12-year-old Doha Round of talks. But the accord reached on the Indonesian resort island of Bali nevertheless marks the first global agreement struck by the Geneva-based body since its 1995 founding. "For the first time in our history, the WTO has truly delivered," an exhausted-looking WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo told a closing ceremony.
- World mourns South Africa peace icon Mandela
South Africa began preparations Saturday to welcome US President Barack Obama and fellow world leaders eager to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela during 10 days of mourning for the anti-apartheid icon. On Friday President Jacob Zuma announced the mourning period for Mandela, the founding father of modern South Africa and its first black leader, after he died late Thursday aged 95, surrounded by friends and family. Obama, America's first black president, will travel to South Africa next week, the White House said, joining a raft of world leaders for a huge December 10 memorial service. Mandela's body will lie in state in Pretoria for three days before he receives a state burial on December 15 in his boyhood home of Qunu.
- Press quake at 'Group of Death' draw
Newspapers reacted with horror Saturday after England were doomed to play Italy in the sweltering Brazilian jungle, in a World Cup draw that also pits them against Uruguay and Costa Rica. For several papers, the reaction of Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said it all -- upon hearing the news, he had been caught on camera drawing a finger across his throat. "Lord help us!" said The Sun's front page headline, slapped over a large picture of Rio de Janeiro's giant Christ the Redeemer statue. For Matt Dickinson of The Times, the gesture "perfectly captured the story of England's anguish".
- 2014 World Cup noisemakers quieter than vuvuzelas
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Researchers say the official noisemakers for next year's World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil will be significantly quieter than the vuvuzela (voo-voo-ZEHL'-uh) horns that caused so many headaches in 2010.
- Cup draw complete
Host Brazil plays Croatia in opening game of the 2014 World Cup. Here is the complete draw.
- Klinsmann on U.S. draw
U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann talks about his team's World Cup draw for Brazil 2014.
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