• Two feared dead in Japan bullet train suicide fire: official

    Two people were feared dead Tuesday after an apparent suicide attempt on board a moving shinkansen bullet train in Japan, a spokesman for the operator told AFP. "We have been informed that there was a passenger in a car on the train who covered him or herself with oil and set it on fire," said a JR Central spokesman. The train -- a super-fast Nozomi bullet train -- was travelling from Tokyo towards Osaka when the fire broke out near Odawara, southwest of Tokyo.

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  • Uber is reportedly losing boatloads of money

    Travis Kalanick, chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., speaks during the Institute of Directors (IOD) annual convention at the Royal Albert Hall in London, U.K., on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Uber is reportedly operating at a loss of close to half a billion dollars, according to a bond prospectus viewed by Bloomberg. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the ride-hailing app was raising new funding from Chinese investment management firm Hillhouse Capital Group.

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  • Selena 'blanks Bieber at bash'

    Selena Gomez was reportedly too busy enjoying herself to chat to Justin Bieber at a recent party. “Justin and Selena saw each other and didn’t engage whatsoever,” a source divulged to Page Six. During the evening Meghan is said to have jumped on stage for an impromptu rendition of her hit All About That Bass, which Justin caught from the front row.

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  • 2nd escaped murderer is shot, captured after other killed

    A three-week manhunt that began when two convicted murderers staged a brazen prison break involving stolen power tools and hacksaw blades hidden in frozen hamburger meat ended Sunday when a single state police sergeant spotted a suspicious man walking down on a rural road near the Canadian border. David Sweat's capture came two days after his fellow escapee, Richard Matt, was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement while holding a shotgun. Sweat was unarmed when he was shot twice by Sgt. Jay Cook as the fugitive ran for a tree line.

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  • Renner: I don’t care about gay rumours

    Jeremy Renner doesn’t care if people think he’s gay. The Avengers star has daughter Ava with ex-wife Sonni Pacheco but rumours about his sexuality continue to persist online. While the 44-year-old makes it clear in a new interview that he’s straight, he doesn’t view the rumours saying otherwise to be a problem.

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  • The Cost Of College At Top Schools In The Philippines And The World

    The worldwide rankings for universities was released by the education firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) this June. The state university slipped seven places in the rankings, while Ateneo de Manila went up one spot compared to its 2014 rank. UST and DLSU suffered slides, with UST falling two places and DLSU 30.

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  • Asia markets rebound, Shanghai sees more volatility

    Most Asian markets edged higher Tuesday, enjoying a slight recovery after the previous day's rout, with Greece just hours away from default, while Shanghai ended flat after another highly volatile morning. Shenzhen lost 2.16 percent, having sunk more than six percent earlier With talks between Athens' leaders and creditors now completely broken down after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the July 5 plebiscite, Greece is widely expected to miss its payment to the IMF due later Tuesday. "(How) is it possible the creditors are waiting for the IMF payment while our banks are being suffocated?" Tsipras said in a late-evening interview on ERT television in Greece.

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  • Khloé K ‘feels neglected by mother’

    Khloé Kardashian has reportedly come to terms with her mother Kris’ “absence”. Khloé’s sisters Kylie Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian were in attendance at the low-key bash, but their mother Kris was in Paris with her boyfriend Corey Gamble. “Khloé stopped being upset by her mom’s absence a long time ago,” an insider told Radar Online.

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  • Drilling, not quake, caused Indonesia mud volcano: paper

    Geologists reignited the debate Monday about whether to blame nature or humans for the devastating eruption nine years ago of an Indonesian mud volcano still oozing its all-consuming sludge today. "Taken together, our data strongly supports a man-made trigger," study co-author Mark Tingay from the University of Adelaide said in a statement. The Lusi mud volcano erupted out of the blue on May 29, 2006, in the middle of a rice field in the Sidoarjo district of Java island.

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  • China's Great Wall 'is disappearing'

    Around 30 percent of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities -- including stealing the bricks to build houses -- erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported. The Great Wall is not a single unbroken structure but stretches for thousands of kilometres in sections, from Shanhaiguan on the east coast to Jiayuguan in the windswept sands on the edge of the Gobi desert. In places it is so dilapidated that estimates of its total length vary from 9,000 to 21,000 kilometres (5,600 to 13,000 miles), depending on whether missing sections are included.

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  • Young partygoer dies after Taiwan water park disaster

    A 20-year-old partygoer died Monday after suffering burns to 90 percent of her body from a fireball that injured nearly 500 people at a Taiwan "colour party", with organisers facing charges after plumes of decorative powder ignited. The woman, Lee Pei-yun, is the first fatality from the disaster, which saw crowds of young revellers engulfed in flames after being sprayed with clouds of multi-coloured corn starch. Around 1,000 spectators had attended the Color Play Asia event at the Formosa Fun Coast water park, just outside the capital Taipei, on Saturday evening.

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  • Chile beats Peru 2-1 to reach Copa America final

    Striker Eduardo Vargas scored twice to lead Chile to a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semifinals of the Copa America on Monday, keeping alive the host's hopes of winning the South American tournament for the first time. Vargas scored the winner with a long-range shot that found the upper corner in the 64th minute, sending the home-crowd favorites to their first Copa America final in 28 years. "I've been practicing shots from outside the area, I was confident," Vargas said through a translator.

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  • Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Katy Perry, One Direction Top Annual List of Highest-Paid Celebrities

    Forbes released its 16th annual Celebrity 100 list of the highest-paid celebrities and boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao topped the list. Following their high-profile fight last month, Mayweather and Pacquiao came in at first and second, earning

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  • Tokyo Olympic stadium cost hits $2 billion, organisers say

    Japan expects the cost of the 2020 Olympic stadium to rise to 252 billion yen ($2 billion), the country's sports minister said on Monday. Hakubun Shimomura confirmed that the price tag represented a 90 billion yen hike since the futuristic design by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid was chosen in 2012. Construction is set to begin in October with May 2019 the projected completion date -- two months later than initially planned and just in time for the rugby World Cup, Tokyo 2020 leaders said.

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  • Bradley Cooper: I’m not back with Suki

    Bradley Cooper has denied he and Suki Waterhouse have rekindled their relationship. Bradley has been quite the ladies’ man of late, as he was most recently romantically linked to Russian model Irina Shayk. “Irina is smart and mature.

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  • Mexico's Televisa drops Miss Universe after Trump remarks

    Mexican media giant Televisa says it will no longer broadcast the Miss Universe Pageant or engage any other communication project with Donald Trump. Televisa says its decision comes in the wake of "disrespectful" remarks by Trump that the company says offended the entire Mexican population. During his presidential kickoff speech, Trump said Mexican immigrants are "bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists and some, I assume, are good people." He advocated building a wall along the United States' southern border.

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  • Woman dies after Taiwan water park blaze, over 200 casualties serious

    A young woman died on Monday, the first fatality among nearly 500 casualties from a weekend blaze at a Taiwan water park, officials said, as investigators focused on the coloured powder that rained fire as it was sprayed over revellers from a stage. "The source of the heat is still under investigation," said Kevin Lo, an official with the city fire department. Chou Hui-fang, an official with Taiwon Foods, the central Taiwan-based powder manufacturer which supplied the powder for Saturday's event, said that the powder is edible, but it is made of carbohydrates, so it should not be put near any heat source.

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  • NBA: LeBron, Aldridge hot topics as free agency looms

    Free agency for eligible NBA players begins Wednesday, with Cleveland's LeBron James and Kevin Love drawing plenty of attention but LaMarcus Aldridge and Marc Gasol more likely to make a move. Several media reports citing unnamed sources say that James, the superstar playmaker who powered the Cavaliers into the NBA Finals, has told the team he will opt out of his contract, as Love also reportedly has done. James is a free agent for the third time in five years after leaving Cleveland for Miami, spending four seasons with the Heat that brought two NBA titles and then opting last year to return to the Cavaliers.

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  • Top rebel slain in blow to Philippine communist rebellion

    The Philippine military has shot dead an infamous communist guerilla leader in a blow to one of the world's longest-running Maoist insurgencies, authorities said Monday. New People's Army (NPA) commander Leonardo Pitao was killed in a mountainous hamlet near the major southern city of Davao on Sunday by army special forces, the military said. "He's an NPA idol, and now they will see how the long arm of the law finally caught up with their leader," Major-General Eduardo Ano said of the rebel leader also known as "Commander Parago".

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  • Australia police will not help IS fighter's kids: grandmother

    The Australian mother-in-law of a notorious Islamic State group fighter said Monday she was "devastated" that police had refused to help bring her five grandchildren home from Syria. Karen Nettleton's daughter Tara is married to Khaled Sharrouf, who gained global infamy last year when he posted pictures of himself and his seven-year-old son on Twitter holding up the severed heads of soldiers. News emerged last week that Sharrouf may have died in the same drone attack believed to have killed fellow Australian jihadist Mohamed Elomar, raising concerns about what would happen to his children who were taken to Syria last year.

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