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January 19, 2016 1:25 PM Rafael Nadal's rare early exit will raise more questions

MELBOURNE -- Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco had one of the more famous matches in Australian Open history in 2009 when they played a then-record 5 hours, 14 minutes in the men's semifinals. If that sounds long, consider that Verdasco says he has probably watched the match 10 times since then. And, he emphasizes, he has watched the entire match each time. If so, that means 13

January 19, 2016 7:27 AM Donald Trump debate as-it-happened

16:23 - Afternoon all, or good morning if you're joining us from America, where one of your presidential candidates may well up end up banned from entering the UK. We'll be following the entire three hour debate live from the parliament. Kick off is expected in about five minutes. 16:29 - But fear not, there are possible repercussions. You are here for a reason 15

January 19, 2016 3:47 AM UK lawmakers slam Trump, but most oppose banning him

But a debate among lawmakers on calls to ban Trump from the country revealed little appetite to close Britain’s doors to the provocative Republican U.S. presidential contender. During a three-hour debate Monday, legislators from Britain’s main parties stood to call Trump an attention-seeker, a demagogue and a fool. Many, though, argued that he should 5

January 19, 2016 12:50 AM Chinese science awards to emulate Nobel Prize

Beijing: A new science award with a million-dollar prize was announced to honour China’s top scientists with a view to creating China’s own version of Nobel Prize. The Future Science Awards were initiated by a group of elite Chinese scientists and business leaders, including Shi Yigong, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and winner of Gregori 14

January 18, 2016 11:33 PM ANN CAHILL: Global inequality rises at a truly staggering rate and Ireland’s low tax regime is complicit

Inequality is reaching new extremes, fuelled by an ongoing monopoly on power as well as money, and Ireland’s low tax regime is complicit, says Europe Correspondent Ann Cahill. Oxfam, in the business of battling poverty worldwide for more than 70 years, says inequality is reaching new extremes despite massive growth in the global economy. But it is benefitting 52

January 18, 2016 3:33 PM Progress Reported in Four-Way Afghan Peace Talks

Afghanistan on Monday hosted a meeting of delegates from the United States, China and Pakistan on how to initiate direct peace talks between Afghan government and Taliban representatives. A joint statement issued after the meeting in Kabul of the so-called Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) said, “The group discussed and made progress on a roadmap 6

January 18, 2016 5:20 AM Fake ‘I Want To Touch A Pig’ photo creating buzz online

An edited photo is making its round on the internet with netizens sharing it and creating fuss over the matter. However, checks by The Rakyat Post revealed that the original photo was of the girls touching a dog, taken during the ”I Want To Touch A Dog” event held in 2014. The original, unedited photo belonged to online newsportal The Malay Mail Online 21

January 18, 2016 12:57 AM Richest 1% own more than the rest of us, says Oxfam

PARIS: The richest one percent of the world's population now own more than the rest of us combined, aid group Oxfam said Monday, on the eve of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. "Runaway inequality has created a world where 62 people own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population -- a figure that has fallen from 388 just five years 5

January 17, 2016 2:48 AM Gestede thwarts Leicester, Terry rescues Chelsea

LONDON: Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede prevented Leicester City pulling three points clear in the Premier League on Saturday, while John Terry's contentious 98th-minute equaliser earned Chelsea a 3-3 draw with Everton. Gestede's 75th-minute strike cancelled out Shinji Okazaki's first-half opener to give bottom club Villa a 1-1 draw and leave Leicester cursing 7

January 17, 2016 12:48 AM US, EU lift sanctions against Iran amid landmark nuke deal

VIENNA: The U.N. nuclear agency certified Saturday that Iran has met all of its commitments under last summer’s landmark nuclear deal, crowning years of U.S.-led efforts to crimp Iran’s ability to make atomic weapons. For Iran, the move lifts Western economic sanctions that have been in place for years, unlocking access to $100 billion in frozen assets 17