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When Germany trounced Brazil in the World Cup semifinal
match, a flurry of Nazi-era references was unleashed on the
internet. Not only did the term "Nazi" spike on Twitter, so too
did related words like "Hitler" and "Blitzkrieg."
Boston.com reported that according to data compiled by
the Boston-based social media analytics company Crimson
Hexagon, July 7, the day before the match, there were 14,108
tweets that used the words "Nazi' or "Nazis" or "Nazi's."
The next day, the day of the game, the number of those
Nazi references jumped to 95,669. Similar Nazi reference
spikes were found during the Germany vs. United States
Then there was the slew of war-related jokes. New York
Times reporter Binyamin Appelbaum tweeted that the "Ger-
mans have stormed into a foreign country and taken charge.
How unexpected." And then there was the Malaysian law-
maker, who, with no irony intended, tweeted "Well done.
Bravo. Long live Hitler."
Germany's soccer wins unleashes flurry of Nazi tweets
President Petro Poroshenko promises to wipe
out "tens and hundreds" of pro-Russian insur-
gents in retribution for a Grad missile attack
near Russian border.
At least 19 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed
after a devastating rocket attack by pro-Russian
rebels in the east of the country.
The men died when a column of military vehicles
was hit by Grad missiles.
Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine s president, promised
retribution saying that those responsible would
be "found and destroyed."
"For every life of our servicemen, the rebels
will pay with tens and hundreds of their own," he
told high-ranking officers in Kiev. "Not a single
terrorist will avoid responsibility, every one will
get what they deserve."
It was the latest in a series of deadly strikes in
the ongoing civil war between Ukrainian govern-
ment forces and rebel troops in the Donetsk and
Luhansk regions, where the leaders of self-pro-
claimed "Peoples Republics" say they want to
break away and join Russia.
The conflict has waxed and waned since it began
in March, but in the last week Ukrainian forces
pushed deeper into rebel territory, reclaiming the
strategic towns of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. They
are expected to draw a noose around Luhansk and
Donetsk cities, where rebel forces have consoli-
Ukraine s defence ministry later said that 19
people had died, while four other servicemen had
been killed elsewhere in the conflict during the
last 24 hours. The Ukrainian column had been
trying to secure a disputed area close to the border
with Russia when it was hit near Zelenopillya vil-
A rebel spokesman told the RIA Novosti news
agency he believed the troops who died were from
Ukraine s 24th mechanised brigade, normally based
in Lvov region.
"The column was completely destroyed," he
Pictures said to be from the scene, published
on social networks, showed a field strewn with
the smoking hulks of military trucks and armoured
Grad missiles are a form of highly effective
heavy artillery fired in volleys from truck-mounted
The United States, Russia and European states
have called for a ceasefire in the conflict, but
Ukraine has said it will not negotiate with the
insurgents unless they lay down their arms.
Rebel leaders say there have been numerous
civilian deaths as Ukrainian forces shell towns and
...as rebels kill 19 soldiers
A cargo train carrying about 1,300 migrants
heading toward the US border derailed Wednesday
in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Many of the migrants aboard were young people
and nobody was injured when the train, nicknamed
"the Beast," came off the tracks, emergency serv-
At least 57,000 unaccompanied alien children
have crossed the border since October, mostly from
El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and federal
officials expect at least 150,000 more to do so next
The Beast, also referred to as "El tren de la
muerte," or "The Death Train," refers to a network
of Mexican freight trains that migrants use as an
extremely dangerous method of travelling to the
Several days of heavy rain may have caused the
train to derail, authorities told Reuters.
migrants to US derails
The Vatican yesterday called for a truce in wars
around the globe during tomorrow's World Cup
final, taking to social media with the hashtag
#pauseforpeace as a conflict in the Gaza Strip esca-
lates and killings continue in Ukraine.
"Adherents are asking for a moment of silence
around the Sunday match to remember those
stricken by wars and unrest worldwide," the Vati-
can's Pontifical Council for Culture said in a state-
"A still, small voice of silence," Cardinal Gianfranco
Ravasi, the Vatican's culture minister, said in a
Melchor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecre-
tary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said:
"Sports were born around religious festivities.
Sporting events were moments of peace, when
wars ceased, as for the Olympic truce."
Vatican calls for global
World Cup final
Country star Garth Brooks claimed he would "drop
on my knees and beg" the Irish prime minister to
allow him to play his five sell-out gigs in Dublin after
the city council refused to let him perform all the
shows on consecutive nights.
The American musician has refused to take up a
deal whereby he could play three night-time shows
and two matinees at Croke Park stadium.
Within three hours of saying he would do what-
ever it takes to put on the performances, Brooks said
the proposal to play to 400,000 people over three
days "cannot possibly compare" to five separate
Instead, he has said he will play all the evening
shows or nothing.
The singer offered to crawl, swim or fly to Ireland
to meet the prime minister Enda Kenny to argue his
case. ---The Telegraph
Garth Brooks offers to 'beg'
Irish PM for concerts
Israel will resist foreign pressure
to halt its operations in Gaza, Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has
said. He said Israel had attacked
more than 1,000 targets there since
Tuesday, and was using twice the
force it used during a similar oper-
ation in 2012. More than 100 people
have died in the Israeli air strikes in
the territory, Palestinian sources say.
Meanwhile, Gaza militants have
continued to fire rockets into Israel,
causing damage and injuries.
Netanyahu said he had held "very
good, positive" telephone consulta-
tions with US President Barack Obama
and German Chancellor Angela
Merkel. But he added that "no inter-
national pressure will prevent us from
acting with all power."
The Palestinian health ministry says
in addition to those killed, 675 peo-
ple---mainly civilians---have been
injured in Israel s Operation Protective
Edge since it began on Tuesday. Israel
says "dozens of terrorists" are among
To the outside world the Gaza rock-
ets may seem ineffective---partly
because many are homemade and
partly because they re hopelessly over-
matched by Israel s Iron Dome anti-
missile defence system.
But Israeli civilians judge the rockets
by the intent behind them and not
by their military effectiveness. They
are grimly familiar with the ritual of
running for shelter with their children
when they hear a 15-second warning.
They expect their government to put
a stop to it.
The problem is that there s no easy
way of doing that.
Even if you believe in the myth of
the accuracy of modern weapons sys-
tems you have to accept that air raids
are going to kill innocent people.
But UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights Navi Pillay says there
is "serious doubt" as to whether
Israeli s military operation complies
with international laws banning the
targeting of civilians.
Israel has repeatedly insisted that
it tries to avoid civilian casualties, but
says the militants often place their
military assets in residential areas.
Amputee footballers jostle for the ball during a match in Accra, Ghana,
yesterday. BBC PHOTO
Israel to resist
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