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Death toll from Mumbai attacks rises to over 125

Image  More than 125 people have been killed in coordinated attacks by Islamic militants in Mumbai, a senior police official said Thursday.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the militants had come from “outside the country” — a thinly-veiled reference to arch-rival Pakistan. Police officials said troops were conducting floor-by-floor sweeps of the Taj Mahal and the Oberoi/Trident hotels, nearly 24 hours after gunmen armed with assault rifles and grenades stormed the buildings.

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Golf: Germany edge Australia for early lead at World Cup

by Nicholas Tsang*

Rising star Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka combined superbly to give Germany the edge over Australia after the first round of the Omega World Cup yesterday.
The pair, world ranked 26th and 212th respectively, fired eight birdies and an extraordinary eagle over the bunker-strewn Olazabal Course in their 10-under-par round of 62.
It gave them a one-stroke lead over unheralded Australian pair Richard Green and Brendan James.
The United States, represented by former Open winner Ben Curtis and Brandt Snedeker, lie alongside Spain and Canada in three-way share of third place on eight-under-par.
The highly-fancied Swedish pair of Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson are a shot further back after firing a 65.
The players predicted that the barrage of birdies during the first day's fourball session would not be repeated in the tougher foursomes format today.
"We had a really good start today," said Kaymer, who narrowly missed out on a spot in Nick Faldo's European Ryder Cup side at Valhalla this September.
"We were 7-under after nine holes and we kept playing well on the back nine. 10-under is a very good score because it was windy out there. I think we can be happy."
Kaymer, who recorded wins at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and BMW International Open enroute to finishing eighth on the European Tour's Order of Merit, was in sparkling form on the strongly-contoured greens at Mission Hills.
Starting with a tap-in birdie at the first, the 24-year-old made a thirty-footer on the second before wowing the Chinese galleries by dropping a monster 75-foot putt at the fourth for an eagle.
"That was one of the longest putts I've ever made, I think," said Kaymer.
The duo's performance was all the more remarkable as Cejka has been sidelined for most of the second half of the year after undergoing surgery on a pinched nerve in his neck.
"This is really my first event (back) where I'm really taking it seriously," said the US-based Cejka. "It's still frustrating. I'm maybe at 80 percent of my game, but you know, I'm trying my best.
"We'll see. We have more three more rounds to go and we're delighted to be here," the 38-year-old added.
However, it wasn't such a good day for defending champions Scotland, represented by Colin Montgomerie and Alastair Forsyth.
Playing alongside the host nation, they failed to take advantage of the reachable par-fives in their opening round of 68 to finish six shots back of the leaders.
China, too, flattered to deceive.
Despite receiving tremendous support from the large, partisan crowds, neither Zhang Lianwei nor Liang Wenchong looked comfortable throughout their round of 69, which included a costly double bogey on the closing hole.
Nevertheless, veteran Zhang, a five-time winner on Tour, claims the pair are not feeling the pressure.
"It was an unbelievable mistake from the both of us," said Zhang in reference to their disastrous eighteenth hole where he and Liang both found water.
"There are three days to go. We're not too worried. I'm confident we can come back in the foursomes," he added.