• 'Barcelona spend money too!' - Luiz hits back at PSG critics

    David Luiz insists Paris Saint-Germain should not be judged more harshly because of their transfer spending after a comprehensive Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona. The Ligue 1 giants have splashed out vast sums in a bid to join Europe's elite in recent seasons, but the gulf in class has been laid bare over two matches against Luis Enrique's star-studded team. "Barca have been paying a lot of money for many years," he told ITV.

  • Singapore teen Amos Yee bailed out by youth counsellor

    Singapore teen and YouTube personality Amos Yee, who ranted against Christianity and the late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew last month, was bailed out by a Christian youth counsellor after being in remand for four nights. According to media reports, the 16-year-old video blogger left the state court Tuesday evening after being bailed out by Vincent Law, 51. The counsellor is also one of 11 free-speech supporters, including blogger Roy Ngerng, who issued a joint statement on Tuesday calling on the government to drop the charges against Yee.

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  • Foreigners tell of being 'hunted like dogs' in South Africa

    Foreigners fleeing xenophobic violence in South Africa told Tuesday of how they escaped marauding death mobs and vowed never to return to the country where they had sought a new life. Holding her one-year-old daughter in her arms, Malawian Agnes Salanje said she "faced death" during the wave of anti-immigrant violence that has claimed at least seven lives. "We could have been killed as these South Africans hunted for foreigners, going from door to door," Salanje, who was a domestic worker in the Indian Ocean port city of Durban, told AFP.

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  • Honeymoon over for Indonesian leader as U-turns erode authority

    By Kanupriya Kapoor DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - When Indonesian President Joko Widodo wanted to push this year's budget through the opposition-dominated parliament, he left it to his advisers to hash out a deal with lawmakers. Amid public fury over the concession in a country where graft is pervasive, the aides scrambled to reverse it, one of several policy flip-flops that have eroded support for Widodo since he took office six months ago.

  • Di Maria gets Manchester United shirt number tattoo

    EXTRA TIME      Follow Goal UK on TwitterAngel Di Maria has had his Manchester United shirt number tattooed on his arm in an impressive showing of commitment to Louis van Gaal's side.The Argentine was handed the No.7 shirt after becoming the club and

  • 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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  • New Zealand PM apologises over ponytail bullying claim

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key apologised on Wednesday to a waitress who accused him of acting like a "schoolyard bully" by repeatedly pulling her ponytail on visits to her cafe. At one point, Key's wife Bronagh told him to "leave the poor girl alone", the woman wrote, saying that the prime minister gave the impression "that he just didn't care". "He was like the schoolyard bully tugging on the little girls’ hair trying to get a reaction, experiencing that feeling of power," she said in the blog.

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  • Ding pays maximum penalty for concentration lapse

    China's Ding Junhui suffered a bizarre lapse of concentration which ended his chance of a rare maximum 147 break at the world snooker championship on Tuesday. The world number three suddenly realised what he had done and held his head in his hands before starting to giggle along with his first-round opponent Mark Davis. Ding would have pocketed 30,000 pounds ($44,700) for a maximum break, which has only been achieved 10 times in the world championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

  • Jennifer Garner: We’re almost self-sustainable

    Jennifer Garner “does her best” when it comes to growing food for her children. The 43-year-old actress is mother to daughters Violet, nine, six-year-old Seraphina and three-year-old son Samuel with husband Ben Affleck.

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  • The aliens are back! 'Independence Day 2' to start filming

    Production on the sequel to sci-fi action blockbuster "Independence Day" is under way, one of the cast has revealed, nearly 20 years since the box office hit was released. U.S. teenage actress Joey King posted a picture of herself on Twitter alongside the film's director Roland Emmerich with the caption: "Headed to start filming #IndependenceDay with @rolandemmerich and our wonderful producers!" Emmerich, who also directed the 1996 alien invasion adventure, reposted the picture on his Facebook page with the caption "New Mexico or bust! Less than two weeks until filming begins". Packed with special effects and human drama, "Independence Day" grossed $817.4 million and earned an Academy Award in the best effects, visual effects category.

  • Chinese war hero Australia's top Gallipoli sniper

    Billy Sing earned the nicknames "The Murderer" and "The Assassin" as a deadly sniper who shot more than 200 Ottoman troops during the Gallipoli campaign of World War I. He was also part-Chinese and among thousands from non-European backgrounds, some of whom hid their identity, who joined the Australian Imperial Force to fight for their country despite being legally barred from signing up. "He was a real Australian, an Australian at heart even though he had Chinese heritage," his great-nephew Don Smith, 62, told AFP from the small Queensland town of Clermont where Sing was born in 1886, 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) north of Sydney. "He put his life on the line for the rest of us so that we can have the life we have today, (like) all the guys that went to war." Under Australia's 1909 Defence Act, "those who are not substantially of European origin or descent" were blocked from active service.

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  • Japan's maglev train breaks own 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- maglev train -- short for "magnetic levitation" -- hit a top speed of 603 kilometres an 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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  • Good-bye keys: 'Smart locks' let you in without them

    When Christy and Joe Affrunti bought their Long Island, New York, house last year, one of their first projects was replacing the traditional front-door lock with one that opens using a pass code. High-tech door locks — typically controlled by keypads, phone apps or even the swipe of a finger — could be pushing house keys into oblivion after centuries of trusty service. "For homeowners, being free from having to carry a key every time they go outside is a lot more liberating than you realize," says Christopher DeSchamp, of the lock company Schlage.

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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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  • Weird: 4 rainbows photographed, but not quadruple rainbow

    A photo of four rainbows in New York is striking a pot of gold on social media, but an expert in such rare events said this isn't quite the quadruple miracle that it seems. "I had a moment of awe, heard my train coming, snapped the photo and ran after my train," said Amanda Curtis, co-founder of a Brooklyn-based fashion startup called Nineteenth Amendment, who took the photo in Glen Cove on Long Island. Many are calling it a quadruple rainbow.

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  • Cobie Smulders: Cancer changed me

    Cobie Smulders went through a “huge shift” after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.The How I Met Your Mother star got the devastating news when she was just 25. She battled the disease in private, and now the 33-year-old has been cancer free for five

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  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 20, 2015: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang 2Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3Facetune, Lightricks

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  • Father knows best, at least in Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s corner

    Floyd Mayweather Sr. remembers the moment he discovered his son had a feel for the family business. Floyd Jr. was just 9-10 months old, not even walking yet. "One day I came into the room and he's laying back on the pillow doing just what I was showing him," Mayweather Sr. said.

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  • 'Perfect' diamond sells for $22m in New York

    A "perfect" 100-carat diamond originally mined in South Africa sold for $22.1 million in New York on Tuesday in three minutes of bidding, Sotheby's said. The auction house had valued the jewel, which weighs 100.20 carats, at $19-25 million, calling it "the largest perfect diamond with a classic Emerald cut ever to be offered at auction." Discovered in the De Beers mines of South Africa then cut, polished and perfected for more than a year, it was the highlight in 370 lots at a Sotheby's jewelry auction. The auction house had showcased the jewel twice in the Middle East -- in Doha and Dubai -- as well as Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London and New York in a bid to attract interest ahead of the sale.

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  • Indonesian court rejects death row Frenchman's appeal

    Indonesia's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a Frenchman on death row for drug offences, taking him and a group of other foreigners closer to execution by firing squad. Serge Atlaoui, 51, was arrested near Jakarta in 2005 in a secret laboratory producing ecstasy and was sentenced to death two years later. Imprisoned in Indonesia for a decade, the father-of-four has always denied the charges, saying he was installing industrial machinery in what he thought was an acrylics factory.

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