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(MENAFN - AFP) Walking off stage after a rock star-like performance and rapturous crowd reaction, Sajid Ampatuan oozes confidence that he will be elected mayor of a southern Philippine town despite facing charges of mass murder.

Ampatuan is among a bewildering array of politicians accused or convicted of major crimes who are running for office in Monday's national elections, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Racing their steeds across the endless Mongolian steppe, child jockeys as young as seven dream of glory and riches in a country where horses are a national passion.

Yet rights groups warn of a dark underbelly in the sport -- where vulnerable pre-teens face the risk of crippling injury and harsh treatment or even physical abuse by trainers.

Tsendsurengiin ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Australia's corporate regulator on Thursday approved brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev's buyout of rival SABMiller, which is now awaiting the go-ahead from authorities in other key markets including Europe.

The Belgium-based group's US$122-billion acquisition, which was announced in November, would be the third largest in history if it clears all regulatory ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The high-speed navy boat stopped on the moonlit waters of Mexico's Gulf of California as sailors looked through binoculars for small vessels conducting illegal activities under the cover of darkness.

While naval forces patrol the seas to thwart drug trafficking, the sailors were not searching for cocaine ships that night off the coast of San Felipe, a fishing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian stock markets mostly fell on Thursday as worries over the global economy sap confidence but the dollar held the previous day's gains and oil prices extended a rally.

A disappointing set of readings and announcements from the world's biggest economies over the past week have cast a pall over stock markets, reversing recent gains that were fuelled by hopes ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Casino mogul James Packer's Crown Resorts has offloaded part of its stake in Macau-focused Melco Crown Entertainment for US$800 million, as gaming revenue slumps in the Chinese territory.

Melco repurchased 155 million shares at US$5.17 each from a Crown subsidiary to lower the Packer company stake from 34.3 percent to 27.4 percent, the Australian-listed firm ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) YouTube plans to launch a service that streams cable television channels to viewers over the Internet for the price of a subscription, Bloomberg reported.

YouTube has made a priority of creating the service, called Unplugged, which could debut as early as next year, according to the report Wednesday, which cited unnamed people close to the project.

YouTube ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Yahoo's struggling Internet business took a hit with the loss of a long-time contract to manage the Internet portal and search for US telecommunication giant AT&T.

AT&T confirmed on Wednesday that it is switching to Synacor to manage its att.net portal and applications including search, ending a business tie it had with Yahoo for 15 years.

"While ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Uber introduced a newly formed policy board that includes a former vice president of the European Commission, as the ride-sharing service navigates regulatory roads around the world.

The new board, including former EU Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes, held its first meeting this week, Uber advisor David Plouffe said in a blog post.

"We had vibrant ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A massive diamond valued at more than $70 million will go under the hammer in London next month, the Sotheby's auction house said Wednesday.

Known as "Lesedi la Rona," it was found nine months ago in Botswana by the Lucara Diamond Corp.

"It's a 1,109-carat diamond," said David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby's International Jewellery Division said ...

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