USA fail to qualify for World Cup after defeat to Trinidad

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The United States will be absent from the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986 next year after a humiliating 2-1 defeat to Trinidad & Tobago in Couva on Tuesday. The defeat for USA  ended a run of seven straight American appearances at football’s showcase.

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Netherlands fail to reach World Cup, Robben retires from international football

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Arjen Robben scored twice in Holland’s 2-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday night, before confirming his retirement from international football, The hosts needed a 7-0 victory to leapfrog the Swedes in the standings, but Dick Advocaat’s side failed to take advantage of several first-half opportunities that could have brought them close to that unlikely outcome.

Saudi Arabia to award nuclear reactor contract by end 2018.

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Saudi Arabia plans to award a construction contract for its first nuclear reactors by the end of 2018, a senior government official said on Tuesday. “With sponsorship from the highest levels in the state, the contract will be signed by the end of 2018,” Maher al Odan, the chief atomic energy officer of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, told a news conference in the capital Riyadh.

Northern California death toll rises to 11 as fires continue statewide

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#US: Powerful wildfires fanned by strong winds ravaged parts of Northern California’s wine country, killing at least 11 people and destroying some 1,500 structures. More than a dozen blazes continued to burn across eight counties since the weekend, while over 20,000 people in the paths of the fast-moving infernos fled their homes, fire officials said.