• Chelsea face striker crisis ahead of Arsenal showdown

    By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Champions-elect Chelsea may have to go into Sunday's top of the table showdown against Arsenal at the Emirates without their three main strikers. Spain striker Diego Costa has only just returned to training after missing two games with a recurring hamstring injury while a calf strain sidelined France forward Loic Remy for last Saturday's 1-0 win over Manchester United. Didier Drogba featured against United but sustained an ankle injury that kept him out of Monday night's 12th Match Against Poverty, a game in St Etienne dedicated to the victims of the Ebola epidemic in Africa.

  • Singapore teen Amos Yee bailed out by youth counsellor

    Singapore teen and YouTube personality Amos Yee, who ranted against Christianity and the late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew last month, was bailed out by a Christian youth counsellor after being in remand for four nights. According to media reports, the 16-year-old video blogger left the state court Tuesday evening after being bailed out by Vincent Law, 51. The counsellor is also one of 11 free-speech supporters, including blogger Roy Ngerng, who issued a joint statement on Tuesday calling on the government to drop the charges against Yee.

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  • Malaysia urged to punish Muslims over 'cross' protest

    Malaysia's government faced calls on Tuesday to take action against Muslim protesters who pressured a church to remove its cross, the latest example of rising Islamic intolerance that is fuelling religious tensions in the multi-faith country. A group of about 50 protesters demonstrated Sunday outside the small church in a Kuala Lumpur suburb, saying the Christian symbol above it was an affront to local Muslims, according to Malaysian media. A group of more than three dozen high-ranking -- and mostly Muslim -- former civil servants and diplomats on Tuesday led the calls for action with a statement labelling the demonstration a "mindless act of hatred and intolerance." "We call upon the authorities to take firm action against the protesters," said the group, known as the "G25" for the number of its founding members and which was formed last year to push back against intolerance.

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  • Foreigners tell of being 'hunted like dogs' in South Africa

    Foreigners fleeing xenophobic violence in South Africa told Tuesday of how they escaped marauding death mobs and vowed never to return to the country where they had sought a new life. Holding her one-year-old daughter in her arms, Malawian Agnes Salanje said she "faced death" during the wave of anti-immigrant violence that has claimed at least seven lives. "We could have been killed as these South Africans hunted for foreigners, going from door to door," Salanje, who was a domestic worker in the Indian Ocean port city of Durban, told AFP.

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  • Ding pays maximum penalty for concentration lapse

    China's Ding Junhui suffered a bizarre lapse of concentration which ended his chance of a rare maximum 147 break at the world snooker championship on Tuesday. The world number three suddenly realised what he had done and held his head in his hands before starting to giggle along with his first-round opponent Mark Davis. Ding would have pocketed 30,000 pounds ($44,700) for a maximum break, which has only been achieved 10 times in the world championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

  • Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph

    A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record. Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometers per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 361 mph (581 kph) set in 2003. Japan's high-speed rail services are among the most advanced in the world, with hundreds of trains running each day with minimal delays.

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  • Chinese war hero Australia's top Gallipoli sniper

    Billy Sing earned the nicknames "The Murderer" and "The Assassin" as a deadly sniper who shot more than 200 Ottoman troops during the Gallipoli campaign of World War I. He was also part-Chinese and among thousands from non-European backgrounds, some of whom hid their identity, who joined the Australian Imperial Force to fight for their country despite being legally barred from signing up. "He was a real Australian, an Australian at heart even though he had Chinese heritage," his great-nephew Don Smith, 62, told AFP from the small Queensland town of Clermont where Sing was born in 1886, 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) north of Sydney. "He put his life on the line for the rest of us so that we can have the life we have today, (like) all the guys that went to war." Under Australia's 1909 Defence Act, "those who are not substantially of European origin or descent" were blocked from active service.

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  • Vonn: Tiger’s kids are amazing!

    Lindsey Vonn thinks boyfriend Tiger Woods’ children are “amazing”, just like their father. With Lindsey’s relationship with Tiger, 39, going from strength to strength, the couple have been making more and more public appearances both together and with his children. Most recently, Lindsey watched on proudly as Sam and Charlie got suited up to play the role of caddies for their famous father and even hit a few balls themselves during the Masters Par 3 Contest at Augusta, Georgia on April 8.

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  • Hamann: Bye-bye Bayern - blame the World Cup

    They say Arjen Robben will be fit by late May, in time for the Champions League final on the first Saturday in June. Bayern played poorly and made too many uncharacteristic errors in the first leg in Porto. Everybody knows about the injuries that weakened the team, but another reason is partly to blame for their drop in performance - and those injuries - and that’s the World Cup.

  • Defiant Hong Kongers resist embrace of mainland China

    All around Chow Tak-yee's neighborhood in the working-class edges of Hong Kong, the 26-year-old can feel the spreading influence of nearby mainland China on the prosperous, open-minded city she's always called home. For Chow and many in this 7.2-million-person city, it all adds up to the feeling that Hong Kong is being forever changed by the 1.4-billion-strong country just a few miles to the north, where many feel life is cheaper and people are less educated. The complaints range from the small to the sweeping, from the perceived rudeness of Chinese tourists to fears that leaders in Beijing are sabotaging the freedoms and rule of law that have long distinguished Hong Kong from the rest of China.

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  • US couple jailed over 'sadistic' Bali suitcase murder

    A US man and his teenage girlfriend were given long jail terms Tuesday for the "sadistic" murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's Bali island. Tommy Schaefer, 21, was found guilty of the premeditated murder of Sheila von Wiese Mack on the resort island and jailed for 18 years. The pair wept during separate sentencings as judges recounted harrowing details -- Schaefer beat the 62-year-old victim to death with a fruit bowl during a blazing row in the five-star resort, before the couple dumped the battered body in a taxi and fled.

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  • Cobie Smulders: Cancer changed me

    Cobie Smulders went through a “huge shift” after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.The How I Met Your Mother star got the devastating news when she was just 25. She battled the disease in private, and now the 33-year-old has been cancer free for five

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  • Luxury car party over in China as growth slows, graft drive bites

    When Italian luxury carmaker Maserati entered China a decade ago, with a brand virtually unknown to Chinese customers, it sold fewer than 40 vehicles its first year. Last year, the Asian giant was Maserati's second largest market as sales of its sports cars -- including the Quattroporte, which can cost up to $377,000 -- reached 9,400, more than doubling from 2013. The party is over for the luxury car market in China, with the country facing the slowest economic growth in a quarter of a century and a corruption crackdown orchestrated by Communist Party chief Xi Jinping.

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  • A Girl Gets Harassed In A Crowded Bus. Everyone Else: Watches On. #ShortFilm

    This article A Girl Gets Harassed In A Crowded Bus. Everyone Else: Watches On. originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. This is stressful to watch only because we know it to be true. There's nothing more important than what's important to you. This young

  • South Korea PM tenders resignation over bribery scandal

    South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-Koo was left in political limbo on Tuesday after offering to resign over a scandal involving bribery allegations against senior members of President Park Geun-Hye's administration. The prime minister is a largely symbolic post in South Korea, where power is concentrated in the executive.

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  • Replacing carpet at Jerusalem shrine reveals religious rift

    It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshippers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem. Israeli archaeological authorities say the repairs were carried out behind their backs, and an Israeli government minister urged an immediate halt to the work, claiming it might cause irreparable damage. Officials with the Waqf, the Muslim authority that administers the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, which includes the Dome of the Rock, reject the Israeli accusations.

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  • Three dead as wild weather lashes Australian state

    Three people died as the Australian state of New South Wales was lashed by a "once-in-a-decade" storm Tuesday with homes washed away, thousands hit by power cuts and sand drifts sweeping inland off Sydney's iconic Bondi beach. Sea swells also hampered shipping as the region around Australia's biggest city suffered its second day of gale-force winds of up to 135 kilometres per hour (83 mph) and torrential rain. The Bureau of Meteorology said 172 millimetres (6.8 inches) of rain had fallen in Sydney in 24 hours -- the city's wettest period since 2002.

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  • Why McDonald's is still a powerhouse, despite troubles

    McDonald's sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won't end soon. McDonald's has many strengths that the rivals biting at its heels can only envy, including Ronald McDonald's worldwide recognition. Here are six reasons why McDonald's is nowhere close to death's door for now.

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  • Manny Pacquiao teleconference call terminated early

    Manny Pacquiao's teleconference call on Monday was abruptly halted just minutes after it began with promoter Bob Arum delivering an obscenity before telling organizers to shut it down. "Oh (expletive)," Arum said after the moderator said the first question would come from Michael Marley of Examiner.com. Let's reorganize and do this call some other time, please." Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach commented briefly before the call was taken over by Arum who had said earlier he wasn't happy with the idea of it.

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  • Demi Lovato: Wilmer knows how to handle me

    Demi Lovato's boyfriend made her "fight for it" during her struggles. If anything, she thinks she's "crazier" now without substances affecting her personality, as her fight with abusing alcohol and drugs turned her into a "manipulator and liar".

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