• At least 36 dead after Philippine ferry capsizes: official

    At least 36 people were killed after a passenger ferry with close to 200 people on board capsized in rough waters in the central Philippines on Thursday, officials said. The Kim Nirvana was heading from the central city of Ormoc to the island of Camotes when it capsized. Rescue boats picked up dozens of survivors who clung to the overturned hull of the vessel, one kilometre (about half a mile) from Ormoc port on Leyte island, Ciriaco Tolibao from the city's disaster risk reduction and management office told AFP.

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  • Garner 'couldn't handle Affleck's gambling'

    It was also revealed that they apparently have no prenuptial agreement, as they are not worried about splitting their assets. While it's unsure why they decided to split, TMZ now reports it's because Jennifer was no longer able to put up with her husband's betting habits. Ben's rumoured gambling problem hasn't gone unnoticed by the public, as various publications have uploaded photos of him in casinos flashing cash in the past.

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  • Taiwan pilot in February TransAsia crash described as hasty

    A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan in February, flight safety officials said Thursday. A preliminary investigation after the Feb. 4 crash of TransAsia flight GE235 already had indicated that the pilot shut off the remaining engine after one of them went idle. Minutes after takeoff in Taipei, a ribbon-like sensor connector in the automated flight system failed and put one engine into a mode that effectively cut its power to the aircraft, Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council Executive Director Thomas Wang told a news conference.

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  • Japan police seek motive for self-immolation on bullet train

    Japanese police on Wednesday searched the apartment of the man who set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train, killing himself and another passenger, as officials sought clues to his motive. Investigators identified the man as 71-year-old Haruo Hayashizaki. The train was traveling from Tokyo to Osaka.

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  • Singapore PM grilled by activist in defamation case

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong insisted he was defamed and sought aggravated damages on Wednesday from an activist who grilled the leader in court for seven hours as part of a civil case. Lee said the defendant, Roy Ngerng, had been "insincere" in his apologies and continued to worsen his original libel by repeating false allegations in blogs and a YouTube video clip. Lee sued Ngerng in May 2014 after the blogger accused him of misusing public funds, a sensitive issue for officials in the city-state known to have the least corrupt government in Asia.

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  • Fears 11,000 Australian dental patients exposed to HIV

    Up to 11,000 Australian dental patients were urged to see their doctors Thursday over fears they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to hygiene breaches at clinics in Sydney. New South Wales Health said 12 dentists from four surgeries were accused of poor cleaning and equipment sterilisation practices and advised patients to get blood tests for HIV as well as Hepatitis A, B and C as a precaution. While NSW Health director of health protection Jeremy McAnulty said no cases had been found so far and the risk of transmission was low, there was concern about people who had undergone invasive procedures.

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  • Beijing's South China Sea runway 'nearly complete': US think-tank

    A 3,000-metre (9,800-foot) airstrip Beijing is building on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea, where tensions are mounting with its neighbours, is "nearly complete", a US think-tank said. A satellite picture taken on Sunday showed that China was paving and marking the runway on Fiery Cross Reef and an apron and taxiway have been added, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said on its website. Beijing's project to build artificial islands and facilities on various reefs and outcrops in the Spratly islands only became publicly known in recent months but construction has since been rapid, raising tensions with both its neighbours and Washington.

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  • US warns of Russia, China military threat amid growing chaos

    America's new military strategy singles out states like China and Russia as aggressive and threatening to US security interests, while warning of growing technological challenges and worsening global stability. A somber report released Wednesday by General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warns of a "low but growing" probability of the United States fighting a war with a major power, with "immense" consequences. Russia has "repeatedly demonstrated that it does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and it is willing to use force to achieve its goals," the 2015 National Military Strategy says.

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  • David Tao: My wife knows about my past relationship

    1 Jul - Taiwanese singer-songwriter David Tao has recently responded to allegations made by his ex-girlfriend about his infidelity. Previously, former girlfriend Ada Yang revealed to the media several text messages allegedly sent by the singer to her, and revealed that David has been flirting with her despite being married to wife, Penny Jiang. Although David has not openly denied the allegations, according to WenWeipo News, the singer recently released a statement in response, saying that his wife knows all about his friends and his past relationships.

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  • Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

    A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions. The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that IS victims often sport. Jaysh al-Islam fighters in the video say the IS forces are being executed in part as revenge for the deaths of at least three of the rebel group's members who were beheaded by IS.

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  • Hank Baskett: I didn't engage in affair

    In 2014 32-year-old Hank was accused of having a sexual encounter with a transgender model, which led to a strained time between him and his wife Kendra Wilkinson. Hank turned up at the place, and after using the bathroom was met by a naked transgender woman making out with another transgender woman. Hank was so upset by the incident that he shut down to friends and family.

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  • Young Greeks flee abroad as crisis deepens

    What does the future look like for young people in crisis-hit Greece, where years of hardship and sky-high unemployment were followed this week by bank closures? "I don't see a future in Greece," sighs Dani Iordake. Over 200,000 Greeks have quit the country since the financial crisis began in 2010, according to a Endeavor Greece, a local chapter of an entrepreneurial promotional group.

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  • Dolphin leaps onto boat, injuring California woman

    A dolphin leaped onto a boat in Southern California, crashing into a woman and breaking both her ankles. Chrissie Frickman was boating with her husband and two children June 21 when a pod of dolphins swam alongside them. "The dolphin jumped and we thought it was doing a flip and I guess it miscalculated," said her husband, Dirk Frickman.

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  • Philippine vice president accused of roughing up police

    Elderly Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay was accused by Manila police on Wednesday of roughing up officers during a brawl that left several people hurt. "I thought I was face-to-face with a vice-president who supported the police, but it was the opposite. Police leaders said they were studying possible criminal charges against the elder Binay and his bodyguards.

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  • Ivanovic dumped out of Wimbledon by American qualifier

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Ana Ivanovic became the highest-profile casualty of Wimbledon's opening days as the seventh seed fell to 158th-ranked qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a second round clash on Wednesday. Ivanovic, a former French Open Champion and world number one, lost 6-3 6-4 to become the second-highest seed to exit the women's draw after Simona Halep was beaten on Tuesday.

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  • North Korea opens new showcase airport terminal

    North Korea has opened a sleek new airport terminal, hailing it as a showcase of leader Kim Jong-Un's achievement after its construction had to be stopped halfway and redone at his whim. Terminal 2 of Pyongyang International Airport, which is reserved for international civilian flights, opened for service on Wednesday, state media said. "The terminal was built in a modern way from the gatepost to the airport to departure lounge, entry formalities hall, service halls, etc.," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

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  • JLaw and Chris 'split for second time'

    Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin have reportedly parted ways for a second time. It will be their third feature together and the former couple are said to be getting along better than ever now that time has passed.

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  • Google apologizes after photo app tagged black couple 'gorillas'

    Google apologized after an identification program in its new photo app put a "gorillas" label on a picture of a black couple. "We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing." Google apologized and went to work fixing the problem earlier in the week after the offensive blunder was pointed out in a Twitter message from @JackyAlcine. "Google Photos, y'all (messed) up," Jacky Alcine said in a series of emphatic messages.

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  • Love, Butler among free agents agreeing on deals to stay put

    Butler said he was remaining with the Chicago Bulls, while Love announced on the Players Tribute that he was re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers to join LeBron James in pursuit of NBA titles with a five-year deal worth a reported $110 million. "We have unfinished business and now it's time to get back to work." Contracts for free agents can not be signed until July 9.

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  • Woman with no memory searches online for identity, family

    A woman who couldn't recall her identity when she was found on a Southern California street earlier this year has turned to the Internet in search of her family. "I just feel like there's this thick fog over my mind, my memory, over my brain that I can't see through," the woman who goes by the name Sam told KNSD-TV in San Diego this week. First responders found the woman in distress in February in the beach community of Carlsbad near San Diego and took her to the hospital where she said doctors diagnosed her with ovarian cancer and amnesia.

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