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Iraq Recovers $116 Million from Saddam Officials

Iraq has recovered $116 million from bank accounts in France belonging to an official from ex-dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, the country's anti-graft watchdog said in a statement seen on Saturday.

The Commission on Integrity said the funds comprised $106 million deposited in UBAF, a French-registered bank whose shareholders include 19 Arab banks and Credit Agricole, and the equivalent of $10 million in foreign currency deposited in several banks in France.

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U.S. Hikers Await Judge's Signature to be Free

The lawyer of two American hikers convicted of spying in Iran told Agence France Presse on Saturday that everything was ready for their release, except for the signature of a judge to post bail.

"Everything is in place to post bail (for Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer) and to have them released, except for the signature of a judge" to post bail of $500,000 set by the court for each of them, Masoud Shafii said.

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Scholes Says England Players 'Pampered'

England players are pampered and after the "complete disaster" of their 2010 World Cup campaign have no chance of winning Euro 2012, former England midfielder Paul Scholes claimed on Saturday.

The ex Manchester United star also hit out at managers who he believes take on the national team job for the money.

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No Talk of Strike, but Federer Admits Fatigue

Swiss star Roger Federer said he felt "completely beat up" following his Davis Cup doubles tie on Saturday, a day after Rafael Nadal blasted the packed tennis calendar.

The current round of Davis Cup matches began just days after the end of the U.S. Open, prompting Nadal to complain that players' physical wellbeing was at risk.

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Maradona Accepted Bribes Too, Claims Ex Secretary

Diego Maradona, who this week accused his successor as Argentina coach Sergio Batista of accepting bribes, is also tainted by corruption, according to a claim made here Saturday.

Gabriel Buono, Maradona's former private secretary, made the accusation, saying of his ex boss: "He talks about bribes but if you are looking for someone who is corrupt the first person is Maradona - I've got all the evidence."

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Just Add People: Japan Noodle Museum Opens Doors

Japan's Nissin Foods opened a cup noodle museum on Saturday charting the history of the speedy snack where visitors even get the chance to create their own tasty version.

About 500 adults and children queued up before the museum opened in the port city of Yokohama near Tokyo with celebrity guests ranging from a former prime minister to a retail business tycoon.

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Pressure Mounts on UBS Bosses Over $2 Billion Fraud

Pressure mounted on top managers of Swiss banking giant UBS on Saturday, after it lost $2 billion due to rogue trading.

The bank's honorary chairman Nikolaus Senn told Swiss German television late Friday that he doubted that chief executive Oswald Gruebel could stay after the debacle.

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Electric Cars Take Center Stage at Frankfurt Motor Show

The Frankfurt Motor Show, the biggest event in the auto industry calendar, opened its doors to the general public on Saturday to showcase the next generation of electric cars.

Around 800,000 people are expected to visit the event in the German financial capital before its wraps up next Sunday.

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Philip Roth Opens Up on Art, Sex and Death

When the young Philip Roth warned his parents to brace for a media assault with the release of "Portnoy's Complaint" in 1969, his mother broke down in tears: she thought he was suffering from delusions of grandeur.

Four decades after the novel shot him to stardom, the American literary giant talks candidly about his early years, about writing, sex and Jewishness, depression and dying, in a rare and moving documentary to be screened Monday on the French-German channel Arte.

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Dead Sea Hosts Mass Nude Photo Shoot

U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick is staging one of his trademark mass studies of nude volunteers on Saturday, with a thousand Israelis posing on a private Dead Sea beach.

The shoot is part of a bid to boost Israel's campaign to have the salt-saturated feature recognized as one of the world's seven natural wonders in a global online vote in November.

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