• 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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  • Real Madrid fire coach Ancelotti

    Real Madrid fired their coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday as the popular Italian paid for a disappointing season without a major trophy. Ancelotti, 55, had lead Real to their 10th elite European title last season but was sacked after the club finished runners-up to Barcelona in La Liga and lost to Juventus in the semi-finals of this year's Champions League. Club president Florentino Perez told a news conference at the club's Santiago Bernabeu stadium that the services of the former AC Milan, Chelsea and Paris St Germain coach were no longer required.

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  • China: Man reunited with mother 30 years after getting on a train by accident

    A man in China has been reunited with his mother after going missing almost 30 years ago. The man, who has not been named, wandered onto a train at a station in his home in Ziyang county, Shaanxi province in 1986, aged just 8-years-old. Twenty-nine years on, the man could remember very few details of his life before he got lost – just the names of his home county, his uncle and mother.

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  • Manchester United decide against signing Falcao

    Manchester United will not be signing Colombia forward Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis, the Premier League club said on Sunday after the final game of the season. The 29-year-old will return to parent club Monaco, at least initially, after four goals in 29 appearances was not deemed good enough for United to consider splashing out the reported 55 million euros ($60.5 million) fee to buy him. "Falcao is a top professional and a good human being.

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  • Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark

    Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. Rohingya face a tenuous existence here, unable to legally work because Malaysia, like Thailand and Indonesia, doesn't recognize asylum seekers and refugees and has not signed the U.N. Refugee Convention. For many Rohingya, even living on the margins of Malaysian society is a step forward.

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  • B.B. King death to be investigated as homicide

    The death of blues guitar legend B.B. King this month will be investigated as a homicide, a Nevada coroner's office said. King died aged 89 on May 14 in Las Vegas, where he kept a residence. Two of King's daughters have reported concerns that his death may have been related to foul play, Las Vegas media reported.

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  • Kendrick: I surprise people

    “I just finished this movie with Ben Affleck, a big guy, and when you listen to the playback of a scene with the two of us and it's his turn to speak, often you can't hear anything. Then, like a knife, you hear my voice, and I'm thinking, ‘Oh my God, of the two of us, how can Affleck be the soft-spoken one? Anna admits she used to have a problem with her height when she was younger.

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  • Samsung to merge two major units

    Samsung Group announced on Tuesday the merger of two major affiliates, as the South Korean business giant accelerates restructuring efforts ahead of a generational power transfer within the founding Lee family. The all stock deal, approved by the boards of both companies would see Samsung's de facto holding company Cheil Industries -- which has interests from fashion to theme parks -- acquire general trade and construction affiliate Samsung C&T. The merger, which is expected to be completed by September pending shareholder approval, will see Cheil offer 0.35 new shares for each Samsung C&T share. The two companies are both listed on the Seoul stock market, with Cheil valued at 22 trillion won (US$2 billion) and Samsung C&T 8.6 trillion won as of Tuesday morning.

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  • Woman hanging on Shell ship since Friday ends drill protest

    The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning. Student activist Chiara D'Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the Bellingham harbor around 9:30 a.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said. D'Angelo was checked for hypothermia and then released, Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer said.

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  • US warplanes scrambled after bogus jetliner threats

    US warplanes were scrambled to escort an Air France passenger jet flying from Paris to New York, following one of several threats against commercial aircraft that proved to be unfounded. Flight AF022 landed at JFK airport without incident after being escorted to land by two F-15 fighter jets ordered to accompany the aircraft as a precaution by NORAD, the joint US-Canadian monitoring force. The FBI said the plane was searched upon landing and the threat had turned out to be false.

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  • Underwood: I’m so grateful to Idol

    Carrie Underwood will be “forever grateful” to American Idol. The country singer won the fourth season of the hit singing contest in 2005. “So hard to believe it's been 10 years! I'm forever grateful to American Idol for changing my life! #blessed(sic)” she captioned the image.

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  • Sharapova jeered off court, Murray breezes through

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova reached the French Open second round on Monday but was jeered by fans after she refused to carry out an on-court TV interview. Second-seeded Sharapova defeated Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 to set up a clash against Russian Fed Cup teammate Vitalia Diatchenko. "I totally understand that everyone usually does the interviews and answers a few questions," said Sharapova, who was also champion in 2012 and runner-up in 2013.

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  • Liverpool's decline leaves Rodgers' future in jeopardy

    As subscribers to the "Moneyball" approach, Liverpool's American owners like to do their business based on cold, hard statistics. Liverpool finished a miserable season with a 6-1 loss at Stoke, its worst defeat in the 23-year history of the Premier League and its heaviest in 52 years. In the space of a year, Liverpool has gone from the second best team in England to No. 6, despite an outlay of 116 million pounds (now $180 million) on new players in the last offseason.

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  • Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi

    BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official's sharp criticism of Iraqi forces. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops' will to fight when Ramadi fell.

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  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:1. FLOODS INUNDATE TEXAS, TWISTER HITS US-MEXICO BORDERTorrential rains in the Lone Star state spawn floods that leave 12 people missing, while at

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  • B.B. King’s daughters: He was poisoned

    B.B. King’s daughters believe their father was poisoned to death. The blues legend died in his sleep at the age of 89 on May 14 under hospice care at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, but no family members were by his side when he passed on. Although his cause of death has been attributed to a series of small strokes caused by The Thrill Is Gone singer’s Type 2 diabetes disease, his daughters Patty King and Karen Williams submitted affidavits alleging their dad was killed.

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  • Why Financial Planning Is A Young Man’s Game

    Younger athletes are preferred over older counterparts while successful entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel made it big in their earlier 20s. Now add financial planning to that growing list. The general perception is that financial planning is usually reserved for older adults who are in their 40s.

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  • Blatter misled us all, says Platini

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter misled the world of football by reneging on a commitment to step down in 2015, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Monday. Platini backed him in the 2011 election on that basis but is angry that Blatter, 79, is seeking re-election on Friday for a further term. "I am mostly disappointed for the European federations, whom I had asked to support Sepp in 2011, on the basis of a promise he had made," the former French international told the sports newspaper L'Equipe.

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  • Paris Hilton: I'm down with 50 Shades

    Paris Hilton thinks Fifty Shades of Grey is "so gorgeous". Also I like Fifty Shades of Grey, so it's a mixture of both... It's so good, it's so gorgeous," she gushed about the story to the British edition of OK! Magazine. Paris, 34, has never struggled to get a date, counting Benji Madden and Jared Leto among her celebrity flings.

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  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace above the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea.

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