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Togo to play in Angola despite attack, says midfielder

Togo’s soccer team has decided to play in the African Nations Cup following a deadly attack on the squad, even though its government has withdrawn the side, French sports newspaper L’Equipe reported on Sunday.

L’Equipe quoted midfielder Alaixys Romao as saying the team had agreed to stay in the Angolan enclave of Cabinda for its first Group B match against Ghana on Monday.

“The decision was taken unanimously,” said Romao, who plays for French club side Grenoble.

Rebels of the Cabindan separatist group FLEC sprayed the Togolese team bus with gunfire on Friday, killing the driver and wounding nine others. Two members of Togo’s soccer delegation died on Saturday and one was undergoing surgery in South Africa.

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Own goal saves United, Rosicky rescues Arsenal

Manchester United and Arsenal failed to take advantage of Chelsea’s inactivity in the snowbound Premier League when they were held to draws by Birmingham City and Everton on Saturday.

United came from behind to draw 1-1 at Birmingham while Arsenal rescued a point when a last-gasp Tomas Rosicky equaliser earned a 2-2 home draw with Everton.

The results left Chelsea, who had their match at Hull City postponed because of the icy weather, clear at the top with 45 points from 20 matches followed by United with 44 from 21 and Arsenal with 42 from 20.

Tottenham Hotspur, who also had Sunday’s trip to Liverpool called off, are fourth with 37 points from 20 games. The only other match due to go ahead is Manchester City’s home game with Blackburn Rovers on Monday.

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Snow, freezing weather hit Europe, disrupt travel

 

Snow and freezing weather swept parts of Europe on Saturday causing travel chaos for thousands and forecasters predicted no let-up in Britain’s harshest cold snap in 30 years.

Rail and air travel were disrupted in Britain, France and Germany. Eurostar, the rail service linking England and France, said it was running around two-thirds of its normal Saturday service from London.

A spokeswoman for the train operator encouraged people not to travel unless the trip was essential.

Forecasters in Britain said icy winds from northern Europe meant the big freeze felt even colder after temperatures fell overnight to minus 14 celsius (7 F) and even lower in some parts of the country.

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Blast outside Greek parliament, no one hurt

Urban guerrillas exploded a makeshift bomb outside Greece’s parliament on Saturday evening causing no injuries and minor damage, police said.

The latest in a series of blasts, the explosion took place in the heart of Athens, a well policed area where some of the capital’s best hotels and the finance ministry are located.

“This was an unprecedented act of terrorism against the Greek people,” government spokesman George Petalotis said.

The explosive device, placed next to a garbage bin at the highly symbolic monument of the unknown soldier outside the parliament building, caused a loud blast that was heard kilometres away.

A warning telephone call to a newspaper preceded the explosion by 10 minutes and police evacuated the area.

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Film Review: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

How to explain the emaciated thinness – the essential nothing-there-ness – of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus? The film is a puzzle, an obviously big-budget fantasy built on expensive (and often imaginative) visuals but only a wisp of narrative. I don’t mean it’s done badly, I mean there’s (almost) nothing there at all. If they made a music video of Chris de Burgh’s ‘Spanish Train’ – the song about God and the Devil playing poker, then chess, for the souls of the dead – it might have roughly the same content, except it would be 119 minutes shorter. You don’t just wonder how it ended up the way it did; you wonder how it got made at all.

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Restaurant review: Dori’s Lebanese takeaway, Paphos

Takeaways have usually been the preserve of the gastronomically undemanding (not to say desperate) late-night feeders, where a visit to any one of these well known establishments allows one to fill up on a dubious combination of cheap protein, even cheaper carbs and a generous side serving of tongue-coating fats.

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Club Review: Dargendo, Limassol

Dargendo is the latest addition to Limassol’s nightlife and has already managed to attract a loyal clientele, establishing a name as one of the most popular clubs in town. Located off the main Yermasoyia tourist road, the club is housed in a former bouzoukia place, but the building has undergone a month-long, all-encompassing transformation, emerging as an upscale ultra-hip venue.

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Profile: Mike Togni the clown

The most significant thing Mike Togni does during our interview is something he doesn’t do. We’re at the circus, his place of business – the Circo di Barcelona, encamped in Lakatamia as part of its three-month “Cyprus Tour” – talking in a small office, which is already quite unusual for Mike. Mike doesn’t work in an office. Mike is a clown.

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Expose your alter ego

Ever fancied yourself dressed in a leotard posing in a butcher’s shop with your husband dressed as a pig? Or perhaps you have a thing for action movies and would love to be able to jump off a Ninja motorbike in The Matrix style in a cat mask and have someone document this impossible feat? Or maybe you see yourself as a bit of a Mafia boss surrounded by a dark and dingy setting with a penguin in the corner?

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Walk through the Nicosia of yesteryear

There are donkeys tied up on the side of cobbled walkways, women handing out vegetables in a street market and a dark moustached man involved in some sort of barter. The year is 1850 and I’m smack in the middle of Nicosia. Then enter George Chrysanthou, a computer scientist who designs virtual tours and is now responsible for giving people the rare chance to feel like they’ve stepped foot in some sort of time machine that actually does a rather brilliant job.

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