• United striker Van Persie keeping options open

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Robin van Persie is keeping his options open over his future at Manchester United as he enters a final season of his contract with the club, Dutch media reported on Wednesday. The striker returned from injury towards

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  • Philippine leader likens China to Nazi Germany

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino drew a parallel Wednesday between present day China and Nazi Germany during a speech in Japan, hinting the world cannot continue to appease Beijing as it claims ever-more territory in the South China Sea. The comments come as disquiet grows over the quickening pace of China's land reclamation programme in international waters, including its construction of a runway long enough for large military planes. "If there was a vacuum, if the United States, which is the superpower, says 'we are not interested', perhaps there is no brake to ambitions of other countries," Aquino told an audience of business leaders in Tokyo when asked about China's rising might and the role of the US in checking it.

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  • Chinese tennis legend Li Na announces baby girl

    Retired Chinese tennis star Li Na, who is credited with introducing the game to the country's masses, announced Wednesday that she and her husband have a newborn daughter. "Jiang Shan and I would like to introduce our Alisa to my lovely 'Na fans'," the 33-year-old wrote in an early morning posting to China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo. "Congratulations Li Na on your Grand Slam in life," said one user.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner’s emotional speech

    Caitlyn Jenner “got teary” as she thanked everyone on her Vanity Fair shoot according to Buzz Bissinger. The 60-year-old is Contributing Editor at the magazine and carried out the first interview with Caitlyn since her transition from being Bruce. “Caitlyn was on a couch, looked like a starlet, the only thing missing was a cigarette holder -beautiful patrician face, almost Katharine Hepburn-ish -and she gave a little speech thanking people, and got teary,” he told Entertainment Tonight.

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  • No homes too luxurious for Manhattan super-rich

    A perfect example is the duplex at the top of a 43-story tower near the United Nations -- nearly 10,000 square feet (more than 900 square meters) with an infinity pool on the terrace, a private elevator and spectacular views. It has a state-of-the-art gym, sauna, a shared indoor pool and a rare luxury in Manhattan -- a "private motor court" where cars can drop passengers. "As the buyers become more sophisticated and savvy, they are like, ok, what amenities do really improve my life on a daily basis?" Over the years, 24-hour doormen, laundry services, gyms, basketball courts and swimming pools have become commonplace in New York.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Japan, Philippines huddle amid increasing China concerns

    The Philippine president is on his sixth visit to Japan in less than five years, signaling his country's deepening ties with Tokyo amid increasing concerns by both sides about China's assertiveness in regional seas. In a speech in Tokyo on Wednesday, President Benigno Aquino III criticized what he called China's "unlawful territorial claim," and praised Tokyo for demonstrating solidarity with the Philippines in advocating the problem.

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  • Schools close as MERS virus spreads in S. Korea

    More than 200 primary schools shut down Wednesday as South Korea struggled to contain an outbreak of the MERS virus that has infected 30, killed two and triggered widespread fear. With the World Health Organisation predicting further infections and the government under fire for its initial response, President Park Geun-Hye convened an emergency meeting with top health officials and medical experts to map out a comprehensive quarantine strategy. Five new cases were reported overnight, making this the largest outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outside Saudi Arabia, where the virus has killed more than 400 since 2012.

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  • From hated to hero for James in quest for Cleveland title

    Five years ago, Cleveland Cavalier fans were burning their LeBron James souvenir jerseys after he announced he was taking his talents to South Beach. Now King James, the greatest basketball player of his generation, is hailed for his renewed quest to lead the Cavs to an NBA championship that would end a 51-year title drought for major professional teams in Cleveland. James deserted Cleveland in July 2010 as a free agent to join the Miami Heat and forge a 'Big Three' with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

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  • 3 controversial apps that probably should not exist

    The app market is saturated with all kinds of apps that are supposed to entertain or help us in some way. Although not quite a mobile app, this Google Chrome extension has been causing a stir in the Facebook community. Any messages sent with a location attached is added to the map – yes, that includes locations sent from your Facebook Messenger mobile app.

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  • Kim K ‘expecting twins’

    Kim Kardashian is pregnant with twins, it has been claimed.The 34-year-old reality star revealed the happy news that she was expecting her second child with husband Kanye West on Monday. But according to a source, the couple are still keeping a secret

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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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  • 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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  • Yangtze River: Long river, long history, top tourist spot

    The scene of a capsized cruise ship with hundreds on board is one of the longest and most famous rivers in the world. The Yangtze has dramatic cliffs, peaks and waterfalls that are often featured in Chinese paintings, but its importance goes far beyond that to its role as a major transportation artery that created some of the country's biggest cities. The Chinese name for the Yangtze translates as "long river," and, at 6,300 kilometers (4,000 miles), it is China's longest and the world's third, behind the Nile and the Amazon.

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  • Almost one third of men feel pressured by women to have the 'perfect body'

    The recent furore over a recent ad campaign by weight loss supplement brand Protein World that asks the question "Are you beach body ready?" highlighted what a polemic topic body image is for women. But now it has been revealed that men, too, can often

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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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  • Netflix Has Its Eye On Singapore, Hopefully Arrives Before 2017

    Netflix, the popular on-demand provider of Internet streaming media, has its eye on Singapore’s shores. According to a Straits Times report, Netflix has urged Singapore authorities to reconsider allowing local telcos to continue to charge interconnection fees to reach local broadband users. This is, according to the report, the “strongest indication yet” of their interest in entering Singapore.

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  • With Medal of Honor award, family learns WWI hero wasn't kin

    Two days before President Barack Obama announced a posthumous Medal of Honor for black World War I soldier Henry Johnson, a family got staggering news about the legacy of heroism that had inspired them for generations and through three wars. An Army general visited Tara Johnson last month with word that Henry Johnson was not her grandfather, and that her father, World War II Tuskegee airman Herman Johnson, was not the hero's son. "Dad's birth certificate didn't have Henry on it," she told The Associated Press in an interview this week.

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