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Dead man still walking: Irish club made ‘grave mistake’

19 days ago
DUBLIN: News of footballer Fernando Nuno La Fuente's death, as American author Mark Twain said of reports of his own demise, have been greatly exaggerated and prompted an abject apology from his Irish club Ballybrack FC. According to…

Argentine polo turns to genetics to produce champions

19 days ago
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Are champions born, or raised? That's the question scientists in Argentina are trying to answer as they look to pinpoint the genes that make local horses the best in the world for playing polo. In Argentina, polo…

Dodging traffic, and death, on Manila’s railway carts

22 days ago
MANILA: As soon as the train rumbles past, the men heave their home-made pushcarts back onto the tracks and passengers hop aboard -- cheating death and beating Manila's notorious traffic. Scores of commuters in the city of about 12…

Egypt unveils ancient tomb and sarcophagi in Luxor

22 days ago
LUXOR: Egypt on Saturday unveiled an ancient tomb, sarcophagi and funerary artifacts discovered in the Theban necropolis of Al-Assasif in the southern city of Luxor. In a ceremony in front of the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Antiquities…

This country has banned opposition party from state media!

23 days ago
LIBREVILLE: Gabon authorities said Saturday they have banned an opposition party from state media for three months over statements about the health of President Omar Bongo, who has been in a Saudi hospital for a month. Bongo, 59, was…

Armed men flying above Kremlin?

24 days ago
Was it a movie shoot? A coup? Moscow was abuzz Friday with talk of mysterious videos showing helicopters flying above the Kremlin, one of them apparently carrying a group of heavily armed men. Nothing to worry about, President Vladimir…

Not-so-Leaning Tower of Pisa as landmark straightens

24 days ago
ROME: The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now stable and has even straightened slightly thanks to engineering work to save the world-renowned tourist attraction, experts said on Wednesday The tower's Surveillance Group -- set up to monitor…