• North Korean ghost boats, in deadly hunt for fish, wash up in Japan

    By Ju-min Park and Kaori Kaneko SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that have strayed dangerously far from port under the impoverished nation's push to boost its catch. There has been no mention from secretive North Korea of any missing boats, but its leader, Kim Jong Un, has put a high priority on fishing as a way of earning foreign currency and providing a sustainable food source that is not reliant on harvests and weather. The Japanese coast guard and police reported 12 incidents of wrecked wooden boats, including some that were in pieces, on the country's shores and waters since October, containing 22 dead bodies, including five skulls.

  • Sinead O'Connor begs her children for hospital visit

    Troubled singer Sinead O'Connor has begged her family to visit in her hospital less than 24 hours after she blasted them on social media.

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  • Benzema should not play for France, says Prime minister

    Karim Benzema, who is under investigation for alleged blackmailing, should not be called up to the France squad, French Prime minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday. "If a minister was under formal investigation, they would not be in the government. In a way, it's the same for the France team,", Valls told Europe 1 radio.

  • AirAsia plane crash caused by faulty component, crew action

    Faulty equipment and the crew's "inability to control the aircraft" led an AirAsia A320 to crash into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 people onboard, a report said on Tuesday. Flight ...

  • Gerrard's return to training ground a boost, says Klopp

    The return of former club skipper Steven Gerrard to Liverpool's training ground has put a smile on everyone's faces, manager Juergen Klopp said ahead of Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final at Southampton. Gerrard has finished his first season with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy who he joined after 17 years at Anfield, and has been training with his old team mates. Everybody had a smile on their face when they saw Stevie," Klopp told a news conference on Tuesday.

  • Meet China’s second generation rich kid entrepreneurs

    China’s second generation rich have a reputation for extravagance. But how do they see themselves as entrepreneurs? “A rich family’s child has to choose one of three options,” says Fuye Wang Managing Partner at Geek House Capital. “Work in a large company, invest, or inherit the family business.” Wang is an example of China’s ‘second... The post Meet China’s second generation rich kid entrepreneurs appeared first on e27.

  • US Marine found guilty of killing Filipina transgender woman

    Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide for the killing of Jennifer Laude in a motel in October 2014, after they met in a bar following joint US-Philippine military exercises near the city of Olongapo. Judge Roline Jinez Jabalde sentenced Pemberton to six to 12 years in jail -- after the charge was reduced from murder which carries a heavier penalty -- citing mitigating circumstances, including the fact that Laude had not revealed her gender identity. The court heard that Pemberton and Laude agreed to have sex after meeting, but that the drunken Marine turned violent when he discovered Laude still had male genitals.

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  • Luis Enrique sad to see Suarez miss out on Ballon d'Or

    Barcelona boss Luis Enrique admitted he feels for Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan missed out on joining teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar as one of the three finalists for the 2015 Ballon d'Or. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo will join Messi and Neymar on the podium in Zurich on January 11 to crown the world's best player, with Messi the hot favourite to land his fifth Ballon d'Or.

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  • Philippine distiller buys major Spanish brandy maker

    The Philippines largest liquor producer Emperador said Tuesday it would purchase a major Spanish brandy and sherry brand, representing its latest foreign acquisition after obtaining Iberian vineyards and a Scottish whisky giant. Emperador said in a disclosure to the Manila stock exchange that it had reached an agreement to purchase Spain's Fundador from US-based Beam Suntory for 275 million euros ($291 million). Fundador produces popular brandies including one of the same name and the Terry Centenario and Tres Cepas brands.

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  • GrabTaxi and Hailo go legit in Singapore, UberTaxi could be next

    Singapore’s Land Transport Authority has issued certificates of registration for the taxi-booking apps and is reviewing applications for more.

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  • Amy Schumer poses topless for 2016 Pirelli Calendar

    Amy Schumer and Serena Williams have posed topless for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar.

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  • Putin accuses Turkey over IS oil as pilot is returned to Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Ankara of shooting down a Russian warplane to protect supplies of oil from the Islamic State group to Turkey, after snubbing his Turkish counterpart at a climate conference in France. The Kremlin strongman fired the latest salvo in the furious war of words over the downing of the Russian jet on the Syrian border last week as the body of a pilot killed in the incident was returned home. Turkish authorities meanwhile again pledged not to apologise over the incident, as Moscow rolled out its sanctions aimed at exacting economic revenge.

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  • Talking to LTA about future a waste of time: Murray

    (Reuters) - Andy Murray, who put Britain on top of the tennis world with victory in the Davis Cup at the weekend, says he has given up talking to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) about the future of the game back home as it is a waste of time. The 28-year-old inspired Britain to the Davis Cup title for the first time in 79 years with their victory over Belgium in Ghent, but Murray, who clinched the final point on Sunday, said not enough was being down to nurture fresh talent.

  • Katie Holmes: 'I regret nothing'

    Katie Holmes wouldn't change anything in her life, insisting she has learnt from everything she has been through.

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  • Samsung replaces mobile chief, promotes chairman's daughter

    Samsung on Tuesday replaced the head of its mobile business and promoted the chairman's daughter as the South Korean giant seeks to reassert its smartphone dominance amid a generational power transfer in the founding Lee family. In an annual personnel reshuffle, Samsung named Koh Dong-Jin, executive vice head of Samsung Electronics's mobile research and development, as the new head of mobile business. Shin, 59, took over the mobile division in 2011 and oversaw Samsung’s rise to the world's number-one smartphone maker.

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  • Senegalese villages swallowed by the sea

    Behind the remains of washed-away fences, crumbling houses dot an expanse of the northern Senegalese coastline where a swollen river and an advancing sea are swallowing villages whole. The fishing community of Goxu Mbath is one of many districts in the city of Saint Louis, the former colonial capital of French west Africa that, little by little, is disappearing under water. The water hit hard and knocked down walls," says Awa Sarr Fall, 68, outside her badly damaged oceanfront house.

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  • Australian former Hells Angels abducted in Thailand: police

    Thai police said Tuesday they are searching for a gang of foreigners believed to have abducted an Australian former Hells Angels gang member at gunpoint. Wayne Rodney Schneider, 37, was kidnapped on Monday by a group of masked men outside his house in Pattaya, a seaside resort town notorious for its sprawling red light district and links with organised crime. "He was abducted and carried into a van yesterday at dawn according to two security guards who were witnesses", Police Colonel Sukthat Pumpanmuang, commander of Pattaya City police station, told AFP.

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  • 'Come, spend in Paris', French PM urges tourists

    France's premier Tuesday urged tourists to come to Paris, spend money and enjoy the capital's cultural attractions to help boost the city in the wake of deadly jihadist attacks. "Come to Paris, security conditions are assured," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on French radio, in what he described as a "message to all those tourists who cancelled their trip to Paris in recent days". An estimate for the economic impact of the November 13 jihadist attacks on Paris nightspots, including the Bataclan concert hall, restaurants and cafes, has yet to be made.

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  • Inside Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's 'super private' honeymoon

    Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello were "super private and very much in love" on their stunning honeymoon at a private luxury resort on the Turks and Caicos islands.

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  • Indonesia's Papua battles AIDS epidemic

    Fifteen-year-old Adina curls up in bed under a sheet, her body ravaged by AIDS, one of many caught up in an epidemic sweeping Indonesia's eastern Papua region. The teen, who only gave her first name, contracted HIV from an infected boyfriend and is one of 10 AIDS patients receiving free care at a hostel run by Agustinus Adil, a Catholic brother. Some ended up in the hostel in Waena village after being thrown out of home when their relatives found out they had HIV, as the virus still carries a strong stigma in deeply poor Papua, which has the highest prevalence of infections in Indonesia.

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