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SBD Global/January 21, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published January 21, 2014
IN LIMBO: Super Rugby side ACT Brumbies winger HENRY SPEIGHT's int'l exile could end this week when the Int'l Rugby Board "meets to determine if he's eligible to play for Australia." The Fijian-born "try-scoring machine's Wallabies dream has been sitting in limbo for more than a year as officials debate how long he has been living in Canberra." A three-man IRB panel "will decide this week to either immediately lift the ban that prevents Speight playing for Australia or delay his Test hopes until November" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 1/21).
GOING TO SOCHI: Chinese President XI JINGPING "will attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi." The foreign ministry said that Xi would be in Russia from Feb. 6-8 for the Opening Ceremony. Xi’s decision to attend "is a positive development" for Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN, after U.S. President BARACK OBAMA and his German counterpart JOACHIM GAUCK both said that "they would not travel to Russia for the Games" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 1/20).