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Australian Open offers record prize money


The 2013 Australian Open will offer a record USD 31.1 million in prize money, as organisers respond to threats of a boycott from players agitating for a greater share of revenue.

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Iran tests new anti-air missile defence: Guards

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said it test fired medium-range surface-to-air missiles designed to knock attacking aircraft out of the sky at a range of 50 kilometres.

The test of the new defence syste

US death row inmate - too obese for execution?

An obese death row inmate in the US state of Ohio has asked a court for a stay of execution, saying lethal injection would be 'torturous and lingering' due to his weight.

Ronald Post, 53, was convic

Afghan teen flogged for 'affair': Officials

A 16-year-old Afghan girl has been flogged for allegedly having an affair and her purported boyfriend fined USD 1,600 in a rural district under government control, local officials said on Saturday.

Pope calls for Christian-Muslim harmony in Mideast


Pope Benedict XVI urged Middle Eastern Christians and Muslims on Saturday to forge a harmonious, pluralistic society in which the dignity of each person is respected and the right to worship in peace

Russian prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for Pussy Riot


Prosecutors have asked a Moscow court to lock up members of the Pussy Riot girl band for three years after they insulted President Vladimir Putin in a song, as pop star Madonna made a plea for clemenc

Professor arrested over US school shooting threat: Report


Police in California have arrested a German university professor after he wrote about gunning down students at his late son's high school and then killing himself, the Los Times reported on Thursday.

6.6-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea early on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake hit the remote New Ireland region at 6:04 am (2004

Wife of North Korea's Kim is former singer: South Korea media


The wife of North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is a former singer who caught the leader's eye while she was giving a performance, South Korean media said on Thursday after Pyongyang disclosed the marriage.


Many killed in southern Russia floods disaster


Severe flash floods and a landslide in Russia's southern Krasnodar region have killed at least 103 people and affected nearly 13,000 in the area's worst natural disaster in decades, officials said o

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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.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.