A woman from Brazil and a man from Argentina samba at World Cup/MSN UK
- A demographic imbalance in Brazil means that women outnumber men by more than 4 million nationally. The imbalance, the result of higher mortality rates among young men, is particularly acute in Rio de Janeiro, where there are just over nine men for every 10 women, according to the 2010 census.
- Globally, transgender women and injecting drug users, for instance, are around 50 times more likely than the general population to contract HIV, while sex workers have a 14-fold higher chance of getting infected, the World Health Organisation has said.
- Dolphin style parenting is said to lead to happier and smarter children, while birthday cakes have become a status symbol - the Rolex of parenting.
- In a Portuguese libel case, the parents of missing child Madeleine McCann are taking action against claims made in a best-selling book that they killed her. Madeleine was three when she went missing in Praia da Luz in May 2007.
- Under a 300-year-old law of joint enterprise, a person in a group or gang can be held responsible for the criminal acts of others in England and Wales.
- The head of a Shia group that kidnapped five Britons in Iraq in 2007 - and killed four of them - has apologised.
- An Australian judge is to be investigated after he reportedly said sex between siblings was gaining social acceptance just like homosexuality.
- There are proportionally more female tech entrepreneurs in the Middle East than anywhere else in the world, according to a study in the United States, while the emergence of e-readers and tablet computers has not meant the end of printed books. However, it does allow writers to become their own publishers.
- As a growing consensus says the match to come third at the FIFA World Cup is pointless, it has been reported that, during the current Boules World Cup, a three-person team from Marseille threatened to "rip the heads off" the members of a team from the north of France if the latter reported their win. (Read more)
- In the old East Germany, the secret policemen used to have their own football team, and not just any old football team but the best in the top league.
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