• Federer, Wawrinka show no sympathy for Nadal in umpire row

    Roger Federer on Wednesday admitted that allowing leading players to pick and choose who umpires their matches could set a difficult precedent for tour organisers. After easing past Spain's Marcel Granollers in the second round of the French Open at Roland Garros, Federer was drawn into a debate that followed Rafael Nadal's admission that he had requested the removal of a respected umpire from officiating his matches. "I think at the end of the day the tournament, tournament director, ATP, governing bodies, ITF, whoever, they need to take the decision, I guess, and the players need to be okay with it or then you can have a dialogue, which can be relaxed or not so relaxed." Nadal admitted on Tuesday that he had demanded that respected Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernandes be banned from officiating at his matches.

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  • 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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  • '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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  • Maradona cheers FIFA arrests, warns Blatter next

    Argentine football great Diego Maradona on Wednesday applauded the arrest of top FIFA officials in an anti-corruption sting, and warned that Sepp Blatter, the president of world football's governing body, may be next. Maradona said he was "enjoying" the news of the arrest of seven officials, including two FIFA vice-presidents, in a dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich. "Watch out, Blatter may have to go the United States to explain himself.

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  • Kim and Kanye ‘exploring adoption’

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are considering adoption, it has been claimed. Now, amid claims a recent IVF attempt failed, it has been reported that Kim and Kanye are hoping to adopt twins from Armenia. “Kim and Kanye are exploring the feasibility of orphaned twins from Armenia,” a source told America’s OK! Magazine.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Quadruplets born to 65-year-old mom still in critical phase

    Doctors say the week-old quadruplets born prematurely to 65-year-old Annegret Raunigk in Berlin are still in intensive care, but have been gaining a little weight and are being given their mother's milk through feeding tubes. The babies were born during the 26th week of pregnancy at Berlin's Charite Hospital on May 19. Neeta is the smallest but is fitter than her three brothers, said Christoph Buehrer, Charite's director of neonatology.

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  • German city evacuates 20,000 people to defuse WWII bomb

    Residents living within a kilometre (about half a mile) of the site were told to leave their homes, among them around 1,100 people from a large old people's and care home, city officials said. Schools in the area as well as Cologne Zoo, also within the danger zone, were closed for the day. The unexploded US-made device, which lay five metres (16 feet) underground, was discovered on Friday on the left bank of the Rhine river near Muelheim bridge, city officials said.

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  • Bacca double helps Sevilla clinch Europa League

    By Toby Davis WARSAW (Reuters) - Sevilla retained their Europa League title and lifted the trophy for a record fourth time amid a cascade of tears and ticker tape after securing a 3-2 victory over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Wednesday's final. Carlos Bacca claimed the plaudits with a superb double strike, including a late winner to decide a pulsating clash that began at a hair-raising pace with four goals in the first half. Dnipro had grabbed an early lead from Nikola Kalinic before Sevilla hit back with goals by Grzegorz Krychowiak and Bacca.

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  • Trolls cast pall over US spelling bee

    Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world's foremost spelling bee. For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by American youngsters of Indian heritage. One of them, Vanya Shivashankar, 13, who lives in Kansas, is back for a fifth time -- inspired no doubt by her sister Kavya, the 2009 champion.

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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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  • 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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