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/ 31 May 2008

Skydivers jump free of crashing plane

Nine skydivers jumped free of their plane before it crashed to earth in Spain, killing the pilot and another of their companions, local authorities said on Saturday. Four of the surviving parachutists were hurt in the fall, two of them seriously, a spokesperson for the regional government of Toledo said.

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/ 19 May 2008

Torres looks to break Spain’s title pain

Fernando Torres has established a reputation as vaunted as his own country, Spain, in terms of footballing ability, but like his homeland, equally pressing on his shoulders is the lack of a major title. The 24-year-old is just the latest in a long line of top strikers from Spain to go into battle in search of a senior international title.

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/ 3 May 2008

ADB demands action on food inflation

The Asian Development Bank called on Saturday for immediate action from global governments to combat soaring food prices and pledged fresh financial aid to help feed the Asia Pacific region’s poorest nations. ADB president Haruhiko Kuroda told a news conference in Madrid, where the bank is holding its four-day annual meeting, that total lending ”could be sizeable, but not enormous”.

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/ 25 April 2008

Capello: Beckham could play at 2010 World Cup

David Beckham could play for England at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa if he looks after himself, coach Fabio Capello has said. ”The door is open. He played the last game, and did well against France. I see him play for Los Angeles Galaxy every now and then,” the Italian told sports daily Marca on Friday.

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/ 9 April 2008

Smallest planet outside solar system found

The smallest planet discovered outside our solar system has been found by Spanish scientists. ”I think we are very close, just a few years away, from detecting a planet like Earth,” team leader Ignasi Ribas told a news conference on Wednesday. The rocky planet, with a radius about 50% greater than the Earth’s, circles a small red dwarf star 30 light years away.

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/ 17 March 2008

ABBA drummer found dead in Spain

A former drummer for 1970s Swedish pop group ABBA, Ola Brunkert, has been found dead after an apparent accident in his house in Mallorca, Spanish police said on Monday. Brunkert bled to death from a throat wound which police suspect was caused after he accidentally smashed a pane of glass.