• Singapore teen behind anti-Lee Kuan Yew video faces charges

    A Singaporean teenager arrested for posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking Christianity and the country's late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew will be charged in court with "wounding" religious feelings, harassment and circulating obscene content, police said Tuesday. Police said they "received more than 20 reports regarding an online video that contained, in part, insensitive and disparaging remarks against Christians". "Police arrested a 16-year-old male Singaporean in relation to the said video" on Sunday, the police statement released early Tuesday said.

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  • Last minutes of ill-fated Germanwings flight

    The Germanwings flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would allegedly inflict. This is how Flight 4U 9525, which investigators believe Lubitz deliberately steered into a French mountainside, unfolded according to French prosecutors and Germany's Bild newspaper. - Captain Patrick S. apologises to passengers for a 26-minute delay in take-off and says they will try to catch up the time during the flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, Sunday's Bild said.

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  • Torres in emotional tribute to Liverpool fans after Anfield return

    Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has paid an emotional tribute to the club's fans after he returned to Anfield to feature in Sunday's All-Star charity match. The Atletico Madrid forward brought an end to his Liverpool career back in 2011 after he opted to sign for Chelsea in a £50 million deal - a move that was initially met with disgust by Reds fans. But Torres was roundly applauded on Sunday as he lined up for the Steven Gerrard vs Jamie Carragher All-Star charity match, with the Spaniard expressing his gratitude to the Merseyside club's supporters for the reception he received.

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  • Crete's mystery croc killed by cold snap

    A man-eating crocodile that became an attraction on the Greek island of Crete last year after its mysterious appearance in a lake has died, probably of cold, an official said Monday. "The crocodile was found dead on Sunday," regional water management official Vangelis Mamangakis told AFP. Nickhamed Sifis -- Cretan for Joseph -- the Nile crocodile had assumed nationwide notoriety after being discovered last summer at an artificial lake.

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  • Netherlands a disgrace, says Cruyff

    Johan Cruyff has slammed Netherlands in the wake of their 1-1 Euro 2016 qualification draw with Turkey on Saturday, branding the performance "a disgrace". The 2014 World Cup semi-finalists needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who deflected Wesley Sneijder's shot past the goalkeeper, to salvage a draw in Amsterdam. "Netherlands were terrible against Turkey.

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  • South Korea opts for KAI-Lockheed in $7.8 bln fighter deal

    South Korea on Monday selected Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and partner Lockheed Martin for a multi-billion-dollar contract to develop 120 "indigenous" fighter jets to replace Seoul's ageing fleet. The bid from KAI and the US aerospace giant, which is subject to a screening process before being officially approved, was always seen as the favourite for the 8.6 trillion won ($7.8 billion) deal over a rival bid by civilian carrier Korean Air (KAL) teamed with Airbus. The Defence Ministry also approved a separate $1.28 billion deal to buy Patriot PAC-3 missiles and upgrade its air defence system aimed at intercepting North Korean ballistic missiles.

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  • Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh's capital

    A blogger was hacked to death by three men in Bangladesh's capital on Monday, and two of the attackers were caught near the scene, police said. The killing took place a month after a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death in Dhaka. In the latest incident, Washiqur Rahman Babu, 26, was declared dead at a hospital shortly after being attacked in Dhaka's Tejgaon area, police official Biplob Kumar Sarker said.

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  • Spain: 3 generations, all named Emma, die in France crash

    Juan Pardo Yanez — little Emma's grandfather, the father of her mother and the former husband of the eldest Emma — was virtually speechless after returning from a trip for relatives of the 150 crash victims to the accident zone in Seyne-Les-Alpes, France, where investigators working in a ravine were collecting small pieces of the plane and body parts ahead of a painstaking identification effort. "There is nothing that can be done or could be said to me to change the loss of these three so dearly loved ones," Pardo Yanez told The Associated Press and other journalists outside a Barcelona crisis center set up for victims' relatives.

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  • Alcoholism, violence and neglect: life as George Best's son

    There's one place where the memory of George Best is forever of the stylish winger who bamboozled defenders and thrilled fans. Immortalized in bronze outside Old Trafford, a statue featuring Best is as much as a crowd-puller as the Manchester United icon was in his footballing prime. "I go up there and take pictures in front of him, just like everybody else does," 34-year-old Calum Best said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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  • Hugh Jackman to quit playing "Wolverine"?

    30 Mar – Having played the character Wolverine for almost two decades, "X-Men" star Hugh Jackman has dropped a hint that his upcoming movie might be his last. The Wolverine actor recently made a cryptic post on his official Instagram account, uploading

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  • Alps crash pilot had suicidal tendencies in past: prosecutors

    The co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane into the French Alps was classified as suicidal "several years ago" but had appeared more stable of late, German prosecutors said Monday. As investigators in both countries tried to zero in on a potential motive, it emerged that that the first officer, Andreas Lubitz, was receiving treatment from neurologists and psychiatrists who had written him off sick from work a number of times. Meanwhile investigators sifting through the wreckage and hundreds of body parts in the French Alps were forced to resume the hunt on foot as bad weather hampered helicopter flights.

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  • Lincoln Continental, the car of presidents, is returning

    Now, the Lincoln Continental is back. Thirteen years after the last Continental rolled off the assembly line, Ford Motor Co. is resurrecting its storied nameplate. After more than a decade of toying with alphabetical names like LS and MKS to be more like its foreign rivals, Ford's 98-year-old Lincoln brand is embracing its heritage.

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  • Bayern Munich: We could spend €100 million on one player

    Bayern Munich executive board member Jan-Christian Dreesen says that the club could spend €100 million on one star player. The Bundesliga champions have so far refused to match teams from La Liga and the Premier League when it comes to spending big in the transfer market, with the arrival of Javi Martinez for €40m (£29.3m) in 2012 still their record outlay. "It would be simple to say Bayern would never pay €100m for one player.

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  • China's jailing of man who grew beard 'absurd'

    A six-year prison sentence reportedly given to a man in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region for growing a beard was "absurd", an overseas group said Monday as accounts of the penalty disappeared online. It exposes China's hostile attitude and crisis of governance." He added: "If a Chinese person grows a beard, it is a personal fashion he is allowed to choose freely. "China's goal is to use judicial means to force Uighurs to accept Chinese people's traditions and give up their own way of life." On Sunday the China Youth Daily reported that a court in Xinjiang's desert oasis city of Kashgar sentenced a 38-year-old Uighur man to six years in jail for growing a beard, while his wife was given two years for veiling herself.

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  • New Zealand PM to attend cricket final over Lee funeral

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key believes he has made the right decision to be in Melbourne for the Cricket World Cup final on Sunday rather than attend the state funeral for Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew. Instead, Governor-General Jerry Mateparae will represent New Zealand in Singapore. Key said he had decided before New Zealand's semi-final, when they beat South Africa with only one ball to spare, that if his nation made the final he would attend.

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  • This Japanese Lady Has A Dirty Little Secret. A Dark, Dirty Secret. #ShortFilm

    This article This Japanese Lady Has A Dirty Little Secret. A Dark, Dirty Secret. originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. She's definitely not made of ribbons, laces, sugar and everything nice. It's a regular morning at the Tokyo penthouse where Minako

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  • Runaway rhino kills one, injures six in Nepal

    A rhinoceros that had wandered off a wildlife reserve rampaged through a town in central Nepal on Monday, leaving one woman dead and six people injured, police said. A local police official said the animal travelled some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the unfenced reserve to the town in Makwanpur district where it chased down startled pedestrians as well as vehicles. "The rhino hit and killed one 61-year-old woman, and injured six others," said Shishu Sharma, Makwanpur police spokesperson.

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  • Small investors blame losses on brokers they once trusted

    Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. More than six years later, those investments are in trouble. The stream of interest payments she used for living expenses has mostly dried up and the value of her portfolio is half of what it was, according to a financial planner who helped her file a claim against the broker.

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  • Thailand admits 'urgent' need to improve aviation safety

    Thai authorities Monday said they would use special powers under junta rule to "urgently" improve airline safety as several carriers face bans on new international flights following concerns raised by a UN aviation agency. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations body, recently reported "significant safety concerns" to Thailand's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) after an audit earlier in the year. In response Japan last week blocked new flights from Thailand in a move affecting charter services by budget carriers Thai AirAsia X and NokScoot as well as Asia Atlantic Airlines, the DCA said, adding existing flights would not be impacted.

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  • An era is over

    Who have thought we would queue along the roadside in the rain to watch his cortege go by, that we would yell LKY, LKY and strew petals on the road as he went on his last journey? This was LKY. Others were glued to their television sets, picking out the dignitaries in the University Cultural Centre sitting silence for Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s last entrance before an audience.

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