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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Ten Things of Cups and World

Netherlands keeper spoke to Costa Rica penalty takers to "psych them out"/EPA
  1. In the World Cup, first time quarter-finalist Costa Rica was beaten by the Netherlands, the only team in the final four not to have won the tournament. They will play Argentina for a place in the final. (Read more)
  2. A group of Amazon Indians, who previously had no contact with the outside world, has been forced out of the Brazilian rainforest due to illegal logging and drug trafficking.
  3. In China there are as many as 250 military-style boot camps designed to wean young people off their addiction to being online, while in Hong Kong police have arrested over 500 protesters who staged a pro-democracy sit-in at the city's business district to demand the right to choose their next leader.
  4. Universities in the United Kingdom feel inhibited about speaking out because of fear of retribution in relation to future funding.
  5. Three peace activist nuns ended up on a Terrorist Watch List and were sentenced to a total of nine years in a federal prison in America.
  6. Youra Livchitz, Robert Maistriau, and Jean Franklemon - three young men of the Belgian resistance armed with only a single pistol, a hurricane lamp and a few pairs of pliers - saved 115 lives by ambushing a train convoy bound for Auschwitz on April 19, 1943. Those who got away, some of whom were children, found refuge among the Belgian population: not one of the prisoners was betrayed. (Read more)
  7. Books so rare they were unknown to scholars are among the treasures uncovered in a family library, in a collection going under the hammer at Christie's for £3 million.
  8. Lord Melvyn Bragg has admitted he struggled with clinical depression as young as 12 years old and did not have any one to speak to, as he calls for more help for children who struggle with mental health issues.
  9. BBC journalists are being sent on courses to stop them inviting so many cranks onto programmes to air "marginal views" on non-contentious issues.
  10. Contrary to popular belief, yoga as we know it today - a set of postures (asanas) combined with breathing techniques - is not thousands of years old. It dates back to around the grand old year of 1960.

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