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This Happened

This Happened — August 27: Team U.S.A. Olympics Huge Upset

Argentina beat the star-studded U.S. basketball team at the Athens Olympics on this day in 2004.

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Who were the key players for Argentina in the game against the United States?

Several key players contributed to Argentina's victory against the United States, including Manu Ginóbili, Andrés Nocioni, Luis Scola, Fabricio Oberto, and Carlos Delfino. They defeated the United States’ iconic players such as LeBron James, Allen Iverson, and Dwayne Wade, with a final score of 89-81. Team U.S.A. had won gold in the past three Olympic events and was expecting a fourth medal.

Did Argentina go on to win the gold medal after defeating the United States?

Yes, after defeating the United States in the semifinals, Argentina advanced to the finals during which they beat Italy with a final score of 84-69, securing the Olympic gold medal.

Did Argentina's victory over the United States have a lasting impact on international basketball?

Yes, Argentina's victory over the United States had a lasting impact on international basketball. It further demonstrated the global growth and talent in the sport, inspiring other countries and raising expectations for international competitions. It also encouraged greater parity and competition in the basketball world.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

My Gaza Diary: The Massacre Has Resumed, Nowhere To Hide

Three days since the truce ended, the Israeli army announced that it had launched 10,000 airstrikes on Gaza since the beginning of the war. Total war continues, with the invader’s fiercest fight waged against life itself.

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Palestinians stand among rubble in Rafah, Gaza

Moustafa Ibrahim*

RAFAH — On the evening of the 57th day of the war, I was facing a situation that no one would envy.

A friend from Jordan called to tell me her brother and his children, who had been displaced from Gaza City to Rafah, were injured by a bombing in the Al-Geneina neighborhood in eastern Rafah, where I now live. She wanted to check on them. As soon as she mentioned her brother's name, I knew that he had been killed. I told her: “I will ask at the hospital, and will let you know.”

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At that moment I stopped thinking. What would I say to her? It is not easy to be the one who tells a friend their loved one is dead.

The next day, the friend called back to say she’d found out her brother had been killed, and that his wife and children had been injured but were fine. She asked this time for help to search for her five-year-old nephew, who was missing and had not wound up at the hospital. After hours of searching, they found his body. He died too from the bombing.

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