• "Iron Man" faces lawsuit over body armour

    27 Apr – Disney and Marvel find themselves the target of a new lawsuit, this time over the armour worn by one of their superheroes, Iron Man. Ben and Ray Lai, who run Horizon Comics, accused the studios of copying the characters they created for their comic called "Radix", where the characters featured wear "highly detailed, mechanized suits of body armor". The full lawsuit can be read over at The Hollywood Reporter, but the gist of it says Marvel and Disney have appropriated their characters' looks for Iron Man's latest upgraded full body armour.

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  • 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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  • 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.

  • Officer reunited with newborn he found in dumpster in 1989

    An officer who found an abandoned newborn in a garbage dumpster was reunited with the now 25-year-old man he helped save. Santa Ana police officer Michael Buelna and Robin Barton met recently in an emotional reunion, KABC-TV reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1PJ1yHs).

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  • Why you should always manage your CPF account!

    Many know the Central Provident Fund (CPF) as that savings instrument that deducts 20% off our monthly wages. However, we suspect a only smaller percentage know what the actual differences are between the Ordinary Account (OA), Special Account (SA) and

  • Banknotes or airport? Singapore mulls Lee Kuan Yew tribute

    The death of the widely revered leader known as "LKY" last month has sparked a vigorous debate in Singapore over how to honour its first prime minister, who famously disdained personal monuments. The colonial administrator spotted Singapore's potential as a strategic trading post, devising policies to facilitate commerce and establish rule of law, and setting out the island's general layout.

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  • Sanchez: I'm very happy at Arsenal - but I want to win titles

    Alexis Sanchez admits he is “very comfortable” at Arsenal and insists his team-mates want to be challenging for the Premier League title next season. The 26-year-old has been a pivotal part of Arsene Wenger’s side following his £35 million arrival from Barcelona last summer, scoring 21 goals in all competitions so far this term. Sanchez has the chance to win silverware in his debut campaign in England after Arsenal reached next month’s FA Cup final but the Chile international is keen for the club to compete for trophies on all fronts.

  • Sophia Bush mourns dead ex-boyfriend

    Sophia Bush says her heart is “broken into tiny shards” over the death of Dan Fredinburg. The 32-year-old Chicago P.D. actress has been left devastated after learning her boyfriend of over a year, Google executive Dan, died in an avalanche while scaling Mount Everest on Saturday. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind.

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  • Relieved Lee handed backdated doping ban

    By Ebrahim Harris KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was a relieved man on Monday after being handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation, leaving him free to go for gold at the Rio Olympics next year. Lee tested positive test for dexamethasone at last year's world championships. Dexamethasone is an anti-inflammatory that does not enhance performance but is on the list of banned substances.

  • Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia

    Australia urged Indonesia Monday to ensure the trials of two men sentenced to death on drugs charges were corruption free before their executions go ahead, as family members readied to say their last goodbyes. "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could face the firing squad within days, along with others from Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and an Indonesian prisoner. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke to her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Sunday evening, while Prime Minister Tony Abbott has written to President Joko Widodo to again plead for the executions to be halted.

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  • 'Furious 7' outruns box office rivals for 4th straight week

    "Furious 7" showed no sign of running out of gas, notching a fourth straight week at the top of the US box office with $18. The movie, which last week surged past the $1 billion mark in global sales, is the first since "The Hunger Games" in March 2012 to dominate the box office for four successive weeks, the Hollywood media reported. Movie tracker Exhibitor Relations said that "Furious" has grossed $320.5 million in the United States and Canada since its debut.

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  • Hazard a deserving player of the year – but he’s not fit for Real Madrid...yet

    Eden Hazard ’s role in Chelsea ’s inevitable title triumph was recognised on Sunday evening when he was voted PFA Player of the Year by his peers. It was a thoroughly deserved award for the outstanding player in English football this season and the 24-year-old has the potential to one day be in contention for the Ballon D'or too. Hazard's chances of global recognition would increase with a move to one of the giants in Spain and he appears to have captured the attention of Real Madrid judging by Zinedine Zidane’s comments last week in which he revealed he is “keeping an eye” on the forward.

  • Nepal Earthquake: LIVE REPORT

    07:22 GMT - AFP IS NOW CLOSING the Live Report on the earthquake in Nepal as international teams equipped with heavy cutting gear and relief supplies start landing round the clock at the country's only international airport on the outskirts of Kathmandu, which has been devastated by Saturday's 7.8 magnitude quake. Officials say more than 3,300 people are now known to have died, including 3,218 in Nepal -- making it the quake-prone Himalayan nation's deadliest disaster in more than 80 years. Families, the sick and elderly have been packed into parks and other open spaces in Kathmandu after losing their houses, with others too terrified of aftershocks to return home.

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  • US vets come to Vietnam to confront past, and find a home

    When Richard Parker left Vietnam in 1970, he planned to leave his memories of napalm attacks firmly in the past. "We were the bad guys," Parker, now 65, said of the American war effort in Vietnam. In 2011, Parker flew from Illinois to Danang, a central Vietnamese city where he had worked for 22 months as a builder in the Navy.

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  • Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines

    Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao is idolised by tens of millions in the poverty-afflicted Philippines both for his punching power and as a national icon of hope after rising from the streets to the pinnacle of world boxing. Known to his countrymen in the Asian archipelago as "The National Fist", Pacman fights undefeated American Floyd Mayweather on May 2 to decide who is the world's best "pound-for-pound" boxer. To most of the Philippines' population of almost 100 million, Pacquiao, winner of an unparallelled eight world championships in different weight divisions, is a well-loved national symbol, living proof that success is possible with hard work even if you are dirt-poor.

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  • Thousands expected at Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray

    Thousands were expected Monday at a funeral for a man who died after sustaining serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police. Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. EDT Monday for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died April 19 after an encounter days earlier with police left him with grave spinal injuries. Pastor Jamal Bryant, who was to deliver Gray's eulogy, said he expected Baltimore's New Shiloh Baptist Church to be filled for the service.

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  • Sudan's pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt's, go unvisited

    AL-BEGRAWIYA, Sudan (AP) — The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted. The pyramids at Meroe, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, are rarely visited despite being a UNESCO World Heritage site like those in Egypt. Sanctions against the government of longtime President Omar al-Bashir over Sudan's long-running internal conflicts limit its access to foreign aid and donations, while also hampering tourism.

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  • Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender, says 'I am a woman'

    In the 1970s, Bruce Jenner was a symbol of American masculinity as an Olympic champion. Nearly 40 years later, in an extraordinary television interview, Jenner told the world that he identifies as a woman and has felt gender confusion since he was a little boy growing up in the New York suburbs. Jenner let his hair down — literally loosening a ponytail and letting his hair flow past his shoulders — in a symbolic moment at the start of his two-hour interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer that was televised Friday.

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  • 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3': 5 ways it's different

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" is enlisting a few new recruits. The developer is also ditching traditional avatar customization in its multiplayer mode, instead opting for players to pick among nine distinct characters, each with their own unique weapon and ability. Other additions planned for the futuristic "Black Ops 3," which is scheduled for release Nov. 6 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, include the ability to swim and shoot at opponents underwater in the multiplayer mode, as well as analyze the campaign's more expansive battlefields with high-tech perspectives culled from teammates' intel.

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  • ASEAN warns Chinese actions 'may undermine peace' in S. China Sea

    Chinese island-building efforts in the disputed South China Sea, where airstrips are being built on coral reefs, risk undermining "peace, security and stability" in the region, Southeast Asian leaders warned at a regional summit on Monday. Beijing's assertion to almost the entire strategic body of water -- also claimed in parts by several Asian nations -- has set off alarm bells with its neighbours and beyond as China stakes its claim with growing boldness. A statement to be issued at the close of the one-day summit notes "serious concerns" over land reclamation on reefs whose sovereignty is contested, which has triggered fears of tightening Chinese control of the seaway.

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