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Everton keeper Howard extends contract until 2018

LIVERPOOL: Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep the United States international on Merseyside until 2018, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

52 illegal immigrants nabbed in Malacca

MALACCA: An illegal immigrant suffered minor leg injuries when he leapt from the first floor of a building in his attempt to escape and avoid arrest by the authorities here last night.

Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3 years

CHICAGO: An ex-con who spent most of his adult life in behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison.

Guatemalan Catholics set sawdust carpet record

GUATEMALA CITY: Thousands of Guatemalan Catholics broke their own Guinness record for the world’s longest sawdust carpet Thursday with a multi-coloured masterpiece stretching down the main avenue of the capital’s historic centre.

Britain's Labour Party hires Obama election strategist

LONDON: David Axelrod, the mastermind behind US President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 election victories, is to advise Britain’s Labour Party in the run up to next year’s general election, the party announced Thursday.

US calls on Myanmar to stop violence on Muslims

UNITED NATIONS: U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power is calling on Myanmar’s government to take urgent steps to stop violence in western Rakhine state, where Rohingya Muslims have fled.

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

MEXICO CITY: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87.

Tokyo area hit by magnitude 4.7 earthquake

TOKYO: An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 4.7 shook eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo this morning, but there was no threat of a tsunami and no immediate reports of damage, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Brazil set Chinese date with Argentina

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil and Argentina will hold a South American “Superclassico” gala match on October 11 at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium, the countries’ respective federations and South American confederation Conmebol said Thursday.

Najib departs for home after Turkey visit

ANKARA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has departed for Kuala Lumpur from Ankara after witnessing the signing of the Malaysia - Turkey Free Trade Agreement (FTA).