Though soccer is essentially a religion in Brazil, the women's team enjoys little of the recognition in which their male counterparts bask. And that's only the tip of the discrimination iceberg.
Several athletes have criticized Angela Merkel's absence from the athletics championships in Berlin. They accuse the German chancellor, who was at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, of giving special treatment to soccer.
Fans were angered after the Spanish team separated its mens and womens teams on a flight to their first joint international tour. But one player said the situtation was blown out of proportion.
Sports journalist Julia Guimaraes says the attempted kiss was the second such incident she has experienced at the World Cup in Russia. Sexual harassment of female sports journalists is a major media issue in Brazil.
The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis and diplomatic dispute with the United States.
Germany has a "key-point" plan for a new immigration law to fill its desperate shortage of skilled workers. But what will the proposed law entail – and how will it compare to systems in other countries?
NATO says its 40,000-troop "Trident Juncture" exercises to be spearheaded by a German brigade, will proceed in Norway in October. Russia was briefed about the maneuvers near its border by NATO ambassadors last May.
Police are unsure why a long distance bus veered off a straight section of highway in northeast Germany. Six people have been seriously injured in the accident.
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