• Sherwood reveals Benteke has buy-out clause

    Tim Sherwood admits Aston Villa can't stop Christian Benteke leaving because the Belgium striker has a buy-out clause in his contract. Benteke has been strongly linked with a transfer to Liverpool and Villa manager Sherwood confirmed for the first time on Thursday that he has a substantial release clause in his contract which would trigger a move if met.

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  • Avago, Broadcom deal could put pressure on Qualcomm

    Avago Technologies Ltd's $37 billion deal to buy chipmaker Broadcom Corp creates new competitive challenges for Qualcomm and may force the world's largest mobile chip maker to radically rethink its own strategy. Qualcomm Inc , which has dominated the market for connectivity chips on smartphones, has been looking to extend its reach into data centers and network infrastructure, but may find its way blocked by an enlarged competitor combining Avago's strength in storage and Broadcom's power in networking. "Qualcomm has aspirations of moving into Intel's data center processor incumbency that the Avago storage and now enterprise networking (from Broadcom) capability directly overlays," said Drexel Hamilton analyst Richard Whittington.

    Reuters 57 mins ago
  • After Over Two Months Of Drama, Amos Yee’s LKY Video Is Back Again

    The LKY video that started the whole Amos Yee saga has returned. Yesterday, a Channel NewsAsia report said that prosecutors are demanding that Yee be send to a Reformatory Training Centre after the controversial video reappeared on his YouTube page. The video, which was taken down in March, has been viewed over a million times, and shared more than 9,500 times.

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  • Suarez victim of FIFA 'corruption': union

    Luis Suarez was "a victim" of the alleged widespread corruption roiling FIFA so his international suspension for biting should be lifted, Uruguay's football players' union said Thursday. "If Luis Suarez agrees, we will request the end of his suspension on grounds that he was suspended by an organization suspected of corruption," the Uruguayan Professional Footballers' Mutual Association said on its official Twitter account. "He was without a doubt the victim of this ALLEGED corruption," it said, after nine former and current top football officials were charged in a sweeping investigation involving more than $150 million in bribes for World Cup hosting rights, broadcast contracts and other lucrative football decisions.

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  • Myanmar restricts journalists after photos show sleeping MPs

    Journalists were negotiating with Myanmar officials Thursday to restore their access to the Parliament chamber after being pushed out because pictures of snoozing lawmakers were published online. The pictures of sleeping MPs was the main reason cited by Kyaw Soe, director general of the Union Parliament, which handles administrative duties. In a minor victory, the journalists were told they could occupy the upper floor of the chamber, but they were continuing to negotiate Thursday evening.

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  • Insight: All at sea: Australia's search for MH370 under scrutiny

    By Swati Pandey and Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - Nearly a year after embarking on a multi-million dollar quest to solve one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries, authorities and search teams are being criticised over their approach to finding Flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean. The Australian-led search, already the most expensive in aviation history, has found no trace of the Malaysia Airlines jet or its 239 passengers and crew, prompting calls for a rethink into the way the mission is conducted. Heightening concerns, Australian authorities said on Wednesday that another search vessel, the Go Phoenix, which is using the world's best deep sea search equipment and crew provided by U.S. firm Phoenix International Holdings Inc, would pull out within weeks.

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  • 10 Most Popular Homes In Singapore 2015

    Just like birds building their nests stick by stick, homeowners put in a lot of heart and effort to transform bare and empty houses into homes to call their own. Through Qanvast, some homes end up being an inspiration to others - giving them ideas to

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  • Shanghai shares plunge 6.5%, Hong Kong loses 2.23%

    Shanghai shares plunged 6.5 percent from a more than seven-year high on Thursday, dragging Hong Kong with it, as traders were spooked by liquidity fears and stricter requirements on margin trading. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, tumbled 5.52 percent, or 161.09 points, to 2,756.93 on turnover of 1.1 trillion yuan. Analysts said mainland sentiment was hit after several securities firms raised the deposit level for margin trading -- through which investors use borrowed funds to trade stocks.

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  • Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart loses control of family trust

    Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was Thursday ordered by a court to relinquish control of a multi-billion dollar family trust to her eldest daughter, culminating a long and bitter feud. The New South Wales Supreme Court appointed Bianca Rinehart as head of the trust, reportedly worth Aus$4.0-5.0 billion (US$3.1-3.8 billion), which was established by her grandfather, the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. It ordered Gina Rinehart to deliver the trust documents and accounts to her daughter.

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  • Rafa Benitez resigns as Napoli coach

    Rafael Benitez moved a step closer to taking over Spanish giants Real Madrid when the Spaniard resigned as Napoli coach on Thursday. The out-of-contract 55-year-old, who arrived in Italy in 2013, will take charge of his final game when Napoli host Lazio on Sunday in effectively a playoff for the third Champions League spot in Serie A. "This is the end of my two years experience here and I would like it to finish with a victory," said Benitez as he thanked the club, its president and its supporters. Benitez, won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, the then UEFA Cup with Valencia in 2004 and the Europa League for Chelsea in 2013, is seen as one of the wiliest tacticians in world football.

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  • China land reclamation in South China Sea creates 'new facts': U.S.

    By David Alexander ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter, in Washington's latest challenge of Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea, said the scale of Beijing's activities, not the United States, was altering the status quo in the region. Carter, speaking to reporters at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia, said the United States was trying to maintain a shared regional security structure that has advanced "prosperity for everyone" over the past 70 years. "We’ve been flying over the South China Sea for years and years and years, and ... will continue to do that: fly, navigate, operate.

    Reuters
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt says no to nannies

    Jennifer Love Hewitt “didn’t have a nanny” to help look after her little girl.The actress has 18-month-old daughter Autumn James with husband Brian Hallisay. The couple are also expecting their second child, announcing Jennifer’s pregnancy in January,

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  • Home (not so) sweet home: The Singapore edition

    Popping tiles, shoddy skirting, shattered glass shower walls – these are some of the public housing woes that have gotten Singaporeans red-faced and sputtering after moving into their brand new BTO or DBSS flats in the past year. One instance saw Singaporeans complaining even before foundations were built – after they discovered they could be staying next to a columbarium. Here are the top five public housing sagas that made headline news in the past 12 months.

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  • Portman reflects on Harvard education

    Natalie Portman was keen to prove she was more than “just a dumb actress” when she arrived at Harvard University. The 33-year-old actress attended Harvard from 1999 to 2003, and left with a degree in psychology. "When I came in as a freshman in 1999, I felt like there had been some mistake and that I wasn't smart enough to be in this company," Natalie said.

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  • Nadal, Murray call for Blatter change

    Tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray waded into the great football corruption scandal Thursday, suggesting the game would be better served without FIFA chief Sepp Blatter's iron grip on power. Nadal, who is the nephew of former Spanish international Miguel Angel Nadal, believes that for Blatter to have been FIFA president since 1998 breeds an unhealthy environment in the sport. "My thought is it is good to have combinations, in politics, in sport, in the world in general," said Nadal at the French Open on Thursday.

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  • Huge drop in West Virginia coal production forecast

    West Virginia University researchers predict that state coal production will drop 39 percent compared with the industry's last high point in 2008 — less-than-encouraging news for more than 1,800 coal miners who learned last week they would likely lose their jobs. Murray Energy said it warned 1,417 workers at five underground West Virginia mines of planned layoffs.

    Associated Press 33 mins ago
  • 'Dementor' wasp, giant stick insect among new Mekong finds

    From a soul-sucking 'dementor' wasp named after a creature from the Harry Potter books to a half-metre long stick insect, scientists identified 139 new species in the Greater Mekong Region in 2014, according to a new report. Many of the newly-described species are already under threat from new roads and dams and the region's rapacious demand for wildlife meat and luxury timber, the WWF said in its report. "We've only skimmed the surface of new discoveries in the Greater Mekong," said WWF expert Thomas Gray.

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  • Singapore Airlines Airbus loses power in-flight to both engines

    A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai, SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometres) before normal operation was restored. The carrier said it was investigating the May 23 incident together with Airbus and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. In a statement, SIA said the Airbus A330-300, carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members, "encountered bad weather at 39,000 feet about three and a half hours after departure" from Singapore.

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  • Racist trolling casts pall over US spelling bee

    Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world's foremost spelling bee. For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by American youngsters of Indian heritage. One of them, Vanya Shivashankar, 13, who lives in Kansas, is back for a fifth time -- inspired no doubt by her sister Kavya, the 2009 champion.

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  • Bangladesh plans to move thousands of Rohingya to island

    Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya who have spent years in refugee camps near the Myanmar border to a southern island, an official said Wednesday, as the region faces a human-trafficking crisis. The government has started planning the relocation to Hatiya island in the Bay of Bengal in a move backed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said additional secretary Amit Kumar Baul.

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