• US warship heads to Yemeni waters; could block Iran weapons

    The Navy aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off the country to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels. Navy officials said Monday that the Roosevelt was moving through the Arabian Sea. The Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea in response to reports that a convoy of about eight Iranian ships is heading toward Yemen and possibly carrying arms for the Houthis.

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  • 'Furious 7' tops box office, racing past $1 bn in global sales

    The car racing action flick "Furious 7" topped the North American box office for a third week in a row, earning a whopping $1.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales, industry figures showed. A strong weekend showing of $29.2 million in the United States

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  • Balotelli barred from Liverpool Player of the Year vote after prank

    Liverpool temporarily removed Mario Balotelli from the club's Player of the Year website vote after a prank from rival fans saw the Italian streaking away with the award. Supporters of Manchester United and Arsenal gleefully hijacked the public poll intended to honour the Reds' star performer, creating the Twitter hashtag #VoteBalotelli to encourage others on social media to follow their example. As a result, the mercurial 24-year-old was removed from the running while youngsters Jordan Rossiter, Jordan Williams, Jon Flanagan and Danny Ward remained on the list - though he has since been reinstated.

  • South Korea PM tenders resignation over bribery scandal

    South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-Koo was left in political limbo on Tuesday after offering to resign over a scandal involving bribery allegations against senior members of President Park Geun-Hye's administration. The prime minister is a largely symbolic post in South Korea, where power is concentrated in the executive.

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  • Aussie PM downs beer in a few seconds, sparking debate

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was caught on video downing a beer in a few seconds at a Sydney pub, prompting comparisons to another drink-chugging former leader and sparking a debate on social media. The video, reportedly recorded on Saturday night, showed the leader knocking back a glass of Australia's Victoria Bitter in about six seconds as a large crowd surrounding him yelled "scull" repeatedly. Abbott was "proud as punch" when he grabbed a beer and "drank from head-to-toe the entire schooner (glass), dribbling little bits on his shirt", Simon Carrodus, an Australian Football Rules coach for the University of Technology, Sydney told the Australian Women's Weekly magazine.

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  • Mata thanks Chelsea fans… & congratulates them on title early!

    Juan Mata has thanked Chelsea for his reception during Manchester United's 1-0 loss on Sunday and congratulated them on their imminent Premier League title win. The Spaniard was named club player of the year two years in a row before but was sold to United after being demoted to a bit-part role under Jose Mourinho. Eden Hazard was the difference on Sunday, settling a tense game with the only goal as Chelsea opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the table and Mata wrote of frustrations but an overriding sense of pride.

  • Another Australian charged with terror-related offences

    A second man was charged Tuesday with terrorism-related offences following police raids sparked by an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot in Australia. It follows police in Britain arresting a 14-year-old boy in connection with the purported attack plan. Of five men seized in Melbourne on Saturday, Sevdet Besim, 18, remains in custody charged with conspiring to commit a terrorist act.

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  • IBM: We are KILLING it in our hottest, most important markets

    IBM has historically lumped a lot of other stuff into “cloud” when it reports that number, including “private cloud” — that’s when businesses still buy their own software and servers to run in their own data center, but with special software that lets them run more efficiently. Because that involves buying expensive equipment, lumping “private cloud” sales into an overall cloud business can vastly bump up the revenue figures. Analytics is the hot thing these days because mobile devices, big data, and cloud computing have made it easier for any size company to capture data and analyze it.

    Business Insider
  • China: Bamboo bicycle workshop puts new spin on Beijing's traditional cycling culture

    Not more than a decade ago, the streets of Beijing were clogged by traffic from millions of bicycles, and few cars could be seen on the roads. Today, the opposite is true and China's capital city has practically become a graveyard for rusty bicycles. The bicycles still in use must now compete for space alongside the thousands of electric bikes and cars that also use the city's famous cycle lanes that line both sides of most roads.

    IB Times
  • Furore erupts over Ikea Singapore's discount offer for pastor's magic show

    Furniture retailer Ikea Singapore is caught up in controversy after its membership programme, Ikea Family, offered a discount for pastor Lawrence Khong’s magic show. Ikea Family offered a discount for tickets to “Vision”, a magic show performed by Khong and his daughter Priscilla. The pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church is well-known for his strong stance against homosexuality.

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  • Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

    In Norman Baker's mind, the Japanese were fanatical, brutal animals with no respect for life. To Yoshiko Shimabukuro, Americans were long-nosed demons who rained hellfire from the skies before raping and pillaging anything with the worse-than-death fate of crossing their path. Here are their stories, as told to The Associated Press on Iwo Jima and the island of Okinawa.

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  • Charlize Theron: Motherhood gave me new outlook

    Charlize Theron thinks becoming a mother has given her "perspective".The 39-year-old actress adopted son Jackson in 2012 and is very rarely spotted out and about without the adorable tot.Before taking on the role of a parent to the little boy, who is

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  • Halliburton says has cut 9,000 jobs in wake of oil's drop

    Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help. Halliburton executives disclosed the job cuts Monday on a conference call with investors. Oil prices plunged starting last summer, leading to a decline in drilling activity.

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  • Would winning the FA Cup really be progress for Arsenal?

    The Gunners' dreams of a first Premier League title since 2004 were in tatters by December. If Arsenal are to truly build on last season's FA Cup triumph and their form so far in 2015, then retaining the trophy next month is the bare minimum requirement to save their season when they face either Liverpool or Aston Villa in the final in May. COMMENT  Arsenal escape ultimate embarrassment - will they ever learn?

  • Man charged in 4 deaths driven by 'bloodlust,' document says

    A man accused of killing three men as they slept outside and a woman walking to her car near Atlanta initially set out to rob people but was driven by a "bloodlust" after killing his first victim, according to a court filing. Aeman Presley, 34, faces charges including murder in the killings of two homeless men in Atlanta, a man sleeping outside a shopping center in neighboring DeKalb County and a hairdresser who was heading home after a dinner out with friends in a nearby suburb. The slayings span two counties and prosecutors in both have said they intend to seek the death penalty against Presley.

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  • 3 New Chilling Posters for 'Jurassic World'!

    These three new posters for Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World are simply mind-blowing! Think the great white shark is your biggest nightmare? Wait till you meet the monstrous Mosasaurus! We're nearing blockbuster season with a slate of big movie titles

  • Sony Leak: 28 Lies Hollywood Agents Tell Studio Executives About Their Actor Clients

    Ever wonder what Hollywood studio executives think of talent agents? The contents of Wikileaks’ archive of hacked Sony emails continues to provide fodder for Hollywood, and one email thread is especially revealing – and hilarious – on the subject of agents. “Chris Andrews told me that an actor was still reading the script every week for 7 weeks.

    The Wrap
  • Child among migrants drowned off Greece in new tragedy

    At least three people, including a child, died when a boat carrying more than 90 migrants sank off the Greek island of Rhodes on Monday, police said. The sailing boat carrying the migrants ran aground on rocks off the Aegean island on a crossing from Turkey, a police spokesman told AFP. Greek authorities said they rescued 93 migrants, 30 of whom were subsequently hospitalised.

    AFP News
  • Shanghai auto show bans skimpily clad female models

    The Shanghai Auto Show banned female models and automakers responded with dancers and fresh-faced young women holding tablet computers. Organizers of China's biggest auto show announced in February that models in slinky dresses who usually adorn the stands of some auto brands would be banned. The use of female models at Chinese auto shows already had dwindled as automakers tried to set themselves apart.

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  • Evra: Ferguson said I'll become a great coach

    Patrice Evra has revealed he is planning to becoming a coach when he retires after being tipped for the top by former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson. The Juventus defender spent seven seasons plying his trade under Ferguson at Old Trafford before the Scottish manager retired in 2013. "Before he left, Ferguson called me into his office," the Frenchman told Canal Plus.