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Brazilian President defends World Cup preparations, budget

With just a little more than a week until the first kickoff of the 2014 World Cup, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff hosted a dinner for international journalists and countered criticism that too much money was spent on stadiums while infrastructure projects languished.

Sudanese Christians worship in fear

Sudanese Christians fear that practicing their faith may make them a target for violence. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.

Giant Transformers exhibit opens

Holograms, limited-edition collectibles and more than 1,000 toys on display to mark franchise's 30th anniversary

How does Arab world view U.S.?

James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, talks a new poll on how the Arab world views the United States

Official: Russian jet buzzed U.S. plane

A Russian fighter jet buzzed dangerously close to a U.S. military plane in April, a U.S. official said Tuesday, describing the fly-by as "straight out of a movie."

Ukraine official: Heavy losses inflicted on rebels

Conflicting accounts emerged Wednesday from heightened fighting in eastern Ukraine, with a Ukrainian government official claiming forces loyal to Kiev had inflicted heavy losses on separatists while a pro-Russian official boasted militants had downed government jets and helicopters.

I drove Tiananmen dissidents to safety

Twenty-five years ago, when tanks and automatic rifles silenced massive demonstrations in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, CNN's Jaime FlorCruz was TIME magazine's correspondent in China.