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Jiangsu Suning's new signing, Brazilian midfielder Ramires, seen during a friendly match ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2014, in Goiania. (File photo: AFP/Evaristo Sa)

Football: Australia's Cahill says greed behind China record splurge

Former Everton star Cahill, who now plays for Shanghai Shenhua, said the ambition within Chinese football knows no bounds and that foreign players are signing multi-million-dollar deals are doing so for "personal gains". 


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Travellers crowd the area outside one of the main train stations in Guangzhou as they arrive for their trains to head home for the upcoming Lunar New Year in southern China's Guangdong province on Feb 3, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

A billion on the move: China's New Year rush

China’s authorities have estimated that a staggering 2.9 billion trips will be made during the ongoing 40-day Spring Festival travel rush, which ends on Mar 3. That is an increase of 3.6 per cent, or 100 million passengers, compared to last year.



Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visits workers at Changi Airport on the first day of Chinese New Year, where he distributed hongbao and goody bags to them. (Photo: Kimberly Spykerman)

Singapore’s focus must be on longer-term measures, as global economy slows: PM Lee

With the global economic outlook uncertain, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged Singapore to remain focused on the longer-term, giving skills upgrading, productivity and training a bigger push.  



Workers put up a poster with an image of Pope Francis along a street at the border with the U.S. in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Decrying graft, Pope to tour poor, violent corners of Mexico

Pope Francis will visit some of the poorest and most violent corners of Mexico on his first visit as pontiff, and will also head to the northern border to address the plight of migrants trying to reach the United States.



A Volkswagen company logo adorns the VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Carl Recine

Volkswagen to offer generous compensation for US customers: fund head

Volkswagen will offer generous compensation packages to the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles whose emissions are over the legal limit, the head of its claims fund told a German paper.



Chelsea's striker Diego Costa shoots and scores during an English Premier League football match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on Feb 7, 2016. (Photo: AFP/Adrian Dennis)

Football: Costa rescues Chelsea, Arsenal bounce back

Diego Costa snaffled a stoppage-time equaliser to preserve interim manager Guus Hiddink's unbeaten record as Chelsea snatched a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United on Sunday (Feb 7).



Journalist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy of Pakistan speaks after receiving the Crystal Award during the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting 2013 in Davos January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Pascal Lauener/Files

Director hopes Oscar-nominated film will help end Pakistan honour killings

An Oscar-winning filmmaker hopes her latest Academy Award-nominated documentary will help bring tougher laws against honour killings in Pakistan, which account for the deaths of hundreds of women and men each year.



A U.S. military helicopter patrols before NFL Super Bowl 50 outside Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, United States, February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Future fans will live the Super Bowl, not watch it

In 2066 when the Super Bowl celebrates its 100th anniversary fans will not just watch the National Football League's championship game - they will live it in all its bone-jarring virtual reality glory.



A health agent shows a chemical compound to kill mosquito larvae during an inspection for the Aedes aegypti mosquito inside a house at Vila Canoas slum, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Zika mosquitoes’ habits may foil US elimination efforts

Health experts are bracing for Zika virus to spread to the United States by April or May, borne by a mosquito that craves human blood, feeds during the day and lives under beds and inside closets.



Fans welcome tight security at Super Bowl 50

Fans arriving at Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers were greeted by tight security on Sunday as soldiers stood guard beside beige armored Humvees and security aircraft buzzed overhead.