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Bolt, Campbell-Brown Honored for 2011 Exploits

Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown, winners of the 200m world titles last year in Daegu, South Korea, were named Jamaica's top sportsman and sportswoman of 2011.

Sprint superstar Bolt had been overlooked for the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association's top athlete award, which went to 100m world champion Yohan Blake.

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Maoist Landmine Attack Kills 12 Policemen in India

A landmine attack by Maoist rebels in eastern India killed at least 12 policemen and injured three others, authorities said on Saturday.

The attack, targeting a police vehicle in Jharkhand state, was to protest against the killing of one of the top Maoist leaders Koteswar Rao -- better known as Kishenji -- by security forces last year, police said.

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Blanchett to Leave Sydney Theater Company

Oscar-winning Hollywood star Cate Blanchett and playwright husband Andrew Upton are to leave their roles as co-artistic directors of Australia's most prestigious theatre company.

The high-profile couple, who are credited with turning around the Sydney Theatre Company's finances during their tenure, will step down at the end of 2013.

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Dragon Year Spells Nightmare for Hong Kong Mums

Having a baby in the "Year of the Dragon" is a dream come true for many ethnic Chinese who see the zodiac as an auspicious and powerful portent. But for some Hong Kong mothers, it's a nightmare.

Tens of thousands of pregnant mainlanders come to Hong Kong to give birth every year, taking up limited beds in maternity wards and pushing up delivery costs.

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Last Chance Search for Cruise Wreck Survivors

Divers searching Italy's cruise ship wreck were Saturday clinging to hope that some people may have miraculously survived in air pockets a week after the tragedy which left 32 feared dead.

The Italian navy blew new holes into the side of the luxury liner to search previously unexplored parts of the beached vessel under the water line, where panicked people may have gathered when the order came to abandon ship.

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Renowned Chinese Painter Fu Baoshi Takes on U.S.

Revered Chinese modern painter Fu Baoshi's life was an epic journey -- literally and figuratively -- but only now, with retrospectives in the United States, has his powerfully emotional body of work traveled as far as the West.

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday opens "Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965)," an exhibition that seeks to put this giant of Chinese culture on the international map.

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Scientists Find New Plant in Fiji

Scientists have discovered a new flowering plant belonging to the scarce Medinilla group on Fiji's Kadavu island, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said on Friday.

"Although the plant was first found in August of 2010, it has taken this long to go through the process and verify it," IUCN spokeswoman Ewa Ewa Magiera told Agence France Presse.

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Ninjas, Workmen Invade City at Paris Menswear

Urban elegance with a twist was the watchword at the autumn-winter menswear shows in Paris on Friday as city suits met workman's blues, ninja neoprene, luxurious leather and slinky knits.

The Belgian designer Kris Van Assche took two "clichés" of menswear -- a banker's suit and laborer’s overalls -- as his starting point, combining them to create a look part white- part blue-collar.

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Djokovic, Tsonga Power into Fourth Round

Defending champion Novak Djokovic wrecked Nicolas Mahut's birthday on Saturday, losing just two games as he powered through to the last 16 of the Australian Open to join Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The Serbian top seed blitzed hapless Mahut 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 in just 74 minutes, reaching the fourth round without dropping a single set so far.

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Prince William's In-Laws Offer 'Adult' Outfits Online

The parents of Prince William's wife Catherine have launched a range of outfits for "adult occasions" on their party goods website, a British tabloid said Saturday.

The Party Pieces firm, owned by the Duchess of Cambridge's parents Michael and Carole Middleton, offers a mini-skirted French maid outfit and a female pirate fancy dress costume under a section entitled adult occasions.

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