• Not so incy wincy: spider kills snake in Outback duel

    A plucky little spider has once again proved that size doesn't matter by taking on -- and beating -- a much larger venomous snake, in a very Australian telling of the story of David and Goliath. The spindly Daddy Long Legs spider appeared to have come out on top after going head-to-head with a brown snake in rural New South Wales. Farmer Patrick Lees said he was astonished to discover the expired reptile dangling from a web at his outback home in Weethalle, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Sydney, on Saturday.

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  • How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money

    The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut the Kaesong complex in response to ...

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  • Japan paternity leave trailblazer quits over bikini model affair

    A Japanese politician who made headlines over his quest to take paternity leave quit on Friday after confessing to an affair with a bikini model while his wife was pregnant. Kensuke Miyazaki, 35, shook up Japan's conservative political scene when he sought to take a month's leave to help his then pregnant wife, a first for a male Japanese lawmaker. Miyazaki, however, won the backing of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who supported his trailblazing idea.

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  • Messi named La Liga player of month...for first time

    In a stellar 12-year career, Lionel Messi has won the world player of the year award five times and broken endless goalscoring records, but he had never been named player of the month in Spain, until now. The 28-year-old Argentine forward received the award for La Liga's player of the month for January on Friday, the first time he has won a prize inaugurated in 2013.

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  • China rules out joining anti-terrorism coalitions, says helping Iraq

    By John Irish MUNICH (Reuters) - China won't take part in any coalition fighting "terrorist groups" in the Middle East, but will do its fair share in its own way and is already helping Iraq, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday. China wants to develop deeper defence and anti-terrorism ties with the Arab world, including joint exercises, intelligence sharing and training, the government said in a policy document released last month. While relying on the region for oil supplies, China has tended to leave Middle Eastern diplomacy to the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - the United States, Britain, France and Russia.

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  • Justin Bieber quits taking Adderall

    Justin Bieber's doctors were concerned he grew a dependency on the amphetamine.

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  • Wenger asks fans not to protest during Leicester game

    (Reuters) - Arsene Wenger has urged Leicester City and Arsenal fans to abandon a planned protest at Sunday's Premier League match between the title rivals, saying they should not miss the "moment of happiness" that football brings. A section of Leicester fans plan to enter the ground five minutes after kickoff in protest at the game being rescheduled from 1500 GMT on Saturday to 1200 GMT on Sunday. Football is a moment of happiness in your life, so don't miss it." Arsenal fans have been asked to back their Leicester counterparts in a show of unity.

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  • Teen who killed 5 family members to be sentenced as juvenile

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for a New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen's attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated.

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  • Stunning New Image Shows Gravitational Waves As Two Black Holes Merge

    A gorgeous new image released by NASA reveals the momentous first detection of gravitational waves rippling through space-time. "We have detected gravitational waves," David Reitze, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, said today in a news briefing. The telltale signs of relativity in action showed up as a teensy blip in the data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory — a set of two separate detectors in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana.

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  • Petition for probe against Najib gains 30,000 signatures

    A petition to reopen the investigations into Datuk Seri Najib Razak's donation has gained 30,000 signatures as of yesterday, according to the Facebook page "1Juta Desak Buka Kembali Siasatan Terhadap Najib Razak" (one million urge investigations against Najib Razak be reopened). PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, who announced the petition...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Shedding light on the occupancy rates of new condos

    Vacancy rates for private non-landed homes climbed to 9.4% in 4Q2015, a 10-year high. The North East Region fared the worst, with vacancy rates of its condominiums hitting 16.5% in 4Q2015. This could be due to the completion of the 610-unit River Isles and the 393-unit Kovan Regency, where residents have yet to move in. On a weekday evening, The Edge Property visited five condos that were completed in 2015 to shed light on their occupancy rates.Two of the projects — A Treasure Trove and The Luxurie — are located near an MRT station. ...

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  • Female tiger killed by mating partner at Sacramento Zoo

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sumatran female tiger was killed at the Sacramento Zoo by her mating partner Wednesday after the two felines were put in the same enclosure for breeding, zoo officials said.

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  • 'Star Wars' film company in court after Harrison Ford broke leg

    The production company behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is being prosecuted in Britain over an incident on set which left actor Harrison Ford with a broken leg, health and safety officials said Thursday. Ford, 73, was struck by a heavy door at Pinewood Studios west of London on the film's Millennium Falcon spaceship set in June 2014 and airlifted to hospital afterwards. Now Foodles Production UK will appear in court in May to face four charges alleging that it breached health and safety law as Ford reprised his role as Han Solo.

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  • Maid flees via rubbish chute, employer disputes claims

    According to The Straits Times, the 27-year-old Indonesian maid, named Rindu, attempted to climb down a rubbish chute in a seventh floor flat last November and fell into a rubbish heap. Rindu’s employers, who had only employed her for two and a half months, dispute her claims and have engaged a lawyer, according to the paper.

    Nicholas Yong
  • United would have told me about Mourinho talks - Van Gaal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said it is unlikely that the club have spoken to Jose Mourinho about replacing him. Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December, has been heavily tipped to take over from Van Gaal by British media in recent weeks but the Dutch coach said he had heard nothing of the sort from United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Old Trafford board. "I can only say that I have spoken with Ed Woodward and I cannot imagine that they have spoken with each other.

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  • Asia markets suffer fresh rout as Hong Kong, dollar dive

    Asian markets extended their rout and the dollar hit 15-month lows against the yen Thursday after Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen raised concerns about the global economy, essentially quashing the chances of another US rate hike any time soon. Hong Kong led a broad sell-off across the region, while an ongoing supply glut and production splurge saw oil prices sink below $27 a barrel. Dealers continued their flight to safe investments that has played out across trading floors from Asia to the Americas this week as they fret about a possible global recession.

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  • Saudi foreign minister defends policy at Munich meeting

    Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Friday defended his country's foreign policy and its stance in Yemen and Syria, insisting that the kingdom has no ambitions beyond its borders. Since taking power last ...

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  • Taiwan to seize assets of collapsed building developer

    Rescuers are still digging through the rubble of the toppled Wei-kuan apartment complex in the southern city of Tainan which collapsed during Saturday's quake -- 30 residents remain missing and the death toll has climbed to 94. Tainan's district court Friday gave the city government the go-ahead to freeze up to Tw$30 million ($908,623) in assets belonging to the building's developer Lin Ming-hui and three associates, according to a government statement. "The Tainan district court handled it quickly, and granted... provisional seizure up to Tw$30 million of the assets of the related people," the statement said.

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  • US stocks open higher as oil rebounds, banks rise

    U.S. stocks opened higher, seeking their first gain this week, as beaten-down energy and financial companies rebounded. Banks rose Friday after Deutsche Bank offered to buy more than $5 billion in bonds. ...

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  • Taylor Swift 'cautioned Kanye West about releasing a misogynistic song about her'

    Taylor Swift's best friend Jaime King has tweeted her support for the singer after Kanye West debuted a new song in which he offensively name drops her.

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