• Singapore Airlines Airbus loses power in-flight to both engines

    A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai, SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometres) before normal operation was restored. The carrier said it was investigating the May 23 incident together with Airbus and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. In a statement, SIA said the Airbus A330-300, carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members, "encountered bad weather at 39,000 feet about three and a half hours after departure" from Singapore.

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  • What Happens When a Harvard Engineer Gets Robbed?

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  • 104,000 taxpayers have personal info stolen from IRS website

    More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The information was stolen from an online system called "Get Transcript," where taxpayers can get tax returns and other tax filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said Tuesday.

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  • Singapore cafe wave not a smooth ride for entrepreneurs

    Located in the quiet housing estate of Kovan in suburban Singapore, three-year-old Lola's Cafe enjoys bustling business. The 30-seat café, frequented by families, middle-aged women and young adults, was founded by 28-year-old Foo Choo Kiat and 26-year-old June Tan when they were college students at the Singapore Management University. Foo and Tan recouped their startup capital of 100,000 Singapore dollars (Exchange: SGD=) ($75,720) within 6-8 months and are hoping to replicate the success in their second café outlet launched last year in the south-western residential enclave of Pasir Panjang.

    CNBC
  • Depp finds Australia 'war on terrier' 'quite humorous'

    Johnny Depp found the "war on terrier" storm over his pet dogs Pistol and Boo being turfed out of Australia "quite humorous", his friend Mick Doohan said Wednesday. Doohan also commented on recent reports that the actor had fled Australia to "save his marriage" to wife Amber Heard, when he in fact went to celebrate his daughter Lily-Rose's 16th birthday back in the United States. "To be honest, I think he thinks it's quite humorous and how just wanting to leave the country to visit his daughter can be such big news," Doohan told reporters during a road safety campaign launch in Brisbane.

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  • First-Ever HDB Smart Homes Go On Sale Tomorrow From An Unbelievable $28,000

    Smart homes still have a ring of the futuristic about them, but the future is here: Singapore’s first-ever batch of next-generation homes by the Housing Development Board (HDB) will be up for sale tomorrow (May 27). While these prices are 8-20% higher than that of other new flats launched in Punggol, the smart homes are still arguably value for money.

    Vulcan Post
  • West Ham back in Europe after 'fair play' success

    West Ham United have qualified for next season's Europa League after finishing top of the Premier League's Fair Play table. European football returns to the London club for the first time since 2006-07 in the final season at their famous Upton Park home before they move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016-17. "We want to ensure the Boleyn Ground the best send-off possible, and progress in this competition will certainly help with that," West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said in a joint statement.

    Reuters
  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya

    An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace Prize laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy. During her 15 years under house arrest, Suu Kyi won admiration across the globe for her fiery speeches and scathing criticism of the military regime that ruled Myanmar, or Burma, at the time. In a predominantly Buddhist country of 50 million people, where there is much animosity toward the 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims, Suu Kyi (pronounced "Suu chee") has opted to remain silent, even as the world watched in horror while more than 3,000 hungry, dehydrated Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants washed ashore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand this month, according to the U.N. refugee agency.

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  • Shania Twain: I thought I’d never sing again

    Shania Twain was convinced she’d never sing again after suffering a mysterious illness. The 49-year-old Man! I Feel Like a Woman! songstress was diagnosed with dysphonia around five years ago, a condition which causes muscles to squeeze and thus put excessive pressure on the voice box.

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  • 2,000-Year-Old Water Supply System Uncovered in Jerusalem

    Part of an ancient aqueduct built more than 2,000 years ago to transport water into the city of Jerusalem was uncovered during a recent construction project, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. A section of the so-called Lower Aqueduct was discovered in the modern-day neighborhood of Umm Tuba, in East Jerusalem, during efforts to construct a new sewer line. The sprawling, 13-mile-long (21 kilometers) aqueduct carried water to the capital, and "operated intermittently until about 100 years ago," Ya'akov Billig, director of the aqueduct excavation with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), said in a statement.

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  • Prince Ali approached by individual offering 'votes'

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's election team informed police after being approached by an individual who said he could deliver 47 votes at Friday's election, they said on Tuesday. The approach was made in April and the individual also offered to provide "what appeared to be illegally obtained" information relating to the financial activities of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his campaign added. The individual was not identified, although the campaign said he was a third party, who was not part of FIFA nor connected to any national football association.

    Reuters
  • Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages

    Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met. The marriage was arranged so the 23-year-old Pakistani groom could gain the right to live and work in Europe. Balogova was promised a clean place to stay in Britain and maybe even some money.

    Associated Press
  • 'Peacemaker' Ancelotti dismissed by ruthless Madrid

    Just 366 days since delivering Real Madrid their much-awaited 10th Champions League title, Carlo Ancelotti became club president Florentino Perez's latest managerial victim as he was sacked on Monday. "During these two years, Carlo Ancelotti has earned the affection of the board and of myself personally, as well as all the fans," Perez told a news conference. "But Real Madrid is extremely demanding and we believe it is time to give a new impulse that will allow us to win new titles and reach our maximum level." Beaten by a treble-seeking Barcelona in La Liga and eliminated by city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey, Ancelotti's last chance of keeping his job was ended when one of his former clubs Juventus progressed to the Champions League final at Madrid's expense earlier this month.

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  • "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" to get reboot

    The reboot will be produced by John Davis (1987's "Predator", 2004's "I, Robot", 2012's "Chronicle") under his Davis Entertainment banner. The 2003 superhero movie was very loosely based on the first book in the graphic novel series by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. Apart from Connery, in his last big screen appearance, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Stuart Townsend and Shane West were among the cast who played the Victorian-era superheroes who team up to fight a common enemy.

    Cinema Online
  • Malaysia refuses entry to teen leader of Hong Kong protests

    A teenage leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests was turned away at the airport Tuesday when he tried to enter Malaysia, which said he has been blacklisted. Joshua Wong said the immigration officials cited a "government order" when they stopped him at the airport in northern Penang state. Immigration Director-General Mustafa Ibrahim said in a statement that Wong is banned from entering Malaysia but did not explain why.

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  • The 10 most valuable brands in the world

    AP Apple tops the list this year. Apple has overtaken Google this year to become the world’s most valuable brand, according to WPP and Millward Brown’s annual “Brand Z” rankings. Technology brands dominate the top 10, but there is also a surprise

    Business Insider
  • China's army plays down South China Sea island-building

    China's military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region. At the same venue, however, the Defense Ministry issued a report reaffirming China's more assertive approach to national defense that has put its neighbors on guard. The document on China's military strategy said the navy would be adding "open seas protection" to traditional remit of "offshore waters defense," while boosting its ability to counterattack and conduct joint operations at sea.

    Associated Press
  • Top 10 highest-paid CEOs

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs for 2014, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay data firm: 1. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $156.1 million, up 368 percent

    Associated Press
  • Meet Singapore’s first tyre concierge

    MEET SINGAPORE’S FIRST tyre concierge. Elphin Ong works for Bridgestone, and is making it her mission to offer the tyre giant’s customers a personalised service. Customers can contact her to set up an appointment for a new set of Bridgestones, and have her select a convenient retail location.

    CarBuyer Singapore
  • Angry Australians battle against hated tampon tax with online petition

    Women Down Under are angry and they're not going to take it any more. They're upset the very necessary tampons and sanitary pads they purchase are taxed, while other pharmacy items such as condoms and nicotine patches are not. That's because the sanitary

    IB Times
  • Danish radio station kills baby rabbit with bicycle pump

    A Danish radio station killed a baby rabbit with a bicycle pump live on air, prompting a storm of criticism Tuesday despite claims it had simply wanted to highlight cruelty in farming. "We didn't do it for the sake of entertainment," talk radio station Radio24syv wrote on Twitter. The broadcaster said radio host Asger Juhl on Monday killed baby rabbit Allan with repeated blows to the head to highlight "hypocrisy" in Danes' attitudes towards animal welfare.

    AFP News