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  • Crying Greek pensioner: the story behind the poignant photo

    Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki on Friday in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain. When he was told at the fourth that he could not withdraw his 120 euros ($133), it was all too much and he collapsed in tears.

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  • Oil prices drop amid high US output

    Oil prices fell on Friday with the focus on high US output as traders looked ahead to Greece's weekend referendum that could determine whether it remains in the eurozone. West Texas Intermediate for August delivery fell 35 cents to $56.58 a barrel compared with Thursday's close. Brent North Sea crude for August dropped 44 cents to stand at $61.63 a barrel in London afternoon deals.

    AFP
  • This 360-Degree Virtual Tour Of Old Changi Hospital Will Send Chills Down Your Spine

    Any self-respecting Singaporean would have heard of Old Changi Hospital — and the terrors associated with it. To give you a bit of background: Changi Hospital was built in 1935, and during the Second World War, saw a great number of casualties. If you’re not creeped out yet, 360 Snapshots has even kindly provided us with a special black and white edition of the virtual tour, so you can explore the space while imagining the horrors that took place within those four walls all those years ago.

    Vulcan Post
  • Ben Affleck ‘turns to mother for support’

    Ben Affleck’s mother is his “constant rock”. The 42-year-old actor and his 43-year-old wife Jennifer Garner revealed earlier this week that they had split after ten years of marriage. "While Jen is turning to her family and friends, the person in Ben's life is his mother," a source close to Ben told People.com.

    Cover Media
  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. In Greece, they generally pay in cash, which is preferred by businesses, but they were told to have cards for the U.S.

    Associated Press
  • At least 38 dead as Philippine ferry capsizes

    A ferry loaded with nearly 200 people capsized off a central Philippine port on Thursday, officials said, killing at least 38 people in the latest of the country's long string of maritime tragedies. Around 27 people are still missing after the 33-tonne, wooden-hulled Kim Nirvana tipped over shortly after setting sail from Ormoc city at midday, the coast guard said. Ormoc public safety officer Goody Edcas said that at least 125 survivors had now been found out of the 189 passengers and crew on board, adding that finding more survivors were unlikely.

    AFP News
  • Malaysia's PM denies fraud, says ex-PM Mahathir foments crisis

    By Praveen Menon KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday denied taking money from state fund 1MDB or any other entity for personal gain, after a media report said investigators traced nearly $700 million to bank accounts that were allegedly in his name. The Wall Street Journal's report, if true, would be the first time the beleaguered prime minister has been directly linked to accusations of corruption surrounding the fund. Najib blamed former prime minister and Mahathir Mohamad, a past ally, of being behind the latest corruption allegations, which he described as a lie and said the allegations began when he refused to implement Mahathir's personal demands.

    Reuters
  • Myolie Wu's boyfriend flirts around behind her back?

    3 Jul - While rumours are rife that Myolie Wu and businessman boyfriend Philip Lee are tying the knots soon, the latter was recently criticised for supposedly flirting with another woman. According to Apple Daily News, tabloids reported that Phil was

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  • Greek villagers' secret weapon: Grow your own food

    Ilias Mathes has protection against bank closures, capital controls and the slashing of his pension: 10 goats, some hens and a vegetable patch. If Greece's financial crisis deepens, as many believe it must, he can feed his children and grandchildren with the bounty of the land in this proud village high in the mountains of the Arcadia Peloponnese. "I have my lettuce, my onions, I have my hens, my birds, I will manage," he said, even though he can no longer access his full pension payment because of government controls imposed six days ago.

    Associated Press
  • They call him Flipper: Dolphin breaks woman's legs in California boat leap

    Dirk Frickman told the OC Register that he was watching a pod of dolphins with his family when one suddenly leapt aboard, knocking him over, smacking his daughter in the face, and landing on wife Chrissie's legs. Once Frickman had pulled his wife out from under the 330lb (150kg) dolphin, he called the local harbour patrol while steering the vessel back to shore. "I was letting go of the wheel every 30 seconds to a minute and slowing down and pouring water on her," Frickman told the site.

    IB Times
  • Kitty Zhang has separated from cheating husband

    3 Jul - Despite previous rumours of their reconciliation, it was recently revealed that mainland actress Kitty Zhang and husband, director Wang Quan'an, have called it quits. The two of them were photographed having dinner in Kitty's new residence, sparking speculations that she has accepted Wang back into her life despite his wrongdoings.

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  • Philippines gets Canadian helicopters, SKorean landing craft

    The Philippines has received two new Canadian-built helicopters and a surplus South Korean transport vessel as it pushes through with a long-delayed military modernisation programme, military spokesmen said Thursday. Two Bell 412EP helicopters were delivered last week, the first of an eight-helicopter order, said air force spokesman Colonel Enrico Canaya. The utility helicopters are undergoing technical inspection before they join the military's fleet to carry cargo and troops, he added.

    AFP News
  • Selena and Cody ‘enjoying a fun fling’

    Selena Gomez and Cody Simpson are allegedly “friends with benefits”. The 22-year-old songstress and Australian heartthrob Cody, 18, first sparked romance rumours on June 28 when they were seen out getting ice cream with a group of friends. “They’re just a fling right now,” a source told OKMagazine.com.

    Cover Media
  • This Is How Much It Costs To Stay In A 5-Star Hotel In Asia

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.  If you’re planning your next trip and are on a budget, don’t fret: you don’t necessarily have to put up with capsule beds and cramped hostels in order to maximise your stay. This is especially true in

    Vulcan Post
  • Communist millions for China's official Christians

    Chinese priest Lin Xiuqiang is pleased with his new Catholic church, its tall tower topped with a cross -- and grateful to the Communist officials who paid $19 million to build it. China's Christians are divided between state-run churches which pledge allegiance to the officially atheist Communist party, and "underground" congregations who maintain their independence. Dozens of church buildings have been demolished and crosses removed in recent months, in what has been seen as a tougher approach by the ruling party towards China's Christians, estimated at around 70 million and growing.

    AFP News
  • German authorities seize tank, other WWII weapons in raid

    Authorities seized a 45-ton Panther tank, a flak cannon and multiple other World War II-era military weapons in a raid on a 78-year-old collector's home in northern Germany, prosecutors said Friday. Kiel prosecutor Birgit Hess said the collector, whose name she would not release for privacy reasons, is being investigated for possibly violating German weapons laws but remains free while the probe is ongoing. German military engineers were called in to haul the tank out of the underground garage of the house in Kitzeberg, near Kiel.

    Associated Press
  • MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital

    Another doctor at a major hospital that has been the epicentre of MERS outbreak in Seoul has contracted the deadly virus, the government said Saturday. The 25-year-old female doctor at Samsung Medical Centre has become the 185th person infected with the virus in South Korea. The gigantic hospital operated by the powerful Samsung business group now accounts for 90 out of 185 confirmed cases.

    AFP News
  • Odd shaped watermelons herald Japan's summer

    Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer's here there's another way for them to empty their wallets: cube and heart-shaped watermelons. Over at the Shibuya Nishimura luxury fruit shop in downtown Tokyo, a cube-shaped watermelon, about the size of a baby's head, sells for 12,960 yen ($105). "They should be displayed as ornaments, maybe mixed with flowers." Farmers plant young watermelons inside acrylic containers to get the desired shape.

    AFP News
  • The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt

    The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get help. After the hell of World War II, the Federal Republic of Germany — commonly known as West Germany — got massive help with its debt from former foes. The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's loans and restructured the rest, is a landmark case that shows how effective debt relief can be.

    Associated Press
  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the aircraft's only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," seconds before the disaster, investigators said Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river shortly after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport in February with 53 passengers and five crew on board. Disturbing cockpit transcripts released by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council revealed the pilots trying to deal with an engine that had lost power, but then reducing the thrust of the other, functioning engine.

    AFP News