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Dog stew and nude dancers

A Japanese sushi chef who served North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il for 13 years until 2001 has dished up a book of titillating insights into the life and tastes of Dear Leader, COLIN JOYCE and SHIGEMI SATO report.

Gibernau wins in Germany

Spain's Sete Gibernau won the MotoGP in the German Grand Prix in thrilling style Sunday, holding off Italy's Valentino Rossi by just six-hundredths of a second.

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Shalin gets another crack for honours after World Masters flop

Three-time Asian number one Shalin Zulkifli will be out to make a quick rebound in the International Foundation Games Invitation Bowling Championships at the Kegel Bowling Centre in Florida this weekend.

Dane Bjorn puts temper flare and penalty shots behind him

DENMARK'S Thomas Bjorn moved to within two shots of Davis Love III's British Open lead on Friday and would have been sharing the pace but for a rare fit of temper in his opening round.

JP Morgan Q2 profit jumps 78%

JP Morgan Chase Co has reported a 78% jump in quarterly earnings, blowing past Wall Street estimates on strong bond trading and mortgage lending, but it sees lower profits in the second half of 2003.

Briton Lyle forgotten by Europe’s emerging young guns

Sandy Lyle broke a 16-year home drought to capture the British Open at Sandwich in 1985 but finds himself something of a forgotten figure on his return for this year's championship.

Daniel ends eight-year title drought

Beth Daniel ended an eight-year victory drought on Sunday as she birdied the last two holes to overtake Juli Inkster and win the Canadian Women's Open.

Tough for Chen Hong to live up to top billing

History is not on Chinese ace Chen Hong's side when he battles for the men's singles crown in the World Badminton Championships in Birmingham from July 28 - Aug 3.

Romero’s prayers for goals answered

The two goals striker Gustavo Romero scored to give Penang a 2-1 win over Sabah in a Premier I match at the State Stadium in Batu Kawan came like an answered prayer for the Argentine.