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A fridge Out The Window: Joburg District Sees in New Year

Fridges might fly and beds fall from the sky as residents in Johannesburg's Hillbrow district see in the New Year by throwing broken furniture on to the streets below.

South Africa's police will send in helicopters, armored vehicles and special units Saturday night to patrol the unruly area, which has earned a reputation as a trouble spot at the turn of the year.

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Terry Vows to Stay with Chelsea

Chelsea and England captain John Terry has insisted he wants to see out the whole of his career with the London club ahead of their Premier League clash at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

The 31-year-old central defender has been under pressure both on and off the field this season, having taken some of the blame for Chelsea's profligacy at the back, which was partly due to new manager Andre Villas-Boas's tactics.

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Capello Urges UEFA to Act on Player Poaching

England coach Fabio Capello says UEFA must act to stop top European clubs poaching young players from other sides and wants the European governing body's head Michel Platini to stem the tide.

Capello is concerned rich top sides are creaming off youngsters for their own academies after their home clubs have made the initial investment in training them.

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Anti-Depressant Use Soars in England, Linked to Recession

The use of anti-depressant drugs in England has soared by 28 percent in the past three years, coinciding with the country's fall into recession and the global economic crisis, new figures showed Friday.

Prescriptions went up from just under 34 million to 43.4 million between 2007-08 and 2010-11, according to figures from the National Health Service (NHS) Information Centre.

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At Least 32 Dead as Hundreds of Thousands Flood Syria Streets

Syrian forces were accused of firing nail bombs Friday to disperse protesters as hundreds of thousands of people flooded streets across the country to make their voices heard to Arab monitors.

Protesters called for the ouster and prosecution of President Bashar al-Assad, whose autocratic regime has been blamed for the deaths of more than 5,000 people since pro-reform protests erupted in March.

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Six Dead in Sudan Chopper Crash

All six crewmen aboard a Sudanese military helicopter were killed when it crash-landed and burned in North Kordofan state on Friday, the army said.

Fire broke out because of a "technical problem" aboard the Russian-made aircraft three minutes after takeoff from a base at El Obeid, the state capital, army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad told Agence France Presse.

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RIM Share of U.S. Smartphone Market Slips

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion's share of the U.S. smartphone market declined during the three months ending in November, while Apple and Google's Android platform both made gains, industry tracker comScore said Thursday.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM saw its share of U.S. smartphone subscribers fall to 16.6 percent at the end of November from 19.7 percent at the end of August, according to comScore.

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Google Tops U.S. Web Destination in 2011: Nielsen

Google was the most-visited Web destination in the United States in 2011, followed by Facebook and Yahoo!, industry tracker Nielsen said Thursday.

Google received an average of 153.4 million unique U.S. visitors a month from home and work computers, according to Nielsen.

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Oil Prices Rise on Mideast Tensions

Oil prices edged higher Thursday in volatile trading in New York, boosted by geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and better-than-expected U.S. economic news.

New York's main contract West Texas Intermediate light sweet crude for February delivery, finished at $99.65 a barrel, an increase of 29 cents from Wednesday's close.

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Latest China Food Safety Scandal Widens to Oil

Chinese authorities have recalled cooking oil products made by three companies after finding they contained the same type of cancer-causing toxin recently found in milk, state media said Thursday.

A product safety watchdog in the southern province of Guangdong suspended operations at plants owned by the firms, which made oil containing excessive levels of aflatoxin, caused by mold, the Xinhua news agency said.

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