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On this particular occasion at least Louis van Gaal brings something other than his renowned tactical know-how and relentless faith in youth to the party.

The headline writers had Wesley Sneiijder and his Dutch team-mates plotting a revenge mission against Spain in Salvador tonight which might well have (...)

Flames of protest: demonstrators in São Paulo burn the Brazilian flag. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/Getty

A World Cup in Brazil must have sounded like the perfect fit. Hosting the planet’s greatest party in the land of carnival while bringing football back(...)

Jovani Mbele, 28, was wounded in the head and hand when Chadian peacekeepers opened fire in a Christian area of Bangui at the weekend.   Photograph:  Lara Marlowe

Christians in the Central African capital yesterday demanded the departure of the African peacekeepin(...)

A riot policeman fires his weapon while confronting stone-throwing demonstrators during an anti-government protest in Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon river, in Brazil last night. Photograph: Ney Macondes/Reuters

Brazil awoke today to city centres still smouldering after a night that shocked the nation: one million protesters had taken to the streets in scores(...)

The Maracana stadium in the backround, framed by one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious favelas. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Name a famous Brazilian. No, grow up. Not that kind of Brazilian: someone world-famous from that vast melting pot of humanity at the other side of the(...)

From left, Clement Attlee, Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin at the Potsdam Conference in July 1945

In a hotel room in Soho, the American historian Peter Kuznick starts telling me about the origins of his and Oliver Stone’s television series, The (...)

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