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China's Xi preaches diversification in gambling hub Macau

MACAU - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the world's biggest gambling hub, Macau, to accelerate diversification away from its bread-and-butter casino industry, which has lost about $60 billion in market value over the last six months.

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Ten years on, tsunami survivors in Indonesia hope to move on 19 Dec 2014

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - A decade after a 10-metre (32-foot) tsunami washed away two of her three children, her home and business, Salawati is finally getting her life back on track in Indonesia's western-most Banda Aceh province.

Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes 'I won't be around' 19 Dec 2014

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Friday wished Rome luck for its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, which may include some events in the Vatican, but then joked that he would not be around to enjoy them.

Merckx and Ickx feted as Belgium's speed demons 19 Dec 2014

BRUSSELS - Eddy Merckx did it on a bicycle, Jacky Ickx drove fast for Formula 1. Now that both are approaching 70, an exhibition is celebrating their feats as two of history's speediest Belgians.

Britain could allow women in army close combat role from 2016 19 Dec 2014

LONDON - Britain might allow women to fight in close combat roles for the first time from 2016, the defense secretary said on Friday, in a move that would bring the British army into line with some other Western forces.