Death toll continues to rise amid Nepal devastation

'We are overwhelmed with rescue and assistance requests from all across the country', says an official.

  • Indonesia gears up for executions despite mounting criticism

    Indonesia geared up to execute eight foreign drug convicts by firing squad after midnight Tuesday, despite a firestorm of international criticism and heartrending last-ditch pleas by the condemned prisoners' families. Ambulances were seen carrying coffins to Nusakambangan prion island, where Indonesia puts condemned prisoners to death, and embassy officials and religious counsellors also made their way to the site late Tuesday as the clock ticked down to the executions. Relatives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" heroin trafficking group, wailed in grief as they headed to the island, and one relative collapsed.

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  • Amal Clooney 'struggling with fame'

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  • Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather

    Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is confident he can beat American arch-rival Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday with the power of God, after abandoning a life he said was packed with sin condemning him to hell. Pacquiao is in top form both in mind and spirit after he traded his boozing, gambling and womanising ways for a devout life of prayer, his spiritual adviser, Jeric Soriano, told AFP in a recent Manila interview. "Manny is a God-fearing man.

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  • HK tycoon Li finalises purchase of UK train firm for $3.8 bn

    Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure announced Tuesday it had finalised the acquisition of Britain's Eversholt Rail Group for £2.5 billion ($3.8 billion), as the tycoon's business empire continued to expand offshore. The purchase of one of Britain's three main railway rolling stock companies follows an agreement last month which allowed Li to purchase British telecom giant O2 for $15.2 billion, a move that will expand his holdings in the international telecoms industry. "CKI's investment in UK's rolling stock industry reflects the group's strategy of embracing new growth opportunities through diversification and globalisation," the group said in a statement.

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  • MyRepublic’s 1,000 Free SIM Cards: How To Get One, And What You Need To Know

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  • Bruce's first wife on dealing with his secret

    Bruce Jenner's fist wife initially found his situation hard to wrap her head around. The former Olympian was married to Chrystie Crownover from 1972 to 1981, and they have children Burt and Cassandra together. Bruce told his new wife early on in their marriage that he identified as a woman, but Chrystie reveals it didn't have an impact on the relationship.

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  • Liverpool keen on Jovetic move

    Liverpool are interested in signing Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic in the summer, Goal understands. Brendan Rodgers has bemoaned his side's lack of firepower this season and the club are keen to bolster their strikeforce early on in the transfer window. The Reds pushed through a late deal with AC Milan to sign Mario Balotelli back in August 2014 but the Italian has struggled to make an impact in England, scoring just one goal in the Premier League since moving to Anfield.
  • Quake moves Kathmandu but Everest height unchanged: experts

    The earthquake that devastated Nepal and left thousands of people dead shifted the earth beneath Kathmandu by up to several metres south, but the height of Mount Everest likely stayed the same, experts said Tuesday. According to early seismological data obtained from sound waves which travel through Earth after an earthquake, the ground beneath the capital Kathmandu may have moved about three metres (10 feet) southward, said University of Cambridge tectonics expert James Jackson. The relative movement across the fault zone was on the order of three metres at its greatest, just north of Kathmandu." The fault lies between two tectonic plates -- one bearing India pushing northward into a plate carrying Europe and Asia at a rate of about two centimetres (0.8 inches) per year -- the process that created the Himalayas in the first place.

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  • Panel detail Lee's negligent practices in doping case

    For seven years, Lee Chong Wei, one of badminton's finest athletes, took cordyceps tablets from unmarked containers on the advice of a mysterious friend without any knowledge of how they were capsulated or stored. "Mr Lee exposed himself for a completely unnecessary risk of consuming illegal substance for many years." The 32-year-old twice Olympic silver medalist's is free to return to the court on Friday after the backdated BWF eight month ban for having the non-performance enhancer dexamethasone in his system.

  • 'I'm going to be buried alive...' AFP journalists on Everest horror

    "We heard this most horrifying sound, it was like a train but came from so deep... and then finally there was this stillness, this complete stillness, and I knew I was alive," says AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt of the moment he survived an avalanche on Everest. Schmidt, AFP's South Asia photo chief, and Kathmandu bureau chief Ammu Kannampilly had just reached Everest base camp on assignment Saturday when an avalanche -- triggered by the 7.8-magnitude quake that has killed more than 4,310 in Nepal -- thundered down the mountain. - Roberto Schmidt - "We had just arrived after a nine-day trek.

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  • Terry: Cahill is the best English defender, not me

    Chelsea captain John Terry does not believe that he is the best English defender, instead arguing that his team-mate, Gary Cahill, is befitting of that honour. The duo were both named in the PFA Team of the Year on Sunday while many argue that Terry remains the strongest centre-back in England despite his retirement from international football. But the former Three Lions skipper says that Cahill is the best man available to Roy Hodgson, despite Jose Mourinho leaving out of the Chelsea side at times this season.
  • Johansson, Renner fight hunger

    Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner are campaigning for an end to child hunger. "My family grew up relying on public assistance to help provide meals for our family," Scarlett told People magazine. "Child hunger in America is a real and often overlooked problem, but one that together, we can fix.

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  • Officer reunited with newborn he found in dumpster in 1989

    An officer who found an abandoned newborn in a garbage dumpster was reunited with the now 25-year-old man he helped save. Santa Ana police officer Michael Buelna and Robin Barton met recently in an emotional reunion, KABC-TV reported Sunday (

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  • 40 years later: Communism's hollow victory in Vietnam

    Forty years after it won the war, the Communist Party still rules Vietnam with an iron fist. From a shattered society plagued by poverty and food shortages, to a middle-income country and World Trade Organization member, Vietnam's authoritarian socialist regime has overseen huge change since Saigon fell to communist troops four decades ago. On Thursday, Communist Party rulers will gather for a military parade in Ho Chi Minh City -- formerly Saigon -- to commemorate the day their tanks rolled into city, prompting the surrender of the US-backed South and reunification of the country.

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  • Hundreds of German cinemas refuse to show 'Avengers' film

    Several hundred movie theaters in Germany have refused to screen the new "Avengers" film in a dispute over rental fees with Disney. It said the dispute was over a decision to raise the rental fee for the movie to 53 percent of ticket sales rather than the 47.7 percent usually charged to small-town theaters. Karl-Heinz Meier of I.G. Nord, a group representing cinema operators in northern Germany, said it would have been prepared to go as far as a 50 percent fee.

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  • Warner Bros.' "Death Note" remake gets director

    28 Apr – The American version of Japanese movie "Death Note" has long been in the making, but it could never land the right director. However, recent development shows that Warner Bros has found its right man in 2014's "The Guest" director, Adam Wingard, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Wingard will be taking on the project of adapting an American live-action version of popular Japanese manga, "Death Note".

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  • Why you should always manage your CPF account!

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  • 'She was my everything': Tragic end to Nepal quake rescue

    As he watched Nepalese police rescuers finally pull the lifeless body of his 14-year-old daughter from the rubble of their home, Dayaram Mohat collapsed on the floor in grief. Minutes later though they realised Prasamsah was missing along with her aunt Chandrawati Mohat, who had been with her niece in the main living room.

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  • 97 and counting - Barca trio close in on Henry, Eto'o and Messi's mark from 2008-09

    Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are closing in on 100 goals for Barcelona in 2014-15 and are just two off the number netted by the club's fantastic forward line under Pep Guardiola in 2008-09, when the Argentine attacker played alongside Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o. Messi started that season on the right and scored 38 goals in 51 appearances, with Eto'o on target 36 times in 52 games and Henry not too far behind with 26 in his 42 matches for the Catalan club en route to a treble of Liga, Copa and Champions League titles. In terms of a fully functional first-choice front line, however, the two best for Barca in recent seasons are the Messi-Eto'o-Henry trident in 2008-09 (with 99) and the Argentine's association with David Villa and Pedro in 2010-11, which yielded 98 strikes (53 for Messi, 23 for the former Spain striker and 22 for the current Barca winger).
  • China now has more vineyard land than France

    China now boasts more land dedicated to wine-making vineyards than France as it tries to satisfy a rapid rise in local demand. China's vineyards grew to 800,000 hectares (1.9 million acres) last year, putting it behind No. 1 grower Spain but ahead of France. Because its production is less effective than more established wine-making countries, China's output is only the seventh-biggest, according to figures released Monday by the Paris-based International Organization of Vine and Wine.

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