** People rescuing an injured passenger from inside a passenger bus hit by a truck on Dhaka-Mawa Expressway in Shologhar area of Shreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Thursday. ** Motorcycles allowed on Padma Bridge after 10 months ** Commuters charge extra fare, passengers disappointed ** 78 people killed in Yemen stampede ** Moon sighting committee meets today to ascertain Eid day ** 9 killed in road accidents in 3 districts ** US announces new $325 m military aid package for Ukraine ** Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today ** Eid exodus begins ** LPG price cut illusive ** 15 hurt as bus overturns in capital ** New interbank cheque clearing timings set for Eid holidays ** Four women hit by a train die in Tangail ** 12.28 lakh SIM users left Dhaka on Tuesday ** Sylhet engineer threatened over power outage ** People rush to village homes to spend Eid holidays with their near and dear ones. This photo was taken from Sadarghat Launch Terminal on Tuesday. NN photo ** Surge in cases of dehydration, diarrhoea amid summer heat wave ** Padma Bridge construction cost increases by Tk 2,412cr ** PM gives Tk 90m to Bangabazar fire victims ** Textile workers block highway demanding wage, Eid bonus ** Attack on PM's motorcade Ex-BNP MP, 3 others get life term ** Load-shedding increases for demand of electricity during heat wave ** Motorbikes to be allowed on Padma bridge from Thursday ** 5-day Eid vacation begins from today ** Take Nangalkot train accident as a warning about negligence of govt functionaries **

Spain expecting to feel the heat in Brazil

07 June 2014 AFP, Washington

Spain are expecting to feel the heat in their World Cup title defense, and not just from their rivals. Barcelona striker Pedro Rodriguez said Thursday that the hot, humid weather in the host country will be a challenge for all of the teams. Spain reached the final of the Confederations Cup last year, falling 3-0 in the final to Brazil. "It's always hot and it's very difficult," he said. "Last year we had matches where because of the time and the temperature, it was very complicated to adapt." In a World Cup that starts on June 12, "we are going to find the same thing," Pedro told reporters in Washington, where the reigning World Cup champions have been training since Tuesday. The stop-over in the US capital on the way to Brazil provides a chance to get used to hot, humid weather, as well as to recover from jet lag.  "We need to be able to adapt as quickly as possible and be in good physical shape to deal with the conditions, so they don't affect us," Pedro said. "La Roja" have two Group B matches in cities where they think heat could be a factor, their opener against the Netherlands in Salvador and their second match against Chile in Rio de Janeiro. They play a third group match in Curitiba. Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is already looking ahead eagerly to Spain's June 13 opening match against the Netherlands the team Spain beat in the 2010 final in South Africa. "We know it is going to be very hard," he said. "I think they'll want to win that game, but so will we. Our objective is to be at 100 percent for the opener." Spain continue their preparations with a warm-up friendly on Saturday against El Salvador.

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