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Shanghai Shenhua Confirm Anelka Coup

Chelsea star Nicolas Anelka is to join Shanghai Shenhua on a two-year contract, the club said Monday, in a huge boost for China's scandal-hit Super League.

The 32-year-old French striker will join the club next month, Shenhua said in a brief statement, which did not mention the value of the ground-breaking deal.

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Olympics: London 2012 Chief Defends Budget Hike

London 2012 Olympics supremo Sebastian Coe has defended a controversial budget hike for the Games' opening and closing ceremonies, saying it will make for the "largest piece of television ever".

The British government last week agreed to more than double the budget for the ceremonies to 81 million pounds ($127 million), sparking criticism by Olympians such as world-record-holding marathon runner Paula Radcliffe.

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Shark Takes Bite Out of Surfboard in Australia

An Australian man was lucky to be alive Monday after a shark rammed his surfboard and bit off a huge chunk.

The impact threw Stephen King, 51, into the air but he managed to make it to shore with only minor puncture wounds to his leg.

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Redknapp Left Raging as Spurs' Run Ends at Stoke

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was unable to hide his frustration with referee Chris Foy after watching his team lose ground in the English Premier League title race.

Spurs old boy Matthew Etherington's first-half double was sufficient to earn Stoke a 2-1 victory at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, ending a run of 10 wins and a draw from their previous 11 top flight matches for Redknapp's team.

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Italian Women Rally Against 'Macho Culture'

Thousands of Italian women rallied on Sunday, demanding greater rights and an end to discrimination and blaming the country's "macho culture" for its current crisis.

Their demonstration follows on from mass protests in February when women said "basta" to then-president Silvio Berlusconi, known for his playboy antics and now on trial for paying for sex with a 17-year-old escort.

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Obama Meets Maliki as U.S. Exits Iraq

President Barack Obama meets Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Monday, marking America's exit from a war launched in an aerial "shock and awe" assault that went on to deeply wound both nations.

Obama will hold talks with Maliki at the White House, have a press conference and join his visitor at nearby Arlington National Cemetery where many of the nearly 4,500 U.S. war dead lie buried following the 2003 U.S. invasion.

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Inter Eye European Places in Genoa Visit

Inter Milan will be eyeing a top six spot when they travel to Genoa in Serie A on Tuesday in a game postponed last month due to bad weather.

The nerazzurri have had a torrid start to the season in the league but due to the tight nature of the table, they could move into a top-six position with a victory.

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Local Chief Fines Zimbabwe PM Farm Animals over Wedding Date

A local chieftain has fined Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai two cows and two sheep for flouting a cultural law and marrying during the month of November, a local daily reported.

Local media had announced that Tsvangirai, 59, married Harare businesswoman Locadia Tembo, whose sister is a lawmaker for President Robert Mugabe's party, at a traditional ceremony on November 21.

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Partying Austrian Teen Robs Grandparents' House Twice

A 15-year-old Austrian girl robbed her grandparents' house not once but twice, spending the 20,000 euros ($26,800) proceeds in just two weeks partying with her friends, police said Sunday.

The girl first broke into the house in Bad Vigaun near Salzburg in western Austria while the grandparents were on holiday on November 24, together with three other teenagers and two men in their 20s, police said.

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Bryant Unhappy with Odom Departure

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was scratching his head Sunday amid reports that the club was shipping Lamar Odom to Western Conference rivals -- and NBA champions -- Dallas.

"To be honest with you, I don't like it," Bryant said at the team's training camp.

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