• Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of "World's Greatest Athlete." At the outset of the taped interview at Jenner's Malibu, California, house, Sawyer asked "Are you a woman?" and Jenner responded, "Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman." "People look at me differently," Jenner added. "I was not genetically born that way," Jenner said.

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  • Giggs will succeed me as Manchester United manager - Van Gaal

    Louis van Gaal has revealed he expects assistant Ryan Giggs to succeed him as Manchester United manager. Giggs is United's all-time appearance-maker, having played 963 games during a 23-year career at Old Trafford and won 22 major trophies at the club under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. The 41-year-old joined David Moyes' backroom team in the summer of 2013 and was named interim manager when the Scot was sacked last April, winning two of his four games in charge.

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  • Sawyer Sweeten of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' dies at 19

    Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano's twin sons in the CBS comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. Madylin, and Sawyer's twin brother Sullivan, all played the children in the sitcom's fictional Barone family. In a statement Madylin, who is four years older than Sawyer, said the family was requesting privacy.

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  • Naked nationalist stirs up Japan elections

    A naked nationalist is stirring up election billboards in Japan, offering a bit of colour -- and a lot of flesh -- to get out the vote. Right winger Teruki Goto is pictured on his campaign poster in his birthday suit, wielding a samurai-style sword in front of two Rising Sun flags and the imperial chrysanthemum crest. Elections in Japan tend to be very staid affairs: candidates' campaigns generally consist of them wearing a sash bearing their name as they stand outside train stations greeting commuters -- most of whom do their best not to make eye contact.

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  • Barcelona eye Bayern revenge, Real face Juve

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Barcelona will have the chance to avenge their 2013 humbling by Bayern Munich after being paired with the Germans again in the Champions League semi-final draw on Friday which also pitted holders Real Madrid against Juventus. Bayern thrashed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate two years ago before going on to beat Borussia Dortmund to win their fifth European Cup.

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  • Cost of Galaxy's battle against iPhone on the rise

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL, (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics has pulled out all the stops on its new Galaxy smartphones, but their modest prices compared to the latest iPhones throw an uneasy spotlight on the long-term cost of fighting Apple's premium branding. The 64-gigabyte model of the Galaxy S6 edge costs $290.45 to make, according to IHS Technology. For the price of producing 100 sets of this S6 edge model, Apple can make 121 sets of 64-GB iPhone 6 Plus, calculations by Reuters show.

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  • Singtel to waive local mobile data charges on 1 May

    Singtel has announced that it will be waiving local mobile data charges on Labour Day (1 May) in light of the mobile data incident on Wednesday (22 April), which prompted a flood of complaints by irate customers. “Customers may be experiencing intermittent difficulties accessing 3G and 4G mobile data services,” said Singtel via Facebook at 3pm. @Singtel what is wrong with the network now?

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  • Pacquiao's Olympic dream dashed

    Superstar Manny Pacquiao's wanted to fight at the Rio Games next year but does not qualify to be among the first professionals to compete at an Olympics, the head of boxing's governing body said. Wu Ching-Kuo, president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) said the Filipino, who takes on Floyd Mayweather on May 2 in a record-breaking welterweight title fight, has been in too many professional fights. "He (Pacquiao) always dreamed of going to the Olympics, but now he can't because he did more than 20 professional fights," Wu told AFP on the sidelines of the SportAccord convention in Sochi, Russia.

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  • Documents: Argument over boyfriend before Wisconsin killings

    A Wisconsin teen accused of killing her mother and stepfather carried out the slayings the same day they warned her 22-year-old boyfriend to stay away from her, according to court documents made public Friday. Ashlee Martinson, 17, was formally charged in Oneida County after being brought back from Indiana, where she was arrested last month. Investigators say Martinson locked her three sisters, ranging in age from 9 to 2, in a room before fleeing their rural home.

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  • Strippers at funerals a grave offence, say Chinese authorities

    Chinese authorities on Thursday bared the details of their latest anti-vice sweep: a campaign to halt the hiring of strippers at funerals. In a statement posted on its website, China's Ministry of Culture pledged a "crackdown" on the practice, which it said has become increasingly common in rural areas. "From time to time, 'stripteases' and other illegal performances have occurred in the countryside," the statement said, adding that authorities will "promptly investigate and punish" businesses and individuals involved in the risque shows.

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  • Starbucks 'gives away' drinks after US system outage

    There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but fear not because there was free coffee supposedly going at Starbucks in North America after a major computer glitch. Thousands of people flooded Twitter to boast that they paid nothing for their caffeine fix, while others complained that they had not been so lucky and had been asked to leave the store because it was closing early. "Thanks @Starbucks for the free drinks.

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  • Golden Village Tampines Gets a Swanky Facelift!

    After 19 years of creating movie magic in the East, Golden Village Tampines reopens following a short hiatus on Monday, 20th April 2015. Check out the highlights of the revamped cineplex and the various promotions throughout the next two months! A sleek

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  • VB: Harper loves her brothers

    Victoria Beckham says her daughter Harper is "a little tomboy". The couple also have three sons and Victoria revealed her little girl adores her big brothers. Victoria and footballer David have been married for 15 years and split their time between America and England with Harper and boys Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12 and ten-year-old Cruz.

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  • For expats, Singapore becoming (a bit) cheaper to call home

    By Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When Ritika Verma relocated to Singapore with her husband three years ago, she settled for an apartment much smaller than she wanted. Singapore was ranked the world's most expensive city for the second consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit recently.

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  • Elizabeth Olsen: Avengers challenged me

    By right, Elizabeth Olsen should never have emerged from underneath the shade cast by the shadow of her famous twin siblings, Mary-Kate and Ashley. A mere four years after a stunning breakthrough performance in festival favourite, Martha, Marcy, May Marlene, Olsen shunned the wearing chains of her sisters childhood fame/turned fashionista paparazzi darlings to immediately earn leading lady status.

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  • Tokyo finds high levels of radiation in children's park

    Authorities in the Japanese capital have cordoned off a playground where high levels of radiation were detected this week, reviving concerns about nuclear contamination four years after the Fukushima disaster. Nuclear regulators measured elevated radiation levels on Thursday in a children's park in central Tokyo, city officials said, more than 250 km (155 miles) from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in northeast Japan. It was not immediately clear why radiation levels were high in the park, which opened two years after the 2011 disaster.

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  • Canadian mining executive found dead in Mongolia

    A Canadian mining executive in Mongolia trying to enforce a judgement of more than $100 million against the government for expropriation has been found dead in his hotel room, authorities said Friday. Jim Doak was chairman of uranium miner Khan Resources, a TSX-listed firm whose licences in the Dornod region were cancelled by Ulan Bator in 2009. The deposit is now operated by Russia's state-owned ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. Last month, an international arbitration tribunal in Paris awarded Khan Resources a $103.8 million settlement after arbitration proceedings against the Mongolian government, the company said.

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  • Ozil: Arsenal v Chelsea will be something special

    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is hoping Sunday's clash with Chelsea will be "something special" despite the one-sided nature of this season's Premier League title race. The Blues are 10 points clear of Arsene Wenger's side at the top of the division with six games left to play. Arsenal enter the clash at the Emirates Stadium on an eight-game winning run and have been the Premier League's form team in 2015, taking 33 points from 13 matches.

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  • 'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place

    Google was re-evaluating its user-edited online map system Friday after the latest embarrassing incident -- an image of an Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo. The image, part of a crowd-sourced edit on Google Maps, appeared briefly at a Pakistani location before it was removed by the online giant Friday. In a statement to US media, Google apologized for the inappropriate image and said it was working to step up verification of user edits on its Map Maker platform.

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  • Chris Hemsworth: My wife is the superhero

    The strapping 6ft3in Aussie has the sandy hair and sculpted features that are perfectly suited to the role of Thor, one of the Avengers dedicated to saving the earth from the forces of evil. Recently crowned Sexiest Man Alive, Hemsworth's legions of female fans are no doubt breathlessly awaiting his return as the God of Thunder in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios' blockbuster sequel to 2012's The Avengers. Ultron could well surpass the $2 billion mark on the strength of massive audience expectations.

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