Januzaj signs five-year Man United deal
Saturday, October 19, 2013

LONDON - Manchester United's teenage starlet Adnan Januzaj has signed a new five-year contract with the club, the English Premier League champions announced on Saturday. The 18-year-old Belgium-born winger shot to prominence prior to the international break when he scored twice to secure a 2-1 win at Sunderland on his full United debut. ...

Unregistered slimming product "OxyELITE Pro" linked to serious liver injuries
Friday, October 18, 2013

SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is alerting members of the public to an unregistered medicinal product labelled as “OxyELITE Pro”, which has been linked to numerous cases of serious liver injuries in the United States (US) and one case in Hong Kong.    “OxyELITE Pro” is a medicinal product not approved for sale by HSA. ...

Outdoor air pollution a leading cause of cancer
Thursday, October 17, 2013

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday classified outdoor air pollution as a leading cause of cancer in humans.
"The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances," said Kurt Straif of the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Booker Prize
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

LONDON - New Zealand author Eleanor Catton on Tuesday became the youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize for fiction, claiming the award for her novel "The Luminaries". Catton, 28, picked up the 2013 prize at a ceremony at London's Guildhall, becoming only the second New Zealander to win the prestigious award. ...

Asia's animators draw inspiration from Japan's Miyazaki
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BUSAN - As Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki heads into retirement, industry watchers say the next generation of Asian filmmakers stepping out of his shadow will struggle to match the Japanese master's box office domination. "The view here is that there will be no 'second Miyazaki'", Tokyo-based author and film critic Mark Schilling told AFP. ...

Soaring air fares for travel to Fifa World Cup
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO: Football fans hoping to attend the 2014 World Cup will have to get busy saving now, amid reports of sharp fare hikes next year in Brazil. Last June's Confederations Cup dress rehearsal saw marked increases in airfares and hotel prices, but increases are expected to be even worse next year, when supporters of 32 teams descend upon Brazil, pushing demand through the roof....

In Venezuela, music eases pain of kids with cancer
Friday, October 11, 2013

CARACAS: Nine-year-old Victoria Alzuru looks earnest and determined and happy as she practices her violin before undergoing chemotherapy.
The girl pulls the bow across the strings and makes music -- anxiety-relieving music -- before she goes in for another session of treatment that has already cost her an ovary.

Australian police storm Hell Angels' hideouts
Thursday, October 10, 2013

MELBOURNE: More than 700 Australian police swooped on the Hells Angels Thursday in a series of heavily-armed raids, seizing guns, drugs and cash, as authorities intensify a crackdown on biker gangs linked to organised crime.
In a coordinated dawn operation, police stormed 60 clubhouses and properties simultaneously across this city and its surroundings, following an escalating war...

Boos, snooze but Vettel poised for greatness
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

SUZUKA: Sebastian Vettel has endured boos and his dominance has been called boring but he stands on the verge of true Formula One greatness by sealing his fourth straight world title this week in Japan.
One more crooked-finger victory salute from Vettel, coupled with an off-day by nearest rival Fernando Alonso, and the Red Bull man joins Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as only the third four-in-a-row champion....

Refugees breed ill will on Europe's tragedy island
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

LAMPEDUSA: Islanders on Europe's southern edge have become used to tragedy and trauma, they see it every day in the thousands of asylum seekers who land on their shores -- and they say they have had enough.
The locals of the remote fishing community onthis island rush to help every time but their patience is wearing thin as they see government funds allocated to migrants and not to them....

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