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  • Angel Di Maria wins Argentina's player of the year award 18-12-2014 09:31 AM

    Manchester United's Angel Di Maria has been voted Argentina's foreign-based player of the year by the country's sports journalists. The winger won the Olimpia de Plata (Silver Olimpia award) at a ceremony on Tuesday, where striker Lucas Pratto of Velez Sarsfield won the equivalent for best player in the Argentine...
  • Cold War enemies US, Cuba restore ties after 50 years 18-12-2014 07:41 AM

    Washington: The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President...
  • SC defers verdict on Sahara plea to raise more debt on hotels 17-12-2014 05:01 PM

    Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred a verdict on embattled Sahara conglomerate's plea seeking permission to raise more debt on its three overseas hotels, crucial to secure bail for its jailed chief Subrata Roy. Sahara needs to deposit an initial $1.6 billion to secure bail for Roy, held in...
  • Pakistan in no mood to play after killing spree: Younis Khan 17-12-2014 03:17 PM

    Experienced Pakistan batsman Younis Khan says it will be extremely tough for the cricketers to go ahead with Wednesday's fourth one-dayer against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi following the killing spree at a Peshawar school. Witnesses said at least 132 students and nine staff members died on Tuesday when Taliban...
  • Vintage ET Atari videogame found in New Mexico landfill 17-12-2014 01:02 PM

    Albuquerque: A copy of a vintage ET Atari videogame extracted from a New Mexico landfill where hundreds of the cartridges were dumped after the game flopped in the 1980s has made its way to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The games were found earlier this year near Alamogordo, about 200...
  • Tag Heuer plans to launch a smartwatch; to take on Apple Watch 17-12-2014 12:53 PM

    La Chaux-de-Fonds: Tag Heuer is pushing ahead with plans for a smartwatch to more directly compete with the likes of the Apple Watch and may make acquisitions to help drive the strategy, its head said on Tuesday. Swiss watch makers like Tag Heuer, the biggest brand in luxury goods group...
  • Mitchell Marsh's injury adds to Australia's woes 17-12-2014 12:45 PM

    Australia's injury woes deepened on Wednesday when a hamstring problem forced allrounder Mitchell Marsh from the pitch for treatment on the first day of the second Test against India in Brisbane. Australia were already without captain Michael Clarke for the rest of the series because of his endemic hamstring problems...
  • 66 journalists murdered, 119 kidnapped around the world in 2014 17-12-2014 12:31 PM

    Paris: The beheading of journalists by Islamist terrorists in Syria in 2014 showed that reporters face a dangerous new threat, media freedom organization Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday. While the overall number of journalists killed around the world was down 7 per cent on 2013, to 66, the nature...
  • Sahara awaits court verdict that may give jailed chief Subrata Roy freedom 17-12-2014 11:53 AM

    New Delhi: Embattled conglomerate Sahara is readying for a court verdict on Wednesday that will determine if it can take on a new loan and refinance debt on its overseas hotels, including the Plaza in New York, to secure the release of its jailed chief. Sahara Chairman Subrata Roy has...
  • Pakistan mourns as parents bury children massacred in Peshawar school attack 17-12-2014 11:51 AM

    Peshawar: Pakistan woke up to a day of mourning on Wednesday after Taliban militants killed 133 students at a school in the city of Peshawar in a grisly attack which shocked the nation and put pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency. People around the country...
  • I won't walk away, says under-fire Cook 17-12-2014 09:59 AM

    Alastair Cook said he had no intention of stepping down as captain after his England side lost the seventh and final match of the one-day series against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The left-handed opening batsman struggled for runs again, making just 32 as his team were beaten by 87 runs...
  • F1: Stolen Red Bull trophies found in lake 17-12-2014 08:38 AM

    Silverware stolen from the Red Bull Formula One factory in Milton Keynes has been found in a lake, police said on Tuesday. Around 20 trophies have been retrieved of the 60 taken when thieves raided the factory 10 days ago, using a vehicle to drive through the front entrance. The...
  • Nobel prize winner Malala 'heartbroken' by Pakistan school attack 17-12-2014 07:43 AM

    London: Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, joint winner of this year's Nobel peace prize for her education campaign work, said she was heartbroken by the news that at least 126 people, mostly children, had been killed in a Taliban attack on a school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday. Malala, 17, was...
  • Pakistan military says terrorists made no demands, started killing 17-12-2014 07:31 AM

    Islamabad: Taliban gunmen who attacked a school in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday made no demands and started killing children as soon as they entered the building, a military spokesman said. "They didn't take any hostages initially and started firing in the hall," said Major General Asim Bajwa. But the terrorists...
  • Terrorists shot dead my friends and teacher in cold blood, recounts Peshawar attack eyewitness 17-12-2014 07:11 AM

    Peshawar: It began like any other morning in Pakistan's Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Students pored over their books. Teachers ruffled through their notes and gave lectures. In an instant, the peace was shattered - gunfire, smoke and dead bodies strewn across the school's halls and...
  • Peshawar school attack: Army operation ends as all nine terrorists killed; 133 students among 151 dead 16-12-2014 11:55 PM

    Peshawar: At least 133 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday after Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. More than eight hours after terrorists slipped into the...
  • I have never been involved in fixing, says Ander Herrera 16-12-2014 11:41 PM

    Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has said he has never been involved in manipulating the results of games after being named among 41 people in a match-fixing probe in Spain. "In an ongoing legal process involving Real Zaragoza (Spain), the club I was honoured to play from 12 until 22...
  • Oil drops below $59 for first time since 2009 16-12-2014 08:56 PM

    London: Oil fell below $59 a barrel for the first time since May 2009 on Tuesday, extending a six-month sell off as slowing Chinese factory activity and weakening emerging-market currencies added to concerns about demand. International benchmark Brent crude has almost halved since reaching a 2014 high of $115 a...
  • Brendan Rodgers dismisses reports of Liverpool unrest 16-12-2014 08:33 PM

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers rejected reports of dressing room unrest after his side's poor start to the season, saying spirits are high for Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final at second-tier Bournemouth. Rodgers led Liverpool to an unexpected runners-up finish in the Premier League last season but a failure to rediscover that...
  • Marsh brothers join list of Australia's Test siblings 16-12-2014 04:39 PM

    Joining a select group that was last represented more than a decade ago, two brothers will play alongside each other in the same Australia Test side after Shaun and Mitchell Marsh were named to face India on Tuesday. Shaun, 31, will make his 10th Test appearance after being recalled for...
  • 'Lone wolf' Australian hostage-taker had violent, unsettled past 16-12-2014 04:06 PM

    Sydney: The self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also harboured deep grievances against the Australian government and had found little kinship in the city's large Muslim community, where he was seen as deeply...
  • China industrial activity shrinks in December, calls grow for more stimulus 16-12-2014 02:55 PM

    Beijing: Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months, the latest in a string of weak economic indicators that will intensify calls for more stimulus measures to head off a hard landing. The flash HSBC/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index(PMI) fell to 49.5 in...
  • France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry announces retirement 16-12-2014 01:28 PM

    Former World Cup winner and Arsenal's record goal-scorer Thierry Henry announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, bringing an end to his a glittering 20-year career. The 37-year-old Frenchman scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for his country as he helped them win the 1998 World Cup and European Championships...
  • Sony hacking highlights challenge to CEO Kazuo Hirai's 'One Sony' vision 16-12-2014 10:45 AM

    Tokyo: Leaked emails reveal a cultural gulf between Japan's Sony and Hollywood subsidiary Sony Pictures Entertainment, highlighting the challenge of CEO Kazuo Hirai to turn around the money-losing company under the slogan One Sony. The Japanese conglomerate is heading for its fifth net loss in six years, raising questions about...
  • Ex-Google employees launch an app to make you smarter about health, fitness 16-12-2014 10:38 AM

    San Francisco: A group of former Google employees are betting they can boost the world's medical knowledge with a mobile IQ test. Hi.Q, a free app for the Apple iPhone and iPad, includes 10,000 questions across 300 topics, such as food allergies, childhood health, and portion control. After taking the...
  • LG to launch quantum dot TVs in early 2015; to offer improved picture quality over LCD televisions 16-12-2014 10:30 AM

    Seoul: LG Electronics, the world's No. 2 television maker behind South Korean compatriot Samsung Electronics, said on Tuesday it will launch quantum dot television sets in early 2015. LG, in a statement, said it will have 55-inch and 65-inch ultra-high definition (UHD) quantum dot TVs on display at the annual...
  • Australia's foreign affairs department evacuated over suspicious package: police 16-12-2014 10:04 AM

    Sydney: Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the capital, Canberra, was evacuated on Tuesday after a suspicious package was found in the building's canteen, police said. Australia is on high alert after heavily armed police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed terrified hostages being...
  • Hazlewood, Starc in Australia squad for second India Test 16-12-2014 09:14 AM

    Australia have made three changes to their team for the second cricket Test against India starting in Brisbane on Wednesday. Shaun Marsh replaced Australia's injured captain Michael Clarke in the batting lineup, while Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc came in for fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle. Harris was...
  • West Indies face tough test in South Africa 16-12-2014 09:14 AM

    Top-ranked South Africa play their first Test in five months when they face an unfamiliar West Indies in the opening contest of their three-match series in Pretoria on Wednesday. It will also be a first outing for islanders since they cut short their tour of India in October after a...
  • Capital One Cup: Jose Mourinho to field strong team 16-12-2014 08:38 AM

    Jose Mourinho will select a strong Chelsea side out of respect to high-flying Championship team Derby County when they meet in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. Only rested England defender Gary Cahill will not be considered for selection at Derby while playmaking maestro Cesc Fabregas is...