• Garner 'couldn't handle Affleck's gambling'

    It was also revealed that they apparently have no prenuptial agreement, as they are not worried about splitting their assets. While it's unsure why they decided to split, TMZ now reports it's because Jennifer was no longer able to put up with her husband's betting habits. Ben's rumoured gambling problem hasn't gone unnoticed by the public, as various publications have uploaded photos of him in casinos flashing cash in the past.

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  • Macy's becomes latest to cut ties with Donald Trump

    Department store Macy's Inc said on Wednesday that it would end its business relationship with Donald Trump, becoming the latest company to sever ties with the real estate developer and TV personality after his comments insulting Mexicans. Macy's said it would phase-out Trump's menswear collection, which includes shirts, ties, cufflinks and suits and have been sold by the department store since 2004. "Macy's is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion.

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  • Valencia football president steps down

    Amadeo Salvo resigned as president of La Liga club Valencia on Wednesday citing personal reasons, although Spanish media said his departure along with four other senior personnel was due to differences with Singaporean owner Peter Lim. Salvo, who has been in the post since June 2013, sitting alongside Layhoon Chan, who replaces him with immediate effect, said his family were going through a tough time. "Last month I warned Layhoon Chan that once the season was over I would leave the club," said Salvo.

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  • Philippine vice president accused of roughing up police

    Elderly Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay was accused by Manila police on Wednesday of roughing up officers during a brawl that left several people hurt. "I thought I was face-to-face with a vice-president who supported the police, but it was the opposite. Police leaders said they were studying possible criminal charges against the elder Binay and his bodyguards.

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  • Greece proceeds with vote plan as creditors rebuff overture

    The Greek government vowed Wednesday to go ahead with plans to have the people decide whether they want more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. Greece offered more concessions to its creditors, but was rebuffed — Eurozone finance ministers refused to negotiate any more aid until the referendum clears up what the country wants. The moves came on a fast-paced day of zigs-and-zags that saw the Greek prime minister back off his earlier refusal to consider creditors' belt-tightening demands, yet hold firm on putting the measures to a popular vote.

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  • Singapore PM takes to the stand for hours in blogger defamation case

    By Rujun Shen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took the stand for nearly seven hours on Wednesday, answering questions from a blogger he has successfully sued for defamation as the Supreme Court tried to decide how much he should be paid in damages. Lee sued Roy Ngerng, 34, for a blog last year in which the defendant was alleged to have implicated Lee in impropriety in connection with how funds in Singapore's mandatory retirement savings scheme are managed. Its leaders have previously sued or settled out of court with foreign media for alleged defamation, but this is the first time a blogger has faced such action.

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  • Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

    A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions. The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that IS victims often sport. Jaysh al-Islam fighters in the video say the IS forces are being executed in part as revenge for the deaths of at least three of the rebel group's members who were beheaded by IS.

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  • Tiger touts progress as new romance reported

    Tiger Woods expects some improvements, however slight, in his game when the PGA Greenbrier Classic begins Thursday even as he was romantically linked to a rival's ex-wife on Wednesday. Obviously, that's not saying much," Woods said. Woods, who shared 17th at the Masters in his only decent showing this year, was again the subject of tabloid reports Wednesday as the National Enquirer stated Woods and US ski star Lindsey Vonn split up in May after two years together because she caught Woods cheating on her with Amanda Boyd, a 27-year-old who in March divorced star golfer Jason Dufner, the 2013 PGA Championship winner.

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  • Hank Baskett: I didn't engage in affair

    In 2014 32-year-old Hank was accused of having a sexual encounter with a transgender model, which led to a strained time between him and his wife Kendra Wilkinson. Hank turned up at the place, and after using the bathroom was met by a naked transgender woman making out with another transgender woman. Hank was so upset by the incident that he shut down to friends and family.

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  • Crew of crashed Taiwan TransAsia plane shut off working engine - source

    By Faith Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - The crew of a TransAsia Airways ATR plane that crashed in Taiwan in February, killing 43 people on board, had shut off the working engine after the other lost power, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The latest investigation report into the Taipei crash, to be released on Thursday, will say data readings showed the almost-new turboprop ATR 72-600 stalled and crashed shortly after the functioning engine was switched off, said the source. The findings of the report, by the Aviation Safety Council, will also focus on flight operations, air traffic control, weather, the air worthiness of the plane and other factors, added the source, who could not be identified because the report has not yet been made public.

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  • Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

    Myint is one of more than 800 current and former slaves rescued or repatriated after a year-long Associated Press investigation into pervasive labor abuses in Southeast Asia's fishing industry. Thailand's booming seafood business alone runs on an estimated 200,000 migrant workers, many of them forced onto boats after being tricked, kidnapped or sold. Myint, his family and his friends recounted his story to AP, which also followed parts of his journey.

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  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32 bn fortune to charity

    Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday promised his entire $32 billion (28.8 billion euro) fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever such pledges. The pledge is "maybe... the first such big announcement" of its kind in the region, and is modelled on a charity established by Microsoft founder Bill Gates in the United States, the prince told reporters. Alwaleed said his charity "will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world." The money "will be allocated according to a well-devised plan throughout the coming years", he said, but stressed there was no time limit for the donation to be spent.

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  • Ghost schools a window into China's one-child policy future

    Rusty padlocks seal empty classrooms and blank graduation certificates litter a dusty, silent school corridor in Rudong, a haunting glimpse of China's ageing future in a town which pioneered the one-child policy. Education facilities are being shrunk to cater for dwindling pupil numbers, and the once bustling Technical Secondary School is now a hollow eight-storey shell. Long before China's Communist rulers rolled out the one-child policy nationwide to halt population growth, Rudong was already carrying out forced sterilisations, abortions and highly personal checks on women on its own initiative.

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  • JLaw and Chris 'split for second time'

    Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin have reportedly parted ways for a second time. It will be their third feature together and the former couple are said to be getting along better than ever now that time has passed.

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  • Chinese people getting 'taller and fatter'

    Chinese people are growing taller as the country becomes richer but they are getting fatter even faster, the government said. Adult obesity rates reached 9.6 percent in 2012, more than doubling over a decade, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report on national nutrition and chronic diseases. "The problem of overweight and obesity is rising sharply as the dietary make-up has changed," Wang Guoqiang, a vice director of commission, told a press conference.

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  • Ivanovic dumped out of Wimbledon by American qualifier

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Ana Ivanovic became the highest-profile casualty of Wimbledon's opening days as the seventh seed fell to 158th-ranked qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a second round clash on Wednesday. Ivanovic, a former French Open Champion and world number one, lost 6-3 6-4 to become the second-highest seed to exit the women's draw after Simona Halep was beaten on Tuesday.

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  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement. The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the U.S.-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah. "We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be over-run by our creeping multitudes," said a masked Islamic State member in the message addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas".

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  • Former Auschwitz guard asks God for forgiveness at trial

    A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served in Auschwitz testified Wednesday he helped the death camp function in his role sorting cash and valuables seized from Jews after they arrived in cattle-cars. Oskar Groening told the Lueneburg state court in a statement read by his attorney that it was hard today to understand the blind obedience he had to the Nazi system even when witnessing the terrible atrocities perpetrated at the death camp in German-occupied Poland. Groening is accused of helping Auschwitz function in his job at the camp for which the German press has dubbed him the "Accountant of Auschwitz." He guarded prisoners' baggage on the ramps, but his main task was to collect and tally money stolen from the new arrivals and then send it to Berlin.

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  • Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends

    Indonesia's air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying non-military passengers who paid for their flights. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended. The dead included all 122 on the plane, including military personnel and family members, and people in a residential area of Medan city where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, North Sumatra police Maj. A. Tarigan told TVOne station.

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  • With great fanfare, Pyongyang opens new airport terminal

    North Korea opened a new terminal building at Pyongyang's international airport on Wednesday, underscoring an effort to attract more tourists and to spruce up the country ahead of a celebration of a major anniversary of the founding of its ruling party in October. North Korean Premier Pak Pong Ju officiated at the opening ceremony, which marks the completion of years of work at Pyongyang's main Sunan airport. Just a handful of international flights come and go from Pyongyang every week, although since last year the frequency has increased.

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