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  • Dominant Serena beats Sharapova at Australian Open for 19th Slam
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/serena-wins-first-set-australian-open-final-against-093822495--ten.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/7FlI83Q.vJN42hyLLCy3Vw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-HKG-APH1285198-1-1-1.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Serena Williams of the US has beaten Russia&#039;s Maria Sharapova to win the Australian Open women&#039;s singles title, her 19th Grand Slam success" align="left" title="Serena Williams of the US has beaten Russia&#039;s Maria Sharapova to win the Australian Open women&#039;s singles title, her 19th Grand Slam success" border="0" /></a>Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam with a hard-fought win over bitter rival Maria Sharapova on Saturday, consolidating her place among the game&#039;s legends. The 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) triumph means the American world number one overtakes 18-time major champions Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert to go clear second on the all-time Open-era Grand Slam winners&#039; list, three behind Steffi Graf.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Aussies break Korean hearts in Asian Cup final
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/australia-1-south-korea-0-half-time-asian-095209487.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/Ii36gTU5IC4oLiM0wC70YA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-HKG-Hkg10143499-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Australia&#039;s James Troisi (right) celebrates with Mathew Leckie (left) and Massimo Luongo after scoring the winner for Australia" align="left" title="Australia&#039;s James Troisi (right) celebrates with Mathew Leckie (left) and Massimo Luongo after scoring the winner for Australia" border="0" /></a>Hosts Australia won the Asian Cup after beating South Korea 2-1 in extra time of an electrifying final on Saturday, substitute James Troisi smashing home a dramatic winner. Troisi broke Korean hearts with the last kick in the first period of extra time after Son Heung-Min had snatched a dramatic injury-time equaliser at the end of normal time. Australia&#039;s triumph gave the Socceroos a first title since defecting from Oceania nine years ago, while South Korea&#039;s anguish continued after failing to break a hoodoo in the tournament stretching back to 1960. Australia, runners-up to Japan in 2011, had been on the brink of victory after a stunning strike from Massimo Luongo on the stroke of half-time, triggering wild celebrations from the waves of fans in green and gold in a crowd of 76,000.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Australian Open Women's final: LIVE REPORT
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/australian-open-womens-final-live-report-082100678.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/seiceOl1snjf_qtjzvJFvg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-DV-DV1953168-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Serena Williams celebrates victory against Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final" align="left" title="Serena Williams celebrates victory against Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final" border="0" /></a>Melbourne (AFP) - 11:32 GMT - AFP IS CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT after Serena Williams produced one of the great performances of her career to beat fierce rival Maria Sharapova and win her sixth Australian Open final, sealing her 19th Grand Slam title.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine, 15 soldiers killed
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/fifteen-ukrainian-soldiers-killed-fighting-past-24-hours-105333550.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/vYaWgNNOeDnO23WpGv.Fqw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-01-31T105333Z_1_LYNXMPEB0U03H_RTROPTP_2_UKRAINE-CRISIS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Members of a special unit of the Ukrainian armed forces line up before departing to take part in a military operation, during a farewell ceremony in Kharkiv" align="left" title="Members of a special unit of the Ukrainian armed forces line up before departing to take part in a military operation, during a farewell ceremony in Kharkiv" border="0" /></a>Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as pro-Russian separatists sought to tighten the circle around government forces clinging on to a rail center, with 15 Ukrainian soldiers killed in the past 24 hours. Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said separatists were keeping up intense pressure on Debaltseve, a major rail and road junction north-east of the big city of Donetsk, as well as on the neighboring town of Vuhlehirsk. &quot;The toughest situation is in the Vuhlehirsk area where the terrorists are trying to seize the town and occupy positions to move forward and encircle Debaltseve,&quot; military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a separate briefing. The renewed violence followed intense fighting on Friday in which more than 20 civilians were killed in separate shelling attacks in Donetsk, Debaltseve and other areas.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Sports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Stars from the sports and entertainment world mingled Friday night at ESPN's lavish pre-Super Bowl party, which featured an energetic performance from pop newcomer Charli XCX.
  • Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies aged 94
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/former-german-president-richard-von-weizsaecker-dies-aged-112725765.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/cKqxeFiTlDSxCgOguw101g--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/ef5172a0b91523aa66ecf2fb6f894ea92887e465.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker has died aged 94" align="left" title="Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker has died aged 94" border="0" /></a>Berlin (AFP) - Former German president Richard von Weizsacker, hailed for his moral leadership in post-war Germany, has died, the president&#039;s office said Saturday. He was 94.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/serena-williams-wins-1st-set-australian-open-final-093614219.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/QKJeGow.TjnbtmWKOe3bcQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/393c61e8ff34c9046c0f6a70670075e9.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts as she plays Maria Sharapova of Russia during the women&#039;s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)" align="left" title="Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts as she plays Maria Sharapova of Russia during the women&#039;s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)" border="0" /></a>MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Greek finance minister to meet French counterpart on Sunday
    PARIS/ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will meet with his French counterpart Michel Sapin in Paris on Sunday, the French finance ministry said on Saturday. Late on Friday, a source close to the French president's office told Reuters that President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "agreed that it is important to respect the choices of the Greek people and for Greece to respect its commitments" to the holders of its debt. "There is a need for dialogue and exchange to better understand the intentions of the Greek government," the source said after Hollande and Merkel met over dinner in the French city of Strasbourg. The new Greek government wants to renegotiate the country's debt and end the austerity measures that it says its EU partners have imposed on Greece.
  • Greek finance minister says wants to attract new foreign investment
    Greece will look after investors' interests and wants to bring in new foreign investment, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told a newspaper on Saturday after a turbulent week in which the new government halted a series of privatisations. "Our commitment to investors who have invested in the country's productive network will remain untouched and not only that, but we also aim to attract new, immediate investment from abroad through transparent procedures which will safeguard our mutual interests," he told the weekly Agora newspaper. Doubts about foreign investment in Greece were fuelled by the new leftwing government's decision to halt privatisation projects including the sale of the country's biggest port and to review its options on a Canadian-run goldmine, one of Greece's biggest foreign investments.
  • Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/former-german-president-richard-von-weizsaecker-dies-94-110938759.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/6IaP3bjsEClfCqtuwv_Bdw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/a0374377ff8ccb046c0f6a706700ee56.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="In this photo taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Berlin, former German President Richard von Weizsaecker attends a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler . Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who urged his country to confront its dark past, promoted reconciliation and denounced far-right violence during a 10-year tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94. The German president’s office announced the death of Weizsaecker, who was president from 1984 to 1994, on Saturday Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)" align="left" title="In this photo taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Berlin, former German President Richard von Weizsaecker attends a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler . Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who urged his country to confront its dark past, promoted reconciliation and denounced far-right violence during a 10-year tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94. The German president’s office announced the death of Weizsaecker, who was president from 1984 to 1994, on Saturday Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)" border="0" /></a>BERLIN (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who urged his country to confront the Nazi past, promoted reconciliation and denounced far-right violence during a 10-year tenure that spanned the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.</p><br clear="all"/>

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