• Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages

    Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met. The marriage was arranged so the 23-year-old Pakistani groom could gain the right to live and work in Europe. Balogova was promised a clean place to stay in Britain and maybe even some money.

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  • What Happens When a Harvard Engineer Gets Robbed?

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  • Corporate maneuver at Samsung strengthens heir's influence

    Two key Samsung companies are merging in a step toward giving the son of the group's ailing chairman control of the theme parks to smartphones conglomerate. Samsung says its defacto holding company Cheil Industries Inc. will acquire Samsung C&T Corp. by offering 0.35 new Cheil shares for every Samsung C&T share. Analysts say the move will give Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong greater control over the conglomerate including its crown jewel Samsung Electronics Co.

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  • Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark

    Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. Rohingya face a tenuous existence here, unable to legally work because Malaysia, like Thailand and Indonesia, doesn't recognize asylum seekers and refugees and has not signed the U.N. Refugee Convention. For many Rohingya, even living on the margins of Malaysian society is a step forward.

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  • Kendrick: I surprise people

    “I just finished this movie with Ben Affleck, a big guy, and when you listen to the playback of a scene with the two of us and it's his turn to speak, often you can't hear anything. Then, like a knife, you hear my voice, and I'm thinking, ‘Oh my God, of the two of us, how can Affleck be the soft-spoken one? Anna admits she used to have a problem with her height when she was younger.

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  • Departing Falcao thanks Man United fans

    Radamel Falcao thanked Manchester United's supporters on Monday, a day after the club announced that his disappointing loan spell from Monaco will not be extended. Falcao, 29, joined United amid great fanfare last September, but United elected not to

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  • Woman hanging on Shell ship since Friday ends drill protest

    The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning. Student activist Chiara D'Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the Bellingham harbor around 9:30 a.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said. D'Angelo was checked for hypothermia and then released, Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer said.

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  • B.B. King death to be investigated as homicide

    The death of blues guitar legend B.B. King this month will be investigated as a homicide, a Nevada coroner's office said. King died aged 89 on May 14 in Las Vegas, where he kept a residence. Two of King's daughters have reported concerns that his death may have been related to foul play, Las Vegas media reported.

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  • North Korea leader hails 'miracle' missile test

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has hailed the recent test of a submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) -- which was viewed with wary scepticism outside the reclusive state -- as a miraculous leap forward. The North's official KCNA news agency reported Tuesday that Kim hosted a gathering of the scientists and technicians who were behind the test that was announced with great fanfare earlier this month. According to KCNA, Kim congratulated the participants for producing an "eye-opening miracle" and a "historical event" that had left North Korea with a powerful strategic weapon.

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  • Dwayne Johnson: Everyone's flawed

    Dwayne Johnson admits he's more "flawed" in real life than in his movies. The 43-year-old began his career as a wrestler before turning his hand at acting, making his big motion picture debut in 2001's The Mummy Returns. "In movies like [upcoming film] San Andreas, I play a cool guy who trips a little bit and comes back up.

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  • Underwood: I’m so grateful to Idol

    Carrie Underwood will be “forever grateful” to American Idol. The country singer won the fourth season of the hit singing contest in 2005. “So hard to believe it's been 10 years! I'm forever grateful to American Idol for changing my life! #blessed(sic)” she captioned the image.

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  • US warplanes scrambled after bogus jetliner threats

    US warplanes were scrambled to escort an Air France passenger jet flying from Paris to New York, following one of several threats against commercial aircraft that proved to be unfounded. Flight AF022 landed at JFK airport without incident after being escorted to land by two F-15 fighter jets ordered to accompany the aircraft as a precaution by NORAD, the joint US-Canadian monitoring force. The FBI said the plane was searched upon landing and the threat had turned out to be false.

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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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  • Southeast Asia maritime build-up accelerates, raising risks in disputed seas

    By Siva Govindasamy SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations are prioritising spending on their navies and coastguards amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, but as their capabilities grow, so does the risk that any confrontation in the contested waterway will be harder to contain. Annual defence spending in Southeast Asia is projected to reach $52 billion by 2020, from an expected $42 billion this year, according to IHS Janes Defence Weekly. The 10 nations of Southeast Asia are expected to spend $58 billion on new military kit over the next five years, with naval procurement comprising a large chunk, it said.

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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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  • Liverpool's decline leaves Rodgers' future in jeopardy

    As subscribers to the "Moneyball" approach, Liverpool's American owners like to do their business based on cold, hard statistics. Liverpool finished a miserable season with a 6-1 loss at Stoke, its worst defeat in the 23-year history of the Premier League and its heaviest in 52 years. In the space of a year, Liverpool has gone from the second best team in England to No. 6, despite an outlay of 116 million pounds (now $180 million) on new players in the last offseason.

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  • John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success

    Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. In an autobiography written for The Nobel Foundation website, Nash said delusions caused him to resign as a faculty member at MIT.

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  • Police: 3 kids hurt when waterspout uproots bounce house

    A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach Monday, but the youngsters were tossed to the sand before it flew above palm trees and over four lanes of traffic, police said. All three children were quickly thrown to the beach while another nearby bounce house, which was unoccupied, also took flight over the state road, authorities said. The children were injured, but alert and conscious when they were taken to a hospital, Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman Keven Dupree said.

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  • Blatter misled us all, says Platini

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter misled the world of football by reneging on a commitment to step down in 2015, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Monday. Platini backed him in the 2011 election on that basis but is angry that Blatter, 79, is seeking re-election on Friday for a further term. "I am mostly disappointed for the European federations, whom I had asked to support Sepp in 2011, on the basis of a promise he had made," the former French international told the sports newspaper L'Equipe.

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  • Paris and Madrid stock markets close lower

    The Paris Bourse closed lower on Monday in a low-key session, with many markets around Europe and in New York closed for public holidays. Paris' leading CAC 40 index ended the day 0.50 percent down at 5,100 points compared with Friday's close, with extremely low volumes worth less than 700 million euros ($768 million) traded. Most of Europe's major markets -- including London and Frankfurt -- remained closed during the Monday holiday, with Wall Street similarly taking Memorial Day off.

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  • Why Financial Planning Is A Young Man’s Game

    Younger athletes are preferred over older counterparts while successful entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel made it big in their earlier 20s. Now add financial planning to that growing list. The general perception is that financial planning is usually reserved for older adults who are in their 40s.

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