• At least 38 dead as Philippine ferry capsizes

    A ferry loaded with nearly 200 people capsized off a central Philippine port on Thursday, officials said, killing at least 38 people in the latest of the country's long string of maritime tragedies. Up to 33 people are missing after the 33-tonne, wooden-hulled Kim Nirvana tipped over shortly after setting sail from Ormoc city at midday, the coast guard said. Vegetable trader Reynante Manza, 45, cried as he recounted how the 33-tonne vessel suddenly rolled to one side as it reversed course shortly after backing out of the pier of Ormoc, pulling down his wife and many others under the water.

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  • Mariah Carey 'being spoiled by new boyfriend'

    Mariah Carey's new beau is reportedly "on a mission" to prove he's her Prince Charming. The 45-year-old singing sensation has moved from ex Nick Cannon with Aussie billionaire James Packer. James is apparently keen to blow his girlfriend away with his romantic gestures.

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  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the aircraft's only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," seconds before the disaster, investigators said Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river shortly after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport in February with 53 passengers and five crew on board. Disturbing cockpit transcripts released by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council revealed the pilots trying to deal with an engine that had lost power, but then reducing the thrust of the other, functioning engine.

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  • Affleck ‘devastated by split’

    Ben Affleck is reportedly “devastated” that his marriage has failed. Ben and Jennifer are parents to nine-year-old daughter Violet, six-year-old Seraphina and three-year-old son Samuel. According to the source, Ben has been continuing to live at their marital home in Los Angeles, despite the pair having split around ten months ago.

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  • "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle" - captain of crashed TransAsia plane

    By Faith Hung and Siva Govindasamy TAIPEI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The pilot flying a TransAsia Airways ATR mistakenly switched off the plane's only working engine seconds before it crashed in February, killing 43 people, Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council (ASC) said in its latest report on Thursday. The ASC's report also showed that Captain Liao Jian-zong had failed simulator training in May 2014, in part because he had insufficient knowledge of how to deal with an engine flame-out on take-off. "Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle," Liao, 41, was heard to say on voice recordings seconds before the crash.

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  • Fears 11,000 Australian dental patients exposed to HIV

    Up to 11,000 Australian dental patients were urged to see their doctors Thursday over fears they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to hygiene breaches at clinics in Sydney. New South Wales Health said 12 dentists from four surgeries were accused of poor cleaning and equipment sterilisation practices and advised patients to get blood tests for HIV as well as Hepatitis A, B and C as a precaution. While NSW Health director of health protection Jeremy McAnulty said no cases had been found so far and the risk of transmission was low, there was concern about people who had undergone invasive procedures.

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  • We can't print drachmas, says Greece's finance minister

    With speculation swirling that Greece might be forced out of the euro and have to print its own money after a weekend referendum, its finance minister on Thursday said the country no longer had the presses to make drachmas. "We don't have the capacity," Yanis Varoufakis told Australian public radio network ABC. In 2000, the year before Greece joined the eurozone, "one of the things we had to do was get rid of all our printing presses" as part of the bloc's assertion that "this monetary union is irreversible," he said.

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  • Rufus the hawk rules the Wimbledon skies

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Male tennis players from the United States are almost as rare as hen's teeth at Wimbledon this year, but a hawk native to North and South America definitely rules the roost when it comes to clearing the championship courts of pigeons. Every morning at dawn, a Harris hawk named Rufus, with his distinctive yellow-hued beak, patrols the skies over the tennis complex in southwest London. For Rufus, pigeons are food, though the bird's handlers and trainers, Wayne Davis, his wife Donna and their daughter Imogen, do their best to keep Rufus's appetite balanced so the hawk will scare the pigeons but not eat them.

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  • Ferry capsizes in Philippines; 36 dead, 26 missing

    A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized Thursday minutes after it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing, coast guard officials said. Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the wooden outrigger ferry was leaving Ormoc for the Camotes Islands, about 44 kilometers (27 miles) to the south, when it was lashed by strong waves. Coast guard officials and survivors said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the 36-ton ferry, which was carrying a heavy cargo of construction materials and bags of rice, to overturn.

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  • Esso says its new fuel will deep clean your car’s engine

    Motorists here will be the first in the world to try new fuels from Esso that the company says can improve engine performance and response. The new petrol formulation for each grade of petrol sold by Esso goes on sale today. Cleaner engines perform better than those whose valves and pistons have been coated by deposits, or whose fuel injector nozzles are clogged.

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  • Philippine warlord on trial for massacre 'dying of cancer'

    The patriarch of a political clan who is on trial for the Philippines' worst political massacre is dying of liver cancer, his lawyer said on Thursday. Andal Ampatuan Sr., who is confined at a suburban Manila hospital, was told by his doctor that he had three to six months to live, lawyer Salvador Panelo told AFP. "We are asking the court to allow his continued hospital confinement," Panelo said.

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  • Who will defend us? Singapore PM asks as society rapidly ages

    Singapore's population is ageing faster than nearly any other society in the world, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Tuesday, warning this could have a serious impact on the economy and defence. Lee, 63, said he was worried that the city-state's population was expanding at its slowest pace in a decade despite the government's incentives to encourage citizens to produce more babies. "Who is going to pay the taxes to spend on whom?" he asked in a speech at a forum organised by the Singapore Management University.

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  • US warns of Russia, China military threat amid growing chaos

    America's new military strategy singles out states like China and Russia as aggressive and threatening to US security interests, while warning of growing technological challenges and worsening global stability. A somber report released Wednesday by General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warns of a "low but growing" probability of the United States fighting a war with a major power, with "immense" consequences. Russia has "repeatedly demonstrated that it does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and it is willing to use force to achieve its goals," the 2015 National Military Strategy says.

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  • Beijing's South China Sea runway 'nearly complete': US think-tank

    A 3,000-metre (9,800-foot) airstrip Beijing is building on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea, where tensions are mounting with its neighbours, is "nearly complete", a US think-tank said. A satellite picture taken on Sunday showed that China was paving and marking the runway on Fiery Cross Reef and an apron and taxiway have been added, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said on its website. Beijing's project to build artificial islands and facilities on various reefs and outcrops in the Spratly islands only became publicly known in recent months but construction has since been rapid, raising tensions with both its neighbours and Washington.

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  • Tears for Bassett and England as World Cup dream ends

    England's dream run to their first semi-finals at the Women's World Cup came to a heartbreaking conclusion on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to Japan following a dramatic 92nd-minute Laura Bassett own-goal. The Lionesses had been causing the defending champions problems in Edmonton with Fara Williams' penalty five minutes before the break cancelling out a penalty kick by Japan captain Aya Miyama on 33 minutes. Bassett, 31, was in tears and had to be consoled by her teammates and England coach Mark Sampson as she walked off the field, the Lionesses stunned, shocked and crying at the heartbreaking final turn.

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  • Young Greeks flee abroad as crisis deepens

    What does the future look like for young people in crisis-hit Greece, where years of hardship and sky-high unemployment were followed this week by bank closures? "I don't see a future in Greece," sighs Dani Iordake. Over 200,000 Greeks have quit the country since the financial crisis began in 2010, according to a Endeavor Greece, a local chapter of an entrepreneurial promotional group.

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  • German new car sales rise sharply

    New car registrations in Germany, a key measure of demand in one of the most important sectors of Europe's top economy, rose strongly in June, data showed on Thursday. A total of 313,600 new cars were registered last month, a jump of 13 percent compared with the figure for the same month last year, the VDA automobile industry federation said in a statement. A total 511,100 cars rolled off German production lines last month, an increase of 12 percent year-on-year, VDA said.

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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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  • 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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  • North Korea opens new showcase airport terminal

    North Korea has opened a sleek new airport terminal, hailing it as a showcase of leader Kim Jong-Un's achievement after its construction had to be stopped halfway and redone at his whim. Terminal 2 of Pyongyang International Airport, which is reserved for international civilian flights, opened for service on Wednesday, state media said. "The terminal was built in a modern way from the gatepost to the airport to departure lounge, entry formalities hall, service halls, etc.," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

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