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2009-12-17 @ 10:09:08
2009-12-10 @ 09:07:14
Barcelona finished top of the group despite going behind very early on in freezing conditions at Dynamo Kiev.

The reigning champions went 1-0 down when Victor Valdes failed to hold on to Artem Milevskiy's second minute free-kick and the ball bobbled into the net.

But Eric Abidal crossed for Xavi to equalise before the break and Lionel Messi curled home an exquisite free-kick towards the end to earn Pep Guardiola's side at 2-1 victory.

Inter Milan joined Barca in the first knockout stage after a routine 2-0 home victory over Russian champions Rubin Kazan at the San Siro.

Samuel Eto'o bagged his first Champions League goal for Inter, before Mario Balotelli's spectacular long-range free-kick sealed the win.
2009-12-10 @ 09:06:51
CSKA Moscow will not be thrown out of the Champions League despite two of their players testing positive for a banned substance, Uefa has confirmed.

Sergei Ignashevich and Aleksei Berezutsky were suspended on Tuesday for failing doping tests on 3 November.

But the detected substance in question is on a list of "non-specified" stimulants so Uefa will not be invoking disqualification penalties.

CSKA beat Besiktas 2-1 on Tuesday to reach the last 16 ahead of Wolfsburg.

The two international defenders failed their tests after the 3-3 draw at Manchester United last month, resulting in their suspension for the victory in Turkey which sealed second spot in Group B behind United and a place in the first knockout round of the Champions League.

Part of Article 12 of European football's governing body disciplinary regulations states: "If more than one player from the same team is charged with a doping offence in relation to a prohibited substance or methods, the team in question may be disqualified from the competition in progress and/or future competitions.''

This prompted speculation that CSKA could be expelled from the Champions League, but a spokesman for Europe's football governing body told the Press Association: "In this case it is a specified substance so disqualification of the team does not apply, it is more the sanction of the players themselves."

Both Berezutsky and Ignashevich's A samples revealed the presence of a prohibited substance under the category 'S6 stimulants' from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) prohibited list 2009.

CSKA has defended its players, claiming they were given a cold remedy while battling colds on international duty and the club's medical staff had failed to include the medication on a list given to Uefa staff before the game against United at Old Trafford.

The club highlighted that the substance in question was not on Uefa's banned list, saying in a statement: "The problem is that during the doping control procedures a clerical error was made by employees within our medical staff.
2009-12-10 @ 09:06:23
Rangers finished a dismal Champions League campaign with defeat in a one-sided game against Sevilla.

Following an early onslaught, all the Spanish side had to show for their efforts was an eighth-minute penalty from Frederic Kanoute.

Sevilla continued to dominate and Didier Zokora struck the post with a fierce, curling strike.

Rangers threatened an unlikely comeback late on, with shots from Nacho Novo and Lee McCulloch going close.

The defeat in Spain means Rangers finish the Group G campaign on just two points, the lowest ever yield from a Scottish team in the competition.

The visitors knew before kick off that they could not even progress to the Europa League and elected for a damage limitation exercise, following three bruising home defeats.

Walter Smith packed his players behind the ball and home keeper Anders Palop was a virtual spectator until the closing minutes.

Sevilla were without star striker Luis Fabiano and several other first team regulars but the home side looked far from under strength in the early stages.

It needed a terrific goal-line clearance from Sasa Papac to deny Kanoute in the third minute after the Mali striker had neatly controlled a long, high ball and prodded it beyond Allan McGregor.

Rangers then survived a strong penalty claim when a close-range Kanoute shot was blocked by the arm of Steven Davis.
Saving orangutans before extinction in Sumatra
2009-11-25 @ 18:02:21
Sumatra, Indonesia (CNN) -- A loud crack echoes throughout the canopy as two young orangutans come tumbling down, grasping at branches along the way to break their fall. They recover and sheepishly scamper back up.

This is lesson one of jungle school here in the forests of central Sumatra, one of the few places where orangutans are being successfully rehabilitated into the wild.

"They have to learn that their whole environment is completely different from the cage," says Peter Pratje of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. "They have to learn that branches and small trees -- the size of bars in the cage -- don't carry them any longer. They bend and break."
Ever missed the last boat and been stuck on Cheung Chau overnight? Here's the nightlife that happens only for those who stay past the last ferry
2009-11-25 @ 18:01:42
Visiting Cheung Chau island is one of our favorite ways to escape the city. In fact, it's such a great place that we stayed on the beach till nearly midnight and missed the last ferry at 11:30pm. The next ferry wouldn't be for another three hours.

Just as we were starting to get bored, we spotted clouds of steam billowing out from a hawker stall just down the street from the ferry pier. Approaching, we saw that two women were preparing fresh cheung fan and congee. Suddenly, about a dozen other hawkers appeared out of nowhere with their mobile carts of food and stoves.

Who knew that the Cheung Chau pier could be transformed into a rowdy -- albeit mini-sized -- night market within minutes? Crowds of restless locals and visitors queued up for deepfried meats on sticks, dessert soups, maki rolls, and those perfect cheung fun made to order right in front of the crowd.
China production and retail rise
2009-11-11 @ 18:19:06
The latest economic data from China suggests that industrial production grew year on year at a level faster than expected.

Retail sales also rose by more than analysts had predicted, while consumer prices continued to fall.

China's National Bureau of Statistics says the country's latest economic data shows it is well on track to meet its target of 8% growth this year.

The government's huge economic stimulus package is likely to have helped a lot.

The data indicates that activity in factories and workshops increased by 16.1% in October compared to a year ago.
Nations around world honor war dead
2009-11-11 @ 18:15:14
Nations honored those who sacrificed their lives in wars on Wednesday, in many cases for the first time without any surviving veterans of World War I.

Services took place around the world to mark the 91st anniversary of the armistice signed between Germany and the Allies on November 11, 1918.

Depending on where it is celebrated, the day is alternatively known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, Poppy Day or Veterans Day.
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