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Dominant Djokovic shines in Melbourne Park opener

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Top seed Novak Djokovic looked every inch the Australian Open favorite as he kicked off his bid for a record seventh title at Melbourne Park with an emphatic 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over American qualifier Mitchell Krueger on Tuesday. Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2019. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the match against Mitchell Krueger of the U.S. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Soaking up the Rod Laver Arena limelight, the Serb moved superbly in his opener and hit 42…

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Coach-less Halep admits behind curve at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep, flying solo after parting ways with coach Darren Cahill, feels refreshed after a long lay-off to recover from a back injury but also concedes she has risked her Australian Open campaign with scant preparations. Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 10, 2019 – Simona Halep of Romania during practice. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon French Open champion Halep warmed up for her run to the final at Melbourne Park last year by winning the Shenzhen Open in southern China but…

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Brexit: Manston Airport hosts lorry park trial

Image copyright PA Image caption Queues of lorries left residents near the Port of Dover unable to get out to buy basic supplies in 2015 Plans to tackle post-Brexit traffic queues by holding lorries in a disused Kent airport are being put to the test. More than 100 HGVs will travel the 20-mile route from Manston Airport, near Ramsgate, to the Port of Dover from 08:00 GMT. Hauliers fear a no-deal Brexit will create additional border checks, leading to queues of up to 29 miles. The government said it had…

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Murder arrest over New Year’s Day Park Lane stabbing

Image copyright PA Image caption Tudor Simionov had been working as a member of security at the private party in Park Lane A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a security guard who was stabbed to death at a private party in London’s West End on New Year’s Day. Tudor Simionov was working at Fountain House on Park Lane when he was attacked at about 05:30 GMT. The Met said the Romanian national, who lived in Ilford, was attacked by a group of men who had tried to…

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Peter Pan Cup: Hyde Park swimmers brave the cold for Christmas race

Image copyright PA Image caption Competitors in this year’s edition of the Peter Pan Cup prepare to take the plunge Just short of 100 people braved near-freezing water to compete in the 155th Peter Pan Cup at London’s Serpentine. The race, which began in 1864, sees members of the Serpentine Swimming Club swim a 100-yard course in Hyde Park. This year’s race was won by Sakura Adams, 36, from London, who described her victory as “absolutely amazing”. The competition acquired its name in 1903 when JM Barrie, who wrote Peter…

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Exeter Chiefs 31-13 Saracens: Premiership champions’ unbeaten start ended at Sandy Park

Harry Williams scored the second of Exeter’s four tries in their win over champions Saracens Gallagher Premiership Exeter (10) 31 Try: Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Penalty, Kvesic Cons: Steenson 2, J Simmonds Pen: Steenson Saracens (6) 13 Try: Spencer Con: Farrell Pens: Farrell 2 Exeter ended Saracens’ 22-game unbeaten run and replaced them at the top of the Premiership with a thrilling 31-13 win. Two Owen Farrell penalties gave Sarries an early lead but Luke Cowan-Dickie’s try and a Gareth Steenson penalty saw the home side go into the break ahead. A…

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Meng Wanzhou: China park rewards Huawei phone owners

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ms Meng is chief financial officer of Huawei, the world’s second-biggest smartphone maker A popular tourist attraction has become the latest Chinese company to show solidarity with Huawei’s chief finance officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Canada on 1 December. Shennong Mountain Scenic Park in eastern Henan province said it would waive the $9.40 (65 yuan) ticket fee for anyone carrying a Huawei phone. Ms Meng, who was given bail in Canada, faces extradition to the US on charges of breaking Iran sanctions. Her…

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Neil Young says Hyde Park show will proceed without Barclaycard as sponsor

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young’s best-known songs include Cinnamon Girl, Rockin’ In The Free World and Heart of Gold Neil Young says he’ll go ahead with a show in London’s Hyde Park next year after the sponsor, Barclaycard, pulled out. The star had previously criticised the BST festival for choosing a “fossil fuel funding entity” as a sponsor. “That doesn’t work for me,” he said in a subsequently-deleted website post. “I believe in science. I worry about the climate crisis and am deeply concerned about its massive global…

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Bomb threat at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarter, buildings evacuated

The entrance sign to Facebook headquarters is seen in Menlo Park, California, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) evacuated a few buildings at its headquarters campus in Menlo Park following a bomb threat, a company spokesman said on Tuesday. Everyone is safe and the company is looking into the incident, the spokesman said in an emailed statement to Reuters. Menlo Park Police Department said bit.ly/2SNkkoj a building at 200 Jefferson Drive has been evacuated and the bomb units are on the scene going through…

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‘Park anywhere’ electric bike hire launched in Milton Keynes

Image copyright Lime Image caption The Lime E bikes are assisted by a motor, making them easier to cycle What is claimed to be the UK’s first dockless electric bike hire service has begun, despite the risk of vandalism. Lime said its motor-assisted bikes in Milton Keynes would be accessible for people of any age or fitness level. They can be unlocked for £1, ridden for 15p per minute, then parked anywhere “responsibly” after use. Santander pedal bikes can already be rented in the town for £1 per 30 minutes,…

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