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Portsmouth fans group names as preferred bidder for beleaguered club

Portsmouth's administrators have nominated Portsmouth Supporters Trust (PST) as their preferred bidder to take over the npower League One club.

CWC in talks to sell off Macau stake

Cable & Wireless Communications yesterday said it is in talks to sell its stake in its Macau operation in a deal which could raise £400m.

Four women suffer toxic shock after beauty care

Pressure is mounting on Hong Kong authorities to clamp down on risky medical procedures at beauty parlours after four women suffered septic shock following a health treatment that involved a blood transfusion used for treating cancer.

The Lamma IV is held in place by a salvage operation

British child killed in Hong Kong boat crash

A British child was one of the victims of the Hong Kong ferry disaster, it emerged today.

The Lamma IV is held in place by a salvage operation

Police arrest seven crew members after Hong Kong ferry collision leaves 38 people dead

Police arrested seven crew members involved in a ferry collision in Hong Kong that left 38 people dead and has raised questions about safety on one of the world’s busiest harbours.

Hong Kong goes crazy for Brit baby names

Meet Fanny Sit. Or Devil Law. And have you heard of Ice Wong, who was arrested last year on drug charges?

Harriet Walker: Is a lesbian daughter worth $60m?

How much would you pay to make sure your kids turn out the way you want? Expensive school fees? Piano lessons? A gap year helping poor people in exotic climes, perhaps? Or why not just offer $60m to any man who will agree to wed your daughter? That's Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-Tsung's method anyway. He's hoping the amount will sway at least one willing suitor into the marriage bed of his daughter Gigi Chao.

Chainrai back with new Pompey bid

Balram Chainrai, the former Portsmouth owner, has submitted a new offer in a bid to buy the League One club.

Asian broadcasters buy Peppa Pig rights

Entertainment One, the media firm, has sold the broadcasting rights for some of its most popular children's programmes, including Peppa Pig, to major broadcasters in Asia.

Asia stocks fall against background of Japan slowdown

Asian stock markets fell today after a slowdown in Japan's growth gave investors another reason to worry about the health of the global economy.

Jury retires in Asil Nadir Polly Peck trial

Jurors in the eight-month trial of former tycoon Asil Nadir for allegedly stealing millions from the Polly Peck business empire today retired to consider their verdicts.

The trainer of Treasure Beach, Aidan O'Brien

Treasure washes up on home shores for Ballyroan contest

A midweek evening meeting is not usually the place to find a Derby winner, but tonight at Leopardstown the globetrotting Treasure Beach steps out on home turf for the first time since taking Ireland's premier Classic last year.

Friday 3, August: Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain celebrates after winning gold in the Women's Keirin Track Cycling final

Victoria Pendleton storms to Keirin gold

Victoria Pendleton claimed Great Britain's third gold medal in two days of competition at the London 2012 Olympic velodrome with a stunning triumph in the Keirin.

Friday 3, August: Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain, Clara Sanchez of France, Shuang Guo of China, Ekaterina Gnidenko of Russia and Natasha Hansen of New Zealand compete in the Women's Keirin Track Cycling

Pendleton through to keirin final after finishing first in heat

Victoria Pendleton was set to ride for keirin gold on day two of competition at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.

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