• South Korea says U.S. reaffirms it will pay THAAD costs; joint drills wrap up

    By Ju-min Park and James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said Washington had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after U.S. President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1-billion system designed to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea. In a telephone call on Sunday, Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, reassured his South Korean counterpart, Kim Kwan-jin, that the U.S. alliance with South Korea was its top priority in the Asia-Pacific region, the South's presidential office said.

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  • CORRECTED: Philippines' Duterte gives China free pass over sea row

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte failed to condemn China's push to control most of the disputed South China Sea on Sunday after hosting a regional summit, handing Beijing a political victory. A day after taking centre stage as host of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders' meeting, Duterte released a bland chairman's statement that ignored last year's international ruling outlawing China's sweeping claims to the key waterway. China has been turning reefs and shoals in areas of the sea claimed by the Philippines and other nations into artificial islands, and installing military facilities on them.

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  • Morocco's Christian converts emerge from the shadows

    Moroccans who secretly converted to Christianity are demanding the right to practise their faith openly in a country where Islam is the state religion and "apostasy" is condemned. At an apartment in a working-class part of the southern town of Agadir, Mustapha listened to hymns emanating from a hi-fi under a silver crucifix hung on the wall. "I was tired of the contradictions in Islam," said Mustapha.

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  • Sunderland relegated, Vardy makes Leicester safe

    David Moyes's sorry Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League after a 1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Allied to Hull City's 0-0 draw at Southampton, the result left Sunderland 13 points adrift of safety with only 12 points to play for this season. "I'm really disappointed," said Sunderland manager Moyes.

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  • 12-year-old forced to quit chess tournament over ‘seductive’ dress

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 — A 12-year-old girl was forced to pull out from a chess tournament in Putrajaya as the tournament director allegedly found her dress to be “seductive” and a...

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  • China steams to the rescue for Bulgaria's creaking railways

    "Granny Bear" has proved a big hit in Bulgaria since the 1930s steam train returned from retirement, chugging day-trippers through stunning scenery from Sofia to the Cherepish Monastery. "She is super, the engine, I like it better than a modern one!" said an excited Dimitar Kirilov, 12, taking the trip on the "Baba Metsa" train with his grandparents. A particular attraction is the luxury carriage used by Bulgaria's former king, Boris III (1918-1943).

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  • Joshua set to go global after thrilling Klitschko triumph

    By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - Anthony Joshua was hailed as "the biggest star in British sport and the biggest star in world boxing" after his exhilarating world heavyweight title triumph over Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday sky-rocketed him into the global sporting elite. After the Briton's 11th round stoppage of Ukraine's rejuvenated former champion at Wembley Stadium in a heavyweight title fight for the ages, Joshua's handlers outlined ambitious plans to turn him into a global phenomenon. Promoter Eddie Hearn envisages the charismatic, 27-year-old, who unified the IBF and WBA titles in front of a record-equalling 90,000 crowd, emulating his idol, Muhammad Ali, by taking his special talent around the world.

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  • 508-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Had 50 Legs and Giant Claws

    A 508-million-year-old critter — one that looks like a weird lobster with 50 legs, two claws and a tent-like shell — is the oldest known arthropod with mandibles on record, a new study finds. Arthropods are a group of invertebrates that includes spiders, insects and crustaceans. Many arthropods, including flies, ants, crayfish and centipedes, have mandibles — appendages that can grasp, crush and cut food.

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  • No public scholarship for top student

    IPOH, April 29 — One of the country’s SPM top scorer is devastated when she did not get a Public Services Department scholarship despite obtaining 11A+. Eighteen-year-old Teh Xin Yi, formerly...

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  • Thai court finally issues arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

    A Thai court has issued an arrest warrant for the heir to the Red Bull empire over a deadly 2012 hit-and-run, police said Friday, a belated move to end the impunity enjoyed by a scion better known by his nickname "Boss". In a case closely watched by the Thai public, police said the court issued the warrant for Worayuth Yoovidhya after hours of deliberation by the bench. "The arrest warrant has been issued," Colonel Kachornpong Jiitparkpoom, the superintendent of Thonglor police station, told AFP on Friday afternoon.

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  • German airlines to scrap 'two-person' cockpit rule

    German airlines will no longer require two people to be in the cockpit at all times, an industry group said Friday, abandoning a rule introduced after a deadly crash in 2015. "An evaluation has shown that the two-person rule does not increase security, rather other risks to air security arise," the statement from the German Aviation Association (BDL) said. The requirement to have two people in the cockpit at all times was introduced after Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately flew a passenger plane into a French mountainside, killing 144 passengers and six crew in March 2015.

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  • Cavaliers, Warriors well rested as NBA playoffs round two opens

    Defending champion Cleveland and season win leader Golden State, each seeking a third consecutive NBA Finals appearance, are well rested as the second round of the playoffs begins Sunday. Cleveland superstar LeBron James, trying to reach the NBA Finals for a seventh consecutive year and eighth overall, led the NBA in minutes played while averaging 26.4 points, 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds. "Doesn't mean we're going to be able to win this year," James said.

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  • Shannen Doherty in remission from breast cancer

    The actress was diagnosed in March, 2015, and has documented her cancer battle on social media.

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  • Pregnant Beyonce parties with birthday girl Jessica Alba

    The actress and businesswoman is a big Prince and Michael Jackson fan.

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  • Suarez double keeps Barca top after late Marcelo strike rescues Real

    By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona came through a testing local derby at Espanyol, winning 3-0 to cling to their slender lead at the top of La Liga after rivals Real Madrid had set the challenge by beating Valencia 2-1 in the earlier kick-off. Barca triumphed thanks to two clinical finishes from Luis Suarez and a strike from Ivan Rakitic following a vintage slalom run by Lionel Messi. Suarez pounced on a disastrous backpass from Jose Manuel Jurado to break the deadlock in the 50th minute and Rakitic sealed the win in the 76th by side-footing home Messi's cutback after the Argentine had torn through the home defence.

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  • Rouhani warns voters to prevent 'extremism' returning to Iran

    President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians on Saturday they could face greater authoritarianism if they replace him with a hardline rival in May's election. Rouhani was the surprise winner of the last presidential vote, in 2013, after eight years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whose re-election for a second term in 2009 caused mass protests and a severe security crackdown. "We will not let them bring the security and police atmosphere back to the country," Rouhani told a rally in the city of Yazd, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

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  • Appeals panel to probe chess girl’s pullout, tournament organiser says

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — The controversial withdrawal of a promising chess player midway through her game in Putrajaya two weeks ago will be investigated by an Appeals Committee, the...

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  • Trademark Style: Why No One's Naming Their Baby Ivanka

    Ivanka Trump just had to trademark her name in China to avoid copyright copycats, but she doesn't have to worry that new parents will infringe on her turf: The name Ivanka is wildly unpopular in the United States. In 2015, only about 20 in 1 million babies were named Ivanka, according to U.S. Social Security Administration data. In 2016, pregnancy and parenting site BabyCenter saw a spike in interest in the name Ivanka, possibly driven by the soon-to-be first daughter, but the name fell nearly 1,800 spots in popularity so far this year, and now sits at No. 3,818 in that site's popularity ranking.

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  • Do you know there are 2 versions of the Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Pro? We tell you the differences.

    From my observations, the new-ish 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank Pro remains one of the more popular models, but there are a few things about it that not many people are aware of. A lot of people are attracted to the Mi Power Bank Pro because of its USB-C port. If you’ve a USB-C device, you can still use this power bank.

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  • Hailee Steinfeld embraces her barefaced beauty

    Hailee Steinfeld relies on music as a form of escapism when working out.

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