• 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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  • Eiffel Tower reopens after staff walk out over pickpockets

    Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists for several hours on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument. The closure of one of the busiest tourist attractions in the French capital ahead of a long holiday weekend recalled a similar strike at the Louvre museum in 2013 as staff protested against the often violent pickpockets stalking the halls of the palace. Workers at the 126-year-old iron lattice tower -- a glittering symbol of Paris -- finally went back to work at around 4:00 pm (1400 GMT), after hundreds of disappointed tourists were turned away throughout the day.

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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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  • “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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  • Liverpool stonewall wantaway Sterling

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted on Friday club owners Fenway Sports Group would not back down in the acrimonious battle over Raheem Sterling's contract. "The ownership have shown their strength in their time here," Rodgers said. "At every opportunity when they have had to show that strength -- whether it be with a player or other elements of the club -- they have done that." Fenway proved previously in their handling of Luis Suarez they will not be bullied by players agitating for a move.

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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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  • 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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  • IS suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21

    An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions. The bomber struck during the main weekly prayers in Eastern Province, where assailants linked to the Sunni extremist IS killed seven members of the minority Shiite community in November. The interior ministry said a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the mosque in Kudeih, in the Shiite-majority city of Qatif, the official SPA news agency reported.

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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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  • 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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  • China says U.S. South China Sea actions "irresponsible, dangerous"

    By Sui-Lee Wee and David Brunnstrom BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident. The U.S. flight on Wednesday was highlighted by the unusual Pentagon decision to invite a CNN team aboard the Poseidon surveillance plane.

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  • Van Gaal expects De Gea to stay at United

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes goalkeeper David De Gea will remain at Old Trafford despite uncertainty over his future. De Gea has a year left on his contract at Old Trafford and has been widely expected to join Real Madrid at the end of the current season. The 24-year-old Spain international has already rejected the offer of a new deal at United and had appeared destined to move back to his home city.

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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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  • DC authorities: Ex-con had help in slaying of rich family

    Authorities said in court documents made public Friday that than one person is responsible for the slayings of four people inside the mansion of a wealthy Washington family last week. A fugitive task force arrested Daron Dylon Wint Thursday night, and took five people who were with him into custody. U.S. marshals and police tracked Wint to New York and back before they spotted him late Thursday night in the parking lot of a Howard Johnson Express Inn in College Park, Maryland.

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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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  • 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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  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

    Now, a company that manufactures the tuk-tuk — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than half a century — aims to make inroads in the United States. The Tuk Tuk Factory, based in Amsterdam, has signed a licensing agreement with Denver-based eTuk USA to allow the company to manufacture and sell an electric version of the vehicle. It's too soon to know if Americans will embrace tuk-tuks, but Michael Fox, director of sales and marketing for eTuk USA, says the company has been selling the vehicles across the country to individuals, marketing companies and food vendors for between $16,950 and $25,000, depending on how they are customized.

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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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