• Singapore cafe wave not a smooth ride for entrepreneurs

    Located in the quiet housing estate of Kovan in suburban Singapore, three-year-old Lola's Cafe enjoys bustling business. The 30-seat café, frequented by families, middle-aged women and young adults, was founded by 28-year-old Foo Choo Kiat and 26-year-old June Tan when they were college students at the Singapore Management University. Foo and Tan recouped their startup capital of 100,000 Singapore dollars (Exchange: SGD=) ($75,720) within 6-8 months and are hoping to replicate the success in their second café outlet launched last year in the south-western residential enclave of Pasir Panjang.

  • Mourinho pokes fun at rivals

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his Premier League winning players have not been given the credit they deserve and took time to make fun of the teams that finished below them on Tuesday. The 52-year-old Portuguese -- whose side finished the season eight points clear of 2014 champions Manchester City -- used the end of season Chelsea dinner to use a convoluted story to poke fun at City, Arsenal, who finished third, and fourth-placed Manchester United. To a backdrop of a graphic showing a pitch with two goals he addressed first of all Louis van Gaal-managed United -- the 'plain red shirted team' -- saying they would have preferred to play without goals.

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  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya

    An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace Prize laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy. During her 15 years under house arrest, Suu Kyi won admiration across the globe for her fiery speeches and scathing criticism of the military regime that ruled Myanmar, or Burma, at the time. In a predominantly Buddhist country of 50 million people, where there is much animosity toward the 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims, Suu Kyi (pronounced "Suu chee") has opted to remain silent, even as the world watched in horror while more than 3,000 hungry, dehydrated Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants washed ashore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand this month, according to the U.N. refugee agency.

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  • First-Ever HDB Smart Homes Go On Sale Tomorrow From An Unbelievable $28,000

    Smart homes still have a ring of the futuristic about them, but the future is here: Singapore’s first-ever batch of next-generation homes by the Housing Development Board (HDB) will be up for sale tomorrow (May 27). While these prices are 8-20% higher than that of other new flats launched in Punggol, the smart homes are still arguably value for money.

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  • Depp ‘could face 10 year prison sentence’

    Johnny Depp could be imprisoned for 10 years after smuggling his dogs into Australia. The 51-year-old, who was Down Under filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, brought his Yorkshire Terriers Boo and Pistol with him to the country without declaring them. Although the dogs were put on a plane back to their home in America earlier this month, according to The Sydney Morning Herald Johnny’s legal saga is far from over.

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  • Key Real players rally behind sacked Ancelotti

    Some of Real Madrid's key players have rallied around coach Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian was made the scapegoat for a season without major trophies and sacked on Monday. Top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo had already offered his support for Ancelotti on Saturday, the Portugal forward saying he hoped to work with him again next season. President Florentino Perez decided, however, that "a new impetus" was needed and fired Ancelotti two years into a three-year contract.

  • Malaysia refuses entry to teen leader of Hong Kong protests

    A teenage leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests was turned away at the airport Tuesday when he tried to enter Malaysia, which said he has been blacklisted. Joshua Wong said the immigration officials cited a "government order" when they stopped him at the airport in northern Penang state. Immigration Director-General Mustafa Ibrahim said in a statement that Wong is banned from entering Malaysia but did not explain why.

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  • 2,000-Year-Old Water Supply System Uncovered in Jerusalem

    Part of an ancient aqueduct built more than 2,000 years ago to transport water into the city of Jerusalem was uncovered during a recent construction project, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. A section of the so-called Lower Aqueduct was discovered in the modern-day neighborhood of Umm Tuba, in East Jerusalem, during efforts to construct a new sewer line. The sprawling, 13-mile-long (21 kilometers) aqueduct carried water to the capital, and "operated intermittently until about 100 years ago," Ya'akov Billig, director of the aqueduct excavation with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), said in a statement.

  • Angry Australians battle against hated tampon tax with online petition

    Women Down Under are angry and they're not going to take it any more. They're upset the very necessary tampons and sanitary pads they purchase are taxed, while other pharmacy items such as condoms and nicotine patches are not. That's because the sanitary

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  • Danish radio station kills baby rabbit with bicycle pump

    A Danish radio station killed a baby rabbit with a bicycle pump live on air, prompting a storm of criticism Tuesday despite claims it had simply wanted to highlight cruelty in farming. "We didn't do it for the sake of entertainment," talk radio station Radio24syv wrote on Twitter. The broadcaster said radio host Asger Juhl on Monday killed baby rabbit Allan with repeated blows to the head to highlight "hypocrisy" in Danes' attitudes towards animal welfare.

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  • Top 10 highest-paid CEOs

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs for 2014, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay data firm: 1. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $156.1 million, up 368 percent

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  • China bottle maker declares default on $100 mln bonds

    A Chinese bottle supplier for Coca-Cola and PepsiCo said on Tuesday it was unable fully to repay nearly $100 million worth of bonds, the latest default as growth slows in the world's second-largest economy. Zhuhai Zhongfu Industrial Co. has 590 million yuan ($96.6 million) of bonds due on Thursday but will only be able to return a quarter of the principal, it said in a statement to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, where it is listed. China has seen several bond defaults from both private companies and state-owned enterprises in recent months as growth slowed to 7.0 percent in the first quarter, a low since the global financial crisis.

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  • Singaporean’s duet with Jessie J goes viral

    Currently the featured artist on singing app Sing! by Smule, British singer-songwriter Jessie J sings parts of her songs on the platform and any member of the app can join to complete the song in a duet. Singaporean Fairus Adam gave it a go, singing Jessie J’s latest single, Flashlight from the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack, and posted the video on his Facebook page on Sunday (24 May).

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  • Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages

    Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met. The marriage was arranged so the 23-year-old Pakistani groom could gain the right to live and work in Europe. Balogova was promised a clean place to stay in Britain and maybe even some money.

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  • Toure, Wisdom extend Liverpool deals

    Liverpool defenders Kolo Toure and Andre Wisdom have signed contract extensions, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. Apart from stating that Wisdom, 22, has signed a "long-term" deal, Liverpool did not reveal the durations of the contracts, but former Ivory Coast centre-back Toure, 34, is believed to have agreed to a one-year extension. "Liverpool FC are pleased to announce Kolo Toure has signed an extension to his contract with the club," Liverpool said in a statement on their website.

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  • New Virtual CashCard To Launch, Banish ERP Troubles For Singaporeans

    Singapore motorists can soon kiss their ERP troubles goodbye, with a new virtual CashCard that is set to be available from Thursday (28 May). According to The Straits Times, the vCashCard was created through a collaboration between NETS and the Land Transport Authority (LTA), and it will make things much easier for motorists: even if a CashCard is low on cash or absent in the in-vehicle unit (IU), users will be able to pay ERP charges without facing penalties or additional administrative charges. Currently, motorists who pass through ERP gantries without sufficient amounts in their CashCard have to pay an additional $10 in administrative fees, along with the ERP charges they owe.

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  • Ultra-Fast 'Hyperloop' Train Gets Test Track in California

    The "Hyperloop," a hypothetical high-speed transportation system that could shuttle people between Los Angeles and San Francisco in only 30 minutes, just sped a bit closer to reality. First proposed in 2013 by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, the Hyperloop would transport passengers in floating pods inside low-pressure tubes at speeds of more than 750 mph (1,200 km/h). Now, the company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. (which is not affiliated with Musk or Tesla) has inked a deal with landowners in central California to build the world's first Hyperloop test track, according to market research firm Navigant Research.

  • Compensation win for Japanese teachers forced to sing anthem

    A Japanese court has awarded millions of dollars in compensation to a group of teachers who were punished for refusing to sing the country's anthem, the group said Tuesday as it condemned nationalism in education. The Tokyo District Court ruled Monday that the capital's municipal government must pay a total of 537 million yen ($4.5 million) to 22 former high school teachers. Some critics say Japan's anthem amounts to a call to sacrifice oneself for the emperor and celebrates militarism.

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  • Corporate maneuver at Samsung strengthens heir's influence

    Two key Samsung companies are merging in a step toward ensuring the son of the group's ailing chairman inherits control of the theme parks to smartphones conglomerate. Samsung said Tuesday that its defacto holding company Cheil Industries Inc. will acquire Samsung C&T Corp. by offering 0.35 new Cheil shares for every Samsung C&T share. The combined entity will be named Samsung C&T.

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  • Zayn and Perrie: No 2015 wedding

    Zayn Malik's fiancée doubts they'll get married this year.The former One Direction heartthrob has been engaged to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards since 2013. He left the group in March, with his ex bandmate Liam Payne confirming the decision was in part

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