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Magical Messi


Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona began their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday but Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea suffered a shock home defeat.

New look Spurs begin hunt

A revamped Tottenham Hotspur will headline the Premier League’s quest for Europa League success when the group stage begins on Thursday.

Spirited start by Euro giants


Defending European champions Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-0 victory over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday as fellow European giants Manchester United and Real Madrid went goal crazy.

Iceman returns, Massa to exit Ferrari pit in 2014

Finnish Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen will rejoin the Ferrari stable on a two year contract for the 2014 season, the team announced on Wednesday.

Syria hopes rise as US strike on hold

Russia said Wednesday it had given the United States a plan to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, raising hopes of a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Gut feeling: Richard III had worms

Richard III

“Thy broken faith hath made the prey for worms,” evil Richard III is told by an accuser in Shakespeare’s drama.

Asteroid named after filmmaker

A large asteroid has been named after Alejandro Jodorowsky, the cult Franco-Chilean filmmaker and science-fiction comics writer who later became a spiritual guru.

Monaco surge to top of the table

Newly promoted Monaco went top of Ligue 1 after coming from behind to defeat Marseille 2-1 in a thrilling encounter at the Velodrome on Sunday.

Tuk-tuks offer a new take on Paris

The humble tuk-tuk, a fixture in Asian cities from Bangkok to Bengaluru, is rapidly becoming a common sight in the touristy parts of Paris — and the bane of traffic police.

We may all have come from Mars


Life on Earth was kick-started thanks to a key mineral deposited by a meteorite from Mars, according to a novel theory aired on Thursday.

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