• South Korea reports five more cases of MERS illness

    South Korea confirmed five more cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the health ministry said early on Wednesday, bringing to 30 the total number of cases in the country of the often-deadly illness. On Tuesday, South Korea reported its first two deaths from MERS since the first confirmed case two weeks ago, fuelling growing worry about the spread of the illness in the country, which has reported the most cases of MERS outside the Middle East. South Korea has isolated about 750 people for possible MERS infection, which is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered the deadly 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

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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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  • Blatter rocks world soccer by quitting FIFA amid scandal

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter rocked the world of soccer on Tuesday by unexpectedly saying he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation that reportedly may include the embattled chief himself. Citing sources familiar with the case, The New York Times and ABC News reported on Tuesday that Blatter was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. prosecutors. Blatter has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

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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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  • Profile of Cleveland Cavaliers

    * NBA titles: None * The franchise joined the National Basketball Association in 1970 as an expansion team along with the Buffalo Braves and Portland Trail Blazers. * The NBA instituted what is commonly known as the "Stepien Rule," due to Ted Stepien's propensity for trading away high draft picks during a disastrous three-year tenure as owner of the Cavaliers in the early 1980s * Cavaliers are the team that were on the wrong end of "The Shot," the name of a wildly famous series-winning basket hit by Michael Jordan in the 1989 Eastern Conference quarter-finals that is one of the most replayed NBA plays in history.

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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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  • Pirlo vs Xavi show adds lustre to Berlin final

    When Andrea Pirlo and Xavi Hernandez face each other for the last time at the Champions League final on Saturday, there will be more than a Champions League title at stake. For, lovers of the beautiful game will also be hoping to catch a glimpse of the ingenuity that has made the Juventus and Barcelona stars arguably the best midfielders in the world. The pre-match hype may be focused on how Juventus, appearing in their first final since losing to AC Milan in 2003, will put the brakes on the seemingly unstoppable Lionel Messi.

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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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  • 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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  • Rohingya huddled in Bangladesh camps fear plan to move them on

    By Sanjeev Miglani KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - More than 20 years after the first wave of Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar, fear is spreading through the sweltering camps of mud houses where they found shelter in southern Bangladesh that they will soon be on the move again. The refugees worry the Bangladesh government wants them out of sight, perhaps to one of its islands in the Bay of Bengal, as the two countries row over what to do with a stateless minority whose search for security is driving a regional migrant crisis. "This is home for us now, it is peaceful here." said Nur Alam, who crossed the Naf river that separates the two countries in a tiny boat in 1991.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Latest on China Boat Sinking: Over 1,000 sent to help search

    Chinese state broadcaster CCTV says more than 1,000 armed police officers, 30 soldiers and 140 navy divers have been sent to the site where a cruise ship sank on China's Yangtze River. More than 40 small boats also were sent to take part in search and rescue operations. An air force spokesman says China's armed forces sent six helicopters from Beijing and Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.

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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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  • 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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  • Enrique Iglesias concert injuries worse than feared

    Pop star Enrique Iglesias will need weeks to recover after injuries suffered from a drone during a concert turned out to be worse than feared. "He suffered a fracture that needed to be corrected in addition to the reconstructive surgery. Iglesias, who turned 40 last month, was injured Saturday at a concert in Tijuana, Mexico, as he grabbed a camera-equipped drone on stage.

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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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