For a long time football was simply considered too complex and too ‘beautiful’ to be mastered by Africans, writes blogger Sipho Hlongwane. Racism created that perception, but poor African governance and political interference have helped keep that perception alive.
A Thai Greenpeace activist wearing a gas mask holds a protest banner at the Ministry of Energy in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday. Greenpeace called upon Thailand's energy minister to divert all energy-related investments away from the nuclear energy option, and to invest instead in research, development and uptake of clean renewable energy.
Anna Chapman, called the femme fatale of a spy case with Cold War-style intrigue, is a self-styled entrepreneur who dabbled in real estate.
Crucifix ban in Italian schools should be overturned, nine European governments said in an appeal Wednesday.
A lion yawns at a nature reserve on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa, on Tuesday.
Lance Armstrong used his Twitter account to announce that this year's Tour de France will be his last.
Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to shine at the World Cup, but Spain defender Capdevila is convinced his time will come.
World Cup schedule Tuesday: Paraguay vs Japan is at 10 am ET, followed by Spain vs Portugal at 2:30 pm ET. These are the last matches to determine who advances to the quarterfinals.