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What an amazing World Cup it's been so far. The French gave the poorest performance by champions ever seen and some gullible punters lost their shirts even knowing Zinedine Zidane was injured! Nobody was crying for Argentina as it also departed the tournament.

Russia Needs Draw Against Red Devils

Russia can sit back and count on its defense to gain a draw and advance. Belgium needs to do something Friday it hasn't done in eight years -- win a World Cup game.

Youth Games Open in Moscow

Young athletes from across Russia and the former Soviet republics are arriving in Moscow for the International Youth Games, which open Saturday with a ceremony at Luzhniki Stadium and run for 10 days.

U.S. Deliberates Mideast Policy

U.S. President George W. Bush met Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Thursday at the White House as he concluded a series of consultations with Middle East leaders in advance of U.S. proposals for the next stage in the peace process.

Global Summits Struck By Epidemic of Apathy

When plant expert Geoffrey Hawtin got up to speak at this week's United Nations World Food Summit in Rome, he addressed rows of empty seats.

Rumsfeld Trip Eases Kashmir Tension

Completing a peace mission to India and Pakistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday praised both for trying to ease tensions but cautioned that their forces facing each other across the border are ""beginning to feel the stress of high alert.""

U.S. Plane Crashes in Afghanistan

A U.S. military plane carrying special forces troops crashed and caught fire after taking off from a field airstrip in Afghanistan, killing three Americans, military officials said Thursday. Seven others escaped with minor injuries.

Loya Jirga Elects Karzai as New Afghan President

Hamid Karzai, the U.S.-backed leader of the interim Afghan administration, was overwhelmingly elected Thursday as head of the new transitional government to rule the country for the next 18 months.

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