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5 things to know about Belgium ahead of US clash

MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil (AP) — If Belgium has a reputation for self-indulgence because of its love of chocolate and beer, it is time to look at its World Cup squad and admire discipline, stamina and determination.

Pistorius trial resumes after psychiatric tests

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has resumed after one month during which mental health experts evaluated the athlete to determine if he has an anxiety disorder that could have influenced his actions when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


The 6 most memorable moments from the BET Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After nearly four hours of prizes, performances and the occasional bleeped expletive, the 2014 BET Awards came to a close. When it was all over, Pharrell Williams had two trophies, as did newcomer August Alsina, and Lil Wayne dropped the mike, apparently breaking it.


Obama taps business exec to oversee troubled VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to turn around a troubled agency, President Barack Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups.


Ukraine's Lviv withdraws bid for 2022 Winter Games

LONDON (AP) — The Ukrainian city of Lviv withdrew its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Monday, becoming the third contender to drop out of the race for a games that no one seems to want.


Blackwater threatened to kill US investigator in Iraq: report

Washington (AFP) - The top manager in Iraq of the notorious private security firm Blackwater threatened to kill a US State Department investigator for probing the company's performance, the New York Times reported Monday.


Algeria coach: fasting up to players at World Cup

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Algeria's players are being left to decide whether or not they observe the Ramadan fast during Monday's World Cup game against Germany, with coach Vahid Halilhodzic saying it's not a divisive issue.


Pistorius returns to court after psychiatric evaluation

After a six-week break, the murder trial that has gripped South Africa and the world resumes on Monday when Paralympian Oscar Pistorius returns to the dock after a month of psychiatric tests. The star sprinter has tried to argue that a "generalised anxiety disorder" contributed to him shooting dead his 29-year-old model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. He admits shooting Steenkamp with a 9mm pistol through a locked toilet door, but says it was a mistake as he thought she was an intruder coming to attack him in the dead of night. Judge Thokozile Masipa last month ordered Pistorius to spend 30 days under psychiatric observation to determine if he should be held criminally responsible for the killing.


North Korea preparing to try 2 American tourists

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea said Monday it is preparing to try two Americans who entered the country as tourists for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against the country. Though a small number of U.S. citizens visit North Korea each year as tourists, the State Department strongly advises against it.

BRAZIL BEAT: Teacher makes history for Australia

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Ben Williams sacrificed his salary as a teacher for six months so he could prepare for the World Cup. On Sunday, it paid off. Williams became the first Australian referee to control a second-round match at a World Cup during the game between Costa Rica and Greece.


Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Al-Qaida splinter declares new Islamic caliphate

BAGHDAD (AP) — The al-Qaida breakaway group that has seized much of northeastern Syria and huge tracts of neighboring Iraq formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state on Sunday and demanded allegiance from Muslims worldwide.


Police: 9 shot on Bourbon Street in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said.


Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 back in U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq and then returning to the U.S. claiming he had been kidnapped, only to disappear again, is back in U.S. custody, officials said Sunday.


5 detained, 26 dead in India building collapses

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in southern India detained five construction company officials Sunday as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for dozens of workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed during monsoon rains. It was one of two weekend building collapses that killed at least 26 people.


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