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French kids flock to football schools after World Cup win

“All summer all I heard about was football,” says one mother whose son is part of a boom in sign-ups for football schools after France’s World Cup victory in July. At the Red Star school in Jeumont, teachers are grateful for the interest and hope it lasts beyond the ‘Bleus’ summer buzz.

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Brainhackers & Fall Of Rio (Trailer) | VICE on HBO

Advancements in neurotechnology are blurring the line between biology and technology. There is an emerging push to implant electronic devices inside the human body, hardwire them to our brains, and allow us to not only overcome disadvantages or injury, but open up entirely new avenues of human experience. VICE News’ Thomas Morton gets an inside look at what might be the next evolutionary step for humankind. Then…

“Pacification” in Rio, carried out ahead of the 2012 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, was meant to spread the affluence and security of the city’s wealthy, mostly white neighborhoods to the poor, mostly black favelas. But with those events gone, Brazil is in a financial crisis, its government consumed with a monumental corruption scandal and violence is rising again as drug trafficking gangs fight for control. VICE News’ Ben Anderson returns to Rio to see what happened.

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France fans finally able to buy new team jerseys

One month after France’s World Cup victory, fans are finally able to get their hands on the team’s new jerseys featuring two stars.

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Wait continues for France fans looking to buy new jerseys

France fans hoping to buy their team’s new jerseys at the Nike store on the Champs-Elysees in Paris are sorely disappointed: the shirts sporting two stars for the team’s two World Cup victories are nowhere to be seen.

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Pakistan marks 71st anniversary, looks ahead to new PM

Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, marking 71 years since the end of British Raj rule in India, ahead of the inauguration of a new prime minister after World Cup cricket hero Imran Khan’s party emerged victorious in recent elections.

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Pussy Riot members detained upon release over World Cup stunt

Russian police detain four members of the Pussy Riot punk group immediately after they are released from custody after serving 15 days for invading the pitch at the World Cup final in Moscow. The four ran onto the pitch at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium in the second half of the World Cup final between France and Croatia, watched by President Vladimir Putin and world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Pakistan votes after bitter campaign marred by violence

Polls opened Wednesday in a tense, unpredictable Pakistani election that could be former World Cup cricketer Imran Khan’s best shot at power, after a campaign marred by allegations of military interference and a series of deadly attacks. The vote is meant to be a rare democratic transition of power in the nuclear-armed country which has been ruled by the powerful military for roughly half its history.

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World Cup: Croatia coach gets hero’s welcome at home in Bosnia

Thousands of Bosnian Croats welcome Zlatko Dalic, the coach of the Croatian football team, home to Livno, Bosnia, after the Balkan side’s impressive performance at the World Cup.

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Polls open in Pakistan election

Polls open in a tense, unpredictable Pakistani election that could be former World Cup cricketer Imran Khan’s best shot at power, after a campaign marred by allegations of military interference and a series of deadly attacks. IMAGES