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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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  • Oil prices drop amid high US output

    Oil prices fell on Friday with the focus on high US output as traders looked ahead to Greece's weekend referendum that could determine whether it remains in the eurozone. West Texas Intermediate for August delivery fell 35 cents to $56.58 a barrel compared with Thursday's close. Brent North Sea crude for August dropped 44 cents to stand at $61.63 a barrel in London afternoon deals.

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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.

    Vulcan Post
  • Putin: Western sanctions fail to split Russian society

    President Vladimir Putin says the West has sought to split Russian society with economic sanctions but has failed to reach its goal. Speaking at Friday's meeting of his presidential Security Council, Putin said the West wants to punish Russia for its independent course. The United States and the European Union have responded to Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its support for pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine with sanctions that have restricted Russia's access to capital markets and banned transfers of military and energy technologies.

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  • Ben Affleck ‘turns to mother for support’

    Ben Affleck’s mother is his “constant rock”. The 42-year-old actor and his 43-year-old wife Jennifer Garner revealed earlier this week that they had split after ten years of marriage. "While Jen is turning to her family and friends, the person in Ben's life is his mother," a source close to Ben told People.com.

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  • At least 38 dead as Philippine ferry capsizes

    A ferry loaded with nearly 200 people capsized off a central Philippine port on Thursday, officials said, killing at least 38 people in the latest of the country's long string of maritime tragedies. Around 27 people are still missing after the 33-tonne, wooden-hulled Kim Nirvana tipped over shortly after setting sail from Ormoc city at midday, the coast guard said. Ormoc public safety officer Goody Edcas said that at least 125 survivors had now been found out of the 189 passengers and crew on board, adding that finding more survivors were unlikely.

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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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  • 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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  • Philippines gets Canadian helicopters, SKorean landing craft

    The Philippines has received two new Canadian-built helicopters and a surplus South Korean transport vessel as it pushes through with a long-delayed military modernisation programme, military spokesmen said Thursday. Two Bell 412EP helicopters were delivered last week, the first of an eight-helicopter order, said air force spokesman Colonel Enrico Canaya. The utility helicopters are undergoing technical inspection before they join the military's fleet to carry cargo and troops, he added.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fatal fire on Japan's airtight bullet train exposes lapses

    A fatal fire on Japan's bullet train, started by a man who self-immolated this week, has revealed blind spots in a system renowned for its speed, punctuality and safety record. On Tuesday, Haruo Hayashizaki, a 71-year-old retiree, poured a flammable liquid over himself and lit it while riding a bullet train heading to Osaka from Tokyo. Experts say it was a wake-up call to something more disastrous, potentially a terrorist attack, and it's time to step up risk management ahead of the G-7 summit in Japan next year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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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
  • Hamilton wraps up British practice with fastest lap

    By Alan Baldwin SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton found the speed he wanted and wrapped up British Grand Prix practice with the fastest lap in another Mercedes one-two at the top of the timesheets on Saturday. Hamilton's best time around Silverstone of one minute 32.917 seconds was 0.552 quicker than his German team mate Nico Rosberg and 0.775 faster than Ferrari's under-pressure Finn Kimi Raikkonen. Rosberg lost some time to a late gearbox oil leak, however.

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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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  • Obama's grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip

    President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month. "With regards to what food I will prepare for Barack on his visit, I will prepare all the traditional food available," she said, speaking her Luo language through a translator on a visit to Nairobi. "It does not matter whether Barack is a senator or a president," she added.

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  • IMF gives Greece something to mull over

    Reviled in Greece for pushing the bitter medicine of austerity, the IMF has nonetheless thrown Athens a bone by urging European countries to cough up more money to ease Greece's titanic debt load. Ignoring its own procedures, the International Monetary Fund threw caution to the wind Thursday and shook up things both in Brussels and Athens, two days before the referendum in Greece on accepting new bailout terms. A report released Thursday by the IMF said the European Union may need to take losses of 53 billion euros on money it has lent to Greece.

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