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Aung San Suu Kyi’s mansion gates to be auctioned

January 31, 2015

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Yangon A set of gates that became an enduring symbol of Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi's years under house arrest are to be auctioned, a businessman who now owns them said Saturday. The gates -- painted in the yellow and red colours of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party -- were once located at the entrance to the crumbling Yangon mansion where Myanmar's most fa ..

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UN chief backs regional African force to fight Boko Haram

January 31, 2015

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday welcomed an African Union proposal to set up a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants. "I welcome the decision of the AU and regional countries to establish an MJTF (Multinational Joint Task Force) against Boko Haram. They have committed unspeakable brutality. Those terrorists should be addressed ..

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Japan says hostage negotiations ‘deadlocked’: report

January 31, 2015

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Tokyo Japan's deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked," local media reported Saturday. Yasuhide Nakayama, who is leading Tokyo's emergency response team in Amman, told reporters in the Jordanian capital late Friday that there had been no progress in ..

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Sauber out to make a point

January 30, 2015

Formula One minnows Sauber outlined their ambitions for the upcoming season on Friday - to win points, something they failed to do in 2014.

Formula One minnows Sauber outlined their ambitions for the upcoming season on Friday - to win points, something they failed to do in 2014.

An all new driver line-up - Swede Marcus Ericsson and F1 rookie Brazilian Felipe Nasr - take over from Adrian Sutil and Esteban Guttierez, the Mexican who has moved to Ferrari as a test driv ..

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Afghans prepare for dream WC debut

January 30, 2015

Afghan cricketers practice at the Kabul Cricket Academy training centre

At an indoor academy in Kabul, Afghanistan's cricketers are training hard for their debut in the upcoming World Cup tournament in Australia and New Zealand next month.

Shuttle runs and lifting weights help keep out the bitter chill of the Afghan winter as the players tune up for the tournament on warmer antipodean shores.

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Ferrari unveil new car for 2015 season

January 30, 2015

The new Ferrari SF15-T

Wraps Off

Ferrari unveiled the "sexy" SF15-T on Friday, the car the legendary Italian stable are counting on to bring back the feel good factor at Maranello after a miserable 2014.

When Fernando Alonso trailed in a lowly ninth in Abu Dhabi in November it wrapped up a wretched season for the ..

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Heavyweights collide in blockbuster final

January 30, 2015

Heavyweights collide in blockbuster final

Top-scorers Australia will try to unlock the Asian Cup's stingiest defence on Saturday when they meet South Korea in a blockbuster final between two of the region's heavyweights.

The Socceroos are desperate to win a first Asian title on home soil, but to do so they will have to find a way through a Korean rearguard which has not ..

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Asian boss ‘stunned’ by anti-Aussie report

January 30, 2015

Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa  Asia's football cheif

Asia's football chief said he was "stunned" on Friday after he was quoted as outlining a movement to oust Asian Cup hosts Australia from the regional body.

Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said his comments had been "manipulated" after he told UAE newspaper Al Ittihad that some countries wanted Australia out.

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UAE down Iraq

January 30, 2015

UAE down Iraq

Ali Mabkhout fires UAE to third place finish

Ali Mabkhout put one hand on the Asian Cup top-scorer award on Friday as the United Arab Emirates came from behind to beat 10-man Iraq 3-2 in a rollercoaster third-place playoff.

The Al Jazira marksman took his tally for the competition to five w ..

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Farange win Race

January 30, 2015

Ferange wins the race

The favourite Farange owned by Al Nasseriyeh, trained by Allan Smith and ridden by Brett Doyle lived up to its billing to win one of the two richest races by a neck to win the Al Sharif Group Cup for locally bred handicap (0-75) three years and upwards over 1,600 metres and worth BD2,000 yesterday in the 14th race of the season at the Rashid Equestrian and H ..

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McIlroy seizes Dubai lead with late flourish

January 30, 2015

McIlroy seizes Dubai lead with late flourish

Dubai

World number one Rory McIlroy made three birdies in his last three holes in the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic to take sole possession of the lead on Friday.

The Northern Irishman calmly rolled in a 20ft birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole on the Majlis course to finish a sensa ..

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Shaikh Ebrahim win

January 30, 2015

Shaikh Ebrahim win

Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Endurance Race

Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa won the Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Endurance Race Championship, the fourth of the season at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Com ..

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Israel to build 430 new settler homes in West Bank

January 30, 2015

Israel refugee homes

The Israeli government has published tenders to build 430 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, according to an NGO that monitors settlement activity.

Terrestrial Jerusalem reported that the tenders were published on Friday for new homes in four existing settlements across the West Bank, including 112 in Adam, 156 in Elka ..

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Iraqi artist aims kick at IS jihadists

January 30, 2015

Jihadist shoes art

The Islamic State group militant glares at Baghdad residents with bulging eyes and bared teeth, but neither kidnapping nor death are imminent, because this jihadist is made from a shoe.

A black, treaded sole with the toe broken off serves as his face and nose, while old shoelaces evoke both ..

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New Saudi king in major government shake-up

January 30, 2015

Saudi new king policies

Saudi Arabia's new King Salman has tightened his hold on power, firing two sons of his predecessor and replacing the heads of intelligence and other key agencies in a sweeping shakeup.

The appointments, which analysts said suppo ..

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Syria ‘adulteress’ survives jihadist stoning

January 30, 2015

Syria stoning women

Beirut

A Syrian woman stoned by the jihadist Islamic State group for alledged adultery and left for dead has miraculously walked away from the brutal punishment, a monitor said Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadist group sentenced the woman to be "stoned for adulte ..

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Grand Bazaar haggling for survival

January 30, 2015

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The world's most visited tourist attraction in Istanbul may collapse from sheer indifference

Istanbul

With its alluring vaulted alleys and mesmerising abundance of all things exotic, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is at once a celebration of orientalist cliches and a tribute to genuine craftsmanship ..

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Taylor fashions England victory

January 30, 2015

TAYLOR LEADS ENGLAND VICTORY

Sydney

James Taylor revived England's wobbly chase to lead them to a three-wicket victory over India on Friday and the Sunday’s tri-series final against Australia.

Taylor (82) added 125 runs with Josh Buttler (67) for the sixth wicket to help England overcome a top-order collapse and chase ..

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Bulgaria’s first democratically-elected president dies

January 30, 2015

Bulgarian Prez Zhelyu Zhelev

Sofia

Zhelyu Zhelev, Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president and a humble hero in the toppling of communism, died on Friday aged 79, his family said.

"Zhelev was a symbol of public and intellectual dignity and of uncompromising faith in liberty and democracy," speaker of parliament ..

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Filming begins on Steve Jobs movie starring Fassbender

January 30, 2015

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Los Angeles

Filming got under way in San Francisco on a new biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, with Hollywood's Michael Fassbender playing the role of the mercurial computer pioneer.

Sources told AFP on Thursday that the German-Irish Fassbender, 37, took on the title role in the movie ..

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A surprise gift of profit from Amazon

January 30, 2015

Tech Test-Amazon Fresh

Seattle

Looks like Amazon got its happy holidays after all.

The company on Thursday reported a profit of $214 million, or 45 cents a share, on revenue of $29.33 billion, exceeding some analysts' estimates of 17 cents a share on $29.68 billion in revenue.

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Japan airlines foresee smooth annual earnings

January 30, 2015

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Tokyo

Japan's two biggest airlines on Friday projected smooth full-year earnings, with All Nippon Airways (ANA) placing a $2.2 billion order for Boeing and Airbus planes, while rival Japan Airlines (JAL) raised its full-year profit forecast.

ANA said its April-December net profit soared 57.2 ..

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Singapore launches universal health insurance

January 30, 2015

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Singapore

Singapore's parliament has enacted a universal health insurance scheme with nearly $3.0 billion in subsidies to help the elderly and lower-income people, as it responds to demands for better social safety nets.

Lawmakers late Thursday passed the Medishield Life Scheme, the latest in ..

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Airbag crisis: Honda cuts profit forecast

January 30, 2015

Honda

Hump Ahead

Tokyo

Honda cut its full-year profit forecast on Friday as the Japanese automaker grapples with soaring recall costs, including from an exploding airbag crisis linked to at least five deaths.

The downgrade came after Honda s ..

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GOOGLE MISSES Q4 ESTIMATES

January 30, 2015

Google

Declining online ad prices hurt

San Francisco

Google Inc's revenue grew 15 per cent in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street's target on declining online ad prices and unfavourable foreign exchange rates.

Google's advertising revenue has come under press ..

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UN praises Bahrain’s support for eGovernment Program

January 30, 2015

UN praises Bahrain’s support for eGovernment Program

Kingdom of Bahrain: The second UN Study Tour in Bahrain representing 21 states, organized and funded by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, to maximize benefits from Bahrain’s experience in eGovernment concluded last week

CEO of eGovernment Authorit ..

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Qatar Airways takes 10pc stake in IAG

January 30, 2015

Qatar airways

London

Qatar Airways on Friday said it had purchased almost 10 percent of IAG, parent of British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, the second European entry by a Gulf carrier.

"As part of efforts to enhance operations and strengthen existing commercial ties... Qatar Airways has acquired a 9 ..

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Greek govt set for first talks

January 30, 2015

Greek govt set for first talks

With eurozone partners

Athens

Greece's new anti-austerity government is set to hold its first talks Friday with its eurozone partners about its ambitions to secure a reduction in the massive debts linked to its 240-billion-euro ($269b) international bailout.

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Eight bodies found

January 30, 2015

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Bangladesh migrant boat sinks

Dhaka

Rescuers pulled eight bodies Friday from a fishing boat that sank off the Bangladesh coast carrying migrants to Malaysia, as a search continued for a dozen still missing, an official said.

Emergency workers have ..

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Aus files fresh plea for death row convicts

January 30, 2015

Aus files fresh plea for death row convicts

Denpasar

Two Australians on death row in Indonesia applied for a new judicial review of their cases on Friday in a bid to halt their executions, with their lawyer calling for the men to be given a "second chance".

However, the attorney general's office in Jakarta said judges would likely reje ..

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China vows no ‘Western values’ in varsities

January 30, 2015

China vows no 'Western values' in varsities

Beijing

China's education minister has vowed to ban university textbooks, which promote "Western values", state media said, in the latest sign of ideological tightening under President Xi Jinping.

"Never let textbooks promoting Western values appear in our classes," minister Yuan Guiren said, ..

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Chinese relatives reject MH370 death declaration

January 30, 2015

A relative of a passenger of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries as she walks past journalists in Beijing

Hacked Off

Beijing

Distraught Chinese relatives of passengers on missing flight MH370 on Friday called for Malaysia to withdraw its declaration that all onboard had died in an accident, shunning offers of compensation.

Malaysian authorities on Thu ..

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Terror bid foiled in Pak

January 30, 2015

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Security forces on Friday morning foiled a major terror bid by seizing an explosive-laden vehicle in Quetta in Pakistan.

A security official said that forces also apprehended an alleged suicide bomber along wit ..

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Kerry fined for not removing snow

January 30, 2015

Kerry fined for not removing snow

Rebuke

Washington

US secretary of state John Kerry has been fined a penalty of $50 by the Boston City officials for not removing snow dumped on the side street in front of his house which was formed due to the massive snowstorm this week.

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Pak mosque blast kills 49

January 30, 2015

Pak Mosque blast kills 49

At least 55 injured

Shikarpur

At least 49 people were killed and 55 others were injured in an explosion inside a central imambargah (mosque affiliated with Shia Muslims) in Sindh province’s Shikarpur district on ..

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French tourists pose naked at temple, held

January 30, 2015

Three French tourists in their early twenties have been arrested by Cambodian authorities for taking nude photos of each other inside the country's famed Angkor temple complex, officials said on Friday.

Phnom Penh

Three French tourists in their early twenties have been arrested by Cambodian authorities for taking nude photos of each other inside the country's famed Angkor temple complex, officials said on Friday.

The male tourists were discovered inside the Banteay Kdei temple at the world h ..

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Four arrested in Belgium anti-terror raids

January 30, 2015

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Brussels

Four people were arrested following a total of 22 police raids in Belgium Friday as part of ongoing investigations into terrorist activity in the country.

The police action was directed against a gang that was recruiting ..

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Philippines a ‘crying baby’: China media

January 30, 2015

Philippines a 'crying baby': China media

Beijing

China's official news agency on Friday likened the Philippines to a "crying baby" for seeking international support against island-building in disputed waters by Beijing, denouncing its efforts as "pathetic".

The caustic commentary by the Xinhua news agency came two days after foreign ..

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Philippines, rebels talk peace

January 30, 2015

Philippines, rebels talk peace

Disarmament main issue

Kuala Lumpur

Philippine government and Muslim rebel negotiators met in Malaysia on Friday, forging ahead with talks on disarming the guerrillas despite a historic peace deal struck last year being thrown into doubt by a deadly clash.

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India woman who alleges rape sues Uber in US court

January 30, 2015

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New Delhi A woman who alleges an Uber driver raped her in the Indian capital has sued the online taxi service in a US court, accusing it of failing to provide passenger safety. In her lawsuit, the Indian woman accuses Uber of putting profits over safety, calling the US-based company the "modern day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking". In an email to AFP late Thursday, ..

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Cricket: Afghans prepare for ‘dream’ World Cup debut

January 30, 2015

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Kabul At an indoor academy in Kabul, Afghanistan's cricketers are training hard for their debut in the upcoming World Cup tournament in Australia and New Zealand next month. Shuttle runs and lifting weights help keep out the bitter chill of the Afghan winter as the players tune up for the tournament on warmer antipodean shores. The Afghans' opening match against Bangladesh in Canberra on ..

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Japan, Jordan working closely on fate of captive Japanese journalist

January 30, 2015

A man walks past a TV screen broadcasting a news program about Islamic State hostages Jordanian air force pilot al-Kasaesbeh and Japanese journalist Goto, in Tokyo

Amman/Tokyo Japan was working closely with Jordan on Friday to find out what was happening to a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death-row in Jordan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said every effort was being made to secure the release of journalist Kenji Goto. "We are g ..

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No pressure on us in final, say S. Korea

January 29, 2015

No pressure on us in final, say S. Korea

Sydney

South Korea prepared for this weekend's Asian Cup final against Australia in a relaxed mood on Thursday, insisting all the pressure would be on the host nation.

"We don't feel any pressure at all," defender Kim Chang-Soo t ..

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Ali Mabkhout targets golden boot

January 29, 2015

Australia AFC Asia Cup Soccer

UAE striker Ali Mabkhout will be aiming to win the golden boot as well as third place when his side face off against Iraq on Friday.

UAE will be playing the consolation AFC Asian Cup third place playoff match, but the striker will be looking to add to his tally of four goals in the tournament. He is tied with Jordan's Hamza Al D ..

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Finalists gunning for breakthrough win

January 29, 2015

Finalists gunning for breakthrough win

Sydney

The first Asian Cup held in Australia has already exceeded expectations and now the stars have aligned to produce what promises to be a classic final.

Both sides will feel confident of emerging victorious in Saturday's clash between the host nation and South Korea at Sydney's Olympic S ..

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Golden boot glitters

January 29, 2015

Japan v UAE: Quarter Final - 2015 Asian Cup

UAE size up Iraq

Sharpshooter Ali Mabkhout can win a tight race for the Asian Cup's golden boot when the United Arab Emirates face Iraq for the consolation prize of finishing third on Friday.

The UAE went down 2-0 to Aus ..

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UAE golden generation eye bronze – and World Cup

January 29, 2015

UAE golden generation eye bronze - and World Cup

Oversight

Newcastle

United Arab Emirates coach Mahdi Ali Thursday said his team were hopeful of ending a nearly 30-year absence from the World Cup after their run to the Asian Cup's last four.

Playmaker Omar Abdulrahman and goal ace Ali Mabkhout propelle ..

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Pulis backs McManaman to shine

January 29, 2015

Pulis backs McManaman to shine

London

West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists new signing Callum McManaman is determined to make his mark in the Premier League.

McManaman became Pulis first signing as West Brom manager on Wednesday, putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract after the club paid 4.75m for his servic ..

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Wiesberger leads

January 29, 2015

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McIlroy makes strong start in Dubai Desert Classic

Dubai

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger emerged the sole leader at Omega Dubai Desert Classic after Thursday's first round featuring a deluge of birdies at the Emirates Golf Club Thursday.

The 29-year-old Wiesbe ..

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Nasri posts photo of himself relaxing

January 29, 2015

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London

Samir Nasri may be out of action for Manchester City - but his thoughts were very much with the team ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Chelsea as he posted a picture of himself relaxing in his own pool on Instagram.

The French midfielder is out of action with a groin injury an ..

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1983 final, a biggest disappointment: Garner

January 29, 2015

1983

Flashback

Recalling the monumental upset when the mighty West Indies were stunned by India in the 1983 Prudential World Cup final, pacer Joel Garner has said that the loss was the biggest disappointment of his decade-long cricket career.

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Farange starts as favourite

January 29, 2015

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Farange owned by Al Nasseriyeh, trained by Allan Smith and ridden by Brett Doyle is the favourite to win one of the two races for the Al Sharif Group Cup on Friday.

The seven-race meeting featuring six Al Sharif Group Cup races and one for the late Hassan bin Saleh Al Rouwai Cup begins at 2.15pm at the Rashid Eque ..

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Sharapova sets up final with Williams

January 29, 2015

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Arch-rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova set up a dream Australian Open final on Thursday while Andy Murray ground down Tomas Berdych to give himself a fourth crack at winning the Melbourne Park title.

Williams battled past gallant fellow American Madison Key ..

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New breed second best as old guard dominate Open

January 29, 2015

TENNIS-AUS-OPEN

Buds Nipped

The threat of the new breed sweeping away the old order failed to materialise at the year's first Grand Slam in Australia as the established stars reasserted their dominance.

Much has been made about the generational advance of younger playe ..

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Cavs douse Blazers

January 29, 2015

Kyrie Irving drives past Steve Blake

Irving scores 55 

The Cleveland Cavaliers, who were playing without injured superstar LeBron James, beat Portland 99-94 to extend their win streak to eight games behind an electric performance from Kyrie Irving.

Irving tallied ..

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Rights abuses fuelled rise of Islamic militants: HRW

January 29, 2015

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Governments increasingly view human rights as "a luxury" they can ill afford, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, warning that abuses fuel crises in world trouble spots like Syria and Ukraine.

Western powers, including the United States, are far from blameless and in some cases their wrongdoing has fed the very climate in which se ..

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Apple ties with Samsung as world’s top smartphone vendor

January 29, 2015

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Seoul

Apple caught up with Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2014, thanks to booming sales of its new iPhone 6, market researcher Strategy Analytics said Thursday.

Apple reported a record net profit of $18 billion in the quarter, on the back of what the ..

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Alibaba quarterly revenue disappoints, shares fall

January 29, 2015

Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma

Hong Kong

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's quarterly revenue fell short of analysts' expectations, showing signs of a slowdown in the Chinese e-commerce company's scorching growth.

Alibaba's shares fell 7 percent in premarket trading on Thursday.

Revenue rose 4 ..

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Nokia buoyed by North American sales, dividend disappoints

January 29, 2015

Nokia

Frankfurt

Nokia on Thursday reported strong profits at its core Networks business on the back of surging North American sales, but the shares fell back over an uncertain outlook, higher costs in its Technologies division and a disappointing dividend.

The Finnish company, which sold its former ..

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Facebook beats Q4 Wall Street target

January 29, 2015

Facebook beats Q4 Wall Street target

Rev up 49pc but weakest growth since 2013

San Franciso

Facebook Inc's  revenue grew 49 per cent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales.

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‘Detriment’ not other Europeans

January 29, 2015

‘Detriment’ not other Europeans

Asked not to made dramatic policy changes

Berlin

The new Greek government cannot make dramatic changes to its economic policy and expect other European states to foot the bill, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday.

“Of course every democ ..

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Obama to reverse automatic cuts

January 29, 2015

Obama

WASHINGTON

US President Barack Obama will on Thursday unveil plans to reverse automatic cuts in military and other spending, as he rolls out budget proposals for the coming year. The automatic cuts -- a so-called sequester -- began entering into effect in 2013 after Democrats and Republicans were unable to reach a deal on cut ..

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YouTube too crammed to check terror videos: Google

January 29, 2015

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Washington

Google says that its video-sharing website YouTube is overloaded to the point where the staff is finding it difficult to filter terror related content. The overflowing content on the site is slowing down the task to stop terrorists from uploading pro ..

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Libya: ‘We’re fed up of fighting’

January 29, 2015

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Amal, a mother of five children, crouches over a sewing machine within the maze of whitewashed alleys in Tripoli's dilapidated old city, its ancient walls abutting the Corinthia Hotel compound.

The light in her dingy tailor shop has been on for most of the day, a rarity for the impoverished neighbourhood, which has been plagued ..

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Obama to request hike in US military budget

January 29, 2015

Obama to request hike in US military budget

Washington

President Barack Obama plans to ask for an increase in military spending in a proposed budget for 2016, with a request for $585 billion that would exceed funding caps mandated by Congress, officials said.

The budget proposal for the Pentagon would provide for a hike in spending on ..

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Amazon to offer business email, taking on Microsoft

January 29, 2015

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Washington

US online giant Amazon has announced plans to offer a cloud-based email and calendar service to directly compete with Microsoft Outlook and others. The service dubbed Amazon WorkMail "enables users to send and receive email, manage contacts, share calendars, and book resources using the same email applications they ..

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Investcorp adds to Spanish portfolio

January 29, 2015

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Announces Fritta acquisition

Bahrain

A leading provider and manager of alternative investment products, Investcorp, on Thursday announced it would purchase specialist producer of intermediates for the ceramic industry Fritta, S.L. (“Fritta”), from financial investor Nazca Private Equity ..

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Israel buries soldiers, says Hezbollah doesn’t want conflict

January 29, 2015

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Jerusalem

Israel on Thursday buried two soldiers killed in a Hezbollah missile strike that triggered Israeli fire on southern Lebanon, raising tensions between the bitter enemies to their highest in years.

But the Israeli-Lebanese border was calm, as officials in the Jewish state played down ..

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Syria talks in Moscow end with no concrete result

January 29, 2015

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Moscow

Syrian representatives of President Bashar al-Assad's regime and opposition figures ended a two-day round of talks in Moscow on Thursday without concrete result, except an agreement to meet again.

 Syria's UN representative and head of the government delegation in Moscow, Bashar al-Ja ..

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Indian Ed held for Charlie Hebdo reprint

January 29, 2015

Indian arrested Charlie Hebdo

Mumbai

Police have arrested and bailed the editor of an Urdu-language newspaper in Mumbai for reprinting a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed from satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, police said Thursday.

Shirin Dalvi, editor of the Mumbai edition of the daily Avadhnama newspaper, was arres ..

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‘No golf entry’ for Indian bureaucrats

January 29, 2015

No entry Indian Golf

New Delhi

India's right-wing government has scrapped membership of Delhi's prestigious golf club for bureaucrats as part of a crackdown on its notoriously work-shy civil servants, a report said on Thursday.

The memberships had been awarded to a select group of serving and retired bureaucrats ..

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Indonesia to hang foreigners

January 29, 2015

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Plea rejected in drug case

Jakarta

Indonesia is ready to execute seven foreigners on death row after their appeals for presidential clemency were rejected, an official said, despite an international outcry following recent executions.

Authorities ..

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Filipina faces death for drugs

January 29, 2015

Filipina faces death for drugs

Manila

The Philippines is trying to prevent the execution of a female citizen, who faces death by firing squad in Indonesia for drug smuggling, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Manila's revelation that a Filipina is on death row, comes after recently-elected Indonesian leader Joko Widod ..

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Over 38,000 Somali children starving

January 29, 2015

Somalian children starving

UN Aftermath

Nairobi

Over 38,000 Somali children are at "high risk" from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, UN experts said on Thursday.

The grim assessment, based on the late ..

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Pak sees red over defence pact

January 29, 2015

Islamabad

 Pakistan on Thursday voiced concern over increasing defence cooperation between India and the US saying it would "only add to the conventional asymmetry and strategic instability" in South Asia.

Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Tasnim Aslam faced several questions relat ..

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Bangla migrant boat sinks

January 29, 2015

Bangla migrant boat sinks

Over 10 people missing

Dhaka

An overloaded fishing trawler carrying migrants to Malaysia sank in strong currents off the coast of Bangladesh on Thursday with tens of passengers missing, in the country's latest maritime accident, officials said.

Em ..

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Malaysia declares MH370 an accident

January 29, 2015

MH370 accident

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia on Thursday formally declared missing flight MH370 an "accident" and its passengers and crew presumed dead, a step that opens the door for compensation payments, but which was met with skepticism by distraught relatives.

"It is therefore, with the heaviest heart and deep ..

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Co-pilot flied AirAsia

January 29, 2015

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Before crash

The French co-pilot was at the controls of an AirAsia plane before it crashed into the sea last month after flying through an area of towering clouds, killing all 162 people on board, investigators said on Thursday.

The announcement came as fishermen found ..

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Thousands of live cats seized in Vietnam

January 29, 2015

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Hot in Menu

Hanoi

Thousands of live cats destined "for consumption" have been seized in Hanoi after being smuggled from China, police said Thursday, but their fate still hangs in the balance.

Cat meat, known locally as "little tiger", is an increa ..

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Caution over Pak airspace: EASA

January 29, 2015

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London

Fearing a terrorist strike, the European air safety agency has warned airline operators to exercise "extreme caution" while flying over Pakistani airspace following a similar warning from French authorities asking planes not to fly below 24,000 feet.

The latest Safety Informatio ..

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Indian avoids jail by blaming Bollywood

January 29, 2015

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Hobart

An Indian security guard accused of stalking has avoided a conviction in an Australian court after blaming his actions on a passion for Bollywood movies.

Magistrate Michael Hill said he was taking into account the cultural background of 32-year-old Sandesh Baliga in adjourning the comp ..

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Angelina to direct Brad in “Africa”

January 29, 2015

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AFRICA IS REPORTEDLY A BIOPIC ON PALEO-ARCHAEOLOGIST RICHARD LEAKEY WHO FOUGHT ELEPHANT POACHERS IN THE 1980S IN KENYA

Hollywood star Brad Pitt is eyeing another collaboration with his wife Angelina Jolie and is set to appear in the actress-turned-director's Africa.

The 51-year-old actor is ..

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Transfers hit a record high of $4 billion

January 29, 2015

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The global football transfer market hit a record high in 2014, breaking the $4 billion barrier for the first time, a report published by FIFA on Wednesday revealed.

England, with its highly lucrative Premier League, provided the biggest investors and, despite their failure at the World Cup, Brazilian players were the most sought ..

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Djokovic on song

January 29, 2015

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Both were in outstanding touch as they hunt for more Grand Slam glory with Djokovic meetin ..

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Luongo surprises even himself

January 29, 2015

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Newcastle No one is more surprised at Massimo Luongo's stand-out Asian Cup performances than, well, the player himself as he prepares for the match of his life in Saturday's final. The young Socceroo plies his trade for third-tier English side Swindon Town, but after a head-spinning few weeks he is set to play in front of 80,000 fans in Sydney. Luongo's selection for Australia's opener a ..

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AFC final showdown; Australia optimistic

January 29, 2015

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Newcastle Australia's coach Ange Postecoglou is optimistic about his team's chances in the Asian Cup football tournament final against South Korea after beating the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2-0 in the semifinals. Postecoglou said his team would not miss the chance to win the Asian Cup title at home. They would face South Korea in the final in Sydney Saturday, who beat Ira ..

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Minnows Get Lifeline; Afghanistan, Ireland handed World Cup boost

January 29, 2015

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Dubai Afghanistan and Ireland's hopes of reaching the slimmed-down 2019 World Cup were given a massive boost on Wednesday when they were placed amongst the 10 Test-playing nations in a revised qualifying system. The 2019 event in England will feature just 10 teams, down from the 14 who will contest the 2015 edition, which gets under way in Australia and New Zealand on February 14. The In ..

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Bowen and Brightmore extend lead

January 28, 2015

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Manama  A second win in four weeks has given Jamie Bowen and playing partner Mike Brightmore (24 points) a five point cushion at the top of the leader board in the BMMI Shops Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club. The duo won this week’s Vegas Stableford competition in which Abdulrahman ..

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Saudi Arabia rout Kuwait

January 28, 2015

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Manama Saudi Arabia clinched the sixth GCC Football U23-Olympic Team Championship title on Wednesday after crushing Kuwait 5-2 at the Bahrain National Stadium in Riffa. Saudi Arabia, who had earlier won the title twice, opened the scoring in the 32nd minute through Abdulaziz Al Beeshi. Mohammed Al Saiari then ..

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Pak fret over US-India N-deal

January 28, 2015

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Islamabad Pakistan has expressed serious concern over the finalisation of a nuclear deal between the US and India, saying it would have destabilising impact on regional stability. "The operationalisation of India-US nuclear deal for political and economic expediencies would have a detrimental impact on deterrence stability in South Asia," Pakistan's National Security Advise ..

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Reality Check; ‘You will die alone’, France to would-be jihadists

January 28, 2015

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Paris "You will discover hell on earth, and will die alone" -- that is the stark message from the French government in a new social media campaign aimed at discouraging would-be jihadists. The first video to appear on www.stop-djihadisme.gouv.fr features a series of typical promises made by jihadist recruiters, followed by an opposing view from the government -- all against ..

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ASEAN concern over Chinese actions at sea

January 28, 2015

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Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday expressed concern at Chinese land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea, as the Philippines urged them to stand up to Beijing. The statement came after Manila warned fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a ministers' retreat in Malaysia that the 10-country grouping's credibility was at stake unless it dealt ..

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EU mulls airline data rules

January 28, 2015

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Brussels The European Commission is reviewing plans on sharing airline passenger data to address privacy concerns while still seeking to improve security following militant attacks in Paris. A system for sharing airline travel data among European Union countries put forward by the Commission in 2011 - known as Passenger Name Record (PNR) - has been resisted by lawmakers who argue it infring ..

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Pakistan overtakes India in economic freedom: WSJ

January 28, 2015

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Pakistan's 'mostly unfree' economy showed improvement and has edged ahead of all its immediate neighbours in the 2015 Economic Freedom Index, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. Pakistan was ranked at 121, out of 178 countries included in the Index, with 55.6 points. The country shows an overall improvement of 0.4 points and is ranked 25th out of 42 countries i ..

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APPLE PROFIT HITS NEW HIGH

January 28, 2015

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San Francisco Apple's quarterly profit soared to a record $18 billion on the back of booming iPhone sales, especially in China. The California-based tech giant also announced Tuesday that its highly anticipated Apple Watch wearable devices unveiled last year are on track to begin shipping in April. "We'd like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter which saw dem ..

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STRONG DOLLAR STINGS US FIRMS

January 28, 2015

U.S. Stocks Retreat With Dow Heading for Worst Week Since 2012

New York Earnings Tuesday from American multinationals revealed a downside to the comparatively robust US economy: the drag from a rising dollar. Dow component Procter & Gamble cited "unprecedented" foreign-exchange fluctuations as it missed earnings expectations and slashed its profit outlook. Chemical producer DuPont and technology giant Microsoft also highlighted ..

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Google super-fast internet spreads

January 28, 2015

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San Francisco Google's super-fast Internet service -- up to 100 times quicker than basic broadband -- is heading for four more US metropolitan areas as the technology titan ramps up pressure on cable service giants. A Google Fiber programme launched nearly five years ago will expand to 18 cities in the Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham areas. "We can't wai ..

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63rd annual FCEM; All set for biz women meet

January 28, 2015

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Manama The Bahrain Business & Professional Women International Federation (BPWIF Bahrain) announced that it is set to host the 63rd World Congress of Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises Mondiales (FCEM), one of the world's leading business associations established in 1945 with the aim of uniting women business owners from the world over. The congress, taking place under the the ..

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Eat secures new funding

January 28, 2015

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Manama Eat, a provider of real-time reservation-applications has received a second round of funding of US$300,000 from Tenmou. The company will be using the funding to expand its services to outside Bahrain. “The Middle East is still in the early stages of Internet adoption, and we’re determined to push the boundaries. It’s a very exciting time to be here” says Neza ..

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Gulf markets edge up as oil rebounds

January 28, 2015

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Dubai Saudi Arabia's stock market gained strongly for a second straight day on Wednesday as oil prices rebounded from the day's lows, reinforcing a growing perception among investors that they have found a floor. Brent crude fell early on Tuesday after an industry report said US crude stocks rose by the most in two decades last week. But it had largely recovered and traded ..

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Don’t switch jobs for 3 years: BCCI

January 28, 2015

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Manama The Committee of Entrepreneur of BCCI in its meeting made a proposal of extending the period, prohibiting foreign employees from switching jobs, from one year to three. The meeting  presided over by board member Mohammed Fakhro also proposed relaxation in the proceedings for obtaining credit. The committee had held its regular meeting in Bait Al Tijjar, in which ..

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Tsipras demands fair deal; GREECE WILL NOT ‘SUBMIT’

January 28, 2015

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Athens Greece's radical new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warned Wednesday that it would no longer blindly submit to the EU and demanded a "fair" deal with its creditors. Tsipras said he wanted a "viable, mutually beneficial solution" to "humanitarian disaster" he claimed his country has suffered as a result of the austerity imposed by it creditors. In a speech to the c ..

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Women joining IS militants ‘cheerleaders, not victims’

January 28, 2015

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London Western women who join Islamic State militants are driven by the same ideological passion as many male recruits and should be seen as potentially dangerous cheerleaders, not victims, experts said. A new study out on Wednesday said the estimated 550 women who have travelled to Iraq and Syria are expected to marry, keep house and bear children. Despite being banned from fighting, th ..

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Jordan offers to free militant if IS releases pilot

January 28, 2015

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Amman Jordan offered on Wednesday to free a female jihadist in exchange for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group, which is threatening to execute the airman and a Japanese journalist. It came after the parents of the hostages made last-ditch pleas for their lives as a deadline set by IS for the release of the would-be suicide bomber approached. "Jordan is ready to releas ..

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Protesters try to storm UN compound in Gaza

January 28, 2015

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Gaza City Dozens of protesters on Wednesday tried to storm the Gaza headquarters of the United Nations after the UN announced it lacked funds to rebuild the war-battered Palestinian territory. Around 200 people demonstrated outside the UN compound in Gaza City, burning tyres and throwing stones. "We are still homeless!" they chanted. Some tried to storm the compound b ..

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US in contact with Huthis in Yemen: Pentagon

January 28, 2015

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 Washington US officials are holding discussions with representatives of the Shiite militia in Yemen who have forced the resignation of the country's president, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday. But the discussions with the Huthi militiamen do not amount to an agreement to share intelligence on Al-Qaeda in Yemen, Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters. "Given the po ..

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Mother of Japanese captive begs PM to save son held by Islamic State

January 28, 2015

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Tokyo The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber. The voice on the video added that another hostage, Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, had a shorter time to live. Japan confirmed the existence of ..

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Michelle Obama appears before Saudi king with head uncovered

January 28, 2015

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RIYADH For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live. Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket, but no headscarf. Under the kingdom's ..

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Red Bull have Mercedes in their sights

January 28, 2015

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said Tuesday his outfit would give Mercedes a closer-run contest than they did last year come the new Formula One season.

Mercedes won the Constructors Championship last season and although Red Bull were runners-up they were still nearly 300 points behind the title-winners.

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Tiger Woods explains tooth incident

January 28, 2015

Tiger Woods explains tooth incident

Tiger Woods, who had a front tooth knocked out by a video cameraman last week, displayed a full smile Tuesday after a nine-hole practice round ahead of the Phoenix Open.

"Every sport you get teeth knocked out," Woods said. "Unfortunately I wasn't actually competing and got teeth knocked out."

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Ghana Triumph

January 28, 2015

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Andre Ayew's late diving header secured Ghana a 2-1 win over South Africa and qualification to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals as Group C winners.

Mandla Masango gave South Africa the lead in the 17th minute, when he smashed home ..

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Mahmoud targets ‘dream’ World Cup

January 27, 2015

Mahmoud targets 'dream' World Cup

Iraq icon Younis Mahmoud dismissed speculation over his retirement and said he was targeting a "dream" World Cup spot after their Asian Cup campaign came crashing to a halt.

Mahmoud, famed for his winning goal in the 2007 final, said he was hoping to lead Iraq's young players to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and end an absence of ..

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Soceecroos Champion

January 27, 2015

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Lightning strikes put Australia into final

Australia struck twice early on and then soaked up the pressure as they downed United Arab Emirates 2-0 to set up an Asian Cup final against unbeaten South Korea on Tuesday. Quickfire goals from defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson in the first 15 minutes proved enough t ..

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Iran insists Pooladi does military service

January 27, 2015

The Iranian army has told ill-fated international footballer Merhdad Pooladi, sent off in last week's Asia Cup quarterfinal with Iraq, that he must do his military service or be dropped from the squad.

The Iranian army has told ill-fated international footballer Merhdad Pooladi, sent off in last week's Asia Cup quarterfinal with Iraq, that he must do his military service or be dropped from the squad.

Pooladi, 27, a defender with Qatar's Al-Shahaniya, had reportedl ..

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Nutella not a girl’s name, French court rules

January 27, 2015

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Child renamed Ella after court decides parents’ original choice would cause ‘mockery or disobliging remarks’

A French court has barred a couple from naming their daughter Nutella after the popular hazelnut chocolate spread. The unusual choice of name by the couple from Valenciennes, in northern France, was noticed by the registrar who recorded the baby’s birth last September ..

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Sharapova stars

January 27, 2015

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Second seed Maria Sharapova sent rising star Eugenie Bouchard into a tailspin with an imperious display Tuesday, setting up an Australian Open women's semi-final with enigmatic fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova, 27, flicked aside the Canadian seventh seed 6-3, 6-2 in their glamour quarter ..

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Murray ends Kyrgios

January 27, 2015

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Andy Murray to face Tomas Berdych in semi-finals

Three-time runner-up Andy Murray edged closer to a fourth Australian Open decider Tuesday, but has surprise semi-finalist Tomas Berdych blocking his way.

The British sixth seed proved too experienced and disciplined for mercurial Australian t ..

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Smith wins Allan Border Medal

January 27, 2015

Smith wins Allan Border Medal

Steve Smith on Tuesday capped a remarkable season by sweeping the main awards at the annual Allan Border Medal ceremony, including Australian player of the year.

The prolific batsman, who was promoted to national captain in the absence of the injured Michael Clarke, also took out the one-day and Test player awards.

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Pakistan player hit for six by ghost sighting

January 27, 2015

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A Pakistani cricketer on tour in New Zealand was hit for six when he saw what he believed was a ghost haunting him in his hotel room, the team manager said Tuesday.

Haris Sohail was convinced a "supernatural" presence was haunting him when he awoke Saturday night to find his bed moving, team manager Naveed Akram Cheema said.

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Al Sayed, Hansen win Order of Merit

January 27, 2015

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Mohammed Al Sayed enjoyed wins in both the men’s gross (74) and nett (70) divisions of the Royal Golf Club’s first Order or Merit competition of the year, followed by runner-up Barry Hobday in both categories with gross (76) and  nett (71 on count back).

Former Lady Captain Hanne Hansen achieved the same feat in the ladie ..

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Chinese team make history

January 27, 2015

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A Chinese sailing team led by a French captain took the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race on Tuesday, crossing the finish line in home waters to make history as the event's first Chinese stage winners.

Charles Caudrelier and his Dongfeng Race Team arrived in Sanya on the so ..

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Lessons of gun training for Pak teachers

January 27, 2015

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Teachers in northwest Pakistan are being given firearms training and will be allowed to take guns into the classroom in a bid to strengthen security following a Taliban massacre at a school last month.

“Carrying firearms for every teacher is not obligatory, but all those who ..

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9 killed in Libya

January 27, 2015

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Gunmen stormed a hotel in Tripoli popular with diplomats and officials Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), killing at least nine people including five foreigners before blowing themselves up.

After setting off a car bomb outside the luxury Corinthia Ho ..

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Obama’s India sojourn ends

January 27, 2015

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US President Barack Obama urged India to promote religious tolerance and do more to combat global warming on Tuesday as he wrapped up a visit aimed at forging a new friendship between the world's largest democracies.

Speaking to an audience of main ..

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Americans confusing Sikhs for Muslims: Study

January 27, 2015

Americans confusing Sikhs for Muslims: Study

More than a decade after 9/11, Americans who come across a turban-wearing Sikh are still prone to mistaking him for a Muslim, according to a study released on Monday.

Sixty percent of Americans who participated in the study by the non-profit National Sikh Campaign admitted to knowing nothing about the Sikhs who live, study and w ..

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Modi, Obama bond over humble beginnings on radio show

January 27, 2015

Modi, Obama bond over humble beginnings on radio show

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama bonded over their humble beginnings on a radio show aired on Tuesday, just after the American leader ended his New Delhi visit.

Obama co-hosted Modi's monthly radio show as part of his packed three-day trip and took questions from Indian listeners in a more inform ..

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Facebook, Instagram suffer outage

January 27, 2015

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Facebook, the world's most popular social network, and its Instagram photo site were interrupted temporarily on Tuesday, provoking panic, rumours of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to cope.

"This was not the result of a third party attack," Facebook said in a statement after its services were ..

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Probed papal ‘suicide attack’ report: Philippines

January 27, 2015

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The Philippines investigated a report that a Malaysian suicide bomber was planning to try to kill Pope Francis during the pontiff's visit to Manila this month, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas said on Tuesday.

Filipino police and soldiers threw up a massive operation involving nearly 40,000 personnel to protect the pope during th ..

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Case of leaking info to scribe

January 27, 2015

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Ex-CIA agent found guilty 

A former CIA officer was convicted of espionage charges Monday for having leaked to a New York Times journalist classified details of a secret operation to thwart Iran's nuclear programme.

Jurors found Jeffrey Sterling, 47, guilty on all nine counts he faced ..

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BAPCO ACHIEVES ISO 14001RE-CERTIFICATION

January 27, 2015

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Bapco said it achieved the re-certification to the environmental management standard ISO14001:2004. The ISO 14001 certificate was presented to Mr. Ebrahim Talib - DCE Refining and Marketing and Chairman of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee (EHSC) by Bureau Veritas Country CEO (Bahrain) Mr. Zulfiqar Haider.

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EU leaders threaten new Russia sanctions over Ukraine

January 27, 2015

ol_leadEuropean Union leaders have tasked their foreign ministers to consider tough new sanctions against Russia when they meet Thursday in response to a bloody upsurge in fighting blamed on Moscow.

European Union leaders have tasked their foreign ministers to consider tough new sanctions against Russia when they meet Thursday in response to a bloody upsurge in fighting blamed on Moscow.

In a rare joint statement on Tuesday, the 28 leaders voiced concern over what they said was Russian ..

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UK Stock lower at close of trade

January 27, 2015

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U.K. stocks were lower after the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Industrial Transportation, Automobiles & Parts and Industrial Engineering sectors led shares lower.

At the close in London, the FTSE 100 fell 0.60%.

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Oil price recovers as dollar weakens against euro

January 27, 2015

Oil price recovers as dollar weakens against euro

Oil prices steadied above $48 a barrel on Tuesday, recovering from earlier losses as the dollar weakened against the euro.

Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 rose 22 cents to $48.38 a barrel by 1042 GMT.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 rose 10 cents to $45.25 a barrel.

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Saudi extends gains

January 27, 2015

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Egypt's stock market turned bullish again in early trade on Tuesday after a short bout of profit-taking, while Saudi Arabia's bourse edged up on the back of banking stocks.

Saudi Arabia's index edged up 0.5 percent as lenders Samba Financial Group and Al Rajhi rose 2.2 a ..

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Gulf Air Completes Retrofit of its A330 Fleet

January 27, 2015

Gulf Air Completes Retrofit of its A330 Fleet

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today hosted an exclusive tour of its newly retrofitted Airbus A330 aircraft – upgraded with fully flat bed seats in the gold class, revamped seats in the economy class and a in-flight-entertainment system throughout.

Designed specifically for Gulf Air and integrating v ..

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Residents trickle back to Syria’s Kobane as IS expelled

January 27, 2015

Residents trickle back to Syria's Kobane as IS expelled

Jubilant residents began trickling back to Kobane Tuesday after Kurdish fighters drove the Islamic State group from the Syrian border town, which became a major symbol of resistance against the jihadists.

But officials warned that IS militants were still present in villages around Kobane, and that massive reconstruction was need ..

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Here, the dead are dead and the living are dead

January 27, 2015

Here, the dead are dead and the living are dead

When Syrian refugee Khairallah Jdeir died after being hit by a car in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, his son was forced to bring the body back to his tent for two days before he was able to find a plot of land to lay him to rest.

"We faced a huge number of issues trying to bury him; everything costs money, we're told we're not allowed ..

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Obama in Saudi Arabia for talks with new king

January 27, 2015

Obama in Saudi Arabia for talks with new king

US President Barack Obama flew in to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, leading a heavyweight delegation to meet new King Salman and shore up ties that have suffered in recent years.

The allies have longstanding ties and remain bound by shared interests in regional stability ..

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UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

January 27, 2015

UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

"The agency has exhausted all funding to support repairs and rental subsidies," said the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

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On Haifa’s ‘Survivors’ Street’, memories of Holocaust

January 27, 2015

It is known as "Survivors' Street" -- a small road in Haifa where about 100 Holocaust survivors are living out their last days side-by-side, keeping alive memories of the Nazi genocide.

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It is known as "Survivors' Street" -- a small road in Haifa where about 100 Holocaust survivors are living out their last days side-by-side, keeping alive memories of the Nazi genocide.

The quiet and shady street was initially only the home of a social centre that supplied ..

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Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

January 27, 2015

Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism.

"We would like to work together with the Jordanian government to secure the release of Goto," Yasuhi ..

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Mexico City swaps squats for subway rides

January 27, 2015

Mexico City swaps squats for subway rides

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but the overweight in Mexico City will be glad to hear there is such a thing as a free subway ride.

Concerned health officials in the Mexican capital hope to get residents in shape by offering free journeys in return for them burning a few extra calories.

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All the Presidents’ Memorabilia: A Collection Languishes

January 27, 2015

All the Presidents’ Memorabilia: A Collection Languishes

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Jordan M. Wright’s collection of political memorabilia is unquestionably prodigious.

Consisting of perhaps a million-plus items, amassed over four decades, it includes an assortment of ephemera like a George W. Bush piñata and a portrait of Lincoln made of ..

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Messi Not For Sale!

January 27, 2015

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FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu Tuesday insisted that his club has no intention of selling prolific Argentine striker Lionel Messi.

Messi's future at the club has been put in doubt over rumours of poor relations between the striker and Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and various 'enigmatic' comments Messi has made ov ..

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Hacker group claims it is behind outages at Facebook, other sites

January 27, 2015

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Internet sites including Facebook, the world's largest social network, Instagram and other popular sites suffered temporary outages on Tuesday and a hacker group associated with other recent high-profile attacks claimed it caused the outages. A Twitter account that purports to speak for hacker group "Lizard Squad" posted messages suggesting that it was behind an attack the temporarily blocked ..

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South Korea surge past Iraq into final

January 27, 2015

South Korea stormed into the Asian Cup final with a clinical 2-0 victory over Iraq on Monday, avenging a painful defeat at the same stage eight years ago.

Goals from Lee Jeong-Hyeop and Kim Young-Gwon did the job for the Koreans, who dominated a wet semi-final in Sydney to move a step closer to ending a title drought dating all ..

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Gaza City

January 27, 2015

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Abu Ahmed's rooftop was once only a space to store garbage. Today, in the densely populated centre of Gaza City, it is a green oasis. In winter, it is home to leaf vegetables; in summer, to tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, radishes, herbs and even lemon trees.

But this past summer, during the Israeli offensive that lasted 51 da ..

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Egyptian female cyclists pedal for acceptance

January 27, 2015

Yasmine Mahmoud cuts a defiant figure as she weaves her bicycle through the chaotic streets of Cairo, a place where few women dare to pedal.

 Every day, like for the past four years, she takes her bicycle from her 10th floor apartment and rides through the Egyptian capital, to the astonishment of bystanders.

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Lotus pin hopes on Mercedes-powered 2015 model

January 27, 2015

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Lotus on Monday took the covers off their new car for the 2015 season, releasing an image of the Mercedes-powered E23 on the internet.

Cloaked in the British marque's iconic black and gold livery, Lotus published an image of the car on their official website along with the caption: "Pleased to meet you - First look at the E23 hy ..

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Laxman immortalized passive common man

January 26, 2015

 Capturing the entire gamut of idiosyncrasies of Indian politicians in an innocuous newspaper box with his cartoons, R K Laxman immortalized the passive, hapless common man with an uncanny perception and sarcasm in a daily commentary on his life that brought smiles to millions.

 Every morning for over five decades, his fans wa ..

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Wawrinka keeps title defence on song

January 26, 2015

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Novak Djokovic powered into his eighth consecutive quarter-final at the Australian Open as Stan Wawrinka kept his title defence on track Monday. The Serb world number one was too strong for unseeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, winning 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 in the night match on Rod Laver Arena. The four-time champion did not have his service broken as he powered through to play Canada's Milos Raon ..

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Tsipras sworn in as Greek prime minister

January 26, 2015

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lexis Tsipras, the 40-year-old leader of anti-austerity party Syriza, was sworn in on Monday as Greek prime minister, the youngest in 150 years.

Tsipras -- wearing a blue jacket and white shirt, characteristically without a tie -- also broke with tradition by taking a civil instead of a reli ..

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Merkel expects Greece to keep commitments: spokesman

January 26, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expects the new Greek government to uphold its commitments to international creditors, her spokesman said Monday after the electoral triumph of Greece's anti-austerity leftists.

 "In our view it is important for the new government to take action to foster Greece's continued economic recovery," th ..

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Partial Greek election results put Syriza on track for victory

January 26, 2015

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Greek anti-austerity party Syriza was heading for a clear victory in Sunday's general elections, partial results showed, but was fighting to secure an absolute majority in parliament that would enable it to govern alone. The leftist party has 35.4 percent of the vote compared to 29 percent for conservative New Democracy, the party formerly in government, results showed after a third of ballots ..

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Greece’s Syriza: what does it want and what is possible?

January 26, 2015

The left-wing Syriza party led by Alexis Tsipras won Greece's general election on Sunday after campaigning on a pledge to renegotiate the country's international bailout and reverse years of spending cuts and painful economic reforms.

 The party's ambitions have already sent shockwaves through financial markets and the rest of ..

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Alexis Tsipras, Greek ‘Che Guevara’ on the brink of power

January 26, 2015

Alexis Tsipras, whose Syriza party won the Greek general election for the first time in its history on Sunday, is set to become the country's first radical left-wing prime minister, and the youngest in over 150 years.

He brings to the job a burning passion to dump the austerity policies that his party says have brought a "human ..

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Hollande congratulates Tspiras on Greek election victory

January 26, 2015

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France's President Francois Hollande congratulated Alexis Tsipras on his radical left party Syriza's victory in Greek elections Sunday, the French presidency said in an statement.

The French president recalled "the friendship that unites France and Greece and expressed his desire to Mr Tsipras to continue the close cooperation b ..

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Finland opposes Greece debt relief but open to ‘discussing’ terms

January 26, 2015

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Finland's Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said Monday he opposed debt relief for Greece but said Helsinki was prepared to discuss terms and a possible extension of the loan period.

 Stubb was speaking a day after Greek voters handed a decisive victory to radical left party Syriza in elections, putting the country on a collision ..

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Miss Colombia is crowned Miss Universe for 2015

January 26, 2015

A 22-year-old Paulina Vega, was named Miss Universe on Sunday at the annual beauty pageant, beating out 87 other contestants from around the globe.

She is the granddaughter of tenor Gaston Vega, studies business administration at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota and has been a model since she was eight years old, according to ..

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Nadal barges into quarters

January 25, 2015

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Melbourne Former champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova charged into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday, as the guardians of the tennis establishment crushed the grand slam dreams of upstart challengers. Nadal withstood an early serving barrage from South African beanpole Kevin Anderson in a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 masterclass at Rod Laver Arena to continue his b ..

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Twilight Saga: Age no barrier with 30-somethings still swinging

January 25, 2015

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Melbourne The Williams sisters and Roger Federer are proof that being on the wrong side of 30 is no barrier to success on the tennis court, but they have had to adjust to stay on top. More than 40 players at this year's Australian Open are over 30, with Japan's remarkable Kimiko Date-Krumm the oldest at 44, playing her first Grand Slam in 1989. Others still going strong ..

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Raffii eighth in second race

January 25, 2015

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Manama Team Bahrain’s Raed Raffii finished eighth in race two of round three in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The young Bahraini is now at sixth in the overall standings with six races remaining. Al Nabooda Racing’s Clemens Schmid won for the second time in as many days after leading from start to finish giving the U ..

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Tri-series: Must win for India

January 25, 2015

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Sydney Their World Cup preparations derailed by successive losses, India would look to reignite the spark and keep themselves afloat in the ODI cricket tri-series when they take on an unbeaten Australia in a must-win game on Monday. With three victories in three matches, the hosts have already qualified for the final in Perth on February 1. The heavy loss to England in B ..

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Blackout in Pakistan Deals Another Blow to Government

January 25, 2015

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ISLAMABAD Towns and cities across Pakistan plunged into darkness early Sunday when what officials said was an attack by militants on a transmission line short-circuited the national electricity grid, presenting a new indictment of the government’s faltering efforts to solve the country’s chronic power crisis. Emergency efforts to end the blackout, widely described as ..

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Kerry heads to Nigeria amid tensions over polls, Boko Haram

January 25, 2015

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Lagos US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Nigeria Sunday, just weeks away from closely fought elections overshadowed by fears about mounting Boko Haram violence and poll-related unrest. Kerry announced the trip on Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he spoke at length on the threat to the world from Islamist extremist groups, including Boko Haram. But ..

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Obama’s lunch menu: Gujarati Kadhi, Bhuna Gosht Boti

January 25, 2015

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New Delhi US President Barack Obama was served a sumptuous array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, including "Gujarati Kadhi" - tangy curry made from buttermilk and gram flour, and "Bhuna Gosht Boti" - tender pieces of lamb cooked in tomato and onion masala, at the lunch hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. The non-vegetarian menu also included "Murgh Neza Ke ..

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Barack Obama’s India visit aimed at containing China: Think tank

January 25, 2015

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  BEIJING: As US President Barack Obama arrived in India for an unprecedented second visit, a wary Beijing kept a close watch on its outcome amid commentaries by official think tanks here that the trip is aimed at containing China but New Delhi will not fall for it. Highlighting the significance of Obama's visit from China's point of view, Prof Wang Yewei of the School of internatio ..

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Post visit, world witnesses Obama-Modi chemistry

January 25, 2015

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NEW DELHI Chemistry between US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was very much evident on Sunday with the Indian leader calling him by his first name more than once during their joint media interaction. Obama displaying similar camaraderie in turn addressed the Indian leader as 'Modi' and referred to their personal relationship which they had be ..

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When in India… Michelle Obama Lands in Indian Designer’s Clothes

January 25, 2015

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New Delhi Michelle Obama, who is in India on a three-day visit, landed in Delhi's Palam Airport this morning wearing an outfit by Indian designer Bibhu Mohapatra. She exited Air Force One hand-in-hand with US President Barack Obama in a geometric-print black and white knee-length dress with blue-floral motifs in the center. She teamed this with a matching cape coat that carrie ..

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PM Modi breaks protocol to receive President Obama

January 25, 2015

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NEW DELHI Prime minister Narendra Modi broke from protocol Sunday morning as he drove in to welcome Obama at the gate of his aircraft, the personal gesture elevating the already high profile of the presidential visit. Attired in a kurta with a saffron shawl draped on one shoulder, Modi greeted Obama with a spontaneous hug. Of course, this is not the first time an Indian pri ..

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MODI HUGS OBAMA ON VISIT, A NEW FRIENDSHIP BEGINS

January 25, 2015

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New Delhi US President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the deadlock on a long-stalled nuclear pact Sunday as they hailed a new era of friendship between the world's two largest democracies. Obama, whose administration treated Modi as a pariah until barely a year ago, said their new "friendship" reflected a natural affinity between the two countri ..

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Innovation next: To Mars through HoloLens!

January 25, 2015

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Microsoft's HoloLens goggles have hit a sweet spot between Google Glass and virtual reality headgear, immersing users in a mesmerizing world of augmented reality holograms. The glasses, which the US technology titan sprang on an unsuspecting press this week, elicited descriptions such as "magical" and "unbelievable," the first time in a while such praise was heaped on a Microsoft creation. ..

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Falling oil prices drain UK income

January 25, 2015

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London With oil prices tumbling and ageing equipment making extraction ever more expensive, Britain's North Sea oilfields face a struggle for survival, threatening a vital source of income and energy. The oil industry has been hard hit by crude prices falling more than 50 per cent since June to less than $50 a barrel. Energy giant BP recently announced it was cutting 300 local jobs, most ..

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HAS ECB FIRED ITS LAST SHOT?

January 25, 2015

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Investors and financial markets have hailed the European Central Bank's latest monetary policy coup, but some observers warn that Europe might use up all its ammunition in the battle against deflation. ECB chief Mario Draghi's announcement Thursday that the guardian of the euro would go on a 1.14-trillion-euro ($1.27trn) bond-buying spree to drive up inflation in the euro area sent global stoc ..

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Standard Chartered boss asked to resign

January 25, 2015

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London Standard Chartered's two largest investors have told the bank's chairman to find a replacement for Chief Executive Peter Sands within months, the Sunday Telegraph reported, without citing its sources. The newspaper said Temasek and Aberdeen Asset Management, which between them own nearly a third of the bank's shares, had separately made it known to John Peace in the last few weeks th ..

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Abu Dhabi, Qatar rise; Dubai down

January 25, 2015

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Dubai Stock markets in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar were mixed in low-volume trade on Sunday as most countries in the Middle East closed their bourses following the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. His successor King Salman pledged continuity in energy and foreign policies and moved quickly to appoint younger men as his heirs. He appeared to settle the succession issue for years ..

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Anxious moments: GREECE VOTES EUROPE WAITS

January 25, 2015

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Greece voted Sunday in a crucial general election that could bring the radical Syriza party to power and present the strongest challenge yet to austerity policies for struggling European Union nations. In an election closely watched by the rest of the continent, Syriza -- which wants to renegotiate Greece's 240-billion-euro ($269bn) bailout deal -- leads the conservative New Democracy party of ..

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Ithmaar Bank website bags top awards

January 25, 2015

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Manama Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, earned prestigious international awards for its new, customer-focused interactive website when it was named the Silver winner in two separate categories at the high-profile W3 Awards. The W3 Awards are prestigious international awards which honour creative excellence on the web, and recognises institutions behind award-winning ..

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Modi, Obama announce nuclear breakthrough after talks New Delhi

January 25, 2015

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New Delhi Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama announced they had reached an agreement Sunday to break the deadlock that has been stalling a civilian nuclear power agreement for years. The two countries in 2008 signed a landmark deal giving India access to civilian nuclear technology, but it has been held up since by US concerns over India's strict ..

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Bomb blast in Cairo as Egypt marks revolt anniversary

January 25, 2015

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A bomb blast wounded a policeman in Cairo on Sunday, the interior ministry said, as Egypt tightened security on the fourth anniversary of the 2011 uprising that ousted ex-strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Armoured vehicles were stationed around Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square -- the epicentre of the revolt against Mubarak -- after Islamists ..

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Now, ‘smart mirrors’ that lets you virtually try on clothes

January 25, 2015

New "smart mirrors" have been developed recently that allows people to virtually try on clothes.Created by MemoMi, the mirrors allow people to virtually try on clothes, digitally change the colours of the garments and share their choices with friends via email and social media.People can even record 7-second videos and can compare them and see which pair dress suit ..

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Packing a punch: Madison sends Kvitova packing

January 25, 2015

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Melbourne Rising tennis star Madison Keys produced a coming of age performance to outplay and outgun No.4 seed Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday. Keys has been touted as one of the most talented prospects of women’s tennis, and against Kvitova she certainly lived up to the hype, triumphing, 6-4, 7-5 in Rod Laver Arena to reac ..

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Thompson inspires Warriors

January 25, 2015

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Oakland Klay Thompson made history by setting a National Basketball Association record with 37 third quarter points as the Golden State Warriors hammered the Sacramento Kings 126-101. Thompson finished with 52 points after leaving at the 9:28 mark of the fourth quarter but not before he had set a league record for most points in a quarter. Thompson carried the Warriors o ..

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Grace clinches Qatar Masters

January 25, 2015

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Doha South Africa’s Branden Grace won the Qatar Masters by one shot from Scotland’s Marc Warren at the Doha Golf Club on Saturday. After a close battle for most part of the day, Grace landed an eagle on the 16th hole to momentarily edge clear of the field but could only manage a par on the 17th, which Warren birdied to draw level. But with the final hole remaining, Grace almost produ ..

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Full houses cover over Cup of Nations cracks

January 25, 2015

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Malabo A week after the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, fears the tournament in Equatorial Guinea would be a disaster are proving to be a little wide of the mark. After the last-minute decision to move the competition from Morocco to the tiny central African state, there were concerns over how the threat of Ebola would be handled and how the hosts would ensure full stadiums when ve ..

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Gradel strikes late to earn Ivory Coast draw

January 25, 2015

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Malabo Substitute Max-Alain Gradel's late equaliser earned a disjointed Ivory Coast side a 1-1 draw against Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday as the Elephants kept alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals. It looked as if Bakary Sako's superb seventh-minute strike, a contender for goal of the tournament so far, would give Mali a famous first win against ..

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Lower league in fourth round Chelsea and City humbled

January 25, 2015

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London Premier League title challengers Chelsea and Manchester City both crashed out of the FA Cup after being sensationally beaten by lower-league opponents in the fourth round on Saturday. A weakened Chelsea team threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 at home to third-tier Bradford City in one of the biggest upsets in the competition's recent history, while City lost 2-0 to Championship high-f ..

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Ref’s namesake becomes Facebook ‘fave’ in Iran

January 25, 2015

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Sydney An American namesake of Asian Cup referee Ben Williams has been bombarded with Facebook messages from Iran after a controversial red card in their quarter-final loss to Iraq. Ben Williams of Baltimore, Maryland, received nearly a thousand friend requests from Iranians after Team Melli were sent tumbling out by their arch-rivals in a dramatic penalty shootout on Friday. The Austral ..

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Mahmoud dreaming of Cup repeat

January 24, 2015

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Iraq hero Younis Mahmoud said he's dreaming of an incredible repeat Asian Cup win after taking centre-stage once again as they reached the semi-finals in dramatic fashion. The veteran, an icon for his winner in the 2007 final, was on target against arch-rivals Iran before starring in the penalty shoot-out with an audacious spot-kick. Mahmoud, 31, made light of a cauldron atmosphere in Canbe ..

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Kruse says Aussies targeting history

January 24, 2015

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Brisbane Australia forward Robbie Kruse claimed Ange Postecoglou's team have targeted a maiden Asian Cup triumph since the start of the continental championships. Two goals from Tim Cahill helped to see off China 2-0 in the quarter-finals on Thursday, setting up a last-four showdown against the United Arab Emirates away in Newcastle on Tuesday. Postecoglou's side are just 90 minute ..

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Raffii finishes seventh

January 24, 2015

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Manama Team Bahrain’s Raed Raffii finished a seventh in the first race of round three in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East at the Losail International Circuit Qatar. “I took advantage of the winter break to assess my progress and focused on where I needed improvement. My practice was strong but qualifying let me dow ..

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Brengle slaps on sunscreen and slips into fourth round

January 24, 2015

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Melbourne Madison Brengle could conceivably be the new face of advertising campaigns Down Under that urge people to 'slip, slop, slap' during the scorching summer months to help Australians and New Zealanders lower the risk of skin cancers. The 24-year-old American, who made the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time on Saturday with a surprise 6-3 6-2 victory over compatriot Coco ..

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SATT to end in Amwaj Marina

January 24, 2015

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Manama The Fifth EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour (SATT) will conclude at Bahrain's Amwaj Marina on February 28. An all-new format and route is set to provide the participating teams a fresh challenge in the 2015 edition of the 700 nautical miles race around the Arabian Peninsula. For the past four years, the SATT began its journ ..

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Families plead for lives of Australians on death row in Indonesia

January 24, 2015

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Sydney The families of two Australian drug convicts facing execution in Indonesia pleaded for their lives in an emotional interview Saturday, and said they would not give up on them. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, members of an Australian group dubbed the "Bali Nine" who were arrested on the Indonesia island of the same name in 2005, have lost their final appeals for clemency. "I've b ..

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Rockets kill 15 after rebels reject Ukraine truce

January 24, 2015

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Donetsk At least 15 people were killed Saturday when rockets hit a market in a vital Ukrainian port linking rebel territory with Russian-occupied Crimea after the pro-Moscow insurgents vowed to grab more land. Ukraine's interior ministry said 76 people were also wounded in the city of Mariupol by Grad rockets that smashed into a packed residential district, which faces roads that have been ..

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Kerry calls to fight terrorism At World Economic Forum

January 24, 2015

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Davos US Secretary of State John Kerry set out his vision for the fight against Islamist violence on Friday in an impassioned speech in Davos where he also announced a visit to Nigeria. Kerry spoke at length of the horrors inflicted by Boko Haram, the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda and promised a packed room at the World Economic Forum that the fight against terrorism would be unrelenting ..

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PM arrives at Khaleda’s office; fails to meet her

January 24, 2015

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Dhaka Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office on Saturday night to console her following her younger son’s premature death, but Hasina could not meet her as Khaleda was said to be unwell. The Prime Minister’s motorcade reached Khaleda Zia’s office gate around 8:34 pm. The Prime Minister got down from her vehicle around 8: ..

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Boko Haram kills 15 villagers in Nigeria’s northeast

January 24, 2015

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Maiduguri Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, the city which is the epicentre of the Islamist group's six-year insurgency and where President Goodluck Jonathan is to launch his re-election campaign Saturday. The killings near the embattled city took place Friday, eve of the president's visit, security sources and residents said. The terrorists at ..

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Sri Lanka terminates military leadership training in education sector

January 24, 2015

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Colombo The new government of Sri Lanka has decided to terminate a mandatory military style leadership training program initiated by the previous government for school principals and university entrants. Sri Lanka's new Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said the government is ending the program that was compulsory for the students entering the country's universitie ..

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Delhi turns fortress ahead of Barack Obama visit

January 24, 2015

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Delhi Delhi has turned into a virtual fortress for US President Barack Obama's arrival, with over 45,000 security personnel guarding roads and 15,000 CCTV cameras keeping a hawk's eye on various areas. Obama will be accompanied by a sizable delegation that will include several top officials, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama, when he arrives in New Delhi on Sunday morning, the White Hous ..

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More Than Half Of India’s Youths Want Military Rule: Survey

January 24, 2015

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Mumbai More than half of the country’s youths want India under military rule. Over 65 per cent people polled want a ban on boys and girls belonging to different religions meeting in public places. These are just some of the disturbing findings of Yuva Nagarik Meter, a national survey covering 11 cities and over 10,000 students, conducted by Children's Movement for Civic A ..

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Obama India trip aimed at boosting global partnership

January 24, 2015

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Washington President Barack Obama departed for India on Saturday, where he will focus on boosting cooperation between the regional powerhouses before traveling to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the late King Abdullah. Obama and First Lady Michelle left early morning for the trip to India, his second visit to the country -- unprecedented by a serving US president. They a ..

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WEF meets Ends

January 24, 2015

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Davos The five-day annual talk-fest of WEF ended amid huge interest and high level of optimism about India, even as the mood about global economy remained largely pessimistic and concerns over terror attacks hogged the limelight. The sudden death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on Friday cast a pall of gloom over the last two days of the event, with many parti ..

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THE CRUNCH POINT: GREECE GOES TO THE POLLS

January 24, 2015

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Athens Greece stood Saturday on the brink of a make-or-break general election that could sweep the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and set the country on a collision course with its international creditors. Syriza wants to renegotiate Greece's massive 318 billion euro ($356bn) debt and put an end to years of wage cuts and public spending reductions linked to an international bailout. ..

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Hefty fine for flipkart

January 24, 2015

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Thiruvananthapuram The commercial taxes department of the Kerala government has imposed a Rs.54 crore fine on some e-commerce companies and portals. More such companies will be fined, said a top official. The department had Friday imposed the fine on Flipkart, Jabong and two other companies. The department found that e-commerce transactions of online trading companies vi ..

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Batelco shifting to 4G speed

January 24, 2015

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Manama Batelco, on Saturday, said it is rolling out its fibre network across the Kingdom to deliver Super-Fast fixed Broadband for all areas. The company also said it is upgrading its entire network system including its 4G Network to provide faster mobile Broadband connections with superior quality. The upgrades will enhance the mobile coverage throughout the whole Kingdom. The ma ..

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GERMANY FINDS ECB MOVE RISKY

January 24, 2015

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Berlin The head of Germany's central bank on Saturday voiced his "scepticism" about the ECB's decision to launch a trillion-euro bond-buying programme in a bid to ward off deflation and boost the eurozone economy. "I regard this decision with scepticism," the Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told the German daily Bild. Weidmann is a member of the the European Central B ..

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Google predicts death of internet

January 24, 2015

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Washington Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has predicted that the internet as we know today will disappear in the future. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he made the comment at the end of a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland after he was asked for his prediction on the future of the web. He said, "There will be so many IP addresses...so m ..

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GCC REDUCING OIL RELIANCE

January 24, 2015

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Manama While the world nations struggle to stay put troubled by plunging oil and economic turmoil, GCC countries, according to a new report, have managed to regain their composure by slowly pulling their feet out of the oil. According to Credit insurance company The Coface Group share of hydrocarbon sector’s contribution to regional GDP have declined from 41 per cent in 2 ..

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Thousands rally against Shiite militia in Yemen capital

January 24, 2015

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Sanaa Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa Saturday in the biggest protest yet against a Shiite militia takeover of the capital that has plunged the country into turmoil. The demonstration came as regions in the formerly independent south stepped up their defiance after the Shiite militiamen, who hail from Yemen's northern highlands and are known as Huthis, tig ..

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Australian women joining IS foreign fighters: minister

January 24, 2015

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Sydney Increasing numbers of young women are altering the profile of Australians joining the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria, Attorney-General George Brandis said Saturday, enticed by the "false glamour" of the organisation. "At an earlier time, perhaps even six months ago, we were concerned almost entirely about young men," Brandis said, according to the Austral ..

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4 years after Egypt revolt, jails clogged with activists

January 24, 2015

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Cairo Zyad el-Elaimy was among millions who rallied to overthrow Hosni Mubarak in 2011, but four years later he is visiting some of them who are now in jail while the ousted strongman edges closer to release from prison. The jubilation that had marked Mubarak's toppling -- a key event of the 2011 Arab Spring --  is dead, and activists say an even more autocratic regime now ..

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Japan vows to ‘never give up’ search for IS hostages

January 24, 2015

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Tokyo Japan on Saturday vowed to "never give up" its struggle to save two Japanese hostages held captive by Islamic State militants after the deadline to pay their ransom passed in agonising silence. Whether freelance journalist Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, the self-employed contractor he had gone to rescue, were alive remained unknown a day after the deadline to secure th ..

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World leaders head to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to King Abdullah

January 24, 2015

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Riyadh World leaders headed to Saudi Arabia on Saturday to offer condolences following the death of King Abdullah, with US President Barack Obama cutting short a trip to India to pay respects. Obama had been scheduled to visit the Taj Mahal but cancelled that following the death of Abdullah and will travel to R ..

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Pope Francis urges families to put smart phones down and start talking to each other

January 24, 2015

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Pope Francis is urging families to put aside their smart phones and social media feeds and learn how to talk to one another again. The Pontiff used his annual message for the Catholic church's World Day of Communications to advise that while new media can help families communicate, it can also hinder communication too. "The great challenge facing us today is to learn once again how to talk ..

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NEWS FLASH: ISIS Japanese hostages: Video purports to show a hostage executed and second up with prisoner swap

January 24, 2015

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A video has emerged online claiming one of the two hostages being held by ISIS has been killed and showing the other hostage outlining new terms for his release. The video purports to show a still of journalist Kenji Goto holding an image of what appears to be the execution of his fellow hostage Haruna Yakuwa. The image was accompanied by an audio recording purporting to be that of Mr Goto ..

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Japan vows to ‘never give up’ search for IS hostages

January 24, 2015

Japan on Saturday vowed to "never give up" its struggle to save two Japanese hostages held captive by Islamic State militants after the deadline to pay their ransom passed in agonising silence.

Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama, who was heading Japan's efforts to rescue its two nationals out of Jordan's capital Amman, to ..

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Man United’s 4-4-2 gets Van Gaal twitchy

January 24, 2015

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London Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feels a "twitch" in his backside when his team adopt a 4-4-2 formation, he told British newspapers in comments published on Friday. United's supporters revolted over Van Gaal's preferred 3-5-2 system during their 2-0 Premier League win at Queens Park Rangers last weekend, chanting "4-4-2!" at half-time. But Van Gaal, who led his native Holl ..

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Serena fashions statement, Rafa pulls up short

January 24, 2015

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Melbourne Serena Williams is using her love of fashion to send a powerful feminist message at this year's Australian Open, while Rafael Nadal is more concerned with feeling fresh in his ever-shrinking shorts. Players of both genders have lit up the tournament with lurid neon outfits supposedly inspired by Melbourne's graffiti street art. Women's top seed Williams again leads the fashion ..

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Champions dethroned: UAE oust Japan in penalties

January 24, 2015

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Sydney United Arab Emirates produced one of the greatest Asian Cup upsets to send champions Japan tumbling out of the tournament 5-4 on penalties after their quarter-final finished 1-1 after extra time on Friday. After Japan's Shinji Kagawa had missed the first sudden-death spot kick, defender Ismail Ahmed nervelessly converted the decisive penalty to send his team into a l ..

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Sharapova bounces back as rivals struggle

January 24, 2015

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Melbourne   Second seed Maria Sharapova sparked her Australian Open campaign back to life as rivals Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep limped into the fourth round. Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova brushed aside Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-1, 6-1 after a massive scare in her previous match, when she had to save two match points. But while the Russian veteran was re-asserti ..

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Seppi dumps Federer out

January 24, 2015

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Melbourne Rafa Nadal restored a semblance of order to the Australian Open on Friday after Italian Andreas Seppi sent shockwaves through the tournament by toppling Roger Federer in one of the greatest Melbourne Park upsets in recent memory. Under the lights of Rod Laver Arena, third seed Nadal charged into the fourth round with a demolition of Dudi Sela, all but banishing memories of his pai ..

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Garcia blows chance as four share Qatar lead

January 24, 2015

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Doha Sergio Garcia blew his chances of becoming only the first man to win consecutive Qatar Masters titles as four players shared the lead after the third round in Doha on Friday. Garcia shot a five-over par 77 in benign conditions at the Doha Golf Club - his aggregate of one-under 215 a whopping 12 shots behind the leading quartet of Bernd Wiesberger, Marc Warren, Branden ..

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Returning Gyan the hero; Ghana beat Algeria

January 24, 2015

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Mongomo The returning Asamoah Gyan struck a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Ghana kickstarted their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-0 Group C victory against Algeria in Mongomo on Friday. Gyan missed his side's opening 2-1 defeat to Senegal on Monday after contracting a mild bout of malaria, but he was brought back into the starting line-up by coach Avram Grant for a must-win encou ..

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Off limits: AFC ‘broad-minded’ on Iranian women ban

January 24, 2015

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Sydney Asia's football body does not oppose Iranian laws banning women from stadiums, a senior official told on Friday, after thousands flocked to watch the team at the Asian Cup. Enthusiastic male and female Iran fans have provided a colourful spectacle at the tournament in Australia, in scenes which are forbidden in the Islamic republic. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general secre ..

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Aussie coach slams ‘garbage’ talk over future

January 24, 2015

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Brisbane Australia coach Ange Postecoglou let rip over reports questioning his future following his side's 2-0 Asian Cup quarter-final victory over China, slamming the rumours as "garbage". After two superb Tim Cahill strikes gave the Socceroos a 2-0 win over China in Thursday's clash in Brisbane, Postecoglou fired at volley at suggestions his job could be in danger if the ..

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Iraq reaches semis; stun 10-man Iran in penalties thriller

January 24, 2015

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Canberra Salam Shakir scored the winning spot-kick as Iraq stunned 10-man Iran 7-6 on penalties to reach the Asian Cup semis in a match of high drama between the arch-rivals on Friday. In a sensational quarter-final at Canberra Stadium, the sides were locked at 1-1 at full-time before Iran twice came from behind in extra-time to force penalties. Iran had been a man down since Mehrdad Poo ..

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Facing The Music: Cheating on field spells more trouble for sportsmen

January 23, 2015

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New York Why did fans and sponsors such as Nike dropped former road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong but stayed loyal to golfer Tiger Woods? Probably because Armstrong's doping scandal took place on the field unlike Wood's off-the-field extramarital affairs, interesting research shows. According to Joon Sung Lee, doctoral student ..

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Ronchi, Elliott flatten Lanka

January 23, 2015

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Dunedin, New Zealand A record batting blitz by Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott set New Zealand up for an overwhelming 108-run win over Sri Lanka in their fifth one-day international in Dunedin Friday. In a stunning display of power hitting, Ronchi (170 not out) and Elliott (104 not out) bludgeoned an unbeaten 267 to lift New Zealand from 93-5 to 360-5 in their 50 overs in a w ..

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Bell ton goes in vain; Smith steers Oz to victory

January 23, 2015

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  Sydney Steven Smith maintained his purple patch to hit a brilliant unbeaten 102 to secure Australia's three-wicket victory against England in the tri-series match at Hobart on Friday. Brad Haddin also chipped in with a quickfire 42 off 29 balls as the hosts chased down the daunting 304-run target with one ball to spare to reach the final of the tournament, also fe ..

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Paris attacks ‘wake up event’ for artists

January 23, 2015

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Park City The Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris were a "wake-up event" for freedom of expression, movie legend Robert Redford said Thursday as he launched the Sundance Film Festival, a showcase for independent cinema. He vowed that the 11-day festival, which features edgy and sometimes provocative films as opposed to more mainstream Hollywood movies, would be a "safe place" fo ..

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French jihadist to be stripped of nationality

January 23, 2015

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Paris France's top legal body ruled Friday that stripping a binational convicted jihadist of his French nationality was lawful, just as the country upped its fight against extremism. The ruling by the Constitutional Council comes after the government announced a series of anti-terror measures in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks earlier this month and mulls whether to us ..

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Rules out aid of UN, AU-backed force; Nigeria solely against Boko Haram

January 23, 2015

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Lagos Nigeria's top security official on Friday ruled out the need for a United Nations or African Union-backed force to fight Boko Haram, saying the country and its partners could handle the threat. Possible "enhanced international support" against Boko Haram will be discussed on the sidelines of an AU summit later this month, given fears about the group's threat to region ..

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Beggars taken off streets for papal visit in Philippines

January 23, 2015

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Manila The Philippines government came under fire on Friday after admitting that hundreds of homeless people were taken off Manila's streets and put into luxury accommodation during Pope Francis's recent visit, when he preached compassion for the poor. Members of parliament demanded an explanation after Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman revealed 490 beggars and homeless people were t ..

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Two killed by blast in Indian prisoner escape

January 23, 2015

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New Delhi A female bomber blew herself up and killed a police officer outside a court in the Indian state of Bihar on Friday as part of an escape bid by two murder suspects who are now on the run, police said. More than a dozen people were also injured in the explosion in Bihar's Bhojpur district which occurred amid a general heightened state of alert in India ahead of a vi ..

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‘Stars aligning’ on India-US relations: Obama

January 23, 2015

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New Delhi President Barack Obama said "the stars are aligned" to enable the United States and India to forge a global partnership in an interview published Friday ahead of his visit to New Delhi. Obama, who begins an unprecedented second visit by a serving US president on Sunday, told the India Today magazine that he hoped to make "concrete progress" with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a r ..

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Taiwan toughens law after hippo death

January 23, 2015

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Taipei Taiwanese authorities toughened animal cruelty laws on Friday in the wake of the death of a performing hippopotamus that once starred in a popular soap opera. The new rules were drawn up after A Ho, a male hippo who regularly performed for spectators at a private zoo, died last month after breaking a leg and sustaining o ..

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One dead, 37 injured in Philippines blast

January 23, 2015

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Manila One person was killed and 37 injured on Friday when a suspected bomb exploded outside a bus depot in the southern Philippine port of Zamboanga, the city mayor said. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco told ABS-CBN television that local authorities suspected the al-Qaeda-linked armed group Abu Sayyaf was behind the attack. She said the explosion may be part of a plot by t ..

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Sri Lankan govt says Panel to probe civil war

January 23, 2015

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COLOMBO Sri Lanka's new government will appoint an independent commission to probe the last stages of the country's civil war that ended in 2009, a minister said on Friday. Cabinet spokesperson and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told Xinhua that the commission will consist of professionals who would launch a full inquiry into the alleged human rights violations during th ..

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma shows global ambitions

January 23, 2015

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Davos Alibaba founder Jack Ma, China's richest person, on Friday expressed ambitions of making his company into a global e-commerce platform serving two billion customers. The company, which listed on the New York Stock Exchange last year, is estimated to hold over 90 percent of the Chinese market for consumer-to-consumer transactions through its Taobao platform. Taobao has more than 800 ..

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Eurozone economy picks up in January: survey

January 23, 2015

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Eurozone business activity picked up to a five-month high in January, a key survey showed Friday, just the day after the European Central Bank announced a 1.0-trillion-euro economic stimulus package. Analysts said the report was encouraging as it confirmed a recent modest pick-up but they cautioned that growth remains weak after the economy faltered badly in 2014. Markit Economics said its ..

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ECB stimulus will boost China’s exports

January 23, 2015

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Beijing A senior Chinese official welcomed the European Central Bank's quantitative easing measures on Friday, saying they will help boost the eurozone economy and in turn benefit China's exports. Pan Gongsheng, a vice governor of the central People's Bank of China, said Beijing "understands" the decision, adding that it is "positive" for the Chinese economy. "The new ro ..

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Asian stocks continue rally

January 23, 2015

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Asian equity markets rallied on Friday  after the European Central Bank announced a huge cash injection to kickstart the eurozone economy. Tokyo jumped 1.05 per cent or 182.73 points to 17,511.75 and Sydney added 1.51pc or 81.90 points to 5501.80, with energy firms lifted by the stronger oil prices. Seoul gained 0.79pc or 15.27 points to 1,936.09. Hong Kong climbed 1.34pc or 327.82 points to ..

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European stocks open higher on ECB stimulus

January 23, 2015

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London Europe's stock markets rose in opening trade on Friday, continuing to win support from the European Central Bank's unprecedented quantitative easing stimulus. In initial deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of top companies won 0.42 percent to 6,825.41 points, Frankfurt's DAX 30 rose 0.65 percent to 10,503.33 points and the CAC 40 in Paris gained 0.78 percent to ..

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Saudis swarm Twitter to mourn king

January 23, 2015

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Riyadh Joining a swarm of Saudis taking to social media on Friday, veteran news broadcaster Abdullah al-Shihri said he would have preferred not to deliver the official announcement that King Abdullah was dead. "I did not wish to announce this news," said Shihri, who wore a dark robe and traditional shemagh head covering to deliver the announcement from the royal court. "May God have merc ..

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Do you want fries with that? Too bad, says KFC Japan

January 23, 2015

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  Tokyo KFC outlets in Japan has stopped selling fries, as industrial disputes that have crimped potato exports from the US took another bite out of the country's fast food market. The chain became the latest casualty of the chip shortage that has already forced McDonald's Japan to ration its servings. "Due to the prolonged dockworkers' disputes on the United States West Coast, i ..

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On fear of uncertain markets, Oil prices surge

January 23, 2015

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London Oil prices rose on Friday after the death of Saudi Arabia's king added to the uncertainty in global oil markets, although the new ruler indicated immediately there would be no policy change. Brent crude LCOc1 rose to a high of $49.80, up $1.28 a barrel, before easing to $49.25 by 1335 GMT. U.S. light crude oil CLc1 was at $46.38, up 7 cents. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died ea ..

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Saudi buries King Abdullah; Salman takes throne

January 23, 2015

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 Riyadh Saudi Arabia buried King Abdullah on Friday as foreign leaders gathered in the capital for the funeral of the ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam. The 90-year-old kind, a cautious reformer who led his kingdom through a turbulent decade in a region shaken by the Arab Spring uprisings and Islamic extremism, died early on Friday. H ..

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Know the new Saudi King

January 23, 2015

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Dubai Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, is a veteran of the country's top leadership, versed in diplomacy from nearly 50 years as the governor of the capital Riyadh and known as a mediator of disputes within the sprawling royal family. Here are some interesting facts about the new King Salman. 1. Salman, 79, had increasingly taken on the duties of the ..

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Doomsday Clock moved closer to midnight since cold war: scientists

January 23, 2015

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The end of the world has come a lot closer in the past three years, with every single person now in danger as climate change and nuclear weapons pose an escalating threat - according to the scientists behind the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic measure which counts down to armageddon. They moved the minute-hand of their 68-year old concept clock forward by two minutes on Thursday, showing a time of ..

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Saudi King Abdullah dies, Salman is new ruler

January 23, 2015

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Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah died on Friday and was replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.

The royal court said in a statement that Abdullah, believed to be around 90, died at 1:00 am local time (2200 GMT), expressing its "great sadness a ..

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Super Cahill sinks China; Socceroos through

January 23, 2015

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Brisbane Tim Cahill was Australia's hero after his two second-half goals secured a 2-0 Asian Cup quarter-final win over China on Thursday and set up a semi-final clash against Japan or UAE. After his incredible volley at the World Cup in Brazil against Holland, the New York Red Bulls man did it again with a moment of genius to prize open a stubborn Chinese defence ju ..

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Mixed Bag; Court of joy, heartbreak for Nadal

January 23, 2015

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Melbourne Rod Laver Arena continues to be Rafael Nadal's court of conflicting emotions after he narrowly avoided more heartbreak in his latest match at the Australian Open. The Spanish 14-time Grand Slam champion faced an early exit to American qualifier Tim Smyczek as he battled dizzy spells and stomach cramps over four torturous hours on the Open's famed centre court. ..

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Wozniacki fears Australia hex

January 23, 2015

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Melbourne Caroline Wozniacki said she felt "cursed" at Melbourne Park after losing in straight sets to a resurgent Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open second round on Thursday. The eighth-seeded Dane Wozniacki enjoyed making the semi-finals in 2011 but has since suffered diminishing returns in every trip to the year's first grand slam. She could certainly count hers ..

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Djokovic eases to third round

January 23, 2015

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Melbourne Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams barely moved out of second gear as players experienced the hottest conditions of Australian Open on Thursday. Four-times champion Djokovic only needed to up his game after an hour of his 6-0, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Andrey Kuznetsov en route third round, while Williams had to be on her mettle a little sooner following som ..

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Morgan subjected to blackmail attempt

January 23, 2015

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London England one-day captain Eoin Morgan was recently the target of a blackmail attempt by an Australian man, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed in a statement on Thursday. The ECB said it had received an email from the man demanding a "five-figure sum" to prevent him revealing details of a relationship that Morgan had with a woman five years ago to th ..

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Trio share lead at Qatar Masters

January 23, 2015

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Doha The Qatar Masters appeared set for another thrilling finish as a trio of golfers shared the lead after the second round on Thursday. South Africans George Coetzee and Branden Grace along with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger were on top on nine-under par 135 for a one-shot advantage over Argentinian Emiliano Grillo, South Korean An Byeong-hun and Scot Marc Warren. Coetzee, ..

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Chikhaoui snatches late victory for Tunisia; Tunisia upset Zambia

January 23, 2015

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Ebebiyin Captain Yassine Chikhaoui headed a late winner as Tunisia defeated Zambia 2-1 and took a three-point Group B lead on Thursday in the Africa Cup of Nations. The Switzerland-based midfielder nodded a cross past goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene to complete a comeback after Zambia had looked the likelier winners ..

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Royal Player Royal lineage is Aussie star’s crowning glory

January 22, 2015

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Sydney Massimo Luongo has reigned supreme at the Asian Cup and the Australian star has outlined a possible reason for his commanding performances -- he's a descendant of Indonesian royalty. Luongo's Italian name obscures his Indonesian heritage, which is from his mother's side and includes a grandfather who was a sultan in the archipelago country to Australia's north. Th ..

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‘Amoory’ in spotlight as Japan, UAE clash

January 22, 2015

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Sydney Slick playmaker Omar Abdulrahman can stake his claim for a big-money move to Europe when the UAE face Japan on Friday in an Asian Cup quarter-final which threatens to be a potential banana skin for the holders. The mop-top Emirati is the heartbeat of Mahdi Ali's highly impressive UAE, who come up against a fast and powerful Japan side boasting the biggest names in Asian football. ..

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South Korea reach semi-finals; ‘Sonaldo’ sinks Uzbeks

January 22, 2015

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Melbourne South Korea's golden boy Son Heung-Min struck twice in extra time to give the Taeguk Warriors a 2-0 win over Uzbekistan in a nail-biting Asian Cup quarter-final on Thursday. The man dubbed "Sonaldo" by his team-mates scored with a diving header after 104 minutes and slammed home a second moments before the final whistle, leaving on a stretcher with exhaustion as t ..

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Raffii looking to raise the bar

January 22, 2015

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Manama Raed Raffii of Team Bahrain was a second adrift of pacesetters in the practice session of the third round of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, on Thursday. Defending champion Kuwaiti Zaid Ashkanani secured the fastest time of the session ahead of the race scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The timings of the race, which was ..

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English test for Australia

January 22, 2015

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Hobart When England and Australia met in the series opener last Friday, the hosts were good enough not only to win but to do so with a bonus point. In Hobart they will take on England again on Friday, though this time without David Warner, who scored 127 in that Sydney victory. Warner is resting his hamstring and is one of three members of Australia's batting group from tha ..

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‘Fuel’ling Issue; Petrol crisis hits Pak PM’s Davos trip

January 22, 2015

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Islamabad The Pakistani Prime Minister has cancelled his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos to deal with a severe petrol shortage at home, officials and state media said on Thursday. State media said Nawaz Sharif cancelled the visit "in view of the prevailing domestic situation" and had convened a high-level meeting in Islamabad to review petrol supplies. The fuel ..

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A vital message to world: White House

January 22, 2015

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Washington Ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to India, US officials have described it as an "important message" to the world about the two nations' commitment to realise the full potential of their relationship. Since the time he took office, Obama had "made increasing US engagement with India a top foreign policy priority" Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes s ..

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Secret Service agents’ attitude upsets Indian agencies; US fussy about security

January 22, 2015

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New Delhi An advance team of US Secret Service agents who are in the capital to ensure the security of President Barack Obama during his three-day India visit are reportedly "bullying" their Indian counterparts on every aspect of the security. Well-informed sources said that around 25 Secret Service agents arrived in the capital January 13. They have attended several meetin ..

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In a first, artificial pancreas for Aus boy

January 22, 2015

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Sydney A four-year-old Australian boy has been fitted with an artificial pancreas in what researchers said was a world first treatment for managing type 1 diabetes. Xavier Hames became the first patient following clinical trials to use the new device, which looks like an mp3 player and is attached to his body using several tubes inserted under the skin. The insulin pump ..

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Indian activist freed after 14-yrs hunger strike

January 22, 2015

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Guwahati An Indian court Thursday reordered the release of Irom Sharmila, known as the Iron Lady of Manipur, staging a hunger strike for more than 14 years to protest human rights abuses in the country's remote northeast, her lawyer said. The court in Manipur state capital Imphal struck down charges against Sharmila of attempting to commit suicide by fasting, said lawyer Khaidem Mani. "T ..

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Bank accounts frozen; Pak bans terror outfits

January 22, 2015

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Islamabad In an apparent move towards swift implementation of anti-terror acts, Pakistan Thursday froze the bank accounts of now banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), and restricted its leader Hafiz Mohammad Saeed from foreign travel. "Pakistan took this decision under the UN obligation and not under pressure from any other quarter, including John Kerry," Pakistan foreign spokespers ..

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Windows 10 aims to be core of connected devices

January 22, 2015

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REDMOND Microsoft pulled back the curtain Wednesday on the upcoming Windows 10 operating system focused on bringing harmony to the diverse array of Internet gadgets in people's lives. As it previewed the new operating system, Microsoft also unexpectedly added to the roster of modern gadgets with the unveiling of headgear that overlays holograms on the real world and lets ..

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Suzlon sells unit to raise 1 billion euros

January 22, 2015

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Pune Troubled Indian wind energy giant Suzlon said on Thursday it had agreed to sell its German arm Senvion for 1 billion euros ($1.17 billion) to cut its growing debt levels. The firm was once a star of India's green technology industry, but has suffered mounting losses as the global economic crisis hit sales of its wind turbines. In a statement to the Bombay Stock Exch ..

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WIRELESS SERVICES TO BE GOOGLE’S NEXT

January 22, 2015

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San Francisco Google is getting ready to sell wireless telephone services directly to US consumers after reaching deals with carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, US media reported Wednesday. The move is likely to have big impacts on the US wireless industry, potentially resulting in price cuts and improved speeds. The news was first reported by tech-news publication The Information and c ..

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UAE Seeks GCC Cooperation To Solve Air Traffic Congestion

January 22, 2015

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The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has called for more cooperation among civil aviation authorities in the GCC to deal with the region’s overcrowded skies. Speaking at a conference this week, GCAA Director General Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi said that the air traffic movements in already over crowded skies across the GCC are expected to grow by six per cent in the coming few ye ..

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US duties, a serious harm: China

January 22, 2015

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Beijing A US trade panel's move to impose import duties on solar products made in China and Taiwan will cause "serious harm", Beijing said on Thursday, warning of the decision's global repercussions. The statement from China's Commerce Ministry came one day after the US International Trade Commission paved the way for duty orders on imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic produc ..

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Oil Export Losses To Reach $300bn In Middle East

January 22, 2015

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Losses from lower oil exports should sap up to $300 billion from economies in the Middle East and Central Asia this year, as countries in the region adjust to falling crude prices, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. Economies that are particularly dependent on oil exports, including Qatar, Iraq, Libya and Saudi Arabia, will be hit hardest by the more than 50 per cent decline in ..

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World’s poor headed for better lives in 2030: Gates

January 22, 2015

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New York The lives of the poor will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any time in history, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda say. In their annual letter released Thursday, the couple laid out their upbeat vision for a technology-driven wave of change that will lift hundreds of millions out of poverty by 2030. The major breakthroughs wil ..

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Asia stocks mostly higher ahead of ECB meeting

January 22, 2015

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Hong Kong Asian markets extended their rally this week, while the euro dipped ahead of a much-anticipated European Central Bank policy meeting that is forecast to see it introduce more monetary easing measures. Tokyo added 0.28 percent, or 48.54 points, to end at 17,329.02, Sydney rose 0.49 percent, or 26.56 points, to 5,419.94 and Seoul was flat, dipping a marginal 0.41 points to 1,920.82. ..

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ECB keeps hopes alive EUROPEAN SHARES HIT 7-YEAR HIGH

January 22, 2015

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London European shares were at a seven-year high and the euro sat near an 11-year low on Thursday as the European Central Bank prepared to take the plunge into full-scale quantitative easing. The ECB left its main interest rates at an all-time low but said it would announce "further monetary policy measures" at its 1330 GMT news conference. Market expectations are sky-hi ..

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Grexit won’t happen:IMF

January 22, 2015

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Washington The International Monetary Fund on Thursday downplayed the possibility that Greece would exit the eurozone after Sunday's general election that could be won by the anti-austerity leftist Syriza party. "We do not see Grexit as a possible outcome," IMF spokesman Bill Murray said at a regularly scheduled press briefing. The IMF has been a partner with the Europea ..

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Last-ditch effort; ECB PULLS QE TRIGGER

January 22, 2015

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Frankfurt The European Central Bank on Thursday began 2015 with a much-anticipated stimulus, revealing plans for a massive trillion-euro bond purchase programme to ward off deflation and end stagnation in the eurozone economy. After holding key interest rates at their current all-time lows once again, the ECB launched a scheme to buy 60 million euros ($69 million) worth of ..

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Iran’s Khamenei urges Western youth to examine Islam

January 22, 2015

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Tehran Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged Western youth to examine Islam for themselves rather than swallow prejudiced views, in a message posted on his Twitter account. "The recent events in France and similar ones in some other Western countries have convinced me to directly talk to you about them," he wrote in reference to the January 7-9 jihadist att ..

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Egypt court frees Mubarak sons

January 22, 2015

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Cairo An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's two sons, pending their retrial on corruption charges. Their lawyer Farid al-Deeb informed that Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were free to leave prison after the court order because they had served the maximum pretrial detention period. Earlier this month, an appeals court ordered their ..

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$6 million US aid to Syria opposition

January 22, 2015

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Beirut Syria's opposition interim government said on Thursday that it had received $6 million from the United States in the first direct US financial support for the rebel body. According to a statement issued by the Syrian Opposition, the money will be used for development and relief projects, including food deliveries, public services and supporting local rebel councils i ..

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S. Africa crush woeful Windies

January 21, 2015

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East London, South Africa On a pitch which captain Jason Holder admitted held no terrors, the West Indies collapsed to 122 all out and suffered a humiliating nine-wicket defeat in the third one-day international against South Africa at Buffalo Park on Wednesday. Marlon Samuels made 26 but no other West Indian batsmen reached 20 in a dismal performance on a good pitch. Ma ..

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Spurs, Thunder nab much needed wins

January 21, 2015

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Denver The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, trying to reassert themselves in the NBA's powerful Western Conference, gained needed victories. The Spurs beat the Thunder in last season's Western Conference finals en route to a fifth NBA title but both have found themselves jockeying for playoff position. French point guard Tony Parker, who has been slowed this season by a naggi ..

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Nadal, Sharapova survive big scares

January 21, 2015

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Melbourne Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova survived huge scares after being pushed to the limit at the Australian Open on Wednesday, but Roger Federer had an easier workout in the grueling Melbourne conditions. World number three Nadal battled stomach cramps to come out on top of a mammoth five-setter with American qualifier Tim Smyczek, with the 14-time Grand Slam champion ..

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Koreans to keep Wolves at bay

January 21, 2015

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Melbourne South Korea face a serious test of their title credentials when they take on Uzbekistan in the Asian Cup quarter-finals on Thursday with the White Wolves hungry for revenge. The Koreans, looking to end 55 years of hurt in the region's showcase tournament, broke Uzbek hearts by denying them a place at the 2014 World Cup by virtue of goal difference, forcing them to ..

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Shifting Sands; Asian Cup agony for Gulf sides

January 21, 2015

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Melbourne The Asian Cup knockout stage prepares for lift-off on Thursday with just two Arab countries left in the mix. Of the nine teams, only Iraq and the United Arab Emirates reached the quarter-finals as the balance of power, which has swung irrevocably to the East, shows no sign of being corrected. "The European-based players, the way they train, the amount of games ..

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China hurdle for Aussies

January 21, 2015

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Brisbane Socceroos and undefeated China battle for a place in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup on Thursday. The stakes are high on Thursday, with defeat likely to set back Australia's push to popularise football in a country traditionally focused on rugby, cricket and Australian rules. China, like Australia, have never won the Asian Cup and they are seeking a title which ..

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Four charged with helping Paris Jewish supermarket gunman

January 21, 2015

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Paris France has charged four suspects with assisting one of the Islamist gunmen who carried out the Paris attacks, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Four men aged between 22 and 28 were charged and remanded in custody on Tuesday night, three of them suspected of having bought "equipment" for Amedy Coulibaly, who gunned down a policewoman on January 8 and killed four people i ..

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France unveils raft of anti-terror measures after attacks

January 21, 2015

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Paris France unveiled a raft of measures on Wednesday to curb radicalisation and better monitor jihadists two weeks after an Islamist killing spree in Paris that sent shockwaves across Europe. Jitters from the worst attack on French soil in decades have spread to the country's neighbours and the European Union is also expected to reveal new counterterrorism measures on Wedn ..

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Malaysia Verdict: Church paper’s last bid to use ‘Allah’ rejected

January 21, 2015

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Kuala Lumpur Malaysia's highest court on Wednesday rejected a final bid by the country's Catholic newspaper for the right to use the word "Allah" to refer to the Christian God, in a case that has aggravated religious tensions. The Federal Court, Malaysia's highest, had ended a seven-year legal battle last June by rejecting a final appeal by The Herald weekly. The newspaper ..

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Pope’s volte-face; Large families ‘gift from God’

January 21, 2015

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Vatican City Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a "gift from God", just days after he said Catholics did not need to "breed like rabbits". In an apparent attempt to put the controversial comments he made on his way back from a visit to the Philippines into context, the Argentinian argued that the global economic system is the primary cause of poverty, rather than overpopu ..

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US wants to reign the world: Russia

January 21, 2015

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Moscow Russia on Wednesday responded disparagingly to President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address, claiming it showed that the United States wanted to dominate world affairs. "Americans have set a course for confrontation," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters. "Obama's address yesterday shows that there's just one thing at the heart of (the ..

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Obama defiance, off-the-cuff, Says shadow of crisis has passed

January 21, 2015

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Washington President Barack Obama hit the road Wednesday to sell his vision of a reinvigorated nation that embraces distributive "middle class economics", after a combative State of the Union address. Obama will head West to Idaho and Kansas, where he will reprise the key themes of his penultimate State of the Union -- namely that the United States has turned a page on years of economic suf ..

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Job crisis in UK Hits 6-year high

January 21, 2015

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London Britain's unemployment has hit another six-year low and wages are climbing in real terms, official data showed Wednesday in a pre-election boost for the government. The resurgent economy also faces the prospect of record-low borrowing costs this year, economists said, after the Bank of England revealed that policymakers voted unanimously this month for the first time since July to ho ..

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Europe car sales speed up after 6 years of decline

January 21, 2015

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PARIS New car sales in Europe rose by nearly six per cent in 2014, ending a long slump in activity that began in 2007, but analysts warn the sector has not yet turned the corner in the region. The European Automobile Manufacturer's Association (ECEA) said last week that 2014 new car sales grew by 5.7 per cent, but noted current volumes of activity remain significantly lower ..

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ECB SEEKS TO INJECT$1.3TRN

January 21, 2015

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Mario Draghi has proposed spending as much as 1.1 trillion euros ($1.3trn) as the European Central Bank seeks to revive inflation in the euro area. The ECB president and his Executive Board recommended asset purchases of 50 billion euros a month until December 2016, according to two euro-area central-bank officials. The 25-member Governing Council is gathering in Frankfurt on Wednesday to disc ..

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Europe missed chance to fix economy: ex Bundesbank chief

January 21, 2015

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DAVOS Europe has squandered three years of opportunity to carry out badly needed economic reforms, former Bundesbank chief Axel Weber said today, warning the ECB against taking too much action to compensate for governments' failure to act. The European Central Bank has come to the rescue of the eurozone on several occasions since Greece nearly dragged down the bloc with its ..

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‘Record results’ NBB net profit Up 4pc in 2014

January 21, 2015

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Manama National Bank of Bahrain reported net profit of BD 53.44 million (US$ 142.12m) in 2014, compared to BD 51.36m (US$ 136.60m) in 2013, an increase of 4.0 per cent. Mr. Abdul Razak A Hassan Al Qassim, the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer & Director said it was the highest ever profit achieved by the bank. The earnings per share improved from 54.6 fils in 2013 to 56.8 fils. For th ..

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Tokyo stocks buck Asian rally

January 21, 2015

Bank Of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa News Conference

Hong Kong Tokyo shares fell on Wednesday, countering a broad rally in Asian markets, after the Bank of Japan slashed its inflation forecast and held off fresh easing measures after a two-day meeting. The yen rose against both the dollar and the euro on the news, however, as traders took solace in the BoJ's announcement that it was also raising Japan's growth outlook on signs the economy was ..

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Amid weak outlook Oil inches above $48

January 21, 2015

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London Brent crude oil edged above $48 a barrel on Wednesday, consolidating after a drop in the previous session, although oversupply and the prospect of inventory rises make further weakness likely. Prices fell on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast and OPEC member Iran hinted at further price weakness. Brent rose 47 c ..

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BHP cuts shale operations

January 21, 2015

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Canberra The world's biggest miner BHP Billiton Wednesday said it was cutting back its operating US shale oil rigs by 40 per cent amid slumping prices, but expected production output to rise for the financial year. BHP said it would reduce the number of rigs from 26 to 16 by the end of the June in response to weaker oil prices. Shale volumes were still forecast to grow by a ..

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OPEC DECISION WRONG: OMAN

January 21, 2015

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Kuwait City Non-OPEC oil producer Oman described as bad politics and bad business Wednesday the cartel's November decision to make no cut in output, which sent world prices crashing. OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia said the decision was necessary to prevent the cartel losing market share after a sharp increase in US shale oil production. But Oman, a Saudi neighbour which has b ..

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Manama Declaration 2015: FOCUS ON SMEs TO LIFT GROWTH

January 21, 2015

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Manama The two-day International Entrepreneurs Investment Forum on "Entrepreneurship & Investment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development" which concluded in Bahrain Wednesday adopted a resolution calling on governments, private sector companies and international organization to facilitate the development of small and medium sized enterprises around the world. ..

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Woman in wedding gown defies stereotyping

January 21, 2015

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Cairo Haunted by society’s negative stereotyping of unmarried women, Samah Hamdi, an Egyptian interior designer, decided to make a defiant public statement. She wore a white wedding dress and went about her daily life routine in the Egyptian capital. Hamdi, 26, walked in central Cairo, rode the city’s subway, went window-shopping and to work in the attire. “I am opposed to reducing ..

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Yemen shuts southern airport

January 21, 2015

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Sanaa Yemen's second city Aden shut its airport in support of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Wednesday amid growing international concern over attacks by Shia militia on the authorities. The powerful militia, known as Huthis, seized almost full control of the capital Sanaa in September and have fought pitched battles with government forces this week as they press for mor ..

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Japan PM says It is a ‘Race against time’

January 21, 2015

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Tokyo Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted Wednesday it was a "race against time" to free two hostages snatched by Islamist militants who are demanding $200 million for their lives. A defiant Abe said he would not bow to "terrorism" as he took charge of the crisis that Japan was thrust into with the release of a chilling video apparently showing two Japanese men kn ..

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China got aircraft carrier for free!

January 20, 2015

China got aircraft carrier for free!

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The Chinese businessman who bought an unfinished Soviet-era vessel that became his country’s first aircraft carrier was quoted Tuesday as saying that Beijing never repaid the $120 million it cost him.

Entrepreneur Xu Zengping paid Ukraine a $20m fee for the Varyag, which was eventua ..

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China reports weak growth

January 20, 2015

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‘Slower is the new normal’

China's economy grew at its weakest for almost a quarter of a century in 2014, official data showed Tuesday, with authorities describing slower expansion as the "new normal" and analysts tipping further deceleration this year.

The 7.4 per cent announced by th ..

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OIL NOT GIVING THE EXTRA MILE

January 20, 2015

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IMF cuts 2015 outlook to 3.5%, US bright spot

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday sharply cut its 2015-2016 world growth forecast of only six months ago, saying lower oil prices did not offset pervasive weaknesses around the globe.

The IMF said poorer prospects in China, Russia, the ..

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Europe now ready to eat Indian mangoes

January 20, 2015

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The EU lifted an import ban on Indian mangoes Tuesday after nine months in which New Delhi had raged over its forbidden fruit.

Brussels outlawed the mangoes in May after saying it had found pests which could harm European crops in 207 Indian consignments of fruits and vegetables.

But a Europe ..

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Entrepreneurs in the limelight

January 20, 2015

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The First International Entrepreneurs Investment forum on ‘Entrepreneurship and investment for inclusive and sustainable industrial development’ opened Tuesday in Manama under the patronage of Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

The official opening ceremony of the forum was graced by Deputy Prime Minist ..

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Bahrain sign off with a draw

January 20, 2015

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Defending champions Bahrain played a goalless draw with Oman in their final Group B match of Huawei sixth GCC football under-23 Olympic Team Championships at the Bahrain National Stadium in Riffa on Tuesday.

Oman paid for their profligacy as they missed two chances to score, one after 18 minutes through Hatim Al Roshadi and the ..

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Raffii sets sights on podium

January 20, 2015

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Team Bahrain and Raed Raffii will be looking to maintain their form in the third round of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, this weekend.

“The region’s one of the most competitive racing series will be tougher this year but I’m enjoying the challenge and looking forward to return ..

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All set for Endurance Race Championship

January 20, 2015

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Preparations are underway for the Khalid bin Hamad Endurance Race Championship to be held next Saturday, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) Honorary President Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has said.

“BREEF will ..

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Socceroos invited for Palestinian friendly

January 20, 2015

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Palestine coach Ahmad Alhasan invited Australia to visit the Palestinian territories for a rare and unlikely friendly set against the backdrop of Israeli occupation.

Alhasan, in what is likely to be his final pre-match press conference as Palestine's Asian Cup hopes hang by a thread, said he made the offer to repay the hosts' ho ..

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Sub rescues Ivory Coast

January 20, 2015

Substitute Seydou Doumbia rescued a point for 10-man Ivory Coast as the Elephants drew 1-1 with Guinea in their opening game at the Africa Cup of Nations in Malabo on Tuesday.

CSKA Moscow forward Doumbia finished low into the bottom left-hand corner of the net after linking up excellently with Wilfried Bony 18 minutes from the e ..

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Asian Cup war cries get stuck in throat

January 20, 2015

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The Asian Cup is packing a punch with its eye-popping goals and temper tantrums, but the official team chants have fallen on deaf ears.

The 16 competing sides went into battle with what organisers listed on the tournament's Twitter feed as their "Asian Cup War Cries", but most efforts got stuck in the throat.

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Iraq down Palestine

January 20, 2015

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Sub: '07 hero Mahmoud fires Iraq into last eight

Iraq's Asian Cup-winning hero Younis Mahmoud took centre-stage again as the Lions of Mesopotamia defeated big-hearted Palestine 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

The captain famously scored the winner in Iraq's 1-0 win over Saudi ..

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Cavs pound Bulls

January 20, 2015

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LeBron James scored 26 points and Kyrie Irving added 18 points and 12 assists on Monday as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 108-94.

All five Cleveland starters scored in double figures and Irving, Kevin Love and Timofey Mozgov had double-doubles for the Cavs, who won their third straight after a six-ga ..

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Spurs chase silverware on three fronts

January 20, 2015

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Tottenham Hotspur's three-pronged assault on silverware continues on Wednesday when they face third tier Sheffield United in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final at White Hart Lane - their sixth match in 21 days.

Spurs start favourites to see off the League One team over two legs but will be taking nothing for granted agai ..

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Djokovic romps

January 20, 2015

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Big guns on course

World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams showed no mercy in powering through to the Australian Open second round on Tuesday as unseeded dark horse Victoria Azarenka won her grudge match.

Defending men's champion Stan Wawrinka, Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori ..

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Williamson inspires New Zealand

January 20, 2015

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Kane Williamson’s fifth ODI century and a late Luke Ronchi onslaught set up New Zealand to beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in Nelson and edge ahead again in the seven-match series.

After New Zealand’s victory in Christchurch, Sri Lanka’s winning response in Hamilton and the washed-out contest in Auckland, a gripping finis ..

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Bobridge claims stage win

January 20, 2015

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Australian Jack Bobridge led a defiant breakaway group of four cyclists to take the first stage of the UCI season-opening Tour Down Under in South Australia on Tuesday. Bobridge, riding for the local UniSa team, made his move with 200 metres to go to outsprint his rivals and win the 136.2-kilometre stage in two hours 59 minutes, 44 seconds.

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ICC for toning down rude behaviour, sledging

January 20, 2015

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) is aiming to tone down on-field disrespectful behaviour and sledging during the World Cup, which commences in Australia and New Zealand on February 14.

"Over the last six months, or even going back further to the last Ashes series, there have been too many examples of player behaviour ..

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India fall prey to pace

January 20, 2015

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Pacemen Steven Finn produced a career-best performance to lead England to a nine-wicket thrashing of India in both countries' second outing in a triangular one-day series in Brisbane on Tuesday.

India's decision to bat ..

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Japan roar into quarters

January 20, 2015

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Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa were on target to give Japan a 2-0 win over Jordan on Tuesday as the holders swept imperiously into the Asian Cup quarter-finals.

Talisman Honda snapped up a rebound on 24 minutes after Shinji Okazaki's drive had been well blocked by goalkeeper Amer Shafi, to net his third goal in three games and ..

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Its solar eclipse for topless photos

January 20, 2015

Campaigners protest over the Sun’s daily photos of topless women

Britain's best-selling newspaper The Sun has quietly dropped photos of topless women from page 3, ending a controversial tradition that has lasted decades in a move hailed by feminist campaigners.

The Times, which like The Sun is owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's News UK, reported on Tuesday that last Friday's edition of th ..

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British spy agency tapped journalists’ emails

January 20, 2015

British spy agency tapped journalists' emails

Britain's electronic spy agency GCHQ tapped emails of journalists at some of the world's biggest media organisations, The Guardian reported on Monday.

The report said GCHQ gathered emails from journalists at the BBC, The Guardian, Le Monde, NBC, The New York Times, Reuters, The Sun and The Washington Post.

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German police raids Islamist sites

January 20, 2015

German police raids Islamist sites

Some 200 German police raided over a dozen suspected Islamist premises Tuesday, seeking evidence against two men arrested last week for allegedly backing jihadist violence in Syria.

No-one was detained Tuesday but police said they were searching for documents, computer hard drives and other potential evidence in the 13 locations ..

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Europe on high alert five Russians with terror links arrested

January 20, 2015

Europe on high alert Five Russians with terror links arrested

France arrested five Russians Tuesday accused of plotting a new attack as four men suspected of helping the gunmen behind the Paris shootings were brought before anti-terrorist judge.

European nations, on high alert after the attacks that shook France to its core, have launched a wave of raids targeting suspected jihadist cells. ..

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SL finds arms cache after Rajapakse fall

January 20, 2015

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Sri Lankan police on Tuesday seized weapons from a conference centre visited by the pope during his visit to the island after receiving a tip-off that the former president's family allowed arms to be stored there.

Police said the family of Mahinda Rajapakse had allowed a private security firm to keep the weapons at the high-secu ..

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Myanmar policies ‘oppress’ Rohingya

January 20, 2015

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A senior US diplomat Tuesday criticised Myanmar's policies, which impose severe restrictions on the Muslim Rohingya community in Rakhine, saying they "oppress" people in the strife-torn state.

Violence between Buddhists and the Muslim minority community tore through the western state in 2012, leaving over 200 people dead and sp ..

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Indian-American boy floats firm to sell low cost Braille printer

January 20, 2015

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Thirteen-year-old Indian-American Shubham Banerjee from Santa Clara, California, who developed a low cost Braille printer called Braigo using the Lego robotics kit last year, has opened a full-fledged company to develop the machines for the masses.

Banerjee's start-up Braigo Labs has got funding from Intel Corporation, among oth ..

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Indian court directs govt to slacken on Greenpeace

January 20, 2015

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A court in New Delhi Tuesday ordered the government to unblock thousands of dollars of Greenpeace India's funds after they were frozen following accusations that foreign-funded campaign groups were hurting India's economy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government tightened controls on foreign fund transfers to Greenpeace India ..

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Six family members missing in mansion fire

January 20, 2015

Six family members missing in mansion fire

Authorities said Tuesday they are continuing to look for six family members missing after a fire that destroyed a waterfront mansion in Anne Arundel County.

The family members were last seen inside the home on Childs Point Road in Annapolis, according to Lt. Craig Oldershaw of the Anne Arundel Fire Department.

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Solar plane set for landmark round-the-world flight

January 20, 2015

Emirati men walk past the Solar Impulse 2, the first solar-powered plane to be able to fly for several days and nights, on January 20, 2015 during the eighth edition of the World Future Energy Summit. The plane with the top speed of a racing pigeon, 50 and 100 km/h (30-60 mph), is set to embark on a landmark round-the-world flight using nothing but the sun's energy to power it, organisers said today. Its route, which was unveiled today in Abu Dhabi, begins in the Emirate and includes stops in Oman, India, China, Hawaii and New York. It will take around 25 days of total flying time

A plane with the top speed of a homing pigeon is set to embark on a landmark round-the-world flight powered only by the sun's energy, organisers said Tuesday.

Solar Impulse 2, the first solar-powered plane to be able to fly for several days and nights, will land 12 times along its roughly 35,000 kilometre (22,000 mile) trip -- i ..

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IS threat to Japanese hostages ‘despicable:’ Abbas

January 20, 2015

People look at a large TV screen in Tokyo on January 20, 2015 showing news reports about two Japanese men (in orange) who have been kidnapped by the Islamic State group.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas described a threat by the Islamic State group to kill two Japanese hostages as "despicable" and pledged his full support to visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.

"We once again emphasise our condemnation and total rejection of such despicable acts. ..

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Russia signs military cooperation deal with Iran

January 20, 2015

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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu signed a military cooperation deal with Iran on Tuesday that his Iranian counterpart touted as a joint response to US "interference".

Shoigu is the most senior Russian military official to visit Tehran since 2002, according to Iranian media, and t ..

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US woman leaves million-dollar fortune to pet dog

January 20, 2015

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A 60-year-old woman in the US has willed a million-dollar fortune consisting of jewellery, a trust fund and vacation home to her pet dog. Rose Ann Bolasny from New York has decided to leave her valuables to her pet Maltese terrier named Bella Mia.

"We decided that w ..

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India’s tiger population increases by 30%

January 20, 2015

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Country now has 2,226 tigers

Here is a good news for wildlife conservationists and tiger lovers. The population of tigers has increased in India from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014. The new tiger census, released by Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar, shows that Ind ..

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Islamic State threatens two Japanese captives in video

January 20, 2015

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Jerusalem The militant Islamic State group released an online video on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and threatening to kill them unless it received $200 million in ransom. A black-clad figure with a knife, standing in a barren landscape along with two kneeling men wearing orange clothing, said the Japanese public had 72 hours to pressure their government ..

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Japan PM Abe: threat to purported Japanese captives “unacceptable”

January 20, 2015

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Tokyo Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that a threat to the lives of two purported Japanese captives by Islamic State militants was unacceptable and that he strongly condemned acts of terrorism. Abe was speaking at a news conference in Jerusalem, part of a multi-nation visit to the Middle East. The Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq and Syria, issued a v ..

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Australia raises terror threat level against police to ‘high’

January 20, 2015

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Sydney Australia raised the threat level of a terrorist attack against law enforcement officers to "high" on Tuesday, federal police said, citing intelligence, discussions with international partners and recent high-profile attacks in Europe and Canada. The change in the threat level for police officers brings it in line with the current threat level against the general pub ..

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British boy hit with invoice over party no-show

January 19, 2015

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A five-year-old British boy was handed an invoice for a "Childs Party No Show Fee" and threatened with court action after missing his schoolmate's birthday party to spend the day with his grandparents.

Torpoint Nursery and Infant School in southern England said that one of their teachers had been asked to pass on an envelope fro ..

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No Opec shift toward a cut

January 19, 2015

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Iran sees no sign of a shift within OPEC toward action to support oil prices, its oil minister said, adding its oil industry could ride out a further price slump to $25 a barrel.

The comments are a further sign that despite lobbying by Iran and Venezuela, there is little chance of collective a ..

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Russian, Israeli tourists bail Cyprus out of recession

January 19, 2015

A surge in Russian and Israeli tourists ensured visitors to Cyprus rose last year, helping its bailed-out economy weather three years of recession, official data showed on Monday.

The number of people visiting the east Mediterranean island, which is heavily reliant on income generated by tourism, rose 1.5 percent in 2014 after r ..

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Richest 1% control 50% global wealth

January 19, 2015

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Wealth accumulated by the richest one percent will exceed that of the other 99pc in 2016, the Oxfam charity said Monday, ahead of the annual meeting of the world's most powerful at Davos, Switzerland.

"The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering and despite the issues shooting up the global agenda, the gap between ..

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Palestine- Israel relation “Point of no return”

January 19, 2015

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A senior Palestinian official said Monday that relations with Israel have reached a "point of no return" after Israel decided to halt the transfer the tax revenues to the Palestinian National Authority.

"Israel is practicing a collective punishment against the Palestinian people," said chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in ..

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Fewer holidays in UAE than in other countries

January 19, 2015

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The number of public holidays people enjoy varies from one country to another. Some citizens get to have a couple of weeks off on top of their annual leave due to the sheer number of festivals and special occasions they celebrate every year. A new study conducted recently by travel search site Wego reveals which countries around the world have the most number of ..

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Dubai 360 launches online interactive city tour

January 19, 2015

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At midnight on January 19, Dubai 360 will officially launch Dubai360.com, which is being referred to as the first of its kind online interactive tour. The website will allow viewers to explore every angle of the city from the comfort of their own home, providing a first-hand experience in the virtual world. Developed over 18 months, and utilising 1,298 pieces of pa ..

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Hamas slams EU appeal

January 19, 2015

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Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas slammed as "immoral" Monday an EU appeal to keep it on the bloc's terror blacklist, a month after a European court ordered its removal.

"The European Union's insistence on keeping Hamas on the list of terrorist organisations is an immoral step, and reflects the EU's total bias in favour of the ..

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Indian-made vaccine approved to fight meningitis in Africa

January 19, 2015

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Accra, Jan 19 (IANS) A vaccine against meningitis prepared by an Indian company has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), paving the way for its use to eradicate the disease in sub-Saharan Africa.

The MenAfriVac vaccine was developed by the Indian company, Serum Institute of India Limited (SIIL), under a project ..

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Russians, Israelis help boost Cyprus tourism

January 19, 2015

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A surge in Russian and Israeli tourists ensured visitors to Cyprus rose last year, helping its bailed-out economy weather three years of recession, official data showed on Monday.

The number of people visiting the east Mediterranean island, which is heavily reliant on income generated by tourism, rose 1.5 percent in 2014 after r ..

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Khaleda Zia free to leave

January 19, 2015

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Bangladesh on Monday ended its confinement of opposition leader Khaleda Zia after a surge in political violence left 27 people dead, but her party vowed to continue a nationwide transport blockade. Zia had been barred from leaving her office for the last 16 days to prevent her from spearheading protests aimed at toppling her arch-rival, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Police stationed outsid ..

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Iran win over UAE

January 19, 2015

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Substitute Reza Ghoochannejhad scored in the first minute of stoppage time Monday to give Iran a thrilling 1-0 win over the United Arab Emirates and top spot in Group C of the Asian Cup.

Ghoochannejhad, nicknamed "Gucci", headed the ball past keeper Alireza Haghighi after a scramble in the box to send the majority-Iranian crowd ..

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EID GRATEFUL FOR BAHRAIN’S SLICE OF LUCK

January 19, 2015

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A combination of good fortune and skill lay behind Sayed Ahmed Jaafar’s match-winning strike for Bahrain, said coach Marjan Eid, as his side ended their AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 campaign on a high with a 2-1 win over Qatar on Monday.

Jaafar’s perfectly flighted effort from the edge of the area put Bahrain back in front when it sailed over Qasem Burhan ..

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England confidence hits low, India look to regroup

January 19, 2015

India and England lost their opening games to Australia but the manner of their defeats sent out different signals. With both bat and ball, England were poor in Sydney while India had some positives to take from their defeat in Melbourne.

With the teams locking h ..

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Federer, Nadal cruise at Open

January 19, 2015

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Big guns Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova successfully blasted their way into the Australian Open second round on Monday but the Grand Slam dream of Ana Ivanovic was shattered.

Second seed Federer, third seed Nadal and sixth seed Andy Murray all enjoyed straight sets wins, with rising stars Simona Halep, Eugenie B ..

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Ahmed stunner saves pride

January 19, 2015

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Sayed Ahmed scored a stunning goal nine minutes from time to give Bahrain a victorious conclusion to their Asian Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Qatar in their final Group C match on Monday.

With both teams having lost their first two matches at the tournament, neither could progress to the knockout stages so only pride was ..

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Lionel Messi hat-trick keeps Barca in sight of Madrid

January 18, 2015

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Lionel Messi struck a stunning hat-trick to ensure Barcelona maintained the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 4-0 win away to Deportivo la Coruna to cut the gap at the top to one point.

Earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off a week where he was named World Player of the Year for the third time by scoring twice as Ma ..

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Arsenal stun Man City

January 18, 2015

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Santi Cazorla scored one goal and made another as Arsenal damaged Manchester City's Premier League title challenge with a brilliant 2-0 victory at a chilly Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Spanish midfield scored a 24th-minute penalty and teed up Olivier Giroud for a second-half header to re-energise Arsene Wenger's side's push for ..

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Ronaldo split with girlfriend Irina Shayk confirmed by model’s agent

January 18, 2015

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Irina Shayk is now officially back on the market according to her agent. Reported in the New York Post, Shayk's representative commented on the break up: 'We can confirm that Irina Shayk has ended her relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo.' It is not yet clear what caused the split, with rumours circulating of a rocky relationship between the Russian model and Ronald ..

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Eugenie dreaming of more Aussie Open magic

January 18, 2015

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World number seven Eugenie Bouchard returns to the Australian Open this week after a breakthrough year, aiming to take her game to the next level at the tournament that kickstarted her career.

The glamorous Canadian was an unknown teenager before last year's Australian Open but caught the tennis world's attention when she roared ..

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Hammers claim timely win

January 18, 2015

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Andy Carroll said West Ham were eyeing European football after scoring in a 3-0 win at home to Hull on Sunday that took the Hammers into seventh place in the Premier League table.

Second-half goals from Carroll, Morgan Amalfitano and Stewart Downing secured all three points for the east London club in front of the Upton Park hom ..

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Envoy recalled over execution

January 18, 2015

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Brazil and the Netherlands recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia and expressed fury Sunday after Jakarta defied their pleas and executed two of their citizens along with four other drug offenders.

The other convicts to face a firing squad were from Vietnam, Malawi, Nigeria and Indonesia. The six were the first people execute ..

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Pope Francis thrills Manila

January 18, 2015

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Manila city officials and the Vatican estimate a record 6 million people attended Pope Francis’ final mass in the Philippines and lined his motorcade route – a figure that would make it the largest ever audience for a head of the Catholic church.

The chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Francis Tolentin ..

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Anti-Islamic US pastor opens french-fry stand

January 18, 2015

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An anti-Islamic American pastor who features on the same Al-Qaeda hit list as the slain editor-in-chief of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine has opened a french-fry stand in a Florida mall. Terry Jones, 63, garnered international attention and hundreds of death threats following his 2013 arrest for planning to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. ..

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Colombo station chief was transferred, says India

January 18, 2015

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India on Sunday dismissed reports that the Colombo station chief of RAW had been expelled in the run up to this month's Sri Lankan presidential election and maintained that he has moved out after completion of his three-year tenure.

 Reports from Colombo said that the Sri Lankan government had asked India to recall the official ..

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AirAsia crash shows perils of crowded skies

January 18, 2015

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Caught in stormy weather, the pilot of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 requested to climb to a higher altitude but was not immediately granted permission due to heavy traffic. Soon afterwards, the jet disappeared off the radar. 

While the causes of last month's crash in I ..

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Earlier inmate, now entrepreneur

January 18, 2015

Standing in a prison chow hall, Richard Chavez Jr. outlines his past: violent felon, former gang member, the fourth member of his family to go to prison. Then his future: owner of a mobile counseling youth service that goes where the troubled kids are.

Arching a tattooed eyebrow, Chavez credits an innovative programme run out of ..

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CHINA GROWTH HITS 24YR LOW

January 18, 2015

China's annual GDP growth slowed to its weakest rate in more than two decades in 2014, according to an AFP survey, projecting further deceleration in the world's second-largest economy this year.

 The median forecast in a poll of 15 economists saw the Asian giant's gross domestic product (GDP) expanding 7.3 per cent last year, ..

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New factor cornerstone laid, to create 300 jobs

January 18, 2015

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Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food and beverage conglomerate, on Sunday laid cornerstone for the construction of its new $90 million biscuit plant in Bahrain.

 The new plant, expected to create as many as 300 direct jobs by the end of the initial phase and, through a multiplier effect, help s ..

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Underwater trains in Atlantic!

January 18, 2015

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Underwater trains may soon be a reality under the Atlantic and may link Manchester and New York.

The "underwater Concorde" is among several wacky proposals submitted for inclusion in the group's report, The Great North Plan, the Daily Star reported.

Director of Institute for Public Policy Res ..

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Oil, earnings push Gulf up

January 18, 2015

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Gulf stock markets rose on Sunday after companies published mostly positive quarterly earnings and oil prices extended gains. Saudi Arabia's biggest listed company gained despite poor earnings, a fresh sign that the market may have bottomed.

Oil ended last week higher after seven successive weeks of losses, with Brent slightly a ..

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BBK wins best Customer Experience Overall Website Award

January 18, 2015

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 Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) has won the prestigious award for “Best Customer Experience Overall Website” in the 10th Annual Customer Experience Benchmarking Index 2014 held in Dubai last month.

Customer Experience Benchmarking Index 2014 (CEBI 2014) is the most extensive customer experience benchmarking stu ..

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SABIC Q4 SLIPS ON SINKING OIL

January 18, 2015

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Falling global oil prices dragged down the net income of Saudi petrochemical giant SABIC by 29 per cent in the fourth quarter, the company said on Sunday.

SABIC, the largest publicly traded firm in the Gulf, reported net profit of 4.36 billion riyals ($1.16bn) for the three months to December.

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Egyptian fans bid farewell to film ‘icon’ Faten Hamama

January 18, 2015

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Film fans bid an emotional farewell Sunday to Egyptian actress Faten Hamama, a star of Arabic cinema and ex-wife of Omar Sharif, who was buried at her family cemetery in Cairo.

 Hamama, who made her screen debut at seven years old, died on Saturday aged 83, after a career spanning seven decades and almost 100 films alongside ma ..

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Kurdish forces Resist IS attacks

January 18, 2015

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Once poised to overrun the Syrian town of Kobane, the Islamic State group has suffered a damaging blow to its ambitions at the hands of Kurdish fighters and US-led warplanes. The setback in the mainly Kurdish town on the Syria-Turkey border has knocked the momentum out of the jihadists' advance and dashed their hopes of a swift expansion of their territory, anal ..

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Sun shines as China make best ever start

January 18, 2015

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Sun Ke scored twice to steal the show again as China defeated North Korea 2-1 in Canberra on Sunday to register their third win and best ever start to an Asian Cup.

The in-form Sun, who netted a stunning winner against Uzbekistan, opened the scoring after just 45 seconds when he pounced on a hopeful long pass to poke the ball ho ..

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Trigger-happy Bahrain to discuss Eid’s future

January 18, 2015

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Bahrain's trigger-happy FA is set for talks with coach Marjan Eid after the Asian Cup, raising the prospect of another quickfire sacking and their fifth coach in 18 months.

Eid said they would hold discussions after his return from Australia, where Bahrain have lost their first two games and play a dead rubber against Qatar on M ..

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South Africa beat West Indies by 148 runs

January 18, 2015

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AB de Villiers hit the fastest century in one-day international history as South Africa overwhelmed the West Indies in the second one-day international at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday.

De Villiers raced to his century off 31 balls - five balls fewer than the previous record - on the way to an astonishing 149 off 44 ba ..

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US, UK team up to fight IS threat

January 18, 2015

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 British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry will host a meeting in London on Thursday of members of the coalition against the Islamic State group, officials said.

The one-day talks will involve foreign ministers from about 20 countries, including Arab states, to discuss progress so far on tack ..

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Almost half French oppose publishing Mohammed cartoons: poll

January 18, 2015

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Paris Almost half of French oppose publication of cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Mohammed, according to a poll Sunday, as global debate deepened on the limits of free speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings. The Ifop poll found 42 percent believe Mohammed cartoons seen as offensive by many Muslims should not be published. Fifty percent said they backed "limitat ..

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Weeping Philippine girl challenges pope on prostitution

January 18, 2015

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Manila A weeping 12-year-old Philippine girl, asking how God could allow children to become prostitutes, moved Pope Francis on Sunday to hug her and appeal for everyone to show more compassion. Glyzelle Palomar, a one-time homeless child taken in by a church charity, made her emotional plea during ceremonies at a Catholic university in Manila, ahead of a mass by the pope to ..

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Indian spy’s role alleged in Sri Lankan president’s election defeat

January 18, 2015

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Colombo Sri Lanka expelled the Colombo station chief of India's spy agency in the run-up to this month's presidential election, political and intelligence sources said, accusing him of helping the opposition oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa. An Indian foreign ministry spokesman denied any expulsion and said that transfers were routine decisions. Rajapaksa, voted out of offi ..

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Australia upset

January 17, 2015

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South Korea upset Australia 1-0 at the Asian Cup on Saturday to top the Group A standings and secure a potentially easier path to the final while leaving the host nation facing a treacherous route.

Striker Lee Jeong-hyeop scored a perfectly-executed goal in the first half to give his team a surprise lead then the Koreans held on ..

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Malacca Strait spells danger for Ocean Race

January 17, 2015

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The 500-nautical mile (nm) stretch of water, which separates the ..

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Chelsea drub Swansea City

January 17, 2015

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Oscar and Diego Costa each scored twice as Chelsea established a five-point lead at the Premier League summit with a crushing 5-0 success at Swansea City on Saturday.

The victory, which saw Chelsea go 4-0 up inside the first 36 minutes, enabled Jose Mourinho's side to pull clear of second-place Manchester City.

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School massacre survivors inspire Pakistan

January 17, 2015

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Pakistan cricketers on Saturday met survivors of last month's horrific Taliban school massacre, with captain Misbah-ul Haq saying the brave youngsters had inspired his team to win the World Cup.

Along with Misbah, all-rounder Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Ehsan Adil, Yasir Shah and Mohammad Irfan visited the army-run ..

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Oman beat Kuwait

January 17, 2015

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Abdul Al Maqbali struck with a second-half header as Oman beat Kuwait 1-0 in a dead rubber at the Asian Cup on Saturday, both teams already having been eliminated.

A scrappy encounter between the Gulf rivals appeared to be meandering towards the tournament's first draw before Al Maqbali pounced with a superb header to break the ..

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Perrin says China ‘not the best team’

January 17, 2015

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China coach Alain Perrin Saturday played down his side's chances at the Asian Cup as he attempted to dampen rising expectations after two wins out of two games so far.

China are already assured of finishing top of Group B after their best start to the tournament in 27 years, but Perrin insisted his team remain outsiders.

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Double glory for Ali Issa

January 17, 2015

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Ali Issa clinched Grand Prix title in the Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Showjumping Championship at the BDF Equestrian Centre in Sakhir on Saturday.

Issa (89.01 seconds) claimed the title by conquering fences with 120-130 cms height, riding Bascal, ahead of second placed Sami Ghazwan (79.19, four faults) on Fairuz. Eyad Ahmed (83 ..

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Japan seeks closer ties with India

January 17, 2015

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 Japan's foreign minister used a visit to India on Saturday to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China.

 Fumio Kishida, who met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, is on his first overseas vis ..

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Tongan volcano creates new island: officials

January 17, 2015

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 A Tongan volcano has created a substantial new island since it began erupting last month, spewing out huge volumes of rock and dense ash that has killed nearby ..

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Junaid Perfumes sparkles at the Russian capital

January 17, 2015

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Junaid Perfumes, a leading perfumer in the region, participated at Russia InterCHARM 2014 international perfumery and cosmetics exhibition that took place in Moscow, recently.

During the 4-day-event, Junaid Perfumes displayed variety of their popular fragrances, including the newly launched “Taraf” for the confident man and ..

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Google at it again, reveals more Windows bugs

January 17, 2015

Google has made more Microsoft security bugs public as part of its Project Zero even after the Redmond giant's scathing criticism of the company's move.

 The search giant has made public a bug found in CryptProtectMemory memory-encrypting feature found in Windows 7 and 8.1 after its deadline of 90 days passed.

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SNB unfazed by Market turmoil

January 17, 2015

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Switzerland's central bank on Saturday stood by its shock decision to let the franc soar, insisting the subsequent turbulence rocking global markets and the Swiss economy since the move would eventually subside.

"This was not an easy decision... (but) we are convinced it is the right one," Swiss central bank chief Thomas Jordan ..

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Saudi third most expensive in GCC

January 17, 2015

When it comes to construction, Saudi Arabia is the third most expensive country in the GCC said the annual report released by EC Harris, an ARCADIS company and global built asset consultancy firm.

 The report, based on benchmarks building costs in 43 countries across the globe, found that relative construction costs have been a ..

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Japan’s Abe pledges $2.5 billion MidEast aid

January 17, 2015

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday $2.5 billion in humanitarian and development aid for the Middle East as he launched a regional tour that includes visits to Jordan and Israel. In a speech in Cairo, Abe pledged $200 million in non-military assistance for countries affected by the Islamic State (IS) group's expansion in Iraq and Syria, which spurred an exodus of refugees to ne ..

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Qatar ‘has one of highest birth defect rates’

January 17, 2015

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Although not all birth defects can be prevented, awareness and education are key to helping increase the chances of having a healthy baby, says an expert. The March of Dimes Foundation, a US organisation concerned with improving infant health by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality, says Qatar is among the 20 countries with the hi ..

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Shia militia seizes President’s chief of staff

January 17, 2015

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Shia militiamen in control of Yemen's capital seized President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi's chief of staff Saturday in a new challenge to his leadership of the violence-plagued country.

The abduction of Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, who heads a "national dialogue" on Yemen's political transition, came shortly before he was to attend a meeti ..

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Diabetes ‘to hit 50% Saudis by 2030′

January 17, 2015

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A global conference on diabetes in Alkhobar has, meanwhile, proposed that nine government agencies set up a national project to fight diabetes and obesity in the Kingdom, local media said. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the conference, Abdulaziz Al-Turki, board chairman of the Saudi Society for Diabetes and Endocrinology (SSDE) in the Eastern Province ..

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Yemen arrests 2 French Qaeda suspects

January 17, 2015

Yemen has detained two Frenchmen for questioning over suspected links to Al-Qaeda, a top security official said Saturday.

"During the past two days, two French nationals accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda have been arrested," said national security service chief General Mohammed al-Ahmadi.

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US blasts ICC war crimes probe of Israel

January 17, 2015

The United States joined Israel in condemning the International Criminal Court decision to open a preliminary probe Friday into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, blasting it as a "tragic irony".

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said her office would conduct an "analysis in full independence and impartiality" into ..

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China’s faith in Europe triples

January 17, 2015

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Beijing Chinese overseas investment surged past $100 billion for the first time last year, official figures showed Friday, but remained below investment into the country. Overseas direct investment (ODI) rose 14.1 per cent to $102.9bn in 2014, vice commerce minister Zhong Shan said. Foreign direct investment (FDI) into China rose to $119.6bn, the second consecutive increase, altho ..

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Germany revives Deflation fears

January 17, 2015

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Berlin Inflation in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, slowed to just 0.2 per cent in December, its lowest level in more than five years, and averaged 0.9pc for the whole of 2014, data showed Friday. In final data confirming a  preliminary flash estimate released earlier this month, the federal statistics office Destatis calculated that German inflation stood at just 0.2pc year-on ..

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Oil spill case: US Court brings down fine on BP

January 17, 2015

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New York A US judge said on Thursday energy giant BP faces a maximum fine of $13.7 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a sum reduced by several billion dollars. A fine of up to $18bn had originally been set as a possible penalty, based on government estimates that 4.19 million barrels of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico. But US federal court judge Ca ..

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Pope stars in brand advertisements in Philippines

January 17, 2015

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Manila Pope Francis says he has come to the Philippines to help the poor, but the country’s biggest businesses and multinationals are also cashing in with a not-so-subtle hijacking of his image. The pontiff is the most trusted figure for many in the Philippines, where 80 per cent of the nation’s people are Catholic, and this week’s trip has generated a marketing frenzy for “B ..

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Bumpy start for US earnings season

January 17, 2015

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Washington  Big US banks have gotten earnings season off to a bumpy start with a spate of reports that missed expectations and highlighted growing unease about the economy. In the last two days, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup all reported disappointing earnings, floundering on weak trading revenues and, in some cases, large legal expenses. Wall Street reacted bitte ..

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Modi promises speedy reforms

January 17, 2015

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New York Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday promised reforms “at top speed” with positive regulatory framework, tax stability and boost to infrastructure to help take the economy to $20 trillion from $2 trillion. Asserting that development has to result in jobs, he said the government will change rules, reform tax system and target subsidies to the needy. “A positive reg ..

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Pluto mission gets underway

January 17, 2015

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has begun its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto.

The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14 with the first close-up flyby of the dwarf planet – 7.5 billion km from the Earth, said the US ..

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Reliance profit down 4.5pc

January 17, 2015

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Mumbai India’s Reliance Industries reported a 4.5 per cent decline in quarterly net profits Friday as the massive fall in global crude prices hit margins in firm’s petrochemicals and refining businesses. Reliance, controlled by the country’s wealthiest man Mukesh Ambani, said that group net profit for the three months to December decreased to 52.56 billion rupees ($849.11 milli ..

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Burning yak dung pollutes Tibet houses

January 17, 2015

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Burning of yak dung can fill the indoor air with dangerous levels of fine particulate matter, including black carbon, a new study on Tibetan households has found.

During the long cold season, traditional nomadic people in Tibet spend much of their time in dwellings where the ..

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Games hacker arrested

January 17, 2015

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British police arrested an alleged hacker in a joint operation with the FBI on Friday as the UK and US prepared to unveil cyber security training including simulated attacks on Wall Street and the City.

The 18-year-old male suspect was detained in South­port, northwest England ..

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Oil plunges, gold rallies

January 17, 2015

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London Oil plunged close to six-year lows this week on oversupply worries, before staging a slight recovery as the International Energy Agency declared there were signs that “the tide will turn”. The oil market had fallen Thursday on news that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) had overproduced in December, while it also cut its global demand outlook. The ..

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India’s chief censor quits over film row

January 17, 2015

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India’s powerful chief film censor on Friday accused the government of interference after quitting over the clearance of a movie starring a controversial godman, known for his garish jewellery and outfits, for release.

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SNB SLAM leaves Markets panting

January 17, 2015

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Hong Kong  Asian markets tumbled Friday as traders were left stunned by Switzerland’s shock decision to remove its currency cap against the euro. Global markets were stunned Thursday when the Swiss National Bank (SNB) said it would scrap its 1.20 franc cap to the single currency. Tokyo tumbled 1.43 per cent, or 244.54 points, to end at 16,864.16. The index at one point was almo ..

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Mecca pilgrimage: 32 officials sacked

January 17, 2015

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China has begun investigating a significant aspect of the lives of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, which concerns the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. It has sacked 32 officials for sending “unqualified people” on government organized tours to Mecca from the disturbed province.

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India flays EU

January 17, 2015

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India on Friday blasted the European Parliament for adopting a resolution calling for the repatriation of two Italian marines charged with killing two Indian fishermen.

“The case involving the two Italian marines... is sub judice and is being discussed between In ..

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Falling crude sinks US consumer prices

January 17, 2015

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Washington  Falling oil prices pushed US consumer prices into their sharpest monthly drop in six years in December, according to government data released Friday. The Labour Department said its consumer price index fell 0.4 per cent last month, in line with analyst expectations. The CPI declined 0.3pc in November. Energy accounted for all of the decline, the steepest monthly fall sin ..

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Gunman held for hostage drama in French post office

January 17, 2015

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An armed man was holed up in a post office outside Paris on Friday with two hostages, police said.

Later he surrendered and has been arrested, they added. “There was no assault, the man gave himself up”, a police source said, adding that the hostages were “shocked but no ..

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For this toddler, finding countries is a snap

January 17, 2015

For this toddler, finding countries is a snap

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A three-year-old Indian-American boy can identify all 196 countries, plus some dependencies and territories, on the world map in a mere four minutes and 42 seconds, a media report said.

Impressed by the performance of New York-born Vihaan Chamala, judges from RecordSet ..

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Bomb threat at Paris train station

January 17, 2015

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Paris police say the Gare de l’Est train station has been closed and evacuated after a bomb threat, as authorities try to prevent new violence after the worst terrorist attacks in decades.

A police official says the station was closed “as a precaution.” The official, who ..

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Myanmar ‘plays with fire’

January 17, 2015

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US warns of growing religious tensions

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A top American diplomat on Friday decried growing religious intolerance in Myanmar and warned the use of faith for political ends was “playing with fire” in a crunch election year for the former junta-run country.

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MARKETS CRUSHED; BROKERS CHARRED

January 17, 2015

Markets Open After Rocky Week To New Earnings Reports And Falling Oil Prices

Geneva  Switzerland’s central bank came under fire at home and abroad Friday after scrapping its bid to stop the franc rising, which wrecked havoc on global markets and bankrupted several foreign exchange traders. A brokerage firm in Britain and another in New Zealand declared insolvency while at home in Switzerland, exporters warned that they too could be put out of business by t ..

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Honda saves Japan: Asian Cup

January 17, 2015

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Keisuke Honda converted a penalty to make amends for hitting the post three times as a wasteful Japan held on to beat Iraq 1-0 in their Asian Cup Group D match on Friday.

Honda made no mistake with his spot kick, however, sending Iraqi goalkeeper Jalal Hassan the wrong way to ..

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Ebola not the only concern for Africa Cup

January 17, 2015

Ebola not the only concern for Africa Cup

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The fight against Ebola has been given top priority in Equatorial Guinea, but it has not been the only problem facing the hosts of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on Saturday.

The topic was understandably high on the agenda for Equatorial Guinea ..

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Erdogan to rechristen presidential palace

January 17, 2015

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Ankara Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said he would soon rename his controversial new presidential palace, adopting the name of the complexes surrounding imperial mosques. Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara that the Presidential Palace would in future be known as the Presidential Kulliye and will contain a mosque, convention centre and a gigantic new national librar ..

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Australia ease past England

January 17, 2015

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Australia rode David Warner’s 127 to chase down a modest target and beat England by three wickets with 10 overs to spare in the first match of a tri-series also involving India on Friday.

England’s new one-day international captain Eoin Morgan roared back into form with 12 ..

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Saints continue CL quest

January 17, 2015

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Southampton’s hopes of Champions League qualification are set to be tested over the coming weeks, starting with their visit to Newcastle United on Saturday.

Saints will be without a number of key players at St James’ Park because of injury or international commitments.

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Kerry meets Iran FM in Paris

January 17, 2015

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Paris US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met in Paris on Friday to discuss negotiations for a nuclear deal, a US official said. The pair, who held a marathon six-hour round of talks in Geneva earlier this week in a bid to nail down a deal, were taking the opportunity to meet again in the French capital on separate diplomatic trips. T ..

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Art lover Azarenka’s brush with depression

January 17, 2015

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Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka says she wants to draw a line under a disastrous 2014, when she struggled with depression and turned to painting for therapy.

The Belarusian former world number one admitted a string of injuries and a broken romance took a t ..

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UN urges Israel to unlock funds

January 17, 2015

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Kvitova wins Sydney title

January 17, 2015

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Petra Kvitova completed her preparations for an assault on a third grand slam title in triumphant style on Friday by downing fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 7-6 to win the Sydney International title.

It was a contest every bit as close as the scoreline would suggest with t ..

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Smooth draw for Djokovic: Australian Open

January 17, 2015

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Melbourne  Novak Djokovic’s chances of winning a fifth Australian Open title have been boosted by a kind draw in the opening week, while women’s top seed Serena Williams kicks off her campaign against 106th-ranked Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck. World number one Djokovic faces a qualifier first up and will avoid the top 10 seeds until at least the quarter-finals, where he could mee ..

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Jordan TRIUMPH

January 17, 2015

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Jordan coach Ray Wilkins compared four-goal hero Hamza Aldaradreh to England’s World Cup-winning striker Geoff Hurst after his side’s 5-1 rout of Palestine at the Asian Cup on Friday.

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Japan were never in danger

January 17, 2015

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Japan coach Javier Aguirre said the defending Asian Cup champions were never in any real danger despite only narrowly beating Iraq 1-0 in on Friday.

Keisuke Honda’s first-half penalty proved the difference as Japan, who won a record fourth title in 2011, went three points cl ..

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Al Hajery tops balloon falconry contests

January 17, 2015

Al Hajery tops balloon falconry contests

Manama 

The second qualifying round for the Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Falconry Championship continued on Friday as the balloon falconry contests took place near Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary in the Southern Governorate with more than 50 participants in the fray.

The second qual ..

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‘Prophet cartoons to fuel hatred’

January 17, 2015

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Doha Qatar warned on Friday that publishing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed would “fuel hatred and anger”, as a leading Muslim body called for peaceful protests against French weekly Charlie Hebdo. Qatar “condemned the reprinting by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and other European press of pictures offensive to Prophet Mohammed,” the foreign ministry said in a statemen ..

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Migration to Europe on the rise

January 17, 2015

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Dubai The number of migrants landing on Italian shores quadrupled last year, as more than 170,000 people from the Middle East and Africa fled humanitarian crises, piling pressure on the EU to form a long-term migration strategy. Syrians fleeing civil war and Eritreans escaping forced conscription com­pri­sed nearly half of all Italian boat arrivals in 2014, according to the Interna ..

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Harash secures Al Montasir Cup

January 17, 2015

Harash secures Al Montasir Cup

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Second favourite Harash owned by Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa won Al Montasir Cup in the 11th meeting of the season at the Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club in Sakhir on Friday.

Harash, train ..

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Saudi postpones blogger lashing

January 17, 2015

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Dubai Saudi Arabia postponed until next week Friday’s flogging of a blogger jailed for insulting Islam, citing medical reasons, a week after he received the first 50 of 1,000-lash sentence, his wife said. Raef Badawi received the first whipping in public outside a mosque in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. Badawi is expected to undergo 20 more weekly beatings until his punishment is ..

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Two arrested as German police raid Islamists in Berlin

January 16, 2015

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Berlin Scores of German police raided alleged Islamist sites in Berlin early on Friday, arresting two men suspected of being part of a group planning to carry out an attack in Syria, police said. Around 250 police officers carried out the raids on 11 sites in the German capital, arresting the two men of Turkish origin aged 41 and 43, police said in a statement. One of the men, identified ..

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Hezbollah says arrested operative confessed to spying for Israel

January 16, 2015

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Beirut Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah has detained one of its own operatives who has confessed to spying for Israel, its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged for the first time on Thursday, in a case that has shattered the group's aura of impenetrability. Local media reported the arrest several weeks ago, describing the man as an officer overseeing foreign operatio ..

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North Korea calls U.S.-South Korea exercises “open challenge”

January 16, 2015

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Geneva Joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States this week are "an open challenge" to North Korea's demand to ease tension on the divided peninsula, a Pyongyang envoy said on Thursday. So Se Pyong, ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations in Geneva, also warned that a continued stand-off with Seoul and Washingt ..

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Hollande reassures Muslims, Islamists hack French websites

January 16, 2015

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Paris French President Francois Hollande reassured Muslims on Thursday that his country respected them and their religion but said France would not compromise on its commitment to freedom and democracy. Speaking a week after Islamist militant violence that killed 17 people in Paris, he told a meeting at the Institute of the Arab World in Paris that Muslims were "the first v ..

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Belgian police kill two in lookout on suspected Islamists

January 16, 2015

Belgian police inspect an apartment in central Verviers, a town between Liege and the German border, in the east of Belgium

Verviers Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids on Thursday against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch "terrorist attacks on a grand scale". Coming a week after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in Paris, the incident fuelled fears across Europe of young Muslims returning radicalised from Syria ..

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US man held for Capitol terror plot

January 15, 2015

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A US man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly plotting an attack on Congress inspired by Islamic State jihadists, according to the Justice Department and the FBI.

Christopher Cornell, 20, was taken into custody after he purchased two semi-automatic weapons and 600 rounds of ammunition in the US state of Ohio, according to a c ..

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Marines’ Case In India EU for trial in Italy

January 15, 2015

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The European (EU) Parliament on Thursday said the row between India and Italy over the prosecution of two Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen in 2012 should be settled under "Italian jurisdiction or through international arbitration".

The members of the EU Parliament also called for the marines to be repatriated, ..

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‘Wrong policies will make 1 bn more people poor by 2030′

January 15, 2015

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Almost one billion more people globally may face extreme poverty by 2030 if world leaders fail to make concrete decision on inequality and climate change at two UN summits to be held this year.

The "action/2015", an international coalition of more than 1,000 organisations, warned that global poverty could rise for the first time ..

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SNB scraps euro policy, Strengthens Franc by 30%

January 15, 2015

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Switzerland's central bank on Thursday scrapped a three-year bid to hold down the value of its currency against the euro, in a shock announcement that set off panic in the markets.

Minutes after the bank said it was abandoning the minimum rate of 1.20 francs against the euro, the safe haven Swiss currency strengthened almost 30 ..

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Dubai launches $327m solar plant project

January 15, 2015

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Dubai launched a project Thursday to build a solar plant to produce 200 megawatt of electricity, as part of plans to generate five percent of the emirate's power from renewables by 2030.

The 1.2 billion dirham ($327 million/277m euro ) project will be a joint venture between Dubai Water and Electricity Authority and a consortium ..

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Now Facebook to assist you in work

January 15, 2015

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Facebook said Wednesday it is testing a version of its leading social network tailored for getting jobs done in workplaces instead of tuning into the lives of friends.

"Facebook at Work" smartphone applications appear in Apple's online app store and the Google Play shop for Android-powered mobile devices, but can only be access ..

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Turkish Kurds bury slain child, govt denies shooting

January 15, 2015

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Moody’s Investors Service Thursday lowered its pricing assumptions for the two benchmark crude oils, European Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI), citing no near-term change in the supply-demand gap that left oil prices tumbling.

 The rating agency has revised its assumptions for average spot prices for Brent crude to $55 ..

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Turkish Kurds bury slain child, govt denies shooting

January 15, 2015

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Thousands of mourners on Thursday buried a 12-year-old Kurdish boy who activists say was killed by Turkish security forces, a claim vehemently denied by the government.

Witnesses told that Nihat Kazanhan, 12, was shot while police were patrolling the largely Kurdish Cizre district of Sirnak province near the Iraqi border, where ..

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UAE residents ‘stuck in a rut’ on weekends

January 15, 2015

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Weekends are an excellent time to catch up with friends and family or simply get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. No matter how tempting it may sound, a weekend getaway -- or even just a day out --is something not enjoyed by many.

For many residents in the UAE, the weekend is all about staying at home. According t ..

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US sends five Guantanamo prisoners to Oman, Estonia

January 15, 2015

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The United States has transferred five men from its Guantanamo Bay prison, the Pentagon said Wednesday, in a renewed push by President Barack Obama toward closing the controversial jail. 

Four of the inmates were sent to Oman, while one was sent to Estonia, ac ..

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Organisers rules out Asian Cup beach fun

January 15, 2015

Asian Cup fans or players hoping to enjoy a dip in the sea at competition venue Newcastle will be flagged offside after beaches were closed due to a shark sighting.

"All Newcastle beaches remain closed due to safety concerns related to the presence of a large great white shark off our coastline," Newcastle council said on its of ..

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UAE score after 14 seconds,Bahrain exit

January 15, 2015

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Ali Ahmed Mabkhout needed just 14 seconds to put the United Arab Emirates ahead as they went on to beat Bahrain 2-1 on Thursday and secure a rare Asian Cup quarter-finals appearance.

With the Group C encounter meandering towards a 1-1 draw, Bahraini captain Mohamed Hasan deflected a 73rd minute free-kick from Amer Abdulrahman in ..

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Lanka draw level

January 15, 2015

Sri Lanka cruised to a six-wicket win in the second ODI against New Zealand on Thursday, thanks to a masterful century from Tillakaratne Dilshan and a comedy of errors from the Black Caps.

Dilshan scored 116 as the visitors overhauled New Zealand's total of 248 to level the seven-match series 1-1, with Angelo Mathews (39) and Ku ..

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Google to pilot modular phone in Puerto Rico

January 15, 2015

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Google plans to pilot a modular phone, on which components can be swapped, this year. It says tests will take place in Puerto Rico, where devices will be distributed from "food-truck-style stores".

The firm suggests phones with swappable parts will cost less to maintain and be more attractive to consumers who want to customise t ..

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Turkish PM says Israel’s Netanyahu on par with Paris attackers

January 15, 2015

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Istanbul Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday compared his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to the Islamist militants who carried out attacks last week in Paris, saying both had committed crimes against humanity. "Just as the massacre in Paris committed by terrorists is a crime against humanity, Netanyahu, as the head of the government that kills childre ..

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Brazil’s Ronaldo looks to get in shape for possible comeback

January 15, 2015

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Former Brazil forward Ronaldo said on Wednesday he will try to get back into shape with an eye on coming out of retirement to play for North American second division club Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The 38-year-old three-times FIFA world player of the year, who last played professionally with Corinthians in 2011, recently became a minority owner in the North American Soccer League's Strikers. ..

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Afghan Taliban condemn Mohammed cartoons, hail Paris gunmen

January 15, 2015

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Kabul The Afghan Taliban on Thursday condemned the publication in France of further cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, and lauded last week's deadly Islamist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris. A English statement from the group said they "strongly condemn this repugnant and inhumane action and consider its perpetrators, those who allowed it and its supporters (to be) the e ..

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Ohio man arrested for planning attack on U.S. Capitol

January 15, 2015

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Washington An Ohio man claiming sympathy with Islamic State militants was arrested and charged on Wednesday in connection with a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol with guns and bombs, court documents disclosed. Christopher Cornell, 20, of Cincinnati researched the construction of pipe bombs, purchased a semi-automatic rifle and 600 rounds of ammunition and made plans to travel to Washington t ..

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Al Qaeda claims French attack, derides Paris rally

January 15, 2015

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Dubai Al Qaeda in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, saying it was ordered by the Islamist militant group's leadership for insults to the Prophet Mohammad, according to a video posted on YouTube. Gunmen killed 17 people in three days of violence that began when they shot staff in Charlie Hebdo's offices last week in revenge for t ..

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Saudis floor North Korea

January 14, 2015

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North Korea scored their first Asian Cup goal in 23 years on Wednesday but Saudi Arabia dashed their hopes of an upset by storming back for a 4-1 win.

A second defeat in Group B left the North Koreans all but eliminated while breathing new life into a Saudi campaign that had been flagging after they were stunned 1-0 by China in ..

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Goalie Adrian strikes West Ham’s winner

January 14, 2015

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In one of the most memorable moments in an absorbing match, West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian dramatically ripped off his gloves before scoring West Ham United's winning penalty in their FA Cup tie against Everton.

The Spanish keeper had the fate of the third round replay in his hands before scoring against compatriot Joel Roble ..

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Ibrahimovic eases pressure on Blanc

January 14, 2015

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hotly-contested second-half goal gave holders Paris Saint Germain a place in the last four of the League Cup after a 1-0 win over St Etienne.

Ibrahimovic's 72nd minute goal, which he chested over the line despite the efforts of goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier to claw it away, was disputed both by the home player ..

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Brazilian clubs seek slice of American pie

January 14, 2015

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European teams have been making inroads into the U.S. with transfer deals, franchise partnerships and pre-season tours and now Brazilian clubs are seeking a slice of the action on and off the field.

Brazilians are investing in U.S. clubs and two Brazilian teams are in Florida this week for pre-season training and challenge match ..

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Phoenix Suns Silence Cavs

January 14, 2015

The Phoenix Suns spoiled LeBron James' return to NBA action, holding off "King" James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-100. James, sidelined for a fortnight with back and knee injuries, scored 33 points in just under 37 minutes on the floor.

He delivered 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers erased a 19-point deficit a ..

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‘Rottweiler’ Queiroz muzzled over refs Sydney

January 14, 2015

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz bit his tongue about Asian Cup referees on Wednesday under the watchful eye of tournament organisers following his outburst earlier this week.

Asked whether he had any concerns about the refereeing for Thursday's game with Qatar, Queiroz confined himself to some sarcastic comments.

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Party time for China after thrilling win

January 14, 2015

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China coach Alain Perrin promised to celebrate in style after substitute Sun Ke fired his team into the Asian Cupquarter-finals on Wednesday.

Sun's superb individual goal just two minutes after coming on gave China a 2-1 win over Uzbekistan and their first Asian Cup qu ..

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Jordan protest after dope test makes striker ill

January 14, 2015

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Jordan lodged a formal protest at the Asian Cup on Wednesday after claiming a bungled doping test had made one of their players vomit.

Striker Ahmad Hayel could miss the game against Palestine Friday after he was made to drink "several litres of water" as a result of being unable to provide a urine sample following Monday's 1 ..

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Man City add more firepower with Bony signing

January 14, 2015

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Manchester City have bolstered their attacking arsenal with the signing of Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony from Swansea City, the English champions said on Wednesday.

Bony, who scored 20 goals in the 2014 calendar year, more than any Premier League player, has joined for a fee of about 30 million pounds ($45.48m).

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Aleina rallies to see off Pradip

January 14, 2015

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Aleina Alex from India came from a set down to defeat third seeded compatriot Kalpaka Pradip 2-6, 6-2, 10-7 in the quarter finals of the girls singles 16 years and under in the Third E.K.Kanoo Juniors Open Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair on Wednesday. Second seed Areej Fareh from Chinese Taipei was a comfortable 6-2, 6- ..

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Pakistan court indicts ex-president

January 14, 2015

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A Pakistani court on Wednesday indicted Pervez Musharraf over the 2006 killing of a separatist leader, the latest legal hurdle facing the former military ruler since his return from self-imposed exile two years ago.

The charges by the court in the southwestern city of Quetta are unlikely to cause any immediate problems for the 7 ..

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French rush to buy ‘survivors’ issue’

January 14, 2015

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"Are there any Charlies here?" asked one breathless Parisian after the other at newsstands across the city Wednesday as they chased down copies of the satirical magazine's first edition since a jihadist attack decimated its editorial staff.

In the capital and around the country, most were left disappointed as the first delivery ..

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First issue after terrorist attack Charlie Hebdo flies off shelves

January 14, 2015

The first issue of Charlie Hebdo after a jihadist attack that decimated its editorial staff was sold out across France within hours on Wednesday as people queued at newstands.

The satirical magazine once again featured the Prophet Mohammed on its cover -- but with a tear in his eye, holding a "Je Suis Charlie" sign under the hea ..

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India inflation up marginally

January 14, 2015

India's wholesale inflation rose marginally in December thanks to a increase in food costs, data showed on Wednesday, but analysts said hopes were still high of an interest rate cut next month.

The Wholesale Price Index (WPI), India's inflation measure with the biggest basket of goods, rose a lower-than-expected 0.11 per cent fr ..

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Markets dive on gloomy outlook

January 14, 2015

Financial and commodities markets slumped on Wednesday after the World Bank cut its growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, fuelling fears that the benefits of cheaper oil may be offset by anaemic economies and the threat of deflation.

Share prices, commodities and lower-rated bonds fell as investors sought safety in core government ..

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A chance to win the dream of a lifetime!


January 14, 2015

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Khaleeji Commercial Bank (KHCB) has introduced a new and improved Al Waffer Scheme for 2015, in line with its commitment to offering pioneering Shari’a compliant products and services.

 The refined Al Waffer Scheme for the year 2015 will reward one incredibly lucky winner a 759 sqm luxury villa in Oryx Hills, the residential ..

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Float amid negative backdrop

January 14, 2015

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Most Gulf stock markets were neutral to slightly positive on Wednesday, although negative news and earnings reports dragged down some individual stocks.  Bahrain’s index edged up 0.3 percent to 1,426 points.

Egypt's bourse extended its winning streak on the back of cheap oil.

Saudi Arabia' ..

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London taxis win fight with minicabs

January 14, 2015

London's iconic black taxis won a battle with private minicabs Wednesday as the EU's top court upheld their right to use bus lanes while excluding their competitors.

The European Court of Justice said the preferential treatment for black taxis did not amount to state aid, which is barred under EU competition rules.

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Qatar registers first oil casualty

January 14, 2015

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Qatar Petroleum and Royal Dutch Shell have scrapped plans for a petrochemicals project, worth an estimated $6.5 billion, due to the slump in global oil prices.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Shell said the Al Karaana project would not go ahead because of the "high envisaged capital cost that has rendered it commercially unf ..

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Saudis organise public run to tackle rising obesity

January 14, 2015

Levels of diabetes and obesity are rising in Saudi Arabia, an official said on Wednesday, as Riyadh announced its first publicly organised run to promote a more active lifestyle.

The "Run 4 Riyadh" will take place in the Saudi capital on February 28 over five kilometers, from King Abdullah Park to Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium. ..

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Kerry meets Zarif

January 14, 2015

Top diplomats from Iran and the United States met Wednesday for "important" talks aimed at speeding up negotiations for a nuclear deal as a new July 1 deadline for an historic accord looms.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Moh ..

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Huge crowd gathers to see pope give Sri Lanka first saint

January 14, 2015

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Colombo Hundreds of thousands of people packed a Colombo oceanfront on Wednesday to see Pope Francis give Sri Lanka its first saint, a climax to a 300-year campaign to recognise the holiness of Indian-born missionary Joseph Vaz. The pope, who on Tuesday was tired after starting his trip under a blazing sun, looked rested as he was driven through the hushed crowd in an open ..

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Obama pledges to work on use of force order for Islamic State

January 14, 2015

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Washington U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged to work with Republican and Democratic lawmakers on a formal authorization of the use of military force against Islamic State militants after taking a go-slow approach to the topic last year. The agreement came during a White House meeting with bipartisan congressional leaders during which Obama sought to develop a better working rel ..

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Charlie Hebdo readies first edition since massacre

January 14, 2015

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Paris French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo returns to newsstands with a record run on Wednesday, but its first edition since Islamist gunmen massacred its staff has already drawn ire from Muslim groups. The front cover shows a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign that says "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie"), the slogan taken up by millions of supporters around th ..

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Rodrigues wins stage

January 13, 2015

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Portugal's Helder Rodrigues won Tuesday's ninth motorbike stage of the Dakar Rally as Marc Coma had his overall lead cut by three minutes.

Rodrigues completed the 538 kilometre (450km timed) ride from the Chilean Pacific coastal city of Iquique to Calama in the Andes almost four minutes clear of his teammate and fellow countryma ..

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Part of original World Cup trophy found in basement

January 13, 2015

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A piece of the original World Cup trophy, which was stolen in Brazil in 1983 and never recovered, has been found in a basement at FIFA's headquarters.

Part of the base of the Jules Rimet trophy, it is engraved with the names of the first four World Cup winners who were Uruguay in 1930 and 1950 and Italy in 1934 and 1938.

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Nihil triumphs

January 13, 2015

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Saudi-based Indian Nihil Ranjith defeated Filipino Carlo Dela Rosa 6-2, 5-7, 10-2 to clinch the boys singles 16 years and under title in the Third E.K.Kanoo Juniors Open Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club premises in Juffair.

In the first set, Nihil won the first break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead, but Carl ..

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Playing not a second fiddle

January 13, 2015

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Sharapova, Kokkinakis unveil Australian Open ball kids

Maria Sharapova and Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis on Tuesday unveiled the 380 ball kids, including Chinese, Singaporean and Korean children, who will line the Australian Open tennis courts during the ..

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Del Potro wins on comeback

January 13, 2015

Del Potro wins on comeback

Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro made a successful return to the tennis circuit on Tuesday, winning his opening match at the Sydney International.

Playing for the first time in 11 months after undergoing surgery to his left wrist, the Argentine beat Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3 7-6(4).

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London bus drivers stage walkout

January 13, 2015

London bus drivers stage walkout

Thousands of London bus drivers held a one-day strike on Tuesday over pay and conditions, causing overcrowding on remaining services, trains and the underground system.

Members of the Unite union, which represents more than 27,000 bus workers, are calling for a single wage between different operators, similar to the one used for ..

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Indian min slammed over plans to ‘normalise’ gays

January 13, 2015

Indian min slammed over plans to 'normalise' gays

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party came under fire on Tuesday after a minister from one of its state governments announced plans to make gays "normal" in the Goa resort region.

Ramesh Tawadkar, from Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said the Goa state government was planning to open centres to treat homosexual ..

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France ‘will never yield’

January 13, 2015

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French President Francois Hollande vowed on Tuesday that France would "never yield" to terror in an emotional tribute to three police officers shot dead in an Islamist killing spree, as four Jews gunned down in the attack were buried in Israel.

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Pak must fight militants, says Kerry $250 m US aid to Pak

January 13, 2015

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The US will provide Pakistan $250 million in addition to the billions of dollars of military aid already spent, Secretary of State John Kerry said in Islamabad on Tuesday. He said the amount will come in the form of food, shelter and other assistance to help people displaced by the conflict in tribal areas, The News International reported. Pakistan must fight militant groups that threaten A ..

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Pak hangs seven militants

January 13, 2015

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Pakistan on Tuesday hanged seven convicted militants, officials said, raising to 16 the number of executions carried out since it lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty in December.

Officials in four Pakistani jails confirmed that the hangings took place early Tuesday morning amid tight security. One of the militants, ..

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Jumbos go on rampage in Thai national park

January 13, 2015

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Whether stressed out, frisky or just craving a snack, wild bull elephants have been causing havoc in a Thai national park -- shocking visitors by stomping on cars and raiding restaurants.

In the latest incident early on Monday a 30-year-old elephant named "Duan" -- "amputated" in Thai, on account of his damaged tail -- destroyed ..

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ECB decision on QE by Jan

January 13, 2015

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The European Central Bank is not divided over the issue of sovereign bond purchases and will be in a position to reach a decision this month, two top officials said Tuesday.

"The discussion is very far advanced," ECB executive board member Benoit Coeure told the daily Die Welt in an interview.

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Toyota re-imagining future with ‘Mirai’

January 13, 2015

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For the second time in a generation, Toyota has re-imagined the future of mobility with the Mirai (which means Future in Japanese), its new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) which was introduced to the world with its launch in Japan late last year. The Mirai will hit the streets of Europe & USA in late 2015.

Using hydrogen as ..

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MetLife CEO to feds

January 13, 2015

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‘We’re not too big to fail’

MetLife plans to file an appeal in federal court against regulators' decision that the insurer is a too big too fail.

Ahead of the legal action, Chairman and CEO Steven Kandarian said in an interview that regulators "got this one wrong." He s ..

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173m mobile internet users

January 13, 2015

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The mobile internet users in India is expected to reach 213 million by June this year on the back of growing smartphone penetration, according to a report by the Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International. 

While number mobile Inte ..

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US stocks rise on Alcoa profit

January 13, 2015

US stocks rise on Alcoa profit

Wall Street stocks followed European equity markets higher Tuesday, surging in early trade after results from Alcoa kicked off quarterly earnings season.

About 30 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 17,913.28, up 272.44 points (1.54 per cent).

The broad-based S&P ..

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Greece facing accidental exit

January 13, 2015

Greece facing accidental exit

Greece could exit the euro by accident, Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis said Tuesday in a new warning of what could happen if anti-austerity leftist party Syriza wins the election later this month.

"An accident could happen (in a stand-off with Europe), and the whole idea is to avoid it," Hardouvelis, an economist and technoc ..

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RBI governor wins top UK award

January 13, 2015

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Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has been named "Governor of the Year" by British magazine Central Banking.

The magazine gave the award to Rajan for 2015 for "his deep understanding of the root causes of economic problems of the country combined with an impressive leadership style."

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For war-weary Syrians, Damascus Opera brings welcome respite

January 13, 2015

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After years of war forced it into near silence, Damascus' once-thriving Opera House is slowly coming back to life, bringing respite and a little culture to residents of Syria's capital.

Recent weeks have seen a sharp increase in the number of performances at the Opera House, as residents look to revive some of the capital's cult ..

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Egypt court overturns Mubarak verdict, orders retrial

January 13, 2015

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An Egyptian court on Tuesday overturned former president Hosni Mubarak's conviction on corruption charges and ordered a retrial, but the ex-strongman remained in detention pending a judicial order.

Supporters of the 86-year-old broke into cheers and chanted "Long Live Justice!" as the Court of Cassation in Cairo announced its de ..

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Yemen not ‘exporter of terror’: President

January 13, 2015

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Yemen's president said on Tuesday that his country was a victim and not an exporter of "terrorism" after it emerged one of the Paris gunmen received training from Al-Qaeda in the violence-torn country.

Said Kouachi, one of the two brothers behind the attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, travelled to Yemen in 2011 and ..

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Newspaper summoned over Saudi king headline

January 13, 2015

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An Iranian newspaper was told Monday it faces a court hearing over an article which is allegedly offensive to Saudi Arabia's ailing King Abdullah.

The king, who is breathing with the help of a tube due to pneumonia, is in hospital in Riyadh, prompting frenzied debate about the future of the oil-rich Gulf state.

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Shaikh Salman lauds referees

January 13, 2015

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Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has expressed satisfaction over the performance of referees at the Asian Cup. Shaikh Salman was attending a meeting with the referees the other day. General Secretary Dato Alexis Soosay and AFC Director of Referees Yoshimi Ogawa and other confederation officials were present. Shaikh ..

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Hard fought win over Kuwait

January 13, 2015

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South Korea laboured to a 1-0 win over Kuwait on Tuesday, making it two wins from two and qualifying to the Asian Cup quarterfinals.

Nam Tae-Hee scored a first-half winner as Taeguk Warriors boss Uli Stielike made seven changes from the starting eleven that ..

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Australia reach quarter-finals

January 13, 2015

Australia reached semi

Hosts Australia swept into the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in some style on Tuesday with a 4-0 hammering of Oman at Stadium Australia that ensured South Korea would go through from Group A with them.

Midfielder Matt McKay and striker Robbie Kruse struck inside three minutes just before the half hour mark, Mark Milligan conve ..

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Registration open for Shaikh Nasser Award

January 13, 2015

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Manama Registration for the second Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Scientific Research Award in the field of sports is now open, Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) has announced.

In a recently convened meeting, award general secretary Dr. Abdulrahman Sayyar, coordinator Asma Al Kaabi, and BOC general secretary Abdulrahman Askar discussed ..

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ADR move court

January 13, 2015

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Abu Dhabi Racing team has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to contest the FIA International Court of Appeal’s decision to strip Shaikh Khalid Bin Faisal Al Qasimi of his Dubai Rally and Middle East Rally Championship titles in favour of the Qatari driver Nasser Al Attiyah.

The dispute began on Novemb ..

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Thai boxing lesson for Man Utd players

January 13, 2015

Thai boxing lesson for Man Utd

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Future opponents of Manchester United might want to make sure they remember their shin pads – after Louis van Gaal's players were given a Thai boxing demonstration at Old Trafford.

Under the watchful gaze of martial arts expert Master Sken, players inclu ..

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Dongfeng hold edge

January 13, 2015

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Leaders Dongfeng Race Team and the rest of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet were carefully picking their way through the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday in Leg 3 of the nine-month marathon offshore race.

Dongfeng skipper Charles Caudrelier (France) protected a narrow 30-nautical mile (nm) advantage over closest rivals Team Brunel (Netherland ..

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Airbus defeats Boeing in orders

January 13, 2015

Airbus defeats Boeing in orders

Airbus said Tuesday it beat Boeing with 1,456 net orders last year, but despite handing over a record 629 planes to airlines in 2014 it is still trailing its US rival in deliveries of commercial passenger jets.

The European aerospace company said in a statement that the results "exceeded its targets for 2014" and that at the end ..

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Kuwait says oil price unjustified

January 13, 2015

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Kuwait said Tuesday that the sharp fall in world oil prices is unjustified but that the market may not improve before the second half of this year.

"Nobody can justify the drop now," Oil Minister Ali al-Omair told reporters as prices slid towards six-year lows.

Omair attributed the slide to a ..

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Oil hits six-year lows

January 13, 2015

Oil hits six year lows

$100 OIL ERA OVER: SAUDI

Oil tumbled towards six-year lows Tuesday on global oversupply and after OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia said the era of $100 crude was over, analysts said.

Brent crude for February delivery tumbled to $46.54 per barrel -- the lowest since March 2009 -- and US benchmark We ..

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Swiss clamp down on cross-border pizza delivery

January 13, 2015

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Switzerland's frugal pizza lovers have had their hopes dashed for a special rule that would have allowed them to keep ordering cheaper pizza delivery from neighboring Germany. Around a year ago the Swiss customs administration scrapped an exception that, in some circumstances, allowed food delivery like pizza into Switzerland without having to pass through customs.

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Coin dealer pays nearly $2.6 million for rare American penny

January 13, 2015

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A Beverly Hills rare coin dealer purchased a 1792 American penny for nearly $2.6 million, the most ever paid for a one-cent piece at auction.

Named after its engraver, Robert Birch, the so-called "Birch Cent" was among the first pennies struck for the United States, part of a series of prototype coins. Only 10 are believed to ex ..

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Pakistan hangs seven convicted militants as Kerry visits: officials

January 13, 2015

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Islamabad Pakistan on Tuesday hanged seven convicted militants across the country, officials said, raising to 16 the number of executions carried out since it lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty in December. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium in the aftermath of a brutal Taliban assault on a school in Peshawar that left 150 dead, including 134 children. The e ..

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or 2014

January 13, 2015

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Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or for the second successive year.
The 29-year-old was voted best player in the world ahead of the Argentina and Barcelona forward and German international and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at a FIFA ceremony held in Zurich, Switzerland. Ronaldo received the most votes from a panel made up of captains and coa ..

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Divers retrieve crashed AirAsia jet’s cockpit voice recorder

January 13, 2015

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Jakarta/ Pangkalan Bun Divers retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet on Tuesday, a local TV channel said quoting a transport official, a key piece of evidence for investigators to determine the cause of the crash that killed 162 people. The cockpit voice recorder, which records conversations between the pilots and with air traffic controllers, was fo ..

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Galliano ‘snubs Paris’ with comeback London show

January 12, 2015

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Almost four years after being banished from the Paris fashion world, Dior's former star designer John Galliano is making his comeback with his first haute couture show in London.

The 54-year-old, widely regarded as one of the most brilliant fashion minds of his generation, was sacked by Dior in March 2011 after being filmed deli ..

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Japan put four past Palestine

January 12, 2015

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Holders Japan cruised to a 4-0 win over Palestine in their Asian Cup opener on Monday, setting up the deckchairs in the second half with the job already done.

The Blue Samurai, who won the tournament for a record fourth time in 2011, needed only eight minutes to take the lead against a nervy ..

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Powell tries new regime to win elusive gold

January 12, 2015

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Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, who has struggled to produce form his best at major championships, believes a change in coach and a new approach to training will improve his fortunes.

The sprinter who held the 100m world record between 2005 and 2008 before compatriot Usain Bolt lowered it to 9.58 seconds believes he can rediscover his ..

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Equatorial Guinea braced for Cup of Nations

January 12, 2015

The Africa Cup of Nations begins in Equatorial Guinea on Saturday, with organisers crossing their fingers for a successful tournament after a build-up dominated by Morocco's refusal to act as hosts amid fears over Ebola.

The small, oil-rich central African state stepped in to save the day for the Confederation of African Footbal ..

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Palestinians celebrate Asian Cup breakthrough

January 12, 2015

Palestinians at home and those in the stadium in Newcastle refused to let a drubbing by Japan hinder the party as they celebrated their first ever match at the Asian Cup.

Hundreds of fans, including women and children, gathered at a large venue in Gaza City to watch thei ..

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Iraq scrape past Jordan

January 12, 2015

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Yaser Kasim scored a late winner as former champions Iraq produced a gritty 1-0 victory over 10-man Jordan on Monday at Brisbane Stadium to move level on points with Japan in Group D of the Asian Cup.

Kasim struck with 13 minutes remaining in the crucial meeting between the Gulf rivals ahead of the 2007 winners' clash with Japan ..

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Kohli meets Federer, expresses awe

January 12, 2015

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His idol Sachin Tendulkar has often got clicked with Roger Federer during Wimbledon and it was the turn of Indian cricket team’s batting maestro Virat Kohli to meet the Swiss tennis legend.

“A Day i’ll never forget. Greatness on and off the court. @rogerfederer Absolute legend,” Kohli tweeted after meeting Federer, a win ..

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Rahul upsets Yousif Dhaif

January 12, 2015

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Rahul Jaideep from India upset top seed Bahraini Yousif Dhaif in two hours 7-5, 7-6(5) to clinch boys singles 14 years and under crown in the Third E.K.Kanoo Juniors Open Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club premises in Juffair on Monday. The first set began with both players holding their opening service games, before breaking each other in the next tw ..

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India commissions first rural broadband

January 12, 2015

Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Monday commissioned India's first hi-speed rural broadband network in Kerala's Idukki district, an official statement said.

Speaking on the occasion, Prasad said the country was witnessing "a new era of digital empowerment" and his government "has firmly set its focus on the all ..

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Qatar reserves reach $46.5 bn

January 12, 2015

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Qatar's international reserves hit an all-time high of $46.5 billion (39bn euros) in November and are expected to climb higher despite falling oil prices, Qatar National Bank figures revealed.

The latest figure was a jump of almost $7bn on the level of reserves recorded by the energy-rich Gulf state at the same time in 2013.

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Oil sinks further

January 12, 2015

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Oil prices tumbled again Monday, while most Asian stock markets also retreated after a sell-off in New York at the end of last week in response to data showing weak US wage growth.

The news on wages, which overshadowed another forecast-beating rise in job creation, pushed the dollar down against the euro because it complicates t ..

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Samsung unveils Galaxy A7, its slimmest yet

January 12, 2015

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Samsung Electronics has finally made the long-rumoured Galaxy A7 smartphone official. The new model is the thinnest smartphone made by the South Korean titan yet at 6.3mm.

A part of Samsung's new A series of smartphones, this smartphone has a metallic body and takes a spot above the Galaxy A ..

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Russia sold $76bn to help falling ruble

January 12, 2015

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Russia's central bank in 2014 sold $76.1 billion and 5.4bn euros in attempts to support the ruble, statistics published Monday said, as the currency continued to fall.

Last year, the ruble lost 41 per cent of its value against the dollar and 34pc against the euro as a result of Western sanct ..

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BAHRAIN Q3 GDP GROWTH AT 5.1%

January 12, 2015

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Bahrain GDP clocked a growth of 5.1 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter, powered by strong infrastructure spending and continuing momentum from earlier in 2014.

Overall growth for 2014 is forecasted to have been in excess of 4%, said the Economic Development Board (ECB) release.

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Turkey says Boumeddiene crossed to Syria

January 12, 2015

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Turkey on Monday said that the wanted partner of one of the gunmen behind the terror attacks in France crossed into Syria last week, insisting it was not at fault for failing to detain her.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Hayat Boumeddiene had crossed into Syria on January 8, the same day that her partner Amedy C ..

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26 men acquitted of ‘debauchery’

January 12, 2015

An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men accused of "debauchery" after their night-time arrest from a Cairo bathhouse for suspected homosexual activity, in a case which triggered international concern. "Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest), Long live justice," chanted the defendants when the verdict was announced. "Long live justice and the police," cheered the jubilant families of the defend ..

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Cartoonsto appear again

January 12, 2015

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This week's edition of Charlie Hebdo, put together by survivors of last week's newsroom massacre in Paris by Islamist gunmen, will defiantly feature caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, its lawyer said on Monday.

The special issue, to come out on Wednesday, will also be offered "in 16 languages" for readers around the wor ..

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Qatar removes ‘offensive’ bottles from lingerie store

January 12, 2015

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Authorities in Qatar have ordered bottles of perfume pulled from the shelves of a lingerie store after the name of the product -- "Victoria's Secret: Strawberries and Champagne" -- was deemed offensive.

Perfumes as well as creams and a body mist product were all removed from the shelves at one of Qatar's main shopping centres, t ..

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Lebanon raids prison overlinks to bomb blasts

January 12, 2015

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Security forces raided Lebanon's notorious Roumieh prison on Monday after discovering that inmates were linked to a deadly bomb attack last week, security services said.

The Internal Security Forces (ISF), in a statement, said an operation was underway at the prison's B block, where many high-profile Islamist prisoners are held. ..

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Netanyahu defied France to join Paris march

January 12, 2015

France asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stay away from a weekend solidarity march in Paris but he ignored the request and attended anyway, Israeli media reported on Monday.

The same message was conveyed to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a bid to avoid the commemoration of the 17 people killed in Islamist ..

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UN condemns Boko Haram’s ‘depraved act’ as child suicide bombers attack northern Nigeria market

January 12, 2015

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Appalled by the escalating bloodshed at the hands of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria over the past week, capped by reports that suspected child suicide bombers attacked a crowded market in war-torn Borno state, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Anthony Lake, head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), have both strongly condemned the terrorist group's ..

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Grabar-Kitarovic elected Croatia’s first female president

January 12, 2015

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A conservative populist become Croatia’s first female president Sunday after beating the center-left incumbent in a runoff election amid deep discontent over economic woes in the European Union’s newest member.

The state electoral commission said that after about 97 percent of the vote counted, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic won 5 ..

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Terror-hit Peshawar school resumes classes today

January 12, 2015

Terror-hit Peshawar school resumes classes today

The army-run Peshawar school which was ravaged by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan a few weeks ago resumed its classes Monday, a media report here said.

Students and teachers returned to the Army Public SchoolMonday weeks after the mid-December terror attack claimed 148 lives, including 132 schoolchildren, Geo TV reported.

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AirAsia flight data recorder retrieved from sea

January 12, 2015

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A team of Indonesian navy divers retrieved on Monday the flight data recorder from an AirAsia airliner that crashed two weeks ago, killing all 162 people on board, a government official said.

"This morning I had an official report from the national transportation safety committee. At ..

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US, allies continue attacking IS in Syria, Iraq

January 12, 2015

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The US and its allies have conducted 19 airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq over two days, the US Defense Department said in a statement.

According to the statement Sunday, ten airstrikes were conducted in Syria, destroying 15 IS positions, Xinhua ..

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Ronaldo hopes to hold off Messi, Neuer to retain Ballon d’Or

January 11, 2015

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win the Ballon d'Or for the second year in succession at Monday's gala ceremony in Zurich ahead of Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi.

Messi has finished in the top two in each of the last seven years but, despite another prolific year in 2014, appears this time to be lagging behind his two riv ..

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QASSIM CLINCHES UNDER 12 CROWN

January 11, 2015

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Saudi Arabia's Qassim Obaidan had a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win yesterday to clinch the boys singles 12 years and under crown against French player Shanon Mariani on the fourth day of action in the Third E.K.Kanoo Juniors Open Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club premises in Juffair.

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UAE defeat Qatar

January 11, 2015

United Arab Emirates stormed back from behind to defeat Gulf rivals Qatar 4-1 as they displayed their Asian Cup credentials with a fluent win on Sunday.

Top-rated midfielder Omar Abdulrahman was at his creative best as both Ahmed Khalil and Ali Mabkhout grabbed a brace after "Qatari Maradona" Khalfan Ibrahim put his side ahead.< ..

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War-torn Palestine praying for Japan miracle

January 11, 2015

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War-torn Palestine will attempt to bridge one of the widest gaps in Asian football when they take on defending champions Japan at the Asian Cup on Monday.

The team from the Palestinian territories has already made history just by reaching their first Asian Cup, thanks to their AFC Challenge Cup triumph last year.

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Cuba, amid the censorship, wades into WiFi

January 11, 2015

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Cuba, where Internet access is largely limited to government employees and pricey pay-by-hour public access, plans to start offering wireless service for the first time this month, officials said Saturday.

Wireless Internet connections -- for laptops, smartphones ..

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Turkish PM hails Paris rally

January 11, 2015

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hailed the unprecedented rally against terror in Paris as a strong message to the world, adding he would expect a similar reaction to attacks on Muslims and Islamophobia.

Davutoglu joined dozens of other world leaders at the march in Paris to mourn the ..

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Gabriel Zakuani named his daughter after Crewe trained in Libyan ‘war zone’

January 11, 2015

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Gabriel Zakuani's three-year-old son, Trendy, was named partly because of his dad’s love of Twitter trending. One of the Peterborough centre-half’s daughters is named after Crewe Alexandra, despite him never having played for them. And he once appeared in a video for a Dizzee Rascal single, having met the rapper when they were teenagers taking part in a version ..

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Sanchez boosts Arsenal’s top-four bid

January 11, 2015

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Alexis Sanchez delivered a majestic display as Arsenal closed the gap in the race for a top four finish in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Stoke on Sunday.

Sanchez made Laurent Koscielny's opener and then netted his 17th and 18th goals of the season either side of half-time at the Emirates Stadium to lift Arsenal abov ..

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Suicide bombers kill nine

January 11, 2015

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Two suicide bombers killed nine people and wounded 37 others in an attack on a cafe in a flashpoint Alawite neighbourhood of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Saturday, officials said.

Al-Qaeda's Syria branch claimed responsibility for the attack in the Jabal Mohsen neighbourhood. "Nine people were killed and 37 others wo ..

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Scott Brown looks to his future as a coach in the game

January 11, 2015

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When the occasion demands, Scott Brown is still eminently capable of getting in an opponent’s face or delivering a sharp rebuke to a team-mate. Yet, as the Celtic captain approaches his 30th birthday, there is a growing contemplative side to his character.

This maturity has manifested itself not only in a more considered playi ..

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Federer shines

January 11, 2015

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Roger Federer brought up his 1,000th victory at tour level in style Sunday when he beat Canadian Milos Raonic in three tough sets to win the Brisbane International.

Federer was forced to absorb some superb shotmaking and blistering serves from the 24-year-old before winning 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4 in two hours and 13 minutes at the ..

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AirAsia black box found

January 11, 2015

Indonesian divers on Sunday found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said.

But they failed to retrieve it immediately from the seabed because it was stuck under debris from the main body of the plane, the m ..

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Bahrain fight tooth and nail

January 11, 2015

Iran effectively sealed the points in its Group C opener when Masoud Shojaei added a second in the 71st minute to end Bahrain’s brave resistance in Melbourne.

Asia’s top-ranked side, Iran almost opened the scoring after 20 minutes when the dangerous Ashkan Dejagah forced a smart stop from Sayed Abbas in the Bahrain goal.

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Lookalike Paris attacker claims as IS member

January 11, 2015

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A man resembling Amedy Coulibaly, who shot a policewoman and took hostages at a Jewish supermarket in the Paris attacks, claimed to be a member of the Islamic State group in a posthumous video released online on Sunday.

Speaking into the camera, the man says he coordinated with the two gunmen who attacked the Charlie Hebdo magaz ..

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World unites in Paris

January 11, 2015

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Dozens of world leaders including Muslim and Jewish statesmen linked arms leading hundreds of thousands of French citizens in an unprecedented march under high security to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks.

President Francois Hollande and leaders from Germany, Italy, Israel, Turkey, Britain and the Pales ..

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Infosis gifts iPhone6, HCL gives Mercedes

January 11, 2015

When it comes to rewarding top- performing employees, many large corporates are giving out expensive gifts such as latest iPhones, Mercs, flats and jewellery - a trend started by a little-known diamond firm in Gujarat a few months back.

 Last Diwali, Surat-based Hari Krishna Exports created a flutter by announcing expensive gif ..

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Modi guarantees unlimited reforms

January 11, 2015

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised "truly unlimited" reforms Sunday in his bid to transform India's economy into a global powerhouse as he showcased his long-time fiefdom to global political and business leaders.

Speaking at a major investment summit in the western state of Gujarat attended by US Secretary of State Joh ..

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Gulf mostly up but Qatar dips

January 11, 2015

Most Gulf stock markets maintained their positive momentum on Sunday, supported by good corporate news, but major petrochemical producer Industries Qatar tumbled and dragged down the Doha bourse after announcing a dividend cut.

Industries Qatar plunged its daily 10 per cent limit as Qatar's index dropped 2.4pc. The company said ..

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Armacell announces new plant in Bahrain

January 11, 2015

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Maker of  flexible insulation foams for the equipment-insulation market Armacell Sunday announced that it would build a new manufacturing facility in Bahrain, which would create more than 100 jobs.

 The plant, located at the Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP), will produce elastomeric rubber insulation for the US$3 b ..

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$200 billion for GCC rail

January 11, 2015

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Over $200 billion will be invested to create the 40,000 kilometres long regional rail transport corridor which connects the six Arab Gulf Co-operation Council member states.

This was revealed by Minister of Transport and Communications in Oman Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim Al Futaisi during the GCC Rail and Metro Conference 2015 ..

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Child suicide bomber kills at least 16 in Nigeria

January 11, 2015

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A bomb strapped to a girl aged around 10 years old exploded in a busy market place in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 20, security sources said. "The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10 years old," a police source said. Maiduguri, the capital of northern Borno state, lies in the hear ..

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Liverpool win over Sunderland

January 10, 2015

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Lazar Markovic claimed his first Premier League goal as Liverpool continued their recent upturn in results with a deserved 1-0 win at struggling Sunderland on Saturday.

The £20 million close-season signing from Benfica scored the only goal in the ninth minute to consolidate Brendan Rodgers's side in eighth place in the table.< ..

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Messi and Serena team-up for charitable campaign ’1 in 11′

January 10, 2015

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has teamed up with tennis star Serena Williams in a new campaign to help vulnerable children around the world reach their potential through sport and education.

The '1 in 11' campaign, so called because it represents the number of children worldwide who are unable to attend school, is the result of a co ..

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China upset Saudi Arabia

January 10, 2015

Birthday boy Wang Dalei's penalty stop helped China upset Saudi Arabia 1-0 as a string of top saves made all the difference at the Asian Cup on Saturday.

South Korea and Uzbekistan also had their goalkeepers to thank as they both won by the same 1-0 scoreline on a cliff-hanging day two in Australia.

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France deploys troops as fears acute after dramatic siege finale

January 10, 2015

 France deployed hundreds of troops around Paris on Saturday, beefing up security on the eve of a march expected to draw more than a million in tribute to 17 victims of a three-day Islamist killing spree.

 Fears remained acute and security levels were kept at highest level as the girlfriend of one of three gunmen killed in a f ..

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Iran, Venezuela to battle oil price

January 10, 2015

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, flanked by Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro,vowed Saturday to "neutralise" the threat posed to both countries by plummeting oil prices, in a barely veiled broadside at Saudi Arabia.

OPEC members Iran and Venezuela are reeling from a slide in the cost of crude to around $50 per barrel from $1 ..

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Greek PM vows reforms, low tax

January 10, 2015

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Saturday vowed to pursue reforms while gradually lowering taxes as central planks of a programme he hopes will secure victory in January 25 elections.

"Our national plan ... in 2015-2021 includes reforms to boost growth and competitiveness, " the prime minister of the centre-right coalitio ..

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ISO certification for Mercury contracting

January 10, 2015

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Water proofing and heat insulation service provider, Mercury Contracting Centre W.L.L., Saturday said it received ISO 9001:2008 Certification for the Quality Management System established in the company.

The certificate was awarded following an audit conducted by Bureau Veritas.

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Sukuk Ijara ready for subscription

January 10, 2015

nvestors can now directly subscribe the Government Islamic Lease Securities (Sukuk) from the primary market through registered brokers starting Sunday, said Bahrain Bourse (BHB) in a statement.

The statement said that the listing of the issuance is expected to take place on the January 25, 2015 and subscription process can be co ..

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India’s reserves down by $471m

January 10, 2015

India's foreign exchange reserves fell by $471 million to $319.23 billion for the week ended Jan 2, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data showed.

In the previous week (Dec 26) the reserves had decreased by $287.5m to $319.71bn.

According to the RBI's weekly statistical supplement, foreign currency ..

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Fitch cuts rating to ‘BBB minus’

January 10, 2015

Fitch Ratings cut Russia's credit grade Friday to just one notch above junk level, saying plunging oil prices and Western sanctions will force a four percent economic contraction this year.

Fitch lowered its rating for Russian government debt by one step to  BBB-, the lowest possible investment grade, and added a negative outlo ..

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A chit-chat that sparked $5,320 fine!

January 10, 2015

Turkey's increasingly stringent television watchdog has fined a national private channel over a show where the characters discussed the merits of strawberry-flavoured birth control measures, the Hurriyet daily reported Saturday. TV 2 was fined 12,353 Turkish lira ($5,320) for broadcasting the segment from the French-produced comedy sketch show "Vous Les Femmes", which in Turkish is broadcast a ..

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IS forced into defence mode

January 10, 2015

slamic State jihadists are having to spend more effort defending key supply lines in Iraq due to US-led air strikes and pressure from local forces, the Pentagon said.

The IS group's supply routes into Iraq from neighbouring Syria have become a central focus of combat, with Iraqi government and Kurdish forces -- along with coali ..

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Kerry, Oman sultan in talks

January 10, 2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Munich on Saturday and met with Oman's ailing Sultan Qaboos. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the purpose of the private meeting was "to express his gratitude for their longstanding and strong relationship."

The sultan has not returned to Oman since travelling overseas for m ..

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Saudi records 33,900 divorce cases in 2014

January 10, 2015

Saudi Arabia recorded more than 33,900 divorce cases in 2014, nearly triple marriages and much higher than in 2013, according to official data.

 The Western towns of Jeddah, Makkah and Taif maintained their position as having the highest number of divorce cases in 2014, the justice ministry said in a report published by the Sau ..

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WINTER STORMS LASH GAZA STRIP

January 10, 2015

wo Palestinian babies have died due to cold weather in the Gaza Strip, an official said Saturday, as winter storms lashed the region.

A two-month-old girl from the southern Gaza town of Khan Yunis died on Friday of "a pulmonary obstruction caused by the cold," health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al Qudra said.

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7,655 deaths recorded in Pakistan in 2014

January 10, 2015

Over 7,500 deaths were recorded in Pakistan last year due to terrorism, militant attacks, drone strikes, sectarian violence, targeted killings and security operations, according to a report.

The largest contributor for the total 7,655 deaths in 2014, compared to 5,687 similar fatalities in 2013, was security operations, which sa ..

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Pakistan Taliban faction claims responsibility for Rawalpindi blast

January 10, 2015

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A faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Saturday claimed responsibility for the imambargah blast in Chitian Hatian area of Rawalpindi, which killed eight people and wounded 20 others, media reported.

"We claim responsibility of the attack on the imambargah and vow to continue such attacks against enemies of Islam," The ..

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Opportunities await you in India: Modi to NRIs

January 10, 2015

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi described on Thursday the millions of people of Indian origin across the world as “capital” for the country and appealed to the diaspora to turn to their forefathers’ homeland where opportunities await them now. “Welcoming you, I promise you that while our ancestors went (abroad) looking for opportunities, today opportunities await you here,” he said, ina ..

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White Wolves eye winning start

January 10, 2015

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Sydney Uzbekistan want to make a statement in their opening AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Group B match against DPR Korea on Saturday to underline their credentials as genuine title contenders. The White Wolves, ranked 71st in the FIFA World Ranking and fourth in Asia, have a good recent record in the Asian Cup with back-to-back quarter-final appearances in 2004 and 2007 and ..

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Kuwait strike in 8th minute

January 10, 2015

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Melbourne Australia displayed impressive firepower to beat Kuwait 4-1 in their Asian Cup opener on Friday after talisman Tim Cahill kick-started the tournament hosts following an early scare. Massimo Luongo, Mile Jedinak and James Troisi were also on target for the Socceroos, who could have scored six or seven and were serenaded with a chorus of "Oles" by a sell-out crowd of 30,000 in Melbo ..

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Federer reminder to gen next

January 10, 2015

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Brisbane Roger Federer sent a reminder to the young guns of men's tennis that he is nowhere near close to riding quietly into the sunset when he romped to victory in just 39 minutes at the Brisbane International on Friday. The 33-year-old Swiss maestro produced a masterclass of shot-making as he thrashed Australian wildcard James Duckworth 6-0 6-1 to charge into the semi-finals of the Austr ..

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Tayvallich lifts Al Afoo Cup

January 10, 2015

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Manama Tayvallich owned by Masooma and Zainab Syndicate won the Late Abdulhadi Al Afoo Cup by a length in the tenth meeting of the season at the Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club in Sakhir on Friday. Tayvallich, trained by Taleb Ali and ridden by Ali Hassan, had won last week's Porsche Gold Cup race. Ex Ex owned by H ..

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Targeted West facing mass casualty attacks: UK spy chief

January 10, 2015

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London Islamist militants in Syria are planning "mass casualty attacks" on Western targets, the head of British spy agency MI5 has warned, saying the deadly shooting in Paris was only a reminder of an ongoing threat. Security Service chief Andrew Parker was referring in particular to a group of fighters known as Khorasan, sources said, who have been targeted by US warplanes in strikes in no ..

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This rare butterfly is half male, half female

January 10, 2015

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Volunteers at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University were shocked when the above butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. “It slowly opened up, and the wings were so dramatically different, it was immediately apparent what it was,” Chris Johnson, a retired chemical engineer and museum volunteer, said in a statement. This Lexias pardalis butterfly is perfectly split down its m ..

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At least two dead, Hostage drama in Paris Jewish store

January 10, 2015

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Paris At least two people were shot dead on Friday during a hostage-taking drama at a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris, and five people were being held, official sources said. "There are at least two dead, maybe more, but for the moment we don't know," one source said. French officials suspect a man responsible for the murder of a policewoman on the southern outskirts of Paris on Thur ..

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Pleas of two Pak death row convicts rejected

January 10, 2015

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Islamabad A Pakistan court on Friday rejected the mercy appeals of two death row convicts, while a similar plea of another was dismissed as his execution was already put on hold. The Sindh High Court cancelled the appeal of convicts Saeed Awan and Behram Khan on the grounds that they did not receive a presidential pardon, Dawn online reported. Khan's execution will take ..

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Sworn in as Sri Lanka president, Sirisena topples ‘known devil’

January 10, 2015

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Colombo Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president Friday. He  won huge popular support for his pledge to topple Mahinda Rajapaksa and root out corruption, but the mild-mannered former minister faces a major challenge in uniting his disparate support base. The 63-year-old Sirisena became an unlikely rallying point for disaffected Sri Lankans when he wal ..

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Indonesia suspends flights for no permits

January 10, 2015

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Jakarta Indonesia's transport ministry said on Friday it had suspended 61 domestic flight routes operated by national flag carrier Garuda and a group of budget airlines because they did not have permits. The suspensions followed a probe into the Indonesian aviation sector after an AirAsia plane that crashed on December 28, killing all 162 people on board, was subsequently f ..

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Russia bans transsexuals from driving

January 10, 2015

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Russia has passed a controversial law banning transvestites and transsexuals from driving, prompting sharp criticism from rights activists, including a prominent Kremlin advisor.

The legislation that entered into force this week bans anyone diagnosed with a range of personality and gender identity disorders, including transvesti ..

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President rule in Kashmir

January 10, 2015

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Indian Kashmir was brought under New Delhi's direct rule on Friday after political rivals failed to agree on a power-sharing coalition, more than two weeks after elections in the country's only Muslim-majority state.

A federal government spokesman confirmed that President Pranab Mukh ..

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EU readies plan to tackle Russia

January 9, 2015

Britain, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania on Friday urged Brussels to prepare an EU-wide plan to tackle Russia's "propaganda campaign" amid tensions over Ukraine. "Russia is rapidly increasing its disinformation and propaganda campaign, as an asymmetric response to Western economic power," the countries' foreign ministers said in a letter obtained by AFP. "At the same time in Ru ..

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Car sales on the fast lane

January 9, 2015

German automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen said Friday their leading brands attained record sales in 2014, driven by rising demand in all regions.

Top-of-the-range maker BMW said in a statement it delivered more than two million vehicles to customers last year, "the company's fourth record year in a row."

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Sensex jumps led by IT gains

January 9, 2015

India’s market benchmark Sensex Friday jumped 183 points, led by gains in IT stocks as Infosys beat market expectations with a robust set of quarterly results.

 After opening on a strong note, the 30-scrip BSE index touched a high of 27,507.67 points in early trade amid firm global trends, but the markets saw heavy profit boo ..

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India’s Vistara spreads wings

January 9, 2015

India's newest airline made its maiden flight on Friday, kickstarting attempts to attract well-heeled passengers in a market dominated by loss-making, no-frills carriers.

New airline Vistara -- a Sanskrit word meaning "limitless expanse" -- took off from New Delhi for financial hub Mumbai, offering flyers premium services includ ..

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US JOB GROWTH BEST SINCE 1999

January 9, 2015

The US unemployment rate fell to 5.6 per cent in December, the lowest level in six and a half years, as the country capped its best year for job creation since 1999.

In a fresh sign that the United States is creating more distance with the weakness in Europe and elsewhere, the Commerce Department said Friday that the economy chu ..

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Newborn takes home gold worth Dh140,000

January 9, 2015

It’s that time of year again when a Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) raffle winner is announced every day.

Winners of the DSF daily raffle for one kilogram of gold and a diamond solitaire ring said they couldn’t believe it when their names were announced.

Three residents, including the fathe ..

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Charlie Hebdo suspect trained in Qaeda camps

January 9, 2015

One of the suspects in the attack against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo studied in Yemen where he attended Al-Qaeda training camps, Yemeni security sources and a classmate said Friday.

Said Kouachi appeared at various times between 2009 and 2013 in the troubled Arabian peninsula country, firstly as a student at Sanaa's ..

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Jihadists offended Muslims

January 9, 2015

The chief of the powerful Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah said Friday that Sunni jihadists have caused more offence to Muslims than any book, cartoon or film.

In a televised speech, Hassan Nasrallah also said Western countries were aiding jihadism by exporting terrorists to Muslim countries.

"N ..

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50,000 school bags filled with care for Gaza children

January 9, 2015

As many as 50,000 children in Gaza will have a reason to smile when they see their new school bags. Packed with school stationery and books, the school kits have been put together by thousands of UAE residents as part of a new initiative launched by Dubai Cares.

Hossein Omeid, a student of Philadelphia Private School was among t ..

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Yemen arrests 5 suspects in bomb attack

January 9, 2015

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Yemeni security forces have arrested five suspected Al-Qaeda members accused of carrying out a car bomb attack on a police academy that killed 40 people, the Sanaa police chief said Friday.

General Abdel Razaq al-Moayed, quoted by the official news agency, said the five members of "an Al-Qaeda cell" had been detained and that a ..

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Kerry to meet Iranian FM

January 9, 2015

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US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Iranian counterpart in Geneva on January 14 ahead of the next round of talks on Iran's nuclear program, a US official confirmed Friday.

The two foreign ministers will discuss "guidance for the negotiating teams" which will meet in the Swiss city from January 18 seeking to reach ..

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FLASH NEWS!!!!!!!!!! Charlie Hebdo suspects killed

January 9, 2015

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What is latest on Paris attack? Reports coming in from France confirm that the terrorists who slaughtered 12 persons, including prominent journalists and cartoonists of the French Weekly, have been killed. Stay tuned with DT News for more details.

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Indian politician booked for defending Paris terror attack

January 9, 2015

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A case has been registered against former Uttar Pradesh minister and BSP leader Haji Yakub Qureshi for his controversial comments, in which he defended the terror attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The case was lodged on the complaint of Inspector Lal Singh and action will be taken after investigation, he said. Qureshi had yesterday courted controversy when he sought to defe ..

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Woman finds ‘dental material’ in Japan McDonald’s burger

January 9, 2015

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Tokyo A Japanese woman got more than a mouthful when she discovered fragments later identified as "dental material" in a McDonald's hamburger, marking the fast-food chain's latest food quality embarrassment. The news, confirmed by McDonald's on Friday, comes two days after the company admitted several foreign objects had been found in food at Japanese outlets, including a h ..

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Charlie Hebdo terror attack: Car chase, hostage drama as cops surround suspects

January 9, 2015

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Paris Shots were fired during a car chase and at least one hostage was taken to the north-east of Paris Friday, in the same area police were hunting for two brothers accused of slaughtering 12 people at the offices of French weekly Charlie Hebdo. The hostage drama was underway at a business in Dammartin-en-Goele, to the north-east of Paris, and came 48 hours into a massive ..

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France at ‘war’ with terrorism, not religion: prime minister

January 9, 2015

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Paris France is at "war" with terrorism, but not religion, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Friday as police cornered two suspected Islamist gunmen near Paris. "We are in a war against terrorism. We are not in a war against religion, against a civilisation," Valls said. The country has been left reeling after the massacre Wednesday of 12 people at a satirical weekly maga ..

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Boko Haram kills dozens in fresh raids in Nigerian town

January 9, 2015

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Bauchi Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people and burned down homes in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga in the past two days, in a second killing spree since seizing control there at the weekend, witnesses said on Thursday. Two locals said the Islamist insurgents began shooting indiscriminately and burning buildings on Tuesday evening in raids on the civilian ..

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Olympics: Boston named US candidate to host 2024 Games

January 9, 2015

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Boston was chosen Thursday as the US candidate to host the 2024 Olympics, hopeful of showing the world's finest athletes its determined recovery from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing tragedy. Boston outclassed Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington in voting by the 15-member US Olympic Committee (USOC) board of directors, after ..

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Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse concedes election defeat

January 9, 2015

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Colombo Maithripala Sirisena will be sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president Friday after the strongman incumbent conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election, brought down by charges of corruption and growing authoritarianism. A top aide to Mahinda Rajapakse said the outgoing president accepted the decision of voters who turned out in force on Thursday, in a remarkable turnaround for a lead ..

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Bangladesh judge’s ancestral home burnt hours after judgment

January 9, 2015

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Dhaka Within hours of his ordering a ban on reporting Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Tarique Rahman's speeches and statements in the media, Justice Qazi Rezaul Haque's ancestral house was set on fire by miscreants. Haque's nephew Rommel said unidentified persons set fire to the kitchen in his uncle's house at Feni district early on Thursday but no one was injured ..

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Pakistan to try 3,300 terror suspects in military courts

January 9, 2015

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Islamabad Around 3,300 people accused of being hard-core terrorists will be tried in special military courts in Pakistan over the next two years, as part of measures adopted after the Taliban attack on a school that left over 140 students and teachers killed. "Cases of around 3,000 suspected 'jet black terrorists' arrested during the military operations and 300 to 400 terro ..

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French security forces close in on massacre suspects

January 9, 2015

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Paris A huge manhunt for two brothers suspected of massacring 12 people in an Islamist attack at a satirical French weekly zeroed in on a northern town Thursday after the discovery of one of the getaway cars. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve informed that seven other people had been detained in the hunt for the brothers. As thousands of police tightened their net, the ..

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Scared but defiant: cartoonists raise pencils to Charlie Hebdo

January 9, 2015

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London In the small world of political satire, many cartoonists knew the journalists at the French weekly magazine who were among 12 killed by suspected Islamists on Wednesday. They expressed their anguish and deep anger at the killings in the way they know best. One of the pictures that quickly went viral on the Internet was by Dutch artist Ruben L. Oppenheimer, showing ..

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Marks and Spencer sales lose sparkle over Christmas

January 8, 2015

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London British retailer Marks and Spencer posted on Thursday sliding sales in the run-up to Christmas, as clothing was hit by unseasonably warm autumn weather in the third quarter. Total sales sank 1.6 percent in the 13 weeks to December 27, compared with the same period of the group's previous financial year, M&S said in a trading update that sent its share price divin ..

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Merkel sets strict terms

January 8, 2015

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Berlin/Kiev German Chancellor Angela Merkel set strict terms on Thursday for easing EU sanctions on Russia as the 28-nation bloc unlocked new aid to help Ukraine overcome its devastating Kremlin-backed revolt. The announcements came with Europe -- teetering on the brink of a new recession -- thinking of scaling back steps that both failed to soften Russia's hard line on Ukr ..

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Birmingham, Indian varsities to develop e-F1 car

January 8, 2015

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New Delhi Birmingham City University is all set to ink tieups with three universities in India this week for developing an electronic Formula 1 car, its vice chancellor, Cliff Allan, has said. "We are developing an electronic Formula 1 car and we are going to do it with some of the Indian universities. We believe that by getting students to develop electric racing cars this will change the ..

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To close global equities business, Standard Chartered to axe 2,000 jobs

January 8, 2015

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Hong Kong Standard Chartered said on Thursday it would close a swathe of its global equities business and axe 2,000 jobs around the world this year as it tries to make savings of $400 million as part of a structural overhaul. The Asia-focused British bank said it had already announced or completed 2,000 job cuts in its retail clients business in the past three months, but 2,000 more were "e ..

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New Wave: Cafe Neo set to become African Starbucks

January 8, 2015

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Lagos Men in suits order takeaway cappuccinos at the counter. A trendy young crowd occupies comfortable sofas, armed with laptops for a brain-storming session over cafe lattes, frappuccinos and soft jazz. The morning scene wouldn't raise an eyebrow in New York, London or Paris but cafe culture is a new phenomenon in Nigeria's biggest city, where until recently finding a decent espresso was ..

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India brimming with opportunities: Modi urges NRIs to help build homeland

January 8, 2015

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Gandhinagar Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed on Thursday to millions of people of Indian origin around the world to bolster their homeland's economy, after easing visa rules to attract overseas talent. Modi urged the millions-strong Indian diaspora to consider returning home, saying the country was "brimming with opportunities". "It was a time when your forefathers ..

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Waiting time at Dubai traffic signals slashed

January 8, 2015

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Dubai The average waiting time for traffic signals in certain areas in the emirate has been improved, said the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The improvements came as a result of a study analysing the traffic flow at some intersections and the carrying out of amendments where needed. “The implementation phase of the project has come to an end, and in certain area ..

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Turkey unveils plan for more babies

January 8, 2015

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Istanbul Turkey's Islamic-rooted government on Thursday unveiled a new reform package aimed at realising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ambition for married couples to have more children to counter a slowdown in population growth. The new welfare programme, announced by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara, includes several financial incentive measures including spe ..

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Snowstorm halts Syria fighting

January 8, 2015

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Beirut A group monitoring Syria's war said Thursday that it had recorded no deaths in the conflict for the first time in three years as a rare snowstorm forced a halt to fighting. "We did not document any new killings on Wednesday," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told. "While humanitarian needs soared, the snowstorm ..

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Walking in a Soggy Wonderland

January 8, 2015

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Jerusalem A rare winter storm eased away from Israel on Thursday, leaving behind a coating of the white stuff around Jerusalem and power outages, but little serious damage. As the snow turned to icy rain, cold-phobic Israelis ventured out Thursday after many cowered inside the day before. One man who works at a convenience store off of Hebron Road in Jerusalem pooh-poohed the pani ..

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Gaza’s ruined homes offer little shelter

January 8, 2015

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Gaza City Living by candlelight with no electricity and reliant on sandbags to stop their ruined homes flooding, Gazans who survived last year's war are now struggling with a brutal winter storm. As millions across Israel and the Palestinian territories hunkered down for the worst storm of the winter, freezing rain and gale-force winds battered the Gaza Strip where more tha ..

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Police academy attack: Yemen blames Qaeda

January 8, 2015

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Sanaa Yemen's top security body has blamed Al-Qaeda for a bomb blast at a police academy in Sanaa, as authorities gave a new toll Thursday of 40 killed in the attack. The car bomb on Wednesday targeted dozens of potential recruits lined up to register at the academy in the centre of the Yemeni capital. "This cowardly criminal action reflects the bloodthirsty and savage c ..

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World’s Biggest Ship Just Arrived In The UK and attracting people to the beach

January 8, 2015

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The world's longest vessel, a ship as long as 36 London double decker buses, has reportedly arrived in Britain. The CSCL Globe, a container carrier owned by China Shipping Container Lines, docked at the port of Felixstowe on Wednesday night, and is set to leave in the early hours tomorrow towards Rotterdam, before heading back to China. The ship, built by Hyundai in South Korea is still in ..

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French policewoman killed in shoot-out, hunt broadens for militant killers

January 8, 2015

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Paris France's prime minister said on Thursday he feared Islamist militants who killed 12 people in an attack on a satirical newspaper could strike again as a manhunt for two men widened across the country. A policewoman was killed in a shootout in southern Paris, but police sources could not immediately confirm a link with Wednesday's killings at the Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper t ..

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Pakistan’s Imran Khan weds BBC journalist

January 8, 2015

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Islamabad Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan wed a BBC journalist in a simple ceremony at his Islamabad home Thursday, ending years of speculation surrounding the former playboy cricketer widely considered his country's most eligible man. Imran Khan, who is 62 and the father of two sons from his previous marriage to British socialite Jemima Khan (nee Goldsmith), tied the knot with Reham ..

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Explosion near mosque in eastern France

January 8, 2015

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A "criminal" explosion occurred early Thursday at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone, officials said, but left no casualties.

"It is a criminal act," a local official told AFP, adding that a police investigation has been opened. No link was su ..

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Marxist group claims suicide attack

January 8, 2015

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Istanbul An outlawed Turkish Marxist group yesterday claimed a strike by a female suicide bomber in the heart of Istanbul's tourist district, raising fears of a wave of attacks one week after its militants hit police guarding a palace in the city. The bomber, a young woman in her 20s, killed herself and a policeman on Tuesday after walking into the police station in Istanbul's Sultanahmet d ..

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Snowstorm batters Mideast; 2 dead in Lebanon

January 7, 2015

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Beirut A Syrian man and a young boy died in Lebanon as a rare snowstorm yesterday battered parts of the Middle East, adding to the misery of war refugees from Syria. The bodies of the two Syrians, including the six-year-old boy, were found in the Shebaa region of south Lebanon, the Red Cross said. A security source told they were refugees crossing the mountainous border between Syria and ..

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Landlords ‘blame goblins’ for property fires

January 7, 2015

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Dubai Landlords seeking compensation for house fires in Dubai have sometimes told police the blaze was started by supernatural beings, it's been reported. Owners claim their properties were set alight by goblins or jinns in order to claim insurance money or even to get a new house. A police fire expert has rubbished the idea as little more than a scam. "Fire experts follow scienti ..

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Iran leader airs doubts over US in nuclear talks

January 7, 2015

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Tehran Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday gave vent to his distrust of Washington as he weighed the prospects of a nuclear deal with world powers. The Islamic republic's top diplomats have been negotiating with Washington for around two years -- first in secret, and openly since autumn 2013 -- to end a dispute over its controversial nuclear programme. "The United Stat ..

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Car bomb kills 37 at Yemen police academy

January 7, 2015

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Sanaa A car bomb tore through dozens of Yemenis lined up at a police academy in Sanaa yesterday, killing 37 in the latest attack highlighting the country's growing instability. Police said another 66 were wounded in what it described as a "terrorist bombing" targeting potential police recruits, in a statement cited by the official news agency. Unstable and impoverished  ..

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French satirical newspaper high on jihadist hit-list

January 7, 2015

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Paris Long before being targeted in Wednesday's massacre in Paris, satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo had been considered high on the potential hit-list for jihadists calling for strikes in the heart of Europe. When Charlie Hebdo defiantly republished already controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed considered sacrilegious by Muslims in 2006, it knew it was taking a risk. After it r ..

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Paris carnage: Gunmen fled after shootout

January 7, 2015

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Paris Dozens of police and emergency services were at the site as police secured a wide perimeter around the shooting site, where a Reuters reporter saw a car riddled with bullet holes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among European leaders condemning the shooting. "This abominable act is not only an attack on the lives of French citizens and their security. It is al ..

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At least 12 dead in Paris after attack on satirical newspaper

January 7, 2015

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Paris Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a weekly satirical magazine known for lampooning radical Islam, killing at least 12 people, including two police officers in the worst militant attack on French soil in recent decades. One of the men was captured on video shouting "Allah!" as four shots rang out. Two assailants were then seen calmly leaving the scene. A po ..

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Massachusetts opens 220-year-old time capsule

January 7, 2015

A 220-year-old time capsule containing coins, documents and other artifacts left by U.S. founding fathers Samuel Adams and Paul Revere was opened by Massachusetts officials on Tuesday.

 "The history of Massachusetts is the history of America," Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said before the box was opened, adding t ..

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Brent oil drops under $50 for first time since 2009

January 7, 2015

European benchmark Brent oil sank under $50 per barrel on Wednesday for the first time since 2009, hit by OPEC's production stance, oversupply, weak demand and the strong dollar.

 In morning London deals, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in February dived to a 5.5-year low at $49.92 a barrel. New York crude had already slumpe ..

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Monster sues Apple’s Beats over headphone technology

January 7, 2015

American audio equipment maker Monster LLC is suing rival Beats over claims it ripped off headphone technology ahead of the firm's sale to Apple for more than $3 billion.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in California, alleges Beats co-founders music mogul Jimmy Iovine and rapper Dr Dre pirated the "Beats By Dr Dre" headphone line fro ..

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Euro hits fresh low before inflation trial, bonds boom

January 7, 2015

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The euro hit a nine-year trough as collapsing oil prices and worries about the world economy drove skittish investors into the arms of safe-haven sovereign debt.

 From Japan to Germany to Australia, government borrowing costs reached all-time lows as oil fell 10 percent in just two days and investors wrestled with the risk of g ..

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Author presents book to Riffa Club official

January 7, 2015

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Riffa Club Deputy Board Chairman Shaikh Isa bin Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa received yesterday media figure Majid Sultan who presented him with a copy of his book on the sport movement in Bahrain and achievements.

He praised the content of the book which documents the accomplishments of Bahraini athletes in various regional, cont ..

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Fifteen years for harbouring fugitive

January 7, 2015

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A Bahraini man accused of attempting to smuggle a convicted fugitive has entered a not-guilty plea at his preliminary hearing.

The fugitive was earlier sentenced to 15 years in prison in absentia after being convicted in connection with Jaish Al Imam (Army of Imam) case. Having successfully passed the Bahraini checkpoint, ..

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Friendship Society for the Blind convenes forum

January 7, 2015

Friendship Society for the Blind convenes forum

The tenth forum of the Friendship Society for the Blind opened yesterday under the patronage of  Ministry of Labour Jameel Humaidan.

The symposium was held at the headquarters of Hekma Society for the Retired in Isa Town under the theme: ‘Blind Women Empowerment and Alternative Jobs.’

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COURT BEAT

January 7, 2015

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Four men jailed for immoral acts

Four men who were found guilty of committing indecent and immoral acts in public were slapped with jail sentences ranging between two and three years.

The incident happened on December 17, 2014 during the country’s celebrations for the National ..

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HISTORY IS MADE

January 7, 2015

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For the first time, Prime Minister presents GAP at the Parliament

Bahrain has crossed another milestone yesterday when Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, for the first time in Bahrain history, presented the Government Action Plan (GAP) 2015-2018 at the Parliament.

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MILLIONS WASTED

January 7, 2015

NAO annual report mentioned various violations detected in Health Ministry

National Audit Office (NAO) annual report, for the fiscal year 2013-14, had thrown light on various violations in official establishments, including “wasting hundreds of millions of dinars, out of public funds.”

The report was delivered to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on December 30, Prime Minister HRH Prince Kh ..

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‘MANAMA SOUQ DEVELOPERS IN THE DARK’

January 7, 2015

Family tourism to the area needs to be promoted

Manama Souq was earmarked to become the main tourist attraction in Bahrain for the year 2015 in order to promote family tourism this year, however disbandment of culture ministry has cast doubts on this vision.

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BAHRAIN TO TAKE PART IN ‘ARAB HEALTH EXHIBITION

January 7, 2015

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Bahrain’s National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) will take part in the Arab Health Exhibition and Medical Congress in the Middle East “Arab Health” to be held from 26 to 29 January in Dubai, announced Work Smart, an event management company.

Chief Executive of NHRA, Dr. Bahauddin Fetaiha said that their participation ..

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‘FIRMS SHOULD PAY FOR EXPAT WORKERS’

January 7, 2015

Fees for local employees will be merged with the insurance

Companies in Bahrain will be bound to pay the annual fee for all their local and expatriate workers in exchange for the government-provided medical services after a new health care system for the private sector came into effect yesterday.

Minister of Health Sadiq Al Shehabi said that the companies with less than 50 employees wou ..

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‘WEAK ECONOMY PRESSURISING OIL’

January 7, 2015

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A weak global economy is the main reason for "tensions" in world oil markets, Saudi Arabia's crown prince said Tuesday, in a speech on behalf of ailing King Abdullah.

Prince Salman also indirectly touched on the violence ravaging Syria and neighbouring Iraq, s ..

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MYSTERIOUS 1,500-YEAR-OLD CHARM UNEARTHED

January 7, 2015

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Palindrome amulet that reads the same backwards AND forwards sheds light on ancient religious beliefs

From curses etched in lead to lucky rabbit feet, magical charms have long given insights into the superstitions of ancient cultures.

Now, a 1,500-year-old amulet has been une ..

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SOUTH AFRICA SEAL SERIES

January 7, 2015

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Elgar shines

Dean Elgar guided South Africa to a series-clinching victory by eight wickets on the fifth day of the third and final Test against the West Indies at Newlands on Tuesday.

South Africa won the series by two matches to nil, with one match finishing in a rain-affect ..

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Indonesia says crashed AirAsia plane tail found

January 7, 2015

 

Recovery teams have found the tail of the crashed AirAsia Flight 8501 in the Java Sea, the Indonesian search chief said Wednesday, the eleventh day of relief operations.

"We have successfully obtained part of the plane that has been our target. The tail portion has been confirmed found," search and rescue agency chief Ba ..

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‘Blue Dog’ painting valued at $250,000 stolen from New Orleans

January 7, 2015

A painting by Louisiana artist George Rodrigue with an estimated value of $250,000 that depicts the artist as a blue dog beside his bride on their wedding day was stolen on Tuesday from a gallery in New Orleans, the artist's son said.

 The 1997 painting "Wendy and Me" was hanging in the Rodrigue Studio in New Orleans' French Qu ..

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Flooded with refugees, Lebanon slaps visas on Syrians

January 6, 2015

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Overwhelmed by a massive influx of desperate refugees, Lebanon began imposing unprecedented visa restrictions on Syrians on Monday, including those fleeing their country's civil war.

"Today we began implementing the new entry measures and Syrians at the borders have begun presenting their documents to enter," a source at Lebano ..

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School attacks killed 160 Syrian children in 2014: UN

January 6, 2015

160 kids killed in syria school attacks: UN

At least 160 children died in attacks on schools in war-ravaged Syria last year and the education of 2.4 million has been cut short by the fighting, the UN said Tuesday.

Schools should be "zones of peace", the UN children's agency said, adding that pupils needed to be allowed to study without risking death or injury.

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US opposes Israeli freeze on PA tax revenues

January 6, 2015

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Washington says freezing of $127m in tax revenues after Palestinian Authority's bid to join ICC is counter-productive.

The United States has denounced a move by Israel to freeze the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in retaliation for their bid to join the International Criminal Court.

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Messi ‘could leave Barca through the back door’

January 6, 2015

Messi has followed Chelsea's official Instagram account

Brewing discontent 

Lionel Messi's Barcelona future has again been thrown into doubt amid fresh turmoil at the club after the attacker did not show at training recently, with former Blaugrana attacker Hristo Stoichkov suggesting the Argentine could leave the Camp Nou "through the back door."

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Nadal stunned in Doha

January 6, 2015

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World number three Rafael Nadal made the worst possible start to the new season as he lost to Germany's Michael Berrer in round one of the Qatar Open on Tuesday.

The Spaniard could not build on a strong start and Berrer, ranked 127th, powered through to win 1-6 6-3 6-4.

Nadal had only faced B ..

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Kiwis smash Lanka hopes

January 6, 2015

Kane Williamson cuts one square en route to his double century

Williamson, Watling in record partnership

A world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365 by Kane Williamson and B.J. Watling, who both posted career bests, slammed the door on Sri Lanka in the second Test in Wellington on Tuesday.

Williamson's unbeaten 242, with Watling not o ..

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Palestinians hope footballers can put them on map

January 6, 2015

The Palestinian national team prays before the start of a friendly against Jordan in 2008

2014 ended with a sour note for Palestinian national aspirations. On 30 December, a United Nations resolution calling for the end of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and the establishment of an independent state by the end of 2017 narrowly failed to gain the necessary majority. But for Palestine and its supporters, the new year will bring with it ..

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Iran aim at Fourth title

January 6, 2015

Javad Nekounam will be the backbone of Iran

Asia Cup 2015 

Three-time champions Iran are looking forward to reclaiming the Asian Cup football title they last won in 1976 at the tournament.

Iran, ranked first in Asia, were drawn in Group C with Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.

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Bouchard thrashes sluggish Serena

January 6, 2015

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada

Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard swatted aside an out-of-sorts Serena Williams 6-2 6-1 at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Tuesday.

The American world number one's body language throughout the contest suggested she would rather have been anywhere else than on the blue hard courts in Western Australia.

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Beijing, Almaty bid for 2022 Winter Games

January 6, 2015

Chinese Olympic Committee chairman Liu Peng hands over documents to IOC sports director Christophe Dubi in lodging an official bid

Battle for stage

Leaders of the rival Beijing and Almaty bids to stage the 2022 Winter Olympics on Tuesday made official guarantees to the IOC as their battle entered the final straight.

The event is guaranteed to be staged in Asia as the Chinese and Kazakhstan cities are the ..

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Oz hammer blunt India

January 6, 2015

Warner celebrates his century

Warner on song

A brisk century from David Warner put Australia in complete control of the fourth Test against India, with the hosts 348-2 at stumps on day one.

Warner and Chris Rogers shared their most productive opening stand, hammering home the hosts’ advantage after Stev ..

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Binny, Patel make India’s squad

January 6, 2015

Stuart Binny

India have included all-rounders Stuart Binny and Akshar Patel in a 15-man squad to defend their World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand starting next month.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who returned to India midway through the test series in Australia with a shoulder injury, was also included in the squad named on Tuesda ..

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Sharapova sails into Quarterfinal

January 6, 2015

Sharapova serves against Shvedova

Brisbane International

Top seed Maria Sharapova began her 2015 campaign in ruthless fashion as she brushed aside Yaroslava Shvedova 6-0, 6-1 in the second round of the Brisbane International on Tuesday.

Shvedova, a qualifier from Kazakhstan, offered more resistance in the sec ..

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$6,000 handmade Lamborghini smartphone

January 6, 2015

lambhorgini

For the consumer who wants a smartphone to make an impression, the Lamborghini nameplate can do that -- for a cool $6,000, shipping included.

Tonino Lamborghini Mobile on Monday announced the global launch of the stainless steel-and-leather handset ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Sony PS4 sales top 18.5 million

January 6, 2015

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Sony on Monday said sales of its PlayStation 4 video game consoles have topped 18.5 million.

Slightly more than four million PS4 units were bought during the year-end holiday season, Sony chief Kazuo Hirai said during a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show gadget extravaganza taking place here this week.

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Bahrain moves up as Gulf ends down

January 6, 2015

Stock brokers are seen on the trading floor of a stock market in the Gulf. (file picture)

Bahrain on Tuesday bucked the negative global market trend by moving up 0.3pc, while most of its GCC counterparts nosedived as oil prices slumped and global markets were dragged down by a gloomy outlook for crude.

The Dubai Financial Market (DFM) Index dived 5.7pc at the start of trading before closing the day 3.2pc lower on 3,4 ..

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Travel chaos as heavy snow hits Turkey

January 6, 2015

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Heavy snowfall descended on large parts of Turkey on Tuesday, snarling road and air traffic and leading to closures of schools, reports said.

In the northern province of Karabuk, a school bus went off the road and turned over on to its side in slick conditions caused by snow, leaving a student dead and 18 others injured, the Dog ..

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Rock studded with 30,000 diamonds found

January 6, 2015

Rare rock diamonds

Rare Wonder

A professor from the University of Tennessee in the US is studying a rare rock covered with as many as 30,000 diamonds. The diamonds may hold clues to the gem's origins.

The golf ball sized chunk of rock contains diamonds, each less than a millimetre in siz ..

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Gay marriage ban ends in Florida

January 6, 2015

Same-sex couples wed in Florida as gay marriage ban ends

Scores of same-sex Florida couples tied the knot early on Tuesday after the state's ban on gay marriage ended. Overjoyed couples filed into courthouses and exchanged vows just after midnight, as Florida became the 36th of America's 50 states to allow gay marriage.

"I'm glad it's finally legal," Willia ..

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India hampers terror fight: Pak

January 6, 2015

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers lay weapons, seized during various search operations against criminal gangs and banned organisations, to be crushed by a steamroller in Karachi on Tuesday. (AFP)

Escalating tension at LoC

Pakistan on Tuesday took aim at arch-rival India accusing it of hampering its military operation against militants by escalating tensions along the Kashmir border.

Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire along their tens ..

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Bangladesh Opposition chief faces murder charge threat

January 6, 2015

BANGLADESH OPPOSITION

Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday threatened to bring murder charges against besieged opposition leader Khaleda Zia and arrested her deputy over accusations that they incited a nationwide wave of deadly violence.

A day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accused Zia of trying to trigger anarchy, a minister said her arch rival sho ..

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Victim’s final b’day wish haunts family

January 6, 2015

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Alone at Sea

When fashion store owner Meiji Thejakusuma bid goodbye to relatives before boarding AirAsia's Flight 8501, she light-heartedly quipped she would "spend time alone at sea" on her birthday, which she planned to mark with a New Year's cruise.

Soon after the plane crash ..

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Swedish diggers find rare pharaonic relief in Egypt

January 6, 2015

Swedish diggers find rare pharaonic relief in Egypt

A team of Swedish archaeologists has discovered a rare 2,500-year-old wall relief depicting two pharaonic deities south of Cairo, Egyptian officials said on Tuesday.

The discovery, one of several finds by a team from Sweden's Lund University, was made near Aswan, 850 kilometres (528 miles) from the Egyptian capital.

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Suicide bombings, clashes kill 23 in Iraq’s Anbar

January 6, 2015

Suicide bombings, clashes kill 23 in Iraq's Anbar

Two suicide bombings followed by clashes in Iraq's Anbar province west of Baghdad killed 23 security personnel on Tuesday, officers and a doctor said.

The suicide bombers attacked a mosque in the Al-Jubba area of Anbar where anti-jihadist fighters were resting, killing 10, after which clashes broke out that left a further 13 sec ..

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LG out to clean up with first-ever Twin clothes washer

January 6, 2015

LG Electronics on Monday promised to take some of the hassle out of doing laundry with a first-ever washing machine setup that simultaneously handles two separate loads.

 The Twin Wash system featured an ample-sized, front-loading washer resting atop a mini-unit that opened like a drawer and was designed with small batches of c ..

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Two more New York police shot, but not targeted

January 6, 2015

Two plainclothes New York police officers were shot late Monday as they investigated a robbery.

Their injuries were not life-threatening and the gunman apparently did not deliberately target them simply because they were police.Local media said Monday's shooting happened as the two officers tried to stop a robbery in the Bronx.< ..

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Woman, 40, crushes a 4-years-old child to death

January 6, 2015

road accident

A four-year-old Bahraini child was killed in a road accident occurred at Muharraq, yesterday evening. The deceased has been identified as Al Bara Isa Salman.

 According to the Ministry of Interior official tweet, the child succumbed to major injuries in a car collision at Abdullah Al Fadhel Road, yesterday evening at around 4 ..

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Art exhibition begins on Thursday

January 6, 2015

Art exhibition begins  on Thursday

Mawane, a non-profit art initiative, will launch its first 3-day exhibition titled “The Spectacle: Inter[pretation]” on Thursday at Damistan village, Bahrain.

The exhibition will be a part of Mawane’s first cultural season titled “[In]Accessible”.

A known interior designer Artist Ma ..

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Bahrain deplores attack in Saudi

January 6, 2015

Bahrain deplores attack in Saudi

Bahrain condemned the heinous terrorist attack, which took place in the northern border area of Arar, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that killed a number of security men yesterday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bahrain said, the attack on security personnel reflected the extent of brutality of the perpetrators, which is co ..

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GROWTH ON RADAR

January 6, 2015

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa & Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has affirmed that the Government blueprint, to be presented at the Parliament today, would represent a political, economic, social and security roadmap that aimed at promoting stability.

Chairing the Cabinet meeting in the presence of Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander ..

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WATER GARDEN TO BLOOM AGAIN

January 6, 2015

Water Garden

Salmaniya Water Park (also called Salmaniya Water Garden) is heading towards a major revamp and will soon become an ideal place for recreational activities, if everything goes according to plan.

According to official sources from Manama Municipality, the park will be expanded to include varied facilities for the visitors.

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CITIZENS’ WELFARE TOP PRIORITY OF KINGDOM

January 6, 2015

The Premier and Crown Prince during their meeting yesterday at the Gudaibiya Palace

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa have expressed satisfaction at the advanced level of the development process in the Kingdom in all fields.

This took place when the Premier received the Crown Prince a ..

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PM URGES SUPPORT FOR TOURISM AND INVESTMENT

January 6, 2015

The Premier with Shura Council members and MPs during the meeting yesterday

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has expressed confidence that cooperation between the executive and legislative branches will reach greater heights, especially regarding facilitating investment and economic projects in the Kingdom.

The Premier expressed hope that the two sides will cooperate in supporting ..

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COURT BEAT

January 6, 2015

court beat

Ali Salman’s detention extended for 15 days

Public Prosecution announced yesterday that the detention of General Secretary of Al Wefaq Islamic Society Ali Salman had been renewed for another fifteen days, pending investigations.

In a statement issued t ..

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TRAFFIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN FOR CAMPERS

January 6, 2015

A traffic policeman distributing the traffic awareness leaflets

The General Directorate of Traffic has launched an intensified traffic awareness campaign for campers in Sakhir Camping Area.

The campaign comes as a part of the directives issued by Interior Minister Lieutenant General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, aimed at eliminating wrong traffic behaviours.

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CAMPS VIE FOR SHAIKH NASSER AWARD

January 6, 2015

Shaikh Nasser

Arbitration panel begins assessing camps

The 10-member Arbitration Panel of the HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Best Camp Award began a series of field visits to assess 20 camps.

The Governor of the Southern Governorate and Chairman of the High Committee for Camping Season, Shaikh ..

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GCC UNIFIED LABOUR LAW FOR DOMESTICS IN 3 MONTHS

January 6, 2015

A maid at work –  a representative picture

Bahraini laws already advanced, will not make much difference 

The decision regarding the GCC Unified Labour Contract for household workers is expected to reach within three months at a time when the representatives of all the concerned countries meet in Qatar, said Undersecretary of Labour Ministry Sabah Al Do ..

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WINDIES COLLAPSE

January 6, 2015

CRICKET-RSA-WIS-TEST

Cape Town

Harmer beguiles Samuels

Marlon Samuels played one big shot too many and opened the way for a West Indian collapse on the fourth day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands on Monday.

The West Indies collapsed fr ..

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Four memorable Asian Cup moments: Recap

January 5, 2015

Iraq overcame extreme turmoil at home to lift the 2007 Asian Cup

1) Iraq's dramatic triumph, 2007

Iraq overcame extreme turmoil at home to lift the 2007 Asian Cup in dramatic circumstances, bringing a measure of solace to their war-torn country by beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final in Jakarta.

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Asian Cup wide open

January 5, 2015

AFC ASIA CUP SOCCEROOS

With hosts Australia in a state of flux and holders Japan engulfed by scandal, the Asian Cup looks to be the most wide open in years.

Redemption for a humiliating 2014 World Cup beckons should Australia, Japan, South Korea or Iran win Asia's showcase tournament, which begins on January 9 when the Socceroos face Kuwait in Melbour ..

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BMW agrees to pay $818m subsidy

January 5, 2015

BMW office

German carmaker BMW has agreed to offer 5.1 billion yuan (686 million euros, $818 million) in subsidies to its Chinese dealers to help make up for losses from slowing sales, Bloomberg news agency reported Monday.

Quoting a top official from the China Automobile Dealers Association, Bloomberg reported that the subsi ..

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Indian economy to clock 6.6% growth

January 5, 2015

Indian economy

Good times ahead

A gradual recovery is underway for the Indian economy and the country is expected to clock a GDP growth of 5.5 per cent in the current fiscal and 6.6 per cent in FY16, says a Nomura report.

According to the global financial services firm, the recovery is like ..

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Qatar Airways to fly Amsterdam

January 5, 2015

Amsterdam

Qatar Airways has revealed its first new destination in 2015, to the capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, starting from June 16.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker said: “Amsterdam has long been on our list of destinations to introduce to our network, and we are delighted to now be adding this dynamic ..

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Sensex snaps

January 5, 2015

SENSEX

Six-day rally

The Sensex snapped 6 days of upward movement on profit-booking on Monday after crossing the 28,000- level in the morning for the first time since December 9, but slipped by nearly 45.58 points to end at 27,842.32.

The BSE 30-share index resumed trading higher an ..

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EURO CONTINUES DOWNWARD SPIRAL

January 5, 2015

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Hits nine-year low

European stock markets fell on Monday and the euro struck a nine-year low against the dollar with the ECB appearing on course to further prop up the eurozone.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index slid 0.12 per cent to stand at 6,495.17 points approaching midda ..

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Oil retreats again

January 5, 2015

Oil Retreats

Hits fresh 5 year lows 

Oil prices dropped to fresh 5-1/2-year lows on Monday as worries about a surplus of global supplies and lacklustre demand dragged on oil markets.

Russia's oil output hit a post-Soviet high last year, averaging 10.58 million barrels per day (bpd), up 0 ..

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Alba’s line 6 project will complete by 2018

January 5, 2015

Alba Production record 2014

Alba will become the world’s largest single-site Aluminium smelter by 2018 according to its CEO Tim Murray. The feasibility study for the projected has been completed and the approvals from authorities are expected by 2015. Once the construction starts, the project will be completed within three years, according to the CEO.

Th ..

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France ‘will not yield’ on Iran demands

January 5, 2015

French President Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said on Monday his country would stand firm on its demand that Tehran vow not to pursue nuclear weapons ahead of fresh international negotiations.

"If there is no clear statement from Iran on giving up nuclear weapons, there will be no agreement," Hollande said on France Inter radio.

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It’s like hitting two birds with one stone

January 5, 2015

UAE

Tourists visiting Dubai this month said they are hitting two birds with one stone: getting to see the beauty of Dubai and snagging good shopping deals in between.

An average of 4.4 million visitors come to emirate for the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) roughly spending, along with residents, an average of Dh325,520 per minute thr ..

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Terrorists kill Saudi commander, guards

January 5, 2015

Terrorists kill Saudi commander, guards

Three Saudi guards including a top commander were killed on Monday in a rare attack and suicide bombing by "terrorists" on the kingdom's border with Iraq, the interior ministry said.

Four attackers were also killed in the clash, two in suicide blasts.

No group claimed responsiblity for the cl ..

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Turkey brings back missing soldier

January 5, 2015

Turkey brings back missing soldier

A Turkish soldier who went missing on the border with Syria has been brought home, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Twitter on Monday.

"We've brought back to the country a short time ago our officer who was abducted while on a mission against smugglers on the border with Syria," Davutoglu said.

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Saudi hackers brings down 9,000 porn accounts

January 5, 2015

saudi twitter

The Saudi Arabian government claims to have hacked 9,000 Twitter accounts and shut them down the basis that they were tweeting “pornography”.

The country's Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) said it had employed “ethical hackers” to take down Twitter accounts and identify their owner ..

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‘NO GENDER WISE CABIN SEPERATION’

January 5, 2015

Passengers on a aeroplane

Following a string of complaints by male passengers, various media outlets reported that Saudi Arabia’s national airline would begin implementing a policy that separated airplane cabins by gender.

Male fliers had allegedly complained about other men being assigned seats next to wives or female relatives, as well as overly “f ..

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Hamas, Abbas at loggerheads

January 5, 2015

Hamas security forces hold back a Palestinian as protesters try to block the access to the cabinet headquarters of Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Hamas said Monday it was "totally opposed" to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's plans to re-submit to the UN Security Council a resolution on ending Israel's occupation which failed last week.

"Hamas is totally opposed to any return to the UN Security Council by the Palestinian Authority," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a s ..

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Brits triumph in Hopman Cup

January 5, 2015

Andy Murray hits a return against Benoit Paire

British number one Andy Murray conceded he was being troubled by a lingering left shoulder problem after he opened his Hopman Cup account with a straight-sets win over Frenchman Benoit Paire at the Perth Arena on Monday.

The world number six had few problems with Paire, himself on the comeback trail after injury, and won their c ..

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Espresso propels Serena Williams to victory

January 5, 2015

Williams asks tournament referee Andreas Egli (left) if she can order a coffee

Shot in the arm

Serena Williams needed a coffee to go with her "bagel" in order to help United States see off Italy 3-0 at the Hopman Cup on Monday.

The World No. 1 was not her usual self in the opening stages as she lost the first set of the match to love -- a "bagel" -- lea ..

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Black Caps stay afloat

January 5, 2015

Kane Williamson drives one straight during his innings

Williamson comes in rescue 

Kane Williamson and BJ Watling produced an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 94 to keep New Zealand alive on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington on Monday.

New Zealand were 253-5 at stumps, a 118-run advantage with five w ..

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Hogmanay Hack tourney held

January 5, 2015

(From left) Taimur, Yaseen, Golf Operations Manager Sheldon Cameron and Saud

Manama

Team of Yaseen Le Falher, Saud Al Sharif, Faris Brough and Taimur Malik (59.5 nett) won the Royal Golf Club’s annual Hogmanay Hack Golf Tournament held on the New Year eve. The runners-up were Abdulla Al Hakam, Nasser Al Mahasni, Mohammed Al Noaimi and Saqer Al Noaimi (61.2) as the team of Hanne Hansen, Debbie Lane, Ph ..

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Pliskova dumps Azarenka out

January 5, 2015

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus walks off the court following her defeat against Karolina Pliskova

Brisbane International

Czech player Karolina Pliskova spoiled Victoria Azarenka's comeback bid after an injury-marred 2014, winning a gruelling first-round match at the Brisbane International on Monday.

Pliskova displayed incredible fighting spirit to hold off the former worl ..

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Moyes’ giant-killers thwart Barcelona

January 5, 2015

Andres Iniesta (centre) retreats back to the centre circle  in dejection

Lost opportunity

Barcelona missed a golden opportunity to go top of La Liga on Sunday, when they lost 1-0 at Real Socidead, and Coach Luis Enrique will have some strong questions to answer about his team's selection and performance.

Enrique sent out an experimental lineup in San Sebast ..

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Hughes plaque a reminder for Aussies

January 5, 2015

Australian cricket players Peter Siddle (second right) and Chris Rogers (right) inspect a plaque remembering Phillip Hughes

The memory of batsman Phillip Hughes will linger over the Australian cricketers in this week's poignant final Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) where he fell.

A plaque honouring Hughes was installed outside the home dressing room at the SCG on Monday.

It means skipper Stev ..

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India to start a new chapter

January 5, 2015

Virat Kohli (right) is challenged by teammate Shikhar Dhawan (left) during a training session at the Sydney Cricket Ground

The series is out of bounds but Indian cricket is all set to enter a new era under the feisty Virat Kohli, whose leadership would be put through a trial by fire when the visitors seek redemption in the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia starting on Tuesday.

Down 0-2 in the series, India have already lost the Border- ..

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Pak offers $100,000 bounty for Taliban leader

January 5, 2015

Pak offers $100,000 bounty for Taliban leader

The government of Pakistan's restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province Monday announced a bounty worth 10 million rupees (US$100,000) for information leading to the arrest or death of the Pakistani Taliban chief, officials said.

"The provincial government has set a bounty of RS 10 million for any information/help that can lead to the ..

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Four death row convicts acquitted

January 5, 2015

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Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench on Monday acquitted four death row convicts condemned to death for their involvement in 2002’s suicide bombing attack at Shah-e-Najaf Imam Bargah in Rawalpindi.

The attack led to a loss of 19 lives. 35 people were injured.

The four men, Fazal Mu ..

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Runaway N. Korean soldier kills four Chinese

January 5, 2015

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A North Korean believed to be a runaway soldier killed four Chinese during a robbery after he crossed the border into China in search of food, media reports said on Monday.

The young North Korean crossed the border in late December and stole money and food at a house before killing four residents in C ..

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One-man army fights against rats

January 5, 2015

Mission Impossible Rats

Mission Impossible

The people of Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar have lived through countless bombings, shootings and kidnappings in recent years, but now a new peril stalks the streets -- huge house rats.

Residents of the city, on the front line of ..

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village to be hydrogen-powered

January 5, 2015

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village to be hydrogen-powered

The athletes village for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be a futuristic "hydrogen town" where electricity and hot water are generated from the abundant element, a local newspaper reported on Monday.

Planners at the Tokyo metropolitan government want to use the opportunity of hosting the summer sporti ..

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Rivals create anarchy: PM

January 5, 2015

Rivals create anarchy: PM

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accused her besieged opposition rival of trying to trigger anarchy on Monday as security forces clamped down on protests on the first anniversary of her controversial re-election.

After main opposition leader Khaleda Zia accused Hasina of trying to cling onto power by force, the prime min ..

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Parrot’s Smart Pot watches over house plants

January 5, 2015

Parrot's Smart Pot watches over house plants

Parrot is ramping up its Flower Power with a pot that not only detects whether plants have enough light and fertilizer, but waters them as needed.

A Parrot "smart pot" is heading for global release this year at a price yet to be revealed by the Paris-based company known for drones and in-car communications and audio.

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Shooting mars poll campaign

January 5, 2015

Shooting mars poll campaign

Three opposition activists hurt in Sri Lanka

Gunmen shot and wounded three opposition activists Monday who were preparing a stage for President Mahinda Rajapakse's chief rival on the final day of campaigning in Sri Lanka's election, police said.

Th ..

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China ice festival launches without a bang

January 5, 2015

CHINA-LEISURE-SNOW-ICE

A spectacular ice festival opened in China on Monday but officials cancelled a firework display to allay safety concerns after a deadly New Year stampede in Shanghai.

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, in the chilly northeastern province of Heilongjiang, draws tens of thousands of visitors each year to its enormous ..

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Air officials suspended

January 5, 2015

Navy divers support Air Asia Flight QZ8501 search efforts

Indonesia orders probe

Indonesia on Monday ordered the suspension of aviation officials as it investigates the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501, also promising action against any domestic airlines violating their flying permits.

The crackdown came as a major search ..

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Suicide bomber kills two Saudi guards on Iraq border

January 5, 2015

A suicide bomber killed two Saudi guards Monday on the border with Iraq, where Islamic State jihadists have seized a swathe of territory, the interior ministry said.

 The blast in the Arar region followed a firefight between the border patrol and the assailants, one of whom was shot dead, a ministry spokesman said in a statemen ..

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Pedestrian injured in road accident

January 5, 2015

The ambulance is seen parked in the area where the accident occurred while the medical team and police are attending to the victim (not seen in the photo)

A pedestrian has suffered multiple injuries last night after he was hit by a car driven by a Bahraini in Hamad Town, according to witnesses, who could not confirm the nationality of the injured man.

The accident is believed to have happened because the man crossed the road without allegedly paying attention to traffic.

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COURT BEAT

January 5, 2015

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Accident victim to get BD20,300

The High Administrative Court has ordered a female driver, as well as a local insurance company, to pay a combined total of BD20,300 in compensation to a Bahraini college girl who suffered 35% disability following a road mishap.

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Tale of the ‘cocktails’

January 5, 2015

Tale of the ‘cocktails’

Earlier, Ahmed (name changed), owner of a cold store in Sitra, had wondered as to why there was a huge demand for carbonated drinks that come in glass bottles, compared to that in plastic containers. And, it took a while for him to get an answer.

The main customers of the drinks that come in glass bottles are none other than the ..

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Israel saw eight percent drop in visitors in 2014

January 5, 2015

The number of visitors to Israel dropped in 2014 by eight percent in the wake of Israel's Gaza war, which started during July and continued into the winter.Some 3.26 million visitors arrived in Israel in 2014, compared with 3.67 million in 2013, according to an annual report released Sunday by the ministry.

 However, the number ..

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Bahrain Schools Expo from Jan 8

January 5, 2015

The British School of Bahrain

The British School of Bahrain is delighted to invite you to join Bahrain Schools Expo 2015, which will be held for the first time in the Kingdom at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, from 10am to 10pm from January 8 to 10.

The expo is a ‘one-stop shop’ event that offers parents an easier way to find a su ..

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Drinks in glass bottles fly off shelves

January 5, 2015

Mr. Al Mulla and Mr. Al Hammadi discussing important issues

In some parts of the Kingdom, carbonated drinks in glass bottles are selling like hotcakes, and the main customers of them are none other than the anti-Government rioters.

They, of course, are not drinking the whole bulk, but are using the bottles to make Molotov cocktails.

In places like Sit ..

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STICK TO MORALS: PM TELLS TEHRAN

January 5, 2015

The cover page of La Lettre Diplomatique (Diplomatic Message)- PM-Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has urged Iran to adhere to the principles of good neighbourliness and avoid interfering in other nation’s internal affairs.

In an interview given to French magazine La Lettre Diplomatique (Diplomatic Message), HRH the Prime Minister said, Bahrain has always seen Iran as ..

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DISABILITY COMPLEX PROJECT AWARDED

January 5, 2015

A computer generated image of the comprehensive Disability Complex project

As part of the Kingdom’s aim to implement infrastructure and varied service projects, under the GCC Fund and to enhance growth and serve the people of Bahrain, a Comprehensive Disability Complex Project located in A’Ali, belonging to the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD), was awarded at a cost of BD7,413,127, with the consent of the Tender Board and the fin ..

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AMBASSADOR SNUBS PROTEST LETTER CLAIMS

January 5, 2015

Mr. Al Maliki

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Iraq Salah Ali Al Maliki has denied recent reports claiming he had received a letter of protest from the highest religious figures in Iraq.

The reports claimed that the First Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Shaikh Humam Hamoudi had sent the letter.

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Seef Mall sees 30 thousand visitors on weekends: Colonel Al Muhza

January 5, 2015

Colonel Al Muhza - file photo

Head of Exhibitions Police Station of the General Directorate of Capital Governorate Police, Colonel Adel Ahmed Al Muhza said yesterday that the number of visitors to Seef Mall daily is approximately 23,000, while during weekends the number of visitors has been observed to be almost 30,000.

Colonel Al Muhza said yesterday tha ..

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PAYPHONES SOON TO BE A HISTORY

January 5, 2015

Payphones soon  to be a history

Batelco is all set to remove the rarely or unused payphones installed across the streets in the Kingdom.

 The concerned authorities have marked the kiosks with stickers and have sought public opinion in this regard.

 A detailed list of rarely used or unused public payphones has been provide ..

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Instant English coverage of Parliamentary sessions coming soon

January 5, 2015

Parliament session in progress - file photo

Instant English translation of the Parliament’s weekly sessions will soon be available for English-speaking guests and the journalists, it was announced in the official statement of the Council yesterday.

In a statement issued to the Media, the Parliament said, “as directed by the Council’s Speaker Ahmed Al Mulla, the Gene ..

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‘Gandhi Darshan Pravasi Sangamam’ on Friday

January 5, 2015

Office-bearers of the Gandhi Cultural Forum at the Press Conference

Under the patronage of Ministry of Labour and Embassy of India, Mahatma Gandhi Cultural Forum will hold a programme titled  Gandhi Darshan Pravasi Sangamam’ on January 9 at Jashanmal Auditorium of the Indian School, Isa Town.

 The event marks the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa.< ..

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DC book fair and cultural festival from Thursday

January 5, 2015

BKS members attend the Press Conference

The Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS) will host DC International Book Fair and Cultural Festival starting from January 8 to 17 at BKS DJ Hall.

 The fair will showcase books of various categories that include novels, dramas, biographies, autobiographies, research, history, self-help books, cookery etc.

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COLD, WINDY WEATHER EXPECTED

January 5, 2015

Bahrain-weather

The Kingdom will be affected by cold wave and strong winds from Thursday, January 8, it was revealed by the Meteorological Director at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications Adel Adham.

He said that during the coming days, the weather would be cold, and partly cloudy with rising sand and strong wind, adding that the t ..

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VALENCIA HALT REAL MADRID

January 5, 2015

Valencia's defender Antonio Barragan Fernandez celebrates goal by Nicolas Otamnedi

22-match winning run snapped

Valencia came from behind to snap Real Madrid's winning streak at 22 games and blow the La Liga title race wide open with a 2-1 win at Mestalla on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half penalty had the visitors on course for a four-point lead at t ..

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A decade of aid cash brings little cheer for Afghan orphans

January 5, 2015

AFGHANISTAN-UNREST-CHILDREN-ORPHANAGE

International aid was meant to transform Afghanistan's welfare standards, but orphanages in Kabul reveal that the most vulnerable children, many left parentless by war, have seen little benefit from the billions of dollars spent.

At Windows of Hope, an orphanage in the wartorn capital, organisers and volunteers make the best of ..

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Poles off to perfect start at Hopman

January 4, 2015

TENNIS-AUS-HOPMAN

The Poland pairing of Agnieszka Radwanska and Jerzy Janowicz made a perfect start to the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth on Sunday.

Up against the host nation, the Poles lived up to their status as one of the tournament favourites when they made a clean sweep of their tie to beat Australia 3-0, helped by an unfortunate injury to ..

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Japan, Iran wrap up warm ups

January 4, 2015

Japan warms up

Holders Japan beat Oceania club champions Auckland City 2-0 while three-times winners Iran edged old foes Iraq 1-0 as half of the Asian Cup finalists played final friendly matches on Sunday before next week's kick-off in Australia.

Japan coach Javier Aguirre fielded a strong side for the fixture in Newcastle with the Blue Samura ..

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Australia, South Korea to call shots

January 4, 2015

great expectations

Great expectations

Australia and South Korea look odds-on favorites in Group A, which also includes Oman and Kuwait, to qualify for the knockout stage at the AFC Asian Cup starting here on January 9.

Australia might have torrid time in the 2014 World Cup losing three back-to- ..

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Aaish winner; sinks Jordan

January 4, 2015

Fouzi Aaish

Asia Cup friendly

Bahrain completed its preparations for the 16th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup on a high with a 1-0 victory over Jordan thanks to an 83rd minute goal from Qatari-based Al Sailiya defender Fouzi Aaish.

Jordan have been in woeful form since the a ..

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Rallies, Processions Banned in Dhaka

January 4, 2015

BANGLADESH-UNREST-ELECTION

All rallies and processions have been banned in the Bangladeshi capital city in the light of simmering political tensions between the opposition and ruling parties, a media report said on Sunday.

The step was taken to curb spiralling tensions between supporters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the ruling Awami ..

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Transport ship beached off English coast

January 4, 2015

BRITAIN-GERMANY-SHIP-TRANSPORT-ACCIDENT

A huge transport ship that ran aground off the south coast of England was being assessed for its stability Sunday as experts work out how to attempt salvaging the stricken vessel.

The Hoegh Osaka car carrier has beached on the submerged Bramble Bank in the Solent, the straits between the mainland and the Isle of Wight.

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Chinese demand for tiger wine and skins puts wild cats in peril

January 4, 2015

china tiger park

To the thump of dance music, four tigers roll over in succession, and then raise themselves up on to their haunches. A man in a shiny blue shirt waves a metal stick at them, and they lift their front paws to beg.

The “show” takes place twice a day in a gloomy 1,000-seat auditorium – empty on a recent afternoon except for o ..

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