• Real Madrid players 'ignoring Bale' says Wales coach

    Wales manager Chris Coleman has rallied to the defence of forward Gareth Bale by accusing his Real Madrid team-mates of deliberately ignoring him on the pitch. Bale, 25, has endured a difficult second season in Madrid, coming under fire from fans and the media, and lost a key ally on Monday when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked as manager. Bale came in for particularly sharp criticism after Madrid's loss to Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals, but Coleman said the focus on the former Tottenham Hotspur player was unfair.

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  • Singapore Airlines Airbus loses power in-flight to both engines

    A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai, SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometres) before normal operation was restored. The carrier said it was investigating the May 23 incident together with Airbus and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. In a statement, SIA said the Airbus A330-300, carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members, "encountered bad weather at 39,000 feet about three and a half hours after departure" from Singapore.

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  • Thai ex-PM Thaksin under investigation for lese majeste

    Thai police are investigating whether fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra committed royal defamation in a recent interview, authorities said Wednesday as they announced his passports had been revoked. The divisive billionaire telecoms tycoon-turned-prime minister, who was toppled by a coup in 2006, sits at the heart of Thailand's bitter political divide and now lives in self-imposed exile to avoid jail on a corruption charge. On Wednesday the foreign ministry said it was asked to take action against Thaksin after police deemed that "part of his interview endangered national security or national reputation".

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  • 104,000 taxpayers have personal info stolen from IRS website

    More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The information was stolen from an online system called "Get Transcript," where taxpayers can get tax returns and other tax filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said Tuesday.

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  • Brazil club ends first Indian player's dream

    The first Indian footballer picked to play in the coveted Brazilian league has been released by his club after spending just 21 minutes on the field, his manager said Wednesday. Romeo Fernandes, 22, was taken on loan by Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense from FC Goa earlier this year following a training partnership agreement with the All India Football Federation. Indian manager Rhys Mascarenhas confirmed Fernandes, whose six-month contract was due to expire in June with the provision of an extension till December, had returned home.

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  • Malaysia Airlines love story video attempts to reposition the brand

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) released a new promotional video this week called #lundangtonewcastle. Lundang to Newcastle is a love story between a UK-born Malaysian in London and a girl from Kota Bharu, Kelantan. “Each day, Malaysia Airlines flies an average of 45,000 guests, many of whom fly MH from various parts of the world to Malaysia.

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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 finds Australia 'war on terrier' 'quite humorous'

    Johnny Depp found the "war on terrier" storm over his pet dogs Pistol and Boo being turfed out of Australia "quite humorous", his friend Mick Doohan said Wednesday. Doohan also commented on recent reports that the actor had fled Australia to "save his marriage" to wife Amber Heard, when he in fact went to celebrate his daughter Lily-Rose's 16th birthday back in the United States. "To be honest, I think he thinks it's quite humorous and how just wanting to leave the country to visit his daughter can be such big news," Doohan told reporters during a road safety campaign launch in Brisbane.

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  • The 10 most valuable brands in the world

    AP Apple tops the list this year. Apple has overtaken Google this year to become the world’s most valuable brand, according to WPP and Millward Brown’s annual “Brand Z” rankings. Technology brands dominate the top 10, but there is also a surprise

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  • Japan dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

    Japanese fishermen vowed Wednesday to continue their dolphin hunt, despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method. "We will never stop it," Yoshifumi Kai of the fisherman's cooperative in the western Japanese town of Taiji, where the hunt takes place, told reporters. The press conference came a week after Japan's zoos and aquariums voted to stop using dolphins caught by the so-called "drive hunt" method, as demanded by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

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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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  • 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.

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  • Shania Twain: I thought I’d never sing again

    Shania Twain was convinced she’d never sing again after suffering a mysterious illness. The 49-year-old Man! I Feel Like a Woman! songstress was diagnosed with dysphonia around five years ago, a condition which causes muscles to squeeze and thus put excessive pressure on the voice box.

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  • Prince Ali approached by individual offering 'votes'

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's election team informed police after being approached by an individual who said he could deliver 47 votes at Friday's election, they said on Tuesday. The approach was made in April and the individual also offered to provide "what appeared to be illegally obtained" information relating to the financial activities of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his campaign added. The individual was not identified, although the campaign said he was a third party, who was not part of FIFA nor connected to any national football association.

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  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. SWISS OPEN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS IN 2018, '22 WORLD CUP VOTESThe move throws FIFA deeper into crisis only hours after six soccer officials were arrested

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Meet Singapore’s first tyre concierge

    MEET SINGAPORE’S FIRST tyre concierge. Elphin Ong works for Bridgestone, and is making it her mission to offer the tyre giant’s customers a personalised service. Customers can contact her to set up an appointment for a new set of Bridgestones, and have her select a convenient retail location.

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  • China's army plays down South China Sea island-building

    China's military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region. At the same venue, however, the Defense Ministry issued a report reaffirming China's more assertive approach to national defense that has put its neighbors on guard. The document on China's military strategy said the navy would be adding "open seas protection" to traditional remit of "offshore waters defense," while boosting its ability to counterattack and conduct joint operations at sea.

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