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Cessna crash near Batu Dam: All three onboard rescued
Saturday, January 11, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 A Cessna 172 aircraft reported missing on a training flight yesterday crashed near the Batu Dam in Ulu Yam near here and all the three persons on board were found safe but injured, according to police. The Fire and Rescue Services Department facebook posting identified the trio as 40 year-old Capt Saiful Farid Amin (pilot), Syed Haidar (25), dan Mohd....

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France magazine says Hollande having an affair
Friday, January 10, 2014

PARIS: French magazine Closer said Friday President Francois Hollande was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet, backing its claim with photographs after months of swirling rumours. Closer's Friday edition carried a seven-page report on the 59-year-old president's alleged infidelity under the headline "Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet - the president's secret love". ...

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Australia PM slams Sydney booze violence
Friday, January 10, 2014

SYDNEY: A violent binge drinking culture has turned parts of this city into almost war zones, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday, condemning a rise in alcohol-fuelled incidents. Debate has raged for weeks here about the prevalence of booze-driven violence as the city enjoys the summer festive season, with several incidents of young men being severely injured after being "king-hit" on nights out....

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Russia launches Sochi clampdown a month before Games
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

SOCHI: Russia on Tuesday launched the largest security operation in Olympic history with one month to go before Vladimir Putin kicks off the Winter Games here amid renewed fears of suicide bombings.
 
A presidential decree came into effect enforcing a so-called forbidden zone that blocks highways into the city and prevents even local residents from using roads leading to Olympic venues without special permits....

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Khairul Fahmi, Nik Shahrul Azim sign five-year contract with Red Warriors
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

KOTA BAHARU -- The Kelantan Football Association (Kafa) has secured the services of national goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat and defender Nik Shahrul Azim Ab Halim for the next five seasons when the two players signed five-year contracts with Kafa.     Apart from that, Kafa also netted 2013 Most Valuable Player and Kelantan team captain Mohd Badri Mohd Radzi in a two-year contract while winger Zairul Fitree Ishak was bonded for three years.  ...

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Zambia politician charged for calling president a potato
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

LUSAKA - Zambian police have arrested and charged an opposition leader with defamation, after he compared the president to a potato, a party ally told AFP Tuesday. Frank Bwalya, head of the Alliance for a Better Zambia, allegedly referred to president Michael Sata as "Chumbu Mushololwa" during a live radio broadcast Monday. ...

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Hong Kong film pioneer Run Run Shaw dies at 106
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

HONG KONG: The film pioneer hailed as the father of Hong Kong cinema, Run Run Shaw, died Tuesday at the age of 106.
 
Shaw, one of the co-producers of Ridley Scott's 1982 cult hit "Blade Runner" and a score of martial arts films, passed away at home, according to Television Broadcast Ltd (TVB), which he helped founded.
 
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India's Village of Widows determined to rebuild after floods
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

DEOLI: Cradling her newborn daughter at her home in a remote valley in the Indian Himalayas, Dhanita Devi tells of her determination to fight for her family's survival.
 
Devi's husband was killed, along with thousands of others, when flash floods and landslides tore through the mountains of northern Uttarakhand state in June.
 
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China crushes six tonnes of ivory
Monday, January 6, 2014

BEIJING - China shredded a pile of ivory reportedly weighing over six tonnes on Monday, in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as a global hub for the illegal trade in African elephant tusks. In what was described as the first ever public destruction of ivory in China, masked workers fed tusks from a pile surrounded by ivory carvings into crushing machines in the southern city of Dongguan....

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Rodman says he loves N. Korea's Kim Jong-Un
Monday, January 6, 2014

BEIJING - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman headed to Pyongyang Monday with a group of former NBA players, saying he will not raise concerns about repression in North Korea because leader Kim Jong-Un is his friend and he loves him. The eccentric ex-Chicago Bulls player is leading a team including retired NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker for an exhibition game against North Korea, which is being held Wednesday to mark Kim's birthday....

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