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SINGAPORE IN MOURNING

Massive queues continue as Singapore mourns Lee Kuan Yew

The Parliament House queue now starts from the Padang, and continues to draw large crowds wanting to pay their respects.

  • Singapore overwhelmed by huge crowds mourning founding leader Lee

    Tens of thousands of Singaporeans braved waits of up to 10 hours outside parliament Friday to pay their last respects to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew despite appeals from overwhelmed officials to honour him elsewhere. The city-state, famous for its clockwork handling of major events like the night-time Singapore Grand Prix, seemed unprepared for the scale of the outpouring of grief since the 91-year-old patriarch's death on Monday. "Members of the public are strongly advised not to join the queue at the Padang now," said a government advisory which urged mourners to go instead to 18 community sites to pay homage to Lee.

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  • Germanwings co-pilot had suffered depression: report

    The Germanwings co-pilot said to have deliberately crashed his Airbus with 149 others aboard into the French Alps suffered serious depression six years ago, German daily Bild reported Friday. The co-pilot sought psychiatric help for "a bout of heavy depression" in 2009 and was still getting assistance from doctors, the newspaper said, quoting documents from Germany's air transport regulator Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA). Andreas Lubitz, 28, was receiving "regular individualised medical" treatment, Bild reported, adding that Germanwings' parent company Lufthansa had transmitted this information to the LBA.

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  • Bale would be perfect for Manchester United, says Scholes

    Paul Scholes has claimed that Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale would be 'perfect' for Manchester United. The Welshman moved to the Spanish capital last summer and won the Champions League and the Copa Del Rey in his opening season, but has endured a difficult campaign this time around, with many Los Blancos fans appearing to take against him.

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  • Australia bids farewell to former PM Fraser at state funeral

    Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday at a state funeral for former conservative prime minister Malcolm Fraser, who came to power in 1975 with Australia's greatest constitutional crisis and died last week aged 84. Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended the ceremony at Melbourne's Scots' Church along with former prime ministers Julia Gillard, John Howard and Paul Keating. Fraser's close friend and a minister in his government, Peter Nixon, said the nation had lost a "unique and great Australian".

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  • Apple's Tim Cook will give away all his money: Fortune

    Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity - after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million.

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  • Critters found in Antarctic ice shows how tenacious life is

    Deep below the ice, far from the playful penguins and other animals that bring tourists to Antarctica, is a cold and barren world that by all indications should be completely void of life. Life that is simultaneously normal and weird, simple and complex thrives in this extreme environment. "It really shows how tenacious life is," said Reed Scherer, a micropaleontology professor at Northern Illinois University.

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  • Zayn’s 1D exit has left ‘everyone feeling misled’

    Zayn Malik’s nearest and dearest are reportedly feeling “misled” after he was seen arriving at a recording studio one day after quitting One Direction. "He told everyone in the band and management that he wants to live a normal life and the next thing you know he's going into music studios and doing interviews with tabloids," a source has told People magazine. The remaining members of the British band – Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan, all 21, and 23-year-old Louis Tomlinson – have insisted they will produce a new album as a foursome and will not replace Zayn.

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  • Renault threatens to withdraw from Formula 1

    French automaker Renault, which supplies engines to the Red Bull and Toro Rosso teams, is considering pulling out of Formula One because of the damage done to its reputation after a difficult start to the season. "If Formula One is that bad for Renault's reputation, if we see that we will continue to struggle with the current formula, if Formula One is not delivering on the value that it costs Renault ... this is what we're looking at," he said.

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  • Japan PM calls time on late evening working

    Japan's famously long working hours will get a shakeup this summer, the government announced Friday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushing early starts and European-style flexibility. In a bid to better balance work and play for Japan's harried employees and to encourage them to spend time and money on private life and leisure, Tokyo mandarins want the working day to start -- and end -- earlier. "Prime Minister Abe said we would take on changing the summertime lifestyle so that (people) will start working early in the morning and spend time with families and others in the evening," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

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  • Thai generals push for 'golden era' when elite held sway

    A new Thai constitution being drafted by the ruling junta is a throwback to an era when a royalist and military elite had a stranglehold on politics, analysts and politicians say, warning of dire consequences for democracy. In the legislative building that once used to house elected MPs, Paiboon Nititawan is one of a core group of military appointees charting Thailand's future. A year ago the veteran conservative was giving rousing speeches to crowds of protesters clamouring for the toppling of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and a military takeover.

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  • Filing: Teen says mom killed her siblings found in freezer

    A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew. Details of death and extreme abuse emerged Thursday as Mitchelle Blair appeared in court, two days after the bodies of a 9-year-old son, Stephen Berry, and 13-year-old daughter, Stoni Blair, were discovered. Blair, 35, is charged with child abuse, but she could face murder charges when the bodies thaw and autopsies are performed, prosecutors said.

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  • Rooney chasing England goalscoring record

    Wayne Rooney says he hopes to break Bobby Charlton's all-time scoring record for England "sooner rather than later". Rooney only requires four goals to become the nation's all-time leading scorer with 50, which will see him eclipse Gary Lineker and Charlton - who are on 48 and 49 respectively - as England prepare to host Lithuania in Friday's Euro 2016 Group E qualifier. It will be a fantastic moment for myself, a proud moment if I can do that," the 29-year-old said, who will earn his 102nd cap for England at Wembley.

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  • Airlines introduce two-person cockpit rule after Alps crash

    By Victoria Bryan and Tim Hepher BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - Airlines rushed on Thursday to change their rules so as to require a second crew member in the cockpit at all times, hours after French prosecutors suggested a co-pilot who barricaded himself alone at the controls of a jetliner had crashed it on purpose. The United States already requires two crew members to be in the cabin at all times, but many other countries do not, allowing pilots to leave the flight deck, for example to use the toilet, as long as one pilot is at the controls. Airlines including Norwegian Air Shuttle, Britain's easyJet, Air Canada, Air New Zealand and Air Berlin all said within hours that they had introduced a requirement that two crew members be in the cockpit at all times.

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  • Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts

    The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her. Several of the 500 recordings V. Stiviano made during a nearly four-year relationship with Sterling were played in Los Angeles Superior Court in his wife's lawsuit to reclaim millions of dollars he lavished on the younger woman. Donald Sterling foresaw the trouble the gifts posed for Stiviano, pointing out in one recording that they were community property — owned jointly by him and his wife of nearly 60 years.

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  • Oil council: Shale won't last, Arctic drilling needed now

    The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday. In order for the U.S. to keep domestic production high and imports low, oil companies should start probing the Artic now because it takes 10 to 30 years of preparation and drilling to bring oil to market, according to a draft of the study's executive summary obtained by the Associated Press. "To remain globally competitive and to be positioned to provide global leadership and influence in the Arctic, the U.S. should facilitate exploration in the offshore Alaskan Arctic now," the study's authors wrote.

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  • Rooney vows not to repeat boxing celebration

    Wayne Rooney says he will not perform his boxing celebration again after revealing that it was copied by his son Kai at school. Prior to Manchester United’s win over Tottenham earlier this month, footage emerged of Rooney being knocked to the floor by

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  • Jeremy Renner’s Wife Threatened to Reveal ‘Intimate Videos’ of Actor, Court Papers Say

    Jeremy Renner‘s split from his wife, Canadian model Sonni Pacheco, has taken a new — and ugly — turn. Court papers filed by “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” actor Renner and others last week hurl numerous allegations at Pacheco — including that that she threatened to reveal “intimate videos” of the actor. “I do not believe that Sonni is a bad person or bad parent,” Renner says in the declaration.

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  • Secret Chinese airport brought down to earth by chopper crash

    A secret private airport illegally built by a wealthy businessman in China was exposed after he crashed his helicopter, killing a passenger, state-run media said Thursday. Private aircraft ownership by China's wealthy elite has grown in recent years, but the military controls airspace and is reluctant to permit private flights. A businessman surnamed Li crashed a helicopter into a reservoir when flying in the eastern province of Anhui last week, the Global Times reported.

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  • New Samsung, HTC phones coming April 10 in US

    New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10. Advance orders for the new HTC One begin Friday, and those customers might receive their phones before April 10. HTC is largely keeping the same design, but improving the camera and personalizing the home screen based on your location.

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  • ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Shakeup: Sam Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Marcel Not Returning for Sequel

    Sam Taylor-Johnson will not direct “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel “Fifty Shades Darker,” and screenwriter Kelly Marcel is not expected to return either. The shakeups are happening despite the first film making over $500 million for Universal at the worldwide box office. The steamy blockbuster features Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as BDSM enthusiasts Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively, and has broken a number of records since its impressive Valentine’s Day weekend debut, when it opened at No. 1 in 54 territories.

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