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Ebola in New York
Friday, October 24, 2014

A doctor who recently returned to New York after treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive on Thursday for the deadly virus, the first confirmed case in the city, officials said. The 33-year-old -- identified by US media as Craig Spencer -- has been placed in isolation, in what is the fourth case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States. ...

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Rugby 2015 World Cup sets ticket record
Thursday, October 23, 2014

LONDON -- October 23, 2014: Organisers are bracing themselves for having to disappoint thousands of rugby fans despite nearly a million tickets being purchased for next year's World Cup in England during last month's general sale.
 
Total ticket applications were more than five million, a higher level of demand than for any of the previous seven Rugby World Cup tournaments....

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Dog-touching against Malaysian mainstream Islamic practice
Thursday, October 23, 2014

KUALA NERUS -- October 23, 2014: The National Fatwa Council today decided that touching and holding dogs is against mainstream Islamic doctrine in this country which follows the Imam Shafie school of thought.
 
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said that while Islam reveres all animals including dogs, Muslims must adhere to the stipulated Islamic code with regard to touching dogs....

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Zimbabwe Uni: "No sex please, you're students"
Thursday, October 23, 2014

HARARE -- October 23, 2014: The Zimbabwe students' union today made war not love over a new code of conduct banning students from kissing on campus at the country's top university.
 
In a circular displayed at halls of residence, authorities at the University of Zimbabwe said students caught in any intimate position such as kissing or having sex in public places would be punished.
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Zuckerberg wages China charm offensive in Mandarin
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Facebook is blocked in China, but its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg appears determined to win over hearts and minds in Beijing -- surprising a hall full of students by conducting a Q&A session in Mandarin.
 
Zuckerberg charmed his audience comprising Chinese and international students when he kicked off the half hour session at the elite Tsinghua University with the words "Hello, everyone" in heavily-accented Chinese....

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Don't be distracted by extremist views - Najib's Deepavali message
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

With the sunrise marking a new day tomorrow (today), Malaysians will once again be in a festive mood. I myself will look forward to enjoying Indian sweets and delicacies, especially murukku, thosai and paal appam. It is interesting to note that while cooking styles differ, the ingredients used for the various dishes coming out of an Indian kitchen are common, and familiar, to us all....

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Singapore slung as Maori All Blacks scrap game over pitch
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SINGAPORE -- October 21, 2014: This republic's new National Stadium suffered fresh embarrassment today when the Maori All Blacks scrapped their November 15 match against Asia Pacific Dragons over the poor state of its pitch.
 
New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) officials said they felt let down over the situation, which could affect Singapore's bid to host a team in the Super 15 southern hemisphere competition....

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More Customs officers charged for bribery
Monday, October 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- October 20, 2014: A Customs assistant superintendent claimed trial in the Sessions Court here today to nine charges of accepting bribes amounting to RM17,000.
 
Mohd. Nor Sukri Mohd Mokhtar, 36, who is with the Selangor Customs enforcement division allegedly accepted the money from an individual as an inducement not to interfere in his liquor trade operations.
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Public sector urged to utilise social media to communicate with people
Monday, October 20, 2014

PUTRAJAYA -- Governments must ride on the emergence of the social media as a new avenue to communicate with the people, instead of worrying about being dominated by the citizens' voices over cyberspace, say experts.

"Governments nowadays, are not immune to the rise of the social media, which has arguably, created the citizens-to-government channel, just like business-to-business or business-to-consumers...

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Goal celebration kills Indian footballer
Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW DELHI -- October 20, 2014: A young footballer lost his life in India's north-east over the weekend after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, newspapers reported today.
 
Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India's eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday, the Times of India said....

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