• With Lee's passing, Mahathir is last of SE Asia's old guards

    Two of Asia's best-known strongmen, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, had much in common — a streak of authoritarianism, little tolerance for dissent and vision that changed the face of their countries. "''I am afraid on most other issues we could not agree....I cannot say I was a close friend of Kuan Yew, but still I feel sad at his demise," Mahathir wrote on his blog on Friday. With Lee's death at age 91, Mahathir remains the last of a generation of old guards in Southeast Asia, which boomed economically under their authoritarian leadership and came to be known as the "tiger economies." Indonesia's Suharto, spoken in the same breath as these two, died in 2008.

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  • Torres in emotional tribute to Liverpool fans after Anfield return

    Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has paid an emotional tribute to the club's fans after he returned to Anfield to feature in Sunday's All-Star charity match. The Atletico Madrid forward brought an end to his Liverpool career back in 2011 after he opted to sign for Chelsea in a £50 million deal - a move that was initially met with disgust by Reds fans. But Torres was roundly applauded on Sunday as he lined up for the Steven Gerrard vs Jamie Carragher All-Star charity match, with the Spaniard expressing his gratitude to the Merseyside club's supporters for the reception he received.

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  • Last minutes of ill-fated Germanwings flight

    The Germanwings flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would allegedly inflict. This is how Flight 4U 9525, which investigators believe Lubitz deliberately steered into a French mountainside, unfolded according to French prosecutors and Germany's Bild newspaper. - Captain Patrick S. apologises to passengers for a 26-minute delay in take-off and says they will try to catch up the time during the flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, Sunday's Bild said.

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  • Crete's mystery croc killed by cold snap

    A man-eating crocodile that became an attraction on the Greek island of Crete last year after its mysterious appearance in a lake has died, probably of cold, an official said Monday. "The crocodile was found dead on Sunday," regional water management official Vangelis Mamangakis told AFP. Nickhamed Sifis -- Cretan for Joseph -- the Nile crocodile had assumed nationwide notoriety after being discovered last summer at an artificial lake.

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  • Netherlands a disgrace, says Cruyff

    Johan Cruyff has slammed Netherlands in the wake of their 1-1 Euro 2016 qualification draw with Turkey on Saturday, branding the performance "a disgrace". The 2014 World Cup semi-finalists needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who deflected Wesley Sneijder's shot past the goalkeeper, to salvage a draw in Amsterdam. "Netherlands were terrible against Turkey.

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  • Blooming row over cherry blossom splits China, Korea, Japan

    A perennial debate over the birthplace of the cherry blossom has taken a fresh turn as a Chinese industry group claims the Asian giant is the tree's true home, rather than Japan or claimant South Korea. Cherry blossoms have long been associated with Japan, where viewing the short-lived blooms is an enduringly popular pastime to herald the arrival of spring. In recent years, some South Korean media have claimed that the country is actually the flower's origin -- sometimes provoking prickly reactions in Japan.

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  • New Zealand PM to attend cricket final over Lee funeral

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key believes he has made the right decision to be in Melbourne for the Cricket World Cup final on Sunday rather than attend the state funeral for Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew. Instead, Governor-General Jerry Mateparae will represent New Zealand in Singapore. Key said he had decided before New Zealand's semi-final, when they beat South Africa with only one ball to spare, that if his nation made the final he would attend.

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  • This Japanese Lady Has A Dirty Little Secret. A Dark, Dirty Secret. #ShortFilm

    This article This Japanese Lady Has A Dirty Little Secret. A Dark, Dirty Secret. originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. She's definitely not made of ribbons, laces, sugar and everything nice. It's a regular morning at the Tokyo penthouse where Minako

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  • Spain: 3 generations, all named Emma, die in France crash

    Juan Pardo Yanez — little Emma's grandfather, the father of her mother and the former husband of the eldest Emma — was virtually speechless after returning from a trip for relatives of the 150 crash victims to the accident zone in Seyne-Les-Alpes, France, where investigators working in a ravine were collecting small pieces of the plane and body parts ahead of a painstaking identification effort. "There is nothing that can be done or could be said to me to change the loss of these three so dearly loved ones," Pardo Yanez told The Associated Press and other journalists outside a Barcelona crisis center set up for victims' relatives.

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  • Alps crash pilot had suicidal tendencies in past: prosecutors

    The co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane into the French Alps was classified as suicidal "several years ago" but had appeared more stable of late, German prosecutors said Monday. As investigators in both countries tried to zero in on a potential motive, it emerged that that the first officer, Andreas Lubitz, was receiving treatment from neurologists and psychiatrists who had written him off sick from work a number of times. Meanwhile investigators sifting through the wreckage and hundreds of body parts in the French Alps were forced to resume the hunt on foot as bad weather hampered helicopter flights.

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  • An era is over

    Who have thought we would queue along the roadside in the rain to watch his cortege go by, that we would yell LKY, LKY and strew petals on the road as he went on his last journey? This was LKY. Others were glued to their television sets, picking out the dignitaries in the University Cultural Centre sitting silence for Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s last entrance before an audience.

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  • Hugh Jackman to quit playing "Wolverine"?

    30 Mar – Having played the character Wolverine for almost two decades, "X-Men" star Hugh Jackman has dropped a hint that his upcoming movie might be his last. The Wolverine actor recently made a cryptic post on his official Instagram account, uploading

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  • Bayern Munich: We could spend €100 million on one player

    Bayern Munich executive board member Jan-Christian Dreesen says that the club could spend €100 million on one star player. The Bundesliga champions have so far refused to match teams from La Liga and the Premier League when it comes to spending big in the transfer market, with the arrival of Javi Martinez for €40m (£29.3m) in 2012 still their record outlay. "It would be simple to say Bayern would never pay €100m for one player.

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  • Small investors blame losses on brokers they once trusted

    Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. More than six years later, those investments are in trouble. The stream of interest payments she used for living expenses has mostly dried up and the value of her portfolio is half of what it was, according to a financial planner who helped her file a claim against the broker.

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  • Lincoln Continental, the car of presidents, is returning

    Now, the Lincoln Continental is back. Thirteen years after the last Continental rolled off the assembly line, Ford Motor Co. is resurrecting its storied nameplate. After more than a decade of toying with alphabetical names like LS and MKS to be more like its foreign rivals, Ford's 98-year-old Lincoln brand is embracing its heritage.

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  • Alcoholism, violence and neglect: life as George Best's son

    There's one place where the memory of George Best is forever of the stylish winger who bamboozled defenders and thrilled fans. Immortalized in bronze outside Old Trafford, a statue featuring Best is as much as a crowd-puller as the Manchester United icon was in his footballing prime. "I go up there and take pictures in front of him, just like everybody else does," 34-year-old Calum Best said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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  • Runaway rhino kills one, injures six in Nepal

    A rhinoceros that had wandered off a wildlife reserve rampaged through a town in central Nepal on Monday, leaving one woman dead and six people injured, police said. A local police official said the animal travelled some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the unfenced reserve to the town in Makwanpur district where it chased down startled pedestrians as well as vehicles. "The rhino hit and killed one 61-year-old woman, and injured six others," said Shishu Sharma, Makwanpur police spokesperson.

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  • US stocks move higher, led by gains in energy companies

    Encouraging economic data on housing and consumer spending helped drive U.S. stocks sharply higher in midday trading Monday. Energy stocks were among the biggest gainers, bucking a slide in the price of crude oil. Expectations that any increase in the

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  • India police arrest 1,000 over fresh exam cheating scandal

    Police in eastern India have arrested around 1,000 aspiring constables for using "middlemen" to sit their exams for them, in the latest cheating scandal to hit Bihar state, an official said Monday. Some 50,000 candidates sat the written exams last October for a highly-sought after place in the police force in underdeveloped Bihar, senior superintendent Jitender Rana said by phone from state capital Patna. "The fraud was detected when the signatures, photographs and fingerprints of the candidates were matched with those who had appeared for the exam," Rana said.

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  • Muslim family carves chair for Pope Francis' Bosnia visit

    ZAVIDOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Salem Hajdarovac says he didn't sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia. Hajdarovac, 61, and his 33-year-old son Edin, both devout Muslims, started working on the chair on Monday in their little workshop in the central Bosnian town of Zavidovici. For decades, the family-run workshop has been carving religious souvenirs for visitors of the Catholic Medjugorje shrine and decorations for churches and mosques, but they see the chair as the highlight of their careers.

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