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C-Ron’s 39th lifts Portugal


Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo gave his homeland some welcome joy on their national holiday as his first-half strike gave Portugal a 1-0 win over Croatia in a friendly played in Geneva on Monday.

Syrian rebels used sarin gas: UN


Syrian rebels have made use of the deadly nerve agent sarin in their war-torn country’s conflict, UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte has said.

Golconda diamond fetches $21.5 mln at auction


Christie's auctioned off the Archduke Joseph Diamond for nearly $21.5 million on Tuesday night, a world auction record price per carat for a colorless diamond.

76-carat Indian diamond to be auctioned at Christie's

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Archduke Joseph, one of the rarest and most famous diamonds in the world, with its origin traced to ancient Golconda mines of Andhra Pradesh, is all set to be auctioned on Tuesday.

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No winner in Tour de France in Armstrong era: UCI


The 1999-2005 Tour de France races will have no winners attributed to them, embattled world cycling officials announced Friday, ordering doping-tainted icon Lance Armstrong to repay his prize money.

Federal agents crucial in snaring Armstrong: UCI


As world cycling chiefs look to a future after Lance Armstrong, one man was singled out for special praise by the International Cycling Union (UCI): special agent Jeff Novitzky.

Novitzky was already

UCI strips Armstrong of his 7 Tour titles


Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling's governing body Monday following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a

UCI meets to decide Armstrong’s fate on Monday

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The fate and legacy of global cycling icon Lance Armstrong could take a decisive turn when the International Cycling Union (UCI) meets to decide on the American's spectacular fall from grace here Mond

Blatter to speak with Cuba after 3 players defect

FIFA President Sepp Blatter plans to speak with Cuban officials after three national team players defected in Canada ahead of a World Cup qualifier last week.

The players disappeared nine months afte

Up to 700,000 Syrian refugees by year-end: UN agency


The UN refugee agency warned Thursday there could be as many as 700,000 Syrian refugees in countries neighbouring the war-torn nation by the end of the year, up from 300,000 now.

"There may be up to

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

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