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  • Swimming Olympian Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay: reports
    Swimming Olympian Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay: reports

    Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay in an interview set to be broadcast Sunday, according to media reports, after years of denying rumours about his sexuality. The five-time Olympic gold medallist makes the revelation in an interview with British presenter Michael Parkinson due to be aired later Sunday by Australia's Channel Ten, reports said. Fellow Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice tweeted: "Thorpie is and always will be a superstar in my eyes." Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham, who revealed he was gay in 2008, said he could "totally understand how difficult this whole process has been for him".

  • Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish 3rd
    Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish 3rd

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup.

  • Putin, Kirchner seek 'multipolarity' in Argentina visit
    Putin, Kirchner seek 'multipolarity' in Argentina visit

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner called for a multipolar world order as Moscow sought to boost ties with Latin America amid heightened East-West tensions. Putin is on a six-day tour seeking to increase Moscow's influence in the region at a time when the Ukraine crisis has eroded Russia's relations with the United States and Europe to their lowest point since the Cold War. His itinerary includes meetings with a string of leftist leaders critical of the United States and a summit of the BRICS group of emerging countries -- an agenda that neatly aligns with his push for a multipolar world less dominated by the West.

  • When the CIA Keeps the President in the Dark
    When the CIA Keeps the President in the Dark

    ‘Let’s Say You’re Recruiting the Butler To the Prime Minister,’ Would the CIA Tell the Commander in Chief?

  • Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely
    Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely

    VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow foreign ministers are adding their diplomatic muscle to try and advance troubled nuclear talks with Iran, with a target date only a week away for a pact meant to curb programs Tehran could turn to making atomic arms.

  • Robert Mugabe's racial decree on whites and land brings backlash

    Now those comments by the long-ruling autocrat are bringing a backlash in Zimbabwe’s beleaguered trade and tourism ministries. As the Monitor reported July 3, Mr. Mugabe visited a small farming community 120 miles from the capital Harare that was handing out land permits. The Zimbabwe Independent today castigated the president’s speech, in which Mugabe’s “voice was dark and foreboding when he said ‘we will have no mercy for white people regarding the land, they cannot own our soil.’” On the same day, Mugabe, whose initiatives over the years have aimed at redressing British colonial injustices, also said that whites in Zimbabwe may own companies and apartments in urban areas, but no actual land.

  • Water everywhere for DR Congo city yet scarcely a drop to drink
    Water everywhere for DR Congo city yet scarcely a drop to drink

    Goma, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, sits by one of the world's largest freshwater reservoirs and has some of Africa's heaviest annual rainfall, yet it is a thirsty place. Most of the city's one million residents, living close to the shores of Lake Kivu, have to struggle every day to fetch water home.

  • HUSBAND'S MONEY MANAGEMENT HAS PUT MARRIAGE IN THE RED

    DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 19 years. We have had our ups and downs, but the last few months have been hell. My husband lies about having paid bills. When I ask, "Have you paid the rent?" I mean "in full," not a partial payment. We have now been evicted for nonpayment of rent and are living in a hotel. Utilities have been cut off because of his partial payments and his lying about their having been paid in full, and I'm tired of it. ...

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