• Tips are tops for golden couple Sharapova, Dimitrov

    Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov, the golden couple of tennis, share tips in private but try to keep things professional as they travel the world on tour, they said Wednesday. In a curious feat of scheduling, Sharapova played immediately after Dimitrov on Wimbledon's Court Two on Wednesday, giving 4,000 tennis fans the chance to compare directly the styles of the world's highest-earning sportswoman and her up-and-coming boyfriend. Both cruised through to the third round in straight sets, after which Dimitrov, 24, revealed how good it was having the more experienced Sharapova around.

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  • Singapore PM takes to the stand for hours in blogger defamation case

    By Rujun Shen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took the stand for nearly seven hours on Wednesday, answering questions from a blogger he has successfully sued for defamation as the Supreme Court tried to decide how much he should be paid in damages. Lee sued Roy Ngerng, 34, for a blog last year in which the defendant was alleged to have implicated Lee in impropriety in connection with how funds in Singapore's mandatory retirement savings scheme are managed. Its leaders have previously sued or settled out of court with foreign media for alleged defamation, but this is the first time a blogger has faced such action.

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  • Garner 'couldn't handle Affleck's gambling'

    It was also revealed that they apparently have no prenuptial agreement, as they are not worried about splitting their assets. While it's unsure why they decided to split, TMZ now reports it's because Jennifer was no longer able to put up with her husband's betting habits. Ben's rumoured gambling problem hasn't gone unnoticed by the public, as various publications have uploaded photos of him in casinos flashing cash in the past.

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  • Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

    A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions. The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that IS victims often sport. Jaysh al-Islam fighters in the video say the IS forces are being executed in part as revenge for the deaths of at least three of the rebel group's members who were beheaded by IS.

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  • Philippine vice president accused of roughing up police

    Elderly Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay was accused by Manila police on Wednesday of roughing up officers during a brawl that left several people hurt. "I thought I was face-to-face with a vice-president who supported the police, but it was the opposite. Police leaders said they were studying possible criminal charges against the elder Binay and his bodyguards.

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  • Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

    Myint is one of more than 800 current and former slaves rescued or repatriated after a year-long Associated Press investigation into pervasive labor abuses in Southeast Asia's fishing industry. Thailand's booming seafood business alone runs on an estimated 200,000 migrant workers, many of them forced onto boats after being tricked, kidnapped or sold. Myint, his family and his friends recounted his story to AP, which also followed parts of his journey.

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  • Crew of crashed Taiwan TransAsia plane shut off working engine - source

    By Faith Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - The crew of a TransAsia Airways ATR plane that crashed in Taiwan in February, killing 43 people on board, had shut off the working engine after the other lost power, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The latest investigation report into the Taipei crash, to be released on Thursday, will say data readings showed the almost-new turboprop ATR 72-600 stalled and crashed shortly after the functioning engine was switched off, said the source. The findings of the report, by the Aviation Safety Council, will also focus on flight operations, air traffic control, weather, the air worthiness of the plane and other factors, added the source, who could not be identified because the report has not yet been made public.

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  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32 bn fortune to charity

    Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday promised his entire $32 billion (28.8 billion euro) fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever such pledges. The pledge is "maybe... the first such big announcement" of its kind in the region, and is modelled on a charity established by Microsoft founder Bill Gates in the United States, the prince told reporters. Alwaleed said his charity "will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world." The money "will be allocated according to a well-devised plan throughout the coming years", he said, but stressed there was no time limit for the donation to be spent.

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  • David Tao: My wife knows about my past relationship

    1 Jul - Taiwanese singer-songwriter David Tao has recently responded to allegations made by his ex-girlfriend about his infidelity. Previously, former girlfriend Ada Yang revealed to the media several text messages allegedly sent by the singer to her, and revealed that David has been flirting with her despite being married to wife, Penny Jiang. Although David has not openly denied the allegations, according to WenWeipo News, the singer recently released a statement in response, saying that his wife knows all about his friends and his past relationships.

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  • IS attacks kill at least 70 in Egypt's Sinai

    Islamic State group jihadists launched an unprecedented wave of attacks Wednesday on soldiers in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 70 people, in a major challenge to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. F-16 warplanes bombarded the militants as they fought security forces on the streets of the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid after striking military checkpoints in a surprise attack after dawn. The militants withdrew from the town after almost eight hours of fighting, the officials said.

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  • JLaw and Chris 'split for second time'

    Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin have reportedly parted ways for a second time. It will be their third feature together and the former couple are said to be getting along better than ever now that time has passed.

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  • Greek pensioners besiege banks to grab cash

    "Let them go to hell!" shouted one pensioner, after failed talks between Athens and international creditors sparked a week-long banking shutdown. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's government ordered the banks to close on Monday for one week and imposed strict capital controls to head off a banking collapse after panicking Greeks emptied the nation's cash machines. Athens has now reopened almost 1,000 bank branches for three days to allow pensioners without bank cards to withdraw 120 euros ($133) to last them the rest of the week.

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  • Hank Baskett: I didn't engage in affair

    In 2014 32-year-old Hank was accused of having a sexual encounter with a transgender model, which led to a strained time between him and his wife Kendra Wilkinson. Hank turned up at the place, and after using the bathroom was met by a naked transgender woman making out with another transgender woman. Hank was so upset by the incident that he shut down to friends and family.

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  • A world apart: 2 women with birthdates in 1800s still alive

    When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. Jones, who lives in Brooklyn, tops a list of supercentenarians, or people who have lived past 110, which is maintained by Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group. Morano, of Verbania, Italy, is just a few months younger than Jones and is Europe's oldest person, according to the group.

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  • Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends

    Indonesia's air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying non-military passengers who paid for their flights. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended. The dead included all 122 on the plane, including military personnel and family members, and people in a residential area of Medan city where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, North Sumatra police Maj. A. Tarigan told TVOne station.

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  • Former Auschwitz guard asks God for forgiveness at trial

    A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served in Auschwitz testified Wednesday he helped the death camp function in his role sorting cash and valuables seized from Jews after they arrived in cattle-cars. Oskar Groening told the Lueneburg state court in a statement read by his attorney that it was hard today to understand the blind obedience he had to the Nazi system even when witnessing the terrible atrocities perpetrated at the death camp in German-occupied Poland. Groening is accused of helping Auschwitz function in his job at the camp for which the German press has dubbed him the "Accountant of Auschwitz." He guarded prisoners' baggage on the ramps, but his main task was to collect and tally money stolen from the new arrivals and then send it to Berlin.

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  • World Bank warns China over state financial control

    The World Bank on Wednesday urged China to accelerate reform of its state-dominated financial sector, warning that failure to address the issue could end "three decades of stellar performance" for the world's second-largest economy. The ruling Communist Party has pledged a wide range of economic reforms and the Washington-based institution said reducing the "unique and distorted role of the state" in banking and the wider financial sector was crucial. The comments in the China Economic Update were unusually forthright for the World Bank.

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  • Netherlands appoint Blind to replace Hiddink

    By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Danny Blind was named the new coach of the Netherlands on Wednesday, replacing Guus Hiddink who resigned this week after a run of poor results. Blind, who enjoyed a hugely successful career as a defender at Ajax Amsterdam and also coached the club, had been assistant to Hiddink. "I'm going to work hard with our staff and players to qualify for next year's European Championship," Blind said in a statement issued by the Royal Netherlands Football Association.

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  • With great fanfare, Pyongyang opens new airport terminal

    North Korea opened a new terminal building at Pyongyang's international airport on Wednesday, underscoring an effort to attract more tourists and to spruce up the country ahead of a celebration of a major anniversary of the founding of its ruling party in October. North Korean Premier Pak Pong Ju officiated at the opening ceremony, which marks the completion of years of work at Pyongyang's main Sunan airport. Just a handful of international flights come and go from Pyongyang every week, although since last year the frequency has increased.

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  • Gordon Ramsay: Is it worth the hype

    By Catherine Ling, Makansutra Gordon Ramsay has finally brought his cuisine to Singapore. No, not the three-Michelin star fare from his eponymous restaurant, but a much more casual (read affordable) bistro and bar. Bread Street Kitchen (BSK) at Marina

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