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Portland, Ore., Soccer Fans Gear Up For Women's World Cup Final

It's the U.S. and Japan in Sunday's Women's World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada — a rematch of the 2011 championship. Soccer-crazed fans in Portland, Ore., who watched Japan's fortuitous win over England this week, provide plenty of insight about what it will take for the U.S. team to avenge it's loss four years ago.

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Syrian Christians Face New Threat From Rebel Alliance

Syrian Christians face new threats from a rebel coalition that is fighting both the self-declared Islamic State and the regime.

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Chief Bailout Negotiator: Greece Needs An 'Economically Sustainable' Deal

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Euclid Tsakalatos, Greece's deputy foreign minister and chief negotiator in the bailout talks, about Sunday's referendum and what yes and no votes would mean.

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Debt Crisis Puts The Squeeze On Greece's Banks

The country's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position. The European Central Bank has stopped lending Greece money and a referendum Sunday could spell the country's exit from the eurozone.

#NPRreads: The 'Grexit,' Video Games And Fleeing The Rwandan Genocide

Also this week, misconceptions about slavery. And, the struggle for gay Christians trying to keep the faith.

Investigating The Drug Trade In 'Cartel Land'

A new documentary tells a riveting story of the way power and violence intersect along the Arizona border and in embattled Michoacan, Mexico.

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

Iceland's Pirate Party Wins Repeal Of Blasphemy Law

The insurgent political movement, which has just three members in parliament, led the rollback of the 75-year-old law that made it a crime to "ridicule or insult" religious teachings.

Syrian Forces Try To Halt Rebel Offensive On Aleppo

An alliance of forces led by the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front is battling the Syrian government for control of the key northern city.

Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.

Dustin Brown: A Tennis Man With A Van

July 4, 2015
Dustin Brown, currently ranked 102, was previously best known for his hair. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Ranked No. 102 in the world, Dustin Brown was relatively unknown until Thursday, when he beat 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. Now, the tennis world is fascinated by the German-Jamaican player who spent years traveling between tournaments in a camper van. Bill Littlefield speaks with SI’s Greg Bishop about Brown’s unusual road to success.

Flag Exchange For NASCAR Fans; Blatter’s Travel Plans And A-Rod’s Comeback

July 4, 2015
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Best-selling author George Vecsey and Fox Sports Senior Baseball Editor Rob Neyer join Bill Littlefield for this week’s installment of ‘3 Stories You Should Know.’

How China’s Stock Plunge Is (And Isn’t) Like The 2008 Financial Crisis

July 3, 2015
An investor walks past a share prices board at a security firm in Hangzhou, eastern China's Zhejiang province on June 30, 2015. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Some experts say it’s the inevitable bursting of the Chinese economic bubble, but officials in China suspect foreign manipulation.

Greece Faces Pivotal Choice In Sunday Referendum

July 3, 2015
Pro-Euro protesters take part in a rally in front of the Parliament on June 22. 2015 in Athens, Greece. Thousands of people attended the rally in support of Greece remaining in the European Union. Greek banks are closed for six days amid the uncertainty about the bailout deal. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is calling on voters to reject a proposed bailout when they head to the polls on Sunday.

The Return Of Ebola In Liberia

July 3, 2015
Health workers wash their hands after taking a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus in an area where a 17-year old boy died from the virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined the area where the corpse of the boy was found, sparking fears this West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

Three new cases of the deadly virus have been found in Liberia, two months after the country was declared Ebola-free.

As Greek Government Falters, Food Relief Put In The Hands Of The People

July 3, 2015
This photo taken on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 shows volunteers from a soup kitchen serving food to people, in Athens. Greece goes to the polls Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 with voters given a tough choice over how to handle the country’s staggering national debt after six years of recession badly weakened its economy. The popular left-wing Syriza party is poised to defeat conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, after campaigning on demands that other eurozone countries forgive at least half the bailout loan money received since 2010. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

With closed banks, shuttered aid programs and frozen imports, a number of nonprofits are stepping in to make sure Greeks are fed.

Week In The News: Greek Crisis, Cuban Embassy, Overtime Expansion

July 3, 2015
Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally organized by supporters of the YES vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Greece's European creditors were assessing a last-minute proposal Athens made for a new two-year rescue deal, submitted just hours before the country's international bailout program expires and it loses access to billions of euros in funds. (AP)

Overtime pay. Diplomatic ties with Cuba. Greece defaults. Iran deadline missed. Chris Christie jumps in. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Tunisians Call For Balanced Response To Terror Attack

July 2, 2015
The coffin of Elaine Thwaites, one of the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack, is taken from the RAF C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Tunisia, on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. (Joe Giddens/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Many want to make sure the government strengthens security without infringing on the democratic gains made in the Arab Spring.

U.S. Will Battle Japan In Women’s World Cup Final

July 2, 2015
Nahomi Kawasumi #9 and Mizuho Sakaguchi #6 of Japan celebrate after Laura Bassett #6 of England scored on her own team in the final minutes of the game during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada Semi Final match between England and Japan at Commonwealth Stadium on July 1, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Todd Korol/Getty Images)

After Japan beat England in a close game decided by an own goal from England, the stage was set for a tough match-up with the U.S.

Greece In Turmoil Ahead Of Sunday’s Vote

July 2, 2015
Pensioners line up outside a National Bank branch on July 2, 2015 in Athens, Greece. As people continue to queue outside banks Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said that he will quit if voters don't back him up in Sunday's referendum. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

As the anti-austerity prime minister urges Greeks to reject proposals made by creditors, we ask a gallery owner how she will vote.

ISIS Is Winning The Internet Game

July 2, 2015
This file image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber, with the Arabic bar below reading: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif", which the Islamic State group's radio station claimed responsibility for.  (AP)

A big, provocative look at the sophisticated online efforts of ISIS to recruit and lure Westerners to their cause.

Commentary: La Liga Appeals To FIFA — On Its Own Terms

July 1, 2015
Picture of the World Cup trophy taken du

Spain’s top soccer league, La Liga, filed an appeal to FIFA regarding the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The competition is set to take place in November and December instead of during the summer, as is custom. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.

A Lowell Guidance Counselor Who Survived A Genocide

July 1, 2015
Seng Ty with recent graduates of Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell, where Ty is a guidance counselor.

Seng Ty is a popular guy among students at Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell, where he’s a guidance counselor. But it wasn’t until they read his memoir that they understood all he had been through.

Why One Greek Business Owner Is Voting Yes In Sunday’s Referendum

July 1, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras talks to the media as he leaves after he participated in a bilateral meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the sidelines of the EU meetings in Brussels on Thursday, June 11, 2015. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

As the prime minister urges Greeks to vote no in the referendum, restaurant owner Nikolalos Voglis explains why he will vote yes.

U.S. To Reopen Embassy In Havana

July 1, 2015
Workers from Eastern Shores Flagpoles raise a flagpole at the Cuban Interest Section in Washington in preparation for re-opening of embassies in Havana and Washington, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

It’s a major step in restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries, whose embassies have been shuttered since 1961.

Greek Prime Minister Offers New Bailout Concessions

July 1, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers journalists' questions after an EU summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 26, 2015. The German chancellor urged Greece to accept an 'extraordinarily generous' offer from its EU-IMF creditors, which includes at least 12 billion euros ($13.4 billion) in further rescue cash over the next five months. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

European officials are ruling out any deal before Sunday’s referendum on the bailout, called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

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