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Chinese football bribe allegations –
According to the Oriental Morning Post, a bribe of 200,000 yuan (£18,000) could get a Chinese footballer a call-up to play for his country in an international match. The allegations come weeks after the head of the Chinese Football Association and two other officials were sacked and questioned by police over match-fixing.
Google gets social –
Google launches ‘Social Search’, which allows those users who are logged into a Google account to call up photos or other information from their friends on their social networks which are relevant to their search query.
Most expensive racetrack opens –
The Meydan racehorse track in Dubai today hosts its first race today a Group Three event worth £74,000 to the winner as its feature event. The biggest and most expensive track in history has taken 34 months and at least $1.25bn to build and was paid for by the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed.
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- The U.S. Senate votes to give Ben Bernanke a second term as chair of the Federal Reserve. (AP)
- J. D. Salinger, author of the novel The Catcher in the Rye, dies at the age of 91. (BBC) (CBC) (RTÉ)(TIME)(The Times)
- Aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake:
- The International Monetary Fund loans US$114 million to Haiti following the recent earthquake devastation, with the full amount due to be transferred by the end of the week. (The Straits Times) (The Hindu)
- Teenager Darlene Etienne is pulled alive from the rubble of Port-au-Prince “happy but dehydrated” 16 days after being buried, having spent the time drinking Coca-Cola and water from a bath. (BBC) (Indian Express) (The Sydney Morning Herald)
- French medics report that American medics’ risky “guillotine-amputations” were made too fast, patients now riskingnecrosis, septicemia, and requesting later a 2nd amputation to better protect the patients. (LeMonde)
- North Korea:
- The death toll from yesterday’s apartment collapse in Liège reaches nine as the search for bodies is temporarily suspended due to the danger caused by other falling buildings. (Reuters India) (RTÉ) (TVNZ)
- Three players are dismissed during the semi-final football match between rivals Algeria and Egypt in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, months following their previous meeting which led to international violence and diplomatic skirmishes.(magharebia.com) (BBC) (USA Today)
- Colombia makes a formal diplomatic protest to Venezuela over the latter’s alleged violation of Colombian airspace by a military helicopter. (BBC) (RIA Novosti) (Colombia Reports)
- Sudan‘s ruling National Congress Party endorses South Sudan President Salva Kiir in upcoming elections. (BBC)(Sudan Tribune)
- Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin is cleared of charges of complicity to false denunciation in theClearstream affair. (France 24)
- Iran executes two opposition supporters for their role in the election protests in the country. (Al Jazeera) (The Times)(WSJ)
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