• Promoted Hull City subject to takeover talk

    Potential purchasers of Hull City will have to dig considerably deeper into their pockets after the club secured their Premier League return by winning what was billed as the most lucrative game in world soccer. Manager Steve Bruce dedicated the win to the club's owner, Egyptian-British businessman Assem Allam, who is reportedly seriously ill. At most clubs, a backer who had pumped in around 200 million pounds ($292.46 million) of his own money would be feted but Hull have been gripped by a very public dispute sparked by the owner's plans to first rename the club Hull Tigers and then introduce a membership scheme for next season.

    Reuters 40 mins ago
  • Iraqi forces complete buildup around IS-held Fallujah

    TARIQ CAMP, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's special forces completed a troop buildup around Fallujah on Sunday ahead of an operation to retake the Islamic State-held city west of Baghdad, a military officer said, as the militants attacked a newly-liberated town to the west.

    Associated Press
  • Simeone may not have the stomach to reinvent Atletico again

    By Brian Homewood MILAN (Reuters) - Diego Simeone may not have the stomach to reinvent Atletico Madrid again after they suffered another morale-shattering loss to Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final. The Atletico coach left doubts in the air with vague answers about his future following their second Champions League final defeat in three seasons to the same opponents. Having joined a club teetering close to the relegation zone in 2011, he lifted them out of danger and won the Europa League title, the Copa del Rey and La Liga within three years.

    Reuters
  • A two-door Mercedes for under $190K

    Mercedes-Benz launched the all-new C-Class coupe here on May 26, at the Mercedes-Benz Centre on 301 Alexandra Road. You can see the inspiration of the new coupe comes from larger Mercedes models, most notably the handsome S-Class coupe. At launch, three model variants are available, C 180, C 200 and C 300 and all are powered with 2.0-litre turbocharged engines turned for 156, 184 and 241 horsepower respectively.

    CarBuyer Singapore
  • Philippine police kill three more drug suspects

    Philippine police have killed three drug suspects in a shootout, officials said Sunday, the latest such deaths after the election of tough anti-crime firebrand Rodrigo Duterte as president. A spate of recent criminal killings by police has spiked fears of a extra-judicial crackdown in the country after incoming leader Duterte vowed to stamp out crime by all means necessary. The accused drug trafficker Rowen Secretaria and two unidentified men were pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, while the fourth was treated for gunshot wounds, local police officer Roel Lagora told AFP.

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  • Germans would not want soccer star Boateng as neighbour, politician says

    People in Germany would not want soccer star Jerome Boateng, born in Berlin from a Ghanaian father, as their neighbour, Alexander Gauland, vice chair of anti-immigration party, Alternative for Germany, said in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper on Sunday. "People find him good as a football player but they don't want a Boateng as their neighbour," Gauland told the Sunday edition of the newspaper. Alternative for Germany did not immediately respond to a Reuters' request to comment.

    Reuters
  • China's richest man declares war on Disney with giant theme park

    The Chinese conglomerate Wanda on Saturday opened its first theme park, with its billionaire boss declaring war on Disney weeks before the American entertainment giant launches a similar attraction in Shanghai. "Wanda City", in southeastern Nanchang, comprises a giant mall set over two square kilometres (miles), as well as an 80-hectare theme park boasting "the highest and longest roller coaster and the highest drop tower in China", according to a statement by the group. "We want to be a model... and highlight Chinese influence in the cultural domain," Wanda founder Wang Jianlin said during an opening ceremony at the park as he referenced an "invasion" of foreign cultures, according to state television channel CCTV.

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  • James Bond: 7 Stars in Line to Replace Daniel Craig as 007 (Photos)

    It seems that after four films, Daniel Craig is bringing his groundbreaking run as James Bond to an end. Now the search for a new 007 begins, and several British actors are reportedly in talks with Eon Productions to become the Seventh Bond. Idris Elba has achieved critical and popular acclaim with a variety of roles ranging from “Beasts of No Nation” to “Zootopia.” Elba has the charisma needed for Bond’s debonair personality and the gravitas for the more dramatic moments that have become commonplace in Bond films since Craig took over.

    The Wrap
  • World's longest rail tunnel sees light at end of decades' wait

    When Swiss engineer Carl Eduard Gruner came up with the idea to build the world's longest rail tunnel under the Alps in 1947, he predicted the visionary project could be finished by the start of the 21st century. Gruner's sketch and technical paper called "Journey through the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) in the year 2000" planted the seeds for a venture that will be launched this week and aims to transform travel through the heart of Europe. Constructing the 57-kilometre (35-mile) rail tunnel took just over 12 billion Swiss francs ($12 billion, 11 billion euros) and some 2,400 workers, according to Swiss government statistics.

    AFP News
  • Thompson, Curry rally Warriors to force game 7 with Thunder

    Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry saved the season for defending NBA champion Golden State, sparking a stunning fourth-quarter rally to beat host Oklahoma City 108-101 and avoid playoff elimination. Thompson scored a career playoff high 41 points, including an NBA one-game playoff record 11 3-pointers in 18 attempts, and NBA Most Valuable Player Curry added 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Warriors leveled the best-of-seven Western Conference final at three wins each. "I'm so proud of everybody," Thompson said.

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  • This Is What It's Like to Spend Almost Half Your Life in a Cult

    Director Will Allen and his fellow survivors talk about the emotional prison ​from which they escaped.​

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  • Luxury brands struggle to attract Internet generation

    Seducing hyper-connected "Millennials" poses an increasing challenge for luxury brands, which find their markets slowing as young, skeptical consumers force them to rethink strategies. Goldman Sachs estimates that 92 million Americans are in the Millennial generation -- born between the early 1980s and the 2000s -- surpassing the famed cohort of postwar Baby Boomers who are now approaching a geriatric phase. The huge pool of Millennial consumers grew up with the Internet, smartphones and a sharing economy in which owning things like cars is seen as almost unhip.

    AFP Relax
  • Chinese detergent maker sorry for harm done by racist ad

    A Chinese laundry detergent maker apologized for the harm caused by the spread of an ad in which a black man "washed" by its product was transformed into a fair-skinned Asian man. Shanghai Leishang ...

    Associated Press
  • Monaco GP starts behind the safety car

    Formula One's showcase Monaco Grand Prix started behind the safety car on Sunday as rain fell steadily in the Mediterranean principality. Australian Daniel Ricciardo led the field for Red Bull, with Dutch team mate Max Verstappen at the back after crashing in qualifying. Germany's Nico Rosberg, the world championship leader, has won the last three Monaco Grands Prix for Mercedes and qualified second.

    Reuters 51 mins ago
  • PM must explain if Shariah Bill isn’t hudud, MIC chief says

    SUBANG JAYA, May 29 — MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to clarify his remarks that PAS’s proposal to amend the Shariah Courts...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Thousands flee IS offensive in northern Syria

    Thousands of civilians have fled an offensive by the Islamic State group against non-jihadist rebels in northern Syria into territory controlled by a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance, a monitor said on Sunday. The offensive against the towns of Marea and Azaz threatens to overrun the last swathe of territory in the east of Aleppo province held by non-jihadist rebels and bring IS to the doorstep of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin. "More than 6,000 civilians, most of them women and children, were able to flee areas in the countryside of Aleppo province... especially from Marea town and Sheikh Issa village" to its west, the Britain-based monitoring group said.

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  • Mercedes’ new C-Class Coupé has style and substance

    The car market is rapidly developing a bit of a bulge around its middle. The lower end was always well served and the upper end has been sharpened to a fine point - but the middle used to be slim.

    Justyn's Car Stuff
  • Dr Subra: No talks yet on alcohol limits

    SUBANG JAYA, May 29 — Despite increasing concern, the Health Ministry has yet to come up with guidelines on alcohol consumption. Its Minister Datuk Seri S Subramaniam said today that the...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • The Latest: Search for missing teen in remote area ends

    VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the search for a Northern California girl abducted at gunpoint (all times local):

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  • Iran says to miss hajj, Saudi 'blocking path to Allah'

    Iran said Sunday its pilgrims will miss the pilgrimage this year because Saudi Arabia, custodian of Islam's holiest sites, was raising obstacles and "blocking the path to Allah" for its faithful. The Iranian Hajj Organisation said: "Saudi Arabia is opposing the absolute right of Iranians to go on the hajj and is blocking the path leading to Allah." The Saudi side had failed to respond to Iranian demands over "the security and respect" of its pilgrims to Mecca, of whom 60,000 took part in last year's hajj, the organisation said. In the latest dispute between regional rivals Tehran and Riyadh, "after two series of negotiations without any results because of obstacles raised by the Saudis, Iranian pilgrims will unfortunately not be able to take part in the hajj" in September, Iran's Culture Minister Ali Jannati said.

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