• Shakhtar sell record scorer Luiz Adriano to Milan

    Shakhtar Donetsk have sold their all-time leading scorer Luiz Adriano to AC Milan for eight million euros (6 million pounds), the Ukrainian club announced on Thursday. The Brazilian has been at Shakhtar for eight years, winning the Europa League, six Ukrainian championships and four cup titles and scoring 129 goals in all competitions. Last season, he netted nine times, including hat-tricks in successive games in the Champions League to finish one behind joint top scorers Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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  • Philippines gets Canadian helicopters, SKorean landing craft

    The Philippines has received two new Canadian-built helicopters and a surplus South Korean transport vessel as it pushes through with a long-delayed military modernisation programme, military spokesmen said Thursday. Two Bell 412EP helicopters were delivered last week, the first of an eight-helicopter order, said air force spokesman Colonel Enrico Canaya. The utility helicopters are undergoing technical inspection before they join the military's fleet to carry cargo and troops, he added.

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  • Decline and fall as Nadal crashes to new Wimbledon low

    Rafael Nadal's career tailspin accelerated Thursday when dreadlocked German Dustin Brown condemned him to a fourth successive Wimbledon humiliation. Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, slumped to a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 second round defeat against the world number 102, who cracked 13 aces and 58 winners on Centre Court. It was the 29-year-old Spaniard's first ever defeat to a qualifier at a Grand Slam and came in the aftermath of losing his French Open crown where he had been champion nine times.

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  • The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt

    The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get help. After the hell of World War II, the Federal Republic of Germany — commonly known as West Germany — got massive help with its debt from former foes. The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's loans and restructured the rest, is a landmark case that shows how effective debt relief can be.

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  • At least 38 dead as Philippine ferry capsizes

    A ferry loaded with nearly 200 people capsized off a central Philippine port on Thursday, officials said, killing at least 38 people in the latest of the country's long string of maritime tragedies. Around 27 people are still missing after the 33-tonne, wooden-hulled Kim Nirvana tipped over shortly after setting sail from Ormoc city at midday, the coast guard said. Ormoc public safety officer Goody Edcas said that at least 125 survivors had now been found out of the 189 passengers and crew on board, adding that finding more survivors were unlikely.

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  • Mariah Carey 'being spoiled by new boyfriend'

    Mariah Carey's new beau is reportedly "on a mission" to prove he's her Prince Charming. The 45-year-old singing sensation has moved from ex Nick Cannon with Aussie billionaire James Packer. James is apparently keen to blow his girlfriend away with his romantic gestures.

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  • The Latest: Greeks unsure what 'yes' or 'no' vote will mean

    Germany's foreign minister says the European Union's hands are tied on Greece until that nation's people vote on the last bailout offer to Athens by Greece's creditors. Frank-Walter Steinmeier says the EU will "not be able to move things in the one or the other direction" until the referendum results are in. Steinmeier spoke to reporters Thursday after addressing a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the aircraft's only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," seconds before the disaster, investigators said Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river shortly after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport in February with 53 passengers and five crew on board. Disturbing cockpit transcripts released by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council revealed the pilots trying to deal with an engine that had lost power, but then reducing the thrust of the other, functioning engine.

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  • Affleck ‘devastated by split’

    Ben Affleck is reportedly “devastated” that his marriage has failed. Ben and Jennifer are parents to nine-year-old daughter Violet, six-year-old Seraphina and three-year-old son Samuel. According to the source, Ben has been continuing to live at their marital home in Los Angeles, despite the pair having split around ten months ago.

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  • Japan, U.S. have revenge on their minds in World Cup final

    By Simon Evans EDMONTON (Reuters) - Defending champions Japan and the rival United States are gearing up for the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday where both teams will have the added motivation of trying to avenge a past loss to the other. For the Americans, it is all about avenging their loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup final where the latter triumphed on penalties after the game finished 2-2 after extra time. "(The Americans) took the Olympic gold medal but we aren't going to hand over the World Cup.

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  • 5 things you may not know about Hinduism

    Hinduism’s roots can be traced to the Asia-Pacific region, where a majority of devotees reside. There is less than one per cent of Hindus who live outside of Asia-Pacific. Here are five things you may not know about this religion.

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  • Reelz comes to the rescue of homeless Miss USA pageant

    The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. While Reelz, which reaches 70 million homes, said it considered the interests of Miss USA contestants, the host city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and viewers in making its decision, it made no mention of Trump or the hot water he's found himself in since he announced his presidential bid in June. The statement also did not include details on how Reelz acquired the rights to broadcast the pageant that is a joint venture between Trump and NBC, as is Miss Universe.

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  • Apple's new iPhones to support LTE speeds of up to 300Mbps with new Qualcomm chip?

    Apple may be giving its new iPhones a boost in 4G LTE speeds later this year. According to 9to5Mac, images of a prototype iPhone 6S logic board provided by a source reveal that Apple will be using Qualcomm's MDM9635 chip.

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  • No end in sight for Yellowstone Club founder's jail time

    After a Thursday hearing in U.S. District Court in Helena, it's clear that Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth won't be freed anytime soon after spending more than two months in the Cascade County Detention Center. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon ordered the 65-year-old Medina, Washington, resident locked up for contempt on April 20 for not providing a full accounting of the money Blixseth made from the 2011 sale of the Tamarindo resort for $13.8 million. "We are going, gentlemen, to get this matter resolved," he said, addressing the attorneys for Blixseth and the Yellowstone Club's creditors.

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  • Fears 11,000 Australian dental patients exposed to HIV

    Up to 11,000 Australian dental patients were urged to see their doctors Thursday over fears they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to hygiene breaches at clinics in Sydney. New South Wales Health said 12 dentists from four surgeries were accused of poor cleaning and equipment sterilisation practices and advised patients to get blood tests for HIV as well as Hepatitis A, B and C as a precaution. While NSW Health director of health protection Jeremy McAnulty said no cases had been found so far and the risk of transmission was low, there was concern about people who had undergone invasive procedures.

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  • Syrian Islamist insurgents launch battle to seize government-held Aleppo

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian insurgents led by Islamist groups began a major offensive to gain full control of the divided northern city of Aleppo, a monitor and rebels said on Thursday. The fall of Syria's main commercial hub would be a major blow for President Bashar al-Assad, restricting his control mainly to a belt of territory stretching north from Damascus to the Mediterranean coast. This would deepen Syria's de facto partition between the Assad-run west and areas held by a patchwork of armed groups.

    Reuters
  • Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards

    The ancient ritual bath, called a "miqwe" or "mikveh," was discovered in the town of Ein Karem, a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem that claims to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. "Such instances of finding antiquities beneath a private home can happen only in Israel and Jerusalem in particular," Amit Re'em, a Jerusalem District archaeologist, said in a statement.

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  • Magician Federer pulls out the party tricks

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - It was not the first time Wimbledon had dissolved into a chorus 'oohs' and 'aahs' at the brilliance of Roger Federer but the Swiss ringmaster almost outdid himself when he flashed his racquet between his legs to lob Sam Querrey on Thursday. To Querrey's credit he made a fight of the early stages, before mentally ceding the contest as Federer took control. "You want to go over and give him a high five sometimes, but you can't do that," a bewildered Querrey told reporters.

    Reuters
  • Philippine warlord on trial for massacre 'dying of cancer'

    The patriarch of a political clan who is on trial for the Philippines' worst political massacre is dying of liver cancer, his lawyer said on Thursday. Andal Ampatuan Sr., who is confined at a suburban Manila hospital, was told by his doctor that he had three to six months to live, lawyer Salvador Panelo told AFP. "We are asking the court to allow his continued hospital confinement," Panelo said.

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  • German new car sales rise sharply

    New car registrations in Germany, a key measure of demand in one of the most important sectors of Europe's top economy, rose strongly in June, data showed on Thursday. A total of 313,600 new cars were registered last month, a jump of 13 percent compared with the figure for the same month last year, the VDA automobile industry federation said in a statement. A total 511,100 cars rolled off German production lines last month, an increase of 12 percent year-on-year, VDA said.

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