Chile's Eduardo Vargas celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and Chile at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.    (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The World Cup’s big winner? Merchandise

The once-every-four-years consumer frenzy, dubbed by some as the “World Cup Effect,” drives the sale of everything from the traditional jers…

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President weighs Iraq options

President Barack Obama returns to Washington Monday facing an impending choice on how to act to stop violent insurgents bringing chaos to Ir…

Open ceremony photograph (AP)

World Cup draws FIFA protesters

Around 200 protesters are marching toward Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium ahead of the World Cup match between Argentina and Bosnia.