• Philippines' Duterte calls China's Xi 'great president'

    Incoming Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday described China's Xi Jinping "a great president", in another hint that frosty relations between the Asian neighbours could soon warm. "I was honoured, receiving a congratulatory message from a great president, uh prime minister," Duterte said. The Chinese foreign ministry said Monday that Xi wrote to Duterte after his victory, a standard diplomatic tradition for heads of state.

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  • 'Shield' actor Michael Jace convicted of murdering wife

    Actor Michael Jace was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday for gunning down his wife in front of their two young children in an affluent neighborhood of Los Angeles. Jurors took three hours to reach the verdict, meaning they accepted April Jace's killing was not premeditated, but believed it to be more serious than voluntary manslaughter. The 53-year-old American, famous for his part in police drama "The Shield" and big-screen roles including in "Forrest Gump," faces up to 40 years in jail when he is sentenced on June 10.

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  • Maid who killed employer alleged that she was abused for six days

    Dewi Sukowati was unhappy with her employer who had allegedly abused the Indonesian maid since her first day of work at a bungalow in Bukit Timah in March 2014. After experiencing the alleged abuse from Nancy Gan Wan Geok for six consecutive days, then 18-year-old Dewi snapped on the morning of 19 March 2014.

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  • Man arrested for producing and using counterfeit S$50 notes

    A 52-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly being involved in the production and use of S$50 counterfeit notes. In a statement on Tuesday (31 May), the police said that they received a report last Thursday (26 May) that S$50 counterfeit notes were used for payments at a convenience store at Hougang Street 91. The counterfeit notes, which are believed to be photocopied reproductions, lack security features of genuine notes such as watermark and security thread.

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  • ‘Alice,’ ‘X-Men’ flop at the holiday-weekend box office

    Two Hollywood franchises turned in disappointing box-office performances on a Memorial Day weekend that left studios with little to celebrate.

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  • Cavs, LeBron find same title hope obstacle in Golden State

    LeBron James and the Cavaliers rested up and waited through a tumultuous Western Conference finals before finding themselves right back where they were last year, going against the Warriors for the NBA title. James, on a stated mission to bring to Cleveland the city's first major professional sports team title in 52 years, and the Cavs hit the road to open the best-of-seven against sharpshooter Stephen Curry and Golden State at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on Thursday.

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  • Dalai Lama says 'too many' refugees in Europe

    The Dalai Lama said in an interview published Tuesday that Europe has accepted "too many" refugees, and that they should eventually return to help rebuild their home countries. "Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country," he added with a laugh, the daily reported. "Germany is Germany.

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  • Rashford and Sturridge make England Euro 2016 squad

    Strikers Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge made Roy Hodgson's final 23-man England squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday but winger Andros Townsend and midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Fabian Delph were left out. England are taking five forwards to the 24-team tournament in France, which starts on June 10, with Sturridge selected despite doubts over a calf problem. The injury had forced the Liverpool striker to miss England's last two friendly matches, including Friday's win over Australia in Sunderland.

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  • Wanted Taiwanese fugitive dies in car accident in California

    BEIJING (AP) — A former tycoon wanted on allegations of embezzlement and fraud in Taiwan has died in a car accident in California, the island's foreign ministry confirmed on Tuesday. He had been hiding for years in the United States.

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  • Physicist Stephen Hawking baffled by Donald Trump's rise

    LONDON (AP) — Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking may have a good grasp of the workings of the universe, but he says he can't understand Donald Trump's popularity.

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  • Michael Bay's Opinion Of Kate Beckinsale's Looks Is Exactly What You'd Expect

    Michael Bay has made a lot of huge summer movies over the years. Some are great, many are terrible, but most of them tend to make a lot of money, which is why he always has more big money projects coming down the pipeline. One of those past summer films is 2001’s Pearl Harbor. And while that film is a largely forgettable affair, one person who won’t be forgetting about it and her experience working with director Michael Bay is Kate Beckinsale.

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  • Forest-destroying palm oil powers cars in EU: report

    Palm oil produced on tropical plantations that drive deforestation has become a major biofuel for vehicles in the European Union, industry figures released Tuesday by an environmental group revealed. In 2014, nearly half of the palm oil used in Europe wound up in the gas tanks of cars and trucks, according to data compiled by the EU vegetable oil industry association Fediol, and obtained by Brussels-based NGO Transport & Environment. Second only to rapeseed as a biofuel, overall palm oil use in EU countries jumped six-fold from 2010 to 2015, accounting for a 34 percent increase in biodiesel consumption during that period, the figures showed.

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  • Leeds sack manager Evans after seven months in job

    Leeds United have parted company with manager Steve Evans after he spent just seven months in the Elland Road hot seat, with the Championship club looking for a "different approach". "Steve completed the job he was brought in to carry out, to keep the team in the Championship, and his hard work here has been greatly appreciated," chairman Massimo Cellino said in a statement on Tuesday. "We have however decided that a different approach is required in order to achieve our targets for the new season." Italian owner Cellini has now gone through six managers since he bought Leeds in April 2014.

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  • Panasonic says it will stop making TV panels by end-September

    Panasonic Corp on Tuesday said it will close its unprofitable television screen manufacturing business, leaving Sharp Corp as Japan's sole TV panel maker. A Panasonic spokeswoman said the company will stop producing TV screens at its plant in Himeji, western Japan, by the end of September. The decision to close the business comes after Panasonic scrapped a company-wide revenue target of 10 trillion yen ($90.1 billion) for the year through March 2019 to focus on profitability.

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  • Kangaroo ruptures Australian woman's breast implants

    A kangaroo jumped onto a woman cycling in South Australia, rupturing her breast implants and using her as a "little airbag", she told local media Tuesday. Sharon Heinrich, 45, was on the Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley with her friend when the "cute" kangaroo she nicknamed "Skip" jumped from an embankment and landed on her, she told local newspaper the Northern Argus.

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  • Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Persian Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks. For the millions of foreign workers drawn by brighter job prospects, it can have a far-darker side if they find themselves deep in debt.

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  • Japan rescuers struggle with lack of clues for missing boy

    As the search continued for a fourth day on Japan's main northern island of Hokkaido, two hunters joined more than 100 rescuers, police and local town officials after they found fresh bear droppings in the area, heightening concerns for the safety of the child. The parents originally told police their son had got lost while they were out hiking to gather wild vegetables -- but later admitted they were angry and tried to punish him because he had thrown stones at cars and people. "We just have too little information about how the boy would have acted after being left alone," local fire department rescuer Satoshi Saito told AFP by telephone, expressing frustration at the lack of progress so far.

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  • Diamond-encrusted Hermes handbag sold for record $300,000

    A diamond-encrusted crocodile-skin Hermes handbag with white gold details has broken the record for the world's most expensive ever sold at auction, fetching nearly $300,000 at a Hong Kong sale. The rare Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 30 went to an unknown phone bidder late Monday for HK$2.32 million ($298,655), beating a pre-sale estimate of $2 million, the auction house Christie's said. "It was the world record price for any handbag sold at auction," Bingle Lee, a Hong Kong-based spokesman for Christie's, told AFP.

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  • Game of Thrones: A Storm of Valyrian Swords, and other things with pointy ends

    The Named Swords of The Seven Kingdoms, forged from the fabled Valyrian steel, seem destined to unite against the Night King and his White Walkers. Greatly desired by Knights of the realm, it’s said that nothing holds quite the edge like Valyrian steel. Sam was clearly thinking ahead when he made the decision this week to waltz off with Heartsbane, the ancestral Greatsword of House Tarly, held by the family for five hundred years.

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  • Former Zurich Insurance CEO Martin Senn kills himself

    Switzerland's Zurich Insurance Group says former chief executive Martin Senn, who ran the company for six years until last December, has killed himself. The incident comes three years after the company's ...

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