FROM Steven Goff
South Africa after the Last World Cup Ball Is Kicked There'll be a first-time winner of the World Cup on Sunday, when Spain or The Netherlands will join the ranks of legendary soccer teams. But the cost of the games isn't cheap. South Africa spent some $2 billion constructing ten stadiums. In a country still struggles with pressing problems that include high unemployment, a critical housing shortage and a school system in crisis, what long-term impact will the World Cup have on South Africa? What happened to the magic of the Mandela dream?
This One's for BP: US Ties England on Goalie's Spill The US team was happy to get a 1-1 tie with England on Saturday, based on an inexplicable error by the English goalkeeper. Now, America's goalkeeper may be out of action for the next match in South Africa. Tim Howard makes his living in England, where he's been named the Premier League's goalkeeper of the year. But in World Cup matches, he plays for the US, as long as he's healthy. Steve Goff is covering the action for the Washington Post — vuvuzela's and all.
World Cup Preparations in South Africa With roughly a billion fans expected to watch on TV, the World Cup will be living up to its name. It's been held every four years since 1930, with two exceptions during World War II. The first was in Montevideo, Uruguay, and this is the first on the continent of Africa. South Africa, the host nation, has spent almost $4 billion on preparations.
World Cup Preparations in South Africa The World Cup has been held every four years since 1930, with two exceptions during World War II. The first was in Montevideo, Uruguay, and this is the first on the continent of Africa. South Africa, where soccer is the sport of the black majority, has spent almost $4 billion on preparations. But, in a country of widespread deprivation, there’s some resentment over the billions spent to build facilities that could become white elephants. Other than South Africans, Americans have bought more tickets than anyone else. How will the US team do in Saturday’s big test against England?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
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After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.