• Host-nation Singapore wins first gold medals at SEA Games

    The host-nation claimed the first two gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore on Tuesday, winning both the men's and women's doubles in table tennis. Zhou Yihan and Lin Ye paired up to win the first gold medal in the region's biggest multi-sports event, before Gao Ning and Li Hu made it a double celebration for the Lion City by taking the men's final. With more than 400 gold medals at stake during the packed schedule over the next fortnight, organizers opted to award a handful of medals before Friday's opening ceremony.

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  • Rohingya migrants raped at Thai-Malaysia border camps: report

    Muslim Rohingya women who were held at human-trafficking camps in Thailand and Malaysia were subjected to gang rapes by their captors, assaults that left at least two of them pregnant, a Malaysian media report said. Malaysia's state-run Bernama news agency quoted a Rohingya survivor of the camps, Nur Khaidha Abdul Shukur, as saying young women would be taken away nightly from the jungle post where she was held near Padang Besar in Thailand. Two young women at the camp became pregnant after the gang rape." The report also quoted her husband Nurul Amin Nobi Hussein saying he witnessed similar crimes taking place at nearby camps on the Malaysian side of the border.

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  • Continental Collision Could Trigger California Tsunami

    Massive undersea earthquakes off the coast of California could send a tsunami crashing into Los Angeles or San Diego, new research suggests. As the North American and Pacific tectonic plates grind past each other, large chunks of Earth's crust wedged between them get squeezed and twisted off Southern California and Baja California in Mexico. The San Andreas Fault — which snakes about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) from Mendocino in northern California to the Salton Sea in the southern part of the state — gets most of the attention.

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  • Philippines' highest-ranking communist rebel held: military

    The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday. Adelberto Silva is considered the "highest ranking" leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its New People's Army (NPA) armed wing, a military statement said. "He is the overall orchestrator of rebel movements in the entire country.

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  • Skarsgård and Chung ‘getting serious’

    Alexander Skarsgård and Alexa Chung’s relationship has “really heated up”, according to reports. “It is serious and has really heated up," a source told Us Weekly, while another added: "It's a fun relationship for both of them. The Big Apple seems to be the pair’s city of choice, as rumours began to circulate in February after the True Blood star was spotted out and about with Alexa on two consecutive days.

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  • Arsenal's Wilshere apologises after anti-Spurs chants

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has apologised after singing anti-Tottenham Hotspur songs during the Gunners' victory parade to celebrate their 4-0 FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa. The 23-year-old took to the microphone at Sunday's parade to mock Spurs as the Arsenal players celebrated on a stage outside the Emirates Stadium following Saturday's Cup final victory. Wilshere caused a stir last year when he made similar comments about Spurs at an open-top bus tour following Arsenal's FA Cup win over Hull City that ended a nine-year trophy drought.

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  • Report tells of rapid capsize on China cruise ship

    Tour guide Zhang Hui "had 30 seconds to grab a life jacket," before the ship overturned in China's mighty Yangtze river during a storm Monday night, the Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday. The 43-year old and a colleague "grabbed everything they could reach and kept their heads above water" as the ship sank, Xinhua said. More than a dozen people have been been saved from the Dongfangzhixing, or "Eastern Star," which went down on the popular tourist route from the eastern city of Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing, Xinhua said.

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  • Kim K: We're so excited!

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are "beyond excited" to be expecting another baby.The couple have made no secret of their desire to have a brother or sister for their 23-month-old daughter North, and on last night's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians

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  • Bruce Jenner's public transition to Caitlyn comes at pivotal time for transgender community

    Former Olympic athlete and reality TV star Bruce Jenner, who is transitioning to life as a woman, revealed her new name as Caitlyn Jenner on Monday (1 June) and posed in a white strapless corset on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Jenner's public transition has social media abuzz and her coming out story now joins what the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community are calling a formative time in the way that transgender people are written about and depicted in the media. What we saw with the Diane Sawyer interview and what's followed since is a really respectful way of reporting trans people's transition stories or identities.

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  • Second test flight set for Nasa's supersonic saucer

    A helium balloon carrying an experimental saucer-shaped Nasa spacecraft is set for take-off on Tuesday (2 June) to test new landing systems for future missions to Mars. The second test of Nasa's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) is designed to investigate and test breakthrough technologies for landing future robotic and human Mars missions and safely returning large payloads to Earth. "As we started thinking about the next generation of more capable, more exciting, more bold missions to Mars, we started realizing that we didn't have the technologies in place to land them and we had to start today, start developing those technologies," said Jet Propulsion Laboratory LDSD Principal Investigator, Ian Clark.

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  • Malaysian brothers get settlement in Flight 370 lawsuit

    Two Malaysian boys whose father was a passenger on the jetliner that vanished in March last year secured an out-of-court settlement in the tragedy's first legal case against Malaysia Airlines and the government. Lawyer Arunan Selvaraj said Tuesday the mother of the boys decided to accept compensation on their behalf so that they can "move forward with their life." Arunan declined to reveal the amount. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board when it disappeared March 8 last year.

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  • Bernanke blames Congress as China flexes economic muscles

    Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday rebuked US lawmakers for allowing China to steal a march with a new Asian bank that threatens to upend Washington's oversight of the world economic order. Speaking in Hong Kong, Bernanke also echoed the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in saying China's currency was "much better aligned" today, after Western criticism that Beijing cheats in global trade by distorting the yuan's exchange rate. With the launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and its plans to gradually roll out the yuan as an international currency, China is flexing its economic muscles to the consternation of some US critics.

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  • Brad's 'surprise birthday treats for Angelina'

    Brad Pitt apparently has a "string of surprises" planned for Angelina Jolie's 40th birthday. It's been a hectic year for the couple so far, who have been filming their upcoming movie By the Sea with Angelina directing, so Brad is doing all he can to make his wife's birthday a memorable one. "Brad has planned a string of surprises for Ange's big birthday on 4 June, including a trip to a private island, which he's hired out just for them.

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  • Everything you need to know about Windows 10

    Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for millions of consumers. Microsoft is yet to confirm the reports, but the new operating system is expected to cost $119 for the basic home user package for a machine not running one of the aforementioned versions of Windows. What's more, Windows 10 is only going to be a free download until July 2016.

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  • Tanzania elephants suffer 'catastrophic decline'

    Elephant census figures released by Tanzania show a "catastrophic decline" of around 60 percent over the last five years, leading wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC said Tuesday. "The government's figures show Tanzania lost tens of thousands of elephants over the past decade," said Steven Broad, TRAFFIC's executive director. "It is incredible that poaching on such an industrial scale has not been identified and addressed before now." Census figures released by Tanzania's government on Monday showed a decline from 109,051 in 2009 to 43,330 in 2014, according to the group.

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  • South Korea reports its first 2 deaths from MERS virus

    South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. South Korea has reported 24 cases of the disease since diagnosing the country's first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. Most of South Korea's cases have had connections to the first patient — either medical staff who treated him or patients who stayed near him at the hospital before he was diagnosed and isolated, and their family members.

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  • US justices rule for Muslim denied job over headscarf

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Muslim woman who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a black headscarf. The justices said that employers generally have to accommodate job applicants and employees with religious needs if the employer at least has an idea that such accommodation is necessary. Job applicant Samantha Elauf did not tell her interviewer she was Muslim.

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  • US-led coalition doubles down on IS group strategy

    The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State is doubling down on its strategy to fight the extremists, despite the radical group's recent conquests on both sides of the border between Iraq and Syria. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pressed his case Tuesday for more support from the 25 countries in the coalition at a one-day Paris conference on fighting the militant group, organized within weeks of the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi and the Syrian city of Palmyra. The coalition has mustered a mix of airstrikes, intelligence sharing and Iraqi ground operations against the extremists.

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  • Russians weigh Gorbachev reforms that sank USSR 30 years on

    A few months after the politburo chose him as Soviet supremo in early 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev halted his cortege in downtown Leningrad for an impromptu walkabout that signalled change was in the air. Emerging from his government limousine, the then 54-year-old Communist party boss from southern Russia strode over to talk to a crowd of shocked passers-by -- shattering protocol that kept Kremlin bigwigs away from average people. "Comrades, it seems that we really do need reforms," Gorbachev told the crowd that day.

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  • Juventus hoping 'extra-terrestrial' Messi returns to earth

    The match pits the world's best outfield player against arguably the world's best goalkeeper in Gianluigi Buffon and it will be the first time the two greats of football meet. Messi is attempting to make history by becoming the first player to score in three Champions League finals, while Buffon is hoping to add a first Champions League winners' medal to his glittering haul of trophies — after losing the 2003 final with Juventus. "Messi is an extra-terrestrial who plays with us humans," Buffon said.

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