cnn.com. “Brazil President: 'My nightmares never got so bad” - Never in her worst nightmares did Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff imagine such a crushing soccer defeat, she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
afp.com. “Eurovision's Conchita Wurst star of Paris fashion” - Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst on Wednesday closed Jean Paul Gaultier's haute couture show at Paris fashion, resplendent in a black and red vampire-themed gown.Gaultier said he meet the bearded Austrian transvestite two years ago, joking that he voted for the singer 73 times by text in May's Eurovision song contest.
“Dutch teen targets Pacific Ocean 'plastic soup' menace” - Dutch student Boyan Slat is only 19 years old, but he already has 100 people working on his revolutionary plan to scoop thousands of tonnes of damaging plastics from the oceans.
wsj.com. “Putin's Moves on Ukraine Keep West Guessing” - President Vladimir Putin's public silence as pro-Russia militants have ceded key towns in recent days to government troops in Ukraine has raised questions about the depth of his support for the rebels.
bloomberg.com. “Obama Sanction Vows Against Russia Scoffed At in Congress” - Warnings from U.S. officials that Russia faces the risk of additional sanctions if it doesn’t stop interfering in eastern Ukraine were mocked by lawmakers who said President Barack Obama’s administration has failed to deliver.
bloomberg.com. “Tropical Storm Neoguri Heads Toward Japanese Capital” - Tropical Storm Neoguri swept toward Tokyo, threatening to hit the city overnight with heavy rains and strong winds after leaving at least three dead and forcing the evacuation of almost 90,000 people.
thedailybeast.com. “Why We Need to Spy on the Germans” - We’re right to spy on a country with close ties to Russia and Iran. I’ve lived and loved in Germany, count Berlin as one of my favorite cities, and—pending reactions to this article—may even move back there someday. But given its intense business and political ties to Russia and Iran, and Moscow’s decades-long cultivation of intelligence assets and collaborators from the first Cold War up through the current one, American intelligence agencies would be crazy not to conduct intensive espionage operations in Germany.
cnn.com. “No more 'Harry Potter' films, Daniel Radcliffe says” - Despite the excitement over a new "Harry Potter" story written byJ.K. Rowling, the man who played Potter doesn't want folks to read too much into it. The Independent reported that Daniel Radcliffe was asked about the possibility of a new "Harry Potter" film while appearing via satellite at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.