• Blatter rocks world soccer by quitting FIFA amid scandal

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter rocked the world of soccer on Tuesday by unexpectedly quitting as FIFA president in the face of a corruption investigation that has plunged the game's governing body into the worst crisis in its history. Blatter, 79, announced the decision at a hastily arranged news conference in Zurich, six days after the FBI raided a hotel in Zurich and arrested several FIFA officials and just four days after he was re-elected to a fifth term as president. Blatter said an election to choose a new president for the deeply troubled organisation would be held as soon as possible.

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  • Mourinho slams 'superstar' youngster Loftus-Cheek

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho delivered a damning assessment of home-grown midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek's performance in Tuesday's 1-0 tour win over Sydney FC. The teenager, viewed as one of the brightest young prospects with the English champions, replaced Diego Costa before halftime but was substituted himself half an hour later. "He has to learn that at 19 you have to run three times as much as the other guys," Mourinho told a news conference.

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  • Philippines' highest-ranking communist rebel held: military

    The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday. Adelberto Silva is considered the "highest ranking" leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its New People's Army (NPA) armed wing, a military statement said. "He is the overall orchestrator of rebel movements in the entire country.

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  • Malaysia's Anwar in hospital with "serious" health problems: wife

    Malaysia's jailed ex-opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was hospitalised Tuesday for a host of health problems including "erratic" blood pressure, his wife said. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also criticised the prison authorities for allegedly delaying Anwar's request for treatment and tests for his medical problems. "His blood pressure goes up and down and is erratic.

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  • Russian missile maker says BUK rocket downed MH17

    The Russian firm making missiles similar to the one the West claims downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine said on Tuesday the passenger jet was likely hit by a BUK missile system. All 298 passengers and crew on board the Malaysia Airlines jetliner -- the majority of them Dutch -- died when it was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine last year. Officials from state-controlled missile producer Almaz-Antey said they could not pinpoint which side shot down the plane, but intimated that the Ukrainian army was responsible as they unveiled their own report into the incident based on publicly available photographs of the wreckage.

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  • Brad's 'surprise birthday treats for Angelina'

    Brad Pitt apparently has a "string of surprises" planned for Angelina Jolie's 40th birthday. It's been a hectic year for the couple so far, who have been filming their upcoming movie By the Sea with Angelina directing, so Brad is doing all he can to make his wife's birthday a memorable one. "Brad has planned a string of surprises for Ange's big birthday on 4 June, including a trip to a private island, which he's hired out just for them.

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  • More than 680 in South Korea isolated over MERS virus fears

    More than 680 people in South Korea are isolated after having contact with patients infected with a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East, health officials said Monday. South Korea has reported 17 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome since diagnosing the country's first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia. South Korea's cases have connections to the first patient, either medical staff who treated him or patients who stayed near the man at the hospital before he was diagnosed and isolated.

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  • Continental Collision Could Trigger California Tsunami

    Massive undersea earthquakes off the coast of California could send a tsunami crashing into Los Angeles or San Diego, new research suggests. As the North American and Pacific tectonic plates grind past each other, large chunks of Earth's crust wedged between them get squeezed and twisted off Southern California and Baja California in Mexico. The San Andreas Fault — which snakes about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) from Mendocino in northern California to the Salton Sea in the southern part of the state — gets most of the attention.

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  • Bruce Jenner's public transition to Caitlyn comes at pivotal time for transgender community

    Former Olympic athlete and reality TV star Bruce Jenner, who is transitioning to life as a woman, revealed her new name as Caitlyn Jenner on Monday (1 June) and posed in a white strapless corset on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Jenner's public transition has social media abuzz and her coming out story now joins what the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community are calling a formative time in the way that transgender people are written about and depicted in the media. What we saw with the Diane Sawyer interview and what's followed since is a really respectful way of reporting trans people's transition stories or identities.

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  • What Happens When a Harvard Engineer Gets Robbed?

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  • Report tells of rapid capsize on China cruise ship

    Tour guide Zhang Hui "had 30 seconds to grab a life jacket," before the ship overturned in China's mighty Yangtze river during a storm Monday night, the Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday. The 43-year old and a colleague "grabbed everything they could reach and kept their heads above water" as the ship sank, Xinhua said. More than a dozen people have been been saved from the Dongfangzhixing, or "Eastern Star," which went down on the popular tourist route from the eastern city of Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing, Xinhua said.

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  • Philippine leader visits Japan amid China land claim tensions

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday began a four-day visit to Japan that will see him court investment and seek support for his opposition to China's land reclamation in the South China Sea. The Filipino leader's visit to Tokyo comes less than a month after the two countries held their first joint military drill in modern history -- despite Japan's role as occupier of much of Asia during World War II. Aquino's schedule also includes a meeting with Japan's emperor Wednesday and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, after speaking at an investment forum designed to lure potential business deals. Beijing has ramped up its land reclamation in the South China Sea at a dramatic pace in recent months, constructing man-made islands on top of reefs across a wide area to back up its territorial claims.

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  • Everything you need to know about Windows 10

    Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for millions of consumers. Microsoft is yet to confirm the reports, but the new operating system is expected to cost $119 for the basic home user package for a machine not running one of the aforementioned versions of Windows. What's more, Windows 10 is only going to be a free download until July 2016.

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  • Federer out as Wawrinka and Tsonga set up French Open semi

    Stan Wawrinka knocked Roger Federer out of the French Open quarter-finals on Tuesday to set up a last-four clash with home hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Wawrinka, the eighth seed, beat his more illustrious Swiss compatriot Federer in three sets 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4). Fourteenth seed Tsonga, meanwhile, was taken to five sets by Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori before prevailing 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3.

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  • US justices rule for Muslim denied job over headscarf

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Muslim woman who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a black headscarf. The justices said that employers generally have to accommodate job applicants and employees with religious needs if the employer at least has an idea that such accommodation is necessary. Job applicant Samantha Elauf did not tell her interviewer she was Muslim.

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  • Qatar hits back at 'untrue' worker deaths report

    Qatar hit back Tuesday against a "completely untrue" claim in a Washington Post story which estimated that 4,000 workers are likely to die on World Cup 2022 building sites. A strongly-worded statement from Qatar's Government Communication Office, claimed "enormous damage has been done to Qatar's image and reputation" by the article, "The Human Toll of FIFA's Corruption". Doha said in the statement that no one has died on World Cup construction sites.

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  • Second test flight set for Nasa's supersonic saucer

    A helium balloon carrying an experimental saucer-shaped Nasa spacecraft is set for take-off on Tuesday (2 June) to test new landing systems for future missions to Mars. The second test of Nasa's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) is designed to investigate and test breakthrough technologies for landing future robotic and human Mars missions and safely returning large payloads to Earth. "As we started thinking about the next generation of more capable, more exciting, more bold missions to Mars, we started realizing that we didn't have the technologies in place to land them and we had to start today, start developing those technologies," said Jet Propulsion Laboratory LDSD Principal Investigator, Ian Clark.

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  • Puppy reunions might be more fun for humans than for dogs

    It wasn't up to Guinness World Record standards, but I was pretty shocked when the rescue dog we were fostering had 13 puppies. None looked like their redheaded mother, Goldie, yet the pups were so similar I could only tell the brown fur-balls apart by their numbered collars. "I was curious to see how they would do with each other," said Elise Branson, who arranged the gathering that drew Goldie and five of her then-5-month-old pups.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner: Docu-series will help my soul

    Caitlyn Jenner is not doing her docu-series for money. The 65-year-old, formerly known as Bruce, made her public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair on Monday. As well as addressing her reasons for being so public about her transformation, Caitlyn also discussed the years of struggles that she had living as a male.

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  • Russians weigh Gorbachev reforms that sank USSR 30 years on

    A few months after the politburo chose him as Soviet supremo in early 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev halted his cortege in downtown Leningrad for an impromptu walkabout that signalled change was in the air. Emerging from his government limousine, the then 54-year-old Communist party boss from southern Russia strode over to talk to a crowd of shocked passers-by -- shattering protocol that kept Kremlin bigwigs away from average people. "Comrades, it seems that we really do need reforms," Gorbachev told the crowd that day.

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  • Four injured in rollercoaster ride crash in Britain

    Four people were seriously injured when two carriages on a rollercoaster ride collided at the Alton Towers theme park in Britain on Tuesday, a spokeswoman said. "The resort's fully qualified first responders were on the scene immediately to assist with the evacuation, which is ongoing," the spokeswoman said. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said that 16 people required medical attention, "four of which have reported serious injuries".

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