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Will tech firms challenge China's 'open' internet?

Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it. When that event is China’s annual global internet get-together in Wuzhen there are plenty who turn up, but fewer who want to advertise their attendance. China has been smart and ruthless in its control of the internet within its borders. It blocks some foreign sites all together and it censors – heavily – what Chinese are allowed to see. Nonetheless the big idea at this gathering…

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Frank Lampard exclusive: Only Man United and Chelsea have the consistency to challenge Man City for the title

There are only two teams who can challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season, according to Frank Lampard. The Chelsea legend believes his former side, as well as Manchester United, possess the consistency to fight at the top of the table for the entire campaign, whereas other current challengers – such as Liverpool and Arsenal – lack this attribute. Pep Guardiola’s City are eight points clear at the top of the table at this stage of the season, having won 14 and drawn the other of their…

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Social media rises to Taylor Swift fan's challenge to name a 'badder bitch'

Last month, a Taylor Swift fan sent out a challenge to the people of Twitter. It was not a particularly difficult challenge, but it’s one that women in particular have taken up in the weeks since, with a good sprinkling of zest.  The challenge, presented by Twitter user @xnulz alongside a fiercely defiant still from the video for the pop star’s latest hit single, Reputation, was thus: “Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift.”  The internet’s collective response? Challenge accepted. The tweet, originally posted on November 9, has since gathered more than 6600…

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Fowler wins Hero World Challenge with 61 as Woods impresses

Hero World Challenge, final round -18 R Fowler (US); -14 C Hoffman (US); -12 T Fleetwood (Eng), J Spieth (US); -11 H Matsuyama (Jpn), P Reed (US), J Rose (Eng); -10 F Molinari (Ita); -8 T Woods, M Kuchar (both US) Final leaderboard Rickie Fowler hit a stunning 11-under-par 61 to win the Hero World Challenge after Tiger Woods capped his return from injury with a solid final round. American Fowler, 28, trailed overnight leader Charley Hoffman by seven shots but made eight birdies in a dazzling front nine to…

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Tiger Woods fades from contention in comeback at Hero World Challenge

Hero World Challenge, third round -14 C Hoffman (US); -9 J Rose (Eng), J Spieth (US); -8 F Molinari (Ita); -7 R Fowler, M Kuchar, P Reed (all US), H Matsuyama (Jpn), T Fleetwood (Eng); -4 T Woods, K Chappell (both US) Full leaderboard Former world number one Tiger Woods faded from contention in his comeback at the Hero World Challenge with a three-over 75 in the third round. After two impressive rounds, the 41-year-old American struggled in a strong breeze, dropping four shots in seven holes before a further…

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Rising HIV infections see Iran challenge notions about sex

In a square in a poor eastern Tehran neighborhood known for its drug addicts and dealers, psychologist Atefeh Azimi draws another drop of blood from a worried passer-by’s finger. She works on a nearby bench, where a sign next to her in English and in Farsi urges the public to receive free voluntary counseling and HIV testing. But her worries, as well as those of her aid group called Reviving Values, are not confined these days just to those sharing needles to inject heroin that comes across the border from…

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Don Burke's appalling autism call is an opportunity to challenge prejudice

  Don Burke has been universally slammed for blaming his misogynistic bullying on undiagnosed Asperger’s, but he is not the only man to cite autism as an excuse after being publicly outed for such appalling behaviour. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Amy Shark on the red carpet Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 01:39 More Entertainment News Videos Previous slideNext slide Don Burke’s Asperger’s claim challenged Saying sexual misconduct and Asperger’s syndrome are in no way linked, Autism Awareness CEO Nicole Rogerson found Don Burke’s claims insulting. Before Burke’s interview with…

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