• Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday.

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  • Mariah Carey 'being spoiled by new boyfriend'

    Mariah Carey's new beau is reportedly "on a mission" to prove he's her Prince Charming. The 45-year-old singing sensation has moved from ex Nick Cannon with Aussie billionaire James Packer. James is apparently keen to blow his girlfriend away with his romantic gestures.

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  • At least 38 dead as Philippine ferry capsizes

    A ferry loaded with nearly 200 people capsized off a central Philippine port on Thursday, officials said, killing at least 38 people in the latest of the country's long string of maritime tragedies. Around 27 people are still missing after the 33-tonne, wooden-hulled Kim Nirvana tipped over shortly after setting sail from Ormoc city at midday, the coast guard said. Ormoc public safety officer Goody Edcas said that at least 125 survivors had now been found out of the 189 passengers and crew on board, adding that finding more survivors were unlikely.

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  • Philippines gets Canadian helicopters, SKorean landing craft

    The Philippines has received two new Canadian-built helicopters and a surplus South Korean transport vessel as it pushes through with a long-delayed military modernisation programme, military spokesmen said Thursday. Two Bell 412EP helicopters were delivered last week, the first of an eight-helicopter order, said air force spokesman Colonel Enrico Canaya. The utility helicopters are undergoing technical inspection before they join the military's fleet to carry cargo and troops, he added.

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  • Rachel McAdams ‘serious about Taylor Kitsch’

    Rachel McAdams is “serious” about True Detective co-star Taylor Kitsch, according to reports. The 36-year-old was spotted dining with Taylor in West Hollywood at the start of June. Rachel has reportedly been “friends for years” with her fellow Canadian but they “grew closer on set”.

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  • 6.4 magnitude earthquake in China's Xinjiang: USGS

    A shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck China's far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with at least three people killed according to Chinese officials. The epicentre was in Pishan county, 164 kilometres (102 miles) northwest of the city of Hotan and 131 kilometres southeast of Shache, known as Yarkand in Uighur, the language of the local mainly Muslim minority. It was 20 kilometres deep according to USGS, which initially gave the magnitude as 6.1.

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  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the aircraft's only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," seconds before the disaster, investigators said Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river shortly after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport in February with 53 passengers and five crew on board. Disturbing cockpit transcripts released by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council revealed the pilots trying to deal with an engine that had lost power, but then reducing the thrust of the other, functioning engine.

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  • The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt

    The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get help. After the hell of World War II, the Federal Republic of Germany — commonly known as West Germany — got massive help with its debt from former foes. The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's loans and restructured the rest, is a landmark case that shows how effective debt relief can be.

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  • Miley Cyrus: Stella is the One

    Miley Cyrus reportedly thinks Stella Maxwell is “the one”. The 22-year-old Wrecking Ball singer and the 24-year-old Victoria’s Secret Angel are said to have been romantically involved with one another for months now. "Miley's told friends that Stella is the one," an insider told Life & Style magazine.

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  • Nadal destroyer Brown stays true to his roots

    Dustin Brown insists he will remain true to his rasta roots after the dread-locked German qualifier stole the Wimbledon spotlight with a stunning upset of Rafael Nadal. Brown produced an almost flawless display of serve and volley tennis to beat two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and secure just the fourth Grand Slam win of his career. The flamboyant 30-year-old's striking appearance and eye-catching play made him the talk of the All England Club on Thursday.

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  • Selena and Cody ‘enjoying a fun fling’

    Selena Gomez and Cody Simpson are allegedly “friends with benefits”. The 22-year-old songstress and Australian heartthrob Cody, 18, first sparked romance rumours on June 28 when they were seen out getting ice cream with a group of friends. “They’re just a fling right now,” a source told OKMagazine.com.

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  • 5 things you may not know about Hinduism

    Hinduism’s roots can be traced to the Asia-Pacific region, where a majority of devotees reside. There is less than one per cent of Hindus who live outside of Asia-Pacific. Here are five things you may not know about this religion.

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  • Some of the saddest own goals in soccer

    Laura Bassett bent over, pulled her soccer jersey over her face and sobbed. Minutes earlier, the England defender had stretched out her leg to intercept a through ball in the last seconds of a Women's World Cup semifinal against Japan. It consigned England to a 2-1 loss Wednesday in the biggest match of its women's team's history.

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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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  • Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards

    The ancient ritual bath, called a "miqwe" or "mikveh," was discovered in the town of Ein Karem, a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem that claims to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. "Such instances of finding antiquities beneath a private home can happen only in Israel and Jerusalem in particular," Amit Re'em, a Jerusalem District archaeologist, said in a statement.

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  • Philippine VP forms opposition ahead of polls amid graft probe

    Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, who quit the cabinet last month amid corruption charges, formed a new opposition party on Wednesday, signalling a formal break with the president ahead of elections next year. Binay was a team player in the cabinet of President Benigno Aquino for five years until he resigned and started attacking the administration's policies. "Binay is about to become a political Robin Hood," Benito Lim, a political science professor from Ateneo de Manila University, told Reuters.

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  • Apple's new iPhones to support LTE speeds of up to 300Mbps with new Qualcomm chip?

    Apple may be giving its new iPhones a boost in 4G LTE speeds later this year. According to 9to5Mac, images of a prototype iPhone 6S logic board provided by a source reveal that Apple will be using Qualcomm's MDM9635 chip.

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  • Magician Federer pulls out the party tricks

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - It was not the first time Wimbledon had dissolved into a chorus 'oohs' and 'aahs' at the brilliance of Roger Federer but the Swiss ringmaster almost outdid himself when he flashed his racquet between his legs to lob Sam Querrey on Thursday. To Querrey's credit he made a fight of the early stages, before mentally ceding the contest as Federer took control. "You want to go over and give him a high five sometimes, but you can't do that," a bewildered Querrey told reporters.

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  • Affleck ‘devastated by split’

    Ben Affleck is reportedly “devastated” that his marriage has failed. Ben and Jennifer are parents to nine-year-old daughter Violet, six-year-old Seraphina and three-year-old son Samuel. According to the source, Ben has been continuing to live at their marital home in Los Angeles, despite the pair having split around ten months ago.

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  • Ex-firefighter who responded on Sept. 11 wins $5M in lottery

    A former firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has won $5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket. Carmelo Mercado was presented with an oversized check Thursday. Mercado was among the members of Queens Battalion 49 who went to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

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