• Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck dies on Everest

    Swiss climber Ueli Steck, one of the most feted mountaineers of his generation and famed for his speed ascents of iconic Alpine routes, has died on Everest, officials said. It seems he slipped," Ang Tsering Sherpa, head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AFP. Steck, 40, was on Everest to acclimatise before attempting to summit the world's tallest peak in May, using a never before climbed route.

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  • South Korea, US conduct military drills despite Pyongyang threats

    South Korea and the United States wrapped up their annual large-scale military drills on Sunday, but continued a separate joint naval exercise that has triggered dire threats from nuclear-armed North Korea. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running sky-high for weeks, with signs that the North might be preparing a long-range missile launch or a sixth nuclear test -- and with Washington refusing to rule out a military strike in response. The massive "Foal Eagle" drill, which the defence ministry in Seoul said was ending as scheduled on Sunday, involved around 20,000 South Korean and 10,000 US troops.

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  • Libya seizes oil tankers and crew after shootout at sea

    Libya has seized two foreign-flagged oil tankers and detained their crews for allegedly smuggling fuel after an hours-long gunbattle off the west coast, authorities said. Oil is Libya's main natural resource, with reserves estimated at 48 billion barrels, the largest in Africa. Libya had an output capacity of about 1.6 million barrels per day before the 2011 armed uprising, but production has since slumped as rival forces battle for control of its oil facilities.

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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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  • 'Godfather' cast members reunite at New York film fest

    Cast members of "The Godfather" movies were reunited in Manhattan, nearly half a century after the first of the legendary mafia films hit theaters. American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola reminisced with actors Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert de Niro at a panel event organized as part of New York's Tribeca Film Festival.

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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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  • Man Utd boss Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal

    Jose Mourinho identified Liverpool and Arsenal as Manchester United's chief rivals for Champions League qualification following his side's 0-0 draw at fellow top-four contenders Manchester City. Thursday's stalemate at the Etihad Stadium left United just a point below local foes City, who occupy the Premier League's fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth.

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  • At 41, Klitschko belatedly finds acclaim in defeat

    By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - It never happened in the decade when the prosaic nature of his heavyweight domination quite underwhelmed boxing but, at the age of 41, Wladimir Klitschko belatedly earned proper appreciation for his greatness on Saturday. The veteran Ukrainian warrior came agonisingly close to becoming only the second fighter after George Foreman to win a recognized version of the world title as a forty-something before being stopped by Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium. Bruised, battered and with a deep cut by his left eye, he could only reflect ruefully on having failed to follow up his sixth round knock-down of Joshua aggressively enough, feeling he had let the Briton off the hook.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hailee Steinfeld embraces her barefaced beauty

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pregnant Beyonce parties with birthday girl Jessica Alba

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

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  • 'Horrifying' execution of US inmate: lawyer

    The last of four US prisoners rushed to death by the state of Arkansas after intense legal battles, jerked and convulsed in a "horrifying" end to his life, his lawyer said Friday, as the UN and EU renewed their opposition to the death penalty. Kenneth Williams, a 38-year-old convicted multiple murderer, was the last of four inmates put to death over the space of a week -- the first such executions by the conservative southern state since 2005. "Press reports state that within three minutes into the execution, our client began coughing, convulsing, jerking and lurching with sound that was audible even with the microphone turned off," lawyer Shawn Nolan said in a statement.

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