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Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei Monday was cleared to resume his career and pursuit of Olympic gold when he received an eight-month, backdated ban for doping. The long-time world number one can return to the court as early as this week after the Badminton World Federation found he "accidentally" ingested a banned substance. Lee, 32, who is eligible to resume competition on May 1, had warned he would retire if he was hit with a ban that would rule him out of next year's Olympics. He was delighted with the outcome of a process which began at last August's world championships, when he tested positive for the anti-inflammatory dexamethasone.
The Scottish National Party could wield "enormous clout" in the British government after a May 7 national election, party leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday, promising to block Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron from returning to power. A surge in support for Sturgeon's SNP, which wants to see Scotland become an independent country in the long term, could hand it the balance of power in parliament after an election in which neither Cameron's Conservatives nor Ed Miliband's Labour Party is expected to win a majority. "Whether that's as apart of a formal deal or on an issue-by-issue basis it gives parties like the SNP enormous clout and enormous influence," Sturgeon said.