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Soweto kids take tennis lessons from lengendary Williams sisters

Scores of starry-eyed teens in oversized tennis kits queue neatly, awaiting their turn to play against US champions Serena and Venus Williams in South Africa’s famous Soweto township. Five to a side, two groups at a time, the pint-sized hopefuls in white T-shirts and red caps are determined to catch…

Tug-of-war over King Richard III’s bones

A skeleton dug up in a car park has triggered a tug-of-war between two English cities, with the royals, the government and the Church involved — because the bones are thought to be those of king Richard III. In September, archaeologists acting on historical records unearthed a skeleton which has…

What Americans want from the next president

What Americans want from the next president The Sunday service wraps up and parishioners file into the fellowship hall at Trinity Episcopal Church, an imposing structure in this southern Wisconsin town built out of stones so thick that it seems they could only be moved by deity. Weak coffee burns…

‘Flipping’ used cars a thriving industry in Venezuela

With the world’s largest oil reserves and the cheapest gas anywhere, you’d think Venezuela is a driver’s paradise. Wrong. New cars are scarce and sellers of used ones — even clunkers — make a killing. The counter-intuitive economics stem from rules imposed in 2003 by populist President Hugo Chavez that…

10 people shot dead in 24 hours in Sao Paolo

At least 10 people, including a suspected drug trafficker, were shot dead in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area in the past 24 hours in a worsening wave of violence in which military police have been targeted, officials said Saturday. The latest victims were among some 20 people shot in Sao…

Proponents of hurricane suppression technology seek more research, funds

Devastating tropical storms of the kind that battered the US last week could be weakened and rendered less deadly using a simple and cheap technology based on a surprising component – old car tyres. One of Britain’s leading marine engineers, Stephen Salter, emeritus professor of engineering design at Edinburgh university…

Chinese traders strike in Spain over crackdown

Chinese businesses in a major trading estate in Madrid staged a rare strike Saturday to protest a police crackdown on alleged money-laundering which they said had stigmatized them. Hundreds of warehouses in the Cobo Calleja industrial zone, considered the biggest Chinese wholesale hub in Europe, shut down for the day…

Twitter maps out popularity of Obama, Romney tweets

Twitter has launched an interactive map of the United States that charts where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s campaign tweets have had the most impact, and where they have fallen flat. The “Political Engagement Map” measures the popularity of statements posted by both candidates on their official accounts by tracking…

Exodus from Nigerian city after execution style killings

Fear gripped Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri on Saturday with many men fleeing after the alleged execution style killings of around 40 young men, mostly teenagers, who residents said were rounded up and shot. “All male residents have left the neighbourhood…. Those that remain are women, children and elderly men,”…

FEMA moves to address Sandy rumors on social media

FEMA, the US disaster response agency, on Saturday set up a “rumor control” section on its website to dispel misinformation on social networks in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. Many Americans have taken to Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about finding supplies in devastated areas of the US…

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