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Asia stocks rally on U.S. jobs relief, BoE looms

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.75 percent, While Australia added 1.3 percent.

Japan's Nikkei .N225 climbed 2.9 percent in the wake of a clear win by the government in upper house elections.

USA leading 3-0 at half-time in U-20 women's friendly

The three-time winners of the U-20 women's FIFA World Cup found the back of the net in the 10th minute after Kelcie Hedge slotted one through.

Two more goals came off the boot of striker Ashley Sanchez scoring in the 12th and 16th minute of the first half.

PNG students invited to compete for US scholarship

This is a competition for students all over the world including PNG and is an initiative of the United Nations (UN) and Seton Hall University in the United States.

Finalists with the best ideas will win cash prizes and partial scholarships to attend Seton Hall University, a private Catholic school in South Orange, New Jersey.

The cash prize assists with the launching of the idea or creating awareness about SDGs.

Zika virus infection reported in US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a patient was infected in Dallas County, health officials in Texas said.

A patient was apparently infected after having sexual contact with someone who returned from a country where the disease is present.

There is not yet evidence of Zika being passed on by mosquitoes in the US.

This would be the first known infection to take place in the mainland US.

The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency.

South Africa trash USA 64-0

The winger scored three times in 21 second-half minutes to draw level with Lomu's mark of 15 World Cup tries.

The Springboks ran in eight second-half tries in all to earn a bonus-point win at the Olympic Stadium.

South Africa top Pool B and will now play the loser of Saturday's Pool A decider between Australia and Wales.

A tale of two halves

A mixture of South Africa's ill-discipline and poor finishing kept the score down in the first half, while USA only made it into the Boks' 22 in the last minute of the half, despite enjoying plenty of possession.

Obama wants to end embargo against Cuba

President Barack Obama has reiterated his call for Congress to lift the embargo on Cuba which he said has failed to bring political change in the country. However, he faces stiff resistance from Republicans, as well as some Democrats, who say he is prematurely rewarding a government that engages in serious human rights abuses.

 And Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a "new chapter" in relations after a half-century of hostility.