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Colombian striker James Rodriguez signs Real Madrid

James Rodriguez

Real Madrid on Tuesday signed Colombian striker James Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup, from Monaco on a six season contract.

Schizophrenia linked to genes?


A massive gene trawl has linked over 100 DNA coding mutations to schizophrenia, yielding critical clues about what causes the illness and possibly how to treat it, scientists said on Tuesday.

Real Madrid's headline catch Rodriguez unveiled to huge crowd at Bernabeu

The Colombian star striker James Rodriguez will play alongside Bale and Ronaldo at Real Madrid. Photo: AFP

Colombia's World Cup revelation James Rodriguez was unveiled as Real Madrid's latest headline signing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Gaza rocket halts Israel flights, world pushes for truce

UN chief Ban visited Cairo and Tel Aviv to appeal to both sides to lay down arms. Photo: AP

Major airlines blocked flights to Israel Wednesday after a rocket from Gaza struck near airport runways, as the UN chief urged an end to a conflict that has killed 636 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.

Public inquiry in UK into ex-KGB agent’s poisoning

Alexander Litvinenko

The British government on Tuesday announced a public inquiry to investigate who was behind the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy poisoned with radioactive tea in London in 2006.

Ukraine Army, rebels clash on outskirts of Donetsk

Ukrainian forces clashed with separatist pro-Russian rebels on the outskirts of Donetsk on Tuesday, a day after five people were reported killed by shelling in the area.

Syria flyover leads to fresh criticism of Malaysia Airlines

Embattled Malaysia Airlines faced fresh outrage Tuesday as it confirmed one of its planes flew over war-torn Syria, just days after the MH17 disaster laid bare the risks civilian aircraft face in flyi

Jakarta governor wins presidential race

Supporters (above) of President-elect Joko Widodo shave their heads to celebrate Mr Widodo’s victory in Jakarta, Indonesia -AFP

Beats ex-gen. Prabowo Subianto by 6 pts

China town ‘sealed off’ after man dies of plague

Some 30,000 people living at Yumen in the north-western province of Gansu are not being allowed to leave, and the police at roadblocks on its perimeter is telling motorists to find alternative routes

Usain Bolt, Mo Farah headline stellar line-up

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt and middle-distance king Mo Farah headline a stellar track and field line-up at the Commonwealth Games, which starts in Glasgow on Wednesday.

On Friday N.N. Vohra, governor of Jammu and Kashmir, delivered a speech in New Delhi that was notable for its lucid analysis of the inextricably interlinked external and internal security problems and a series of sound suggestions about how to meet the grim challenges this country faces.

One of the most fascinating things about the 21st century is what I call the return of the body to the centrality of things. The body has become the site for all the major dramas — philosophical, political and ethical.