• US couple jailed over 'sadistic' Bali suitcase murder

    A US couple were given long jail terms Tuesday for the "sadistic" murder of the woman's 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. Schaefer wept in the Bali court as judges recounted harrowing details of the case, in which he beat the 62-year-old victim to death with a fruit bowl during a blazing row in the five-star resort, before he and his girlfriend dumped the body in a taxi.

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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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record

    Japan's state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad. The seven-car maglev train -- short for "magnetic levitation" -- hit a top speed of 603 kilometres per hour, and managed nearly 11 seconds at over 600kph, operator Central Japan Railway said. The new record came less than a week after the company recorded a top speed of 590 kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581 kph.

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  • Tottenham beat Arsenal to Wimmer deal

    Wimmer, 22, has attracted interest from a number of clubs, with his agent recently claiming that three Premier League teams were negotiating over his signature. But Tottenham appear to have won the race for the Austrian and will look to tie the deal down once Koln are safe from relegation in the German top flight. Wimmer has impressed with his composure and strength and will be assessed by manager Mauricio Pochettino in pre-season over whether he is ready to immediately become a starter at White Hart Lane.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Balotelli barred from Liverpool Player of the Year vote after prank

    Liverpool temporarily removed Mario Balotelli from the club's Player of the Year website vote after a prank from rival fans saw the Italian streaking away with the award. Supporters of Manchester United and Arsenal gleefully hijacked the public poll intended to honour the Reds' star performer, creating the Twitter hashtag #VoteBalotelli to encourage others on social media to follow their example. As a result, the mercurial 24-year-old was removed from the running while youngsters Jordan Rossiter, Jordan Williams, Jon Flanagan and Danny Ward remained on the list - though he has since been reinstated.

  • US sends carrier to Yemen waters with eye on Iran convoy

    A US aircraft carrier was headed to the Arabian Sea Tuesday as Washington said it was monitoring Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons to Huthi rebels in Yemen in violation of a UN embargo. The US Navy said it was sending the USS Theodore Roosevelt and guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy "to ensure the vital shipping lanes in the region remain open and safe". The deployment brings to nine the number of US warships in the area.

    AFP News 38 mins ago
  • Woman who designed "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign dies

    The woman who came up with a neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to "fabulous Las Vegas" since 1959 has died. Betty Willis, credited with designing the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, died in her Overton, Nevada, home on Sunday, according to an obituary on the Virgin Valley & Moapa Valley Mortuaries' website. The 91-year-old artist's often-copied sign sits in a median in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard south of the Strip.

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  • China: Bamboo bicycle workshop puts new spin on Beijing's traditional cycling culture

    Not more than a decade ago, the streets of Beijing were clogged by traffic from millions of bicycles, and few cars could be seen on the roads. Today, the opposite is true and China's capital city has practically become a graveyard for rusty bicycles. The bicycles still in use must now compete for space alongside the thousands of electric bikes and cars that also use the city's famous cycle lanes that line both sides of most roads.

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  • Halliburton says has cut 9,000 jobs in wake of oil's drop

    Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help. Halliburton executives disclosed the job cuts Monday on a conference call with investors. Oil prices plunged starting last summer, leading to a decline in drilling activity.

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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 on 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 119 millimetres (five inches) of rain had fallen in Sydney in 24 hours -- the city's wettest period since 2002.

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  • This Creep Took Photos Of His Housemate While She Was Asleep #ShortFilm

    This article This Creep Took Photos Of His Housemate While She Was Asleep originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. This creep is no angel - he's got new flatmates whom he's taking advantage of, but his luck runs out in a strange turn of events.

  • Dempsey’s on set ‘diva antics’

    Patrick Dempsey is reportedly in hot water with Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes due to his “diva” antics. The 49-year-old actor, who has played Dr Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shepherd since the show began in 2005, is said to be appearing in less and less episodes of the medical drama after being “suspended” due to ongoing conflict with Shonda. “Patrick has been acting like a diva and has clashed with Shonda.

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  • Fellaini's brother almost scuppers Mourinho's masterplan

    Jose Mourinho's legend is founded on the perception that he is prepared for every conceivable situation, but Marouane Fellaini's brother Mansour put that theory to the test in the hours before Chelsea took on Manchester United. Fellaini dominated Mourinho's thinking in the build-up to Saturday's Premier League crunch clash, with the Special One opting to deploy Kurt Zouma alongside Nemanja Matic at the base of midfield to nullify the giant Belgian's aerial threat.