• Real Madrid fire coach Ancelotti

    Real Madrid fired their coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday as the popular Italian paid for a disappointing season without a major trophy. Ancelotti, 55, had lead Real to their 10th elite European title last season but was sacked after the club finished runners-up to Barcelona in La Liga and lost to Juventus in the semi-finals of this year's Champions League. Club president Florentino Perez told a news conference at the club's Santiago Bernabeu stadium that the services of the former AC Milan, Chelsea and Paris St Germain coach were no longer required.

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  • China: Man reunited with mother 30 years after getting on a train by accident

    A man in China has been reunited with his mother after going missing almost 30 years ago. The man, who has not been named, wandered onto a train at a station in his home in Ziyang county, Shaanxi province in 1986, aged just 8-years-old. Twenty-nine years on, the man could remember very few details of his life before he got lost – just the names of his home county, his uncle and mother.

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  • Manchester United decide against signing Falcao

    Manchester United will not be signing Colombia forward Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis, the Premier League club said on Sunday after the final game of the season. The 29-year-old will return to parent club Monaco, at least initially, after four goals in 29 appearances was not deemed good enough for United to consider splashing out the reported 55 million euros ($60.5 million) fee to buy him. "Falcao is a top professional and a good human being.

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  • Woman hanging on Shell ship since Friday ends drill protest

    The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning. Student activist Chiara D'Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the Bellingham harbor around 9:30 a.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said. D'Angelo was checked for hypothermia and then released, Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer said.

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  • Kendrick: I surprise people

    “I just finished this movie with Ben Affleck, a big guy, and when you listen to the playback of a scene with the two of us and it's his turn to speak, often you can't hear anything. Then, like a knife, you hear my voice, and I'm thinking, ‘Oh my God, of the two of us, how can Affleck be the soft-spoken one? Anna admits she used to have a problem with her height when she was younger.

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  • Sharapova jeered off court, Murray breezes through

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova reached the French Open second round on Monday but was jeered by fans after she refused to carry out an on-court TV interview. Second-seeded Sharapova defeated Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 to set up a clash against Russian Fed Cup teammate Vitalia Diatchenko. "I totally understand that everyone usually does the interviews and answers a few questions," said Sharapova, who was also champion in 2012 and runner-up in 2013.

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  • US warplanes scrambled after bogus jetliner threats

    US warplanes were scrambled to escort an Air France passenger jet flying from Paris to New York on Monday, following one of several threats against commercial aircraft that proved to be unfounded. Flight AF022 landed at JFK airport without incident after being escorted to land by two F-15 fighter jets ordered to accompany the aircraft as a precaution by NORAD, the joint US-Canadian monitoring force. The FBI said the plane was searched upon landing and the threat had turned out to be false.

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  • Underwood: I’m so grateful to Idol

    Carrie Underwood will be “forever grateful” to American Idol. The country singer won the fourth season of the hit singing contest in 2005. “So hard to believe it's been 10 years! I'm forever grateful to American Idol for changing my life! #blessed(sic)” she captioned the image.

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  • It's a China office block, Jim, but not as we know it!

    A Chinese millionaire and self-confessed Star Trek fan has boldly gone where no man has gone before with the design of his company headquarters, erected in the shape of the USS Enterprise. The office block in the eastern city of Fuzhou has the emblematic circular contours and tubular features of the show's spaceship, according to images on the website of the People's Daily newspaper. It was built by "Trekkie" Liu Dejian, the boss of mobile Internet app developer NetDragon Websoft, at a cost of $160 million, the newspaper said.

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  • Liverpool's decline leaves Rodgers' future in jeopardy

    As subscribers to the "Moneyball" approach, Liverpool's American owners like to do their business based on cold, hard statistics. Liverpool finished a miserable season with a 6-1 loss at Stoke, its worst defeat in the 23-year history of the Premier League and its heaviest in 52 years. In the space of a year, Liverpool has gone from the second best team in England to No. 6, despite an outlay of 116 million pounds (now $180 million) on new players in the last offseason.

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  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace above the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea.

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  • Prince Harry back with Chelsy?

    Britain's Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy are apparently back on.The young royal romanced Chelsy on and off between 2004 to 2010, before moving on to his next longtime partner Cressida Bonas.However since they split last year, it's been rumoured Harry and

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  • Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi

    BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official's sharp criticism of Iraqi forces. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops' will to fight when Ramadi fell.

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  • Dwayne Johnson: Everyone's flawed

    Dwayne Johnson admits he's more "flawed" in real life than in his movies. The 43-year-old began his career as a wrestler before turning his hand at acting, making his big motion picture debut in 2001's The Mummy Returns. "In movies like [upcoming film] San Andreas, I play a cool guy who trips a little bit and comes back up.

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  • ‘A Beautiful Mind’ Mathematician John Nash Killed in Taxi Crash

    John Forbes Nash Jr., the mathematician whose life inspired the 2001 Best Picture Oscar winner “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed Saturday along with his wife in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to multiple media reports. Nash, 86, and Alicia Nash, 82, were riding in the taxi near Monroe Township when the incident occurred, State Police Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams told CNN. Alicia Nash helped care for her husband, and the two later became prominent mental health advocates.

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  • Blatter misled us all, says Platini

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter misled the world of football by reneging on a commitment to step down in 2015, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Monday. Platini backed him in the 2011 election on that basis but is angry that Blatter, 79, is seeking re-election on Friday for a further term. "I am mostly disappointed for the European federations, whom I had asked to support Sepp in 2011, on the basis of a promise he had made," the former French international told the sports newspaper L'Equipe.

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  • Artsy coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo

    Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup. Japan's consumer culture is littered with manias for Western food imports: pancakes, popcorn, doughnuts, even Taco Bell. Success in Japan is important for Blue Bottle, which operates 17 cafes in the San Francisco Bay area, New York and Los Angeles.

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  • Police: 3 kids injured when waterspout uproots bounce house

    A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach Monday, but the youngsters were ejected before it flew above palm trees across four lanes of traffic into a parking lot, police said. All three children were tossed to the sand while another unoccupied bounce house nearby also took flight westward over the state road and landed in the same lot, authorities added. The children were injured, but alert and conscious when they were taken to a hospital, Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman Keven Dupree said.

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  • Donor fatigue hits Nepal one month after mega earthquake - U.N.

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The international community's response to devastating earthquakes in Nepal has been disappointing, a United Nations official said on Monday, adding that donors were focusing more on reconstruction than much needed aid such as food and shelter. The impoverished Himalayan nation is reeling from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck on April 25, disrupting the lives of almost a third of the 28 million population. "I am disappointed in the sense that there was such an impressive response in terms of search and rescue - all the teams that came in to do the work, they did very impressively and comprehensively - and maybe they think that's the job done," said Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. resident coordinator in Nepal.

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  • Quake shakes buildings in Tokyo

    A strong quake shook buildings in Tokyo on Monday, setting off alarms and temporarily bringing the city's subway system to halt, AFP reporters in the Japanese capital said. Scientists said there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey. The Japan Meteorological Agency earlier put it at 5.6.

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