• Premier League 2014-15 - five offbeat moments

    From Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney's boxing celebration to Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson's 'ostrich' outburst, the 2014-15 Premier League season came with a healthy dose of light relief. Here, AFP Sports recalls five incidents from the campaign that raised a smile: Rooney's knockout celebration Wayne Rooney made the headlines in March after mobile-phone footage emerged of him being punched to the ground during a sparring session in his kitchen with former United team-mate Phil Bardsley. Mourinho's TV blackout thwarted Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's plans to stop his players following Manchester City's game against Liverpool prior to their League Cup final encounter with Tottenham were thwarted by his goalkeeping coach.

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  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in US car crash

    Nobel Prize-winning US mathematician John Nash, who inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind," was killed with his wife in a New Jersey car crash. Nash, 86, and his 82-year-old wife Alicia were riding in a taxi on Saturday when the accident took place, State Police Sergeant Gregory Williams told AFP. The Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) mathematician is best known for his contribution to game theory -- the study of decision-making -- which won him the Nobel economics prize in 1994.

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  • Mercedes apologise for Hamilton pit blunder

    The Mercedes team were swift to apologise and commiserate with Lewis Hamilton, his fans and the disappointed followers of Formula One after their unexpected tactical error deprived the world champion of a seemingly inevitable, and richly-deserved, win in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix. "To all our disappointed fans out there, we feel your pain," Mercedes said on Twitter. Rosberg won by 4.486 seconds ahead of four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari with Hamilton third in a finish that stunned the crowd packed into the harbour of the Mediterranean principality and a worldwide television audience.

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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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  • Suarez out of Barca's final La Liga outing of the season

    Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has not recovered from a hamstring strain and will be rested for the champions' final La Liga game of the season later on Saturday as a precaution. The Uruguay international picked up the injury in Barca's semi-final, second leg at Bayern Munich on May 12 and missed last weekend's La Liga title clincher at Atletico Madrid. Barca coach Luis Enrique will be hoping to have him back in the side for next Saturday's King's Cup final against Athletic Bilbao and the Champions League final a week later as the Catalan giants chase a treble of trophies.

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  • Kids on their own among migrants who arrived in Indonesia

    It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. As the oldest, Mohammad Aesop - just 10 years old - knew it was his job to keep his 8-year-old sister safe. More than half of them wound up in Indonesia, where nearly 170 children who traveled alone - some after being tricked or kidnapped - wait to learn what will happen next.

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  • Working to death in Japan: health warning over 'no overtime' law

    Japan's push to take away overtime from high-paid workers has critics warning it will aggravate a problem synonymous with the country's notoriously long working hours -- karoshi, or death from overwork. Teruyuki Yamashita knows the risks all too well. "I told a nurse that it was dark -- I didn't realise that I was blind," Yamashita said, recalling when he woke up in hospital.

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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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  • 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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  • Robert De Niro Tells NYU Grads: ‘You’re F–cked’

    Robert De Niro had a very special message for the 2015 graduating class of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts when he said, “You made it, and you’re f—ed.” “The graduates from the college of nursing, they all have jobs,” the actor said during his commencement

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  • Sterling axed after week of speculation over Liverpool future

    Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling was dropped to the bench for Sunday's clash at Stoke after his contract dispute with the Premier League club turned ugly this week. Sterling rejected a contract offer worth a reported £100,000-a-week earlier this season and the row escalated this week when his agent Aidy Ward was quoted as saying the England international wouldn't be signing a new deal on any terms. Ward's outburst, which also included comments that showed his disdain for the club's point of view, infuriated Liverpool, who immediately called off a planned meeting to reopen talks with the 20-year-old.

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  • IS executes 217 in, near Syria's Palmyra in 9 days: monitor

    The Islamic State group has executed at least 217 people, including civilians, in and around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the last nine days, a monitor said Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the executions of 67 civilians, including children, and 150 members of regime forces by IS jihadists in different parts of Homs province since May 16. "The Observatory has confirmed that the Islamic State has executed 67 civilians, including 14 children and 12 women in Sukhnah, Al-Amiriyah, the outskirts of the Officers' Housing and Palmyra," said the Britain-based group, referring to several areas in the east of Homs province.

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  • People are worried about Apple for the silliest possible reason

    Reuters/Lucy Nicholson As we head into the second half of the year, there’s a creeping concern amongst Apple analysts that investors are going to bail on the company.  The reason for concern is silly. Basically, Apple has been doing too well. The

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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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  • Chinese dominance worries Nigeria's textile traders

    Nafiu Badaru, a junior civil servant in northern Nigeria's biggest city Kano, doesn't make much money and it takes some cash to look good so he tends to buy made-in-China fabric. "With the same amount of money I can buy six pieces of cheap Chinese brocade which cost only 1,500 naira a piece and still keep some change." The proliferation of Chinese-made textiles is a boon for consumers like Nafiu, with Kano and the wider north struggling with unemployment and economic constraints. Factories have shut and trade in home-spun fabrics has dwindled, prompting calls for foreign investment within Nigeria rather than cheap, mass importation, as well as better regulation.

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  • Separating earthquake fact from fiction in 'San Andreas'

    The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge. Hollywood's favorite geologic bad guy is back in "San Andreas" — a fantastical look at one of the world's real seismic threats.

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  • Schweinsteiger coy on Man Utd rumours

    Bastian Schweinsteiger was coy about rumours Manchester United are set to bid for him with a year left on his contract as Bayern Munich celebrated their Bundesliga title on Sunday. Schweinsteiger took part in Bayern's title celebrations in Munich's Marienplatz on Sunday as the team displayed the German league trophy from the town hall balcony in front of 20,000 fans. It is the eighth time he has won the Bundesliga, having also lifted the German Cup on seven occasions, and was a key factor in Bayern's 2013 Champions League win during his 12 years with the Bavarian giants.

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  • Chris Pratt Apologizes for ‘Jurassic World’ Press Tour Before It Even Begins

    “I want to make a heartfelt apology for whatever it is I end up accidentally saying during the forthcoming ‪[‘Jurassic World’]‬ press tour,” the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star wrote on his official Facebook page.

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  • Iraqi forces 'failed to fight' in Ramadi: Pentagon chief

    Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Sunday that Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, adding the troops lacked the will to defend themselves. Carter said the city fell to the militants because Iraqi forces -- despite strength in numbers -- were not mentally ready for battle. "What apparently happened was the Iraqi forces showed no will to fight.

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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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