• Blaming the victims of rape in Somalia

    After 14-year-old Fatima was raped by a tuk-tuk driver, she was arrested, detained for a month and raped repeatedly by a police officer, according to the child and her aunt. Sexual violence is widespread in Somalia and rarely prosecuted. "We are fighting to change that attitude of blaming the victims," said Fartuun Adan, who runs the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in the Somali capital Mogadishu, where survivors of sexual violence can find refuge, medical care and support.

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  • Pacquiao sued in U.S. for allegedly concealing injury

    Boxer Manny Pacquiao was sued in a U.S. court on Tuesday by two people who said they paid to watch him fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the "Fight of Century" but felt defrauded by Pacquiao's alleged failure to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury. The lawsuit was filed by Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran in federal court in Nevada. Top Rank Inc, a promotions company that represents Pacquiao and that was also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • 11 Car Parks in Singapore You Didn’t Know Had Free Parking

    Plaza Singapura is arguably one of the most popular shopping centres along Orchard Road. UPDATE: As pointed out by reader “geraldtjy” in the comments below, to get into Orchard Road during that time would result in passing under at least one set of ERP gantries.

  • Queen meets new royal baby, 'UK prince' registers birth

    Queen Elizabeth II met her new great-granddaughter for the first time on Tuesday, visiting the three-day-old and her parents Prince William and Kate at Kensington Palace. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, who was born on Saturday, was named in tribute to the 89-year-old monarch as well as William's mother Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997. The baby's full title, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge, comes from her parents, who are official known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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  • Yahoo SG Autos: May Update

    Lexus and Harley forge into new territory, Honda unveils a cool new SUV and why the folks at the LTA need to drink moreSingapore - We tested its 470bhp super-coupe, the RC F, at Sepang Circuit in Malaysia and came away with huge grins from the experience

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  • Malaysian ruling coalition wins by-election by lower margin

    The Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition held onto the seat in a rural area of the eastern state of Pahang, considered a stronghold, with 61 percent of the vote, according to figures cited late Tuesday by state-run Bernama news agency. Tuesday's by-election was the first of two this week, with speculation rife over Najib's future.

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  • Miley: My romances weren’t all straight

    Miley Cyrus hasn’t always been in “straight, heterosexual” relationships. The 22-year-old singer confirmed she had split from her fiancé Liam Hemsworth in September 2013 and then moved on with Patrick Schwarzenegger. Despite being linked to men publicly, the star has hinted she has also enjoyed romances with women.

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  • Juve's cut-price Tevez upstages Ronaldo, Bale

    By Brian Homewood TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - Juventus spent about 12 million euros (9 million pounds) to sign Carlos Tevez, a fraction of what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet it was the Argentine who called the shots in their Champions League clash on Tuesday. Tevez, who has been playing some of the best football of his career and is leading Serie A scorer with 20 goals, gave another inspiring performance as he tipped the first leg of the semi-final in Juventus's favour by helping them to a 2-1 win. Real's defence never got to grips with Tevez's speed, tenacity and close control as the Argentine revelled in the tie, the highest profile match he has played since his move to Juventus at the start of last season.

  • Food critic Josh Ozersky found dead in Chicago hotel

    Food critic Josh Ozersky, whose witty and snarky writing generally focused on his obsession with all things meat, has died in Chicago. Ozersky, who was in the city for the James Beard Foundation Awards, was found dead in his room at the Conrad Chicago Hotel on Monday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Ozersky was a food writer for Esquire magazine and frequent contributor to other publications including Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine.

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  • Australia PM brushes off gay ambassador flap

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday he was unaware the gay partner of his ambassador to France was asked "to wait in the car" during a recent tarmac greeting, insisting he did not concern himself with "trivia". Abbott, who is personally opposed to gay marriage despite having a gay sister, said there had been an issue "at the level of junior officials" during a reception late last month with ambassador Stephen Brady in Paris. The prime minister was due to be received at Le Bourget airport by Brady, but the ambassador's long-standing partner Peter Stephens was asked to not take part and remain in his car without explanation.

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  • Japanese boy, 5, flawlessly executes Bruce Lee’s nunchaku moves

    Is this boy a reincarnation of Bruce Lee? In a video posted on Youtube on 1 May, Ryuji Imai, a 5-year-old Japanese boy, perfectly executes Bruce Lee’s famous nunchaku fight moves from the movie Game of Death. In the video, Imai is seen executing the moves with a nunchaku, completely in sync with Bruce Lee in the movie, which plays on a television behind him.

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  • Family of woman dropped on head by ambulance crew gets $1.5M

    The family of a woman who suffered a brain hemorrhage and died days after an ambulance crew dropped her on her head has been awarded $1.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. The Middlesex Superior Court jury ruled Monday in favor of the family of Barbara Grimes in its lawsuit against American Medical Response, the largest ambulance company in the U.S. AMR said Tuesday that it would consider an appeal. The family said in the lawsuit that Grimes, 67, was being transported in January 2009 after receiving dialysis in Plymouth when a pair of emergency medical technicians rolling her into an ambulance tipped over her stretcher, causing Grimes to fall and hit her head on the ground.

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  • Indonesia to stop sending domestic workers to Mideast: reports

    Indonesia will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, reports said on Tuesday, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta. The ban affects countries including Saudi Arabia -- a major destination for Indonesian maids -- United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Egypt, and will come into effect in three months' time, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri was cited as saying in local media. Jakarta, which has long complained about the treatment of Indonesian maids in the Middle East, had already placed a moratorium on sending new helpers to Saudi Arabia in 2011 following the beheading of a worker.

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  • Micro-apartments: a new concept in New York

    New York, a city of exorbitant rents with more and more single residents, is about to get a brand new type of apartment: micro-units, for decades prohibited under zoning regulations. "We don't have the stereotypical nuclear family as we used to with two parents and two children," said Tobias Oriwol, project developer at Monadnock Development which is building the pilot. "But the housing industry keeps delivering two bedroom apartments, one bedroom apartments, three bedroom apartments, and these don't fit the needs of these new households in the city," Oriwol added.

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  • Two charged over China 'Fast & Furious' Lamborghini-Ferrari crash

    Two young men who staged what China's state news agency called a "real-life 'Fast and Furious' drag race" in central Beijing were charged Monday with dangerous driving. Last month's crash of a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in the capital of the communist nation sparked a wave of online speculation and comment. Xinhua news agency, which reported the charges, identified the drivers as Yu, 20, and Tang, 21.

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  • Contract battle brewing over $14M Blackbeard 'treasure'

    Nearly 300 years after the pirate Blackbeard's flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, a shipwreck-hunting company and the state are battling over treasure linked to the vessel — but they're fighting with legal filings, not cutlasses, and the treasure is $14 million in disputed revenue and contract violations. The Florida-based company, Intersal Inc., found little loot when it discovered the Queen Anne's Revenge almost 20 years ago, but it eventually gained a contract for rights to photos and videos of the wreck and of the recovery, study and preservation of its historic artifacts.

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  • Caught in the middle: Residents in AHPETC

    Can you live with the consequences of your vote? The WP lawyer in court even backed it up with past ministerial exhortations about the consequences of the vote. The G wants the court to let it appoint independent auditors to go over the WP town council’s books and reclaim funds that have been wrongly disbursed.

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  • Climbers leave Everest after Sherpas refuse to rebuild route

    Climbers who stayed in villages close to the Everest base camp are packing their gear and leaving the mountain because Sherpa guides have refused to rebuild a climbing route destroyed by the earthquake-triggered avalanche, mountaineering officials said Tuesday. Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at Nepal's Mountaineering Department, said some of the climbers had stayed in the mountain villages to help the Sherpas and their families who had their homes damaged by the April 25 earthquake. The government has not formally canceled the climbing season and climbing permits are valid until the end of May, but the Sherpas have said they would not rebuild the climbing route because of safety and time reasons.

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  • Tech executive Goldberg died after hotel gym accident: official

    SurveyMonkey Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died Friday from a head injury while exercising at a hotel gym in Mexico, the local prosecutor's office said Monday. Goldberg, the husband of Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, fell off a treadmill at the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita and hit his head, the prosecutor's spokesman said. Goldberg's brother found him on the floor of the gym showing signs of life, the spokesman said.

  • Online appeal for donations for maid who suffered brain aneurysm

    An online appeal for funds, to help an Indian foreign domestic worker in Singapore, has been making its rounds. Kawaljeet Kaur, who was working for an Indian expatriate family in Singapore, has so far undergone one surgery and may need multiple operations. A Facebook group ‘Help Kawaljeet Kaur’ has been created to raise funds to cover Kawaljeet’s medical expenses.

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