• Tears in Tokyo as Japan thumped in World Cup final

    Japanese soccer fans were left wiping away Monday morning tears in Tokyo sports bars as their beloved 'Nadeshiko' were smashed 5-2 by the United States in the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver. Supporters had gathered early for the 8 a.m. kick-off, hopeful of seeing Japan retain the title won four years ago against the same opponents, but the dream quickly became a nightmare as the U.S. raced to a 4-0 lead inside 16 minutes. Japanese fans at the downtown Tokyo sports bar, Estadio, booed and some broke down in tears as the Japanese backline disintegrated.

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  • Philippines confirms second MERS case

    The Philippines confirmed a second case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) corona virus on Monday in a 36-year-old foreigner who showed symptoms of the disease after arriving in Manila on June 19 from Dubai. The man was admitted to a government hospital on July 4 and was under observation, Health Ministry spokesman Lyndon Lee-suy said, adding contact tracing was now under way to prevent the spread of the disease. The first case discovered in the Philippines was in January, a Filipino nurse working in Saudi Arabia who survived the disease.

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  • Pair of lions kept as pets by Gaza family arrive in Jordan

    Two young lions that had been kept as pets in a Gaza refugee camp traveled Sunday to Jordan where their final destination will be a wildlife sanctuary. A Gaza family had bought the lions as cubs from a local zoo that was damaged in last year's war between Israel and Gaza's rulers from the Islamic militant Hamas group. The family kept Mona and Max in their small home in the crowded Rafah refugee camp.

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  • Turks protesting against China attack Koreans 'by mistake'

    Turkish nationalists protesting China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims attacked a group of Korean tourists in the heart of Istanbul's old city on Saturday, mistaking them for Chinese nationals. Hundreds of angry protesters marched towards the Topkapi Palace on the banks of the Bosphorus Strait in a show of solidarity with the Turkic Uigurs, who complain of cultural and religious suppression under Chinese rule. Shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is the Greatest), they attacked some Koreans outside the Topkapi Palace, which is visited by thousands of tourists every day.

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  • Man killed after insulting alligators and swimming with them in Texas

    Tommie Woodward, 28, was killed in an alligator attack during a late-night swim in a Texas marina on Friday, 3 June. Allen Burkart has owned Burkart's Marina for 50 years. Police were called around 2:30am local time, and the Orange County Sheriff's Department and a game warden from Texas Parks and Wildlife searched the area with a boat.

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  • Princess Charlotte’s godparents named

    Britain’s Princess Charlotte’s godparents have been named. The two-month-old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is due to be christened at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, later today. Ahead of the ceremony Kensington Palace has confirmed some details, including who has been asked to take on godparent duties.

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  • Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charges over fund

    Malaysia's prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations. The country's attorney general confirmed late Saturday that he had received documents from an official investigation that made the link between Prime Minister Najib Razak and the investment fund 1MDB. The existence of the documents was first reported by The Wall Street Journal's Asia edition on Friday, showing some $700 million were wired from entities linked to the fund into Najib's accounts.

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  • Crying Greek pensioner: the story behind the poignant photo

    Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki on Friday in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain. When he was told at the fourth that he could not withdraw his 120 euros ($133), it was all too much and he collapsed in tears.

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  • Scenes of joy as Greece's 'No' voters celebrate victory

    Punching the air, the 'No' camp exulted as the news came through that at least 60 percent of voters had rejected international creditors' demands. "I'm so happy," said 37-year old Dima Rousso, adding that she hadn't expected there to be such a clear margin between the 'No' votes and the 'Yes' votes. "This is Europe's chance to become what it should have been in the beginning," she said.

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  • Pig or wombat? Hari Raya ad draws flak in Kuala Lumpur

    An Australia-based company in Malaysia has been told to take down a digital billboard ad featuring a wombat dressed in a songkok, following complaints by some people who mistook it for a pig. According to reports in the Malay Mail Online and The Rakyat Post, the ad was put up by Servcorp, a serviced office and virtual office provider. It featured a Selamat Hari Raya greeting by the company’s mascot, Sydney the Wombat.

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  • Rosberg fooled by Hamilton pit stop masterstroke

    Nico Rosberg believed he was on course to win Sunday's British Grand Prix when Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton made his decision to pit for intermediate tyres in the rain-swept closing laps. "I was really able to attack and pass both Williams and close to Lewis a lot. "I was hoping the race would stay like that -- I thought I could attack Lewis at some point, but then Lewis boxed.

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  • Chinese tourists boost Thai economy but stir outrage

    Accused of urinating in public, spitting on the street, or kicking a sacred temple bell -- free-spending Chinese tourists are receiving a mixed welcome as their soaring numbers help the kingdom's creaking economy. Last month it was a photo of a young girl peeing in the grounds of Bangkok's Grand Palace that triggered the latest round of enraged, and sometimes racist, comments as Thai social media users claimed she was Chinese. In March a Thai model's video of tourists from China jumping the queue at an airport was viewed more than two million times and saw a similarly angry rant against Thailand's largest group of foreign holidaymakers.

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  • 'Terminator,' 'Magic Mike' fizzle at July 4th box office

    July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend.

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  • German anti-euro party marks shift to right with new leader

    Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD) party ousted its co-founder and frontman Bernd Lucke Saturday to elect a new leader from its right wing, signalling a shift in focus to immigration from its anti-euro origins. Frauke Petry, who heads a national conservative faction within the fledgling AfD, won a clear majority at a two-day extraordinary party congress in the western city of Essen, which gathered about 3,500 members. The party had been riven by a months-long power struggle between Lucke, 52, its economic neo-liberal leader and founder, and 40-year-old Petry, with analysts even warning it could implode.

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  • Argentina didn't deserve to lose Copa - Martino

    By Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Argentina did not deserve to lose the Copa America final to Chile on Saturday after a match in which both teams "neutralised" each other, coach Gerardo Martino said. Chile won their first ever major trophy, beating Lionel Messi's Argentina on penalties after the two teams drew 0-0 after extra time. "In the 120 minutes, in a very high quality game where the two teams neutralised each other more than play, the one who I think should have won was Argentina," said Martino at a press conference after the game.

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  • Pope plans one-on-one visit with self-proclaimed 'Mr Nobody'

    A Spaniard by birth, the Rev. Francisco Cortes walks slowly with a cane with a built-in flashlight and admits to a lifelong weakness for cigars. It's been 30 years since he last saw the pope, who was then simply the Rev. Jorge Mario Bergoglio and was in charge of the Jesuit order in Argentina. The now nearly 91-year-old priest must have made a strong impression with his work at the Colegio Javier seminary mentoring young men sent to him by the future pontiff, because he is the only person with whom Francis is meeting privately on his visit to Ecuador.

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  • They Peeped At A Woman & Got Caught. But There’s Someone Else Out There… #ShortFilm

    This article They Peeped At A Woman & Got Caught. But There’s Someone Else Out There…… originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. He and his friend have been peeping on this woman for a very long time. They had a camera and a telescope zoomed on her window

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  • Tsk Tsk: Are You Dating Someone Older Because Of Experience Or Money?

    This post is brought to you by LunchClick. Having been alive for a significant period of time means that you also begin to notice certain prejudices that often govern the way we choose who we date. Most girls insist that they will never date someone

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  • Royal couple attend christening

    Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been seen with both their children for the first time. William and his wife Catherine welcomed their daughter Princess Charlotte at the beginning of May and today marks her christening. The two-month-old baby is being baptised at the church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, with Catherine, William and their son Prince George photographed as they arrived.

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  • Brave dog Leo honored with monument in Serbian town

    Normally, Leo would run away at the sight of a bigger dog. When a raging bull-mastiff cross-breed last year attacked a 10-year-old girl, Leo fearlessly jumped to her rescue, barking and biting at the dog way above his size and strength. Leo paid with his life, but the citizens of this northern Serbian town have not forgotten.

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