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Sports

How one American in Brussels is dealing with the upcoming World Cup clash between the US and Belgium

No more ties. No more "losing," but still "winning." All bets are off at the World Cup in Brazil, and if you lose, you're going home. So now that it's serious, it means that Americans overseas have to decide where their loyalties lie. From his perch in a Brussels cafe, The World's Clark Boyd comes to terms with Tuesday's clash between the US and Belgium.

Global Scan

Is the US secretly training Syria's rebels?

What is at stake in the ongoing Syrian civil war? Enough that the US is considering increasing its role in supporting the rebels — perhaps providing direct military support and training. Meanwhile, Roman Catholic Pope Francis says he might consider allowing priests to marry, while Belgium considers the possibility a hitman was behind an attack on a Jewish museum this weekend. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Politics

Greener gadgets from Belgium

Gadgets often contain all kinds of things that are potentially harmful to the environment. It's also a tough industry to evaluate when it comes to fair trade practices. Clark Boyd reports on how one company in Belgium is trying to address those issues.

Business, Finance & Economics

Overseas bailout

As the U.S. bailout plan stumbles on Capitol Hill, European banks are suffering from their exposure to the U.S. crisis. The World's Laura Lynch reports that governments in Europe have had to intervene with bailouts of their own.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

For today's geoquiz we were looking for a city in northwest Belgium known as the Venice of the North. The answer is Bruges or Brugge. Producer Abbie Fentress Swanson sends us an audio postcard.