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Sao Paulo protests again, but not against World Cup

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Several thousand protesters marched in Sao Paulo on Wednesday to demand the swift passage of a low-income housing plan in the city, a sign that a general wave of discontent in Brazil may outlast a so-far relatively untroubled World Cup.

Anti-World Cup protest puts Sao Paulo business district on edge

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Several thousand demonstrators marched through an expensive business district of Brazil's largest city on Thursday to protest against urban developments for the football World Cup that they say have left many homeless.

Less than half of Brazilians favour hosting World Cup, poll shows

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Less than half of Brazilians favour the nation's hosting of the World Cup in June, with a majority in the football-crazed nation believing that the tournament will do more harm than good, a poll showed on Tuesday.

Pineau De Re wins National on doctor's orders

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - Doctor Richard Newland, who trains a small string of horses as a "hobby" while keeping an eye on his healthcare businesses, won the Grand National at the first attempt with 25-1 outsider Pineau De Re on Saturday.

Poll shows Brazilians are souring on hosting World Cup

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The number of Brazilians who favour hosting the World Cup has fallen to an all-time low just four months before kick-off, with many criticizing the football tournament as a waste of money that would be better spent elsewhere, a poll showed on Monday.

Anti-World Cup protest draws over 2,000 in Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The year's first major protest against the World Cup drew more than 2,000 demonstrators into the streets of Brazil's largest city on Saturday, as frustration over the cost of the tournament lingers in the host country.

Obama sends message by including gay athletes in Sochi delegation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made clear on Friday that his inclusion of three openly gay athletes in the official U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi was intended to send a pointed message to Russia, where anti-gay laws have drawn Western criticism.

Diana Nyad raises $100,000 in 48-hour swim for Sandy victims

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Diana Nyad, the first person to successfully swim from Cuba to Florida without a cage, completed her latest endurance swim on Thursday without having to worry about sharks, jellyfish or the current.

Rousseff salutes Brazil protests, cities cut bus fares

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday sought to defuse a massive protest movement sweeping Brazil, acknowledging the need for better public services and more responsive governance as demonstrations continued in some cities around the country.

Natalie withdraws from LPGA event with malaria

PHOENIX: The LPGA Tour has stepped up its healthcare services for players and caddies taking part in this week’s Founders Cup tournament, following Natalie Gulbis’ withdrawal on Wednesday due to malaria.