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Merkel seeks Vladimir Putin support on gas dispute

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call Friday to throw his weight behind a quick resolution of an ongoing gas dispute with Ukraine as winter looms.

Spanish bulls in ring

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez (centre) at a training session on Friday.— AFP

Arch-rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona clash in season’s first Clasico

UK PM vows not to pay $2.5 bn EU bill

Cameron demands emergency meeting of FMs

Gareth Bale blow, a blessing in disguise?

The most star-studded game in world football will be missing one of its brightest lights on Saturday as Real Madrid host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu without the injured Gareth Bale.

Caroline Wozniacki makes semis

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki hits an autographed ball into the crowd following her 6-2, 6-3 win over Petra — AP

Caroline Wozniacki stormed into the WTA Finals last four on Friday as Maria Sharapova’s early exit crowned Serena Williams as year-end world number one for the second season in a row.

Pakistan take charge after David Warner’s ton

David Warner is castled after his hundred on Friday. 	— AFP

Pakistan’s spin bowlers shared six wickets between them to take control of the first Test against Australia despite a brilliant hundred by David Warner on the third day on Friday.

Cloud lifts Microsoft earnings

Microsoft on Thursday reported quarterly profits ahead of most expectations, as revenues got a boost from its Xbox consoles and Internet “cloud” services for enterprises.

Factories shifting back to US from China

Large manufacturers are increasingly moving production back to the United States from China, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group released on Thur-sday.

Asia to get its own WB

China and 20 other countries moved forward on Friday towards setting up an Asian infrastructure lender seen as a counterweight to Western-backed international development banks.

Court bars Rajaratnam kin

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The brother of a jailed former hedge fund boss will be barred for at least five years from the securities industry and will pay about $841,000 to settle a civil insider trading case against him.

After four hours of driving, we should have been in the middle of Dartmoor. And yet we were not.

During Gen Pervez Musharraf’s time a television host asked Benazir Bhutto (BB) about the low attendance at the Pakistan People’s Party jalsas that had just taken place.