• Singapore teen in trouble again for re-posting anti-Lee video

    Singapore prosecutors on Wednesday demanded that a rebellious teenager be sent to a reformatory after he re-posted a controversial video attacking the late independence leader Lee Kuan Yew. Amos Yee, 16, currently on bail after being convicted of two criminal charges, had been expected to avoid confinement after agreeing to take the video off YouTube, where it has generated more than one million views. "The offender’s behaviour, especially in re-posting the offending material after his conviction on 12 May 2015, amplifies the need for rehabilitation and appropriate counselling," the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) said in a statement after the hearing.

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  • Singapore Airlines Airbus loses power in-flight to both engines

    A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai, SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometres) before normal operation was restored. The carrier said it was investigating the May 23 incident together with Airbus and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. In a statement, SIA said the Airbus A330-300, carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members, "encountered bad weather at 39,000 feet about three and a half hours after departure" from Singapore.

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  • Real Madrid players 'ignoring Bale' says Wales coach

    Wales manager Chris Coleman has rallied to the defence of forward Gareth Bale by accusing his Real Madrid team-mates of deliberately ignoring him on the pitch. Bale, 25, has endured a difficult second season in Madrid, coming under fire from fans and the media, and lost a key ally on Monday when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked as manager. Bale came in for particularly sharp criticism after Madrid's loss to Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals, but Coleman said the focus on the former Tottenham Hotspur player was unfair.

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  • 'Dementor' wasp, giant stick insect among new Mekong finds

    From a soul-sucking 'dementor' wasp named after a creature from the Harry Potter books to a half-metre long stick insect, scientists identified 139 new species in the Greater Mekong Region in 2014, according to a new report. Many of the newly-described species are already under threat from new roads and dams and the region's rapacious demand for wildlife meat and luxury timber, the WWF said in its report. "We've only skimmed the surface of new discoveries in the Greater Mekong," said WWF expert Thomas Gray.

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  • Tatum O'Neal: I'm dating women

    Tatum O'Neal is dating "mostly women" at the moment.The 51-year-old actress has three children with her ex-husband, tennis star John McEnroe. She's been through a lot in her life, including drug addiction and a difficult relationship with her father Ryan

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  • Football: Ferdinand, Barton, Zamora released by QPR

    Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand and midfielder Joey Barton were among six players released by Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday following their relegation from the Premier League. The pair, along with striker Bobby Zamora, defender Richard Dunne, winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and goalkeeper Brian Murphy, have not been offered new contracts and will leave when their current deals expire on June 30. Barton, Dunne and Zamora played a full part in QPR's season, but Ferdinand, whose wife, Rebecca Ellison, died from cancer earlier this month, managed just 12 appearances following his move from United last year.

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  • Thai ex-PM Thaksin under investigation for lese majeste

    Thai police are investigating whether fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra committed royal defamation in a recent interview, authorities said Wednesday as they announced his passports had been revoked. The billionaire telecoms tycoon-turned-prime minister, who was toppled by a coup in 2006, sits at the heart of Thailand's bitter political divide and lives in self-imposed exile to avoid jail on a corruption charge. On Wednesday, the foreign ministry said it was asked to take action against Thaksin after police deemed that "part of his interview endangered national security".

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  • First-Ever HDB Smart Homes Go On Sale Tomorrow From An Unbelievable $28,000

    Smart homes still have a ring of the futuristic about them, but the future is here: Singapore’s first-ever batch of next-generation homes by the Housing Development Board (HDB) will be up for sale tomorrow (May 27). While these prices are 8-20% higher than that of other new flats launched in Punggol, the smart homes are still arguably value for money.

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  • The 10 most valuable brands in the world

    AP Apple tops the list this year. Apple has overtaken Google this year to become the world’s most valuable brand, according to WPP and Millward Brown’s annual “Brand Z” rankings. Technology brands dominate the top 10, but there is also a surprise

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  • 50 Cent’s boxing company files for bankruptcy

    50 Cent’s boxing company SMS Promotions has filed for bankruptcy. The In Da Club rapper formed the sports business in 2012 and signed big names including then-undefeated champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, James Kirkland and Olympic medalist Andre Dirrell. “Under the direction of Mr. Jackson, SMS Promotions looks forward to reorganizing as a new corporate entity and becoming one of the leading promotion companies in the world of professional boxing,” his lawyer told the outlet.

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  • Bangladesh plans to move thousands of Rohingya to island

    Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya who have spent years in refugee camps near the Myanmar border to a southern island, an official said Wednesday, as the region faces a human-trafficking crisis. The government has started planning the relocation to Hatiya island in the Bay of Bengal in a move backed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said additional secretary Amit Kumar Baul.

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  • Japan dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

    Japanese fishermen vowed Wednesday to continue their dolphin hunt, despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method. "We will never stop it," Yoshifumi Kai of the fisherman's cooperative in the western Japanese town of Taiji, where the hunt takes place, told reporters. The press conference came a week after Japan's zoos and aquariums voted to stop using dolphins caught by the so-called "drive hunt" method, as demanded by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

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  • 104,000 taxpayers have personal info stolen from IRS website

    More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The information was stolen from an online system called "Get Transcript," where taxpayers can get tax returns and other tax filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said Tuesday.

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  • Hot-shot Kane continues scoring streak in Malaysia

    England striker Harry Kane continued his goalscoring exploits with two more as Tottenham Hotspur beat a Malaysian XI 2-1 in a poorly attended friendly on Wednesday that was subjected to local protests. The 21-year-old, named England's PFA Young Player of the Year after scoring 31 goals in a breakout season for Spurs, poked home a rebound from close range in the 19th minute before finishing off a neat one-touch Spurs move two minutes before the break. Kane came off after 57 minutes of the friendly, moments after a number of used fireworks had found their way onto the field at the 80,000-seat Shah Alam Stadium, which looked less than half full.

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  • Depp finds Australia 'war on terrier' 'quite humorous'

    Johnny Depp found the "war on terrier" storm over his pet dogs Pistol and Boo being turfed out of Australia "quite humorous", his friend Mick Doohan said Wednesday. Doohan also commented on recent reports that the actor had fled Australia to "save his marriage" to wife Amber Heard, when he in fact went to celebrate his daughter Lily-Rose's 16th birthday back in the United States. "To be honest, I think he thinks it's quite humorous and how just wanting to leave the country to visit his daughter can be such big news," Doohan told reporters during a road safety campaign launch in Brisbane.

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  • Meet Singapore’s first tyre concierge

    MEET SINGAPORE’S FIRST tyre concierge. Elphin Ong works for Bridgestone, and is making it her mission to offer the tyre giant’s customers a personalised service. Customers can contact her to set up an appointment for a new set of Bridgestones, and have her select a convenient retail location.

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  • Lightning strikes twice as Halep bows out in Paris

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Lightning struck twice for Romanian Simona Halep, last year's runner-up, as she was knocked out in a second round shock at the French Open 7-5 6-1 by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni on Wednesday. Halep, who usually toys with her opponents, offering a mix of pace and accuracy, was the victim this time as she never found her stride on Court Suzanne Lenglen and could only summon up five winners against the 33-year-old world number 70. Lucic-Baroni, who next plays French 29th seed Alize Cornet, ended Halep's resistance with an ace.

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  • Kurds oust IS from Christian villages in Syria: monitor

    Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the jihadists had captured in northeastern Syria, a monitor said Wednesday. "Following a 10-day offensive, Kurdish fighters took control early this week of 14 Assyrian villages that IS had controlled since February," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Assyrian Christians, who are from one of the world's oldest Christian communities, have been under increasing threat since IS seized control of large parts of Syria.

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  • 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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  • Primary School Teacher Sings Duet With Jessie J Through App, Gets Over 280K Views

    If you’re a singer or simply a great music fan, you would have heard about Smule’s Sing! Karaoke app, an app that helps you record your singing voice and collaborate with singers from around the world. As part of the promotional efforts for Pitch Perfect 2, Jessie J released a video of herself singing her hit from the movie, Flashlight, and encouraged people to sing along with her in a duet for the stars. One such man in Singapore, a primary school teacher named Fairus Adam, released his “duet” with Jessie J. Within a few days, the video went viral: it currently has over 280,000 views, and over 8,000 shares on Facebook.

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