The Israeli army is preparing for a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. Only Egypt could mediate in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, former Israeli ambassador Shimon Stein says.
Air raids by Israel's army are seriously affecting people in the Gaza Strip. This is why many to support Hamas – at least morally, says political scientist Usama Antar, who lives in Gaza City.
Argentina has made it to the final of the World Cup, for the first time in 24 years. The fans back home are already euphoric, and now they are hoping for their second World Cup triumph after winning in 1986.
Germany's semifinal win against Brazil was sweeter than a caipirinha, and twice as intoxicating. Yet Argentina will pose a much meatier test in the Maracana: here are three reasons for Germans to fear the final.