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Great balls of China to defend against ‘apocalypse’

QIANTUN: As people across the globe tremble in anticipation of next week s supposed Mayan-predicted apocalypse, one Chinese villager says he may have just what humanity needs: tsunami-proof survival pods. Camouflage-clad former farmer and furniture maker Liu Qiyuan, 45, inspected his latest creation, a sphere …

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Jolie listens to plight of Syria refugee

ANKARA: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie said Thursday that Syrian refugees were deeply worried about the plight of their families back home as she visited a Turkish camp on the border with the war-torn nation. “They are very very emotional and very deeply saddened by the …

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Microsoft unveils ‘Surface’ tablet

LOS ANGELES: Microsoft on Monday unveiled its first tablet computer, the Surface, as the technology titan steps in with its own hardware to take on Apple’s market-ruling iPads. Chief executive Steve Ballmer described the iPad challenger — complete with ultra thin covers-cum-keyboards in a range …

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Strong women take center stage in Tribeca foreign films

NEW YORK: As women increasingly press for greater equality in countries around the world, filmmakers are breaking barriers too, making their female protagonists as strong and varied as the characters they meet in everyday life. New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, which draws to a close …

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India PM leads nation in praising Tendulkar

NEW DELHI: India’s prime minister Friday led the tributes to batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar who became the first player in cricketing history to score 100 international centuries. “I join the nation in congratulating Sachin Tendulkar on his making history — a hundred centuries. He has …

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South African Muslims come to life in “Material” movie

JOHANNESBURG: A low-budget movie about a young Muslim man’s quest to make it on the Johannesburg comedy circuit is wowing audiences across South Africa, and its powerful portrayal of the clash between youth, tradition and religion may lead to global recognition. Set in the Muslim …

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Japan scientist makes ‘Avatar’ robot

YOKOHAMA: A Japanese-developed robot that mimics the movements of its human controller is bringing the Hollywood blockbuster “Avatar” one step closer to reality. Users of the TELESAR V don special equipment that allows them not only to direct the actions of a remote machine, but …

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Mustache film festival to be held in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine: Move over, Cannes. Maine will be playing host to its first-ever international mustache film festival, part of its annual pageant that celebrates the bristly facial hair. The festival set for March 30 in Portland will feature short films with storylines that involve mustaches …

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Three matches in World Cup Kabaddi today

BHATINDA: World Cup Kabaddi tournament was formally inaugurated in Bhatinda, India. Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan performed at the opening ceremony of the second edition of World Cup Kabaddi. Three matches will be played today. The first match will be played between Australia and Nepal. In …

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India great Pataudi dies

NEW DELHI:Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, one of India’s most charismatic cricketers and a prolific batsman despite losing an eye, died on Thursday aged 70 following a lung disease, his doctors said. The former national team captain, better known as the Nawab of Pataudi, was admitted …

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