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Gerrard set to leave Liverpool
Friday, January 2, 2015

Steven Gerrard is set to make the shock announcement that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, according to reports on Thursday.Reds captain Gerrard's Anfield future has been the subject of speculation for several months and he is believed to have decided to continue his career overseas when his contract expires in the close-season....

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Let's all pray for a better 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR – December 31, 2014: By most accounts we didn’t have a good 2014.
 
Annus horribilis really, with the worst flooding in over four decades still traumatising thousands of people in the eastern and southern parts of the peninsular.
 
And as we step into 2015, our thoughts and prayers...

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From The Mole: "A merry Christmas, Malaysia"
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- December 24, 2014: In just over an hour from now the country's Christians will be celebrating Christmas, as they always do on every December 25 since as long as Malaysians can remember.
 
Joining in the merriment are Malaysians of other creed and colour, also the way they have been doing since time immemorial.
 
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Party's over as expat era fades from Kabul
Monday, December 22, 2014

KABUL -- December 22, 2014: The tennis club is deserted, the pool-side French restaurant is closed and picnic trips are cancelled.
 
The US-led war in Afghanistan brought a flood of international aid workers, diplomats and security contractors to this city, creating a frenetic social scene that is now a distant memory.
 
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Londoners hit alcohol-free morning disco before work
Friday, December 19, 2014

LONDON -- December 19, 2014: At dawn before commuting to his job in the Canary Wharf business district, 26-year-old Nathaniel Hone joins hundreds of revellers at a dance party fuelled only by coffee and smoothies. At 6:15 am in trendy Bethnal Green, where art galleries prevail over the franchises common elsewhere in the capital, the dark streets are almost deserted under the drizzle on a recent visit....

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New families a second life for Aceh tsunami survivors
Thursday, December 18, 2014

BANDA ACEH -- December 18, 2014: Rusli Abdul Rahman and Fardhiah had been neighbours for years when the Asian tsunami devastated their small community here, killing both their spouses and their eight children. But they found a second chance at happiness by remarrying each other and having a son -- one of the many new families formed in the aftermath of a natural disaster that killed tens of thousands a decade ago....

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China's rich send pigeon prices soaring
Thursday, December 18, 2014

BEIJING -- December 18, 2014: As the price flew skywards, an audience of middle-aged Chinese men erupted into cheers before the auctioneer slammed his hammer down at a record-breaking two million yuan -- $320,000.
 
The object of the frenzied bidding -- a grey and white racing pigeon -- responded with a gentle cooing, its beady red eye scanning the smoke-filled auction room.
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Uphill battle against Indonesian shark fishing
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

TANJUNG LUAR (LOMBOK) -- December 17, 2014: Sharks are hauled ashore every day at a busy market on the central Indonesian island of Lombok, the hub of a booming trade that provides a livelihood for local fishermen but is increasingly alarming environmentalists. Now a Singaporean is luring the fishermen away from the market here, where an array of other...

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Cannabis on a high in 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON -- December 16, 2014: It's been something of a breakthrough year for marijuana, the once shunned intoxicant that is steadily gaining ground as a legal high in parts of the world.
 
In 2014, Uruguay may have been the only country to fully legalise pot, but a growing number of US states followed parts of Europe in moving in a similar direction.
 
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Nigerian luxury handbags a hit overseas
Monday, December 15, 2014

LAGOS -- December 15, 2014: Mention northern Nigeria and the first thing that may spring to mind is Boko Haram. Zainab Ashadu is hoping to change that -- by selling designer handbags.
 
The Nigerian designer is the brains behind the Zashadu brand, whose modern, colourful creations use the ancient art of tanning and leather-dyeing from the country's north.
 
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