• Outrage over 10-year-old Paraguayan pregnant by stepfather

    The case of a 10-year-old girl raped and impregnated by her stepfather has triggered outrage in Paraguay, where the health minister has blocked her from having an abortion. It turned out to be a baby, which tests revealed was fathered by her stepfather. The girl's mother has been arrested for helping her partner, Gilberto Benitez Zarate, flee from the authorities after his abuse came to light.

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  • Natalie Portman opens up about marriage

    Natalie Portman says she isn’t always as generous as she could be in her marriage. The 33-year-old actress wed ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied in August 2012, and the pair are parents to three-year-old son Aleph. Opening up about her marriage in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Natalie admits she has found out a lot about herself since becoming a wife.

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  • Lead geek of Singapore: Coders go wild over PM Lee's skills

    If the programming code below looks like Greek to you, it's okay. It looks like Greek to most regular people as well. Except for coders... and prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, that is. The prime minister delighted his compatriate coders this week when

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  • Blaming the victims of rape in Somalia

    After 14-year-old Fatima was raped by a tuk-tuk driver, she was arrested, detained for a month and raped repeatedly by a police officer, according to the child and her aunt. Sexual violence is widespread in Somalia and rarely prosecuted. "We are fighting to change that attitude of blaming the victims," said Fartuun Adan, who runs the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in the Somali capital Mogadishu, where survivors of sexual violence can find refuge, medical care and support.

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  • Queen meets new royal baby, 'UK prince' registers birth

    Queen Elizabeth II met her new great-granddaughter for the first time on Tuesday, visiting the three-day-old and her parents Prince William and Kate at Kensington Palace. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, who was born on Saturday, was named in tribute to the 89-year-old monarch as well as William's mother Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997. The baby's full title, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge, comes from her parents, who are official known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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  • Xiaomi Mi 4i Starts Selling In Singapore May 12 For S$279

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.  Xiaomi has finally announced that their latest flagship phone, the Mi 4i, will be available for sale in Singapore on May 12 next week. The 5-inch screen phone will be going for S$279 — a much more affordable

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  • IMF says Asia to lead growth in 2015 despite China slowdown

    Asian economies will lead world growth in 2015, expanding at a 5.6 percent pace that is level with last year, as recoveries in India and Japan help to offset the slowdown in China, the IMF said in a report Thursday. The IMF's regional economic outlook forecasts that growth in the Asia-Pacific area will moderate to 5.5 percent in 2016. Asian growth fell to 5.5 percent in 2014 from 5.9 percent in 2013, and is bound to shift lower as China's economy, the world's second largest, settles at a more sustainable level than the torrid double-digit pace of the past decade.

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  • Zayn Malik slams Louis Tomlinson

    Zayn Malik has slammed Louis Tomlinson on Twitter. The 22-year-old singer officially left boy band One Direction in March, but Louis is still a member of the hugely successful pop group. Zayn’s departure was marketed as amicable, as the star claimed he left One Direction due to stress and a desire to be a normal young man, but it appears this is not the case.

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  • Juve's cut-price Tevez upstages Ronaldo, Bale

    By Brian Homewood TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - Juventus spent about 12 million euros ($13.42 million) to sign Carlos Tevez, a fraction of what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet it was the Argentine who called the shots in their Champions League clash on Tuesday. Tevez, who has been playing some of the best football of his career and is leading Serie A scorer with 20 goals, gave another inspiring performance as he tipped the first leg of the semi-final in Juventus's favour by helping them to a 2-1 win. Real's defence never got to grips with Tevez's speed, tenacity and close control as the Argentine revelled in the tie, the highest profile match he has played since his move to Juventus at the start of last season.

  • Exile or repression -- Russian opposition faces tough choice

    The slogans on the placards ranged from the innocuous to the obscure but the response from the Russian authorities was swift and harsh. After several thousand marched last week through the Siberian city of Novosibirsk holding signs that included "Stop taking offence" the event organiser Artyom Loskutov was quickly jailed for 10 days and branded a "prisoner of conscience" by Amnesty International. Loskutov, a performance artist who likes to poke fun at what he sees as the Russian authorities' heavy-handed approach to dissent, stages his parody protest each year.

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  • Lawsuits pile up over Pacquiao injury

    More disgruntled fight fans are going to court with their complaints, suing Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and others for failing to disclose a shoulder injury prior to his "Fight of the Century" against Floyd Mayweather. A class-action suit filed in US District Court in Illinois not only names Pacquiao and promoters Top Rank but also telecasters HBO and Showtime, who combined to produce the pay-per-view fight program that was sold in the United States for about $100. The suit also names Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions and cable television providers AT&T, COMCAST and DirecTV, and accuses the defendants of deceptive practices in marketing and advertising the bout.

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  • Micro-apartments: a new concept in New York

    New York, a city of exorbitant rents with more and more single residents, is about to get a brand new type of apartment: micro-units, for decades prohibited under zoning regulations. "We don't have the stereotypical nuclear family as we used to with two parents and two children," said Tobias Oriwol, project developer at Monadnock Development which is building the pilot. "But the housing industry keeps delivering two bedroom apartments, one bedroom apartments, three bedroom apartments, and these don't fit the needs of these new households in the city," Oriwol added.

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  • Charlize Theron: Love and work are hard to mix

    Charlize Theron says working with Sean Penn was part dream, part nightmare. "I've never shied away from talking about stuff when people are a*sholes, but in that case, I have to give credit because once I asked, they said yes.

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  • Jennifer Garner ‘surrounded by attitude’

    Jennifer Garner admits she is “surrounded by attitude” at home. “I’m surrounded by attitude,” she told People magazine at the Huggies Snug & Dry event. Jennifer is an ambassador for Save the Children, a charity organisation committed to helping kids in need.

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  • Food critic Josh Ozersky found dead in Chicago hotel

    Food critic Josh Ozersky, whose witty and snarky writing generally focused on his obsession with all things meat, has died in Chicago. Ozersky, who was in the city for the James Beard Foundation Awards, was found dead in his room at the Conrad Chicago Hotel on Monday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Ozersky was a food writer for Esquire magazine and frequent contributor to other publications including Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine.

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  • McDonald's brings back the Hamburglar in latest ad campaign

    Based on McDonald's latest ad, it looks like the Hamburglar settled down in the suburbs and spent the last decade going to youth soccer games and perfecting his stubble. On Wednesday, McDonald's Corp. tweeted a 30-second ad featuring the Hamburglar, his face unseen, flipping burgers in a suburban backyard with his wife and son. When he hears a radio ad for McDonald's new burgers, he drops his spatula in shock.

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  • Rare birds jammed inside water bottles in Indonesia

    Indonesian police have arrested a suspected wildlife smuggler after discovering nearly two dozen rare live birds, mostly yellow-crested cockatoos, jammed inside plastic water bottles in his luggage. The 37-year-old man was stopped by police on Monday as he alighted from a passenger ship in Surabaya, a city on the main island of Java. The head of the criminal investigation unit at Tanjung Perak port, Aldy Sulaiman, said police found the birds stashed inside the man's luggage.

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  • ‘Star Wars’ Overload Concerns Disney, CEO Robert Iger Says

    “Star Wars” fans shouldn’t kick their Millennium Falcons into high gear just yet, and the same goes for Disney’s marketing team, CEO Robert Iger indicated Tuesday. “Stars Wars: The Force Awakens,” which will roll out in the U.S. on Dec. 18, is the first in a series of the classic sci-fi saga that Disney is banking on. Iger noted that Disney will bring three “Star Wars” films into the marketplace between now and 2017.

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  • Nokia Mobile Game Snake Returns On May 14 For Smartphone Generation

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.  The SG50 celebrations are in full swing, and what better time is there to pile on the nostalgia than now? From writing about our favourite places in Singapore, to attending concerts celebrating our homegrown

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  • Caught in the middle: Residents in AHPETC

    Can you live with the consequences of your vote? The WP lawyer in court even backed it up with past ministerial exhortations about the consequences of the vote. The G wants the court to let it appoint independent auditors to go over the WP town council’s books and reclaim funds that have been wrongly disbursed.

    Bertha Harian