Andrew Cawthorne

Orange and red fan armies battle to be best

Hordes of orange-clad Dutch fans and red-bedecked Spaniards were battling it out in Johannesburg ahead of the World Cup final on Sunday.

Africa weeps, semifinals beckon

Millions of African fans mourned the exit of Ghana, their last hope for World Cup glory, while four more nations stepped up to battle on Saturday.

Spain and Paraguay in quarters, Fifa sorry

Spain and Paraguay squeezed into the World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday while Fifa boss Sepp Blatter apologised for two colossal refereeing blunders.

Knockout games start, US out for revenge

The do-or-die stage of the World Cup starts on Saturday with the US plotting to dash African dreams and Uruguay hoping to extend Latin America's run.

French in chaos, Italy held by New Zealand

Protesting French players boycotted training on Sunday while on the pitch lowly New Zealand sensationally held World Cup holders Italy.

Latin Americans shine at Cup, African gloom deepens

Argentina lit up the World Cup with its first hat trick on Thursday while fellow Latin Americans Mexico humiliated France.

Group F dishes up a few surprises

Italy fought back to avoid an upset against Paraguay on Monday but Japan broke African hearts with their first Soccer World Cup win on foreign soil.

Messi torments Nigeria in Argentina win

World player of the year Lionel Messi lived up to his billing with a wonderful performance in Argentina's 1-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday evening.

Troops secure Haiti aid as looters run amok

US troops protected aid handouts and the UN sought extra peacekeepers in Haiti on Monday as looters emptied shops as survivors received medical care.

Haitians receive little help despite promises

World leaders pledged massive aid programmes to rebuild Haiti but desperate earthquake survivors are still waiting for food, water and medicine.

US pours aid into Haiti, survivors fight for food

Haitian earthquake survivors fought over food and water and others fled their wrecked capital on Saturday as the US rolled out its relief effort.

Haiti says 200 000 may be dead

As many as 200 000 people died in the earthquake that devastated Haiti and three-quarters of the capital will need to be rebuilt.

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