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Israel: Ultra-Orthodox Jews lose grave battle


A heavily guarded operation to dig up ancient graves to make way for a new hospital emergency room exposed on Sunday traditional tensions between Israel’s Jewish secular majority and ultra-Orthodox mi

Google not to sell smartphone on Web

Google Inc is closing its four-month-old online cell phone store, abandoning an ambitious plan by the Web search leader to redefine wireless retailing.

Ad guys bank on mobiles

The global advertising industry is eager to capitalise on booming use of mobile phones for Internet access as more enhanced devices are coming to the market to get more consumers reachable online.

Round the world solo, nonstop, and only 16


Jessica Watson, 16, sails past the finish line at the entrance to Sydney Harbour in her yacht, Ella’s Pink Lady, on Saturday, capping off a nearly 23,000-nautical-mile voyage that many thought she wou

Barcelona, Real in fight to the finish

Barcelona will need to keep the euphoria in check if they are to hold onto the La Liga title in what promises to be a nerve-jangling final day of the Spanish season on Sunday.

Heavyweight Blues eye double


Some still sniffily dismiss Chelsea as arriviste upstarts but by becoming the seventh club to complete the double on Sunday they would take another solid step in establishing themselves as real football heavyweights.
Having won the Premier League title in scintillating style with an 8-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic last week, C

Early-age birds were poor flyers

The earliest birds did not have strong enough feathers to take to the air by flapping their wings and were gliders at best, researchers said on Thursday.

Red Shirt adviser shot in head, critical

The chief military adviser of Thailand’s anti-government protesters was injured in the head, after an explosion and bursts of automatic gunfire were heard near Bangkok’s business district on Thursday

Caribbean catastrophe


India were humiliatingly knocked out of the World Twenty20 championships on Tuesday when a last-ball six from Sri Lanka’s Chamara Kapugedera condemned them to their third straight defeat in the Super Eight stage.
Sri Lanka, who have two victories in Group F, won by five wickets and go through to play England in Thursday’s semifinal.

India, Brazil challenge EU on drugs at WTO

India and Brazil launched a trade dispute against the European Union and the Netherlands on Wednesday over the seizure of generic medicines in transit.
The request for consultations, the first step in a formal World Trade Organisation dispute, ratchets up the pressure in a row pitting the intellectual property rights of pharmaceuticals corporations against access to affordable medicine for people in poor countries.

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