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Pain-hit Nadal not giving up on Grand Slam dream

0SHARESShare Tweet MELBOURNE (AFP) –  Rafael Nadal on Sunday revealed his battle against chronic pain but said he was hopeful of keeping his Grand Slam career alive as he launches his partnership with new coach Carlos Moya. Injury-hit Nadal, 30, said he hadn’t played without pain for years but that he remained optimistic of challenging for big titles again. When asked ...

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E-waste rising dangerously in Asia: UN study

0SHARESShare Tweet MANILA (AFP) –  Electronic waste is rising sharply across Asia as higher incomes allow hundreds of millions of people to buy smartphones and other gadgets, with serious consequences for human health and the environment, according to a UN study released Sunday. So-called e-waste in Asia has jumped 63 percent in five years, the report by the United Nations University ...

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Comedy king Judd Apatow worried about Trump's lack of humor

0SHARESShare Tweet LOS ANGELES (AFP) –  President-elect Donald Trump’s impending move to the White House is a huge challenge for comedians, according to “Freaks and Geeks” producer Judd Apatow, a humorist himself. “It’s hard to be super funny about it because we all feel we might die,” Apatow said during a panel with journalists about the new HBO series “Crashing” he ...

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China's Zhou Youguang, linguist turned dissident, dies at 111

0SHARESShare Tweet BEIJING (AFP) –  Linguist Zhou Youguang, the man who helped invent the Pinyin system used for writing Chinese worldwide before becoming an outspoken critic of the communist government died on Saturday in Beijing. He was 111. Zhou, who was probably China’s oldest dissenter, died Saturday at his house in the country’s capital, a day after having celebrated his 111th ...

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Robot arms replace factory hands

0SHARESShare Tweet PARIS (AFP) –  Donald Trump has been crowing as companies including Ford renounce plans to move factories to Mexico. But the main beneficiaries of this shift back to the US aren’t saying much by way of celebration — industrial robots don’t tend to speak. While globalisation’s detractors blame countries such as China and Mexico for stealing the factory jobs ...

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Bulls lock horns at Nepal winter festival

0SHARESShare Tweet TARUKA (NEPAL) (AFP) –  The bulls pawed the ground sending a dusty cloud into the air before locking horns to a huge cheer from the crowd that had gathered in a makeshift arena in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. The bullfight in the remote village of Taruka, about 76 kilometres (46 miles) from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, takes place each ...

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US headlines Mideast peace conference ahead of Trump inauguration

0SHARESShare Tweet PARIS (AFP) –  The US will join the international community in Paris Sunday in a new push for peace in the Middle East, just five days before Donald Trump, who has vowed unstinting support for Israel, takes office. Foreign ministers and representatives from around 70 countries will seek to revive the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which could be dealt ...

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Cycling world champion Sagan starts his season Down Under

0SHARESShare Tweet ADELAIDE (AUSTRALIA) (AFP) –  World Champion Peter Sagan will headline the Tour Down Under beginning in South Australia on Tuesday but the Slovakian has downplayed his chances of winning the UCI season-opening event. The 26-year-old from the German Bora-Hansgrohe team had a stellar 2016, claiming three stages in the Tour De France before winning the world championship in Qatar ...

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Le Pen follows Trump's lead on social media bombardment

0SHARESShare Tweet PARIS (AFP) –  Domination of social media was a key weapon in Donald Trump’s rise to the US presidency, and now France’s far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, is looking to follow suit, analysts say. Le Pen has more than a million followers on both Twitter and Facebook, giving her a bigger social media platform than any other candidate for ...

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Beijing warns Trump: One China 'not negotiable'

0SHARESShare Tweet BEIJING (CHINA) (AFP) –  Beijing on Saturday warned the US that the One China policy was non-negotiable, after Donald Trump suggested he could abandon the decades-old diplomatic principle and boost ties with Taiwan. “It is not up for negotiation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement. “There is only one China in the world, Taiwan is ...

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