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Wheelchair tennis star retires after 10-year winning streak

Dutch wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer announced her retirement on Tuesday after an astonishing unbroken run of 470 wins spanning more than 10 years. “A special day: officially stopping tennis,” Vergeer, 31, wrote on the micro-blogging, without elaborating on her reasons for retiring. Vergeer, who won four Paralympic tennis singles…

After Pope’s surprise retirement, a shocked media speculates on successor

The world’s media speculated on whether the next pontiff may come from the developing world, while paying mixed tributes to Pope Benedict XVI following his shock resignation announcement. The 85-year-old Benedict said on Monday that he would step down at the end of this month because of health reasons, becoming…

American and U.S. Airways close to aviation mega-merger

American Airlines and US Airways are close to striking a merger deal that would create the largest airline in the United States in the latest bout of consolidation in the US aviation industry. Officials from the two companies declined to comment, but The Wall Street Journal reported that their boards…

Romania denies blame for Europe’s horsemeat lasagne scandal

France and Britain called Monday for the “criminals” who disguised horsemeat as beef to be tracked down, as Romania angrily denied it was to blame for the frozen food scandal spreading across Europe. The controversy was growing quickly in scope, with Britain’s food minister Owen Paterson saying he believed warnings…

Obama rebukes North Korea over nuke test and calls for ‘swift’ and ‘credible’ action

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that North Korea’s “provocative” nuclear test did not make it more secure and called for “swift” and “credible” international action in response. Obama also vowed in a written statement that Washington would remain vigilant in the face of the underground detonation by the Stalinist…

Doctor Who goes 3D for 50th birthday

Time Lord’s half-centenary will be celebrated with special screenings in 3D in cinemas and on BBC HD channel The Time Lord is accustomed to travelling through space and time, but BBC1′s Doctor Who will have an added dimension for its 50th-anniversary special, which will be filmed in 3D and shown…

The Sea Shepherd takes battle with Japanese whalers to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Sea Shepherd conservation group asked the US Supreme Court on Monday to lift an order forcing it to steer clear of Japan’s whalers, who are seeking legal reprisals over harassment at sea. Since 2002, Sea Shepherd has annually disrupted Japan’s contested hunt in the Southern Ocean but a US…

2.2 gallon a day Coca-Cola habit a factor in woman’s death: coroner

A New Zealand woman’s 10-litre (2.2 gallon) a day Coca-Cola habit was a major factor in her death, a coroner found Tuesday, urging the soft drink giant to put health warnings on its caffeinated products. Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old mother of eight from Invercargill in southern New Zealand, drank huge…

North Korea test seen as setback to new U.S. approach

North Korea’s third nuclear test looks likely to set back any new diplomatic drive from the United States, which had seen glimmers of hope with the new cast of leaders in the region. The renewed crisis comes just as all three key regional players — China, Japan and South Korea…

North Korea carries out third nuclear test

North Korea on Tuesday staged its most powerful nuclear test yet, claiming a breakthrough with a “miniaturised” device in a striking act of defiance to global powers including its sole patron China. The communist state said it had staged its third test with a “successful” underground detonation, in a riposte…

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