from FaithWorld:

WikiLeaks bares even tiny Vatican’s diplomatic soul

December 11, 2010

vatican (Photo: Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica at left and the square Apostolic Palace -- home of the pope and many Vatican offices -- to the right and the long Vatican museum in the background, April 6, 2005/stringer)

The Vatican may be the world's smallest state but even its diplomatic soul has been laid bare by WikiLeaks cables covering everything from sex abuse and media blunders to old "technophobic" cardinals. Cables sent from the U.S. embassy to the Vatican to the State Department depict Pope Benedict as sometimes isolated as aides try to protect him from bad news, and say his number two is seen as a "yes man" with little credibility among diplomats.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

In FIFA, U.S. are no superpower

December 3, 2010

SOCCER/So it will be Qatar and not the United States who host the 2022 World Cup finals – a decision from FIFA’s executive committee that left many fans in the U.S. angry, dismayed and a little confused.

from Reuters Investigates:

America’s “Dreamless Dead”

October 22, 2010

Washington economics correspondent Emily Kaiser delves into plutonomies and what pollster John Zogby calls the "Dreamless Dead" for her special report on income inequality in the United States.

from Full Focus:

Big U.S.

October 8, 2010

Recent figures confirm that the United States is the most obese country in the world, with 34% of the adult population classified as obese. This follows a trend noted in a report that obesity rates are climbing across the nation, prompting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to call it "a major public health threat". Photographer Rick Wilking set out to document the story by breaking it down into sub-topics like an obesity research study, youth and teen obesity solutions, the “Biggest Loser” TV show phenomenon, bariatric surgery and a 500 pound proponent of "fat acceptance" who says obesity isn't always a bad thing.

from Reuters Investigates:

Club Fed: the ties that bind at the Fed

October 1, 2010

USA-FED/BERNANKE We're getting a lot of good feedback on our special report on cozy ties between Wall Street and the Fed. As one Wall Street economist put it: "I've never seen the 'Fed Alumni Association' used more extensively for back-channel communications with the Street than has been the case since June."

from FaithWorld:

GUESTVIEW: The Qur’an cannot be burned!

September 12, 2010

The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the authors’ alone. Aref Ali Nayed is Director, Kalam Research & Media, Dubai.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

The U.S. and soccer – that joke isn’t funny anymore

June 16, 2010

SOCCER-USA/Even though the results of the United States team in international competition indicate the country has become a respectable force in the game, in the past 12 months beating European champions Spain and drawing with presumed World Cup contenders England for example, there remain many who doubt whether soccer can ever capture the imagination of the sporting public in the United States.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Ball not to blame for goalkeeping howlers

June 15, 2010

The standard of goalkeeping in the early stages of this World Cup has not been the best but blame cannot lie with the controversial Jabulani ball.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Could you just talk us through the goal, Bob….

June 13, 2010

USA SOCCERAfter little more than four hours' sleep, plenty of driving and the inevitable drop in adrenalin following a big game such as Saturday's U.S. v England match, there were a few weary souls among the reporters following the United States when we headed to team HQ at Irene Farm on Sunday morning for a press conference with coach Bob Bradley and defender Steve Cherundolo.