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In prison: Thai women pay high price for drugs
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

AYUTTHAYA, June 24 -- 2014: Lured by easy money, an escape from poverty or family pressure, thousands of women are locked up for drug offences in Thailand, which has one of the world's highest rates of female imprisonment. Mai, 27, was sentenced to three years in jail after she was caught with 20 "yaba" pills -- a slang term for methamphetamine known locally as crazy medicine -- used by tens of thousands of Thais, from taxi drivers to students....

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Five years after death, Jackson's fortunes blooming
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES, June 24 -- 2014: Michael Jackson fans will place flowers on his grave in Los Angeles this week to mark the fifth anniversary of his death, but half a decade on, the pop icon's financial fortunes are positively blooming.
 
The self-proclaimed King of Pop was struggling to avoid bankruptcy when he died on June 25, 2009....

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Asian sides head for winless World Cup
Monday, June 23, 2014

CUIABA, June 23 - 2014: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) teams are heading for their first World Cup blank in 24 years, with Japan, South Korea, Australia and Iran all failing to muster a single victory in Brazil so far.
 
In the latest setback, South Korea went down 4-2 to Algeria in Porto Alegre yesterday after drawing their Group H opener against Russia -- leaving them with slim hopes of making the last 16....

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Spain mourns end of era for weary heroes
Thursday, June 19, 2014

MADRID, June 19 -- 2014: Spanish newspapers and football fans today mourned the end of an era for their national team after the world and European champions crashed out of the World Cup in a humiliating 2-0 beating by Chile.
 
Photographs of midfielder Andres Iniesta with his head in his hands made the front pages of the press, sharing the space in some cases with coverage of the swearing in of Spain's new king, Felipe VI....

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Champions Spain crashes out of World Cup
Thursday, June 19, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 18 -- 2014: Defending champions Spain crashed out of the World Cup today after losing 2-0 to Chile in their second defeat in five days. Chile's victory -- through goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Arranguiz -- took them and the Netherlands through to the last 16 from Group B. The defeat was also the first time Spain had lost two on the trot in six years....

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Singapore grapples with smartphone addiction
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

SINGAPORE, June 14 -- 2014: Easily distracted? Can't be separated from your smartphone? Constantly checking your device for no real reason? Chances are you're an addict -- and you may even need professional help.
 
Psychiatrists here are pushing for medical authorities to formally recognise addiction to the Internet and digital devices as a disorder, joining other countries around the world in addressing a growing problem....

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Mueller scores first hattrick at this World Cup
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

SALVADOR, June 16 - 2014: Thomas Mueller claimed a hat-trick as Germany opened their World Cup today with a 4-0 rout of 10-man Portugal as Cristiano Ronaldo endured an afternoon to forget. A decisive first-half saw Germany race into 3-0 lead as Mueller converted a penalty, then fired home their third on the stroke of half-time after a Mats Hummels header had also hit the target....

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Schumacher moved to Swiss hospital after emerging from coma
Monday, June 16, 2014

LYON, June 16 - 2014: Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was transferred from a French hospital to a facility in Switzerland today after emerging from a coma following his devastating ski accident in December.
 
In a surprise announcement, the retired racing star's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said he had left hospital in the French Alpine city of Grenoble, where he had been treated since December when he slammed his head on a rock while skiing with his son and friends....

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Singapore match-fixers planned to rig World Cup
Monday, June 16, 2014

SINGAPORE, June 16 - 2014: Singapore authorities last year placed leaders of a global match-fixing ring operating from the city-state in indefinite detention after uncovering plans to rig the World Cup, according to a new book released today.
 
Zaihan Mohamed Yusof, a Singaporean investigative journalist who has reported extensively on football match-fixing, details how...

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MAS & Tourism Australia to offer great holidays
Friday, June 13, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 - 2014: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is partnering Tourism Australia to offer fares starting at RM999 to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin.
 
In a joint statement today, MAS said for bookings made between June 14 and July 7 this year for immediate travel until March 31, 2015, passengers stand to enjoy an up to 50 per cent off the current all-inclusive fares on both economy and business class....

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