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SINGAPORE IN MOURNING

Singapore says goodbye to founding father Lee Kuan Yew

After a grand State Funeral, the late Lee Kuan Yew was cremated at Mandai Crematorium in a private ceremony.

  • Grateful Singapore gives Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral

    More than 100,000 people lined Singapore's streets to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, officials said as a week of mourning ended in the city-state he led to prosperity. "The light that has guided us all these years has been extinguished," his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, told a state funeral attended by 2,200 people including Asia-Pacific leaders at the National University of Singapore.

    AFP News
  • An era is over

    Who have thought we would queue along the roadside in the rain to watch his cortege go by, that we would yell LKY, LKY and strew petals on the road as he went on his last journey? This was LKY. Others were glued to their television sets, picking out the dignitaries in the University Cultural Centre sitting silence for Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s last entrance before an audience.

    Bertha Harian
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  • Calm down, Cristiano - Ronaldo's rude gestures have no place with Real Madrid or Portugal

    Cristiano Ronaldo is never far away from the spotlight. The Portuguese produced an improved performance for Real Madrid in last Sunday's Clasico away to Barcelona but still caused controversy. The president of Spain's Professional Football League, Javier Tebas, revealed the three-time Ballon d'Or winner could be banned for his gestures in the Camp Nou clash.

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  • Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge

    A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Immigrants, desperate to avoid detection at a time of increased patrols, are choosing more dangerous and remote crossings into South Texas. The Border Patrol has responded by expanding its search-and-rescue teams to monitor the area, particularly weed-choked irrigation canals where many of the bodies are being found.

    Associated Press
  • Vettel stuns Hamilton to win Malaysia Grand Prix

    Sebastian Vettel stunned Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton on Sunday with an audacious Malaysian Grand Prix victory which set the Formula One season alight. The Ferrari man took advantage of an early safety car as he hit the front and held off Hamilton and Nico Rosberg after pitting only twice, compared to three for the Mercedes pair. The four-time world champion now has 40 career wins but it is his first with Ferrari, and breaks a dry spell stretching back to his last victory with Red Bull in 2013.

    AFP News
  • Chris Martin 'thinks Kate Hudson has perfect personality'

    Chris Martin reportedly views Kate Hudson as a combination of his ex-wife and former girlfriend. The Coldplay rocker split from his spouse Gwyneth Paltrow last year and moved on with The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence. It now seems that Chris is in the early stages of a romance with Kate, who is also mom to two kids.

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  • Wenger sulks at home 'for days' after Arsenal defeat

    Wenger faced criticism from supporters before ending a nine-year trophy wait last season, with former player Emmanuel Petit last week admitting the club has been left disappointed "year after year". Arsenal have impressed in the league this season but were dumped out of the Champions League by Monaco, and Wenger revealed he is his harshest critic with tough defeats affecting his home life for days. "I never go out after we lose, I just sit at home miserably and think about why we lost," Wenger told Arsenal magazine, as quoted by the Sunday Mirror.

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  • Elton John ‘still upset with mother’

    The 90-year-old matriarch gave a startling account of their seven-year feud to the Daily Mail in an article published earlier this week, alleging the Rocket Man singer said he “hated” her. Sheila also claimed they haven’t spoken at all since their falling out, but apparently Elton will continue caring for her no matter what happens between them. “He is upset and cross, but people should remember that Elton pays all of her bills and that won’t stop,” a source told UK newspaper The Mirror.

    Cover Media
  • Hometown pastor says community stands by co-pilot, family

    The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the 27-year-old co-pilot for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in southern France. The town of Montabaur has been rattled by the revelation that Lubitz, who first learned to fly at a nearby glider club, may have intentionally caused Tuesday's crash of Germanwings Flight 9525. "For us, it makes it particularly difficult that the only victim from Montabaur is suspected to have caused this tragedy, this crash — although this has not been finally confirmed, but a lot is indicating that — and we have to face this," pastor Michael Dietrich said.

    Associated Press
  • "Transformers" expands franchise with spinoffs

    29 Mar – Looks like Paramount Pictures will be following in Lucasfilms' footsteps with their "Star Wars" plan, by expanding the "Transformers" cinematic universe with more sequels and spinoffs. The studio is bringing in Academy award-winning director-producer Akiva Goldsman to work with "Transformers" franchise director Michael Bay, according to Deadline. Goldsman will be teaming up with Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, to organise a "writer's room" in order to hatch ideas for a potential multi-part sequels and spinoffs of "Transformers".

    Cinema Online
  • New ‘Avengers’ Clip Reveals Details About Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch (Video)

    Marvel released a new featurette for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” that explores the backstory of twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Writer and director Joss Whedon says that the characters are “massively important” to the storyline. Quicksilver, whose

    The Wrap
  • Sri Lankan president's youngest brother dies after ax attack

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's youngest brother has died two days after he was attacked with an ax in what authorities said was a personal dispute. Priyantha Sirisena, 42, died in a private hospital in Colombo on Saturday after he was airlifted from his hometown of Polonnaruwa in North-Central province following the attack on Thursday, a government statement said. Priyantha Sirisena was the youngest of the president's 11 siblings.

    Associated Press
  • Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing

    An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing in bad weather and skidded off the runway at the airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and officials said Sunday that 23 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries. Canada's Transportation Safety Board called it an accident and provided pictures that showed significant damage to the plane with the nose torn off and what appears to be an engine crumpled under a damaged wing. Air Canada said Sunday morning that 18 people who were taken to the hospital had been released.

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  • Vietnam rice boom heaping pressure on farmers, environment

    Rice farmer Nguyen Hien Thien is so busy growing his crops that he has never even visited Can Tho, a town only a few miles from his farm in the southern Mekong Delta. Experts say Vietnam's drive to become one of the world's leading rice exporters is pushing farmers in the fertile delta region to the brink, with mounting costs to the environment. "Politicians want to be the world's number one or two rice exporter.

    AFP News
  • Oregon's pink chicken mystery solved; owner explains

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mystery of Portland's pink chickens is solved.Multnomah County Animal Services says the birds' owner told the agency he used food coloring, beet juice and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, then released them to "make people smile

    Associated Press
  • I'll stay if I'm wanted, Smalling tells Manchester United

    Chris Smalling has moved to end speculation over his future by stating his intention to stay with Manchester United for the long term. "[My contract] is one that I have not really discussed with anyone," Smalling told reporters ahead of the Three Lions' friendly against Italy on Tuesday. "We have got another eight games [left in the Premier League season] so we will look to finish as strong as we can.

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  • Brazil uncovers multibillion-dollar tax fraud

    Brazil is already reeling from the biggest graft scandal the country has known, a $3.8 billion scam involving inflated contracts between construction companies and state oil giant Petrobras, causing a storm after dozens of politicians were implicated. The new scandal, dubbed Operation Zeal, comes following a federal police probe into an alleged scam at CARF, an offshoot of Brazil's tax authority that oversees appeals on tax disputes. According to police, the body managed to obtain tax appeals board rulings in the companies' favor by either cutting penalties or waiving them altogether.

    AFP News
  • Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

    Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist group said. Idlib, a major urban center with a population of around 165,000 people, is the second provincial capital to fall into opposition hands after Raqqa, now a stronghold of the Islamic State group. Its capture by the Nusra Front underscores the growing power of extremist groups in Syria who now control about half the country.

    Associated Press
  • This Japanese Lady Has A Dirty Little Secret. A Dark, Dirty Secret. #ShortFilm

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