• Man City close on United after West Ham stroll

    By Tom Hayward LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City climbed to within one point of third-placed neighbours United with a comfortable 2-0 Premier League victory over West Ham United on Sunday to end a difficult week on a high. James Collins's freak own goal and Sergio Aguero's 20th league strike of the season secured a routine win and the only surprise was that City failed to add to their lead after the Argentine's 36th-minute effort. The victory came after a bad week in which City were beaten 4-2 by United in the Manchester derby, prompting speculation about the future of manager Manuel Pellegrini and a number of leading players.

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  • Miley Cyrus: Joan Jett rocks!

    Miley Cyrus has dubbed herself Joan Jett’s “cheerleader”. Miley is beyond excited about presenting I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll singer Joan with her honour and has even dubbed herself the star’s biggest fan. “F**k yo Saturday! I'm spending mine with this f**king BAEEE!!! #fuckyeahrocknrollhalloffame,” Miley wrote on Instagram April 18 in a caption attached to a black and white photo of the rocker.

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  • Aussie PM downs beer in a few seconds, sparking debate

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was caught on video downing a beer in a few seconds at a Sydney pub, prompting comparisons to another drink-chugging former leader and sparking a debate on social media. The video, reportedly recorded on Saturday night, showed the leader knocking back a glass of Australia's Victoria Bitter in about six seconds as a large crowd surrounding him yelled "scull" repeatedly. Abbott was "proud as punch" when he grabbed a beer and "drank from head-to-toe the entire schooner (glass), dribbling little bits on his shirt", Simon Carrodus, an Australian Football Rules coach for the University of Technology, Sydney told the Australian Women's Weekly magazine.

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  • Chelsea 'almost' champions, says Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said that his team were "almost there" in their pursuit of the Premier League title after they beat Manchester United 1-0 at home on Saturday. Eden Hazard put Chelsea ahead against the run of play in the 38th minute and his goal proved enough to end the visitors' six-game winning run and open up a 10-point lead over second-place Arsenal. Louis van Gaal's United are a point further back in third place, having played a game more, and Chelsea will be champions if they win their next two matches against Arsenal and Leicester City.

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  • Gwynnie ‘preparing for divorce’

    Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have reportedly decided to "bite the bullet" and divorce. The pair have remained on extremely civil terms ever since and recently holidayed with their two children in Mexico where they reportedly decided to officially divorce. While Chris, 38, has been rumoured to be dating the Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, 24, for some time, Gwyneth was recently pictured for the first time with Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk who she has been linked to since last year.

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  • IS shows purported executions in Libya of Ethiopia Christians

    The Islamic State jihadist group on Sunday released a video purportedly showing the executions of some 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya. The 29-minute video purports to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in a text on the screen as "followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church". Before the killings, the video shows purported footage of Christians in Syria explaining how they had been given the choice of converting to Islam or paying a special tax, and had decided to pay.

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  • Silva stretchered off following Kouyate elbow

    Manchester City's David Silva has been stretchered off with a facial injury after receiving an elbow from West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate. The Spaniard appeared to be caught by the West Ham midfielder as he broke away, and Silva subsequently received eight minutes of medical attention, with oxygen administered by City's medical staff. Silva was then stretchered off, with Samir Nasri introduced as his replacement, and the injury is likely to cause significant concern for under-pressure boss Manuel Pellegrini.

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  • Motor racing-Button a non-starter in Bahrain

    By Alan Baldwin MANAMA, April 19 (Reuters) - Even the back of the grid was beyond the reach of McLaren's Jenson Button on Sunday after an electrical failure ruled the Briton out of the Bahrain Grand Prix before the start. Stewards gave him permission to start but the team, whose new partnership with Honda has suffered a troubled start to the season, said he had been further sidelined by a recurring problem with the car's energy recovery system. "The data out of the energy recovery system was not clean," McLaren head Ron Dennis told Sky Sports television.

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  • Jen An ready to wed?

    Jennifer Aniston has reportedly told friends that "nothing is going to postpone" her wedding any longer. The 46-year-old has been engaged to fellow actor Justin Theroux for over two years. There's been much speculation in the media about whether the couple will make it down the aisle but according to a new report, Jennifer recently had a meeting with wedding planners at Soho House in West Hollywood.

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  • How China is upsetting the old global economic order

    With its huge new infrastructure bank and its ambitions for a globalized renminbi currency, China is leading the upending of a 70-year-old global order built on American economic power. Beijing's rise was confirmed this week at the Spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, the two institutions by which the economic vision of the United States has been propagated across the world since their founding in 1944. The US-selected president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, applauded China's "bold step in the direction of multilateralism" for its new Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, even as many view it as a rival to the Bank.

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  • Six new cars to check out this weekend

    SINGAPORE — It’s as if the motor trade had a crystal ball. The very week that the Land Transport Authority announces a large jump in the COE Quota for May to July, car dealers are putting six new models on the market here.The bigger COE Quota is expected

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  • Pope urges world to act after new Mediterranean tragedy

    Pope Francis on Sunday urged world leaders to respond "decisively" after 700 migrants were feared drowned in the deadliest migrant shipwreck yet in the Mediterranean. "These are men and women like us, brothers seeking a better life," the leader of the world's Roman Catholics said in his weekly address, urging leaders to "act decisively and quickly to stop these tragedies from recurring." Urging the faithful in St Peter's square to pray for the victims, the pope added: "(They are) hungry, persecuted, injured, exploited, victims of war. On Saturday he issued a fresh appeal to world leaders to act over this year's surge in the numbers attempting perilous sea crossings from North Africa.

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  • Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams

    Mark Hamill knew he had to say yes when George Lucas told him about the plans to move forward with a new "Star Wars" trilogy. "Could you imagine if for some reason I said 'I don't think I want to do it?' I would have all of you surrounding my house like villagers, angry villagers with lightsabers instead of torches," joked the 63-year-old "Star Wars" veteran. Hamill admitted he was caught off guard when Lucas invited him to lunch.

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  • Man who went on 9-day killing spree in 1977 denied parole

    Brett Matthew Paul Thomas, now 56, and his friend, Mark Titch, were convicted in 1977 after committing the murders during robbery or burglary attempts in Orange County. Thomas, who was 18 at the time, and Titch, who was 17, were both sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. Titch died behind bars last year.

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  • Rosberg blames himself, Ferrari celebrate splitting silver arrows

    Nico Rosberg said he had only himself to blame after slipping to third on the grid in Saturday’s qualifying for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix – knocked off the front row by the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. The 29-year-old German wound up more than half a second adrift of his Mercedes team-mate and defending world champion Lewis Hamilton. Vettel, who has overhauled Rosberg in the championship, split the two silver arrows for the first time this year to confirm Ferrari’s revival.

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  • Kim Jong-Un climbs North Korea's highest mountain: state media

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has scaled the country's highest mountain, state-run media said on Sunday, arriving at the summit to tell troops that the hike provides mental energy more powerful than nuclear weapons. "Climbing Mt. Paektu provides precious mental pabulum more powerful than any kind of nuclear weapon," the Rodong newspaper quoted Kim as saying. The story is the latest run by state media on the feats of the Kim dynasty, which has ruled for more than six decades with an iron fist and pervasive personality cult.

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  • Japan population falls to 15-year low

    Japan's population has shrunk for the fourth year running, falling back to a level it was last at in 2000, with more than one in four people now aged 65 or older, the government said. Japan's rapidly greying population poses a major headache for policymakers who are faced with trying to ensure an ever-dwindling pool of workers can pay for the growing number of pensioners. Any suggestion of opening its borders to young workers who could help plug the population gap provokes strong reactions among the public.

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  • Brazil executive says he paid $36.1 million to Petrobras: media

    A top construction company executive has told investigators he paid $36.1 million in bribes to executives at state oil giant Petrobras, which is being rocked by Brazil's biggest ever corruption scandal, local media reported. Eduardo Leite, vice president at the construction firm Camargo Correa, told prosecutors the bribes stretched from 2007-2012. The construction firm is allegedly one of those that paid executives at Petrobras to give them contracts in exchange for overcharging.

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  • ‘We should give them bread and water, not Cristal and lobster’ - Mourinho attacks FA delegates

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at the Football Association (FA) and their delegates who are sent to monitor referees during matches. According to the Premier League's Fair Play table, the Blues are ranked as the worst side in terms of respecting officials. But Mourinho believes those sent to matches by FA spend too much time enjoying the catering at Stamford Bridge rather than taking in the action.

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  • Josh Groban: I thought I was doomed

    Josh Groban once got caught in a "storm vortex". "I remember when I was flying into New York once and we flew right into a storm cell, a storm vortex as they called it - it sounds like sudden death," he recalled to the British edition of OK! magazine. "The flight attendants were going, 'Well, we're going into a storm vortex so please buckle your seatbelts.' This was the worst turbulence I've ever experienced and I've been on hundreds of flights - it was just awful.

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