Ronaldo Hat-trick Fires Portugal To World Cup

The defeat was a particularly bitter one for the 32-year-old Ibrahimovic who looks certain to end his career without a World Cup finals goal to his name. LETHAL FINISHING Ronaldo started slowly, wasting several good opportunities in the first half, but when he found his range his finishing at pace was lethal. Sebastian Larsson missed a great opportunity for Sweden, firing at the goalkeeper from point-blank range, and Portugal went straight up the other end to score. Ronaldo latched on to a superb through-ball from Joao Moutinho five minutes after halftime to find the net, beating Martin Olsson to the ball and firing crisply past goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson. Ibrahimovic then raised Swedish hopes with his double strike but Ronaldo was not finished. He broke clear to bury another left-foot shot into the far corner before rounding the keeper and firing a right-foot strike high into the net 11 minutes from time to send Portugal to the 2014 tournament. "We allowed Sweden to grow a bit after they drew level. This is why football is a match we never know who will win," Ronaldo said. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/20/us-soccer-world-sweden-idUSBRE9AJ01V20131120

China becomes world's top gold buyer

China's middle class is a rapidly growing slice of the country's 1.5 billion people. Growth may be slowing after decades of rapid expansion, but affluent Chinese consumers have shown no sign of curbing their spending habits . Google+ Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer . <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/15/news/economy/china-gold/index.html

European parliament passes Qatar World Cup resolution

"MEPs call on the Qatari authorities to stop detaining individuals for 'running away' from their employers. "MEPs note that at least 500,000 more migrant workers are expected in Qatar to accelerate work in preparation for the 2022 football World Cup there," it added following a session in Strasbourg. "(They) urge FIFA to send a clear and strong message to Qatar to prevent the preparations for the 2022 football World Cup being overshadowed by allegations of forced labor. "MEPs appeal to the European corporations involved in building stadiums or other infrastructure projects in Qatar to provide working conditions that are in line with international human rights standards." KAFALA SYSTEM Amnesty International, Britain's Guardian newspaper and the International Trade Union Confederation have delivered scathing reports on the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar in the last few months. The reports say the construction industry is rife with abuse of migrant workers who often work long hours in searing heat, live in squalid accommodation and are sometimes denied their wages. The Greens had wanted the resolution to mention the Kafala system. "The resolution adopted today sends an important signal both to the Qatari government and international football authorities on the need to take urgent action to address the situation regarding forced and slave labor in Qatar," said Green MEP Barbara Lochbihler in a statement. "While we regret that center-right MEPs succeeded in removing a core demand, calling for the abolishment of the Kafala system, the resolution nonetheless highlights the fundamental flaws of this system, which pushes thousands of migrant workers into a situation of forced labor. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/21/us-soccer-world-qatar-idUSBRE9AK14F20131121?feedType=RSS

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