• Philippines' highest-ranking communist rebel held: military

    The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday. Adelberto Silva is considered the "highest ranking" leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its New People's Army (NPA) armed wing, a military statement said. "He is the overall orchestrator of rebel movements in the entire country.

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  • Brad's 'surprise birthday treats for Angelina'

    Brad Pitt apparently has a "string of surprises" planned for Angelina Jolie's 40th birthday. It's been a hectic year for the couple so far, who have been filming their upcoming movie By the Sea with Angelina directing, so Brad is doing all he can to make his wife's birthday a memorable one. "Brad has planned a string of surprises for Ange's big birthday on 4 June, including a trip to a private island, which he's hired out just for them.

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  • FIFA World Cup corruption timeline

    The awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar and the 2018 World Cup to Russia have been at the heart of the corruption scandal that led to Tuesday's drama in Zurich when Sepp Blatter resigned as FIFA president. AFP takes a look at the timeline of events

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  • Malaysia's Anwar in hospital with "serious" health problems: wife

    Malaysia's jailed ex-opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was hospitalised Tuesday for a host of health problems including "erratic" blood pressure, his wife said. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also criticised the prison authorities for allegedly delaying Anwar's request for treatment and tests for his medical problems. "His blood pressure goes up and down and is erratic.

    AFP News
  • From hated to hero for James in quest for Cleveland title

    Five years ago, Cleveland Cavalier fans were burning their LeBron James souvenir jerseys after he announced he was taking his talents to South Beach. Now King James, the greatest basketball player of his generation, is hailed for his renewed quest to lead the Cavs to an NBA championship that would end a 51-year title drought for major professional teams in Cleveland. James deserted Cleveland in July 2010 as a free agent to join the Miami Heat and forge a 'Big Three' with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

    Reuters
  • Russian missile maker says BUK rocket downed MH17

    The Russian firm making missiles similar to the one the West claims downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine said on Tuesday the passenger jet was likely hit by a BUK missile system. All 298 passengers and crew on board the Malaysia Airlines jetliner -- the majority of them Dutch -- died when it was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine last year. Officials from state-controlled missile producer Almaz-Antey said they could not pinpoint which side shot down the plane, but intimated that the Ukrainian army was responsible as they unveiled their own report into the incident based on publicly available photographs of the wreckage.

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  • Enrique Iglesias concert injuries worse than feared

    Pop star Enrique Iglesias will need weeks to recover after injuries suffered from a drone during a concert turned out to be worse than feared. "He suffered a fracture that needed to be corrected in addition to the reconstructive surgery. Iglesias, who turned 40 last month, was injured Saturday at a concert in Tijuana, Mexico, as he grabbed a camera-equipped drone on stage.

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  • Continental Collision Could Trigger California Tsunami

    Massive undersea earthquakes off the coast of California could send a tsunami crashing into Los Angeles or San Diego, new research suggests. As the North American and Pacific tectonic plates grind past each other, large chunks of Earth's crust wedged between them get squeezed and twisted off Southern California and Baja California in Mexico. The San Andreas Fault — which snakes about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) from Mendocino in northern California to the Salton Sea in the southern part of the state — gets most of the attention.

    LiveScience.com
  • Over 400 still missing from capsized cruise ship in China

    Hopes dimmed Wednesday for rescuing more than 400 people still trapped aboard a capsized river cruise ship that overturned in stormy weather about 36 hours earlier, as hundreds of rescuers searched the Yangtze River site in what could become the deadliest Chinese maritime accident in decades. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that 13 bodies had been pulled from the boat, which was floating with a sliver of its hull jutting from the grey river water. The Eastern Star was traveling upstream Monday night from the eastern city of Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing when it overturned in China's Hubei Province in what state media reported as a cyclone with winds of up to 80 mph (130 kph).

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  • South Korea reports five more cases of MERS illness

    South Korea confirmed five more cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the health ministry said early on Wednesday, bringing to 30 the total number of cases in the country of the often-deadly illness. On Tuesday, South Korea reported its first two deaths from MERS since the first confirmed case two weeks ago, fuelling growing worry about the spread of the illness in the country, which has reported the most cases of MERS outside the Middle East. South Korea has isolated about 750 people for possible MERS infection, which is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered the deadly 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

    Reuters
  • Kim K ‘expecting twins’

    Kim Kardashian is pregnant with twins, it has been claimed.The 34-year-old reality star revealed the happy news that she was expecting her second child with husband Kanye West on Monday. But according to a source, the couple are still keeping a secret

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  • Almost one third of men feel pressured by women to have the 'perfect body'

    The recent furore over a recent ad campaign by weight loss supplement brand Protein World that asks the question "Are you beach body ready?" highlighted what a polemic topic body image is for women. But now it has been revealed that men, too, can often

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  • Caitlyn Jenner’s emotional speech

    Caitlyn Jenner “got teary” as she thanked everyone on her Vanity Fair shoot according to Buzz Bissinger. The 60-year-old is Contributing Editor at the magazine and carried out the first interview with Caitlyn since her transition from being Bruce. “Caitlyn was on a couch, looked like a starlet, the only thing missing was a cigarette holder -beautiful patrician face, almost Katharine Hepburn-ish -and she gave a little speech thanking people, and got teary,” he told Entertainment Tonight.

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  • Everything you need to know about Windows 10

    Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for millions of consumers. Microsoft is yet to confirm the reports, but the new operating system is expected to cost $119 for the basic home user package for a machine not running one of the aforementioned versions of Windows. What's more, Windows 10 is only going to be a free download until July 2016.

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  • Second test flight set for Nasa's supersonic saucer

    A helium balloon carrying an experimental saucer-shaped Nasa spacecraft is set for take-off on Tuesday (2 June) to test new landing systems for future missions to Mars. The second test of Nasa's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) is designed to investigate and test breakthrough technologies for landing future robotic and human Mars missions and safely returning large payloads to Earth. "As we started thinking about the next generation of more capable, more exciting, more bold missions to Mars, we started realizing that we didn't have the technologies in place to land them and we had to start today, start developing those technologies," said Jet Propulsion Laboratory LDSD Principal Investigator, Ian Clark.

    IB Times
  • Puppy reunions might be more fun for humans than for dogs

    It wasn't up to Guinness World Record standards, but I was pretty shocked when the rescue dog we were fostering had 13 puppies. None looked like their redheaded mother, Goldie, yet the pups were so similar I could only tell the brown fur-balls apart by their numbered collars. "I was curious to see how they would do with each other," said Elise Branson, who arranged the gathering that drew Goldie and five of her then-5-month-old pups.

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  • US justices rule for Muslim denied job over headscarf

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Muslim woman who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a black headscarf. The justices said that employers generally have to accommodate job applicants and employees with religious needs if the employer at least has an idea that such accommodation is necessary. Job applicant Samantha Elauf did not tell her interviewer she was Muslim.

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  • Russians weigh Gorbachev reforms that sank USSR 30 years on

    A few months after the politburo chose him as Soviet supremo in early 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev halted his cortege in downtown Leningrad for an impromptu walkabout that signalled change was in the air. Emerging from his government limousine, the then 54-year-old Communist party boss from southern Russia strode over to talk to a crowd of shocked passers-by -- shattering protocol that kept Kremlin bigwigs away from average people. "Comrades, it seems that we really do need reforms," Gorbachev told the crowd that day.

    AFP News
  • ‘Predator: Dark Ages’ Imagines the Alien Hunter Wreaking Havoc in the Middle Ages (Video)

    The alien warriors in the “Predator” franchise have faced off against commandos, a Los Angeles cop and even other aliens, but now audiences can watch one hunt down the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages. “Predators: Dark Ages” is an impressive fan-made short film that was crowdfunded on Kickstarter. U.K. filmmaker James Bushe wrote and directed the 27-minute production, which was shot by cinematographer Simon Rowling.

    The Wrap
  • Malaysian footballer out of SEA Games after spit spat

    By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Malaysian midfielder Mohd Nazmi Faiz Mansor has been slapped with a six-match ban for spitting at an East Timor opponent, ending his Southeast Asian Games campaign. The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) announced the ban on Tuesday via social media after the competition's disciplinary committee had given them its verdict. The 20-year-old was sent off in the 32nd minute of Malaysia's opening 1-0 win at Bishan Stadium on Saturday for spitting at Filipe Oliveira after the pair tangled near the touchline.

    Reuters