• Mata fires Manchester United into League Cup quarters

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Juan Mata swept home to steer Manchester United into the League Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over holders and bitter local rivals Manchester City on Wednesday as Jose Mourinho got one over old adversary Pep Guardiola. Mata rifled in a low finish past City keeper Willy Caballero early in the second half at Old Trafford on a night of few chances but plenty of derby fervour as United boss Mourinho won the tactical battle against Guardiola's much-changed City side.

  • National Geographic 'Afghan girl' arrested in Pakistan

    An Afghan woman immortalised on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers. The haunting image of Sharbat Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry in the 1980s, became the most famous cover image in the magazine's history. Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Gul for fraud following a two-year investigation on her and her husband, who has absconded.

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  • Jihadists 'shave beards' as pressure builds on Mosul

    Jihadists with the Islamic State group were shaving their beards and changing hideouts in Mosul, residents said, as a major Iraqi offensive moved ever closer to the city on Wednesday. With pressure building on the 10th day of the Mosul assault, Western defence chiefs were already looking ahead to the next target -- IS's other major stronghold of Raqa in Syria. Recent advances on the eastern front have brought elite Iraqi forces to within five kilometres (three miles) of Mosul, and several residents reached by AFP said the jihadists seemed to be preparing for an assault on the city itself.

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  • US warned against Chinese takeover of German firm: report

    The German government withdrew its approval for a Chinese firm to purchase Aixtron, which makes semiconductor equipment, after the US secret services raised security concerns, a German media report said ...

  • Chinese ride-share king Didi Chuxing could go global

    Fresh from forcing Uber to back down in China, ride-sharing king Didi Chuxing plans to put what it knows to work in other parts of the world. "We feel the expertise and knowledge we build in China can benefit other markets." Didi would like to collaborate with local ride-sharing companies where possible, but will consider launching its own operations in places where such services do not exist, she said. Liu maintained that Didi has good partnerships with Lyft and Uber in the US market.

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  • Real Madrid run riot in 7-1 Spanish cup romp

    A much-weakened Real Madrid went goal crazy in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, smashing third-division minnows Cultural Leonesa 7-1 away from home in the first leg of their last-32 encounter.

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  • ‘P Ramly’ pork burger a non-issue, says Ku Li

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — A local fast food chain’s decision to name its pork burger “P Ramly”, which has attracted criticism “is not an issue”, Umno’s veteran Gua Musang MP Tengku...

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  • Philippines' Duterte wants US troops out in two years

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he wants US troops out of his country within two years and is willing to scrap defence pacts with longtime ally Washington if necessary. The remarks, made during a high-profile visit to Japan, follow a series of anti-American tirades by the firebrand leader. "I want, maybe in the next two years, my country free of the presence of foreign military troops," Duterte told an economic forum in Tokyo, in a clear reference to US forces, ahead of a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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  • Six to be tried in France over topless Kate photos

    Six reporters, photographers and media chiefs are to be tried in France for invasion of privacy over topless photos of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge published in 2012, judicial sources said Tuesday. The snaps of Kate, the wife of Prince William, were taken with a long lens and showed her topless on a balcony of a private residence in the south of France during a holiday with her husband. Closer's chief editor, the head of the Mondadori press group which owns the magazine, two photographers of a Parisian agency and a photographer and a senior figure at regional daily La Provence will now have to answer in court over the publication of the intimate photos, under a July magistrate's order.

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  • If I’m a disgrace, you are too, Speaker tells Opposition MPs

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia hit back today at the Opposition lawmakers who demanded he resign for allegedly being a “disgrace” to Parliament. The Dewan Rakyat Speaker...

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  • World Bank: Doing business in Malaysia includes getting husband’s permission to leave home

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — The World Bank has listed obtaining the husband’s permission to leave the home among the procedures for married Muslim women to start a business in Malaysia. According...

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  • Kuznetsova draws ire of hairdresser after win

    After her courtside haircut on Monday, Svetlana Kuznetsova has won a legion of new fans but drawn the ire of her hairstylist. "He was like, 'I (am) going to kill you'." The Russian raised eyebrows Monday when she gave herself a courtside haircut during a break in a difficult game against WTA Final defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska and went on to win the match.

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  • 'House of horrors' murder trial opens in Germany

    A German couple accused of luring women to their village home with personal ads went on trial Wednesday over charges they tortured and killed two of them. Wilfried and Angelika Wagener allegedly entrapped at least eight women over the years in what the media has dubbed the "house of horrors" case. Chief prosecutor Ralf Meyer on Wednesday outlined details of the case that has sparked widespread revulsion in Germany amid fears the couple may have had more victims.

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  • Emma Watson: 'I wish I could vote in U.S. election'

    The actress is urging women to exercise their right to vote.

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  • What happened to Brazil's 1970 football team of glory

    With Pele, Jairzinho and captain Carlos Alberto, who died on Tuesday, the Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup was one of the greatest ever. Here is what happened to the team of 1970: Felix Much-criticised before the 1970 World Cup finals, goalkeeper Felix was well protected by his defence and emerged as one of the heroes from the 4-1 victory in the final over Italy. Carlos Alberto Just leading Brazil in their greatest triumph and scoring the magical fourth goal in the final has ensured that Carlos Alberto, who died of a heart attack on Tuesday aged 72, will go down in history.

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  • Malaysia hospital evacuated again, day after deadly fire

    A fire again forced the evacuation of one of Malaysia's busiest hospitals on Wednesday, just a day after a blaze at the facility killed six patients. Mohamad Rizal Buang, a senior fire official in the southern state of Johor, told AFP via SMS that Wednesday's blaze at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in the town of Johor Bahru was "small" and quickly contained. Reports have said it took around 150 firemen to put out Tuesday's blaze.

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  • Penang exco claims aquaculture industry will collapse under BN

    GEORGE TOWN, Oct 26 — Penang’s aquaculture industry that is thriving now will collapse and disappear if Barisan Nasional (BN) continued to hold power here, state executive councillor Dr Afif...

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  • Apple designer's chest of drawers sells for over $1m

    A chest of drawers by the star Australian designer Marc Newson has sold at auction in Paris for more than one million euros, more than twice its estimate. The piece called "Pod of drawers" by the creator who has worked for Apple for the past decade, was bought for 1.019 million euros ($1.1 million) by an Asian buyer, the auction house Artcurial said Tuesday. The piece was inspired by French Art Deco designer Andre Groult's famous body-shaped "Chiffonnier Anthropomorphe", Artcurial said.

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  • Property prices to fall with rising unemployment

    DBS Vickers Securities expects private property prices to fall as the unemployment rate in Singapore increases, media reports said. The property market is expected to move in two directions,...

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  • Muhyiddin’s 1MDB attacks fueled by desire to be PM, Umno info chief says

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — Former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s incessant attacks on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is fuelled by an “ulterior motive” to become prime...

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