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Djokovic, Nadal, Federer Seek Early Tennis Blows

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet in a $250,000 three-day exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi's winter sun from Thursday, eager to strike early blows ahead of the 2012 season.

In the new year, world number one Djokovic will defend three Grand Slam titles and Nadal will look to hang on to his Olympic title and French Open crown, while Federer, despite nearing his 31st birthday, is keen to extend his impressive late run in 2011.

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Japan Store Offers $250k Jewel Lucky Dip Bag

A Japanese department store is offering anyone with a quarter of a million dollars a lucky dip bag stuffed with expensive jewelry to ring in the New Year.

One lucky customer prepared to hand over a numerically significant 20.12 million yen ($259,000) can celebrate the turn of the year with a fistful of precious baubles.

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Russian Police Find Smuggled Caviar 'in Morgue Freezer'

Police have discovered a huge stash of contraband caviar stored in a hospital morgue freezer alongside dead bodies in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg, officials said Thursday.

Kept in large canisters marked "Aviation Security. Inspected," the stash of both red and black caviar weighed 175 kilograms (385 pounds) -- a haul that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars (euros) on the open market.

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PSG Confirm Ancelotti's Arrival in Paris

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti was at Parc des Princes on Wednesday, amid reports the 52-year-old Italian is poised to replace Antoine Kombouare as coach of the ambitious French club.

Pierre Octave Arrighi, head of operations at PSG, confirmed Ancelotti's presence after a day of fervent speculation in the French media and on social networking sites such as Twitter, but said no announcements would be made on Wednesday evening.

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Italy Thieves Return Stolen Father Christmas Gifts

A bag of presents stolen from a Father Christmas in Rome has been returned with an apologetic note from the thieves after the victim made an impassioned appeal, Il Messaggero daily reported on Thursday.

"We're sorry. We made a mistake. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!" read the scrawled note left by the bag with 1,000 euros ($1,300) worth of presents that were stolen on Christmas Eve but were found still in their wrapping.

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Wade Sinks Winner as Heat Rally for Win

Dwyane Wade banked in the game-winning shot with 2.9 seconds remaining as the Miami Heat rallied to edge Charlotte 96-95 in a National Basketball Association game.

Playing their second game in as many nights, the star-studded Heat didn't display the speedy, aggressive attack that saw them post convincing victories over reigning champions Dallas on Sunday and Eastern Conference rivals Boston on Tuesday.

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Dalglish Backs Carroll as Newcastle Loom

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has defended striker Andy Carroll as the player prepares to face former club Newcastle.

Carroll, 22, made a 20-minute substitute appearance in Liverpool's 3-0 victory over the Magpies in May.

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Man Drives Drunk to Pick Up License from German Police

A man drove to a German police station to ask to get back his licence which he had lost for drink driving but was immediately arrested for a blood-alcohol level far above the legal limit, police said Wednesday.

The 47-year-old rolled up in his car to the police headquarters in the eastern town of Plauen on Tuesday, just after the three-day Christmas holiday and days ahead of New Year festivities.

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S. Africa’s Fiery Youth Leader to Get Own Clothing Line

A young South African fashion designer is planning to launch a clothing label named after the ruling ANC's suspended youth leader Julius Malema.

"It is about celebrating my hero," Obakeng Ramadobu told Wednesday's edition of the newspaper The Sowetan from China, where he is attempting to secure a deal for the manufacture of his "Juju label" clothing range.

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Syrian Ambassador Urges Lebanon to Take ‘Strict Measures’ Against Arms Smuggling

Syria's envoy to Beirut has urged the Lebanese government to prevent cross-border arms smuggling, saying the alleged trafficking was "complementary to terrorism.”

In an interview with the Hizbullah-run website al-Intiqad, Ali Abdul Karim Ali called on Lebanon to take "serious, strict measures to end arms smuggling from Lebanon into Syria and... not give in to international pressure."

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