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Oscars: Best picture goes to 12 Years a Slave
Monday, March 3, 2014

HOLLYWOOD: Harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave" was crowned best picture Oscar on Sunday, while 3D space thriller "Gravity" was the top prize winner at the 86th Academy Awards with seven.
 
True-life AIDS activist drama "Dallas Buyers Club" won three Oscars including best actor for Matthew McConaughey, while Australia's Cate Blanchett won best actress for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."...

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Last-minute Brazil to be ready for football World Cup
Monday, March 3, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil celebrated wildly after being chosen to host the World Cup, a chance for the "sleeping giant" of 200 million to show its growing sporting, but also economic, prowess.
 
Seven years on, with just 100 days left till kick-off, the host nation is racing against the clock to be ready for the greatest sporting show on Earth starting June 12.
 
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Cambodia bans shisha and e-cigarettes
Thursday, February 27, 2014

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia has banned e-cigarettes and shisha pipes, saying the increasingly popular products contain damaging levels of nicotine and are leading young people to take up smoking.
 
The National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) ordered authorities to immediately cease the import, use and sale of shisha tobacco and pipes and e-cigarettes across the country, according to a directive issued to local authorities on Wednesday....

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Football & samba, a match made in Brazilian heaven
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO: Football and samba. Two passions which dominate the Brazilian soul, entwined as in a marriage.
 
In just over three months' time it will be Brazil's footballing artists who take the stage for a first home World Cup since 1950.
 
But first, this city and much of the rest of the...

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Moyes mystified by United's Greek tragedy
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

PIRAEUS: Manchester United manager David Moyes admitted that he had been taken aback by the abject quality of his team's performance in their shock 2-0 Champions League loss to Olympiakos.
 
The English champions must attempt to overturn a two-goal deficit in the home leg of the last 16 tie on March 19 after a limp display at the Karaiskakis Stadium here in Tuesday's first leg....

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California couple strike gold with treasure trove find
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES: A California couple out walking their dog struck it rich by unearthing a horde of buried gold coins, worth more than $10 million according to experts.
 
The so-called Saddle Ridge find is believed to be the most valuable treasure trove ever discovered in the United States, according to Kagin's Inc, which specialises in ancient gold coins.
 
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Barca pays out 13.5m euros over Neymar transfer
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MADRID: Spanish football champions Barcelona said Monday it would make a voluntary tax payment of 13.5 million euros over the club's signing of Brazilian star striker Neymar but denied tax fraud.
 
Judge Pablo Ruz at the National Court here indicted the Catalan giants on Thursday after seeing sufficient evidence to investigate a possible crime against the public treasury over the 86-million-euro transfer of Neymar from Brazilian club Santos....

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How Candy Crush, Angry Birds get your money
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BARCELONA - They are free to download, fun to play, and fiendishly addictive: mobile games like Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds and Clash of Clans want to get you hooked, then get your money....

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Camels likely source of MERS virus in people
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WASHINGTON - A respiratory virus that has killed dozens of people, mainly in the Middle East, is widespread in camels and may be jumping directly from camels to humans, said a study Tuesday....

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Ammonia pollution brings water supply to a halt
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: City folks in areas like Cheras and Balakong have been going through a hard time for more than two weeks now due to water shortage caused by the current hot spell and ammonia contamination at the water treatment plants.   Contingency plans have been rolled out with water tanker lorries throwing a life line at the affected areas, but hundreds and thousands of consumers and...

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