• I was frozen out at Real Madrid, says Khedira

    Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has accused the La Liga club of freezing him out by dropping him from the team after talks on a contract extension broke down even though he was fit to play. Germany international Khedira, who joined Real from VfB Stuttgart in 2010, will leave Real for free at the end of the season, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as Juventus, reportedly keen to sign him. The 28-year-old has barely featured since the turn of the year, with Real citing a series of minor injuries as the reason for his absence, but Khedira told sports daily Marca the club had decided he was no longer wanted.

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  • Indonesia believes most migrants at sea not Rohingya: Australia

    Indonesia has told Australia that most of the migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia are illegal labourers from Bangladesh, not oppressed Muslim Rohingya, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in comments published Saturday. More than 3,500 migrants have swum to shore or been rescued off the coasts of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh since a Thai crackdown on human-trafficking in early May threw the illicit trade into chaos.

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  • Olsen twins to skip 'Full House' reboot

    Twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not appear in the rebooted version of hit US sitcom "Full House," US media reports said. Robert Boyett, executive producer of the new show -- "Fuller House" -- scheduled to air on Netflix next year, told the Hollywood Reporter neither of the Olsens would star in the follow-up series. The series, about a widowed news reporter, Danny Tanner, who enlists the help of his best friends to raise his three daughters after his wife is killed in a car crash, ran for 192 episodes.

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  • Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

    Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. Officials studying the worst bird flu outbreak in the U.S. say they're learning about the virus that has led to 40 million dead birds — mostly turkeys and egg-laying chickens — either from the disease or euthanized to prevent its spread. Carton egg prices reached a record Friday of $2.32 a dozen for Midwest large eggs, said Rick Brown, a senior vice president for Urner Barry, a commodity market analysis firm.

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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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  • Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects

    America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a partial win for cigarette makers in the long-running legal fight that began in the Clinton administration in 1999. The ads would have begun with a preamble statement that the companies "deliberately deceived the American public." The ads stem from a 2006 court ruling ordering the companies to admit they had lied for decades about the dangers of smoking.

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  • Dutch immigrant kids take to street demanding 'white' classmates

    Faced with an increasingly segregated education system, Dutch immigrant children have taken to the streets of their ethnically mixed Amsterdam neighbourhood seeking "white" pupils to attend their schools and help their integration. Around 100 schoolchildren -- Arabs, Turks, Africans, Moroccans -- accompanied by their parents and teachers, wore provocative dazzling white T-shirts emblazoned with "Is this white enough for you?". Dutch native Annelies, 10, and immigrants' daughter Aminata, 11, have been friends since kindergarten and are also wearing the shirts, which have "All children have the right to integrate" written on the back.

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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.

    Vulcan Post
  • 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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  • 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.

    Tech in Asia
  • German woman, 65 and mother of 13, has quadruplets

    A 65-year-old German woman, who is already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early on Saturday. The three boys and one girl were born premature at 26 weeks in a Berlin hospital but have "good chances of surviving," the report said. The mother, Berlin resident Annegret Raunigk, is an English and Russian teacher close to retirement and in addition to her 13 children is grandmother to seven.

    AFP News
  • US planes keep distance from Chinese 'islands' -- for now

    US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China's territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon warned that could be "the next step". Although the United States does not recognise China's claims of sovereignty around the man-made structures, American P-8 surveillance planes and naval vessels patrolling the area have not ventured within 12 nautical miles of the artificial islands -- the standard territorial zone around natural land.

    AFP News
  • 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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  • 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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  • 'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress freed

    The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free Friday when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws. The High Court in Seoul ruled that Cho Hyun-Ah, who had been in jail since her arrest in December, was not guilty of the most serious charge of altering an aircraft's route while in flight. "The accused had no intention of hampering the safe operation of the plane," High Court judge Kim Sang-Hwan said, handing down a reduced sentence of 10 months, suspended for two years.

    AFP News
  • IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists

    Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday. It also was part of a campaign to win the support of President Bashar Assad's opponents, who have suffered from a government crackdown in the town and surrounding province in the last four years of Syria's civil war. The strategy included promises to fix the electricity and water grids — after Palmyra is cleared of regime loyalists, according to an activist in the historic town.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

    AFP News
  • Lonely man finds a home in Islam, and then in Islamic State

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Before he left New Zealand, Mark Taylor spoke with a local television network. "I've been lonely all my life," he said. "Been rejected by people. Used by people. Abused by people."He said that by converting to Islam, he

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