• James Rodriguez causes middle finger storm

    Controversy engulfed Real Madrid star James Rodriguez in his native Colombia on Monday after he was photographed making an obscene gesture to journalists covering a Colombian national team training session. Rodriguez gave the middle finger to journalists gathered outside the team's practice on Friday in Bogota ahead of their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday against Ecuador. The gesture -- which is called "the pistol" in Colombia -- drew criticism from some in a country where the baby-faced captain is an idol.

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  • Donald Trump 'printed out fake £300bn Nato invoice and handed it to Angela Merkel'

    Donald Trump reportedly gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for £300bn when the pair met recently to cover contributions he believes are owed to Nato. One German minister described the reported move by Mr Trump as "outrageous". Nato countries pledged in 2014 to spend two per cent of their GDP on defence, something only a handful of nations – including the UK, Greece, Poland and Estonia – currently do.

    The Independent
  • Dr M: I thought Nazri would announce Umno resignation in Padang Rengas meet

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed he was expecting Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz to announce his resignation from Umno when the two met in Padang Renggas last week. The former...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • 'Scared' father of Bangladesh 'tree girl' ends treatment

    A young Bangladeshi girl diagnosed with a rare condition known as "tree man syndrome" has left hospital, her father told AFP Monday, saying he feared she would never be cured. Surgeons operated on Sahana Khatun last month and removed some of the bark-like growths she has developed from the extremely rare condition of epidermodysplasia verruciformisa. The 10-year-old is believed to be the first female in the world to suffer from the condition, also known as "tree man syndrome", and was being treated for free by the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

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  • Inflation would have to be much stronger for four rate hikes in 2017 - Fed's Evans

    The case for four interest rate hikes in the United States this year is not yet solid and would require a stronger lift in inflation, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans said at an event in Madrid. Evans said he saw three rate hikes in 2017 as "plausible", but added that two or four increases were also a possibility. "I don't see the data, I don't have the confidence," Evans said, asked whether there was a strong case for a fourth rate hike.

    Reuters
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. causes outrage after pulling up Sarah Paulson's dress

    Fans have branded the actor disrespectful and "gross" for exposing Sarah Paulson's legs on stage.

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  • Thiago is Spain's heir to Xavi but a painful reminder for Barca

    By Rik Sharma MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona and Spain have been searching for a player to hold their teams together like glue, orchestrating the midfield as Xavi Hernandez used to do for club and country. Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara seems the natural heir to Xavi, who left Barcelona in 2015 having retired from Spanish international the previous year.

    Reuters
  • Samsung Electronics says to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it plans to sell refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were pulled from markets due to fire-prone batteries. The Note 7s were permanently scrapped in October, roughly two months from the launch of the near-$900 devices, as more of the phones self-combusted despite a global recall initiated in September. A subsequent probe found manufacturing problems in batteries supplied by two different companies - Samsung SDI Co Ltd and Amperex Technology Ltd. Analysis from Samsung and independent researchers found no other problems in the Note 7 devices except the batteries, raising speculation that Samsung will recoup some of its losses by selling refurbished Note 7s.

    Reuters
  • The 10 Best Used Cars Under P100,000

    Today’s cars may be better than ever, but they are also more expensive than ever. With even the most decent small cars rarely going below the P500,000 mark, it’s a ... The post The 10 Best Used Cars Under P100,000 appeared first on Carmudi Philippines Journal.

    Carmudi
  • Japan loans Manila military planes for South China Sea

    The Philippines Monday took delivery of two Japanese military surveillance aircraft to help it patrol vital sea lanes in the South China Sea, despite Manila's increasingly conciliatory stance to Beijing's claims over the disputed waters. Japan will lease a total of five surplus Beechcraft TC-90 planes to the Philippines, according to Manila's defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Philippine military chief General Eduardo Ano said the new planes would be deployed over Benham Rise and the South China Sea.

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  • Man caught ‘holding eight women captive at luxury home and calling them his diamond kitties’

    An alleged human-trafficker in the US is facing more than 200 years in prison after he was accused of holding eight women he referred to as his “diamond kitties” captive. Kenndric Roberts, 33, lured the women online to a rented $1m (£800,000) home in Atlanta, Georgia, with the promise of modelling work. According to NBC News, police reported a claim by one woman that Kendrick had threatened her on numerous occasions including one instance “where he stated he was going to pay someone to cut her chest open, take out the implants and cut her up”.

    The Independent
  • Natasha Henstridge's marriage is over again

    The Species star reunited with Darius Campbell last summer.

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  • Ancient Rock Carvings Depicting Masked People Discovered in Egypt

    The image, discovered recently by archaeologists, provides a tantalizing glimpse of Egypt's Neolithic period, or Stone Age. It likely dates back to the latter half of the fourth millennium B.C., said Ludwig Morenz, an Egyptologist at the University of Bonn in Germany. The depiction of a masked dancer in this era is particularly fascinating, Morenz told Live Science.

    LiveScience.com
  • United Airlines bans female passengers from flight because they wore leggings

    A United Airlines agent stopped two girls from flying because they were wearing leggings, Twitter user and activist Shannon Watts said on Sunday, sparking a firestorm of backlash online for policing women’s clothing. Another girl wearing grey leggings had to change before she was allowed to board her flight at Denver International Airport. The witness said the girl appeared to be 10 years old and was attempting to fly from Denver to Minneapolis.

    The Independent
  • Wong: Not all old HDB flats are eligible for SERS

    Do not assume that all old HDB flats are automatically eligible for en bloc, cautioned National Development Minister Lawrence Wong in a recent blog post...

    Property Guru
  • Southgate irked by Palace chief's Zaha remark

    England manager Gareth Southgate has taken issue with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish's views on the international tug-of-war involving Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha. Zaha was capped twice by England, in 2012 and 2013, but switched allegiances to Ivory Coast, the country of his birth, late last year and has since made six appearances for them.

    AFP News
  • Minister: No manipulation of PISA data, but Malaysia can’t repeat ‘technical’ mistake

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — The federal government did not doctor the data used for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), but should learn from the technical problems blamed for...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Indonesian girl howls through circumcision as debate heats up

    Indonesian toddler Salsa Djafar was wearing a glittering golden crown decorated with ribbons and a shiny purple dress to mark a special occasion -- her circumcision day. At the celebrations attended by relatives, shrieks filled the modest, yellow-walled house in remote Gorontalo province as a traditional healer covered the 18-month-old girl with a white sheet and sliced skin off her genitals. "It's hard to see her crying like this, but it is tradition," her father Arjun Djafar, a 23-year-old labourer, told AFP at last month's ceremony.

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  • How 82 seconds of hell started with a WhatsApp message

    At the Preston Park Hotel in Brighton on Wednesday morning, Adrian Ajao was chatting with hotel staff about his plans for the day as he checked out at reception. Across the river, Spanish teacher Aysha Frade was in the middle of lessons at DLD College near Waterloo Station.

    The Telegraph
  • Nuclear arms ban talks begin at UN, but US, others boycott

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. talks aimed at banning nuclear weapons began Monday, but the United States, Russia, China and other nuclear-armed nations are sitting out a discussion they see as impractical.

    Associated Press