• 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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  • 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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  • Mariah Carey 'being spoiled by new boyfriend'

    Mariah Carey's new beau is reportedly "on a mission" to prove he's her Prince Charming. The 45-year-old singing sensation has moved from ex Nick Cannon with Aussie billionaire James Packer. James is apparently keen to blow his girlfriend away with his romantic gestures.

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  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the aircraft's only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," seconds before the disaster, investigators said Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river shortly after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport in February with 53 passengers and five crew on board. Disturbing cockpit transcripts released by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council revealed the pilots trying to deal with an engine that had lost power, but then reducing the thrust of the other, functioning engine.

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  • Nadal slumps to new Wimbledon humiliation

    Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of Wimbledon by dread-locked German qualifier Dustin Brown on Thursday, his fourth successive humiliation at the All England Club. Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, slumped to a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 second round defeat against the world number 102 who hit 13 aces and 58 winners. Sad today for that, obviously," said Nadal, who was also runner-up at Wimbledon in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

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  • Affleck ‘devastated by split’

    Ben Affleck is reportedly “devastated” that his marriage has failed. Ben and Jennifer are parents to nine-year-old daughter Violet, six-year-old Seraphina and three-year-old son Samuel. According to the source, Ben has been continuing to live at their marital home in Los Angeles, despite the pair having split around ten months ago.

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  • Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans

    Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in the state where the GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field. "They're good people," Obama said of Republicans.

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  • Fears 11,000 Australian dental patients exposed to HIV

    Up to 11,000 Australian dental patients were urged to see their doctors Thursday over fears they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to hygiene breaches at clinics in Sydney. New South Wales Health said 12 dentists from four surgeries were accused of poor cleaning and equipment sterilisation practices and advised patients to get blood tests for HIV as well as Hepatitis A, B and C as a precaution. While NSW Health director of health protection Jeremy McAnulty said no cases had been found so far and the risk of transmission was low, there was concern about people who had undergone invasive procedures.

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  • Reelz comes to the rescue of homeless Miss USA pageant

    The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. While Reelz, which reaches 70 million homes, said it considered the interests of Miss USA contestants, the host city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and viewers in making its decision, it made no mention of Trump or the hot water he's found himself in since he announced his presidential bid in June. The statement also did not include details on how Reelz acquired the rights to broadcast the pageant that is a joint venture between Trump and NBC, as is Miss Universe.

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  • Apple's new iPhones to support LTE speeds of up to 300Mbps with new Qualcomm chip?

    Apple may be giving its new iPhones a boost in 4G LTE speeds later this year. According to 9to5Mac, images of a prototype iPhone 6S logic board provided by a source reveal that Apple will be using Qualcomm's MDM9635 chip.

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  • 5 things you may not know about Hinduism

    Hinduism’s roots can be traced to the Asia-Pacific region, where a majority of devotees reside. There is less than one per cent of Hindus who live outside of Asia-Pacific. Here are five things you may not know about this religion.

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  • US warns of Russia, China military threat amid growing chaos

    America's new military strategy singles out states like China and Russia as aggressive and threatening to US security interests, while warning of growing technological challenges and worsening global stability. A somber report released Wednesday by General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warns of a "low but growing" probability of the United States fighting a war with a major power, with "immense" consequences. Russia has "repeatedly demonstrated that it does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and it is willing to use force to achieve its goals," the 2015 National Military Strategy says.

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  • Magician Federer pulls out the party tricks

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - It was not the first time Wimbledon had dissolved into a chorus 'oohs' and 'aahs' at the brilliance of Roger Federer but the Swiss ringmaster almost outdid himself when he flashed his racquet between his legs to lob Sam Querrey on Thursday. To Querrey's credit he made a fight of the early stages, before mentally ceding the contest as Federer took control. "You want to go over and give him a high five sometimes, but you can't do that," a bewildered Querrey told reporters.

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  • Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards

    The ancient ritual bath, called a "miqwe" or "mikveh," was discovered in the town of Ein Karem, a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem that claims to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. "Such instances of finding antiquities beneath a private home can happen only in Israel and Jerusalem in particular," Amit Re'em, a Jerusalem District archaeologist, said in a statement.

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  • Thai navy votes to buy three Chinese submarines worth $1 bn

    Thailand's navy has voted in favour of buying three Chinese submarines worth US$1 billion, an official said Thursday, the kingdom's first such vessels in decades if the purchase is approved by the cabinet. The country last operated submarines in its waters 50 years ago and wants the new high-tech vessels as a "deterrent", said Thailand's navy chief, without elaborating on the nature of threats faced by the junta-ruled nation. "Fourteen of the 17-strong submarine selection committee has voted to buy three submarines from China," navy chief Kraisorn Chansuvanich told reporters in Bangkok.

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  • Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

    A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions. The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that IS victims often sport. Jaysh al-Islam fighters in the video say the IS forces are being executed in part as revenge for the deaths of at least three of the rebel group's members who were beheaded by IS.

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  • Paul McCartney: Beatles are more than just John

    Sir Paul McCartney has shared his "frustration" at people thinking John Lennon was the Beatles. The 73-year-old musician and John formed the band along with George Harrison in 1960, with drummer Ringo Starr joining in 1962. It was a difficult period for Paul and all involved, and not only because they had lost someone close to them.

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  • Woods fires lowest round of season at Greenbrier Classic

    Woods, who has struggled for form all season, mixed seven birdies with a bogey and double-bogey for an opening-round four-under 66 on Greenbrier's Old White Course in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Coming off a missed cut at last month's U.S. Open, Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways and needed only 25 putts to sit four shots back of clubhouse leader Scott Langley.

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  • North Korea opens new showcase airport terminal

    North Korea has opened a sleek new airport terminal, hailing it as a showcase of leader Kim Jong-Un's achievement after its construction had to be stopped halfway and redone at his whim. Terminal 2 of Pyongyang International Airport, which is reserved for international civilian flights, opened for service on Wednesday, state media said. "The terminal was built in a modern way from the gatepost to the airport to departure lounge, entry formalities hall, service halls, etc.," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

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  • Hank Baskett: I didn't engage in affair

    In 2014 32-year-old Hank was accused of having a sexual encounter with a transgender model, which led to a strained time between him and his wife Kendra Wilkinson. Hank turned up at the place, and after using the bathroom was met by a naked transgender woman making out with another transgender woman. Hank was so upset by the incident that he shut down to friends and family.

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