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  1. Sport - Soccer - SOCCER

    Jagielka backs Baines to plug Cole hole

    Posted Oct 09th 2013, 10:29am by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Phil Jagielka has backed Everton colleague Leighton Baines to prove an able deputy for the injured Ashley Cole in England’s penultimate World Cup qualifier at home to Montenegro on Friday. Chelsea defender Cole has been ruled out of the game due to a rib injury and could also miss England’s final Group H game at home to Poland next Tuesday. It means ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1327760/jagielka-backs-baines-plug-cole-hole
  2. News - World - UNITED STATES

    World fears US default, President Obama warns

    Posted Oct 09th 2013, 10:47am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington US President says world leaders nervous that Republicans could ‘blow up’ US economy President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that world leaders were nervous Republicans would “blow up” the US economy, and vowed not to budge on his demand for the debt ceiling to be lifted without conditions. But House Speaker John Boehner insisted there would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1327773/world-fears-us-default-president-obama-warns
  3. News - China

    Xinjiang police arrest 139 people for 'spreading religious extremism including jihad'

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 07:58pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse China has arrested 139 people in Xinjiang for allegedly spreading jihad, state-run media said on Wednesday, as it warns of growing religious extremism in the far western region home to Muslim Uighurs. Beijing has pointed to violent incidents to indicate a rising militant threat among the ethnic minority, but information in the vast region is tightly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1327253/xinjiang-police-target-online-jihad-talk-amid-rumour-crackdown
  4. Sport - Other Sport - CRICKET

    Australian batsman Warner in trouble again

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 01:10pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Controversial Australia batsman David Warner was in more trouble on Tuesday after being disciplined by Cricket New South Wales for failing to show up for a grade game last weekend. The explosive opener, who has fallen from grace after a series of incidents that culminated in his punching of England’s Joe Root earlier this year, was supposed to turn ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1327054/australian-batsman-warner-trouble-again
  5. Sport - Soccer - SOCCER

    Australia’s A-League considering Asian expansion

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 03:07pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s domestic A-League could eventually expand into Asia with Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia showing interest, senior officials said on Tuesday. The league currently has just 10 teams and while a move to expand is not imminent, it could reportedly stage games in Asia as soon as the next year-15 season. “There’s no reason why you can’t look ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1327115/australias-league-considering-asian-expansion
  6. 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
  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea warns US over joint navy drill and puts army on alert

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 10:14am by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul North Korea warns US its forces could cause 'unpredictable disasters' North Korea warned the United States of “horrible disaster” on Tuesday as the isolated communist state put troops on alert against a joint naval drill involving a US aircraft carrier. North Korean troops had been ordered to “keep themselves fully ready to promptly launch ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1326990/north-korea-warns-us-over-joint-navy-drill-and-puts-army-alert
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY LEAGUE

    Sonny Bill Williams may be available, after all, for New Zealand World Cup defence

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 10:39am by Agence France-Presse in Wellington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington Sonny Bill Williams was reportedly poised to make a dramatic backflip and declare himself available for New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup, after initially snubbing the side. The dual rugby international was omitted from the 24-man Kiwis squad named on Tuesday after telling selectors he had "other commitments" and would not be going ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1327002/sonny-bill-williams-may-be-available-after-all-new-zealand-world

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