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SAO PAULO (AP) — World soccer governing body FIFA said it was assessing the extent of damage to the stadium hosting the 2014 World Cup opener as officials inspected the grounds Thursday to determine what may have caused the deadly accident, just weeks before all stadiums for one of the biggest events in world sports were scheduled to be completed.
The World Trade Organisation said Thursday that negotiators have made a breakthrough in talks towards a major trade deal, just two days after the agency's chief signaled a stalemate. It is one of the elements making up an overall trade package to be examined during the December 3-6 ministerial meeting at the Indonesian island of Bali. But the WTO's 159 member states had until now been unable to bridge their differences on the subject, including over the delay developing countries would get to fall in line, and the support they would get from donors to do so. On Thursday however, the WTO said there had been a "breakthrough on a key section of the Bali package", with the world's poorest countries to be given extra flexibility to implement the new rules under discussion.
CAIRO (AP) — The three women are among Egypt's most active democracy campaigners, the faces of its revolution. Through a string of rulers the past three years— autocrat Hosni Mubarak, the military, the Islamists — they have been at the forefront of protests, chronicled police abuses and struggled to limit the power of the military.
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces used tear gas and water cannons Thursday to disperse students and supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president as they rallied outside a Cairo university, sparking clashes that killed one person. Meanwhile, the country's top security chief vowed to "confront with all decisiveness" those violating a new law criminalizing protests not prior approved by police.
Vienna's new baby panda will be named Fu Bao, or Happy Leopard in Mandarin, the city's Schoenbrunn Zoo announced on Thursday, three months after he was born. Schoenbrun is the only zoo in Europe where pandas -- notoriously picky partners -- have reproduced naturally, without artificial insemination. Mother Yang Yang and father Long Hui had a first cub in 2007, later named Fu Long, or Happy Dragon in Chinese. His brother Fu Hu -- Happy Tiger -- followed exactly three years later on August 23, 2010.