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Louvre is world's most-visited museum
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PARIS -- January 7, 2015: The famous Louvre here received 9.3 million visitors last year, retaining  its title as the most-visited  museum in the world, the museum has announced.
 
Foreign visitors represented 70 per cent of ticket sales, with Americans, Chinese, Italians, British and Brazilians visiting in strong numbers over 2014, the Louvre said in a statement.
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Tough new rules for teenage F1 drivers
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PARIS -- January 1, 2015: The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has introduced tough new rules that will mean Formula One drivers must be at least 18-years-old and go through more rigorous testing.
 
Potential Formula One competitors will have to build up points over three years to get a race super licence under the rules which will start in 2016.
 
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Proton embarks on flood relief mission
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SUBANG JAYA - January 6, 2015: Proton Holdings Berhad (Proton) has embarked on group-wide Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to support the flood victims in the East Coast region.

Together with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Proton Edar Sdn Bhd (Proton Edar), the group has mobilised the Proton Flood Relief Mission comprising 45 volunteers among its employees.
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Last of Nepal's car porters recalls life without roads
Monday, January 5, 2015

CHITLANG (Nepal) -- January 5, 2014: At 92, Dhan Bahadur Gole is the last known survivor of a generation of porters who carried luxury cars on foot across steep mountain passes to Nepal's rulers in Kathmandu.
 
Before the Himalayan nation built its first highway in 1956 only the capital city had paved roads, and porters were the only means of getting cars to the wealthy Rana dynasty....

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The homeless find a home in Madrid airport
Friday, January 2, 2015

MADRID -- In the airport's bustling fourth terminal, Edu's trolley is loaded with suitcases, but he won't be checking them in. Unlike the thousands of Christmas travellers, he is not flying anywhere.
 
For him the terminal at the airport here is his destination -- the closest thing he has to a home.
 
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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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