• The Latest on Nepal: Nepal urging foreign rescuers to leave

    Nepal is urging foreign rescuers to return home or go to rural areas saying most of the rescue work is over and the remaining operation can be handled by local workers. Information Minister Minendra Rijal says the major rescue work in the urban areas of the capital Kathmandu and surrounding areas has been completed and there was no need for experts. Since the April 25 earthquake, 4,050 rescue workers from 34 different nations have flown to Nepal to help in rescue operations, provide emergency medical care and distribute food and other necessities.

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  • Analysis: Still an asterisk over Mayweather's legacy

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Heading into the much hyped 'Fight of the Century', Floyd Mayweather Jr. repeatedly said his welterweight showdown with Manny Pacquiao was all about defining his legacy while preserving a perfect record as a professional. In many ways, it was a case of 'job done' on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where the 38-year-old American once again showcased his brilliant defensive skills as he won a unanimous decision over Pacquiao in their title bout. Pacquiao is renowned for his aggression and speed but the Filipino southpaw was continually outsmarted by Mayweather who, despite back peddling for much of the bout, controlled the pace of the fight and the geography of the ring.

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  • British grandmother prepares for execution in Indonesia

    A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article on Sunday. Lindsay Sandiford, 58, said she was expecting to die shortly, after seven foreign drug convicts were executed last week, causing a storm of international protest. "I have started to write goodbye letters to members of my family." Sandiford, originally from Redcar in northeast England, wrote that she planned to sing the cheery popular song "Magic Moments" when facing the firing squad.

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  • Royal couple ‘have chosen daughter’s name’

    Britain’s Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have reportedly chosen their baby’s name. The royal couple welcomed a daughter on Saturday, a sibling for 21-month-old son George. “Indeed, William is far more likely to turn to her than even his father, as he did when he was unhappy about the guest list that had been forced upon him for his wedding.

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  • Singapore landmarks featured in Japanese anime series

    Images of the animation series were posted on reddit, in which a user compared scenes spotted on the television series to real life places in Singapore. One might be surprised to see Singapore featured on a Japanese show, but the premise of the show may explain things a little. Plastic Memories is a science-fiction series, set in the future, where androids that look exactly like humans begin to spread across the world.

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  • China's Xi calls for "equal" political talks with Taiwan

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping offered the head of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party on Monday "equal" talks to resolve their political differences, but only if Taiwan accepts it is part of China, a concept many Taiwanese balk at. Xi, in his role as head of China's ruling Communist Party, met Nationalist chairman Eric Chu in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, the first meeting between the leaders of the old political rivals in six years, China's Xinhua news agency said.

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  • Two dead at US Mohammed cartoon event

    Two gunmen were shot dead and a security guard wounded outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas, authorities said, as a bomb squad investigated the gunmen's car. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) organized the event in a suburb of Dallas, featuring far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has been outspoken against Muslims. Police said two men drove up to the conference center in Garland, Texas, and began shooting at a security guard.

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  • Tributes paid to Rio Ferdinand's wife Rebecca

    The wife of former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has died aged 34 following a short battle with cancer, he announced on Saturday, prompting a flood of tributes. Figures from across English football paid tribute to Rebecca Ellison, who died on Friday night from breast cancer, with fans applauding during matches and players expressing sympathy to Ferdinand. "My soulmate slipped away last night," the 36-year-old Queens Park Rangers player said in a statement.

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  • McDonald's to detail latest turnaround plans

    McDonald's is set to unveil its latest plans to revive its sputtering business on Monday. The plans are to be detailed just two months after CEO Steve Easterbrook stepped in to take charge of the world's biggest hamburger chain. McDonald's is fighting intensifying competition from a variety of players and has admitted that it failed to keep up with changing tastes.

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  • Cable, pay-per-view problems leave viewers fighting mad

    For some boxing fans, the big fight Saturday night turned out to be between them and their cable companies. Strong pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas caused problems for cable and satellite systems, especially when people tried to order at the last second, which delayed the start of the fight. Others just didn't want to pay to watch, bragging on Twitter how they saved the $100 fee.

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  • Strong quake in New Zealand, no damage reported

    A strong 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand's South Island on Monday with local authorities saying it shook buildings but caused no serious damage. The tremor struck at 2.29 pm (0229 GMT) at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), with its epicentre about 30 kilometres north-west of Wanaka, the US Geological Survey said. New Zealand's official GeoNet monitoring service listed the quake as "severe" and said there were reports of strong shaking from across the lower South Island, but added that it occurred in a sparsely populated region.

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  • 'We are victors': Russia fetes WWII win despite Western snub

    Russia is preparing this week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany with imperial flair and a military parade viewed as an unapologetic show of force. In what is seen as punishment for the Kremlin's policies on Ukraine, Russia's World War II allies are boycotting the May 9 festivities, leaving President Vladimir Putin to honour the big day in the company of the leaders of China, Cuba and other Moscow-friendly figures. An estimated 27 million of the former Soviet Union's soldiers and civilians were killed in WWII and the Red Army's triumph in the deadliest war in history is seen as a huge point of pride in Russia.

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  • With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death

    Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom. "We just have to give praise to God that we are alive, those of us who have survived," said 27-year-old Lami Musa as she cradled her 5-day-old baby girl. Nigeria's military said it has freed nearly 700 Boko Haram captives in the past week.

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  • Chelsea's title built on granite foundations

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - While some of his rivals were spending millions on marquee defenders last summer Jose Mourinho was happy to sell David Luiz secure in the knowledge he had a back four that would be the bedrock of Chelsea's title push. With the Premier League trophy now back at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho's judgement has again proved spot on as John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta have been the most reliable defensive unit in the country.

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  • A Girl Gets Harassed In A Crowded Bus. Everyone Else: Watches On. #ShortFilm

    This article A Girl Gets Harassed In A Crowded Bus. Everyone Else: Watches On. originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. This is stressful to watch only because we know it to be true. There’s nothing more important than what’s important to you. This young

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  • N. Korea arrests South Korean studying in US

    North Korea said Saturday it had arrested a South Korean student, who attends New York University and has permanent US residency, for illegally entering the country from China last month. The North's official KCNA news agency identified the man as 21-year-old Won Moon-Joo. Won was arrested after crossing the Yalu River from the Chinese border city of Dandong on April 22, KCNA said.

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  • New sea star babies offer hope amid mass deaths in Pacific

    Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn't surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of sea stars up and down the West Coast had not spared this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island. Only two dozen adult sea stars were found in an area where they were once abundant. In scattered sites along the Pacific Coast, researchers and others have reported seeing hundreds of juvenile sea stars, buoying hopes for a potential comeback from sea star wasting disease that has caused millions of purple, red and orange sea stars to curl up, grow lesions, lose limbs and disintegrate into a pile of goo.

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  • Americans too fast for Bolt to catch in relay

    Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay powered the Americans to a five-meter advantage through three legs of the highly anticipated race and Ryan Bailey brought the team home in 37.38 seconds. Bolt, who had missed last year's inaugural World Relays, made up ground on Bailey in their anchor leg but could not close the gap as Jamaica, running their 2013 world championship team, finished second in 37.68.

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  • 'Star Trek' actress Grace Lee Whitney dies at 85

    Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk's assistant on the original "Star Trek" series, has died. Whitney died of natural causes Friday in her home in the Central California town of Coarsegold, about 50 miles north of Fresno, her son Jonathan Dweck said on Sunday. Whitney played Yeoman Janice Rand in the first eight episodes before being written out of the series.

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  • Under pressure, India's students turn to cheating

    Fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Payali knew she was doing wrong when she scribbled mnemonics on her hands before entering one of India's thousands of examination rooms. Using methods ranging from old-fashioned crib sheets to high-tech spy cameras, cheating is common in India, where government schools place an extraordinary emphasis on exams in all grades, according to experts. Television footage last month showed dozens of relatives scaling school walls to try to give information to students in northern Bihar, one of India's poorest states.

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