• Man City, Stoke, Everton down underdogs to make Cup semis

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - The plucky underdogs were brought down to earth as Manchester City, Everton and Stoke City reached the League Cup semi-finals on Tuesday, ending the hopes of second-tier sides who felled fancied opponents in the last round. Manchester City were far short of their finely-tuned best at home to Hull City, but still managed a comprehensive 4-1 victory while Everton won 2-0 at Middlesbrough and Stoke beat visitors Sheffield Wednesday by the same scoreline.

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  • Singapore police re-arrest alleged match-fixer Tan - report

    Singaporean police have again arrested alleged match-fixer Dan Tan, almost a week after a court in the city state freed him from more than two years of detention, the state-owned Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reported on Tuesday. CNA cited a police statement as saying that Tan was arrested for suspected involvement in criminal activities and investigations are ongoing. Singapore's Court of Appeal had freed Dan Tan, named by the Interpol as "the leader of the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate", last Wednesday saying his detention without trial was unlawful.

  • 200 US special forces to fight IS jihadists in Iraq, Syria

    The United States will increasingly rely on special operations troops to battle Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday, while calling on international powers to beef up their own efforts. Speaking to lawmakers in the House Armed Services Committee, the Pentagon chief said he was deploying a "specialized expeditionary targeting force" to Iraq to work alongside local Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga forces battling the IS group.

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  • Filipino bishops slam 'Dirty Harry' presidential hopeful

    Catholic bishops in the Philippines lashed out Tuesday at a presidential candidate popularly known as "Dirty Harry", after he made a rambling and obscenity-filled speech cursing the pope. Rodrigo Duterte, whose hardline anti-crime reputation has seen him compared with Clint Eastwood's no-nonsense enforcer, sparked the ire of the influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, which questioned if he deserved to be president. "When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laughs, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame," said a statement, issued by the group's president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

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  • Sinead O'Connor begs her children for hospital visit

    Troubled singer Sinead O'Connor has begged her family to visit in her hospital less than 24 hours after she blasted them on social media.

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  • Benzema should not play for France, says Prime minister

    Karim Benzema, who is under investigation for alleged blackmailing, should not be called up to the France squad, French Prime minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday. "If a minister was under formal investigation, they would not be in the government. In a way, it's the same for the France team,", Valls told Europe 1 radio.

  • North Korean ghost boats, in deadly hunt for fish, wash up in Japan

    By Ju-min Park and Kaori Kaneko SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that have strayed dangerously far from port under the impoverished nation's push to boost its catch. There has been no mention from secretive North Korea of any missing boats, but its leader, Kim Jong Un, has put a high priority on fishing as a way of earning foreign currency and providing a sustainable food source that is not reliant on harvests and weather. The Japanese coast guard and police reported 12 incidents of wrecked wooden boats, including some that were in pieces, on the country's shores and waters since October, containing 22 dead bodies, including five skulls.

  • Meet China’s second generation rich kid entrepreneurs

    China’s second generation rich have a reputation for extravagance. But how do they see themselves as entrepreneurs? “A rich family’s child has to choose one of three options,” says Fuye Wang Managing Partner at Geek House Capital. “Work in a large company, invest, or inherit the family business.” Wang is an example of China’s ‘second... The post Meet China’s second generation rich kid entrepreneurs appeared first on e27.

  • Australian former Hells Angels abducted in Thailand: police

    Thai police said Tuesday they are searching for a gang of foreigners believed to have abducted an Australian former Hells Angels gang member at gunpoint. Wayne Rodney Schneider, 37, was kidnapped on Monday by a group of masked men outside his house in Pattaya, a seaside resort town notorious for its sprawling red light district and links with organised crime. "He was abducted and carried into a van yesterday at dawn according to two security guards who were witnesses", Police Colonel Sukthat Pumpanmuang, commander of Pattaya City police station, told AFP.

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  • Samsung replaces mobile chief, promotes chairman's daughter

    Samsung on Tuesday replaced the head of its mobile business and promoted the chairman's daughter as the South Korean giant seeks to reassert its smartphone dominance amid a generational power transfer in the founding Lee family. In an annual personnel reshuffle, Samsung named Koh Dong-Jin, executive vice head of Samsung Electronics's mobile research and development, as the new head of mobile business. Shin, 59, took over the mobile division in 2011 and oversaw Samsung’s rise to the world's number-one smartphone maker.

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  • West says it's 'painful' to watch retiring NBA star Bryant play

    Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West, who engineered the trade two decades ago that brought Kobe Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers, said on Monday it has been painful to watch the struggling 17-time NBA All-Star play this season. Bryant, enduring by far his worst season since entering the National Basketball Association in 1996, announced on Sunday he will retire at the end of the season.

  • Klopp gives goalkeeper Mignolet vote of confidence

    LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool are happy with the form of Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and are not looking for a replacement, manager Juergen Klopp said on Tuesday. Regular starter Mignolet, whose performances have come under scrutiny this season, will be rested for Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final at top-flight rivals Southampton, with Adam Bogdan taking over between the posts. "Simon Mignolet is one of the smartest keepers I've had. He's still young enough to develop. He is very open," Klopp told reporters. ...

  • Turkey sends body of shot down pilot back to Russia: reports

    Turkey on Monday sent back to Russia the body of a pilot killed when his plane was shot down by the Turkish air force for allegedly violating its air space on the Syrian border, reports said. A Russian plane carrying the body of Oleg Peshkov left Ankara's Esenboga International Airport airport for Russia, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported, without giving further details.

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  • Inside Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's 'super private' honeymoon

    Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello were "super private and very much in love" on their stunning honeymoon at a private luxury resort on the Turks and Caicos islands.

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  • Oil prices dip as Saudi sits tight on OPEC call

    Oil prices fell slightly Tuesday as Saudi Arabia's oil minister would not be drawn on the outcome of OPEC's upcoming meeting on crude production levels. "We will discuss... and then decide" on ...

  • Amy Schumer poses topless for 2016 Pirelli Calendar

    Amy Schumer and Serena Williams have posed topless for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar.

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  • Philippine distiller buys major Spanish brandy maker

    The Philippines largest liquor producer Emperador said Tuesday it would purchase a major Spanish brandy and sherry brand, representing its latest foreign acquisition after obtaining Iberian vineyards and a Scottish whisky giant. Emperador said in a disclosure to the Manila stock exchange that it had reached an agreement to purchase Spain's Fundador from US-based Beam Suntory for 275 million euros ($291 million). Fundador produces popular brandies including one of the same name and the Terry Centenario and Tres Cepas brands.

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  • AirAsia plane crash caused by faulty component, crew action

    Faulty equipment and the crew's "inability to control the aircraft" led an AirAsia A320 to crash into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 people onboard, a report said on Tuesday. Flight ...

  • Talking to LTA about future a waste of time: Murray

    (Reuters) - Andy Murray, who put Britain on top of the tennis world with victory in the Davis Cup at the weekend, says he has given up talking to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) about the future of the game back home as it is a waste of time. The 28-year-old inspired Britain to the Davis Cup title for the first time in 79 years with their victory over Belgium in Ghent, but Murray, who clinched the final point on Sunday, said not enough was being down to nurture fresh talent.

  • Senegalese villages swallowed by the sea

    Behind the remains of washed-away fences, crumbling houses dot an expanse of the northern Senegalese coastline where a swollen river and an advancing sea are swallowing villages whole. The fishing community of Goxu Mbath is one of many districts in the city of Saint Louis, the former colonial capital of French west Africa that, little by little, is disappearing under water. The water hit hard and knocked down walls," says Awa Sarr Fall, 68, outside her badly damaged oceanfront house.

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