CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was the target of an assassination attempt on Saturday during a military event, government spokesman Jorge Rodriguez has said. Explosives carried by drones were set off as Maduro was giving a speech on a major avenue in Caracas at 5:41 p.m., he said. Maduro was unharmed but seven uniformed personnel were injured at the event, held to mark the 81st anniversary of the army’s founding and at which more than 17,000 soldiers were
MIAMI — Meat consumption is soaring to record levels — even though 12 percent of Americans ages 18 to 49 are partially vegan or vegetarian, according to a 2016 Pew Research Poll. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is expecting each American to consume a record amount of red meat and poultry — an average of 222 pounds per person. That’s 20 pounds more meat per person, per year than in 2014. Another change: where Americans are buying their meat. While many still drop into the nearest
MOSCOW — Taking turns sliding across the rain-soaked turf holding the World Cup trophy tight, teenager Kylian Mbappe and the rest of France’s players acted like the youthful bunch they are. Nothing, not a Pussy Riot protest nor a postgame downpour, was going to stop the party. It carried on long after a thrilling 4-2 win over Croatia on Sunday. In the locker room with French President Emmanuel Macron striking poses with players, then a champagne-spraying, water-splashing
KAZAN, Russia — Neymar used Brazil’s famed yellow jersey to shield his anguish. The Belgians, clad in red and dancing in a celebratory circle nearby, couldn’t hide their relief. Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 28 years, holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1 Friday in one of the country’s greatest soccer feats. “We’ve achieved something that is really beautiful,” said Kevin De Bruyne, who scored Belgium’s
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — A shot that flew directly at the hands of the opposing goalkeeper turned into a World Cup goal for Antoine Griezmann. The France striker scored the second goal in his team’s 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay on Friday, sending a seemingly easy-to-save shot at a waiting Fernando Muslera. But the ball hit the keeper on the palms, bounced off and looped over his head and into the net. The victory gave France a spot in the World Cup semifinals. The
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Strictly speaking, it is not true that N’Golo Kante single-handedly covers the third of planet Earth not covered by water , although it does often seem that the France midfielder is everywhere when he is wriggling his way into opposing teams’ every nook and cranny. Nor is it completely accurate that Kante works so hard that he generates his own electricity , although it must have felt that way to Lionel Messi, given how Les Bleus’ indefatigable
BOGOTA, Colombia — As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, President Donald Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can’t the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country? The suggestion stunned those present at the meeting, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, both of whom have since
SAMARA, Russia — Flaunting his flair and his finishing touch wasn’t enough. Neymar put his theatrics on show too. What became clear in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday is that the wild side of the striker’s character is going nowhere at this year’s World Cup. And neither is Brazil. “I don’t much care for criticism,” Neymar said, “not even for praise.” With a goal and an assist, Neymar propelled Brazil into the
CHICAGO — A Brazilian mother and 9-year-old son separated at the U.S.-Mexico border were together again Thursday after a federal judge in Chicago ordered the U.S. government to release the boy, in one of the first examples of an urgent petition for court intervention successfully reuniting parent and child. Facing reporters together just hours after the reunion, Lidia Karine Souza and her son, Diogo, wrapped their arms around each other. Diogo frequently looked up at his mom and smiled.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — From his thigh to his foot to the back of the net, Lionel Messi finally scored a goal at this year’s World Cup. The exquisite strike from the Argentina great sparked the first of several celebrations from an animated Diego Maradona, who screamed, shouted and made obscene gestures — and raised concerns for his health. Argentina staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in Group D on Tuesday, getting a late goal from Marcos Rojo.