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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
By United Press International

Schedule for 2014 FIFA World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Schedule and results for 2014 World Cup
U.N.'s Ban urges talks to end escalating violence in South Sudan

U.N.'s Ban urges talks to end escalating violence in South Sudan

GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council voted Tuesday to nearly double the peacekeeping force in South Sudan to nearly 14,000 troops.

Schedule for 2014 FIFA World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Schedule and results for 2014 World Cup

Knox says she's skipping new Kercher trial because she's 'afraid'

FLORENCE, Italy, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Amanda Knox, the U.S. student accused of murdering a British student while the two were in Italy, said she wasn't attending a trial because she was "afraid."

Kercher family's attorney say Knox, Sollecito were in 'murderous rage'

FLORENCE, Italy, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Drugs and alcohol lowered inhibitions for the U.S. student and her boyfriend accused of killing a British student in Italy, the victim's family's lawyer said.

Schedule for 2014 FIFA World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Schedule and results for 2014 World Cup

Schedule for 2014 FIFA World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Schedule and results for 2014 World Cup

U.N. calls for investigation of rights abuses in Ivory Coast

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations Friday called for an investigation into human rights violations perpetrated for years in Ivory Coast by traditional hunters known as Dozos.

Schedule for 2014 FIFA World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Schedule and results for 2014 World Cup
Spain to meet Netherlands in World Cup opener

Spain to meet Netherlands in World Cup opener

MATA DE SAO JOAO, Brazil, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- No. 1-ranked and defending World Cup champion Spain was placed in a group with the Netherlands, Chile and Australia for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

U.N. calls for investigation into Ivorian slayings since 2009

GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations Friday called for an investigation into allegations traditional Dozos hunters in Ivory Coast butchered more than 200 people since 2009.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
By United Press International

Prosecutor requests 30 years for Knox in Kercher death

FLORENCE, Italy, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- American Amanda Knox should get a 30-year prison term for the 2007 death of British exchange student Meredith Kercher, an Italian prosecutor said Tuesday.

Prosecutors make closing arguments in retrial of Knox, Sollecito

FLORENCE, Italy, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Italian prosecutors Monday made closing arguments in the retrial of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 killing of British student Meredith Kercher.

Mexico, Uruguay nail down final World Cup spots

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Mexico and Uruguay earned the final two spots for next year's World Cup Wednesday, completing the long qualifying process for soccer's biggest show.
World Cup roster nearly set

World Cup roster nearly set

(UPI) --The World Cup playoffs from Tuesday night have given the roster at next summer's tournament in Brazil near final shape, as only Uruguay has to play Jordan in Montevideo. Uruguay won 5-0 in Amman in the first leg.
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Afren finds major oil deposit off Nigeria

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Afren, an energy company focused on African reserves, said Tuesday it encountered more oil than it expected in a frontier area off the coast of Nigeria.

No victim DNA on knife believed to have killed Meredith Kercher

FLORENCE, Italy, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The retrial of Amanda Knox and former lover Raffaele Sollecito adjourned Wednesday after DNA evidence casting doubt on the prosecution case was presented.
International Criminal Court turns eye to Darfur

International Criminal Court turns eye to Darfur

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The ICC wants to see justice served for crimes committed in Darfur, court President Sang Hyung-song told the U.N. General Assembly.

Contracts awarded for major oil project off Ghana

PARIS, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- French energy contractor Technip said it was awarded a construction project to help facilitate oil production in the deep waters off the coast of Ghana.

Russia warned to tackle racism in football before World Cup '18

MOSCOW, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Russia needs to tackle racism in football to avoid a boycott of its 2018 World Cup, England's Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure said after alleging he was subjected to racist chanting during his team's 2-1 win in Moscow Wednesday.

Ivorian justice slow, rights group says

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Ivorian authorities need a coherent strategy to fight a culture of impunity prevalent since a post-election crisis in 2010, a rights group said from Abidjan.

Ivory Coast struggling to gain traction

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Former militants in Ivory Coast are returning to violence because they're frustrated with the pace of reconciliation, an Ivorian rights official said.

Land disputes feed Ivorian violence

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Communal tensions in Ivory Coast remain problematic more than two years after post-election violence because of land disputes, Human Rights Watch said.
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