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At World Cup arenas, blind fans listen to the action

Moira Braga (L) and Marcia Costa (R), both blind, listen to specially-trained commentators in the stadium.

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 6 – Two commentators sat in a broadcast booth at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium, put on their mics and looked down at the pitch before narrating a World Cup game for an exclusive audience. As the teams arrived, they began giving detailed descriptions to a …

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Province tackles waste treatment

Environmental police inspect waste discharge at the South Binh Duong Solid Waste Treatment Complex in southern Binh Duong Province.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has inspected environmental protection measures put in place, particularly in handling waste treatment, in the southern province of Binh Duong. At a meeting with provincial officials last Friday, Hai praised the province for its work, especially in the collection and treatment of waste. The …

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Dim sum standby brings more to the table

Ming's new summer a la carte menu advertises modern fusion cuisine, although the most worthwhile dishes at this luxurious eatery are those that follow more traditional recipes. Elisabeth Rosen reports.

Ming’s new summer a la carte menu advertises modern fusion cuisine, although the most worthwhile dishes at this luxurious eatery are those that follow more traditional recipes. Elisabeth Rosen reports. Ming made its name on dim sum. As one of a handful of restaurants serving Cantonese-inspired bites, the elegant eatery …

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Vietnam asks China to clarify arrest of six fishermen

Families cry during the agonizing wait for news of the six detained Vietnamese fishermen aboard a fishing boat seized on July 3, 2014 by Chinese patrol ships in Vietnamese waters off Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago.

Vietnam on Sunday asked the Chinese Embassy to issue an official notice on geographic coordinates of the location where Chinese patrol ships seized a Vietnamese fishing boat with six fishermen aboard three days ago. >> China seizes Vietnamese ship with 6 fishermen off Hoang Sa The Chinese Embassy was also …

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Binh Phuoc to build resort for buffalo fighting, horse racing

Bu Lach Grass Plot Resort in the southern Binh Phuoc Province will be a new place for bull fighting in Vietnam

Authorities of southern Binh Phuoc Province have approved building the Bu Lach Grass Plot Resort for different entertainment activities including buffalo fighting and horse racing. The 408 hectare resort is located at the Dong Nai Commune in Bu Dang District, just 65km from Dong Xoai Town and near National Highway …

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Kiangs – wild asses – in Qiangtang nature reserve, Tibet. The kiangs are the largest of the wild asses species and native to Tibet. Photograph: Purbu Zhaxi/Corbis

A black ant walks on a canna flower after a brief spell of rain in New Delhi, signalling a much awaited monsoon in India. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA A capybara family bask in the sun in Brazil’s Pantanal region. Capybaras are closely related to guinea pigs but weigh at about 55kg …

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Putin tells Obama he wants better ties, equal treatment

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the Presidential Council on Inter-Ethnic Relations in the Kremlin July 3, 2014.

President Vladimir Putin called for an improvement in ties between Russia and the United States on Friday in an Independence Day message to Barack Obama, urging Washington to treat Moscow as an equal partner. Relations between the two presidents and countries are at a low ebb following disagreements over the …

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