Thursday, July 24 2014 6:43 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:43:00 GMT
Activists say fighters from the extremist Islamic State group stormed parts of a besieged army base in northern Syria, setting off clashes that left dozens killed or wounded on both sides.More >>
Fighters from the extremist Islamic State group stormed parts of a besieged army base in northern Syria on Thursday, setting off clashes that left dozens killed or wounded on both sides, activists said.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:23:29 GMT
Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad, killing 52 prisoners and eight soldiers.More >>
Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, brutally underscoring Iraq's instability as lawmakers...More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 6:05 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:05:53 GMT
Ukraine's government says 51 containers holding bodies and body parts of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash are ready to depart for the Netherlands aboard two military transport planes.More >>
A Dutch military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday and a second prepared to go, while Australia's government dispatched 50 police officers to...More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-07-24 09:32:30 GMT
Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5...More >>
Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion...More >>
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (CNN) - More than 100,000 residents of one the poorest slums in Latin America face a harsh reality of poverty: poor sewage systems, poor schools and poor hospitals.
They are too destitute to even travel to protests, and they say they are not likely to see any of the money generated by the World Cup.
Life in Jacarezinho, a Rio de Janeiro slum, has changed little over the years.
Today, the streets may be decorated in green and yellow, but the routine, the boredom and the quality of life remains the same.
No one knows it better than Valeria, a mother of three who has lived here for more than 25 years. From her window, she has yet to witness real change.
When her family goes to a hospital, there is no service. She says she wakes up early to take the kids to school. They get there, and there are no classes. And to add to all of this, the waters by the river bank get inundated, and she says she has to change her furniture every year. That's a lot of money.
Despite the complaints reported, the more than 100,000 people here have settled into a harsher reality, becoming almost numb to their precarious conditions.
It's a reality that Pastor Antonio Costa finds difficult to accept. For years, he's been fighting for their cause.
Recently, his cries have grown louder as Brazil throws more money to hosting the World Cup.
Early this year, he traveled to Zurich to protest at the gates of FIFA's headquarters demanding better conditions for the people of Jacarezinho.
"Seeing my country from this place shocks me because we are the seventh economy in the world, but at the same time, we permit people to live in these conditions without switch systems, children without a good education, people dying in hospitals, a place where people are invisible," Costa said. "People don't have an identity. People cry and no one listens."
It's easy to understand why the people of Jacarezinho are so apprehensive about the World Cup. Many tell me that the money the government has contributed and the gains that may come from it won't go to the people who really need it.
The strain of poverty are hard to ignore here.
Children and adults alike cross a stretch of wasteland every day, fearing for their health and their safety as trains pass them at speed.
Costa said things have improved over five years, but there is still great need.
"There is a big difference," Costa said. "People are no longer dying of starvation, but people continue to live without dignity."
There may be victories to be won for Brazil in the football field this month, but for people of Jacarezinho, even these won't be the game changer they're seeking.
Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-15 23:38:14 GMT
Concussion expert Chris Nowinski says World Cup organizers missed a chance to use the tournament as a "bully pulpit" to teach soccer fans and young players around the globe about the dangers of head injuries.More >>
World Cup organizers repeatedly failed to follow their own concussion protocol and then failed to take advantage of the international interest in the tournament to teach soccer fans and young players about the dangers of...More >>
Tuesday, July 15 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-07-15 15:40:19 GMT
Brazil just barely managed to get everything ready in time for the World Cup. Russia insists it won't have any such problems in 2018, although the country faces other issues ahead of football's next...More >>
Brazil barely managed to get everything ready in time for the World Cup. Russia insists it won't have any such problems in 2018, although the country faces other pressing issues - including racism and violence.More >>
Monday, July 14 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-07-15 01:47:15 GMT
Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally by Argentines celebrating their team's gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup...More >>
Argentina's national team was welcomed home Monday by thousands of fans celebrating its gutsy performance in the World Cup final.More >>
Monday, July 14 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-07-15 00:47:46 GMT
Federal authorities say eight people from Malaysia, China and Hong Kong are accused of operating an illegal gambling ring that took millions of dollars in bets on FIFA World Cup soccer games in high-roller villas...More >>
Eight people from Malaysia, China and Hong Kong were accused Monday of operating a temporary, illegal gambling ring from exclusive high-roller villas at a Las Vegas Strip resort that investigators said logged millions of...More >>
Monday, July 14 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:18:26 GMT
With an estimated 26.5 million viewers, Sunday's World Cup final stands as the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history.More >>
Even without the home team involved, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the United States, capping a tournament that exceeded expectations for interest on both ESPN and...More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:35:51 GMT
The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.More >>
A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.More >>