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Defending champion Spain will play its opening 2014 World Cup game against the Netherlands, a repeat of the ill-tempered 2010 final, while host Brazil faces a relatively easy path to the knockout stage after Friday's draw.
For about an hour, much of the planet will come to a dead stop, all eyes and attention glued to four bowls of what look an awful lot like pingpong balls. A lottery that could make someone rich beyond his or her wildest dreams? No, though some would argue this can bring even more happiness.
One of the worst finals in World Cup history _ Spain vs. the Netherlands _ will be reprised in one of the first games of the 2014 edition.
The Amazon jungle city of Manaus was the big winner at the World Cup draw.
The 31 countries that qualified for the 2014 World Cup and host nation Brazil will cross fingers and toes and hope for the luck of the draw on Friday when their names are plucked from bowls one by one in a globally televised extravaganza to determine where, when and, most importantly, who they will play in Brazil next June at football's showcase tournament.
Thirty-two teams, a world of possibilities.
For about an hour Friday, much of the planet will come to a dead stop, all eyes and attention glued to four bowls of what look an awful lot like pingpong balls. A lottery that could make someone rich beyond his or her wildest dreams? No, though some would argue this can bring even more happiness.
More than 180 ciudades, villes and other cities have expressed interest so far in vying for big cash prizes in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first innovation contest for European cities, his foundation said, with two months left to sign up.
A number of publications, including The Washington Times, broke the news last week that President Obama had proposed moving the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican. All hell quickly broke loose in liberal circles of interest to defend the president and attack his conservative critics.
There is one certainty among many possibilities offered by the World Cup draw Friday: Most teams want to be in Switzerland's group.
Cast members of "The Sopranos" were on hand over the weekend as a New Jersey town remembered native son James Gandolfini.
I am a second-generation American. My maternal grandparents emigrated from Italy, and my paternal grandparents from Austria, at the turn of the last century. Most Americans are aware of the rigorous screening that was undertaken in admitting new emigres to our country. The purpose was to protect the American population from carriers of disease as well as to keep it safe from criminal elements and those who would become a burden to our citizenry ("Is there a moral approach to immigration reform?" Commentary, Nov. 27).
The rising power of Russia's Vladimir Putin was in stark display this week as he commanded an audience with Pope Francis — and then forced the pontiff to wait for almost an hour for the face-to-face meeting.
The Obama administration, in what's been called an egregious slap in the face to the Vatican, has moved to shut down the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.
An Italian prosecutor on Tuesday demanded that an appellate court find Amanda Knox guilty of the 2007 murder of her British roommate and sentence her to 26 years for the killing.