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  • Singapore activists condemn treatment of anti-Lee teen

    Prominent Singaporean intellectuals, artists and activists Saturday criticised the government's "harsh" treatment of a teenage boy behind online attacks on the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew. In an open letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the former leader's son, the 77 signatories said they were "aware of the negative aspects" of 16-year-old Amos Yee's pronouncements in a YouTube video and on his blog. Yee was convicted in May on two criminal charges: wounding religious feelings in an expletive-laden video comparing Lee Kuan Yew to Jesus, and circulating an obscene cartoon of the former prime minister, who died in March.

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  • Crying Greek pensioner: the story behind the poignant photo

    Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki on Friday in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain. When he was told at the fourth that he could not withdraw his 120 euros ($133), it was all too much and he collapsed in tears.

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  • This 360-Degree Virtual Tour Of Old Changi Hospital Will Send Chills Down Your Spine

    Any self-respecting Singaporean would have heard of Old Changi Hospital — and the terrors associated with it. To give you a bit of background: Changi Hospital was built in 1935, and during the Second World War, saw a great number of casualties. If you’re not creeped out yet, 360 Snapshots has even kindly provided us with a special black and white edition of the virtual tour, so you can explore the space while imagining the horrors that took place within those four walls all those years ago.

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  • Myolie Wu's boyfriend flirts around behind her back?

    3 Jul - While rumours are rife that Myolie Wu and businessman boyfriend Philip Lee are tying the knots soon, the latter was recently criticised for supposedly flirting with another woman. According to Apple Daily News, tabloids reported that Phil was

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  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. In Greece, they generally pay in cash, which is preferred by businesses, but they were told to have cards for the U.S.

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  • Kitty Zhang has separated from cheating husband

    3 Jul - Despite previous rumours of their reconciliation, it was recently revealed that mainland actress Kitty Zhang and husband, director Wang Quan'an, have called it quits. The two of them were photographed having dinner in Kitty's new residence, sparking speculations that she has accepted Wang back into her life despite his wrongdoings.

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  • Italy no longer Greece's 'companion in misfortune': Renzi

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Saturday that his country is no longer a "companion in misfortune" of debt-wracked Greece, as it was three or four years ago. "We need to stop calling Italy the sick man of Europe, because it's no longer true," Renzi told Italian television channel TG5, on the eve of Greece's crucial referendum which could determine the country's financial future and even its place in the eurozone. Renzi said that Italy is no longer afraid of the consequences of Greece's financial woes -- unlike during the 2011 crisis when fears were high of contagion spreading from the Greek crisis to many other heavily-indebted European nations.

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  • Affleck and Garner 'struggled with priorities'

    Ben Affleck’s “50s dad” approach to parenting is what caused his marriage split, it has been claimed. The Argo star announced his divorce from his wife of ten years, Jennifer Garner, earlier this week. “He’s like a 50s dad, he thinks work is your priority and providing money for your family is your priority, and raising the kids day to day and making a nice house is the wife's priority,” a source told People magazine.

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  • Aussie coach has advice for defending Japan

    Perhaps, Australia coach Alen Stajcic was on to something when he said, "We're not the Netherlands," in responding to question regarding how his team might defend against Japan in the quarterfinals. Familiar with their Asian rivals, Stajcic said the key was pressuring Japan's ball carriers and clogging up the middle so they couldn't generate chances off their crisp-passing attack. England, however, was much better at containing Japan in a 2-1 semifinal loss decided on Laura Bassett directing a shot into her own net in stoppage time.

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  • This Is How Much It Costs To Stay In A 5-Star Hotel In Asia

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.  If you’re planning your next trip and are on a budget, don’t fret: you don’t necessarily have to put up with capsule beds and cramped hostels in order to maximise your stay. This is especially true in

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  • 6.4 magnitude quake kills three in China's Xinjiang

    A shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck China's far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with three people killed according to Chinese officials. It was 20 kilometres deep according to USGS, which initially gave the magnitude as 6.1 while Chinese seismologists recorded it at 6.5. The state news agency Xinhua said 43 people had been injured and cited officials saying an airport in Hotan had been closed.

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  • Malaysia's PM denies fraud, says ex-PM Mahathir foments crisis

    By Praveen Menon KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday denied taking money from state fund 1MDB or any other entity for personal gain, after a media report said investigators traced nearly $700 million to bank accounts that were allegedly in his name. The Wall Street Journal's report, if true, would be the first time the beleaguered prime minister has been directly linked to accusations of corruption surrounding the fund. Najib blamed former prime minister and Mahathir Mohamad, a past ally, of being behind the latest corruption allegations, which he described as a lie and said the allegations began when he refused to implement Mahathir's personal demands.

    Reuters
  • Worst yet to come for McLaren - Alonso

    Fernando Alonso on Saturday warned disappointed McLaren fans that things will be worse, before they are better, after he and Jenson Button failed to progress from Q1 at the British Grand Prix. Two-time champion Alonso will start 17th and 2009 champion Button 18th, the first time both failed to make the cut since the Chinese Grand Prix in April.

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  • MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital

    Another doctor at a major hospital that has been the epicentre of MERS outbreak in Seoul has contracted the deadly virus, the government said Saturday. The 25-year-old female doctor at Samsung Medical Centre has become the 185th person infected with the virus in South Korea. The gigantic hospital operated by the powerful Samsung business group now accounts for 90 out of 185 confirmed cases.

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  • Brave dog Leo honored with monument in Serbian town

    Normally, Leo would run away at the sight of a bigger dog. When a raging bull-mastiff cross-breed last year attacked a 10-year-old girl, Leo fearlessly jumped to her rescue, barking and biting at the dog way above his size and strength. Leo paid with his life, but the citizens of this northern Serbian town have not forgotten.

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  • Tsk Tsk: Are You Dating Someone Older Because Of Experience Or Money?

    This post is brought to you by LunchClick. Having been alive for a significant period of time means that you also begin to notice certain prejudices that often govern the way we choose who we date. Most girls insist that they will never date someone

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  • Gomez and Jonas’ ‘awkward meet up’

    Selena Gomez and Nick Jonas were “a little awkward” when they met in Los Angeles earlier this week, according to reports. The singers were dining at Osteria Mamma, Los Angeles when they were spotted. While Selena has had a high profile on-off relationship with Justin Bieber since, Nick has just come out of a relationship with former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo.

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  • Greek villagers' secret weapon: Grow your own food

    Ilias Mathes has protection against bank closures, capital controls and the slashing of his pension: 10 goats, some hens and a vegetable patch. If Greece's financial crisis deepens, as many believe it must, he can feed his children and grandchildren with the bounty of the land in this proud village high in the mountains of the Arcadia Peloponnese. "I have my lettuce, my onions, I have my hens, my birds, I will manage," he said, even though he can no longer access his full pension payment because of government controls imposed six days ago.

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  • The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt

    The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get help. After the hell of World War II, the Federal Republic of Germany — commonly known as West Germany — got massive help with its debt from former foes. The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's loans and restructured the rest, is a landmark case that shows how effective debt relief can be.

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  • German authorities seize tank, other WWII weapons in raid

    Authorities seized a 45-ton Panther tank, a flak cannon and multiple other World War II-era military weapons in a raid on a 78-year-old collector's home in northern Germany, prosecutors said Friday. Kiel prosecutor Birgit Hess said the collector, whose name she would not release for privacy reasons, is being investigated for possibly violating German weapons laws but remains free while the probe is ongoing. German military engineers were called in to haul the tank out of the underground garage of the house in Kitzeberg, near Kiel.

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