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GM and China’s SAIC to push into Indonesia with no-frills vans

A man walks in front of the gate of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., in ShanghaiBy Norihiko Shirouzu BEIJING (Reuters) - General Motors and Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp will soon announce a joint push into Indonesia, using their no-frills Wuling brand to establish a beachhead in Southeast Asia’s biggest market and from there tackle other markets in the region. They have already made moves to purchase a property in an industrial district on the outskirts of Jakarta, according to two people familiar with the matter, and are expected to detail within days what GM China chief Matt Tsien called an important joint venture in a country of 240 million people. For GM, Indonesia will be its second non-China market in Asia, having already broken into India with SAIC, where they cooperate to market Wuling’s small multi-purpose workhorse vans.


China factory sector jolts by shrinking in January

An employee works at the production line of an automobile factory in DalianBy Koh Gui Qing BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory sector unexpectedly shrank for the first time in nearly 2-1/2 years in January and firms see more gloom ahead, an official survey showed, raising expectations that policymakers will take more action to forestall a sharper slowdown. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 49.8 in January, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday, a low last seen in September 2012 and a whisker below the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. Most of the PMI indexes "showed a downward trend, indicating that current economic growth is still in a downtrend," said Zhang Liqun, an economist at the Development Research Center, a state think-tank. Some economists said the January reading was especially downbeat as it suggested that factories did not enjoy a usual spike in business before China's annual Spring Festival holiday, which falls in mid-February this year.


Japanese speak about shock and sadness as video purportedly shows journalist hostage slaying

Passersby react as they receive extra newspapers in Tokyo reporting about an online video that purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, Sunday morning, Feb. 1, 2015. Japan condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday after the video was posted on militant websites late Saturday Middle East time. The headline reads: "A video on killing of Goto." (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)The news of a video purportedly showing the killing of Kenji Goto, a journalist held hostage by Islamic State militants, rushed through Japan early Sunday. Maybe an attack could happen even here," said Tomoko Ogino, a 51-year-old cosmetics company employee, as she clutched a Yomiuri newspaper extra on the militant video being handed out on a busy downtown Tokyo street corner. The Islamic State is just a criminal organization, not even a real country," said Hiroyuki Sakai, 66, a cab driver, who said he had heard the news on the morning radio broadcast. "It is so sad, but Kenji has left us on a journey," said Junko Ishido, 78, Kenji Goto's mother.


Sheriff's investigators review video of fatal parking lot run-in involving 'Suge' Knight

Suge Knight Hands Himself In Over Hit-And-RunSheriff's investigators Saturday were reviewing a video of an incident in which hip-hop music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight hit two men with his pickup truck, killing one, that may help provide clarity on whether Knight was the victim or attacker in his most serious run-in with the law to date. The video is in "police custody" said Knight's defence attorney James Blatt, and he said he would be seeing it on Monday or Tuesday. Meanwhile, Knight remained jailed on suspicion of murder after turning himself in early Friday. Sheriff's deputies said Knight hit and killed his friend Terry Carter, 55, with his pickup truck Thursday in the parking lot of a Compton fast-food restaurant, also injuring Cle "Bone" Sloan, 51, an actor and film consultant who was hospitalized and in stable condition late Friday.


Japan condemns video purportedly showing Islamic State group beheading hostage Goto

Members of Al-Kaseasbeh, the tribe of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, light candles by posters with his picture and Arabic that reads "we are all Muath," at the captured pilot's tribal gathering divan, in his home town of Karak, Jordan, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of Kenji Goto, a journalist who sought through his coverage of Syria to convey the plight of refugees, children and other victims of war. The failure to save Goto raised fears for the life of a Jordanian fighter pilot also held hostage by the extremists. Unlike earlier messages, an online video purporting to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Goto, circulated via social media late Saturday by militant sympathizers, did not mention the pilot. "I feel indignation over this immoral and heinous act of terrorism," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters after convening an emergency Cabinet meeting.


Business

China factory sector jolts by shrinking in January

An employee works at the production line of an automobile factory in DalianBy Koh Gui Qing BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory sector unexpectedly shrank for the first time in nearly 2-1/2 years in January and firms see more gloom ahead, an official survey showed, raising expectations that policymakers will take more action to forestall a sharper slowdown. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 49.8 in January, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday, a low last seen in September 2012 and a whisker below the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. Most of the PMI indexes "showed a downward trend, indicating that current economic growth is still in a downtrend," said Zhang Liqun, an economist at the Development Research Center, a state think-tank. Some economists said the January reading was especially downbeat as it suggested that factories did not enjoy a usual spike in business before China's annual Spring Festival holiday, which falls in mid-February this year.


Greece seeks to reassure Europe as tensions rise

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras waits for European Parliament President Martin Schulz outside the Greek Premier's office in AthensBy James Mackenzie and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, striking a conciliatory note on debt talks after a turbulent start to office, has called the European Central Bank chief to assure him that Athens was seeking an agreement. The new government in Athens made clear from its first day in power that it would not back down on its election pledges to abandon the austerity policies imposed under the bailout agreement sealed by the last government.


Germany, ECB play hardball with Greece

Dijsselbloem, head of the euro zone finance ministers' group, and Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis shake hands after their common press conference at the ministry in AthensBy Paul Carrel and Jussi Rosendahl BERLIN/HELSINKI (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out a debt writedown for Greece on Saturday, and a European Central Bank policymaker threatened to cut off funding to Greek banks if Athens does not agree to renew its bailout package. The euro zone's paymaster and the ECB are both taking a tough line with Greece's new leftist government, whose leader swept to victory last Sunday promising that five years of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" were over. Alexis Tsipras has also promised to renegotiate agreements with the European Commission, ECB and International Monetary Fund "troika" and write off much of Greece's 320 billion euro ($360 billion) debt, which at more than 175 percent of gross domestic product is the world's second-highest after Japan.


Hingis wins Australian Open mixed doubles title with Paes

Hingis of Switzerland and Paes of India celebrate defeating Mladenovic of France and Nestor of Canada to win their mixed doubles final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in MelbourneFive times grand slam singles winner Martina Hingis won her second Australian Open mixed doubles title on Sunday as she teamed with India's Leander Paes to beat last year's winners France's Kristina Mladenovic and Canada's Daniel Nestor 6-4 6-3. Hingis, a three-time winner of the women's singles at Melbourne Park, also won four women's doubles titles and the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2006.


Whitney Houston's daughter revived after found unresponsive in tub

Brown daughter of the late singer Houston poses at premiere of Sparkle in HollywoodBobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of the late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home on Saturday, but she was revived and rushed to a hospital, police said. The incident comes nearly three years after Houston, a superstar who battled substance abuse, drowned in a bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, in February 2012. Brown, 21, was found in the bathtub at her suburban Atlanta home by her husband and a friend, said Lisa Holland, public information officer for the Roswell Police Department. Brown's husband, Nick Gordon, started CPR and police continued life-saving measures until an ambulance arrived and took her to the hospital.


Weight Loss

Green Tea May Zap Cancer Cells In Your Mouth

Green Tea May Zap Cancer Cells In Your MouthA new Pennsylvania State University study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found that green tea might kill oral cancer cells — and boost healthy cells.


5 unhealthy, even dangerous, weight-loss diets

unhealthy dietsFad diets seduce us with their promised “drastic” results and implied ease and simplicity, but they’re rarely reasonable — or even healthy.


Weigh your patients, say new obesity guidelines for MDs; experts unconvinced

An overweight person eats at a bench in London in this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007 file photo. An expert committee has issued what its chairperson describes as a call to action to address the ballooning problem of adult obesity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/Kirsty WigglesworthAn expert committee has issued new guidelines for family doctors instructing them on how to help address the ballooning problem of adult obesity. The task force draws up its recommendations by assessing and grading the available scientific evidence on the topic it is addressing. "Our best available evidence when it comes to the treatment of obesity isn't particularly great," said Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, who runs a weight control clinic in Ottawa and teaches at the University of Ottawa.


How to make cellulite disappear — really!

celluliteStop wasting your time on methods that don’t work.


Obesity health strategy in Canada shifts to prevention

Obesity health strategy in Canada shifts to preventionPrevention of even a slight weight gain is key to avert heart disease, cancer and other chronic health problems from setting in at middle age, according to new Canadian guidelines. To counter the health problems, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care released recommendations for family physicians Monday on prevention of weight gain and treatment of overweight and obesity.


Lifestyle

George R.R. Martin recalls writing TV pilot with alien landing at Super Bowl

FILE - In this July 14, 2011 file photo, author George R.R. Martin attends a book signing for "A Dance with Dragons" at Barnes & Noble in New York. Martin is now a famous author who has the clout to go to the Super Bowl. Martin attended the Rolling Stone party Saturday Jan. 31, 2015 on the eve of the Super Bowl and plans to attend the game Sunday, his first ever trip to the big game. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)The creator of "Game of Thrones" says he once wrote a TV pilot with a plot focused on an alien landing at the Super Bowl. George R.R. Martin is now a famous author who has the clout to go to the Super Bowl. Martin attended the Rolling Stone party on the eve of the Super Bowl and plans to attend the game Sunday, his first ever trip to the big game. He is rooting for the Seattle Seahawks because "the opposing team is the evil Patriots.


'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' sweeps Sundance Awards

This photo provided by courtesy of the Sundance Institute shows, RJ Cyler, left, and Thomas Mann, in a scene from the film, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The movie is included in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Sundance Institute, Chung Hoon Chung)PARK CITY, Utah - Sundance breakout "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a quirky, heartfelt story about a pair of high school film lovers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and the grand jury prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, announced Saturday.


Sheriff's investigators review video of fatal parking lot run-in involving 'Suge' Knight

Suge Knight Hands Himself In Over Hit-And-RunSheriff's investigators Saturday were reviewing a video of an incident in which hip-hop music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight hit two men with his pickup truck, killing one, that may help provide clarity on whether Knight was the victim or attacker in his most serious run-in with the law to date. The video is in "police custody" said Knight's defence attorney James Blatt, and he said he would be seeing it on Monday or Tuesday. Meanwhile, Knight remained jailed on suspicion of murder after turning himself in early Friday. Sheriff's deputies said Knight hit and killed his friend Terry Carter, 55, with his pickup truck Thursday in the parking lot of a Compton fast-food restaurant, also injuring Cle "Bone" Sloan, 51, an actor and film consultant who was hospitalized and in stable condition late Friday.


Police: Bobbi Kristina Brown 'Is Still Alive'

Public Information Officer for the Roswell Police Department Lisa Holland addresses the media on January 31, 2015 in Roswell, Georgia. Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was reportedly found unconscious in her bathtub on January 31, 2015 -- Getty ImagesOfficer Lisa Holland of the Roswell Police Department held a press conference on Saturday to update news outlets on the condition of Bobbi Kristina Brown. She began by recounting the timeline of Saturday's events when Brown was found unresponsive in her bathtub. We arrived on the scene and found Bobbi Kristina Brown was unresponsive," she said, in a video posted by FOX 5 Atlanta WAGA. "Her husband [Nick Gordon] had found her in the bathtub and started performing CPR on her.


Stars Tweet Support For Bobbi Kristina Brown

Bobbi Kristina Brown arrives to the The love of R&B Grammy Party at Tru Hollywood, Hollywood, on February 9, 2012 -- WireImageOnce news spread that Bobbi Kristina Brown was taken to the hospital after being found unresponsive, stars began Tweeting their support. Andy Cohen: Praying for Bobbi Kristina today!!! That family has been through enough! Diane Warren: I hope Bobbi Kristina gets the help she needs Poor thing, almost 3 yrs to the day her mom passed and the same thing almost happened to her. I just hope and pray Bobbi Kristina gets through this extraordinarily rough time.


Sports

Seau, Bettis among eight named to Hall of Fame's Class of 2015

By Frank Pingue PHOENIX (Reuters) - The late Junior Seau, who was the heart and soul of the San Diego Chargers' defense, and 12-time Pro Bowl guard Will Shields were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 on Saturday. Joining Seau and Shields were former running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, and defensive end Charles Haley. The Class of 2015 will also include former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tinglehoff, who was the seniors committee nominee, and general manger Bill Polian and longtime executive Ron Wolf as the two choices for the contributors category. ...

Hingis wins Australian Open mixed doubles title with Paes

Hingis of Switzerland and Paes of India celebrate defeating Mladenovic of France and Nestor of Canada to win their mixed doubles final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in MelbourneFive times grand slam singles winner Martina Hingis won her second Australian Open mixed doubles title on Sunday as she teamed with India's Leander Paes to beat last year's winners France's Kristina Mladenovic and Canada's Daniel Nestor 6-4 6-3. Hingis, a three-time winner of the women's singles at Melbourne Park, also won four women's doubles titles and the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2006.


Levins registers shock double at NY Armory

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Canadian Cam Levins claimed a startling double by winning the mile then upsetting celebrated training mate Galen Rupp half an hour later in the two-mile race at the Armory Track Invitational on Saturday. Levins, a Canadian Olympian in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in 2012, stunned himself with the twin triumph, particularly a two-mile win in which he overtook Rupp halfway through the final lap and powered to victory. "I guess I am kind of shocked the more I think about it that I beat him," Levins said of the Olympic 10,000m silver medalist who was running his first race of the year. I'm just happy to be competitive with him." Levins, 25, won the mile in three minutes 54.74 with a strong finishing kick ahead of Chris O'Hare of Britain in 3:57.26.

Anderson Silva dominates Nick Diaz for comeback win at UFC 183 after broken leg 13 months ago

Silva won a unanimous decision in his comeback fight Saturday night, trouncing Nick Diaz at UFC 183. Silva (34-6) landed most of the big blows against the trash-talking Diaz, controlling a strange fight in the same MGM Grand Garden octagon where he shattered his lower leg with a kick to middleweight champion Chris Weidman's knee in December 2013.

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Celebrity

Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel Confirm Pregnancy

Justin Timberlake posted a photo on Instagram on January 31, 2015 kissing wife Jessica Biel's pregnant belly. He captioned the pic, 'Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This year, I'm getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER. CAN'T WAIT. #BoyOrGirl #YouNeverKnow #WeDontEvenKnow #WeAreTakingBets' -- InstagramJustin Timberlake is having an extra special 34th birthday today by confirming that he and Jessica Biel will soon be parents!


Bobbi Kristina Brown Found Unresponsive In Bathtub

Bobbi Kristina Brown attends 'The Houstons: On Our Own' series premiere party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on October 22, 2012 in New York City -- Getty ImagesBobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive in her Atlanta home on Saturday.


Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run, portrayed as victim and perpetrator

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department photographer checks the scene of an accident at a parking lot in Compton, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. A lawyer for Marion "Suge" Knight, a Death Row Records founder, says Knight was driving a vehicle involved in an accident. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Sheriff's deputies booked the former hip-hop music mogul on suspicion of murder after they said he hit and killed a man with his pickup truck, injured another and then fled. The incident was the latest in a long line of brushes with death and the law for the 49-year-old founder of Death Row Records, one of the genre's leading labels. Knight started the label that helped solidify West Coast rap with Dr. Dre, who had been a member of the legendary group N.W.A. The label also launched the career of Snoop Dogg and had Tupac Shakur in the last months of his life. The cast and crew were taking a break from filming a promotional video for the biopic "Straight Outta Compton," about the rise of N.W.A., according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to speak about it publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.


Suge Knight Likely To Be Arraigned Next Week

Marion 'Suge' Knight attends the Dylan George and Abbot + Main Spring 2012 Launch and official PROJECT after party at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens on August 23, 2011 in Las Vegas -- Getty ImagesMarion "Suge" Knight will most likely be arraigned early next week, following his arrest on suspicion of murder, a rep at the Los Angeles District Attorney's office told Access Hollywood . When Knight will be arraigned will depend whether or not he is in custody, per the DA's office rep. KNBC learned that Knight's lawyer, James Blatt, told the news outlet that there is currently no bail motion for the hip-hop mogul, and there are no plans for a bail motion. On Friday, Access Hollywood also spoke with Knight's lawyer, who shared Knight's account of Thursday's series of incidents in Compton, Calif.


Hilary Duff, George Lopez help in search for dog apparently stolen in Beverly Hills

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - A Beverly Hills shop owner who got celebrity help in hunting for her stolen dog has been reunited with the pooch.








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