• Singapore teen Amos Yee bailed out by youth counsellor

    Singapore teen and YouTube personality Amos Yee, who ranted against Christianity and the late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew last month, was bailed out by a Christian youth counsellor after being in remand for four nights. According to media reports, the 16-year-old video blogger left the state court Tuesday evening after being bailed out by Vincent Law, 51. The counsellor is also one of 11 free-speech supporters, including blogger Roy Ngerng, who issued a joint statement on Tuesday calling on the government to drop the charges against Yee.

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  • Ouch! Neymar knees Suarez in the groin during Barcelona training

    EXTRA TIME                                                Follow Goal UK on Twitter We've already seen Luis Suarez kick Neymar on the backside during a Barcelona training session - but now the Brazilian has got his revenge.Ahead of Tuesday's Champions

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  • Foreigners tell of being 'hunted like dogs' in South Africa

    Foreigners fleeing xenophobic violence in South Africa told Tuesday of how they escaped marauding death mobs and vowed never to return to the country where they had sought a new life. Holding her one-year-old daughter in her arms, Malawian Agnes Salanje said she "faced death" during the wave of anti-immigrant violence that has claimed at least seven lives. "We could have been killed as these South Africans hunted for foreigners, going from door to door," Salanje, who was a domestic worker in the Indian Ocean port city of Durban, told AFP.

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  • Di Maria gets Manchester United shirt number tattoo

    EXTRA TIME      Follow Goal UK on TwitterAngel Di Maria has had his Manchester United shirt number tattooed on his arm in an impressive showing of commitment to Louis van Gaal's side.The Argentine was handed the No.7 shirt after becoming the club and

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  • Malaysia urged to punish Muslims over 'cross' protest

    Malaysia's government faced calls on Tuesday to take action against Muslim protesters who pressured a church to remove its cross, the latest example of rising Islamic intolerance that is fuelling religious tensions in the multi-faith country. A group of about 50 protesters demonstrated Sunday outside the small church in a Kuala Lumpur suburb, saying the Christian symbol above it was an affront to local Muslims, according to Malaysian media. A group of more than three dozen high-ranking -- and mostly Muslim -- former civil servants and diplomats on Tuesday led the calls for action with a statement labelling the demonstration a "mindless act of hatred and intolerance." "We call upon the authorities to take firm action against the protesters," said the group, known as the "G25" for the number of its founding members and which was formed last year to push back against intolerance.

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  • Miley Cyrus keeps quiet on Schwarzenegger

    Miley Cyrus has made no mention of her supposed split from Patrick Schwarzenegger on her social media accounts. The bleached blonde star is rumoured to have broken up with Patrick, son of movie hardman Arnold and US journalist Maria Shriver, after dating for nearly five months. Instead of any post-break up tweets or Instagram posts, Miley has been updating fans with 420 messages.

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  • Ding pays maximum penalty for concentration lapse

    China's Ding Junhui suffered a bizarre lapse of concentration which ended his chance of a rare maximum 147 break at the world snooker championship on Tuesday. The world number three suddenly realised what he had done and held his head in his hands before starting to giggle along with his first-round opponent Mark Davis. Ding would have pocketed 30,000 pounds ($44,700) for a maximum break, which has only been achieved 10 times in the world championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

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  • Japan PM says may drop formal apology in WWII statement

    Japan's leader Shinzo Abe drew sharp rebukes from China and South Korea Tuesday after sending an offering to a controversial war shrine, and saying he may not repeat a formal apology for his country's World War II rampage. Abe, an unabashed nationalist, made a symbolic donation to Yasukuni Shrine, the supposed repository of the country's war dead including 14 infamous war criminals. The gift of a sakaki tree -- sacred in Shintoism -- appeared to indicate that Abe would not visit Yasukuni during a three-day Spring festival which began Tuesday.

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  • Chinese war hero Australia's top Gallipoli sniper

    Billy Sing earned the nicknames "The Murderer" and "The Assassin" as a deadly sniper who shot more than 200 Ottoman troops during the Gallipoli campaign of World War I. He was also part-Chinese and among thousands from non-European backgrounds, some of whom hid their identity, who joined the Australian Imperial Force to fight for their country despite being legally barred from signing up. "He was a real Australian, an Australian at heart even though he had Chinese heritage," his great-nephew Don Smith, 62, told AFP from the small Queensland town of Clermont where Sing was born in 1886, 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) north of Sydney. "He put his life on the line for the rest of us so that we can have the life we have today, (like) all the guys that went to war." Under Australia's 1909 Defence Act, "those who are not substantially of European origin or descent" were blocked from active service.

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  • Luxury car party over in China as growth slows, graft drive bites

    When Italian luxury carmaker Maserati entered China a decade ago, with a brand virtually unknown to Chinese customers, it sold fewer than 40 vehicles its first year. Last year, the Asian giant was Maserati's second largest market as sales of its sports cars -- including the Quattroporte, which can cost up to $377,000 -- reached 9,400, more than doubling from 2013. The party is over for the luxury car market in China, with the country facing the slowest economic growth in a quarter of a century and a corruption crackdown orchestrated by Communist Party chief Xi Jinping.

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  • Hamann: Bye-bye Bayern - blame the World Cup

    They say Arjen Robben will be fit by late May, in time for the Champions League final on the first Saturday in June. Bayern played poorly and made too many uncharacteristic errors in the first leg in Porto. Everybody knows about the injuries that weakened the team, but another reason is partly to blame for their drop in performance - and those injuries - and that’s the World Cup.

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  • Cobie Smulders: Cancer changed me

    Cobie Smulders went through a “huge shift” after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.The How I Met Your Mother star got the devastating news when she was just 25. She battled the disease in private, and now the 33-year-old has been cancer free for five

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  • Kanye West: I’m not Illuminati!

    Kanye West thinks it’s ridiculous that celebrities are “pinpointed” as Illuminati members.The 37-year-old Bound 2 musician has sold millions of records since the release of his debut studio album The College Dropout in 2004.And although he’s incredibly

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  • US couple jailed over 'sadistic' Bali suitcase murder

    A US man and his teenage girlfriend were given long jail terms Tuesday for the "sadistic" murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's Bali island. Tommy Schaefer, 21, was found guilty of the premeditated murder of Sheila von Wiese Mack on the resort island and jailed for 18 years. The pair wept during separate sentencings as judges recounted harrowing details -- Schaefer beat the 62-year-old victim to death with a fruit bowl during a blazing row in the five-star resort, before the couple dumped the battered body in a taxi and fled.

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  • South Korea PM tenders resignation over bribery scandal

    South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-Koo was left in political limbo on Tuesday after offering to resign over a scandal involving bribery allegations against senior members of President Park Geun-Hye's administration. The prime minister is a largely symbolic post in South Korea, where power is concentrated in the executive.

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  • Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms

    Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held more than 5 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the deadly H5N2 bird flu virus was found at a farm in northwest Iowa's Osceola County. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say the virus could be a problem for several years.

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  • Good-bye keys: 'Smart locks' let you in without them

    When Christy and Joe Affrunti bought their Long Island, New York, house last year, one of their first projects was replacing the traditional front-door lock with one that opens using a pass code. High-tech door locks — typically controlled by keypads, phone apps or even the swipe of a finger — could be pushing house keys into oblivion after centuries of trusty service. "For homeowners, being free from having to carry a key every time they go outside is a lot more liberating than you realize," says Christopher DeSchamp, of the lock company Schlage.

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  • EU threatens Thailand with seafood ban over illegal fishing

    The European Union has given Thailand six months to drastically crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban, but has lifted the threat of similar action against South Korea and the Philippines. EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said Tuesday that Thailand, the third-largest seafood exporter, was given a warning — a "yellow card" — to improve its fisheries practices. Despite previous warnings, the Thai authorities have "no controls whatsoever," Vella said.

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  • The aliens are back! 'Independence Day 2' to start filming

    Production on the sequel to sci-fi action blockbuster "Independence Day" is under way, one of the cast has revealed, nearly 20 years since the box office hit was released. U.S. teenage actress Joey King posted a picture of herself on Twitter alongside the film's director Roland Emmerich with the caption: "Headed to start filming #IndependenceDay with @rolandemmerich and our wonderful producers!" Emmerich, who also directed the 1996 alien invasion adventure, reposted the picture on his Facebook page with the caption "New Mexico or bust! Less than two weeks until filming begins". Packed with special effects and human drama, "Independence Day" grossed $817.4 million and earned an Academy Award in the best effects, visual effects category.

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  • Ex-Nazi 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz' asks for 'forgiveness'

    German former SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", asked for "forgiveness" over his role in mass murder at the Nazi death camp, as his trial began Tuesday. "For me there's no question that I share moral guilt," the 93-year-old former Nazi told the judges, admitting that he knew about the gassing of Jews and other prisoners. "I ask for forgiveness," he said at the trial, which was attended by almost 70 Holocaust survivors and victims' relatives, while insisting he never physically harmed a prisoner himself.

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