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Bombs kill at least 60 near Syria Shi'ite shrine, ISIS claims responsibility

At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shi’ite fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday (Jan 31) by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in a district of Damascus where Syria’s holiest Shi’ite shrine is located, a monitor said.

The Sunni fundamentalist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to Amaq, a news agency that supports the group. It said two operations "hit the most important stronghold of Shi’ite militias in Damascus".

State television showed footage of burning buildings and wrecked cars in the neighbourhood.


Youngest ever conjoined twins separated in Switzerland: Report

Swiss doctors have separated eight-day-old conjoined twin sisters fused at the liver and chest - the youngest ever successfully separated, a Swiss paper reported on Sunday.

Five surgeons, assisted by two nurses and six anaesthesiologists, carried out the successful, five-hour operation last month to separate the tiny identical twins, the Le Matin Dimanche weekly reported.

Maya and Lydia were born at Bern hospital two months prematurely along with their triplet sister Kamilla on Dec 2.


Bangladesh's 'Tree Man' to get surgery to remove horrific, crippling warts

A Bangladeshi father dubbed "Tree Man" for massive bark-like warts on his hands and feet will finally have surgery to remove the growths that first began appearing 10 years ago, a hospital said on Sunday.

Abul Bajandar, from the southern district of Khulna, was undergoing preparations for the surgery to cut out the growths weighing at least five kilogrammes that have smothered his hands and feet.

"Initially, I thought that they're harmless," the 26-year-old said at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).


Cycling: First "technological fraud" case rocks cycling world

Cycling was being forced to confront fresh controversy on Sunday after the sport’s head confirmed the first top-level case of “technological fraud” with a hidden motor being found on a Belgian cyclist’s bike.

The electric motor was discovered inside the frame of the machine being used by teenager Femke Van den Driessche at the world cyclo-cross championship in Belgium, Brian Cookson, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), said.

“It’s absolutely clear that there was technological fraud. There was a concealed motor. I don’t think there are any secrets about that,” Cookson told a news conference.


Football: Chelsea face Manchester City in FA Cup glamour tie

Premier League champions Chelsea, beginning to find their form under Guus Hiddink after a shocking start to the season, will face Manchester City in the outstanding tie of the FA Cup fifth round following Sunday's draw.

Hiddink won the FA Cup with Chelsea during his first spell as interim manager in 2009 and has seen them improve since the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.

They stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches with a 5-1 win at Championship (second-tier) side Milton Keynes Dons in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.