• Sharapova slams 'disrespectful' treatment of Nadal

    Maria Sharapova blasted the "disrespectful" treatment of fellow French Open champion Rafael Nadal on Friday. Nadal, the nine-time champion at Roland Garros and who boasts an astonishing record of 66 wins and just one defeat, comes into the 2015 tournament ranked seven in the world, his lowest in a decade. "Everyone expects so much of Rafa at this time of year.

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  • Australia's gift to Singapore: Scary ugly or scary cool?

    As you may have heard by now, Australia has announced on Wednesday its elaborate list of gifts to Singapore as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year. Among the many artistic SG50 contributions, a roaming puppet performance – The Snuff Puppets Human Body Parts, has been the talk of town. The fascinating and weird performance is one of 50 that Australia will be contributing this year, which is also the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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  • This Is How Sim Lim Square Plans To “Shame” Dishonest Retailers

    Previously a well-known haven for bargains on IT gadgets and electronics, the reputation of Sim Lim Square has taken several hits since last year. First came the Jover Chew saga last November, where a viral video of a Vietnamese tourist begging for a refund from Mobile Air owner Jover Chew sparked outrage among local netizens. Next came a blitz of complaints directed at another Sim Lim retailer, Ziming Global.

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  • “We Were Actually Very Silly”: Billionaire Jack Ma On Success, Luck & Speaking Harsh Truths

    The driving force behind e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba, Jack Ma’s meteoric rise from humble origins to self-made billionaire has captured the awe, imagination and respect of entrepreneurs all over the world. It’s always worthwhile trying to soak up some life lessons from the great men of today, so we’ve sifted through the latest book of his words, 《马云内部讲话:相信明天》 (Jack Ma’s Internal Speeches: Trust In Tomorrow), to bring you some choice quotes on entrepreneurship, success and the values one should uphold.

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  • Pregnancy didn’t stop this entrepreneur from bringing her media startup to $1M revenue

    News of startups raising funds has become so common that a newbie to the scene might assume that it is a compulsory step on a fledgling company’s path to success. Today’s entrepreneurs tend to perceive bootstrapping as a slow, cumbersome, and unexciting route. Tell that to Chris Edwards.

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  • Elizabeth Olsen: Acting isn't special

    Elizabeth Olsen argues that acting is just a job like any other. The younger sister of famous twins Mary-Kate and Ashley is now stealing the limelight in hit flicks such as Avengers: Age of Ultron. With her down-to-earth attitude, it's no surprise you won't find Elizabeth hobnobbing at the latest A-list event.

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  • AP Interview: $100 billion Saudi city to be ready by 2035

    A $100 billion city-from-scratch in Saudi Arabia is to be completed by 2035 and will serve as the main logistics and manufacturing hub for countries on the Red Sea, the world's "largest new emerging market," said the CEO of the company in charge of the mega-project. The business model of an entire city being built by the private sector was so unusual that it required adjustments in the beginning, said Fahd al-Rasheed, the Group CEO of Emaar Economic City (EEC), which is building the King Abdullah Economic City. EEC's mother company, the Dubai-based Emaar Properties, built Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

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  • Bruce Willis: Baby talk is nonsense

    Bruce Willis advises all new parents to forego the baby talk. The 60-year-old is somewhat of an expert in all things fatherhood, having raised grown-up daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah with first wife Demi Moore and then welcoming Mabel, three, and 13-month-old Evelyn with his current wife Emma Heming. While many proud parents love to ooh and ahh over their little ones, Bruce has no time for going ga-ga with his girls.

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  • Sterling will see out Liverpool contract - Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to see out the remaining two years of his contract despite claims made by the winger's agent that the England international will snub any new deal. Sterling's future has been the subject of intense media scrutiny since he put contract talks on hold with his agent Aidy Ward saying this week that the 20-year-old would not extend his stay even if he was offered 900,000 pounds ($1.41 million) a week. Liverpool scrapped a meeting with Sterling on Friday to discuss his future following Ward's comments but Rodgers expects talks to resume after this weekend's final game of the season at Stoke City.

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  • The Latest on Rohingya: UN estimates 3,000 still adrift

    The U.N. refugee agency is estimating that over 3,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants — or even more — could still be adrift in the Andaman Sea. The exact numbers are not known, but the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says it triangulated reports in the media and other sources and estimates the current number could be over 3,000 — or more that no one knows about. More than 3,000 Rohingya minority Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshi economic migrants also on the boats with them have already landed in Indonesia and Malaysia, and over 100 in Thailand.

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  • Matt LeBlanc: I hope Joey’s happy

    Matt LeBlanc hopes Joey Tribbiani is "happy in Hollywood". Joey was one of the six main characters of smash hit show Friends, which made household names out of its stars, including Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox. Making money as an actor somewhere in Hollywood – that’s where we left him," Matt told British magazine ShortList when they asked where he thought Joey was.

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  • Ex-con who worked for rich family arrested in their deaths

    U.S. marshals and police tracked down and arrested a dangerous ex-convict and five others, bringing a sudden and safe ending to a multistate manhunt in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper, authorities said Friday. The fugitive task force tracked Daron Dylon Wint to New York and back before they caught up with him late Thursday night in the parking lot of a Howard Johnson Express Inn in College Park, Maryland. "We had overwhelming numbers and force," said Robert Fernandez, commander of the U.S. Marshal Service's Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force told The Associated Press on Friday.

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  • Sold! to the man with $12,400: a pair of Japanese melons

    A single pair of premium melons fetched an eye-watering 1.5 million yen ($12,400) at an auction in Japan on Friday. The winning bid was placed by a local fruit wholesaler for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in northern Hokkaido, officials said. The figure -- enough to buy a brand new car in Japan -- is some way short of the record for the luxury fruit, which fetched 2.5 million yen last year.

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  • China's mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home

    All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren't unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours. One company is sending 12,700 salespeople to Thailand on a tour that continues until next week. Earlier this month, a medicinal products group sent 6,000 of its representatives to France where they set a world record by massing the most people to spell out a phrase that included their own firm's name.

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  • US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds: report

    The United States plotted to find Osama bin Laden by concealing tracking devices in medical supplies, possibly through Red Cross hospitals, a report said Thursday, citing documents leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden. The Intercept news site quoted from a National Security Agency slide presentation dated June 2010 which discussed the possibility of going from "Pharma to Target" by penetrating "the non-electronic moat" that protected bin Laden from surveillance in his Pakistan hideout. Titled "Medical Pattern of Life: Targeting High Value Individual #1," the presentation cites CIA reports on the Al-Qaeda chief's poor health and invokes a scenario in which spy agencies target the "supply chain" of likely medicine and equipment destined for bin Laden.

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  • Singapore Airlines unveils premium economy class service

    Singapore Airlines is to offer a premium economy class service as of August, with its main target of attracting premium leisure travelers and small and medium enterprise (SME) business travelers. Singapore Airlines executive vice president of commercials Mak Swee Wah said the service, which had been developed over the past two years, was aimed at catering to travelers who were looking for a more flexible and comfortable option than economy class, but at a slightly lower price than business class. “The new premium economy class will provide passengers with more comfort and in-flight amenities than the usual economy class service.

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  • Maldini beats Beckham to Miami club

    Former Italy defender Paolo Maldini has beaten England icon David Beckham to the punch in launching a professional football club in Miami. As Beckham's plans for a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami remain in limbo, Maldini announced Thursday he was joining entrepeneur Riccardo Silva in launching Miami FC to begin play in the North American Soccer League in 2016.

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  • The 10 most important things in the world right now

    The Indonesian navy scuttles foreign fishing vessels caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters near Bitung, North Sulawesi on May 20, 2015. 1. Islamic State fighters have seized the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and now control the nearby airport, prison and intelligence headquarters. 2. Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho, who was sentenced in February to one year in jail after an outburst over the way she had been served macadamia nuts, was released Friday on appeal.

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  • Dogs domesticated over 27,000 years ago: study

    Man's best friend may have been his companion for far longer than believed, scientists have reported, publishing an analysis that dates domesticated dogs to more than 27,000 years ago. The Taimyr wolf lived a few thousand years after Neanderthals disappeared and modern humans spread throughout Asia and Europe, the study said.

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  • Taylor Swift ‘confronts Calvin over women’

    Taylor Swift is “in denial about how serious” boyfriend Calvin Harris is taking their relationship, it has been claimed. “[Calvin] talked his way out of trouble,” a source told American magazine Star. “Calvin is acting like it’s no big deal, and Taylor believes him.

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