• Brilliant Bale helps Real tame Man City to reach final

    By Richard Martin MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid reached their 14th European Cup final and crushed Manchester City's hopes of a maiden title after Gareth Bale's deflected effort secured a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their Champions League last four clash on Wednesday. Bale’s right-footed shot ricocheted off City midfielder Fernando on its way into the top corner to break the deadlock in the tie in 20th minute, with Madrid going on to dominate the encounter despite failing to add to their lead. The 1-0 aggregate result, after last week's goalless first leg stalemate, set up a mouthwatering final on May 28 between Real and their city neighbours Atletico Madrid, who they beat to lift their 10th European crown in 2014.

  • Pregnant at 15, the teenage mothers of Romania

    Lorena and Diana are just two of the thousands of teenage mothers in Romania. In 2013, 15.6 percent of first children in Romania were born to teenage mothers, according to the latest figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, published in 2015. Charities and campaign groups believe that many come from the Roma minority, which numbers about two million in Romania, in which early marriage is widespread.

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  • Indonesian becomes Internet hit after taking on motorbikes

    An Indonesian woman has become an unlikely Internet sensation after photos of her angrily stopping motorcyclists from driving on pavements in traffic-choked Jakarta went viral online. Alfini Lestari, a 34-year-old cook, was pictured with her arms outstretched as she physically blocked a horde of motorbikes from riding down the pavement alongside one of the capital's main thoroughfares during rush hour this week. After the picture was printed on the front page of a national newspaper, she quickly gained a following online in a city with some of the world's worst traffic jams, threadbare public transport and few areas where pedestrians can comfortably walk.

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  • Clinton calls Trump a 'loose cannon,' risky choice for president

    U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton took quick aim at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying the United States should not take a risk on an unreliable candidate. "He is a loose cannon, and loose cannons tend to misfire," Clinton said in an interview with CNN, citing Trump stances including an allegation that climate change was a Chinese hoax. Clinton, a former secretary of state, said Trump would have to offer policy specifics in ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election and criticized him for his positions on issues including nuclear weapons and abortion.

  • Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches

    Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches in recent months. "We think that a common factor in the deaths of creatures in southern Chile, in the salmon farms and in fish off the coast is the El Nino phenomenon," the Chilean fisheries institute IFOP said in a statement to AFP.

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  • 4 reasons why Aeropostale lost its cool with shoppers

    Aeropostale Inc., once a popular mall destination for teens, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest victim in the fast-changing retail landscape. Aeropostale joins the ranks ...

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  • Apple loses Chinese lawsuit over iPhone name

    Apple Inc. has lost a legal fight with a Chinese company that a Beijing court says is allowed to use the iPhone name on wallets and handbags. The court said Apple failed to prove iPhone was a "famous ...

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  • Cops free wrong man from Johor lockup in name mix-up

    PETALING JAYA, May 5 — A man remanded for drug offences is on the run after Kulai police mistakenly released him instead of another detainee due to confusion over their names. It is understood...

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  • Singapore set to pick military helicopters as arms spending rises

    By Siva Govindasamy SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore will soon pick the winner of a $1 billion tender for military utility helicopters, the first of several lucrative deals the island nation is pursuing as it modernises its air force and navy amid rising tensions in the region. With Southeast Asia’s largest defence budget, Singapore is a key prize for global arms companies as it looks to invest in new technology and replace ageing equipment. China's increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea, which are worrying Southeast Asian countries, are partly a factor, say analysts, given that these have led to Singapore's neighbours spending more on their militaries.

  • Obama urges Asian-Americans to stand up to bigotry

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to fight bigotry and to press Congress to update U.S. immigration policy.

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  • Opportunity, uncertainty await Premier League champions Leicester

    As Leicester City's supporters awoke on Tuesday, fuzzy of head and bleary of eye after celebrating their fairytale Premier League triumph, the club were already entering a new sporting and financial dimension. It is estimated that Leicester's 5,000-1 success could be worth around £155 million ($227.5 million, 196.4 million euros) in revenue to the modest east Midlands club, up from £104.4 million for last year. The title, the first in Leicester's 132-year history, means Champions League football next season and access to lucrative global sports markets, but it also brings with it a dizzying change of status.

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  • Girl's gang rape in Indonesia prompts angry calls for protection

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday called for severe punishment for a group of men charged with raping and killing a schoolgirl, a case that has angered rights groups who say the government is not doing enough to protect women and children. Sexual violence is prevalent in Southeast Asia's most populous country, but gang rape is unusual. "We all grieve for (her) tragic passing," Widodo said on Twitter.

  • Slain Navy SEAL took lessons from running track into combat

    PHOENIX (AP) — In cross-country running, your team is only as fast as your slowest athlete. Slain Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV took that to heart in his youth as a track star, turning around to cheer on his teammates after he crossed the finish line.

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  • 2017 Audi A4 brings more power, room and technology

    The Audi A4 luxury sedan has been revamped from top to bottom for 2017 with a more powerful engine, new transmission and more room and technology inside. It also is one of the more technologically advanced ...

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  • Britney Spears writes touching message to sons

    Britney Spears views her children as "masterpieces".

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  • Stubborn Shanghai residents hold a line drawn in rubble

    On paper, the Guangfuli neighbourhood is a real estate investor's dream: a plot in the middle of one of the world's most expensive and fast-rising property markets. The stalemate highlights a fundamental and unresolved problem in China's half-liberalised property regime: who owns the land? Long-time resident Luo Baocheng lives with his brother and family in a small three-story apartment building, which he said he inherited from his mother.

  • Korean Air chief sued by pilots for belittling their jobs

    The head of Korean Air, who just resigned as the chief organiser of the 2018 Winter Olympics, was sued Wednesday by his carrier's pilots for allegedly demeaning their work. The airline's pilot union filed a defamation lawsuit with the Seoul district court against Cho Yang-Ho over a Facebook posting the chairman made in March, a Korean Air spokesman said. Responding to a Korean Air pilot who backed a pay rise demand by detailing the complex pre-flight checks required of the cockpit crew, Cho posted that flying a modern passenger plane on auto pilot was "easier than driving a car".

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  • ‘Militant’ kindy on police radar

    PETALING JAYA, May 5 — The kindergarten at the centre of an online storm over photographs showing plastic gun-toting children in military fatigues has been under police radar since last year....

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Chee questions who his opponent in Bukit Batok is after remarks by Goh CT and Tan CJ

    Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan said on Tuesday (3 May) that he did not want to get distracted by comments made by members of the People’s Action Party (PAP) other than Murali Pillai ahead of the Bukit Batok by-election. Chee also said that he was getting “very confused” as to who his PAP opponent is in the by-election this Saturday (7 May). “I thought it was Mr Murali.

    Bryan Huang
  • Malaysian Bar: IGP’s daughter owning gun firm raises ‘serious concern’

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 ― The relationship between the Inspector-General of Police and his daughter who owns a firm selling firearms and ammunition was cause for “serious concern”, said Malaysian Bar...

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