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In the shadow of the Cresta Run, the green jersey of the King of the Mountains moved significantly closer for Britain’s Ian Williams as he topped the league table at the St. Moritz Match Race.

Setback for Julia Gillard as refugee swap is blocked

Australia's refugee policy is in disarray after Julia Gillard's government's plan to send asylum-seekers to Malaysia for processing was struck down by the High Court yesterday.

New investigation into film maker that took millions from Malaysia

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QPR owner appoints new chief executive

QPR's new owner Tony Fernandes has continued his shake up of the Loftus Road hierarchy by appointing Philip Beard as the club's new chief executive officer.

Asyraf Haziq: 'Mugging unlikely in Malaysia'

A Malaysian student mugged by yobs posing as Good Samaritans during the London riots has expressed doubt as to whether the incident would have happened in his country.

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