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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Jose Mourinho insisted Eden Hazard had set a personal benchmark after hailing the Belgium midfielder's best performance for Chelsea. The 22-year-old was inspirational in a dramatic 4-3 win at struggling Sunderland, scoring twice and setting up another for England international Frank Lampard as the Blues kept within four points of Premier League leaders Arsenal on Wednesday. Doubts remain over Chelsea's long-term title hopes after their defensive frailties were again laid bare, but Mourinho preferred to concentrate on the positives after a third away league win of the season -- their ninth in succession at the Stadium of Light. "We played a phenomenal game, our best away performance this season, and we scored some beautiful goals," said Chelsea manager Mourinho.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that Luis Suarez still had his best years ahead of him after his four goals inspired a 5-1 demolition of Norwich City at Anfield. The Uruguay international needed just 35 first-half minutes to smash a spectacular hat-trick in Wednesday's game, with his third goal marking his 50th Premier League strike. He added his fourth goal with a stunning 74th-minute free-kick as Liverpool rampaged back to form. "This is the happiest Luis has been at this club," Rodgers said.
The National Security Agency is collecting billions of records on the location of mobile phones around the world, The Washington Post reported, citing documents from US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. The report comes six months since the first bombshell leaks from Snowden, a former information technology subcontractor for the NSA who says he spilled secrets to spark public debate on the agency's widespread surveillance activities. Of the NSA surveillance programs revealed to date, including spying on foreign leaders and the collection of Internet "meta-data," the geo-location project appears to represent the agency's largest in scale and scope. The NSA declined to comment on the report when contacted by AFP.
A drug used to treat advanced breast and colorectal cancers has been linked to sometimes fatal skin reactions in patients, its Swiss manufacturer and Canadian health officials said. Xeloda, which treats advanced cancer after complete surgical removal, can cause "severe skin reactions," Health Canada said in a statement. It said patients had reported severe skin reactions, such as the life-threatening skin condition known as Stevens–Johnson Syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis. The signs and symptoms of this hypersensitivity include flu-like symptoms, fever, itchy skin, mouth sores, as well as painful, red or purplish skin rash that spreads and blisters, causing the top of the skin to shed, along with eye burning, itching and discharge.
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Vigilantes hacked 12 civilians to death north of Bangui as communal tensions rose ahead of a UN vote authorising force to stop the Central African Republic's descent into chaos. On the eve of the expected adoption by the UN Security Council of a resolution giving French and African troops the go-ahead, a military source said Wednesday that Christian militiamen had attacked Muslim herders. "Among the victims were children and a disembowelled pregnant woman," the source told AFP, adding that at least 10 other children were hospitalised in Bangui with deep gashes. We've never seen anything like this in Central Africa before."
The draft anti-prostitution law was approved by the lower-house National Assembly with 268 deputies voting in favour, 138 voting against and 79 abstaining. It was sponsored by women's rights minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, who hailed Wednesday's vote as "the end of a long road strewn with pitfalls". "France has placed itself at the side of those who prostitute themselves, against those who take advantage of their vulnerability," campaign group the Mouvement du Nid said in a statement. Critics, who include some of France's most prominent celebrities, say the legislation will simply push prostitution further underground and make the women who earn their living from it more vulnerable to abuse.
By Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall RANONG, Thailand (Reuters) - One afternoon in October, in the watery no-man's land between Thailand and Myanmar, Muhammad Ismail vanished. Thai immigration officials said he was being deported to Myanmar. In fact, they sold Ismail, 23, and hundreds of other Rohingya Muslims to human traffickers, who then spirited them into brutal jungle camps. As thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar to escape religious persecution, a Reuters investigation in three countries has uncovered a clandestine policy to remove Rohingya refugees from Thailand's immigration detention centers and deliver them to human traffickers waiting at sea.