• Boat people grateful for sanctuary, baffled by Gambia offer

    Boat people who have come ashore in Southeast Asia after harrowing journeys are delighted that Indonesia and Malaysia will give them temporary shelter -- although some were baffled by an offer of sanctuary in a tiny African nation they had never heard of. Nearly 3,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants have been rescued or swum to shore in recent days in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, after a Thai crackdown on long-established human-trafficking routes threw the illicit trade into chaos. The three nations had sparked outrage by turning away some vessels, but on Wednesday Indonesia and Malaysia relented, saying they would no longer drive boats away and would give migrants temporary shelter.

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  • This Is How Sim Lim Square Plans To “Shame” Dishonest Retailers

    Previously a well-known haven for bargains on IT gadgets and electronics, the reputation of Sim Lim Square has taken several hits since last year. First came the Jover Chew saga last November, where a viral video of a Vietnamese tourist begging for a refund from Mobile Air owner Jover Chew sparked outrage among local netizens. Next came a blitz of complaints directed at another Sim Lim retailer, Ziming Global.

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  • Court frees ex-Korean Air executive in 'nut rage' case

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - Former Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho walked free after nearly five months in prison on Friday after an appeals court suspended the sentence she was given for her outburst over the way she had been served macadamia nuts. Cho, the daughter of the airline's chairman, was sentenced in February to one year in prison over the Dec. 5 incident at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, where she forced a plane to return to its gate in order to expel the flight's crew chief. The "nut rage" case provoked mirth as well as outrage in South Korea, where many people are fed up with what they see as heavy-handed conduct by the rich and powerful.

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  • Elizabeth Banks: It was lust at first sight with hubby

    Elizabeth Banks thought it was just "lust" when she first she met her husband. The 41-year-old actress tied the knot with her other half Max Handelman in 2003, over a decade after she met him on her first day at the University of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth never expected him to be the man she would settle down with for the long-run.

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  • The 10 most important things in the world right now

    The Indonesian navy scuttles foreign fishing vessels caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters near Bitung, North Sulawesi on May 20, 2015. 1. Islamic State fighters have seized the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and now control the nearby airport, prison and intelligence headquarters. 2. Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho, who was sentenced in February to one year in jail after an outburst over the way she had been served macadamia nuts, was released Friday on appeal.

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  • Maldini beats Beckham to Miami club

    Former Italy defender Paolo Maldini has beaten England icon David Beckham to the punch in launching a professional football club in Miami. As Beckham's plans for a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami remain in limbo, Maldini announced Thursday he was joining entrepeneur Riccardo Silva in launching Miami FC to begin play in the North American Soccer League in 2016.

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  • Tibetan father of four sets himself alight in China: reports

    A Tibetan father-of-four set himself on fire in protest at China's rule over the Himalayan region, overseas media and rights groups said, adding it was unclear whether he survived. Tenzin Gyatso attempted to self-immolate after being "upset" by tightened security ahead of the 80th birthday of exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, sources told Radio Free Asia, which is backed by the US government. "It is hard to know now whether he has died or is still alive." He has the same name as the Dalai Lama, who is denounced as a separatist by Beijing and whose birthday is on July 6.

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  • Singapore Airlines unveils premium economy class service

    Singapore Airlines is to offer a premium economy class service as of August, with its main target of attracting premium leisure travelers and small and medium enterprise (SME) business travelers. Singapore Airlines executive vice president of commercials Mak Swee Wah said the service, which had been developed over the past two years, was aimed at catering to travelers who were looking for a more flexible and comfortable option than economy class, but at a slightly lower price than business class. “The new premium economy class will provide passengers with more comfort and in-flight amenities than the usual economy class service.

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  • Creepy stalking or error: Where does Google Maps think you are?

      This week Google came under fire for a rather scary new feature discovered by Guardian Journalist Alex Hern. He searched his name on Google Maps and found a location where he regularly goes to play card games. Apparently if you type “Alex Hern” into

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  • Taylor Swift ‘confronts Calvin over women’

    Taylor Swift is “in denial about how serious” boyfriend Calvin Harris is taking their relationship, it has been claimed. “[Calvin] talked his way out of trouble,” a source told American magazine Star. “Calvin is acting like it’s no big deal, and Taylor believes him.

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  • Students sue over 'forced' vaginal probes: lawsuit

    Two former college students are suing a Florida medical college, alleging they were forced to undergo frequent transvaginal probes during classroom training as part of their studies. A federal lawsuit filed by the unnamed women in Orlando accuses Valencia College employees of ordering them to undergo the procedures or risk having their grades reduced. "Valencia positioned these transvaginal probes as voluntary, but its actual policy and practice was that they were not," the lawsuit said.

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  • US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds: report

    The United States plotted to find Osama bin Laden by concealing tracking devices in medical supplies, possibly through Red Cross hospitals, a report said Thursday, citing documents leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden. The Intercept news site quoted from a National Security Agency slide presentation dated June 2010 which discussed the possibility of going from "Pharma to Target" by penetrating "the non-electronic moat" that protected bin Laden from surveillance in his Pakistan hideout. Titled "Medical Pattern of Life: Targeting High Value Individual #1," the presentation cites CIA reports on the Al-Qaeda chief's poor health and invokes a scenario in which spy agencies target the "supply chain" of likely medicine and equipment destined for bin Laden.

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  • Liverpool cancel showdown talks over Sterling's future

    Raheem Sterling's future at Liverpool was plunged into fresh doubt on Thursday after the Premier League club reportedly cancelled a meeting to discuss a new contract for the unsettled forward. Sterling's agent Aidy Ward had requested a meeting with Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre and Reds manager Brendan Rodgers this week to discuss the 20-year-old's future following reports he was keen to leave Anfield at the end of the season. After turning down a £100,000-a-week ($156,000-a-week) contract offer in January, Sterling is said to have decided to seek a transfer to a club playing in the Champions League next term, sparking a reported approach from Manchester United this week, while Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid are also watching the situation with interest.

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  • Emma Stone ‘eating pancakes with Garfield’

    Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield reportedly enjoyed a sweet pancake date. "They ordered pancakes and were holding hands," a source told Us Weekly magazine. There have been differing reports on their relationship status in recent weeks, with suggestions The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew cheated on Emma.

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  • Chinese political enemy given funeral 50 years later

    A funeral has finally been held for one of the Chinese Communist Party's early high-profile political targets nearly 50 years after he disappeared, but state-run media said Friday it was not a moment to reevaluate the past. Chu Anping, a former editor of a Communist newspaper, was the first victim of Mao Zedong's Anti-Rightist Movement in 1957, and was again persecuted at the start of the Cultural Revolution in 1966, disappearing soon afterwards. Some say Chu committed suicide and others that he was beaten to death by Red Guards, groups of young people tasked with purging ideological "foes" in accordance with Mao's ideas.

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  • 4 More MRT Stations With Free WiFi: Khatib, Stadium, Outram Park & HarbourFront

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.  Remember that back in January last year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced its plans to roll our free WiFi trials (via Wireless@SG) at 28 MRT stations across Singapore? As we previously noted

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  • McDonald's Japan updates menu, prices after food scandals

    McDonald's Japan unveiled a limited revamp to its menu and pricing Thursday as the under-fire burger chain fights to restore its reputation -- but the modest changes met with a cautious response from analysts. "Our customers have spoken and we have listened," McDonald's Japan President Sarah Casanova told reporters at a press conference in a Tokyo outlet. "It's difficult to launch a plan that can revive a company all at once," said Seiichiro Samejima, a fast food sector analyst at Ichiyoshi Research Institute.

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  • ScarJo: Pardon my French

    Scarlett Johansson's mother-in-law is constantly asking if her French has improved yet. The Hollywood star is married to French journalist Romain Dauriac and they live in Paris with their eight-month-old daughter Rose. According to the 30-year-old, there's a bit of well-meant pressure from Romain's family to get fully immersed in life away from America.

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  • Singapore says 14 people missing after barge capsizes

    Fourteen people -- 13 Chinese nationals and a Malaysian -- were missing Wednesday after their sand-carrier barge capsized in Singapore waters, officials said, as authorities despatched naval and coast guard vessels to search for them. Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said it had received reports that one Chinese crew member was rescued by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. It said one crew member had been "reportedly rescued" by the Malaysians.

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  • 5 B.B. King children visit body a day before public viewing

    Five of B.B. King's adult children visited the blues great one last time in private Thursday at a Las Vegas funeral home that will host a public viewing Friday ahead of a Saturday memorial service. Williams and Patty King accused King's longtime business agent, LaVerne Toney, of keeping them from seeing their father for a week after he died May 14 at home at age 89 — and of preventing them from taking photos of him in his casket. "A picture paints 1,000 words," Patty King said as she showed cellphone images of the same family group with their father at his birthday in September.

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