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Golf-Rose, Dufner, Olazabal add more stardust to Qatar Masters

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Twice U.S. Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal, Briton Justin Rose and American Jason Dufner will join several other big names at this month's Qatar Masters, organisers said on Tuesday. World number four Rose and ninth-ranked Dufner join former world number one Martin Kaymer and Ryder Cup teammates Sergio Garcia and Paul Lawrie, who announced on Monday they would play in the $2.5 million event.

Former US lawmaker Giffords launches gun control initiative

* Wounded Arizona ex-lawmaker says "enough" * Group seeks "common-sense" solutions to curb violence * Giffords initiative aims to raise funds, challenge NRA By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded two years ago in an Arizona shooting, is launching a group aimed at curbing gun violence and raising enough money to challenge the well-funded gun lobby.

ANALYSIS-Doom scenario far-fetched but euro gloom to deepen

* Social cohesion to be tested as debt strains take toll * Greece under microscope; some worry over Spain * Welfare state cushions pain but long-term cost is high By Alan Wheatley LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - It would be fair to say that U.S. hedge-fund manager Kyle Bass does not expect the explosion in global debt in recent years to turn out well.

Soccer-Lazio and Tottenham charged over Europa League match

ZURICH, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Lazio and Tottenham Hotspur will face a disciplinary hearing over behaviour by their fans during their Europa League match in Rome in November, UEFA said in a statement on Monday. UEFA said the Italian hosts had been charged over racist chanting by their fans, missile-throwing and also because their team arrived late at the Stadio Olimpico. The Group J match ended 0-0.

North Korea welcomes Google's Schmidt to Internet black hole

By David Chance and Ju-min Park SEOUL, Jan 8 (Reuters) - North Korea has done its best to butter up Google Inc. ahead of Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's visit that started on Monday, even to the extent of setting up a gmail account for its state news agency KCNA at Sadly, the Hermit Kingdom's chosen email address doesn't work as it is short of the minimum six characters required for a Google account.


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Debt may influence young doctors' career plans: study

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Pediatricians-in-training are more likely to plan to go into primary care, rather than a speciality field, if they have lots of debt from college and medical school, according to a U.S. study. Researchers publishing in Pediatrics also found that the average pediatric resident doctor's debt increased 34 percent between 2006 and 2010.

REFILE-Soccer-Yaya Toure out of hospital

(Changes date to Jan 7) ABU DHABI, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has been released from hospital after being admitted with a heavy fever over the weekend, the country's football federation said. Manchester City's Toure, named African Footballer of the Year last month, missed the first two days of training in Abu Dhabi where his country's national team are preparing for the African Nations Cup finals in South Africa.

Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Jan 7 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Greek championship matches on Monday Monday, January 7 Xanthi 3 OFI Crete 0 Sunday, January 6 Aris Salonika 2 Panionios 1 Atromitos Athinon 2 Kerkyra 0 Olympiakos Piraeus 3 Veria 0 Panthrakikos 1 PAOK Salonika 4 Saturday, January 5 Asteras Tripolis 3 AEK Athens 1 Panathinaikos 1 Levadiakos 2 Platanias 1 PAS Giannena 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Olympiakos Piraeus 16 13 3 0 38 10 42 -------------------

Golf-Durban first for defending champion Grace

Jan 7 (Reuters) - Branden Grace, who won four times last year after graduating from the European Tour's Qualifying School, will venture into uncharted territory at the Volvo Golf Champions event in South Africa starting on Thursday. The South African has never gone into a tournament as defending champion and this week in Durban he faces strong competition from a field including major winners Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen, Jose Maria Olazabal and Paul Lawrie.
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