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Octopus oracle Paul to retire

No more World Cup, no more octopus oracle. Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs - all seven of Germany's

US congratulates Spain, South Africa for World Cup

Washington, July 13: The US government praised South Africa for hosting an "excellent" World Cup and congratulated Spain for capturing the trophy with a 1-0 finals victory over Netherlands.

"We congr

Make Octopus Paul as "St Paul of football": Celebrities

New Delhi, July 12: Paul, the "psychic octopus", won praise and adulation from Indian celebrities today for his dream run of predictions at the World Cup Football after correctly prognosticating a Spa

Fatwa issued against vuvuzela

Abu Dhabi, July 9: The vuvuzela, the plastic trumpet made famous by the football World Cup in South Africa, is in trouble in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the authorities here have issued a fatwa

Crocodile predicts Spain to win World Cup

Sydney, July 10: Harry, a 700-kg crocodile living in a Darwin crocodile park Saturday backed Paul the octopus in picking Spain to win the World Cup.

The crocodile took less than a minute to decide an

World Cup trophy will remain 'Italian'

Milan, July 10: Either Spain or the Netherlands will be crowned football's new World Champions Sunday, succeeding holders Italy, but the trophy will remain Italian to the core.

The Cup, which will ha

Freeman, Theron among celebs to attend World Cup final

Johannesburg, July 10: Nelson Mandela's attendance at the World Cup final in Johannesburg is uncertain but his double, US actor Morgan Freeman, will be ther, so will South African-born actress Charliz

Platini released from hospital, wants to attend World Cup final

Johannesburg, July 10: UEFA president Michel Platini was released from a Johannesburg hospital Saturday morning and is hoping to attend the 2010 World Cup final Sunday between Spain and the Netherland

Perfect pass, a football fundamental

July 8: For the climax of the World Cup, it is all coming down to the art of the perfect pass. The Spanish proved in Wednesday’s semifinal against Germany that they are wizards at football’s fundament

Spaniards want to protect Paul

July 8: The Spanish government on Thursday expressed concern for the future wellbeing of Paul, the soothsaying octopus who from its German zoo has predicted a slew of correct results at the World Cup.

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