• Airbus says three of four engines failed in Spain A400M crash

    An analysis of the black boxes of the A400M plane which crashed in Spain has revealed that three of the aircraft's four engines failed before it ploughed into a field killing four in May, Airbus said Wednesday. Company officials had earlier warned of a technical bug in the units which control the engines, which were believed to have been poorly installed during final assembly. Investigators "confirmed that engines one, two and three experienced power frozen after lift-off and did not respond to the crew's attempts to control the power setting in the normal way," the company said in a statement.

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  • Philippine leader likens China to Nazi Germany

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino likened present-day China to Nazi Germany on Wednesday during a speech in Japan, hinting the world cannot continue to appease Beijing as it claims ever-more territory in the South China Sea. The comments come as disquiet grows over the quickening pace of China's land reclamation programme in international waters, including its construction of a runway long enough for large military planes. "I'm an amateur student of history and I'm reminded of... how Germany was testing the waters and what the response was by various other European powers," he said, referring to the Nazis' territorial conquests in the months before the outbreak of World War II. "They tested the waters and they were ready to back down if, for instance, in that aspect, France said (to back down).

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  • Federline: I should've talked to JT about Britney

    Kevin Federline felt awkward about dating Britney Spears after Justin Timberlake. Britney, 33, and Justin, 34, enjoyed a high-profile relationship between 1999 and 2002, having both been Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club. Fans loved their relationship and were devastated when they went their separate ways, especially when Justin released his track Cry Me A River about their romance.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner 'ready to meet grandkids'

    Scott Disick has reportedly visited Caitlyn Jenner to chat about how they are going to reveal her new look to his children. Caitlyn, who was known as Bruce until earlier this week, used to be married to Kris Jenner and helped raise her kids, including Scott's partner Kourtney Kardashian. The family share a really close bond, so Scott and Kourtney are trying to figure out a way to tell their three children Mason, Penelope and Reign about the gender change.

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  • More than 10,000 jihadists killed since coalition raids: US

    More than 10,000 jihadists have been killed in air strikes against the Islamic State group over a nine-month coalition campaign, US deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. "We have seen enormous losses from Daesh (IS), more than 10,000 since the beginning of the campaign and this will end up having an impact," Blinken told French radio, without specifying whether the losses were in Iraq or Syria. Blinken was speaking a day after an international conference in Paris in which 20 or so representatives of the anti-IS coalition pledged support for Baghdad's plan to claw back territory from the marauding jihadists who have conquered large parts of Iraq and Syria.

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  • Juve ready for Barca's 'fearsome' trio: Allegri

    Coach Massimiliano Allegri insists Juventus will be ready for the "fearsome" trio of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi when the Turin giants face Barcelona in the Champions League final. Juventus's season has gone almost to perfection under Allegri, who in his first season in charge has led the Bianconeri to a fourth consecutive scudetto and their first league and Cup double in 20 years.

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  • Maggi noodles ordered off India's shelves due to lead level

    India's states have either ordered the withdrawal of Maggi noodles from shops or are carrying out further tests on noodle samples before taking action in conjunction with the federal government. Maggi sales have plunged in India since laboratory tests showed the noodles contained lead at levels far higher than the legal maximum. On Tuesday, the Delhi city government said it had conducted tests on 13 samples of Maggi noodles and 10 were found to be unsafe with lead exceeding the allowable level.

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  • Working 9-to-5 becoming a less popular way to make a living

    Affordable health insurance plans, which kept many workers shackled to traditional jobs, are more accessible because of the Affordable Care Act. Many say independent workers bring fresh ideas without the long-term commitment. Gigs can be found at a number of websites, such as Upwork.com and Freelancer.com, or through hiring services that connect professional freelancers and companies.

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  • S. Korea tests missiles that can hit 'any target' in N. Korea

    South Korea on Wednesday test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent bellicose boasts from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities. In an unusual move, President Park Geun-Hye personally observed the test exercise, a defence ministry official said. "The military tested two home-developed, long-range missiles that could hit any target in North Korea," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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  • 2,000-year-old natural pearl found at remote Australian site

    Australian scientists said Wednesday they have uncovered a "very rare" 2,000-year-old natural sea pearl -- the first found on the vast island continent -- while excavating a remote coastal Aboriginal site. Archaeologists were working the site on the north Kimberley coast of Western Australia when they came across the unique gem below the surface, said Kat Szabo, an associate professor at the University of Wollongong. "Natural pearls are very rare in nature and we certainly -- despite many, many (oyster) shell middens being found in Australia -- we've never found a natural pearl before," Szabo, who specialises in studying shells at archaeological sites, told AFP.

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  • With Medal of Honor award, family learns WWI hero wasn't kin

    Two days before President Barack Obama announced a posthumous Medal of Honor for black World War I soldier Henry Johnson, a family got staggering news about the legacy of heroism that had inspired them for generations and through three wars. A U.S. Army general visited Tara Johnson last month with word that Henry Johnson was not her grandfather, and that her father, World War II Tuskegee airman Herman Johnson, was not the hero's son. "Dad's birth certificate didn't have Henry on it," she told The Associated Press in an interview this week.

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  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry collide in dream NBA finals showdown

    Cleveland's LeBron James and Golden State's Stephen Curry have powered their teams into an NBA Finals showdown, but only one club can complete a fairy-tale run to a long-awaited crown. James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, is on the brink of realizing the dream that pushed him to leave the Miami Heat last July and return to the Cavaliers, who could become Cleveland's first major team sports champion since the 1964 NFL Browns won a crown in the pre-Super Bowl era -- the longest title drought of any US city. "I'm a guy who believes in unfinished business," James said.

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  • Enrique Iglesias concert injuries worse than feared

    Pop star Enrique Iglesias will need weeks to recover after injuries suffered from a drone during a concert turned out to be worse than feared. "He suffered a fracture that needed to be corrected in addition to the reconstructive surgery. Iglesias, who turned 40 last month, was injured Saturday at a concert in Tijuana, Mexico, as he grabbed a camera-equipped drone on stage.

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  • Jailed Israeli soldier freed after pork sandwich scandal

    An Israeli soldier who was jailed earlier this week for eating a non-kosher sandwich has been freed after the army agreed to release him following a wave of public pressure. The soldier, who recently immigrated to Israel from America, was initially jailed for 11 days after eating a sandwich containing pork, which is forbidden by Jewish dietary law, public radio reported. "On the one hand, the IDF (army) will continue to keep kosher but we not poke our noses into soldiers' sandwiches," he wrote acknowledging there were tensions within Israeli society but saying the army had a "place for everyone." Public radio said the offending sandwich was given to him by his grandmother who lives on a kibbutz and who had offered to take his place in jail.

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  • No homes too luxurious for Manhattan super-rich

    A perfect example is the duplex at the top of a 43-story tower near the United Nations -- nearly 10,000 square feet (more than 900 square meters) with an infinity pool on the terrace, a private elevator and spectacular views. It has a state-of-the-art gym, sauna, a shared indoor pool and a rare luxury in Manhattan -- a "private motor court" where cars can drop passengers. "As the buyers become more sophisticated and savvy, they are like, ok, what amenities do really improve my life on a daily basis?" Over the years, 24-hour doormen, laundry services, gyms, basketball courts and swimming pools have become commonplace in New York.

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  • 4 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

    You might think that the bathroom design hasn’t changed in the last ten years. You can easily replace your toilet bowl with a WC that doesn’t take up a lot of space. Gone are the huge, space-hogging plumbing behind the toilet bowl.

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  • Texas inmate, 67, set for execution in slayings 31 years ago

    A 67-year-old man who was convicted of killing four men more than three decades ago has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to keep him from becoming the oldest Texas prisoner put to death in an execution scheduled for Wednesday evening.

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  • Indonesia raises alert status of volcano to highest level

    Indonesia has raised the alert status of Sinabung volcano in the western part of the country to the highest level following a sharp increase in activity, an official said Wednesday. The volcano's status was raised to the highest alert level before midnight Tuesday, said national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The volcano had been dormant for four centuries before springing to life in August 2010, killing two people and forcing 30,000 to flee.

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  • Capsized Yangtze ship cited over safety problems 2 years ago

    Eastern Star, the cruise ship that capsized in the Yangtze river with more than 450 people aboard, was cited for safety violations two years ago, records from a Chinese maritime agency show. Authorities in Nanjing, where the Eastern Star began its unfortunate voyage, held the ship and five other Yangtze cruise vessels after it found them violating standards during a safety inspection campaign in 2013, according to a report on the city's Maritime Safety website. Authorities are bound to scrutinize the Eastern Star's safety record and that of its owner, Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corp., as they investigate why the ship capsized late Monday, leaving more 420 people unaccounted for.

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  • Malaysia's Anwar in hospital with "serious" health problems: wife

    Malaysia's jailed ex-opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was hospitalised Tuesday for a host of health problems including "erratic" blood pressure, his wife said. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also criticised the prison authorities for allegedly delaying Anwar's request for treatment and tests for his medical problems. "His blood pressure goes up and down and is erratic.

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