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(MENAFN - AFP) After Raquel's boyfriend assaulted her, he wrote her a pleading, apologetic letter promising it was the last time.

"I swear it will never happen again. You are the love of my life. FORGIVE ME," he said.

After receiving the letter -- a forlorn, earnest paragraph scrawled in print across a sheet of notepaper -- Raquel decided to take him back.

Five ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Billy Sing earned the nicknames "The Murderer" and "The Assassin" as a deadly sniper who shot more than 200 Ottoman troops during the Gallipoli campaign of World War I.

He was also part-Chinese and among thousands from non-European backgrounds, some of whom hid their identity, who joined the Australian Imperial Force to fight for their country despite being ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) It feels like a luxury restaurant, with starched-uniformed waiters pouring pricy wine and explaining the intricate details of a gourmet menu as diners gaze out at a spectacular mountain view.

But all the servers, the impeccably dressed guests and even the kitchen staff sending out elaborately decorated plates are in fact students at one of Switzerland's famous ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life story is playing in movie houses and millions are getting ready to party as the Philippine boxing hero's "fight of the century" nears.

Pacmania is sweeping the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people ahead of the May 2 Las Vegas bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather to decide who is ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The mayor of Haifa, Israel's third largest city, Monday ordered municipal rubbish trucks to block access to a refinery and four petrochemical plants following a scare over high cancer rates.

The standoff began Sunday when Mayor Yona Yahav ordered the revocation of the five firms' business licences after warnings linking high cancer rates in the area to air ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European pay-TV broadcaster Sky announced Tuesday that sales and profits climbed in the first nine months of its financial year, lifted by higher subscriber numbers.

Revenues grew five percent to £8.45 billion ($12.6 billion, 11.7 billion euros) in the nine months to the end of March, from £8.05 billion a year earlier, Sky said in a trading update.

Operating ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Microsoft on Tuesday said it will open its first flagship store outside the United States in Sydney, as the technology giant expands its physical footprint to take on global rivals Apple and Samsung.

Microsoft Australia's managing director Pip Marlow said the shop, to be located in Sydney's main Pitt Street shopping district, was a "significant development" ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said Tuesday a strong performance by its private banking unit helped first quarter net profit rise by 23 percent to 1.05 billion Swiss francs (1.02 billion euros, $1.1 billion), outstripping forecasts by analysts.

Its investment bank posted a 14 percent rise in pre-tax profits to 945 million francs.

CEO Brady Dougan said ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The French mother of an autistic child has created what is believed to be the world's first smartphone application allowing people speaking different languages -- or those incapable of speech at all -- to communicate together, French company Sogeti said Monday.

Marie Spitz developed the "Talk Different" app that uses 700 images, colours, icons and sounds to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto records lower-than-expected iron ore output for the first three months of the year blaming poor weather conditions, but continued to boost its production of the commodity despite plunging prices.

The world's second biggest miner said iron ore production was 74.7 million tonnes in January to March, a 12 percent increase ...

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