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Nicaraguans wait in line early in the morning to request a passport outside a government building in Managua on July 28th. Photograph: Daniele Volpe/New York Times

There is always a line outside the main passport office, often with several hundred people or more clutching documents and manila folders. It starts f(...)

Falling over in the box...  a bar in Rio de Janeiro says it will serve a free round of beer during Brazil’s match against Serbia every time Neymar executes what is increasingly his on-field signature – the elaborate tumble at the merest hint of contact. Photograph: Lee Smith/Var Reuters

We need to talk about Neymar. Again. The Brazilian is one of the world’s most gifted footballers but is increasingly seen by fans everywhere as a che(...)

  Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist celebrates scoring their  penalty. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Sweden 1 South Korea 0 There is a feeling with VAR that all it is doing is replacing one sort of controversy with another. In days gone by, Swedish (...)

Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian president Vladimir Putin  in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph:  Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/EPA

Sport and politics shouldn’t mix, goes the earnest cliché. Except they do – all the time. And that’s partly what makes some sports so interesting. The(...)

 Danny Rose   during  an England training session at St Georges Park in Burton-upon-Trent. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Danny Rose has revealed he suffered depression which he believes was triggered by the treatment of a knee injury coupled with family tragedy. In an ex(...)

Raheem Sterling: “You see a gun on someone’s leg, you are going to automatically think: ‘What the hell are you doing?’ ” Photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Raheem Sterling has admitted he understands the frenzied reaction to the tattoo of a M16 assault rifle inked on his right calf but has not been affec(...)

Digicel deal: Denis O’Brien’s company has sold 215 masts to Phoenix Tower International. Photograph: Ken Cedeno/Digital/Corbis via Getty

Digicel, the emerging-markets-focused telecommunications company owned by the businessman Denis O’Brien, has sold 215 wireless-communications towers i(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett: ‘We have to keep 80 per cent of all known fossil fuels in the ground if we are to have any chance of fighting climate change.’  File Photograph: Reuters

A move to ban the issuing of fossil fuel exploration licences in Ireland features in a proposed Bill to be put before the Dáil by Solidarity-People Be(...)

The eye of Hurricane Nate pushes ashore at a category 1 storm in Biloxi, Mississippi. Photograph: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Nate’s maximum sustained winds dropped to 45 miles per hour (70 km per hour), the National Hurricane Center said on Sunday morning, a f(...)

People walk through flooded streets in the municipality of Minatitlan, south of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, on Thursday. Photograph: Angel Hernandez/EPA

Tropical Storm Nate killed at least 22 people in Central America on Thursday as it pummelled the region with heavy rain while heading toward Mexico’s (...)

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