• Philippine leader likens China to Nazi Germany

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino likened present-day China to Nazi Germany on Wednesday during a speech in Japan, hinting the world cannot continue to appease Beijing as it claims ever-more territory in the South China Sea. The comments come as disquiet grows over the quickening pace of China's land reclamation programme in international waters, including its construction of a runway long enough for large military planes. "I'm an amateur student of history and I'm reminded of... how Germany was testing the waters and what the response was by various other European powers," he said, referring to the Nazis' territorial conquests in the months before the outbreak of World War II. "They tested the waters and they were ready to back down if, for instance, in that aspect, France said (to back down).

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  • S. Korea tests missiles that can hit 'any target' in N. Korea

    South Korea on Wednesday test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent bellicose boasts from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities. In an unusual move, President Park Geun-Hye personally observed the test exercise, a defence ministry official said. "The military tested two home-developed, long-range missiles that could hit any target in North Korea," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner’s emotional speech

    Caitlyn Jenner “got teary” as she thanked everyone on her Vanity Fair shoot according to Buzz Bissinger. The 60-year-old is Contributing Editor at the magazine and carried out the first interview with Caitlyn since her transition from being Bruce. “Caitlyn was on a couch, looked like a starlet, the only thing missing was a cigarette holder -beautiful patrician face, almost Katharine Hepburn-ish -and she gave a little speech thanking people, and got teary,” he told Entertainment Tonight.

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  • G.R.L.'s Natasha didn't want band to break

    G.R.L.'s Natasha Slayton has hinted it wasn't her decision for the band to split. Yesterday it was confirmed that the girl group are going their separate ways nine months after the death of founding member Simone Battle, who committed suicide. Natasha, Paula Van Oppen, Lauren Bennett and Emmalyn Estrada didn't give a reason for their decision, although Natasha has opened up a little on Twitter.

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  • 2,000-year-old natural pearl found at remote Australian site

    Australian scientists said Wednesday they have uncovered a "very rare" 2,000-year-old natural sea pearl -- the first found on the vast island continent -- while excavating a remote coastal Aboriginal site. Archaeologists were working the site on the north Kimberley coast of Western Australia when they came across the unique gem below the surface, said Kat Szabo, an associate professor at the University of Wollongong. "Natural pearls are very rare in nature and we certainly -- despite many, many (oyster) shell middens being found in Australia -- we've never found a natural pearl before," Szabo, who specialises in studying shells at archaeological sites, told AFP.

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  • Maggi noodles ordered off India's shelves due to lead level

    India's states have either ordered the withdrawal of Maggi noodles from shops or are carrying out further tests on noodle samples before taking action in conjunction with the federal government. Maggi sales have plunged in India since laboratory tests showed the noodles contained lead at levels far higher than the legal minimum. On Tuesday, the Delhi city government said it had conducted tests on 13 samples of Maggi noodles and 10 were found to be unsafe with lead exceeding the allowable level.

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  • Juve ready for Barca's 'fearsome' trio: Allegri

    Coach Massimiliano Allegri insists Juventus will be ready for the "fearsome" trio of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi when the Turin giants face Barcelona in the Champions League final. Juventus's season has gone almost to perfection under Allegri, who in his first season in charge has led the Bianconeri to a fourth consecutive scudetto and their first league and Cup double in 20 years.

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  • Josh Hartnett: I grew into my fame

    Josh Hartnett doesn't think fame is the best part about being an actor. "If you're doing well in the industry, [fame is] inevitable, but it's not the best part of working. Before his work break, Josh had won fans for films like Pearl Harbour and Black Hawk Down.

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  • 4 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

    You might think that the bathroom design hasn’t changed in the last ten years. You can easily replace your toilet bowl with a WC that doesn’t take up a lot of space. Gone are the huge, space-hogging plumbing behind the toilet bowl.

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  • No homes too luxurious for Manhattan super-rich

    A perfect example is the duplex at the top of a 43-story tower near the United Nations -- nearly 10,000 square feet (more than 900 square meters) with an infinity pool on the terrace, a private elevator and spectacular views. It has a state-of-the-art gym, sauna, a shared indoor pool and a rare luxury in Manhattan -- a "private motor court" where cars can drop passengers. "As the buyers become more sophisticated and savvy, they are like, ok, what amenities do really improve my life on a daily basis?" Over the years, 24-hour doormen, laundry services, gyms, basketball courts and swimming pools have become commonplace in New York.

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  • Thai army officer surrenders in human trafficking probe

    A senior Thai army officer turned himself in Wednesday to face charges over his alleged involvement in a human trafficking scandal that included people from Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia, marking the first arrest of a military official since authorities launched a widening probe last month. More than 50 people, including several local politicians and officials, were arrested after the discovery of 36 bodies believed to be those of Myanmar's Rohingya migrants at abandoned trafficking camps near the Thai-Malaysian border. Police are searching for more than 30 others of suspected involvement in the trafficking networks.

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  • Malaysia's Anwar in hospital with "serious" health problems: wife

    Malaysia's jailed ex-opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was hospitalised Tuesday for a host of health problems including "erratic" blood pressure, his wife said. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also criticised the prison authorities for allegedly delaying Anwar's request for treatment and tests for his medical problems. "His blood pressure goes up and down and is erratic.

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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. INTERPOL PUTS 6 LINKED TO FIFA ON MOST WANTED LISTAn international alert is issued for the federation's two former officials and four executives

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  • Brad's 'surprise birthday treats for Angelina'

    Brad Pitt apparently has a "string of surprises" planned for Angelina Jolie's 40th birthday. It's been a hectic year for the couple so far, who have been filming their upcoming movie By the Sea with Angelina directing, so Brad is doing all he can to make his wife's birthday a memorable one. "Brad has planned a string of surprises for Ange's big birthday on 4 June, including a trip to a private island, which he's hired out just for them.

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  • From hated to hero for James in quest for Cleveland title

    Five years ago, Cleveland Cavalier fans were burning their LeBron James souvenir jerseys after he announced he was taking his talents to South Beach. Now King James, the greatest basketball player of his generation, is hailed for his renewed quest to lead the Cavs to an NBA championship that would end a 51-year title drought for major professional teams in Cleveland. James deserted Cleveland in July 2010 as a free agent to join the Miami Heat and forge a 'Big Three' with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

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  • US justices rule for Muslim denied job over headscarf

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Muslim woman who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a black headscarf. The justices said that employers generally have to accommodate job applicants and employees with religious needs if the employer at least has an idea that such accommodation is necessary. Job applicant Samantha Elauf did not tell her interviewer she was Muslim.

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  • MH370 search will not be expanded further: Australia

    The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will not be expanded beyond its current area without specific new leads, Australian officials said Wednesday, dousing relatives' hopes the search could last beyond early next year. In April, more than a year after the plane vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, Malaysia, Australia and China announced that the search zone would double in size. This boosted the area of the remote southern Indian Ocean being scoured by three specialist vessels to 120,000 square kilometres (46,300 square miles), with officials saying the wider search could take another year due to the difficult conditions.

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  • Everything you need to know about Windows 10

    Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for millions of consumers. Microsoft is yet to confirm the reports, but the new operating system is expected to cost $119 for the basic home user package for a machine not running one of the aforementioned versions of Windows. What's more, Windows 10 is only going to be a free download until July 2016.

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  • Ex-FIFA officials on Interpol most wanted list

    Interpol on Wednesday put disgraced FIFA executive members Jack Warner and Nicolas Leoz on their most wanted list and issued an international alert. All six are wanted by US authorities investigating more than $150 million (135 million euros) of bribes paid to football officials. Warner, a former FIFA vice president, is in Trinidad and Tobago.

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  • Godzilla gets residency in Tokyo

    Fictional city-wrecking monster Godzilla has been granted special residency in Tokyo's Shinjuku ward, as a newly-installed model of the lizard's huge head proves a pull to visitors. Marking "the emergence of the 12-metre (40-feet) high Godzilla head on a terrace on the eighth floor of Shinjuku Toho Building... we issued a special certificate of residence to Godzilla," a Shinjuku official told AFP Wednesday. "Shinjuku ward also appointed Godzilla as a special envoy for tourism," the official said.

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