• NBA: Cavaliers Love affair continues as free agency begins

    Kevin Love announced Wednesday he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, the 26-year-old power forward reportedly agreeing to a five-year deal worth $110 million to remain in Cleveland. Love, obtained last year from Minnesota in a major trade, suffered a separated left shoulder in the first round of the NBA playoffs and could only watch as the Cavaliers lost to Golden State in the NBA Finals. Love had opted out of a deal that would have paid him $16.7 million next season to test the free agent waters, but ESPN reported he was cashing in for a maximum money deal with Cleveland.

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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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  • Singapore PM takes to the stand for hours in blogger defamation case

    By Rujun Shen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took the stand for nearly seven hours on Wednesday, answering questions from a blogger he has successfully sued for defamation as the Supreme Court tried to decide how much he should be paid in damages. Lee sued Roy Ngerng, 34, for a blog last year in which the defendant was alleged to have implicated Lee in impropriety in connection with how funds in Singapore's mandatory retirement savings scheme are managed. Its leaders have previously sued or settled out of court with foreign media for alleged defamation, but this is the first time a blogger has faced such action.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

    Myint is one of more than 800 current and former slaves rescued or repatriated after a year-long Associated Press investigation into pervasive labor abuses in Southeast Asia's fishing industry. Thailand's booming seafood business alone runs on an estimated 200,000 migrant workers, many of them forced onto boats after being tricked, kidnapped or sold. Myint, his family and his friends recounted his story to AP, which also followed parts of his journey.

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  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32 bn fortune to charity

    Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday promised his entire $32 billion (28.8 billion euro) fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever such pledges. The pledge is "maybe... the first such big announcement" of its kind in the region, and is modelled on a charity established by Microsoft founder Bill Gates in the United States, the prince told reporters. Alwaleed said his charity "will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world." The money "will be allocated according to a well-devised plan throughout the coming years", he said, but stressed there was no time limit for the donation to be spent.

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  • Crew of crashed Taiwan TransAsia plane shut off working engine - source

    By Faith Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - The crew of a TransAsia Airways ATR plane that crashed in Taiwan in February, killing 43 people on board, had shut off the working engine after the other lost power, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The latest investigation report into the Taipei crash, to be released on Thursday, will say data readings showed the almost-new turboprop ATR 72-600 stalled and crashed shortly after the functioning engine was switched off, said the source. The findings of the report, by the Aviation Safety Council, will also focus on flight operations, air traffic control, weather, the air worthiness of the plane and other factors, added the source, who could not be identified because the report has not yet been made public.

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  • Milliners smile as bare-headed Dutchwoman wilts

    On a day when Wimbledon sweltered, the 23-year-old Dutchwoman, thrashed by Maria Sharapova, was almost the only person in the arena with an uncovered head. While line judges sported pristine starched white caps, and ball boys and girls wilted under kepis, Hogenkamp stood out from the crowd. Sharapova, a 6-3 6-1 winner, punched her shots from under a brilliant white visor, but Hogenkamp defiantly eschewed headgear.

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  • IS attacks kill dozens in Egypt's Sinai

    Dozens of people were killed Wednesday in a wave of unprecedented attacks by the Islamic State group on Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula, in a major challenge to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. F-16 warplanes bombarded the militants as they fought security forces on the streets of the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid after striking military checkpoints in a surprise attack after dawn. Medical and security officials said at least 70 people, mostly soldiers, were killed in the attacks and hours of clashes, along with dozens of jihadists.

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  • World Bank warns China over state financial control

    The World Bank on Wednesday urged China to accelerate reform of its state-dominated financial sector, warning that failure to address the issue could end "three decades of stellar performance" for the world's second-largest economy. The ruling Communist Party has pledged a wide range of economic reforms and the Washington-based institution said reducing the "unique and distorted role of the state" in banking and the wider financial sector was crucial. The comments in the China Economic Update were unusually forthright for the World Bank.

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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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  • Greek pensioners besiege banks to grab cash

    "Let them go to hell!" shouted one pensioner, after failed talks between Athens and international creditors sparked a week-long banking shutdown. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's government ordered the banks to close on Monday for one week and imposed strict capital controls to head off a banking collapse after panicking Greeks emptied the nation's cash machines. Athens has now reopened almost 1,000 bank branches for three days to allow pensioners without bank cards to withdraw 120 euros ($133) to last them the rest of the week.

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  • Emilia Clarke conquers the big screen with a 'Terminator'

    To the casual observer, Emilia Clarke might look like one of the lucky ones: The young British actress was seemingly plucked out of the ether to star as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO's wildly popular "Game of Thrones." Just a few years later, she was chosen to make the leap to a summer blockbuster as Sarah Connor, one of action's most iconic heroines, in "Terminator Genisys," out Wednesday. The ebullient Clarke, who nearly jumped out of her seat to answer questions in a recent interview, is the first to stress that she's lucky to have reached these heights by age 28. Clarke has also said she wanted to act since she was 3 years old, although that makes her laugh now.

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  • Former Auschwitz guard asks God for forgiveness at trial

    A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served in Auschwitz testified Wednesday he helped the death camp function in his role sorting cash and valuables seized from Jews after they arrived in cattle-cars. Oskar Groening told the Lueneburg state court in a statement read by his attorney that it was hard today to understand the blind obedience he had to the Nazi system even when witnessing the terrible atrocities perpetrated at the death camp in German-occupied Poland. Groening is accused of helping Auschwitz function in his job at the camp for which the German press has dubbed him the "Accountant of Auschwitz." He guarded prisoners' baggage on the ramps, but his main task was to collect and tally money stolen from the new arrivals and then send it to Berlin.

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  • Messi sparkles as Argentina thrash Paraguay at Copa America

    Lionel Messi produced a scintillating individual performance as Argentina destroyed Paraguay 6-1 to reach the final of the Copa America here Tuesday. The Barcelona superstar tormented Paraguay mercilessly as the favorites produced their best display of the tournament and advanced to a showdown with Chile in Saturday's final. Although Messi failed to end his run of more than 900 minutes without an international goal from open play, he turned creator as Argentina tore Paraguay apart.

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  • Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends

    Indonesia's air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying non-military passengers who paid for their flights. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended. The dead included all 122 on the plane, including military personnel and family members, and people in a residential area of Medan city where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, North Sumatra police Maj. A. Tarigan told TVOne station.

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  • Gordon Ramsay: Is it worth the hype

    By Catherine Ling, Makansutra Gordon Ramsay has finally brought his cuisine to Singapore. No, not the three-Michelin star fare from his eponymous restaurant, but a much more casual (read affordable) bistro and bar. Bread Street Kitchen (BSK) at Marina

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  • Trump sues Univision for $500 million over Miss USA cancellation

    U.S. presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Univision over the Spanish-language TV network's decision to end its contract to broadcast the Miss USA pageant, which is co-owned by Trump. Univision said last week it would not air the July 12 pageant because of what it called insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants made by Trump when he announced he was running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The 19-page lawsuit accuses Univision of a "thinly veiled attempt" to stifle Trump's freedom of speech in order to boost Democratic frontrunner Hilary Clinton.

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