• Sunderland's Johnson admits one count of sexual activity with child

    England international Adam Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, but denied two other charges, when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Sunderland winger, who has played 12 times for England, also admitted one count of grooming a girl under the age of 16, a court official said. Johnson, who began his career at Middlesbrough and also played for Manchester City, joined Sunderland for 10 million pounds in 2012 on a four-year contract.

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  • Being bright makes Leicester players winners, says Ranieri

    Leicester City's rapid counter-attacking game has bamboozled defences during a remarkable ascent to the Premier Leaggue summit but manager Claudio Ranieri also credits having bright players as another reason for their success. Leicester top the division after 25 games, five points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, having been relegation candidates 12 months ago. You can be a fantastic player but a stupid man and you cannot improve," Ranieri, in his first season in charge, told the Leicester Mercury newspaper.

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  • US investigating Hollywood links to Najib’s financial scandals, says report

    The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is investigating the money flowing to and from Red Granite Pictures, the Hollywood production house owned by Riza Aziz, the stepson of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. According to entertainment portal Deadline.com, the investigation is part of the DoJ’s probe into possible wrongdoing by Najib and...

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  • 'Uncertainty' over China's yuan fuels market turmoil: Yellen

    US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that China's unclear policy over its yuan currency was stoking turbulence in global markets and exacerbating global economic growth concerns. The yuan's recent declines "have intensified uncertainty about China's exchange rate policy and the prospects for its economy," she said in testimony to Congress. "This uncertainty led to increased volatility in global financial markets and, against the background of persistent weakness abroad, exacerbated concerns about the outlook for global growth." Although she expressed confidence that China's economy was not facing an abrupt stall, the US central bank chief said the overall uncertainty emanating from the world's second-largest economy was behind some of the steep falls in global commodities prices, in turn stressing the economies of exporters.

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  • Senior citizen murdered a day after celebrating CNY with kids

    KLANG, Feb 10 — An 87-year-old man was found murdered today at his home here in Taman Sentosa, just a day after having a Chinese New Year dinner with six of his children. Ong Chock Meng, was...

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  • Liam Neeson finds love with 'super famous' girlfriend

    Liam Neeson is finally in a serious relationship following the death of wife Natasha Richardson in 2009.

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  • Trump shows his U.S. presidential bid is no mere publicity stunt

    By James Oliphant MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Donald Trump served notice on Tuesday to those who have refused to take his 2016 White House campaign seriously: The celebrity real-estate developer and former reality show host is no joke. While Trump had been expected to win New Hampshire's nominating contest, he swamped the Republican field by almost 20 points, demonstrating that his passionate, anti-establishment supporters could be relied on to show up and vote when it counts. “It’s a monumental win for Donald Trump,” said Michael Dennehy, a Republican strategist in Concord, New Hampshire, who is unaffiliated with any campaign.

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  • Japan camera makers battle smartphone onslaught

    Highschooler Nao Noguchi is a perfect illustration of why Japanese camera sales have plunged the past few years -- she uses her smartphone for everything and cannot understand why anyone would bother with a separate device for photos. "It is easy to take your smartphone out of your pocket if you want to take a picture of someone or something. The selfie-stick toting pair are the camera industry's worst nightmare.

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  • Mourinho tells friends Manchester United job is his - reports

    Jose Mourinho has told friends and associates that he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, according to reports in several British newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph all quoted an unnamed source close to the 53-year-old Portuguese as saying his installation at Old Trafford was a "done deal". The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto coach was sacked by Chelsea in December but said in an interview last week that he would soon be back in management, preferably in England.

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  • S. Korea to shut down joint industrial park with N. Korea

    South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its ...

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  • Now Rayani Air denies sabotage claim in flight delay caused by shattered windshield

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 — Rayani Airlines has now denied claims of sabotage involving its Boeing 737 aircraft, a day after stating it suspected foul play after the plane’s windshield in the cockpit...

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  • I pray she embraces Islam, ex-husband’s wish for S. Deepa

    As S. Deepa pined over losing custody of her eight-year old son, her former husband Izwan Abdullah hoped that she would embrace Islam like the rest of her family. He told reporters, after being granted custody of his son at the Federal Court today, that Deepa was the only remaining Hindu while the rest of her family members had converted to...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Hong Kong student held at airport after violent clashes

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong student activist was detained at the city's airport on Wednesday morning, apparently on suspicion of involvement in a violent Lunar New Year clash between police and protesters, his group said.

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  • Coach Stevens resigns from Hoffenheim over health

    Hoffenheim coach Huub Stevens stepped down on Wednesday, citing heart problems with the team struggling in the Bundesliga. "I took my decision following the advice of doctors... who examined me." Stevens also said he may have to undergo surgery. The Dutchman, who saved VfB Stuttgart from relegation in the past two seasons, replaced Markus Gisdol in October.

    Reuters 41 mins ago
  • Cara Delevingne and St. Vincent spark engagement rumours

    It's thought Cara Delevingne has popped the question to girlfriend St. Vincent.

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  • Pakistan court to hear bid to reclaim jewel from British crown

    A Pakistani court is set on Thursday to hear a petition asking Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond more than 150 years after it was taken from Lahore by colonial forces. The 105.6 carat stone, which has also been claimed by a group of Indian businessmen in a separate court case, adorns a crown that was last worn in 1953 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at the coronation of her daughter. Originating in the Golconda mines of central-southern India, it passed through the hands of conquering Mughal princes, Iranian warriors, Afghan rulers and Punjabi Maharajas before being surrendered by a young Sikh prince to Britain following the conquest of Punjab in 1849.

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  • Alicia Vikander warned Kate Winslet about dad's crush

    Alicia Vikander was pleased she finally got to meet Rooney Mara at the Oscar nominees luncheon this week (beg08Feb16), and was surprised when lunch was actually served during the event.

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  • Pope faces Mexicans worshipping skeletal 'Death Saint'

    Two weeks after baptizing her at a Catholic church, baby Adriana's parents put her in a white gown again for a second sacrament: This time, with Mexico's skeletal "Death Saint." As they held the sleepy three-month-old child, a priestess sprinkled holy water infused with rose petals on her in front of 300 people under a 22-meter (72-foot) statue of the Grim Reaper-like "Santa Muerte" in a Mexico City suburb. When Pope Francis arrives in Mexico for a five-day visit on Friday, he will find a country where devotion to Santa Muerte is growing fast despite the Vatican's rejection of the figure as blasphemous. Every Sunday, a big crowd comes to Enriqueta Vargas' outdoor temple in Tultitlan to pray in front of the black fiber-glass statue, which was erected in 2007 in a lot and can be seen from a busy boulevard.

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  • What Caused This Weird Crack to Appear in Michigan?

    A strange and sudden buckling of the earth in Michigan five years ago is now being explained as a limestone bulge, researchers reported today (Feb. 9). The upheaved rock and soil was discovered after a deep boom thundered through the forest near Birch Creek on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, north of Menominee.

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  • 5 Things to Know About Zika Virus

    The outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus throughout parts of the Americas has raised international concern because of the virus's possible connection to a neurological birth defect called microcephaly. In response to the outbreak, two doctors writing today (Feb. 8) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal have compiled a concise list of things that people should know about the virus, which is carried by certain mosquitoes in the Aedes group — mainly, the species Aedes aegypti. "The spread of this virus is highly dependent upon the mosquito population — we know that this Aedes aegypti is really distributed through really large swaths of the Americas," Dr. Derek MacFadden, one of the authors of the article and an infectious-disease physician at the University Health Network in Toronto, said in a podcast posted on the journal's website.

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