Death toll continues to rise amid Nepal devastation

'We are overwhelmed with rescue and assistance requests from all across the country', says an official.

  • Indonesia gears up for executions despite mounting criticism

    Indonesia geared up to execute eight foreign drug convicts by firing squad after midnight Tuesday, despite a firestorm of international criticism and heartrending last-ditch pleas by the condemned prisoners' families. Ambulances were seen carrying coffins to Nusakambangan prion island, where Indonesia puts condemned prisoners to death, and embassy officials and religious counsellors also made their way to the site late Tuesday as the clock ticked down to the executions. Relatives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" heroin trafficking group, wailed in grief as they headed to the island, and one relative collapsed.

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  • Amal Clooney 'struggling with fame'

    Amal Clooney is apparently finding it hard to adjust to her celebrity status. Before she became the wife of A-lister George Clooney, Brit Amal worked as a high powered human rights lawyer. Of course it's a concern for George, who always tells Amal that she doesn't need to stress out," another insider commented.

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  • Galliani defends AC Milan's £65m losses

    AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has defended the club’s financial management after announcing that the club lost €91.3 million [£65.4m] in 2014. The Rossoneri missed out on the Champions League in 2014-15 after finishing in eighth place in the previous Serie A campaign. Galliani has told the board of directors that the loss in normal for a club which has had to adapt to reduced income.
  • Finnish navy drops depth charges onto suspected submarine

    The Finnish navy has been chasing "an underwater object" which it has failed to identify, forcing it to drop depth charges to warn the intruder it had been detected, officials said Tuesday. Defense Minister Carl Haglund described the intruder, first detected off the Helsinki coast on Monday afternoon, as "theoretically, a possible" submarine. "We determined that there was something there under the water ... we dropped a couple of warning depth charges which cause a lot of noise but don't pose any danger to the possible target," Haglund told reporters.

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  • Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather

    Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is confident he can beat American arch-rival Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday with the power of God, after abandoning a life he said was packed with sin condemning him to hell. Pacquiao is in top form both in mind and spirit after he traded his boozing, gambling and womanising ways for a devout life of prayer, his spiritual adviser, Jeric Soriano, told AFP in a recent Manila interview. "Manny is a God-fearing man.

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  • HK tycoon Li finalises purchase of UK train firm for $3.8 bn

    Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure announced Tuesday it had finalised the acquisition of Britain's Eversholt Rail Group for £2.5 billion ($3.8 billion), as the tycoon's business empire continued to expand offshore. The purchase of one of Britain's three main railway rolling stock companies follows an agreement last month which allowed Li to purchase British telecom giant O2 for $15.2 billion, a move that will expand his holdings in the international telecoms industry. "CKI's investment in UK's rolling stock industry reflects the group's strategy of embracing new growth opportunities through diversification and globalisation," the group said in a statement.

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  • MyRepublic’s 1,000 Free SIM Cards: How To Get One, And What You Need To Know

    A lucky 1,000 trial participants will get a free SIM card with unlimited 4G data in the coverage area. Never one to pass up the chance of free mobile data, we’ve put together some details on the promotion. If you want to be extra kiasu, you can check their Facebook and Twitter feeds for more details, which will also be released by the end of this week.

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  • Liverpool steal march on Manchester United in Depay race

    Liverpool have stolen a march on Manchester United in the race to sign Memphis Depay from PSV, Goal understands. United identified Depay as a potential signing during last summer’s World Cup, where the winger impressed for his national team under the management of Louis van Gaal. But while Depay is understood to have travelled to England he did not hold talks with United – as he was instead given permission by PSV to enter into discussions with Liverpool.
  • Bruce's first wife on dealing with his secret

    Bruce Jenner's fist wife initially found his situation hard to wrap her head around. The former Olympian was married to Chrystie Crownover from 1972 to 1981, and they have children Burt and Cassandra together. Bruce told his new wife early on in their marriage that he identified as a woman, but Chrystie reveals it didn't have an impact on the relationship.

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  • Head of French cultural body resigns over '40,000-euro' cab bill

    The head of a major French public body that manages the country's TV and radio archives was forced to resign Tuesday after reportedly spending more than 40,000 euros in cab rides in 10 months. Agnes Saal found herself at the centre of controversy this week when Le Figaro daily revealed her exorbitant spending on cabs. The scandal was compounded by the fact her son was allegedly responsible for 6,700 euros ($7,350) of the 40,000 euros in taxi rides.

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  • Quake moves Kathmandu but Everest height unchanged: experts

    The earthquake that devastated Nepal and left thousands of people dead shifted the earth beneath Kathmandu by up to several metres south, but the height of Mount Everest likely stayed the same, experts said Tuesday. According to early seismological data obtained from sound waves which travel through Earth after an earthquake, the ground beneath the capital Kathmandu may have moved about three metres (10 feet) southward, said University of Cambridge tectonics expert James Jackson. The relative movement across the fault zone was on the order of three metres at its greatest, just north of Kathmandu." The fault lies between two tectonic plates -- one bearing India pushing northward into a plate carrying Europe and Asia at a rate of about two centimetres (0.8 inches) per year -- the process that created the Himalayas in the first place.

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  • A friend in need: China, India turn on aid diplomacy in Nepal

    By Sanjeev Miglani and Ross Adkin DHADING, Nepal/KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At a 12-bed hospital deep in Nepal's Himalayan mountains, Indian Air Force helicopters bring in the casualties of a devastating earthquake that has killed more than 4,000: injured men, women and children plucked from hilltops and inaccessible valleys. In the capital Kathmandu, Chinese rescuers in red uniforms have been searching for survivors in the rubble. Nepal's government has struggled in the wake of the country's worst earthquake in nearly a century, and its officials have been largely absent from public view.

  • Panel detail Lee's negligent practices in doping case

    For seven years, Lee Chong Wei, one of badminton's finest athletes, took cordyceps tablets from unmarked containers on the advice of a mysterious friend without any knowledge of how they were capsulated or stored. "Mr Lee exposed himself for a completely unnecessary risk of consuming illegal substance for many years." The 32-year-old twice Olympic silver medalist's is free to return to the court on Friday after the backdated BWF eight month ban for having the non-performance enhancer dexamethasone in his system.

  • Buffon punishes team with training camp

    Gianluigi Buffon has sent Carrarese, the team that he owns, to a training camp as punishment following their most recent defeat. The Juventus goalkeeper bought a major stake in the Italian third-tier side, his hometown and childhood club, in 2012, having initially become a shareholder in 2010. Carrarese sit tenth in the Lega Pro B, four points above the relegation playoff place after losing Sunday's home clash 2-1 to SPAL.
  • Hundreds of German cinemas refuse to show 'Avengers' film

    Several hundred movie theaters in Germany have refused to screen the new "Avengers" film in a dispute over rental fees with Disney. It said the dispute was over a decision to raise the rental fee for the movie to 53 percent of ticket sales rather than the 47.7 percent usually charged to small-town theaters. Karl-Heinz Meier of I.G. Nord, a group representing cinema operators in northern Germany, said it would have been prepared to go as far as a 50 percent fee.

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  • 'I'm going to be buried alive...' AFP journalists on Everest horror

    "We heard this most horrifying sound, it was like a train but came from so deep... and then finally there was this stillness, this complete stillness, and I knew I was alive," says AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt of the moment he survived an avalanche on Everest. Schmidt, AFP's South Asia photo chief, and Kathmandu bureau chief Ammu Kannampilly had just reached Everest base camp on assignment Saturday when an avalanche -- triggered by the 7.8-magnitude quake that has killed more than 4,310 in Nepal -- thundered down the mountain. - Roberto Schmidt - "We had just arrived after a nine-day trek.

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  • Apple's Mac is selling strong, iPad not so much

    Apple's iPhone was again the company's star in the first three months of the year. Apple's tablet computing device, once a red-hot consumer gadget, has suffered from a steady decline in sales over the last year. Apple sold 12.6 million iPads in the latest quarter, for about $5.4 billion in revenue.

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  • GrabTaxi turns up the heat on Uber in Singapore, launches new chauffeured GrabCar options

    Since its introduction in Singapore last year, the Uber-esque GrabCar service has received overwhelming demand during peak hours, according to head of GrabCar Singapore See Ee Ling. With this in mind, it is now introducing a new range of GrabCar categories

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  • Johansson, Renner fight hunger

    Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner are campaigning for an end to child hunger. "My family grew up relying on public assistance to help provide meals for our family," Scarlett told People magazine. "Child hunger in America is a real and often overlooked problem, but one that together, we can fix.

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  • Warner Bros.' "Death Note" remake gets director

    28 Apr – The American version of Japanese movie "Death Note" has long been in the making, but it could never land the right director. However, recent development shows that Warner Bros has found its right man in 2014's "The Guest" director, Adam Wingard, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Wingard will be taking on the project of adapting an American live-action version of popular Japanese manga, "Death Note".

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