The Battle of Manchester: 'We've lost ground in title race'

VAN GAAL: It's two points wasted, says the Man United boss.
FABULOUS: Falcao (above) celebrating his goal against Everton.
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The Battle of Manchester: 'We are 
playing like champs'

PELLEGRINI: Says his team are showing now why they won the title last year.
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Austin and Kane -- new pair of scoring aces for England

HARRY KANE: Tottenham, striker, 21 years old - Has four EPL goals, but bagged 10 more in the Europa League and League Cup. Whenever he scores, Spurs have never lost.
CHARLIE AUSTIN: QPR, striker, 25 years old - Is the leading English scorer in this EPL season with 11 goals, five ahead of Wayne Rooney, and just three behind Sergio Aguero.

Back in the 1990s, the names Austin and Kane were guaranteed crowd-pullers in wrestling in the United States.

Fast forward to the present day, one is still delivering stunner after stunner as the other continues to drop piledrivers upon the opposition.

In the sport of football, that is.

We’re talking about Queens Park Rangers’ stone cold Charlie Austin and Tottenham Hotspur’s big scoring machine Harry Kane as they continue to dish out the pain on their opponents.

On Saturday, the two Englishman, both 1.88 metres tall, scored yet again to hand their respective teams precious three points — Austin struck a tremendous hat-trick in QPR’s comeback 3-2 win over West Brom, while Kane got the opener in Spurs’ 2-1 victory against Burnley.

Read the full report in our print edition on Dec 22. 

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Surviving the Causeway crush

WORTH THE WAIT: Despite the long jams going in to Johor Baru (above), Mr Edward Leong, said some everyday items, such as diapers, are much cheaper in JB. He was shopping at Aeon Bukit Indah Shopping Centre, which is about 15 minutes' drive from the Johor checkpoint.
WORTH THE WAIT: Despite the long jams going in to Johor Baru, Mr Edward Leong (above, with his wife and son), said some everyday items, such as diapers, are much cheaper in JB. He was shopping at Aeon Bukit Indah Shopping Centre, which is about 15 minutes' drive from the Johor checkpoint.
ALL PREPARED: Ms Mazlindah Abdul Ma'moon (in front passenger seat), who visits JB weekly with her family, keeps her car stocked with food and tidbits.
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Was principal fired for bad spelling?

EMBARRASSING: The sign, which was up for more than a week before it was fixed.
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Malaysia to charge S$7.55 entry fee for Singapore vehicles from middle of next year

File photo of the Causeway.

Malaysia will charge RM20 (S$7.55) for a vehicle entry permit (VEP) for foreign-registered vehicles entering from Singapore from the middle of next year, a senior official has been quoted as saying.

Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the imposition of the fee was approved by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in July.

"The Transport Ministry is working out details of the VEP's implementation at the two entry-points in Johor, the Causeway and the Second Link, before it is enforced," the New Straits Times quoted him as saying.

Malaysia's Transport Ministry had earlier said the VEP charge will not be more than RM50 per entry.

The VEP plan had to be postponed "as there are detailed preparations to be done, including the installation of special devices", Datuk Abdul Aziz was quoted as saying after a ceremony in Batu Pahat, Johor.

A round trip to Malaysia using the Causeway now costs about $13.10 - more than five times the cost before revisions by the two sides on Oct 1.

The cost of a similar trip using the Second Link remains unchanged at $12.40.

S'PORE VEP

Singapore charges $35 a day for a four-wheel vehicle VEP, up from $20 before Aug 1.

Mr Abdul Aziz said yesterday that Malaysia is also mulling over charging for a VEP on foreign-registered vehicles coming in from Thailand and Brunei.

He did not say whether vehicles coming in from Indonesia's Kalimantan to Sabah and Sarawak would be similarly charged.

The VEP rates at entry points from Thailand and Brunei will be announced once Johor's system is running smoothly, he said.

US seeks China's help to fight cyber attacks

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Bird flu hits US poultry exports

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Boxes of branded bags confiscated

SEIZED: A collection of branded bags was seized from a woman who flew in from Europe on Saturday.
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Taiwan leader to push for China ties

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