Death toll continues to rise amid Nepal devastation

'We are overwhelmed with rescue and assistance requests from all across the country', says an official.

  • Indonesia gears up for executions despite mounting criticism

    Indonesia geared up to execute eight foreign drug convicts by firing squad after midnight Tuesday, despite a firestorm of international criticism and heartrending last-ditch pleas by the condemned prisoners' families. Ambulances were seen carrying coffins to Nusakambangan prion island, where Indonesia puts condemned prisoners to death, and embassy officials and religious counsellors also made their way to the site late Tuesday as the clock ticked down to the executions. Relatives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" heroin trafficking group, wailed in grief as they headed to the island, and one relative collapsed.

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  • Amal Clooney 'struggling with fame'

    Amal Clooney is apparently finding it hard to adjust to her celebrity status. Before she became the wife of A-lister George Clooney, Brit Amal worked as a high powered human rights lawyer. Of course it's a concern for George, who always tells Amal that she doesn't need to stress out," another insider commented.

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  • Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather

    Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is confident he can beat American arch-rival Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday with the power of God, after abandoning a life he said was packed with sin condemning him to hell. Pacquiao is in top form both in mind and spirit after he traded his boozing, gambling and womanising ways for a devout life of prayer, his spiritual adviser, Jeric Soriano, told AFP in a recent Manila interview. "Manny is a God-fearing man.

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  • 'The signs are good' on Clyne snubbing Manchester United - Reed

    "The signs are good" that Manchester United target Nathaniel Clyne will sign a new contract at Southampton, claims executive director Les Reed. The former Crystal Palace full-back has had another outstanding season at St Mary's Stadium, earning his first international recognition and, as revealed by Goal, attracting the attention of the Red Devils. Goal understands that Clyne, whose current deal is due to expire in 2016, has told United that he wants to join them this summer but Reed says that there is no panic about the defender's future.
  • HK tycoon Li finalises purchase of UK train firm for $3.8 bn

    Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure announced Tuesday it had finalised the acquisition of Britain's Eversholt Rail Group for £2.5 billion ($3.8 billion), as the tycoon's business empire continued to expand offshore. The purchase of one of Britain's three main railway rolling stock companies follows an agreement last month which allowed Li to purchase British telecom giant O2 for $15.2 billion, a move that will expand his holdings in the international telecoms industry. "CKI's investment in UK's rolling stock industry reflects the group's strategy of embracing new growth opportunities through diversification and globalisation," the group said in a statement.

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  • MyRepublic’s 1,000 Free SIM Cards: How To Get One, And What You Need To Know

    A lucky 1,000 trial participants will get a free SIM card with unlimited 4G data in the coverage area. Never one to pass up the chance of free mobile data, we’ve put together some details on the promotion. If you want to be extra kiasu, you can check their Facebook and Twitter feeds for more details, which will also be released by the end of this week.

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  • Bruce's first wife on dealing with his secret

    Bruce Jenner's fist wife initially found his situation hard to wrap her head around. The former Olympian was married to Chrystie Crownover from 1972 to 1981, and they have children Burt and Cassandra together. Bruce told his new wife early on in their marriage that he identified as a woman, but Chrystie reveals it didn't have an impact on the relationship.

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  • Buffon punishes team with training camp

    Gianluigi Buffon has sent Carrarese, the team that he owns, to a training camp as punishment following their most recent defeat. The Juventus goalkeeper bought a major stake in the Italian third-tier side, his hometown and childhood club, in 2012, having initially become a shareholder in 2010. Carrarese sit tenth in the Lega Pro B, four points above the relegation playoff place after losing Sunday's home clash 2-1 to SPAL.
  • Panel detail Lee's negligent practices in doping case

    For seven years, Lee Chong Wei, one of badminton's finest athletes, took cordyceps tablets from unmarked containers on the advice of a mysterious friend without any knowledge of how they were capsulated or stored. "Mr Lee exposed himself for a completely unnecessary risk of consuming illegal substance for many years." The 32-year-old twice Olympic silver medalist's is free to return to the court on Friday after the backdated BWF eight month ban for having the non-performance enhancer dexamethasone in his system.

  • Quake moves Kathmandu but Everest height unchanged: experts

    The earthquake that devastated Nepal and left thousands of people dead shifted the earth beneath Kathmandu by up to several metres south, but the height of Mount Everest likely stayed the same, experts said Tuesday. According to early seismological data obtained from sound waves which travel through Earth after an earthquake, the ground beneath the capital Kathmandu may have moved about three metres (10 feet) southward, said University of Cambridge tectonics expert James Jackson. The relative movement across the fault zone was on the order of three metres at its greatest, just north of Kathmandu." The fault lies between two tectonic plates -- one bearing India pushing northward into a plate carrying Europe and Asia at a rate of about two centimetres (0.8 inches) per year -- the process that created the Himalayas in the first place.

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  • 'I'm going to be buried alive...' AFP journalists on Everest horror

    "We heard this most horrifying sound, it was like a train but came from so deep... and then finally there was this stillness, this complete stillness, and I knew I was alive," says AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt of the moment he survived an avalanche on Everest. Schmidt, AFP's South Asia photo chief, and Kathmandu bureau chief Ammu Kannampilly had just reached Everest base camp on assignment Saturday when an avalanche -- triggered by the 7.8-magnitude quake that has killed more than 4,310 in Nepal -- thundered down the mountain. - Roberto Schmidt - "We had just arrived after a nine-day trek.

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  • Iran forces Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship to Iranian port: US officials

    Iranian military ships fired across the bow of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel in the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday and forced it to head to Iranian territory, US officials said. The cargo ship had last made a stop at the Red Sea port of Jeddah, on the Saudi Arabian coast, according to the website, and was sailing through the strait into Gulf waters. It was unclear if the last port of call was related to the Iranian decision to take control of the container ship.

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  • Johansson, Renner fight hunger

    Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner are campaigning for an end to child hunger. "My family grew up relying on public assistance to help provide meals for our family," Scarlett told People magazine. "Child hunger in America is a real and often overlooked problem, but one that together, we can fix.

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  • Hundreds of German cinemas refuse to show 'Avengers' film

    Several hundred movie theaters in Germany have refused to screen the new "Avengers" film in a dispute over rental fees with Disney. It said the dispute was over a decision to raise the rental fee for the movie to 53 percent of ticket sales rather than the 47.7 percent usually charged to small-town theaters. Karl-Heinz Meier of I.G. Nord, a group representing cinema operators in northern Germany, said it would have been prepared to go as far as a 50 percent fee.

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  • 40 years later: Communism's hollow victory in Vietnam

    Forty years after it won the war, the Communist Party still rules Vietnam with an iron fist. From a shattered society plagued by poverty and food shortages, to a middle-income country and World Trade Organization member, Vietnam's authoritarian socialist regime has overseen huge change since Saigon fell to communist troops four decades ago. On Thursday, Communist Party rulers will gather for a military parade in Ho Chi Minh City -- formerly Saigon -- to commemorate the day their tanks rolled into city, prompting the surrender of the US-backed South and reunification of the country.

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  • GrabTaxi turns up the heat on Uber in Singapore, launches new chauffeured GrabCar options

    Since its introduction in Singapore last year, the Uber-esque GrabCar service has received overwhelming demand during peak hours, according to head of GrabCar Singapore See Ee Ling. With this in mind, it is now introducing a new range of GrabCar categories

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  • Terry: Cahill is the best English defender, not me

    Chelsea captain John Terry does not believe that he is the best English defender, instead arguing that his team-mate, Gary Cahill, is befitting of that honour. The duo were both named in the PFA Team of the Year on Sunday while many argue that Terry remains the strongest centre-back in England despite his retirement from international football. But the former Three Lions skipper says that Cahill is the best man available to Roy Hodgson, despite Jose Mourinho leaving out of the Chelsea side at times this season.
  • Officer reunited with newborn he found in dumpster in 1989

    An officer who found an abandoned newborn in a garbage dumpster was reunited with the now 25-year-old man he helped save. Santa Ana police officer Michael Buelna and Robin Barton met recently in an emotional reunion, KABC-TV reported Sunday (

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  • Warner Bros.' "Death Note" remake gets director

    28 Apr – The American version of Japanese movie "Death Note" has long been in the making, but it could never land the right director. However, recent development shows that Warner Bros has found its right man in 2014's "The Guest" director, Adam Wingard, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Wingard will be taking on the project of adapting an American live-action version of popular Japanese manga, "Death Note".

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  • "Iron Man" faces lawsuit over body armour

    27 Apr – Disney and Marvel find themselves the target of a new lawsuit, this time over the armour worn by one of their superheroes, Iron Man. Ben and Ray Lai, who run Horizon Comics, accused the studios of copying the characters they created for their comic called "Radix", where the characters featured wear "highly detailed, mechanized suits of body armor". The full lawsuit can be read over at The Hollywood Reporter, but the gist of it says Marvel and Disney have appropriated their characters' looks for Iron Man's latest upgraded full body armour.

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