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  • In Pictures 2010: The year in pictures

    A US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft drops humanitarian aid into Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and surrounding areas on Jan. 18. The US military was conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the country on Jan. 12.

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  • In Pictures 2010: The year in pictures

    A US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft drops humanitarian aid into Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and surrounding areas on Jan. 18. The US military was conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the country on Jan. 12.

  • Gallery Top 10 goals of the World Cup

    Uruguay’s Diego Forlan earns our Top Goal honors not just by virtue of his performance in this entire World Cup (he earned the Golden Ball award for most valuable player), but also for the sheer merit his gem of a goal in the third-place face-off with Germany on July 10. Shortly into the second half, Forlan gave Uruguay the lead with a side volley to make your jaw drop. A center pass came too high in the air to dribble, but too low to head. Never one to muck about, Forlan cracked it right out of the air and down with perfect technique. The ball bounced in the box, slipped off the wet grass and into the net.

  • Spain celebrates World Cup win; Dutch blame Paul the Octopus

    Africa Monitor Spain celebrates World Cup win; Dutch blame Paul the Octopus

    As fans of Spain luxuriate in the glow of the country's first World Cup championship, fans of the Netherlands search for an explanation of what went wrong. Some blame the referee, others point to Paul the Octopus.

  • Spain vs The Netherlands: No dramas, just pure soccer

    Spain vs The Netherlands: No dramas, just pure soccer

    In Sunday's match of Spain vs The Netherlands, most Europeans are excited about watching two great teams whose styles and history go way back, but who have never won.

  • Germany hopes Paul the Octopus is wrong

    Discoveries Germany hopes Paul the Octopus is wrong

    Paul the Octopus picked Spain to win in the semifinal match between Spain and Germany.

  • Morning after: The Netherlands' World Cup fans euphoric in Cape Town

    Morning after: The Netherlands' World Cup fans euphoric in Cape Town

    The Netherlands' World Cup fans are basking in the orange glow of Tuesday's semifinal victory over Uruguay, which propels Holland into the championship match for the first time since 1978.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 07/02

    Catholic faithful from Belarus and neighboring countries carry candles during an annual religious festival marking the miracle-working icon known as the Mother of God of Budslav in the Belarus village of Budslav on Friday.

  • Gallery Top 2010 World Cup controversies

    VUVUZELAS: Worldwide audiences and soccer stars – including Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi – have complained about the incessant high-pitched whine of the long plastic horns, called vuvuzelas, seen here at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. That reignited calls to ban the vuvuzela, but FIFA chief Sepp Blatter put an end to that discussion early in the tournament. A Cape Town businessman has touted his design for a slightly quieter vuvuzela that reduces the tuneless horn's sound output from a deafening 134 decibels to a more manageable 121 decibels. That sounds good.

  • South Africa World Cup baby names: Moms choose Fifa, Bafana, and Soccer City

    South Africa World Cup baby names: Moms choose Fifa, Bafana, and Soccer City

    South Africa World Cup baby names such as Fifa, Bafana, and Soccer City are proliferating in the Rainbow Nation as white and black families name their children after stadiums and teams.

  • Ghana vs. Australia: 1-1 tie leaves both teams with major challenges

    Africa Monitor Ghana vs. Australia: 1-1 tie leaves both teams with major challenges

    Ghana missed a good chance to all but confirm their place in the last 16 after failing to break down a determined Australian side that, for the second match running, finished with 10 men.