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SINGAPORE IN MOURNING

Rain-soaked Singapore says final farewell to Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew's State Funeral procession has begun, with people lining the streets of Singapore to bid the country's father a final goodbye.

  • Lee Kuan Yew Singapore state funeral: LIVE REPORT

    05:39 GMT - Housing and education - The procession route has been carefully planned to take in landmarks considered emblematic of Lee's social achievements, including public housing estates -- 90.3 percent of Singaporeans own their own homes under a programme started by Lee, who believed home ownership gave citizens a stake in their country. It also passed by Singapore Polytechnic, a nod to the founding leader's emphasis on education as vital to the city-state's future. 05:26 GMT - Tough leader - The procession has passed by the headquarters of Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation bureau -- a symbol of the former prime minister's tough stance against graft.

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  • "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
  • 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.

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  • An Arrogant Singaporean Tour Guide & An Arrogant Chinese Tourist? #ShortFilm

    This article An Arrogant Singaporean Tour Guide & An Arrogant Chinese Tourist? originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. Judy, a Caucasian-loving tour guide in Singapore, finds herself servicing Robert, a tourist from China.

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  • I don't know how to fix Holland - Hiddink

    Guus Hiddink has admitted he doesn't know how to solve Netherlands' current problems after they stuttered to a 1-1 draw at home to Turkey in their latest Euro 2016 qualifier. The Oranje trailed to Burak Yilmaz's strike until well into injury-time, when Wesley Sneijder's strike was deflected home by the head of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Holland are now third in Group A, six points behind leaders Czech Republic, with Hiddink stating after the game that his side are nowhere near Europe's best nations.

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  • Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name'

    The co-pilot who investigators believe crashed a passenger jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, worried "health problems" would dash his dreams and vowed one day to do something to "change the whole system", an ex-girlfriend told a German newspaper. The 26-year-old woman, identified only as Maria W., recalled in an interview with the mass-circulation Bild daily how Andreas Lubitz told her: "One day I'm going to do something that will change the whole system, and everyone will know my name and remember." "I never knew what he meant by that but now it makes sense," it quoted the "shocked" flight attendant as saying. The black box voice recorder indicates that Lubitz, 27, locked the captain out of the cockpit of the Germanwings jet and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside as the more senior pilot tried desperately to reopen the door during its eight-minute descent, French officials say.

    AFP News
  • I want Valdes to play for Manchester United, says Del Bosque

    Vicente Del Bosque has admitted that he wishes Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes was benefiting from more game time with the Red Devils. The Spanish goalkeeper joined Louis Van Gaal's side on an 18-month contract in January but has yet to make

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  • 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
  • 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

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  • ANOTHER new club for Freddy Adu

    Freddy Adu's nomadic career has now taken him to Finland, as the player once dubbed 'the next Pele' signed for Veikkausliiga side Kuopion Palloseura. Adu, 25, was touted as a wonderkid of the world game when he burst onto the scene at 14, becoming the youngest athlete to ever sign a professional contract in the US. On Saturday, he joined his eleventh club in as many years when Finnish top-flight side Kuopion Palloseura announced the American had agreed to join them on a one-year deal.

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  • 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

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  • Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one: French investigator

    The personality of a co-pilot suspected of deliberately flying a Germanwings passenger jet into a mountainside in the Alps is a "serious lead" in the inquiry but not the only one, a French investigator said Saturday. "We have a certain number of elements which allow us to make progress on this lead, which is a serious lead but which can't be the only one," police chief Jean-Pierre Michel told AFP in the western German city of Duesseldorf. The investigation so far has not turned up a "particular element" in the life of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz which could explain his alleged action in the ill-fated Airbus plane, he added.

    AFP News
  • Katy Perry 'gets even with Mayer'

    Katy Perry reportedly wants to play John Mayer at his own game. The popstar has been dating John on and off for more than two years, but was recently spotted getting close to Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons after a gig in Berlin. Prior to her night out with Winston it was thought Katy and John were back on, but those close to the 30-year-old say it was all part of her new game plan.

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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
  • Alexis Sanchez brings his DOGS to training

    EXTRA TIME                                        Follow Goal UK on TwitterAlexis Sanchez had unusual company as he trained at Arsenal's London Colney base on Saturday ahead of Chile's friendly with Brazil: his two pet dogs.Atom and Humber, Sanchez' canines

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  • JetBlue pilot who yelled during flight sues airline for $16M

    A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida during a 2012 trip from New York to Las Vegas sued the airline for more than $16 million Friday, saying it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill. Clayton Osbon's lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed exactly three years after his March 27, 2012, flight, hours before the statute of limitations would have expired. The lawsuit said Osbon, 52, was a flight standards captain who primarily flew Airbus planes and helped JetBlue develop and maintain safety procedures before he suffered a seizure traced to the effects of a childhood traumatic head injury that damaged his brain.

    Associated Press
  • Religion Does Not Forbid Love, But Theirs Was A Forbidden Love #ShortFilm

    This article Religion Does Not Forbid Love, But Theirs Was A Forbidden Love originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. This story is set in modern day Jakarta, where the wounds from Indonesia's persecution of ethnic Chinese are still very raw. The irregular capitalisation of 'CINtA' is a play on the word 'cina', regarded a derogatory term for ethnic Chinese in Indonesia (the word 'chokin' also has similar connotations).

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  • Sri Lankan president's brother dies after axe attack

    The youngest brother of Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena died in hospital Saturday after being attacked by an axe wielding acquaintance two days earlier, police said. Priyantha Sirisena, 42, suffered severe head injuries in his hometown of Polonnaruwa, 215 kilometres (134 miles) north-east of the capital Colombo, police said. "A personal dispute between the president's brother and a person known to him ended in tragedy," an official at the president's office told AFP.

    AFP News
  • Death threats made to BBC chief after Clarkson axe

    British police were on Sunday investigating death threats against BBC director-general Tony Hall following his decision to drop popular "Top Gear" presenter Jeremy Clarkson. The 30-second attack saw Clarkson strike the producer, giving Tymon a swelling, bleeding lip.

    AFP News
  • US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank

    U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power. South Korea, one of America's closest friends in Asia, announced Thursday it will join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or AIIB, which is intended to help finance construction of roads and other infrastructure. The U.S. has expressed concern the new bank will allow looser lending standards for the environment, labor rights and financial transparency, undercutting the World Bank, where the U.S. has the most clout, and the Asian Development Bank, where it is the second-largest shareholder after Japan.

    Associated Press