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Nadal survives Dimitrov in five hour epic to meet Federer in final

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Bulgarian right-hander Dimitrov had beaten Nadal for the first time in eight attempts previous year and started in confident fashion, taking the first two points from the Spaniard's serve before Nadal held on. (The time before this, coincidentally, happened here in Melbourne , when Pete Sampras beat Nadal's new coach, Carlos Moya, in the final.) "Here I am", Nadal said succinctly in his on-court interview. Read More »

Usain Bolt loses gold as International Olympic Committee strip Jamaica of 2008 relay win

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As such, he "is disqualified from the men's 4x100m relay event" and must return his medal while the team is likewise disqualified and must hand back their medals. The medals are for (left to right) 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100m races. But previous year, the International Olympic Committee made a decision to retest more than 450 samples from the Beijing Games using more advanced methods. Read More »

Iraqi Forces Battle ISIS in Mosul January 25, 2017

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A USA -led coalition is already providing critical support to an offensive by Iraqi forces to take back Mosul, the largest city under control of Islamic State. Civilians flee their neighborhoods due to fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, in eastern Mosul, Iraq , Wednesday, Jan. Read More »

Red panda goes missing from Zoo

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The Virginia Zoo is asking for the public's help as the search continues for its missing red panda, Sunny. The zoo is hopeful Sunny is still on zoo grounds and they are actively searching for her using thermal cameras. Norfolk police are helping in the search. Red panda Thomas remains in the exhibit he shares with Sunny in Asia - Trail of the Tiger. Officials urge anyone who sports Sunny to call the zoo at 757-777-7899. Read More »

USA no longer 'full democracy' - Economist Group report

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The downgrade now puts the U.S.at 21 in worldwide rankings, below Japan and tied with Italy. But the US falling to a "flawed democracy" has been a long time coming. The reason the USA was downgraded is that public trust in political institutions has been declining for decades, and began doing so in the 1960s. Other flawed democracies in 2016 included Japan, France, Singapore, South Korea and India, the report said. Read More »

The Poinsettia Bowl is no more

Neville said one hard part about dropping the Poinsettia Bowl is that the San Diego County Credit Union had been the title sponsor since the game's inception. BYU can always say it won the final edition of college football's Poinsettia Bowl. The Chargers' home field, Qualcomm Stadium, hosted both the Holiday and Poinsettia bowls. Read More »

Head of Knights of Malta Order Resigns After Vatican Condom Row

He was one of four cardinals who signed an open letter to Francis last autumn questioning new guidance allowing priests to decide on a case-by-case basis whether divorced and remarried believers should be able to receive communion. It was recognised by the pope in 1113, and now operates in 120 countries, managing hospitals and clinics, with 13,500 members and 100,000 employees and volunteers. Read More »

EPA contract freeze, media blackout leave states confused

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According to a Huffington Post report , the administration has also told the EPA not to issue any press releases, publish blog posts, or use social media until "further direction" is given. After some toing and froing from the new government over the past few days, the fate of climate change - or at least the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA ) climate change web page - hangs in the balance. Read More »

Trump senior adviser Kushner scraps plan for Canada visit over NAFTA

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US President Donald Trump has pledged to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement in upcoming talks with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. The so-called border tax adjustment is meant to encourage USA companies to source their goods from American suppliers. Most illegal migrants entering the U.S. Read More »

US to move slowly on relocating embassy to Jerusalem

Friedman is expected to arrive in Israel at the end of February and take up his job as ambassador. Netanyahu's approval of new housing units built on occupied Arab land is the second of its kind since Donald Trump assumed the presidency in the U.S. Read More »

Rio hastens coal retreat

Rio has been looking to offload less profitable businesses to help fund its promise to raise dividends and focus on iron ore and copper mining amid a broad slump in commodities prices. The deal requires approval from Chinese government regulators, the Australian federal government's foreign investment review board, the Korean Fair Trade Commission, shareholders in both Rio and Yancoal and also the New South Wales state government. Read More »

Actress Mary Tyler Moore dies

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In a 2002 interview with CNN's Larry King, Moore explained why she believed the series became so popular. That scene, with Moore making her way through downtown Minneapolis in a black trench and blue beret. In 1978, her sister, Elizabeth, died at age 21 from a drug overdose. The scene is a showcase for what Moore can do with her face and voice (stifled laughing, honest but amusing crying). Read More »

Senior N Korean Defector Says His 2 Sons Were Reason to Flee

In an interview with the BBC this week Thae said Kim is prepared to attack the United States with weapons of mass destruction, but the current regime will eventually collapse. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un listens during the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 9, 2016. Thae said sanctions passed last March by the United Nations Security Council - described at the time as "ground-breaking" and "unprecedented" - are working. Read More »

Italy avalanche: Death toll rises as more bodies found

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Six of them died when a helicopter crashed at the Campo Felice ski resort on Tuesday. Police said the chopper came down near the Campo Felice resort during a mission to evacuate an injured skier. The coffin of Alessandro Giancaterino is carried to the San Nicola church in Farindola. Writing on Facebook , former prime minister Matteo Renzi said the delivery of temporary homes for quake victims was due to take place "before Easter". Read More »

Afghanistan's ranking improves in 2016 corruption perceptions index

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TI Ukraine said that the Freedom House Nations in Transit survey plays an important role in civil society in the implementation of democratic transformations, which resulted in four additional points for Ukraine. Finn Heinrich is the research director for Transparency International. "Though Pakistan has fared better than its neighboring countries in curbing corruption, but a great deal more needs to be done to improve Pakistan's rank in the CPI", the corruption watchdog said in a press ... Read More »

San Diego fails tobacco control, Lung Association reports

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While failing in most areas, Florida earned praise for constitutionally protecting the allocation of tobacco settlement dollars to its tobacco control program in order to maintain a consistent investment in tobacco prevention and control. It assigns grades based on whether laws are protecting citizens from tobacco-related death and disease. One in four high school students still use some form of tobacco. Read More »

Patron Kate meets youngsters and families at children's hospice

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The duchess took time to speak to his older brother, as well as his parents. A Gerard Darel blouse with a sweet Peter Pan collar gave her look added flair, while black pumps anchored the ensemble in timelessness. The center is run by one of her charities, East Anglia's Children's Hospices . You can see she wants to be there and see what the families are going through. Read More »

South China Sea, Not Trade First Point of Friction for Trump, China

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FILE - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying speaks during a briefing at the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing, China. China on Tuesday urged the USA side to speak and act cautiously on the South China Sea issue, reiterating that China was committed to solving the issue peacefully through negotiation with the countries directly concerned. Read More »

Russia, Iran and Turkey issue joint statement on Syria

Rebel spokesman Osama Abu Zeid said ceasefire violations and threats of forced displacements were hindering the negotiations, and that the rebels would focus on the truce in Tuesday's talks. "The talks in Astana are not an alternative to the Geneva talks next month, but are an additional step", Roman Vassilenko, the Kazakh deputy foreign minister, said, shrugging off responsibility for the stalled negotiations. Read More »

French business activity at 5-1/2 high in January - PMI

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The PMI for the bloc's dominant service industry slipped to 53.6 from 53.7, confounding the prediction for a rise to 53.9. "In turn, this filtered through into the labour market as evidenced by the sharpest rise in staffing numbers since December 2011", Gill added. Read More »

EasyJet hit by weaker pound as low-fare battle rages

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She added: "Consumer demand remains strong with passenger growth of 8.2 per cent, revenue growth of 7.2 per cent and headline cost per seat reduction, at constant currency, of over 2 per cent". The airline said revenue, cost and passenger numbers were in line with expectations, despite what it described as a tough pricing and operating environment. Read More »

Trump speaks to PM Modi over phone: White House

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump were talking over phone around 1 p.m. Trump spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican Premier Pena Nieto on Saturday, a day after the swearing-in ceremony. According to The World Street Journal, the conversation will be among several between Trump and other world leaders this week as he begins his duties as USA president. Read More »

Elway's hilarious interaction with cab driver

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When a few auto passengers en route to Donald Trump's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. asked their cab driver, Sam Snow, to name his top three quarterbacks, he started his list with Denver Broncos great John Elway-a solid pick. Read More »

Tornado Watch issued for Central Florida counties

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Mississippi's emergency services agency said that four people were dead in the area because of the tornado and 20 others were reported injured on Saturday . Forecasters said the storms hadn't caused as much damage in Florida as hurricane Hermine in September, the first hurricane to land on the state in more than a decade. Read More »

Life sciences to be funded by government investment

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The strategy green paper will set out a number of key objectives for the government moving forward, including delivering affordable energy and clean growth to United Kingdom businesses. "While we have world-beating universities, we must now make sure that every child leaves school with high quality maths, science and digital skills". Read More »