• Van Gaal to help in search for new Netherlands coach

    Louis van Gaal featured prominently as Dutch media speculated over possible coaches for the national team but the country's football association (KNVB) wants him to help search for Danny Blind's replacement, De Telegraaf reported on Monday. Blind's 20-month tenure ended after a 2-0 loss in Bulgaria on Saturday left the Dutch in fourth place in their World Cup qualifying group and facing an uphill struggle to reach next year's tournament in Russia. “We hope to have a new coach in place quickly but it won’t be ready in one week,” KNVB technical director Jean Paul Decossaux said on Sunday.

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  • Dr M: I thought Nazri would announce Umno resignation in Padang Rengas meet

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed he was expecting Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz to announce his resignation from Umno when the two met in Padang Renggas last week. The former...

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  • Donald Trump 'printed out fake £300bn Nato invoice and handed it to Angela Merkel'

    Donald Trump reportedly gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for £300bn when the pair met recently to cover contributions he believes are owed to Nato. One German minister described the reported move by Mr Trump as "outrageous". Nato countries pledged in 2014 to spend two per cent of their GDP on defence, something only a handful of nations – including the UK, Greece, Poland and Estonia – currently do.

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  • Singaporean couple jailed for starving Filipina maid

    Lim Choon Hong and his wife Chong Sui Foon – were jailed on Monday (27 March) for starving their Filipina domestic worker over a period of 15 months between 2013 and 2014. Lim, a trader, was jailed three weeks and fined S$10,000, while Chong was jailed for three months. The couple’s maid Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, who is in her 40s, was given only white bread and instant noodles to eat twice a day during the period.

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  • Japan loans Manila military planes for South China Sea

    The Philippines Monday took delivery of two Japanese military surveillance aircraft to help it patrol vital sea lanes in the South China Sea, despite Manila's increasingly conciliatory stance to Beijing's claims over the disputed waters. Japan will lease a total of five surplus Beechcraft TC-90 planes to the Philippines, according to Manila's defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Philippine military chief General Eduardo Ano said the new planes would be deployed over Benham Rise and the South China Sea.

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  • Indonesian girl howls through circumcision as debate heats up

    Indonesian toddler Salsa Djafar was wearing a glittering golden crown decorated with ribbons and a shiny purple dress to mark a special occasion -- her circumcision day. At the celebrations attended by relatives, shrieks filled the modest, yellow-walled house in remote Gorontalo province as a traditional healer covered the 18-month-old girl with a white sheet and sliced skin off her genitals. "It's hard to see her crying like this, but it is tradition," her father Arjun Djafar, a 23-year-old labourer, told AFP at last month's ceremony.

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  • United Airlines bans female passengers from flight because they wore leggings

    A United Airlines agent stopped two girls from flying because they were wearing leggings, Twitter user and activist Shannon Watts said on Sunday, sparking a firestorm of backlash online for policing women’s clothing. Another girl wearing grey leggings had to change before she was allowed to board her flight at Denver International Airport. The witness said the girl appeared to be 10 years old and was attempting to fly from Denver to Minneapolis.

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  • Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend emotional family funeral

    The couple dressed all in black for the service in Los Angeles.

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  • Win or lose, Chinese fans expected to flock to Russia

    Chinese fans are expected to travel to the 2018 World Cup finals in record numbers with the growing interest in soccer and a cordial relationship with hosts Russia seen as key factors, despite the national side's failings on the pitch. China have only played at one World Cup and the current team face an uphill battle to book a berth at the next one, but Feng Tao, chief executive officer of marketing and events firm Shankai, believes fans will flock to Russia regardless. "We are confident we can bring more fans to Russia because of the relationship between Russia and China," said Feng, whose company has signed an exclusive deal with BH Hospitality to sell travel packages for the tournament to the Chinese market.

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  • Man caught ‘holding eight women captive at luxury home and calling them his diamond kitties’

    An alleged human-trafficker in the US is facing more than 200 years in prison after he was accused of holding eight women he referred to as his “diamond kitties” captive. Kenndric Roberts, 33, lured the women online to a rented $1m (£800,000) home in Atlanta, Georgia, with the promise of modelling work. According to NBC News, police reported a claim by one woman that Kendrick had threatened her on numerous occasions including one instance “where he stated he was going to pay someone to cut her chest open, take out the implants and cut her up”.

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  • North-South Line MRT trains to stop on tracks for testing on 28 March

    SMRT trains will be briefly stopped in their tracks on Tuesday night for testing. Trains on the North-South Line of the MRT will be stopped for about 10 minutes starting at 11pm Tuesday night (28 March) to switch over to a new signalling system, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT said in a joint media release Monday. According to SMRT, there will be no change to the train service hours.

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  • How 82 seconds of hell started with a WhatsApp message

    At the Preston Park Hotel in Brighton on Wednesday morning, Adrian Ajao was chatting with hotel staff about his plans for the day as he checked out at reception. Across the river, Spanish teacher Aysha Frade was in the middle of lessons at DLD College near Waterloo Station.

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  • FIFA to cover Coleman's wages during recovery

    (Reuters) - Everton defender Seamus Coleman's wages will be paid by FIFA while he recovers from a double leg fracture suffered during international duty with Ireland. Coleman underwent a successful leg operation on Saturday following a wild challenge by Wales defender Neil Taylor, who was immediately dismissed during a goalless World Cup qualifier between the two sides last week. The 28-year-old fullback is expected to miss the rest of the Premier League season and his wages will be covered by FIFA Club Protection Programme during that period.

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  • Toshiba wants Westinghouse to file for bankruptcy as early as Tuesday - source

    By Kentaro Hamada and Taro Fuse TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp wants its U.S nuclear unit to file for Chapter 11 protection from creditors as early as Tuesday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter, seeking a quick ringfencing of losses before the Japanese parent's financial year ends. While a Westinghouse bankruptcy filing would help limit future losses for Toshiba, it still falls far short of drawing a line under its problems. Any filing would trigger complex negotiations between Toshiba, the nuclear unit and creditors, and could embroil the U.S and Japanese governments given the scale of the collapse and U.S. state loan guarantees for new reactors.

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  • Lucasfilm lost sleep over uncanny resurrections of 'Rogue One'

    It grossed $1 billion and picked up numerous awards nominations, but a particular aspect of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" proved one of the most controversial moments in the entire franchise. Fans were polarized by the computer-generated appearances of the long-dead Peter Cushing and a youthful Carrie Fisher, with some admiring the technical wizardry but many dismissing their inclusion as downright creepy. With Lucasfilm planning to release the DVD and Blu-ray of "Rogue One" on April 4, fans will get an insight into just how well the film's crew understood that its flirtation with the "uncanny valley" of computer-generated human images was a huge risk.

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  • Joe Biden: I regret not running for president – because I could have won

    Joe Biden: ‘Do I regret not being president? Joe Biden believes he could have won the presidency in 2016, had he made it through a tough Democratic primary. Barack Obama’s vice-president also hopes Donald Trump, who has had a tempestuous first two months in office since beating Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, “grows into the job a little bit”.

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  • I tried to take a laptop on a flight - here's what happened

    Thousands of travelers were forced to put iPads, laptops and tablets into their checked luggage on Saturday as Britain’s ban on electronics on flights from six predominantly Muslim countries came into effect. 

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  • Hyundai suspends China plant for a week amid diplomatic stand-off

    By Hyunjoo Jin SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Hyundai Motor on Monday said it had suspended production at one of its Chinese factories for a week, fuelling concern that a diplomatic standoff may be hurting sales in the automaker's top market. South Korean companies, from cosmetics firms to retailers, say they are being targeted in China because of Beijing's objections to a planned deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea. China worries the system's powerful radar can penetrate its territory.

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  • 'Unparalleled' number of dinosaur tracks found in Australia

    An "unprecedented" 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been found on a stretch of Australia's remote coastline, scientists said Monday, dubbing it the nation's Jurassic Park. Palaeontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University said it was the most diverse such discovery in the world, unearthed in rocks up to 140 millions years old in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Steve Salisbury, lead author of a paper on the findings published in the Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, said the tracks were "globally unparalleled".

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  • Antonio Banderas underwent surgery after suffering heart attack

    The actor attributed the health scare to stress.

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