• Quake shakes buildings in Tokyo

    A strong quake shook buildings in Tokyo on Monday, setting off alarms and temporarily bringing the city's subway system to halt, AFP reporters in the Japanese capital said. Scientists said there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey. The Japan Meteorological Agency earlier put it at 5.6.

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  • China state paper warns of war over South China Sea unless U.S. backs down

    A Chinese state-owned newspaper said on Monday that "war is inevitable" between China and the United States over the South China Sea unless Washington stops demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway. The Global Times, an influential nationalist tabloid owned by the ruling Communist Party's official newspaper the People's Daily, said in an editorial that China was determined to finish its construction work, calling it the country's "most important bottom line". The editorial comes amid rising tensions over China's land reclamation in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea.

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  • Suarez out of Barca's final La Liga outing of the season

    Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has not recovered from a hamstring strain and will be rested for the champions' final La Liga game of the season later on Saturday as a precaution. The Uruguay international picked up the injury in Barca's semi-final, second leg at Bayern Munich on May 12 and missed last weekend's La Liga title clincher at Atletico Madrid. Barca coach Luis Enrique will be hoping to have him back in the side for next Saturday's King's Cup final against Athletic Bilbao and the Champions League final a week later as the Catalan giants chase a treble of trophies.

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  • Salma Hayek: No more selfies!

    Salma Hayek thinks a “no more selfies” rule is a great idea for the red carpet. Organisers for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival asked celebrities to refrain from taking pictures on their smartphones while attending events. "There's a time for everything,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Greece's leftist leaders reject call to miss debt payment

    Greece will continue paying its debts, after its ruling Radical Left Coalition narrowly rejected a call by party hardliners to miss its next International Monetary Fund loan payment. Last week, Nikos Filis, the leader of the party's parliamentary group, said Greece's cash crunch is so tight that it might not be able to make a June 5 payment of 300 million euros ($330 million). It has not received bailout aid since August and the European Central Bank has provided less help lately to Greek banks.

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  • Walcott central to Wenger's plans for next season

    Arsene Wenger expects hat-trick hero Theo Walcott to play more of a central role for Arsenal next season provided that fitness issues and contract negotiations are finally resolved. Walcott scored three times in the opening 37 minutes as the Gunners rounded off their Premier League campaign with a 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. "I've always said that Theo can play in the middle because he has good movement and good finishing.

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  • Kids on their own among migrants who arrived in Indonesia

    It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. As the oldest, Mohammad Aesop - just 10 years old - knew it was his job to keep his 8-year-old sister safe. More than half of them wound up in Indonesia, where nearly 170 children who traveled alone - some after being tricked or kidnapped - wait to learn what will happen next.

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  • Injured Meier is Germany's top-scorer

    Eintracht Frankfurt forward Alexander Meier finished as the Bundesliga's top-scorer this season on Saturday -- despite missing the last seven games with injury. "It's something special, it's my first title," said Meier. "I was realistic about my chances of winning it after my operation and thought I'd missed my chance." Bayern Munich pair Arjen Robben, who spent the last two months of the season on the sidelines, and last season's winner Robert Lewandowski finished joint second with 17 goals each despite playing 21 and 31 games respectively.

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  • Paris Hilton: I'm down with 50 Shades

    Paris Hilton thinks Fifty Shades of Grey is "so gorgeous". Also I like Fifty Shades of Grey, so it's a mixture of both... It's so good, it's so gorgeous," she gushed about the story to the British edition of OK! Magazine. Paris, 34, has never struggled to get a date, counting Benji Madden and Jared Leto among her celebrity flings.

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  • Prince Harry back with Chelsy?

    Britain's Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy are apparently back on.The young royal romanced Chelsy on and off between 2004 to 2010, before moving on to his next longtime partner Cressida Bonas.However since they split last year, it's been rumoured Harry and

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  • Malaysia PM 'deeply concerned' by mass graves

    Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday he was "deeply concerned" by the first discovery of mass graves of suspected illegal migrants in northern Malaysia and vowed to find those responsible. "We will find those responsible." Malaysia's home minister announced Sunday that mass graves were found near jungle camps along the border with Thailand, further evidence of the lethal nature of a human-trafficking trade that has blown up in to a regional crisis. Police in neighbouring Thailand in early May had found secret human-trafficking camps on their side of the border and dozens of shallow graves.

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  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in US car crash

    Nobel Prize-winning US mathematician John Nash, who inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind," was killed with his wife in a New Jersey car crash. Nash, 86, and his 82-year-old wife Alicia were riding in a taxi on Saturday when the accident took place, State Police Sergeant Gregory Williams told AFP. The Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) mathematician is best known for his contribution to game theory -- the study of decision-making -- which won him the Nobel economics prize in 1994.

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  • Working to death in Japan: health warning over 'no overtime' law

    Japan's push to take away overtime from high-paid workers has critics warning it will aggravate a problem synonymous with the country's notoriously long working hours -- karoshi, or death from overwork. Teruyuki Yamashita knows the risks all too well. "I told a nurse that it was dark -- I didn't realise that I was blind," Yamashita said, recalling when he woke up in hospital.

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  • Sterling axed after week of speculation over Liverpool future

    Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling was dropped to the bench for Sunday's clash at Stoke after his contract dispute with the Premier League club turned ugly this week. Sterling rejected a contract offer worth a reported £100,000-a-week earlier this season and the row escalated this week when his agent Aidy Ward was quoted as saying the England international wouldn't be signing a new deal on any terms. Ward's outburst, which also included comments that showed his disdain for the club's point of view, infuriated Liverpool, who immediately called off a planned meeting to reopen talks with the 20-year-old.

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  • Robert De Niro Tells NYU Grads: ‘You’re F–cked’

    Robert De Niro had a very special message for the 2015 graduating class of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts when he said, “You made it, and you’re f—ed.” “The graduates from the college of nursing, they all have jobs,” the actor said during his commencement

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  • British designer growing trees into furniture

    Deep in the English countryside, there's a bizarre sight: rows of trees being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape over years of careful nurturing. Around 150 armchairs, 100 lampshades and other items including mirror frames are being grown out of the ground in a highly unusual adventure in furniture design. The brainchild of Gavin Munro, his Full Grown company has produced some early prototypes, with each item one solid, joinless piece of wood.

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  • In North Korea, men call the shots, women make the money

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is a militarized, male-dominated society, but it is women who are making the money as the insular nation allows an unofficial market-based economy to take shape. Women earn more than 70 percent of household income in North Korea, mainly as traders in the informal markets that have proliferated in recent years, research by the South Korean government-run Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) found. "We North Koreans say men are fighting on the socialism front but women are fighting in the battle of life," said a 26-year-old surnamed Jung who fled to South Korea in 2012 and regularly sends money north to support her mother's grey-market business raising pigs and selling corn-based alcohol.

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  • Record-Breaking Energy Unleashed in Largest Atom Smasher

    The world's largest atom smasher is really cranking now: Protons zipped around the giant underground ring at near light-speed and collided head on, releasing record-breaking energies. The beauty of the fallout from these powerful particle smash-ups can be seen in images released yesterday (May 21) by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which oversees the 17-mile-long (27 kilometers) Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This week during a test run, the protons sped into each other with energies of 13 tera-electronvolts (TeV), or double the collider's previous power.

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  • Chinese dominance worries Nigeria's textile traders

    Nafiu Badaru, a junior civil servant in northern Nigeria's biggest city Kano, doesn't make much money and it takes some cash to look good so he tends to buy made-in-China fabric. "With the same amount of money I can buy six pieces of cheap Chinese brocade which cost only 1,500 naira a piece and still keep some change." The proliferation of Chinese-made textiles is a boon for consumers like Nafiu, with Kano and the wider north struggling with unemployment and economic constraints. Factories have shut and trade in home-spun fabrics has dwindled, prompting calls for foreign investment within Nigeria rather than cheap, mass importation, as well as better regulation.

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  • Mercedes apologise for Hamilton pit blunder

    The Mercedes team were swift to apologise and commiserate with Lewis Hamilton, his fans and the disappointed followers of Formula One after their unexpected tactical error deprived the world champion of a seemingly inevitable, and richly-deserved, win in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix. "To all our disappointed fans out there, we feel your pain," Mercedes said on Twitter. Rosberg won by 4.486 seconds ahead of four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari with Hamilton third in a finish that stunned the crowd packed into the harbour of the Mediterranean principality and a worldwide television audience.

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