• Pentagon chief urges end to island-building in South China Sea

    By David Alexander U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday called for an immediate end to island-building by China and other countries near the South China Sea, urging the participants to stop militarising the dispute and find a peaceful solution. Carter said China's island-building efforts…

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    • Klay Thompson must complete concussion protocol to be cleared for NBA Finals

      After the Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals, All-Star guard Klay Thompson began to develop concussion-like symptoms that will force him to pass the NBA's concussion protocol test before he can be cleared to play. Thompson was kneed in the head by Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza…

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      • Mayweather looms over Khan-Algieri match-up

        Britain's former world champion Amir Khan is aiming to punch his ticket to a bout with Floyd Mayweather on Friday with a victory over Chris Algieri in a non-title welterweight fight. Khan, the former unified light-welterweight world champion who headlines a card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,…

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        • Portman reflects on Harvard education

          Natalie Portman was keen to prove she was more than “just a dumb actress” when she arrived at Harvard University. The 33-year-old actress attended Harvard from 1999 to 2003, and left with a degree in psychology. "When I came in as a freshman in 1999, I felt like there had been some mistake and that…

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          • Kenyan lawyer offers '50 cows' for marrying Obama's daughter

            Nairobi, May 27 (ANI): A Kenyan lawyer has asked for President Barack Obama's elder daughter Malia's hand in marriage, and is ready to offer the US First Family 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats as bride price. Kiprono, who claims to be writing a letter to the US president asking him to bring Malia,…

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            • Kylie Jenner: I’m not pregnant!

              Kylie Jenner has vehemently denied rumours she is currently pregnant. The 17-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has been dating 25-year-old rapper Tyga since last year. Speculation has emerged recently Kylie is carrying his child, but the star claims this couldn’t be farther from the…

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              • Chicago Bulls fire coach Tom Thibodeau after 5 seasons

                The Chicago Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau on Thursday, saying a change was needed from the strong-willed coach who took his team to the playoffs in each of his five seasons. Thibodeau went 255-139 with the Bulls, a .647 winning percentage that ranks seventh in NBA history among coaches with at least…

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                • Sony Xperia Z3+ hands-on

                    Overview Sony unveiled its newest flagship smartphone, the 5.2-inch Xperia Z3+, today. Known in Japan as the Z4 (the Japan version includes Digital TV and a Japan-specific FeliCA RFID smart card reader), the Z3+ boasts a slimmer, lighter design, a

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                  • Britain's tied visa rules fuel abuse of live-in maids, nannies

                    By Katie Nguyen LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Susi, a single mother from the Philippines, left for a job in Qatar, she convinced herself it was a sacrifice worth making for her children at home. For more than a year, Susi's sacrifice involved waking before dawn and working past…

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                    • Singapore Airlines Airbus loses power in-flight to both engines

                      A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai, SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometres) before normal operation was restored. The carrier said it was…

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                      • Lily Collins reunites with ex

                        Lily Collins thinks “life works in mysterious ways”. The Love, Rosie actress made the statement in a gushing Instagram post as she confirmed that she had reunited with ex-boyfriend Jamie Campbell-Bower. Lily also shared a second picture, where Jamie, 26, can be seen kissing her cheek as she looked…

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                        • 'Dementor' wasp, giant stick insect among new Mekong finds

                          From a soul-sucking 'dementor' wasp named after a creature from the Harry Potter books to a half-metre long stick insect, scientists identified 139 new species in the Greater Mekong Region in 2014, according to a new report. Many of the newly-described species are already under threat from new…

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                          • Washington gumbo lover leaves $2,000 tip on $93 restaurant bill

                            A Washington man shocked the staff of a neighborhood restaurant earlier this week by leaving a $2,000 for a meal of beer and gumbo he shared with a friend, the proprietor said Wednesday. The man, described by Blue 44's owner Chris Nardelli as a gumbo-loving regular who lives nearby, left the tip on…

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                            • Senate probes lapses in British school student’s suicide

                              The Senate committee on education conducted a hearing yesterday on the possible lapses of the British School Manila (BSM) in the suicide of an 18-year-old high school student in February. The Senate committee hearing was supposed to focus on the proposed Senate Resolution 2147 of Senators Antonio…

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                              • Roxas-Poe in 2016 pushed

                                Administration lawmakers “campaigned” yesterday for a tandem of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Sen. Grace Poe for the Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 elections. Batangas Rep. Nelson Collantes said a Roxas-Poe team is ideal since the interior secretary could make up for…

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                                • Japanese swimmer Tomita convicted of Asiad theft

                                  A South Korean court on Thursday found disgraced Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita guilty of stealing a journalist's camera at the Asian Games last year. The court in the western port city of Incheon ordered Tomita to pay a fine of one million won ($890) after being convicted of theft, according to…

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                                  • Saudi-led airstrikes on police headquarters kill 45 in Yemen

                                    Saudi-led airstrikes struck a headquarters for police commandos in Yemen's capital Wednesday, killing at least 45 people gathered there to prepare to fight against forces loyal to the country's exiled president, Shiite rebels said. Fighters allied to Hadi did manage Tuesday to recapture the…

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