• Real sack coach Ancelotti after mediocre season

    By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid have sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti after the world's richest club by income failed to win major silverware this season and, according to local media, Napoli's Rafa Benitez is the favourite to succeed him. "The board of directors have decided this evening to relieve Carlo Ancelotti of his duties," president Florentino Perez told a news conference on Monday. "It was a very difficult decision ... but we have not come to Real Madrid to take easy decisions but to take decisions that we believe are the best for an institution that is a reference point around the world," added the construction magnate.

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  • China: Man reunited with mother 30 years after getting on a train by accident

    A man in China has been reunited with his mother after going missing almost 30 years ago. The man, who has not been named, wandered onto a train at a station in his home in Ziyang county, Shaanxi province in 1986, aged just 8-years-old. Twenty-nine years on, the man could remember very few details of his life before he got lost – just the names of his home county, his uncle and mother.

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  • United cause storm by pulling out of youth tournament

    Manchester United have triggered a furious backlash in Northern Ireland after they withdrew from a prestigious youth tournament. United have been regulars at the Milk Cup event over the past 25 years, but the club have confirmed they will not take part this year. "After a thorough assessment of the pre-season training needs of the first team and a detailed assessment of the medical impact of that plan on the reserves, Manchester United has decided not to enter a team in the Dale Farm Milk Cup," a United statement read.

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  • Salma Hayek: No more selfies!

    Salma Hayek thinks a “no more selfies” rule is a great idea for the red carpet. Organisers for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival asked celebrities to refrain from taking pictures on their smartphones while attending events. "There's a time for everything,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Sharapova jeered off court, Murray breezes through

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova reached the French Open second round on Monday but was jeered by fans after she refused to carry out an on-court TV interview. Second-seeded Sharapova defeated Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 to set up a clash against Russian Fed Cup teammate Vitalia Diatchenko. "I totally understand that everyone usually does the interviews and answers a few questions," said Sharapova, who was also champion in 2012 and runner-up in 2013.

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  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace above the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea.

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  • ‘A Beautiful Mind’ Mathematician John Nash Killed in Taxi Crash

    John Forbes Nash Jr., the mathematician whose life inspired the 2001 Best Picture Oscar winner “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed Saturday along with his wife in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to multiple media reports. Nash, 86, and Alicia Nash, 82, were riding in the taxi near Monroe Township when the incident occurred, State Police Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams told CNN. Alicia Nash helped care for her husband, and the two later became prominent mental health advocates.

    The Wrap
  • Greece 'has no money' to meet IMF debt repayment

    Greece warned Sunday it has no money to repay the International Monetary Fund on time in June unless a deal is reached with its creditors, in a stark warning that the country could be just days away from defaulting. With the clock ticking down to four more debt instalments from June 5, Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis told Mega TV that the country has nothing left for the IMF in its coffers. Greece's radical-left government has been locked in negotiations with its creditors -- the IMF, the European Union and the European Central Bank -- for the past four months in a bid to unlock some 7.2 billion euros in bailout cash.

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  • Drogba, Ayew make emotional farewells

    African football legends Didier Drogba and Andre Ayew made emotional farewells at the weekend from clubs they have served with distinction, as most European leagues ended. Veteran Ivory Coast striker Drogba was carried off the Stamford Bridge pitch by team-mates after retiring injured during a 3-1 win for English champions Chelsea over Sunderland. ENGLAND DIDIER DROGBA (Chelsea) Drogba's final Chelsea game ended in memorable fashion as he was carried off by his team-mates during their 3-1 Premier League victory over Sunderland.

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  • This Girl Won’t Give Up Her Dream Without A Fight #ShortFilm

    This article This Girl Won’t Give Up Her Dream Without A Fight originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. Menuk had big dreams for a small town girl. She did not want to settle for a predictable life like her parents. She wanted a better life, an adventure

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  • COMMENT: Singapore a secular state? Think again

    For his commentaries on Singaporean sport, follow his Facebook page Michael Ang Sports. In recent years, there have been loud calls to exclude religion from the public sphere in Singapore. Singapore is widely seen as a secular state because it has no official religion.

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  • Paris Hilton: I'm down with 50 Shades

    Paris Hilton thinks Fifty Shades of Grey is "so gorgeous". Also I like Fifty Shades of Grey, so it's a mixture of both... It's so good, it's so gorgeous," she gushed about the story to the British edition of OK! Magazine. Paris, 34, has never struggled to get a date, counting Benji Madden and Jared Leto among her celebrity flings.

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  • Blatter misled us all, says Platini

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter misled the world of football by reneging on a commitment to step down in 2015, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Monday. Platini backed him in the 2011 election on that basis but is angry that Blatter, 79, is seeking re-election on Friday for a further term. "I am mostly disappointed for the European federations, whom I had asked to support Sepp in 2011, on the basis of a promise he had made," the former French international told the sports newspaper L'Equipe.

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  • Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, bombs in Syria

    BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government. In Palmyra, the Syrian air force struck at buildings captured by the Sunni militant group, whose arrival has raised fears that the city's famed Roman ruins will be destroyed. The air force levelled Islamic State "hideouts" and killed a large number of its members around Palmyra's military air base, Syrian state media said.

    Reuters
  • Hobbled LeBron James helps push Hawks to brink of elimination

    LeBron James played through a myriad of injuries as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-111 in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. James recorded his first triple double of the playoffs, finishing with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists as Cleveland pushed the Hawks to the brink of elimination in the best-of-seven series. "No matter how I am feeling I have got to try and make some plays," James said.

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  • Quake shakes buildings in Tokyo

    A strong quake shook buildings in Tokyo on Monday, setting off alarms and temporarily bringing the city's subway system to halt, AFP reporters in the Japanese capital said. Scientists said there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey. The Japan Meteorological Agency earlier put it at 5.6.

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  • Dwayne Johnson: Everyone's flawed

    Dwayne Johnson admits he's more "flawed" in real life than in his movies. The 43-year-old began his career as a wrestler before turning his hand at acting, making his big motion picture debut in 2001's The Mummy Returns. "In movies like [upcoming film] San Andreas, I play a cool guy who trips a little bit and comes back up.

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  • It's a China office block, Jim, but not as we know it!

    A Chinese millionaire and self-confessed Star Trek fan has boldly gone where no man has gone before with the design of his company headquarters, erected in the shape of the USS Enterprise. The office block in the eastern city of Fuzhou has the emblematic circular contours and tubular features of the show's spaceship, according to images on the website of the People's Daily newspaper. It was built by "Trekkie" Liu Dejian, the boss of mobile Internet app developer NetDragon Websoft, at a cost of $160 million, the newspaper said.

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  • Prince Harry back with Chelsy?

    Britain's Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy are apparently back on.The young royal romanced Chelsy on and off between 2004 to 2010, before moving on to his next longtime partner Cressida Bonas.However since they split last year, it's been rumoured Harry and

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  • British designer growing trees into furniture

    Deep in the English countryside, there's a bizarre sight: rows of trees being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape over years of careful nurturing. Around 150 armchairs, 100 lampshades and other items including mirror frames are being grown out of the ground in a highly unusual adventure in furniture design. The brainchild of Gavin Munro, his Full Grown company has produced some early prototypes, with each item one solid, joinless piece of wood.

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