As soccer’s biggest tournament gets underway in South Africa, Ray Suarez gets the rundown of day one at the World Cup — and a look at the coming month of matches — from sports writers Christine Brennan and David Hirshey. Continue reading
Ahead of Friday’s World Cup kick-off in South Africa, Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Johannesburg about what hosting the matches for the first time mean for national unity in the post-apartheid country. Continue reading
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was sworn in Thursday to another five-year term, pledging the country would not return to war and that a referendum vote on the south splitting from the north would proceed next year as planned. Continue reading
A sweeping win by Ethiopia’s ruling party in Sunday’s parliamentary elections was clouded by allegations of irregularities by opposition parties and international organizations. Continue reading
Distance and money will prevent millions of South Africans from getting to see the FIFA World Cup while it takes place in their own country next month. That’s why South African filmmaker Don Edkins created Soccer Cinema, a traveling theater that has been screening soccer-themed films in small communities all over the country since April.