• Singapore probes match-fixing at SEA Games

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - At the same time as football's world leaders were meeting in Switzerland vowing to clean up the game following the latest corruption cases, another scandal emerged, this time involving match-fixing in Asia. Singaporean authorities announced on Friday, at the exact same time that the FIFA Congress was taking place in Zurich, that they had arrested an alleged match-fixer as well as several co-conspirators following an investigation into upcoming football matches at the Southeast Asian Games. Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) did not identify any of the people who were arrested but said members of at least one visiting international team were helping officials in relation to the probe.

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  • Sim Lim Square saga: Jover Chew out on bail over cheating cases

    Jover Chew, the owner of the now-defunct Mobile Air, and four other men were charged in court on Friday, 29 May, over a slew of cheating cases that allegedly occurred at the shop at Sim Lim Square Mall. Chew faces 26 charges, of which 25 are for cheating and one criminal intimidation charge. In a Straits Times report, the police said in a statement that the five men were arrested on 27 May for “a series of cheating cases”.

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  • Alba’s billion dollar company

    Jessica Alba’s business The Honest Company has been valuated at $1 billion. The 34-year-old actress-and-entrepreneur and her partner Chris Gavigan founded the venture in 2012 with the intention of providing toxin-free household goods and baby products. Jessica is the cover girl on the latest issue of Forbes magazine and her face is accompanied by a headline which dubs her as ‘America’s Richest Self-Made Woman’.

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  • After Over Two Months Of Drama, Amos Yee’s LKY Video Is Back Again

    The LKY video that started the whole Amos Yee saga has returned. Yesterday, a Channel NewsAsia report said that prosecutors are demanding that Yee be send to a Reformatory Training Centre after the controversial video reappeared on his YouTube page. The video, which was taken down in March, has been viewed over a million times, and shared more than 9,500 times.

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  • Wenger, Arsenal eye FA Cup history

    Arsene Wenger would love to silence his critics by making history when holders Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Frustrated by Arsenal's failure to win the Premier League since 2004 and their inability to make an impact in the Champions League, even some Gunners fans have turned on Wenger over the last two years. Verbally abused at a railway station following defeat at Stoke and forced to endure the indignity of supporters holding banners calling for his sacking, the Arsenal manager has maintained a dignified stance in the face of extreme provocation this term.

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  • Bobbi Kristina ‘will never come off life support’

    Bobbi Kristina will “never” be removed from life support by her family, according to reports. The 22-year-old daughter of late singer Whitney Houston was placed in a medically induced coma after being found unresponsive in the bathtub of her Roswell, Georgia home on January 31.

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  • 8 Reasons Why You Need To Download Google Inbox Now

    Google Inbox is the productivity app we’ve all been waiting for. It was first introduced in October last year to a select few, and has now been made available to everyone. You might wonder what’s so special about Google Inbox — there are tons of productivity apps out there, after all. After checking it out, what we can safely say is this: Google Inbox has made important To-Dos way easier to resolve, and it’s only getting better with some new tricks up its sleeve.

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  • China stocks extend fall, investors jittery after big tumble

    HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese stocks fell again Friday as investors remained jittery a day after a sharp sell-off. Other major Asian benchmarks climbed. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China declined

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  • India battles deadliest heatwave in two decades

    Indian authorities urged hospitals to treat heatstroke as an emergency as the toll from a long heatwave topped 1,800 on Friday, making it the deadliest in more than two decades. Hundreds of mainly poor people die at the height of summer every year in India, but this year's figures are already nearly double the annual average. Experts say the official figures likely understate the true impact because heatstroke disproportionately affects the poor and homeless, who are less likely to die in hospitals.

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  • Myanmar restricts journalists after photos show sleeping MPs

    Journalists were negotiating with Myanmar officials Thursday to restore their access to the Parliament chamber after being pushed out because pictures of snoozing lawmakers were published online. The pictures of sleeping MPs was the main reason cited by Kyaw Soe, director general of the Union Parliament, which handles administrative duties. In a minor victory, the journalists were told they could occupy the upper floor of the chamber, but they were continuing to negotiate Thursday evening.

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  • FIFA brothers scrambled to deposit cash hoard at U.S. banks, U.S. court documents show

    By Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two brothers who pleaded guilty in the FIFA soccer bribery scandal deposited large sums of cash in a frenzied series of visits to U.S. banks, hoping to avoid detection by authorities, U.S. court documents released this week showed. Daryan and Daryll Warner, sons of former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, and their associates deposited more than $600,000 in cash at bank branches in New York, Miami and Las Vegas in the second half of 2011, according to a 2012 complaint in U.S. District Court in New York that was unsealed on Wednesday. The complaint against the Warners, who are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, showed that they made sure none of their deposits exceeded the $10,000 threshold above which banks have to file a report to U.S. authorities.

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  • Far from the madding crowd: China's rich seek own islands

    As sunset falls on his private island in the South China Sea, entrepreneur Lin Dong likes few things better than to lounge on a hammock strung between two trees as waves lap the shore. There are at least 600 island owners in China, he estimates, mostly corporations planning tourism or fishing development, but also individuals who build private clubhouses to entertain friends and officials. Lawyer Wang Yue, 41, commutes from China's commercial hub Shanghai to a one square kilometre uninhabited island about 40 kilometres from the coast.

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  • US spelling bee ends in a tie -- again

    The world's premier spelling bee ended in a tie in the US for a second year in a row after an intense 10-round showdown between two young contestants who tackled some of the English language's most obscure words. Vanya Shivashankar, 13, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, together hoisted the gold trophy amid a flurry of confetti after they clinched the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Venkatachalam, a basketball fanatic sporting sharp Air Jordans, also tackled such tongue-twisters as poblacion, caudillismo and nixtamal with panache.

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  • Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart loses control of family trust

    Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was Thursday ordered by a court to relinquish control of a multi-billion dollar family trust to her eldest daughter, culminating a long and bitter feud. The New South Wales Supreme Court appointed Bianca Rinehart as head of the trust, reportedly worth Aus$4.0-5.0 billion (US$3.1-3.8 billion), which was established by her grandfather, the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. It ordered Gina Rinehart to deliver the trust documents and accounts to her daughter.

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  • Neverland, former home of Michael Jackson, on sale for $100M

    Neverland Ranch is up for sale. The California property that once served as Michael Jackson's home and personal fantasyland is being listed at $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. The 2,700-acre ranch in Santa Ynez Valley features such amenities as a train station, six-bedroom house, 50-seat movie theater and a pair of lakes, It has been in limbo since Jackson's death in 2009.

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  • Ex-NMP Calvin Cheng suggests possible use of ISA on commentators who cross 'red lines'

    Former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Calvin Cheng has called on the government to closely watch commentators such as poet and playwright Alfian Sa'at, who he says spout "irresponsible rhetoric". In a note posted on his Facebook page on Thursday, Cheng, a media and fashion entrepreneur, said, "People like Alfian Sa'at for example need to be careful of their irresponsible rhetoric, which allege racial discrimination against our Malay-Muslim brethren. With ISIS (Islamic State) stoking the flames worldwide and seeking to radicalise Muslim minorities everywhere, they should tread even more carefully about inciting racial and religious disaffection.

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  • England FA chairman says World Cup boycott possible

    English FA chairman Greg Dyke said England would support a possible boycott of the 2018 World Cup if Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA. Dyke, speaking to BBC radio before Friday's presidential vote in Zurich, said England would not go it alone but would consider joining a wider European boycott. "If the whole of UEFA said that, and all of the countries were willing to do it I think that is right," Dyke said.

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  • Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks

    Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable. The upgrade will give Android's personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers of intuition that may be greeted as a great convenience to some and a tad too creepy for others. Most of the renovations unveiled Thursday at Google's annual developers' conference won't be available until late summer or early fall, around the same time that Apple is expected to release the latest overhaul of the iOS software that powers the iPhone and iPad.

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  • Insight: All at sea: Australia's search for MH370 under scrutiny

    By Swati Pandey and Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - Nearly a year after embarking on a multi-million dollar quest to solve one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries, authorities and search teams are being criticised over their approach to finding Flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean. The Australian-led search, already the most expensive in aviation history, has found no trace of the Malaysia Airlines jet or its 239 passengers and crew, prompting calls for a rethink into the way the mission is conducted. Heightening concerns, Australian authorities said on Wednesday that another search vessel, the Go Phoenix, which is using the world's best deep sea search equipment and crew provided by U.S. firm Phoenix International Holdings Inc, would pull out within weeks.

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  • Islamic State settles into Ramadi, but the lull unlikely to last

    When the evening prayer was over, the man, whose head was shrouded in black, delivered a speech to the faithful, hailing the Islamic State's capture of the capital of Anbar Province -- its greatest victory over Iraqi forces in almost a year. Ali Attiya al-Jubouri, widely known as "the blind judge", is one of Islamic State's most senior figures and his presence in the mosque signalled the group's dominance over the city, which it seized on May 17 from hapless government forces. "By the blessing of God, we now have an open road between Ramadi and Raqqa," he said, referring to the ultra hardline group's de-facto capital in neighbouring Syria.

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