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  1. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    US-Afghan deal falters as Karzai says he could walk away from pact

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 03:56pm by Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul Afghan President Karzai refuses to be rushed into signing deal A security deal to allow some US troops to stay in Afghanistan to fight al-Qaeda was at risk of collapse Tuesday after President Hamid Karzai said he was prepared to walk away from negotiations. The United States has pushed for the bilateral security pact (BSA) to be signed by the end ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1327139/us-afghan-deal-falters-karzai-says-he-could-walk-away-pact
  2. News - World - AFRICA

    Africa boasts at least 55 billionaires, according to report

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 11:25am by Agence France-Presse in Lagos

    ... Agence France-Presse in Lagos Business magazine uncovers dozens of new billionaires on continent There are far more African billionaires than previously thought, Ventures magazine said Monday in a report on the continent’s mega-rich, but the number of Africans living in extreme poverty has also shot up. Previous Africa-rich-lists named as few as 16 billionaires, but Ventures ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1327022/africa-boasts-least-55-billionaires-according-report
  3. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan seeks new army chief

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 02:56pm by Agence France-Presse in Islamabad

    ... Agence France-Presse in Islamabad Role is widely considered most powerful job in Pakistan Five months on from a successful transition of power after general elections, Pakistan is poised to make a decision of arguably even greater importance - the appointment of a new army chief. The incumbent, General Ashfaq Kayani, on Sunday confirmed he will step down as scheduled on November ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1327107/pakistan-seeks-new-army-chief
  4. News - World - HEALTH

    Drug company seeks approval for world’s first malaria vaccine

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 12:59pm by Agence France-Presse in Paris

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris GlaxoSmithKline is developing the vaccine for children in sub-Saharan Africa British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said on Tuesday it hoped to get the green light for a prototype vaccine against malaria after trials showed it offered children a partial shield against the disease. Results for the Phase III stage of the closely-followed RTS,S ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1327053/drug-company-seeks-approval-worlds-first-malaria-vaccine
  5. News - World - BRITAIN

    Missing Madeleine McCann’s parents ‘encouraged’ by new lead

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 09:46am by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Parents hopeful of developments from appeal based on 'substantive' new information The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann said on Sunday they were “greatly encouraged” by new information about the disappearance of their daughter on holiday in Portugal in 2007. Kate and Gerry McCann said they were hopeful there would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1326286/missing-madeleine-mccanns-parents-encouraged-new-lead
  6. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Six killed in shootout between Thai security forces and militants

    Posted Oct 06th 2013, 03:53pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Six people including two policemen were shot dead in a fierce gunbattle between Thai security forces and militants, authorities said on Sunday, after a raid in the insurgency-plagued south of the country. The clash broke out after a combined army, police and paramilitary group tried to search a village in Narathiwat, one of several conflict-prone provinces ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1325765/six-killed-shootout-between-thai-security-forces-and-militants
  7. News - Asia

    Asian dishes, from penis hotpots to snake blood, claim to boost libido

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 11:35am by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Holding aloft a half-metre long horse penis, chef Xiao Shan confidently declares it “the most delicious” of the ingredients in a Chinese hotpot of male genitalia, one of many supposed Asian remedies to boost the libido. Penises and testicles from donkey, goat, dog, bull and deer, the other contributors to the US$200 feast, are laid out on a kitchen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1327026/asian-dishes-penis-hotpots-snake-blood-claim-boost-libido
  8. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar unrest raises stakes for tourist industry

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:19pm by Agence France-Presse in Thandwe

    ... Agence France-Presse in Thandwe Recent anti-Muslim bloodshed close to Myanmar’s most popular tourist beach raises the stakes for an industry dependent on the former pariah state’s fluid transition to democracy. Several days of tension spilled into bloodshed on Tuesday in the western state of Rakhine, where Buddhist mobs killed six Muslims and burned dozens of homes in the latest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1326345/myanmar-unrest-raises-stakes-tourist-industry
  9. News - World - EGYPT

    Egypt frees two detained Canadians

    Posted Oct 06th 2013, 03:48pm by Agence France-Presse in Ottawa

    ... Agence France-Presse in Ottawa John Greyson and Tarek Loubani held without charge since August Egyptian authorities have released two Canadians who had been held without charge in a crowded, cockroach-infested prison cell in Cairo since mid-August, Canadian officials said on Sunday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed the release of John Greyson, a Toronto filmmaker ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1325764/egypt-frees-two-detained-canadians
  10. Sport - Other Sport - CYCLING

    Future of Tour de France winners is beginning to look more 'bleu, blanc and rouge'

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 09:55pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse Plenty of young talented French riders are coming up through the ranks and will soon make their mark Tour's future is looking 'bleu, blanc and rouge' When the Tour de France started in Britain with a British reigning champion riding for a British team, in some quarters there was the feeling that a piece of French heritage was being dragged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1561252/future-tour-de-france-winners-beginning-look-more-bleu-blanc-and

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