• Martino demands more despite six-goal semi-final haul

    By Santiago Torres CONCEPCION, Chile (Reuters) - Coach Gerardo Martino believes Argentina can improve on Tuesday's 6-1 Copa America semi-final demolition of Paraguay, adding that aspects of the goalless draw against Colombia in the previous round had pleased him more. Martino's main gripe was that Argentina had failed to press the Paraguayans hard enough to win back possession when they lost the ball. "Our play was much better than in the match against Colombia," he told reporters, referring to the tense quarter-final clash that was settled in a penalty shootout.

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  • Malaysia's outlook now 'stable' says Fitch, surprising analysts

    Credit ratings agency Fitch surprised analysts by upgrading Malaysia's sovereign outlook to "stable" from "negative", boosting the country's currency on Wednesday and providing welcome relief to the country's controversy-plagued government. In a statement just before midnight on Tuesday, Fitch affirmed the country's credit rating at "A-", the fourth-lowest investment rating, and said Malaysia's fiscal finances had improved since 2014, citing progress on a newly-introduced consumption tax and fuel subsidy reforms. "Malaysia's rating remains supported by reasonably strong real GDP growth rates and low inflation volatility," said Fitch, which had downgraded Malaysia's sovereign outlook to "negative" in 2013.

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  • The Bearded Lady's Now a Bearded Bride

    Harnaam Kauer has polycystic ovary syndrome. As a kid, she started growing facial hair - the disorder can cause hormonal imbalances - but following years of waxing, tweezing, and threading, she gave up and accepted her beard. “I stopped self harming and I have now fallen in love with the elements on my body that people may call ‘flaws,’” Kauer, who’s from Slough in England, told Rock ‘N Roll Bride, of the look book for wedding dress brand Cutting Edge Brides.

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  • Actors Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner announce plans to divorce

    Hollywood A-list couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on Tuesday announced plans to divorce, a day after their 10th wedding anniversary. Oscar-winning Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, starred together in the 2003 superhero film "Daredevil" and were married in 2005 and have three children, all under the age of 10. Affleck has enjoyed a recent wave of success, with his 2012 film "Argo" winning the best picture Oscar and more recently, his 2014 thriller "Gone Girl" becoming a box office hit.

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  • Thousands expected at Hong Kong pro-democracy rally

    Hong Kongers are set to take to the streets Wednesday to renew their call for full democracy for the Asian financial hub in a rally that follows a turbulent year of protests over political reform. Organizers expect tens of thousands at the annual protest march, held on a public holiday marking Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule. Wednesday's protest march marks the start of a new, uncertain chapter in the city's democratic development, which is now stuck in limbo after Hong Kong lawmakers voted down the government's blueprint for inaugural elections in June.

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  • Oil eases after Greece misses IMF payment

    Oil prices eased in Asian trading on Wednesday after Greece missed a 1.5-billion-euro ($1.7-billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for August delivery fell 68 cents to $58.79 while Brent crude was down 58 cents at $63.01. "The Greece debt crisis may have stoked concerns of a contagion effect to the eurozone, which means that we could see a drop in demand for oil on potentially weaker growth," said Bernard Aw, a market strategist at IG Markets in Singapore.

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  • Greece becomes first developed country to default on IMF

    Cash-strapped Greece missed a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday as last-ditch efforts to find a compromise with official EU lenders came to naught. The missed payment made Greece the only developed country ever to fall into default with the global crisis lender and underscored the utter failure of more than five months of efforts to reshape the rescue of the country's economy and prevent it from dropping out of the eurozone. The future of efforts to restore its finances and meet creditor demands for reforms were in question, with fresh proposals from Athens spurned Tuesday as the country moved toward a referendum Sunday on EU bailout offers.

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  • World Bank warns China over state financial control

    The World Bank on Wednesday urged China to accelerate reform of its state-dominated financial sector, warning that failure to address the issue could end "three decades of stellar performance" for the world's second-largest economy. The ruling Communist Party has pledged a wide range of economic reforms and the Washington-based institution said reducing the "unique and distorted role of the state" in banking and the wider financial sector was crucial. The comments in the China Economic Update were unusually forthright for the World Bank.

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  • One Direction ‘not cool enough for Glastonbury’

    Niall Horan has joked his boy band One Direction isn’t “cool enough” to play Glastonbury. The 21-year-old singer is part of the British pop group alongside Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. Niall and Louis, 23, attended the famous Glastonbury Festival last week to watch James Bay and several other indie acts perform, but it’s unlikely they’ll be booked for a future set at the event anytime soon.

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  • Greeks struggle with daily grind as foreigners head to beach

    With cash withdrawals cut to 60 euros ($67) per day, many Greeks aren't spending in restaurants for fear that they will run out of cash they would need if a family member got ill or another serious problem developed. On the streets of the Greek capital, resplendent in the early days of summer, there's still a veneer of normalcy — at least for foreigners, who aren't affected by the draconian rules imposed on Greeks.

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  • Indonesia military plane crash toll rises to 142

    The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force plane packed with military personnel and their families rose to 142 Wednesday, as witnesses described people fleeing the disaster zone covered in blood with their clothes alight. Officials were working to identify the victims so far recovered, with police saying that so far 62 people had been identified.

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  • Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sequel Gets an ‘Awesome’ Title

    “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has taken to Twitter to confirm that the sequel’s title will be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” The title is a reference to Peter Quill’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” cassette tape, which plays a prominent role

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  • ‘Terminator Genisys’ Reviews: Critics Nostalgic, Bored Over Reboot

    The latest installment in the “Terminator” franchise, director Alan Taylor‘s “Terminator Genisys” has been taking a beating from critics. The latest attempt to revive the franchise starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which began in 1984 with James Cameron‘s “The Terminator” has been billed as obvious setup for more movies down the line. “The least inspiring thing about ‘Terminator Genisys’ is how it’s a fifth film that doesn’t improve or expand on the prior four so much as it’s meant to clearly set up Part Six, Part Seven and possibly even more,” wrote James Rocchi in his review for TheWrap.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner 'wants feminine voice'

    Caitlyn Jenner is apparently exploring what options she has to sound more feminine. The US personality, who was known as Bruce before undergoing gender changing surgery, unveiled her new look at the beginning of June on the front cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Over the weekend she wowed crowds at New York Pride, looking happy and relaxed in a white skirt and top.

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  • Singer caught in property dispute between nuns, archdiocese

    Katy Perry is caught in a property dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary say the building is theirs, and they've sold it to a local restaurateur, Dana Hollister, who has already moved in. In a June 19 lawsuit, the archdiocese claims it is responsible for selling the property, and plans a $14.5 million deal with another buyer.

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  • In first, IS beheads two Syria women for 'sorcery': NGO

    Islamic State jihadists have beheaded two women in Syria for "witchcraft and sorcery", a monitor said on Tuesday, in the group's first known decapitation of female civilians. Meanwhile, IS re-entered the town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, seized from it by Kurdish forces two weeks ago, and took back one district, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added. Rami Abdel Rahman, the Britain-based watchdog's chief, said IS "executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province... the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner".

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  • Trump sues Univision for $500 million over Miss USA cancellation

    U.S. presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Univision over the Spanish-language TV network's decision to end its contract to broadcast the Miss USA pageant, which is co-owned by Trump. Univision said last week it would not air the July 12 pageant because of what it called insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants made by Trump when he announced he was running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The 19-page lawsuit accuses Univision of a "thinly veiled attempt" to stifle Trump's freedom of speech in order to boost Democratic frontrunner Hilary Clinton.

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  • Woman, 75, survived for days on pond water after Texas crash

    Wanda Mobley swerved to avoid something in the remote highway, and seconds later was trapped inside her wrecked car in a ravine in North Texas. From her hospital room on Tuesday, Mobley described the hours she spent hearing the occasional vehicle pass above her but being too weak and scared to crawl through the brushy area along Highway 183 for help. "From where the road was, nobody could see the car," Mobley told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

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  • No bail for Journey drummer Deen Castronovo on rape charge

    Journey drummer Deen Castronovo will remain in an Oregon jail on rape and other felony charges after prosecutors said he repeatedly violated a court order by calling and texting the victim with messages that included suicide threats and apologies. Prosecutors told a Marion County judge Tuesday that the 50-year-old musician contacted the woman after his arrest in Salem on June 14, when he was accused of misdemeanor assault and menacing. Marion County Judge Audrey Broyles declined to set bail after prosecutors said Castronovo texted the woman 122 times and called her 35 times and presents a threat to the woman if he's released.

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  • Myanmar KFC fans queue for hours for first taste of US fast food

    Fried chicken aficionados queued for hours at Myanmar's first KFC restaurant Tuesday, as the US fast food chain became the latest big foreign brand to open an outlet in the long-cloistered nation. KFC is the first major US restaurant chain to open in the country as reforms and the removal of most sanctions since the end of outright junta rule tempt investors to a market of millions of prospective consumers. My aunt in Singapore says it is also famous there," the 50-year-old told AFP, brushing off concerns that a taste for foreign fast food could lead to expanding waistlines.

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