Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel -- whose celebrated international career included stints at the New York Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera -- died Sunday. The much-lauded maestro passed away at his home in the US state of Virginia from complications of pneumonia, according to the Castleton Festival he founded. Over the decades, he served at the Vienna State Opera, as well as at the Radio Symphony of Berlin, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, the festival said in a statement on its website.
Police launched tear gas and stun grenades Sunday to disperse some 300 anti-World Cup protestors who tried to march toward Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium shortly before the Argentina-Germany final. The demonstrators were protesting against police repression and the country's lackluster health care when authorities intervened, one day after 19 activists accused of vandalism were arrested. "The Cup is ending but the problems remain," Erin Morais de Melo, a prosthodontist disguised as Batman, said before riot police broke up the protest. "The central issue is the need to improve public services, our weak education system, health care and security," he said.