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Four oppose Blatter for FIFA presidencyFour oppose Blatter for FIFA presidency

LONDON -- Despite a crowded field to unseat him as president of football’s world governing body, Sepp Blatter remains favourite to win a fifth term.

The Football Association has nominated Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, while Dutch FA president Michael van Praag, Former Portugal international Luis Figo and French former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne are also standing.


Casket find could reveal remains of CervantesCasket find could reveal remains of Cervantes

MADRID -- Researchers looking for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes have found part of a casket bearing his initials, and are now analysing bones found inside.

European Space Agency tests spaceplaneEuropean Space Agency tests spaceplane

KOUROU -- The European Space Agency is to launch a robotic space plane – the so called Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) – on February 11.


Nintendo to launch new handheld consoleNintendo to launch new handheld console

TOKYO -- Nintendo is launching a new version of its popular 3DS handheld console, with additional controls and a three-dimensional screen with better focus.

Greece: Where did all the money go?Greece: Where did all the money go?

ATHENS -- Since 2010 Greece has received more than €226 billion in bailouts and raised almost €28bn of its own. Most of this quarter of a trillion euros went to the banks.


IS fighters ousted from Kobane IS fighters ousted from Kobane

SYRIA -- Hundreds of people are celebrating in Kobane, on the frontier with Turkey, after Kurdish militia drove the Islamic State group from the Syrian town

Australia warming faster than rest of the world –reportAustralia warming faster than rest of the world –report

CANBERRA -- Australia's science agency said Tuesday that the country faces a rise in temperature of up to 5.1 degrees celsius by 2090, outpacing global warming worldwide.


Heavy fighting erupts in east UkraineHeavy fighting erupts in east Ukraine

LUHANSK -- At least seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and dozens wounded during clashes with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country.

Apple posts the biggest quarterly profit in historyApple posts the biggest quarterly profit in history

CUPERTINO -- Apple reported record first quarter profits of $18 billion, boosted by sales of iPhones. Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones in the three months to December 27.


Syriza government faces crippling debt pileSyriza government faces crippling debt pile

ATHENS -- Greece’s new Syriza-led government faces a debt mountain of €317bn, of which around €254bn is owed to the troika – ECB, IMF and European Commission.

Apple Watch faces battery life challengeApple Watch faces battery life challenge

CUPERTINO -- Details on battery life of the soon-to-be released Apple Watch have emerged from inside sources, revealing its likely capabilities.


World Agenda for February available nowWorld Agenda for February available now

LONDON -- Events include general elections in Nigeria, the release of a U.S. government report on the Keystone XL pipeline, and an aviation safety conference in Montreal.

Intel points to secret Syrian nuclear baseIntel points to secret Syrian nuclear base

DAMASCUS -- New intelligence suggests that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad could be covertly building an underground nuclear complex, aided by Iran and North Korea.


Jan 31: Australian Open FinalsJan 31: Australian Open Finals

MELBOURNE -- Top seeds Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova contest the women’s final, while Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will clash for the men’s title on Sunday.

Feb 14: Cricket World CupFeb 14: Cricket World Cup

CHRISTCHURCH -- The hosts open the ICC Cricket World Cup down under with New Zealand facing Sri Lanka and Australia taking on England in Melbourne.


Jan 31: Hosts reach first Asian Cup FinalJan 31: Hosts reach first Asian Cup Final

SYDNEY -- Host nation Australia will looking for victory in their maiden Asian Cup when they face South Korea in the final at Stadium Australia on Saturday.

Feb 3: Alpine World Ski ChampionshipsFeb 3: Alpine World Ski Championships

VAIL -- More than 600 athletes from over 70 countries will take to the slopes for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, hosted at Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado.


Feb 1: Super Bowl XLIXFeb 1: Super Bowl XLIX

GLENDALE, Arizona -- The New England Patriots, in a record eighth final, meet the Seattle Seahawks, bidding for a second consecutive title, at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Feb 4: Soccer Copa LibertadoresFeb 4: Soccer Copa Libertadores

SAN LORENZO -- South America’s premier club competition kicks off with 38 teams from 11 countries battling it out to be crowned continental champions.


Feb 6: Six Nations rugbyFeb 6: Six Nations rugby

ROME -- The northern hemisphere’s premier tournament gets underway - champions Ireland take on Italy, Wales host England and France face Scotland.

Feb 12: WRC SwedenFeb 12: WRC Sweden

KARLSTAD -- The only true winter rally on the WRC circuit, characterised by frozen roads lined with snow banks. VW have taken an early Championship lead.


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