• Hundreds of German cinemas refuse to show 'Avengers' film

    Several hundred movie theaters in Germany have refused to screen the new "Avengers" film in a dispute over rental fees with Disney. It said the dispute was over a decision to raise the rental fee for the movie to 53 percent of ticket sales rather than the 47.7 percent usually charged to small-town theaters. Karl-Heinz Meier of I.G. Nord, a group representing cinema operators in northern Germany, said it would have been prepared to go as far as a 50 percent fee.

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  • Liverpool steal march on Manchester United in Depay race

    Liverpool have stolen a march on Manchester United in the race to sign Memphis Depay from PSV, Goal understands. United identified Depay as a potential signing during last summer’s World Cup, where the winger impressed for his national team under the management of Louis van Gaal. But while Depay is understood to have travelled to England he did not hold talks with United – as he was instead given permission by PSV to enter into discussions with Liverpool.

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  • Officer reunited with newborn he found in dumpster in 1989

    An officer who found an abandoned newborn in a garbage dumpster was reunited with the now 25-year-old man he helped save. Santa Ana police officer Michael Buelna and Robin Barton met recently in an emotional reunion, KABC-TV reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1PJ1yHs).

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  • 'Avengers' expands universe with 'Ultron' as Marvel goes dark

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The caped crusaders are back in force in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," but this time, the evil they battle is bringing them face to face with the darker consequences of being a super hero. "Age of Ultron," the sequel to Walt Disney Co's 2012 Marvel blockbuster "Avengers" and out in U.S. theaters on Friday, will see its star-studded super hero ensemble - Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, The Hulk and Hawkeye - tackle their own fears. Writer-director Joss Whedon said he wanted to "perform a little open heart surgery" on the Avengers, and "let the audience experience them on a more personal level than they ever have before." In "Age of Ultron," Marvel's super hero worlds come crashing together as the super heroes tackle a complex villain in Ultron (James Spader), spawned out of artificial intelligence and evolving into a megalomaniac.

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  • "Iron Man" faces lawsuit over body armour

    27 Apr – Disney and Marvel find themselves the target of a new lawsuit, this time over the armour worn by one of their superheroes, Iron Man. Ben and Ray Lai, who run Horizon Comics, accused the studios of copying the characters they created for their comic called "Radix", where the characters featured wear "highly detailed, mechanized suits of body armor". The full lawsuit can be read over at The Hollywood Reporter, but the gist of it says Marvel and Disney have appropriated their characters' looks for Iron Man's latest upgraded full body armour.

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  • Why you should always manage your CPF account!

    Many know the Central Provident Fund (CPF) as that savings instrument that deducts 20% off our monthly wages. However, we suspect a only smaller percentage know what the actual differences are between the Ordinary Account (OA), Special Account (SA) and

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  • Banknotes or airport? Singapore mulls Lee Kuan Yew tribute

    The death of the widely revered leader known as "LKY" last month has sparked a vigorous debate in Singapore over how to honour its first prime minister, who famously disdained personal monuments. The colonial administrator spotted Singapore's potential as a strategic trading post, devising policies to facilitate commerce and establish rule of law, and setting out the island's general layout.

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  • Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia

    Australia urged Indonesia Monday to wait before executing two men on drugs offences until a corruption investigation into the judges that sentenced them was completed. "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could face the firing squad within days, along with others from Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and an Indonesian prisoner. "I should point out that Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran's lawyers are pursuing action before the Constitutional Court in Indonesia," Bishop told ABC radio.

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  • Relieved Lee handed backdated doping ban

    By Ebrahim Harris KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was a relieved man on Monday after being handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation, leaving him free to go for gold at the Rio Olympics next year. Lee tested positive test for dexamethasone at last year's world championships. Dexamethasone is an anti-inflammatory that does not enhance performance but is on the list of banned substances.

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  • Google executive among hundreds dead from Nepal quake

    Dan Fredinburg, a Google executive who described himself as an adventurer, was among the hundreds who died in a massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday. Google confirmed his death. Lawrence You, the company's director of privacy, posted online that Fredinburg was in Nepal with three other Google employees climbing Mount Everest.

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  • Calvin 'cheated on model gf with Taylor'

    Calvin Harris allegedly cheated on Aarika Wolf with Taylor Swift. “Calvin and Aarika met on the set of his music video Blame in August, and they started officially dating in October,” a source told the New York Daily News’ Confidential column. According to the insider, Calvin admitted to a friend that he had cheated on the 21-year-old with the Shake It Off singer.

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  • Klopp could replace Guardiola at Bayern - Beckenbauer

    Franz Beckenbauer believes Jurgen Klopp could succeed Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. The Borussia Dortmund coach has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season after seven years in charge, in which he has led them to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final. Guardiola insists he will still be Bayern Munich coach until the summer of 2016 but is yet to open talks with the newly-crowned champions over a new contract.

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  • Nepal earthquake: LIVE REPORT

    16:33 GMT - AFP IS NOW CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT - on the Nepal quake, which killed more than 1,200 people as it tore through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche at Everest base camp. Officials

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  • US vets come to Vietnam to confront past, and find a home

    When Richard Parker left Vietnam in 1970, he planned to leave his memories of napalm attacks firmly in the past. "We were the bad guys," Parker, now 65, said of the American war effort in Vietnam. In 2011, Parker flew from Illinois to Danang, a central Vietnamese city where he had worked for 22 months as a builder in the Navy.

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  • Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines

    Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao is idolised by tens of millions in the poverty-afflicted Philippines both for his punching power and as a national icon of hope after rising from the streets to the pinnacle of world boxing. Known to his countrymen in the Asian archipelago as "The National Fist", Pacman fights undefeated American Floyd Mayweather on May 2 to decide who is the world's best "pound-for-pound" boxer. To most of the Philippines' population of almost 100 million, Pacquiao, winner of an unparallelled eight world championships in different weight divisions, is a well-loved national symbol, living proof that success is possible with hard work even if you are dirt-poor.

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  • Malaysia: ASEAN to avoid confronting China in S. China Sea

    Malaysia's leader said Monday that Southeast Asian countries will avoid direct confrontation with China but push for a quick conclusion to a binding code of conduct to govern behavior in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Prime Minister Najib Razak said the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations' non-confrontational approach to the dispute has been effective in keeping tensions with Beijing at bay. "We will continue to engage China in a constructive way," Najib said at a news conference after chairing an ASEAN leaders' meeting.

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  • Fabregas did NOT dive and Chelsea should have got two penalties against Arsenal, says Mark Halsey

    So, how many penalties would you have given in Arsenal’s goalless draw with Chelsea? If your answer is four, you’re way wide of the mark, but Michael Oliver also made a mistake by choosing not to award any on Sunday afternoon. David Meyler is serving a three-match ban and will miss the game against Liverpool.

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  • Sudan's pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt's, go unvisited

    AL-BEGRAWIYA, Sudan (AP) — The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted. The pyramids at Meroe, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, are rarely visited despite being a UNESCO World Heritage site like those in Egypt. Sanctions against the government of longtime President Omar al-Bashir over Sudan's long-running internal conflicts limit its access to foreign aid and donations, while also hampering tourism.

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  • Deutsche Bank cuts Postbank loose in new restructuring

    Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender, unveiled Monday details of a huge strategic shake-up in which it will rid itself of its Postbank unit and massively curb costs. Ending months of feverish speculation, Deutsche Bank finally lifted the veil on its blue-print for the future, bringing down annual costs by 3.5 billion euros ($3.8 billion) by 2020 and confronting the challenges of increased financial sector regulation and current low interest rates. The plans entailed the flotation of the bank's Postbank unit at the end of next year, the closure of up to 200 high-street branches by 2017 and a "re-focus" of its geographical footprint whereby it would exit or reduce its presence in some countries.

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  • Berlin knew Ukraine flight dangers before MH17 crash: reports

    Berlin knew the risks of flying over war-torn east Ukraine before Flight MH17 was shot out of the sky last year but did not inform German airlines, local media reported on Sunday. Investigators are still trying to determine who was responsible for downing the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in July last year, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board. A diplomatic cable by Germany's foreign ministry a few days before the crash warned the situation in eastern Ukraine was "worrying," and a military plane was shot down in the same area at more than 6,000 metres altitude, broadcasters WDR and NDR said.

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