• Lavrov, Zarif claim breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks

    Russia and Iran's foreign ministers claimed a breakthrough early Wednesday in talks on a framework deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US said not all issues had been agreed yet, as discussions were suspended for the night. "One can say with relative certainty that we at the minister level have reached an agreement in principle on all key aspects of the final settlement of this issue," Russian media quoted Sergei Lavrov as saying at talks in Switzerland. This came after Russia's top diplomat and the foreign ministers of five other major powers and Iran continued working through the night as they missed a midnight (2200 GMT) deadline to agree the main outlines of what they hope will be an historic accord.

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  • Booing Iniesta's a disgrace - Hiddink

    Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink said it was a "disgrace" that Spain star Andres Iniesta was booed by Holland supporters in Tuesday night's friendly. The Oranje ran out 2-0 winners thanks to two first half goals from Stefan de Vriij and Davy Klaassen, which eased the pressure on the veteran coach. Iniesta started on the bench as Spain boss Vicente del Bosque opted for an experimental starting XI but was introduced in the 76th minute to a chorus of boos from fans at the Amsterdam ArenA.

  • US Steel to idle part of Minntac; 680 layoffs expected

    U.S. Steel Corp. said Tuesday it plans to idle part of its Minntac plant at Minnesota's biggest iron mine, resulting in about 680 layoffs. It's the latest symptom of a downturn in the American steel industry that has taken a heavy toll on the Iron Range of northeastern Minnesota. U.S. Steel cited high steel imports, dumping of foreign steel and low steel prices in its announcement.

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  • Lufthansa: Co-pilot disclosed earlier "severe depression"

    Lufthansa knew that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from an episode of "severe depression" before he finished his flight training with the German airline. The airline said Tuesday that it has found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school in 2009 when he resumed his training in Bremen after an interruption of several months. In them, he informed the school that he had suffered a "previous episode of severe depression," which had since subsided.

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  • We made Amos Famous

    What is wrong with Amos Yee? Did he think we’ll go tee-hee When he mocked Christianity? And those jibes on LKY Did he think that they would fly? Did he think “I’ll just try, try?’’ Some say Amos is just a boy Who thinks YouTube is just a toy Even if

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  • Gwyneth 'hurt by Chris and Kate romance'

    The Coldplay frontman and Kate were linked after being spotted hanging out at a beach recently with their kids. Gwyneth considered Kate a friend, but now sources say she's hurt by the romance rumours. "Gwyneth feels like this is a betrayal.

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  • This is the Lee Kuan Yew eulogy the nation did not hear

    After the formalities of the Lying in State and the State Funeral Service, in this final hour Papa is with his family, his friends of a lifetime, his immediate staff who served him loyally and well, his security team who kept him safe and sound, and his medical team who took such good care of him. Actually, Papa was the head of two families.  As the eldest son, from a young age he was effectively head of his household, helping his mother – Mak – to bring up his younger brothers and sister.  He remained close to them all his life.  To my uncles and aunts, he was always “Kor”, never “Harry”. Papa made it a point to attend the Chinese New Year reunions of the extended Lee family every year, even till last year, to catch up with his siblings, to meet his nephews and nieces, and later grand-nephews and grand-nieces.  I think there are a few great grand nephews and nieces but I am not sure if they are here.

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  • US ready to accept China-led infrastructure bank: Lew

    US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Tuesday that Washington was "ready to welcome" the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, backing off from tougher early resistance to the new development institution. Lew said in a San Francisco speech just after a trip to Beijing that the United States would embrace any new international development bank providing it "complements" existing institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Washington, worried about a China-dominated AIIB cutting into the work of the World Bank and Asian Development Bank -- where the US is the leading voice -- at first sought to persuade its allies to hold off from joining the banks.

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  • Rooney: Barkley & Townsend? Carrick was the best player on the pitch... by a mile!

    Manchester United midfielder Carrick replaced Chris Smalling towards the end of the first half, with Roy Hodgson's side a goal behind at the time courtesy of Graziano Pelle's accurate headed finish. Andros Townsend eventually struck the equaliser after the break although Rooney believes Carrick was the stand-out. Italy were the better team in the first half, partly because of ourselves, we didn't put enough pressure on the ball and we let them have it too easy.

  • Peru PM sacked in spy scandal, president faces crisis

    Peruvian President Ollanta Humala was left scrambling to find a new prime minister Tuesday after Congress sacked the incumbent, Ana Jara, over allegations of domestic spying. Jara was deposed in a no-confidence vote late Monday after media reports that the powerful National Intelligence Directorate, or DINI, spied on politicians, journalists, business leaders and thousands of everyday citizens. Summoned to Congress, Jara, 46, said the spying dated back to at least the previous two governments, and told lawmakers she had ordered an investigation.

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  • Malaysian fish seller to hang for killing 2 British students

    A Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced a fish seller to death for killing two British medical students last year on Borneo island. Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said the high court found Zulkipli Abdullah, 23, guilty of stabbing to death Aidan Brunger and Neil Gareth Dalton in Sarawak state last August. The defense failed to raise any reasonable doubts in the case," Muhamad Iskandar said.

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  • Dornan: I stalked a woman

    Jamie Dornan felt excited “in a really dirty way” when he pursued a woman on the Tube. The 50 Shades of Grey star has spoken in the past of the lengths he goes to when preparing for a role. Jamie stars alongside Gillian Anderson in the BBC Two show which has had two series.

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  • Stagnant England prove the FA would be foolish to hand Hodgson a new deal

    England kept their much-vaunted revival on track with a 1-1 friendly draw with Italy in Turin, but in doing so produced a performance that should dismiss any notion of handing Roy Hodgson a new contract before the end of Euro 2016. Wayne Rooney last week called for the Football Assocation to extend Hodgson’s contract as England manager for ‘a few more years’ and the call has been backed by several team-mates with the Three Lions now unbeaten in eight matches since last summer’s World Cup. Yet this game showed why the FA would be fools to back Hodgson until he has shown progress where it really matters.

  • Microsoft makes cheaper version of Surface Pro 3 tablet

    Microsoft is making a cheaper version of its Surface Pro 3 tablet computer in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families. Graphic artists, engineers and finance professionals needing to run complex software might still want the company's higher-end Pro 3, said Dennis Meinhardt, director of program management for Surface.

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  • Bizarre Condition Makes Tongue Resemble a Geographic Map

    Known as "geographic tongue," the condition causes red, patchy shapes to appear on the tongue, formed as some areas lose the tiny reddish bumps called papillae that normally cover the tongue's surface. Geographic tongue (GT) affects the tongue's upper layer of tissue, call the epithelium. In people with GT, one type of papillae called filiform papillae becomes inflamed, said study co-author Gabriel Seiden, a physicist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, who is currently based at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Germany.

  • Ten-man Belgium defeats Israel 1-0 in Euro 2016 qualifier

    Ten-man Belgium held on to beat Israel 1-0 in a 2016 European Championship qualifier on Tuesday after Marouane Fellaini scored an early goal and captain Vincent Kompany was sent off midway through the second half. Fellaini scored from close range in the ninth minute to earn a victory that put the Belgians top of Group B, ahead of Wales on goal difference. Kompany was sent off for a second yellow card in the 64th minute and his teammates had to fend off repeated Israeli attacks in the final minutes, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois making some important saves.

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  • Del Bosque frustrated by friendly defeat

    Vicente Del Bosque rued Spain's profligacy in front of goal as Netherlands inflicted a 2-0 defeat on his side in Amsterdam on Tuesday. The European champions have begun to show the form expected of them in recent Euro 2016 qualifying matches, however they have now not won a friendly match since June. Goals from Stefan De Vrij and Davy Klaassen inside 16 minutes secured victory for Guus Hiddink's side, while goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer was on hand to deny Spain on the rare occasions they tested the Dutch goal.

  • Moore ‘dropped by tourist board for poor acting’

    Julianne Moore has reportedly been cut from a Turkish advertisement because of “poor acting”. The 54-year-old is believed to have filmed a promotional video titled Home Of, which showed her travelling in an airplane while recalling childhood memories of her visits to Turkey. Julianne was reportedly asked to reshoot the footage but the request was turned down.

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  • Jamie Oliver regrets heating up Gordon Ramsay food feud

    British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said Tuesday he regretted saying rival cook Gordon Ramsay was jealous of his success and brushed off their simmering food feud as "no big deal". Both are successful celebrity television chefs and have traded barbs before -- with Ramsay recently chiding the younger Oliver for not attending the launch of his own Hong Kong eatery, Jamie's Italian. Oliver, in Australia as part of his "revolution" to champion food education in schools, hit back on Sunday.

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  • Blooming row over cherry blossom splits China, Korea, Japan

    A perennial debate over the birthplace of the cherry blossom has taken a fresh turn as a Chinese industry group claims the Asian giant is the tree's true home, rather than Japan or claimant South Korea. Cherry blossoms have long been associated with Japan, where viewing the short-lived blooms is an enduringly popular pastime to herald the arrival of spring. In recent years, some South Korean media have claimed that the country is actually the flower's origin -- sometimes provoking prickly reactions in Japan.

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