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Boeing says biofuel will play a key role in supporting growth in the aviation industry. (Photo: AFP/Stephen Brashear)

Boeing and Chinese firm to turn 'gutter oil' into jet fuel

US aircraft maker Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) have set up a plant in the eastern city of Hangzhou to convert waste cooking oil into jet fuel. 

Tennis: Halep stuns Williams at WTA Finals

Romania's Simona Halep beat Serena Williams at the WTA Finals in Singapore on Wednesday (Oct 22), after taking advantage of the American's horrendous serving to clinch the biggest match win of her career. 

Football: Alcaraz is new coach at Levante

Levante have named Lucas Alcaraz as their new head coach for the rest of the season, taking over from Jose Luis Mendilibar, who was fired after just two months in charge. 

Indonesian fighter jets intercept Australian plane

An Australian civilian plane, flying from Darwin to Cebu in the Philippines, was intercepted and forced to land by Indonesian air force jets on Wednesday (Oct 22) after the plane entered the country's airspace without permission, officials said.

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Asia Pacific

Leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (L-R) Yvonne Leung, Nathan Law, Alex Chow, Lester Shum and Eason Chung arrive for talks with Hong Kong authorities. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

No end in sight for Hong Kong protests after talks

Hong Kong student leaders said they may not take part in further talks with the government after accusing city authorities of failing to make any meaningful offers to end weeks of mass rallies.

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Singapore

Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam (L) and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stand during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in central London on Oct 21, 2014. (AFP/Dominic Lipinski/Pool)

New, innovation-based scholarships in UK for Singaporeans

This was announced by Queen Elizabeth II at a state banquet dinner hosted in honour of President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Dr Tan took the chance to invite the Queen or her representative to Singapore during the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence next year.

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World

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the European Parliament, presenting his team of 27 commissioners-designate for approval in the northeastern French city of Strasbourg, on Oct 22, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Frederick Florin)

EU's Juncker gets green light for new team

The European Parliament has voted in favour of Jean-Claude Juncker's new European Commission, allowing it to start its new five-year term on November 1 as planned.

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Business

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (L) speaks during the opening ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers's Meeting in Beijing on Oct 22, 2014. (AFP/Wang Zhao)

APEC finance chiefs meet as global worries persist

The global economic recovery remains difficult, with downside risks still existing, China's Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli told Asia-Pacific finance ministers on Wednesday (Oct 22).

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Sport

Simona Halep from Romania returns a shot to Serena Williams of the US during the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) finals round robbin in Singapore on Oct 22, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Mohd Fyrol)

Tennis: Halep stuns Williams at WTA Finals

Romania's Simona Halep beat Serena Williams at the WTA Finals in Singapore on Wednesday (Oct 22), after taking advantage of the American's horrendous serving to clinch the biggest match win of her career. 

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Technology

Logo of tech giant Apple. (AFP/Kimihiro Hoshino)

Apple sees iCloud attacks; China hack reported

Apple said on Tuesday (Oct 21) its iCloud server has been the target of "intermittent" attacks, hours after security blog GreatFire.org said Chinese authorities had been trying to hack into the system.

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Health

A man holds a vial of the Ebola vaccine Chimp Adenovirus type 3 (ChAd3) at the Oxford Vaccine Group Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine (CCVTM) in Oxford. (Photo: AFP/POOL/Steve Parsons)

WHO pools experimental Ebola vaccines as experts scramble to beat virus

Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of the World Health Organisation, said the 800 vials would arrive by plane on Tuesday (Oct 21) and be transferred on Wednesday to the Geneva University Hospital.

French scientists devise fast-track test for Ebola

A diagnostic kit - similar to a simple pregnancy home-test - may be available for a clinical trial by the end of October, allowing doctors to diagnose a patient with suspected Ebola in under 15 minutes, its French developers said. 

Paralysed man walks again after breakthrough treatment

Polish Darek Fidyka, 40, was paralysed from the chest down following a knife attack in 2010, but can now walk using a frame after receiving treatment in which nerve cells from his nose were transplanted into his severed spinal column.

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Lifestyle

Sunny weather

Planet marks hottest September since 1880: US

When combining average temperature over land and ocean surfaces, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found a record high for September at 15.72 Celsius, or 0.72 Celsius above the 20th century average.