• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • One of worst days in FIFA history, says Figo

    By Mike Collett ZURICH (Reuters) - The date of May 27 will go down as one of the worst days in the history of world soccer's governing body FIFA, former presidential candidate Luis Figo said on Thursday. The 42-year-old former World Footballer of the Year withdrew his presidential candidacy last week and threw his support behind Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who is challenging embattled president Sepp Blatter for soccer's top job in Friday's election at the FIFA Congress. The Congress and the election are both expected to go ahead as scheduled despite Wednesday's dramatic twin-pronged assault by the United States Department of Justice and the Swiss Attorney general's office which saw the arrest and detention of senior FIFA officials on a multitude of corruption charges.

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

    By David Alexander ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Defense 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.

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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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  • Batman chases The Joker on "Suicide Squad" set

    28 May – With The Joker making a prominent appearance in the upcoming "Suicide Squad", fans have been wondering where his nemesis Batman will fit in in the grand scheme of things. Questions were answered, well partially, when images and footage of the Caped Crusader filming for the movie flooded social media recently. Videos were uploaded on YouTube and Instagram showing Batman filming a chase scene on the set in Toronto, perched on The Joker's Lamborghini as it sped down the street – a superhero's way of tackling a speeding villain presumably.

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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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  • Tattoos Can Cause Serious Adverse Reactions

    About 1 in 10 people who get tattoos experiences problems with the tattoo, including infection, itching, swelling and redness, according to a small study in the June issue of the journal Contact Dermatitis. Many people in the study had complications that lingered for years after the tattoo was inked, the researchers said. Leger began noticing that a surprising number of patients were coming into her clinic because of issues with their tattoos.

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  • '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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  • Federer, Wawrinka show no sympathy for Nadal in umpire row

    Roger Federer on Wednesday admitted that allowing leading players to pick and choose who umpires their matches could set a difficult precedent for tour organisers. After easing past Spain's Marcel Granollers in the second round of the French Open at Roland Garros, Federer was drawn into a debate that followed Rafael Nadal's admission that he had requested the removal of a respected umpire from officiating his matches. "I think at the end of the day the tournament, tournament director, ATP, governing bodies, ITF, whoever, they need to take the decision, I guess, and the players need to be okay with it or then you can have a dialogue, which can be relaxed or not so relaxed." Nadal admitted on Tuesday that he had demanded that respected Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernandes be banned from officiating at his matches.

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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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  • Kylie Jenner: I’m not pregnant!

    Kylie Jenner has vehemently denied rumours she is currently pregnant. The 17-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has been dating 25-year-old rapper Tyga since last year. Speculation has emerged recently Kylie is carrying his child, but the star claims this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

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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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  • Iraq 'exhumed 470 bodies from Tikrit mass graves'

    Iraq has exhumed the remains of 470 people believed to have been executed by jihadists near Tikrit last year in what is known as the Speicher massacre, the health minister said Thursday. "We have exhumed the bodies of 470 Speicher martyrs from burial sites in Tikrit," Adila Hammoud said at a press conference in Baghdad. In June 2014, armed men belonging or allied to the Islamic State group abducted hundreds of young, mostly Shiite recruits from Speicher military base, just outside the city of Tikrit.

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