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Pos Malaysia to host world's biggest philatelic event
Saturday, November 22, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR-- Pos Malaysia Berhad will organise the world's biggest philatelic event, known as the World Youth Stamp Exhibition (KLwyse) 2014, from Dec 1 to 6. 

In a statement issued today, Pos Malaysia said the KLwyse, which is scheduled to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), would see over 300 exhibitors from around the world come together to exhibit and showcase their stamp collections....

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All hail centurion All Blacks skipper McCaw
Friday, November 21, 2014

CARDIFF -- November 21, 2014: "Not a natural athlete... He had four feet and couldn't catch a ball."
 
So remembers New Zealand coach Steve Hansen's withering first take on a teenage Richie McCaw when the iconic All Blacks skipper joined Hansen at the Canterbury provincial rugby team.
 
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Nearly 30% of world population overweight
Friday, November 21, 2014

NEW YORK -- November 20, 2014: More than 2.1 billion people globally -- or nearly 30 per cent of the world's population -- are now overweight or obese, with the figure set to rise further by 2030, according to a study published today.
 
Obesity is now blamed for around 5 per cent of all deaths worldwide and has a similar negative effect on the global economy to smoking and armed conflict, according to the report by consultants McKinsey Global Institute....

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Luxury cars in pole position at LA auto show
Thursday, November 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES -- November 20, 2014: Luxury cars lead the grid at the LA Auto show: limited editions, $200,000+ price tags, 3D dashboards for drivers and champagne on ice for passengers.
 
What more could the ultra-rich motorist want?
 
Red-hot stock markets, historically low interest rates and cheaper...

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A taste of home in Beirut for war-weary Syrians
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BEIRUT -- November 19, 2014: Not long ago chef Abu Wassim saw himself as king of the shawarma in Damascus with students, businessmen and even actors queueing outside his stand for a bite of his succulent wraps.
 
Today, he is a refugee in this city trying to make ends meet and bringing a taste of home to fellow Syrians who sought safety in Lebanon.
 
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Path well trodden: immigrant road to Hollywood
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES -- November 19, 2014: Arnold Schwarzenegger famously made it big in Hollywood from humble -- and foreign -- beginnings. But he was hardly the first newcomer to strike gold in Tinseltown.
 
From Charlie Chaplin's 1917 film "The Immigrant" to 1990's hit "Green Card" and 2011's "A Better Life," the story of Tinseltown has long been a tale of immigrants, whose lives are reflected back on screen....

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FIFA criminal complaint reignites World Cup row
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PARIS -- November 18, 2014: Controversy over the awarding of the next two World Cups took a fresh twist today as football's world governing body FIFA lodged a criminal complaint over possible misconduct by individuals in connection with the bids.
 
FIFA president Sepp Bladder has acted on the advice of judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, whose final summary of the Garcia investigation cleared Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments....

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Rugby: Frustrated Samoans demand grievances be heard
Monday, November 17, 2014

WELLINGTON -- November 17, 2014: Samoa's senior internationals issued a public appeal to the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) today to discuss player grievances as festering disharmony clouds the future of one of the world's top teams.
 
Grievances which surfaced at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand remain unresolved, leading to players originally threatening to strike ahead of next weekend's Test against England at Twickenham....

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Bahasa Melayu is strong enough to become International language, says Beijing professor
Sunday, November 16, 2014

BEIJING -- A professor at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) is confident that the Malay language which is spoken by over 300 million people, has its own strengths to become an important international language of communication.

Director of the Chinese-Malay Studies Centre at BFSU, Prof Dr Wu Zong Yu said in the economic, political and social context, Bahasa Melayu would become more...

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Law gets fashionable as labels learn to love litigation
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Long considered "too fluffy" for serious lawyers, fashion law has emerged in recent years as one of the most lucrative -– and occasionally absurd -– new battlegrounds for the legal profession.

For example, a blink-and-you-miss-it shot of a basketball with what looked like Louis Vuitton symbols on it appeared for just one second in a Hyundai commercial shown during the 2010 Superbowl in the United States....

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