Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Lionel Messi misses opening of tax evasion trial in Barcelona

The trial of Lionel Messi on charges of tax evasion opened in Barcelona on Tuesday, but injury prevented the Barcelona and Argentina forward from attending. He will be in court on Thursday to testify, however.

The case against Barcelona’s Lionel Messi centres on image rights.
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UK voters leaning towards Brexit, Guardian poll reveals

Phone and online survey shows a 52-48 split in favour of leaving the EU as referendum campaign gathers steam

Public opinion has shifted towards the UK leaving the EU, two Guardian/ICM polls suggest as the referendum campaign picks up pace – with voters split 52% -48% in favour of Brexit, whether surveyed online or by phone.

Vote Leave supporters holding banners cross the road outside the Chelsea flower show in London.
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Dozens killed in bombing of national hospital in Idlib

Attack, apparently by forces loyal to Assad regime, is latest incident in aerial campaign against medical facilities in Syria

At least two dozen people including several children have been killed in northern Syria in the latest apparent attack by forces loyal to the Bashar al-Assad regime on medical facilities in opposition-held areas, UN officials and activists have said.

Syrian civil Defence members search for survivors amid rubble following reported air strikes on the city of Idlib.
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‘Bachelorette’: Chad Becomes Early Villain, But Is He Really That Bad?

Episode two of ‘The Bachelorette’ was about one man and one man only: Chad, the new Olivia, the new villain of season 12. But let’s break this down — is he that bad?

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The whole restaurant's a stage in the world of immersive dining

Fancy hunting for your dinner in a forest, or eating at Twin Peaks’ Double R Diner? Immersive dining’s mix of theatre and innovative cooking could be for you

 The table’s set ... at Gingerline’s Chamber of Flavours.
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Amber Heard & Johnny Depp: Alleged Witnesses Of Their Fight Slam Abuse Claims

It turns out Amber Heard and Johnny Depp were not alone the day the alleged abuse took place on May 21. A new report claims that two of their security guards were there and they say they did not witness any abuse.

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Eddy Merckx could face trial over claims he bribed police chief

Cycling legend suspected of giving Brussels commissioner and his wife top-end bikes to win contract, report says

Eddy Merckx, the Belgian sportsman widely regarded as the greatest cyclist of all time, could face corruption charges over sweeteners he allegedly paid for a contract to supply bikes to a Brussels police force.

Eddy Merckx is a sporting superstar in Belgium, having won the Tour de France four years running from 1969-1970.
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Buhari's crackdown in Nigeria fails to stamp out Boko Haram

A year ago at his inauguration the president promised to eliminate the terror group, still classed as one of the world’s most deadly

Time is up for Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president and former army general, who promised before his inauguration on 29 May last year to stamp out Boko Haram within 12 months – and has singularly failed to do so, despite a tough military crackdown in the country’s north-east.

 A poster displaying wanted Boko Haram suspects.
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Marco Reus left out of Germany’s Euro 2016 squad because of injury concerns

Marco Reus has been left out of Germany’s squad for Euro 2016 because of injury concerns, the head coach Joachim Löw said on Tuesday.

Marco Reus at Germany’s Euro 2016 training camp in Ascona, Switzerland, last week.
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Mediterranean death toll has reached more than 2,500 this year, says UN

Total of 204,000 migrants and refugees have crossed since January, with at least 880 deaths in the past week alone

More than 2,500 people have died trying to make the journey across the Mediterranean to Europe so far in 2016, the UN has said, a sharp jump from the same period last year.

A body recovered by an Italian military ship from the Mediterranean is transferred to land at Reggio Calabria.
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Katy Perry Tweets She Misses Enemy Taylor Swift — Feud Over?

What is going on here? Maybe the long winded feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry has come to an end? Well if Twitter is any sign, that seems to be the case.

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Snoop Dogg Bashes ‘Roots’ Miniseries: ‘I’m Sick Of This Sh-t’

When the History Channel decided to recreate ‘Roots,’ they had to know that there may be some backlash — and that’s what happened! Watch Snoop Dogg’s dark video that he posted in response
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Gwen Stefani Drops Music Video For Blake Shelton-Inspired Song ‘Misery’ — Watch

It’s here! Gwen Stefani finally dropped her highly-anticipated music video for ‘Misery’ on May 31 — and there may even be a little nod to Blake Shelton in the clip. Check it out here!

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Trump gears up to explain where '$6 million' in veterans charity fundraising went as he complains about 'nothing but bad publicity' from wrangling wounded-warrior donations

Donald Trump will try Tuesday to square the circle on his charitable fundraising for veterans, accounting for the $6 million he claimed to have collected in January on a crisp Iowa night when he skipped a Fox news debate to toot his own horn instead.

Donald Trump will try to close the loop on the millions he raised for veterans charities, in a press conference Tuesday in the lobby of his Trump Tower skyscraper in New York City
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Desperate hunt continues for Japanese boy left in forest by parents as punishment

Police looking into possibility of charges of neglect against parents of Yamato Tanooka four days after he disappeared

The search for a 7-year-old boy whose parents left him alone in a forest in Japan as punishment entered its fourth day on Tuesday, as people took to social media to criticise the couple’s actions.

Rescuers search for 7-year-old Yamato Tanooka who is missing after being left in a forest as a punishment by his parents on Hokkaido Island, Japan.
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Simone Gbagbo goes on trial accused of crimes against humanity

Rights groups acting as plaintiffs in case against Ivory Coast’s former first lady have pulled out say proceedings are flawed

Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo goes on trial on Tuesday for crimes against humanity, but rights groups acting as plaintiffs in the case have pulled out saying the proceedings are flawed.

Simone Gbagbo in court in Abidjan this month.
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Ecstasy in comeback as new generation discovers dance drug

Annual survey of drug use finds MDMA is back in the mainstream due to ‘creative and aggressive marketing’ and rise in purity

Ecstasy is making a comeback as the drug of choice for young people in the UK and across Europe – and it is much stronger than before, the EU’s drug agency has warned.

Zeitgeisty logos such as Superman and UPS have helped market ecstasy to a new generation of young Europeans.
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Distress signal from EgyptAir flight 804 confirmed by authorities in Cairo and US

Locator beacon was picked up by satellites in minutes after Airbus A320 carrying 66 people disappeared from radar over Mediterranean

Egyptian authorities have confirmed a distress signal was received from EgyptAir flight 804 when it crashed in the Mediterranean with 66 people on board.

People light candles during a vigil at the Cairo Opera House for the 66 victims of the EgyptAir flight 804.
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One in three children aged six to nine in Europe overweight or obese – study

Report predicts number of overweight under-fives worldwide will reach 70 million by 2025

One in three children in Europe between the ages of six and nine are either overweight or obese, according to a report that also warns that by 2025 the number of under-fives worldwide who are overweight will have risen from an estimated 41 million now to 70 million.

A report commissioned by United European Gastroenterology reports a rise in obesity-related illnesses in young children.
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Calvin Harris Shows His Face For First Time Since Horrible Car Crash — See Pic

It looks like Calvin Harris has fully recovered, following his terrifying car accident on Friday, May 20. Just 10 days after the horrific collision, he seems to be back to his old self. And he looks fantastic — see the pic here!

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Jeff Corwin Slams Parents Of Boy Who Fell Into Gorilla Habitat: The Zoo Isn’t Your ‘Babysitter’

The controversy over killing a 400 lb. gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo continues…and Jeff Corwin is the latest to weigh in. The Animal Planet host is defending the zoo’s decision to shoot the endangered animal and puts the blame on the parents of the 4-year-old boy who fell into its enclosure — watch here!
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Giant alligator panics golfers as it ambles across course in Florida

Charles Helms filmed the 15ft reptile as it walked across the course towards a lake

An exceptionally large alligator has been filmed taking a casual stroll across a golf course in Florida, as terrified golf players looked on.

Giant alligator crosses Florida golf course
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Isis fighting back as Iraqi forces try to take centre of Falluja

Terror group launches counterattack but Iraqi commander says the group of about 100 fighters was eventually repelled

Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from Islamic State fighters as they attempted to enter the centre of Falluja, where there are fears for tens of thousands of trapped civilians.

Smoke rises from clashes near Falluja, Iraq.
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How child sexual abuse became a family business in the Philippines

Tens of thousands of children believed to be victims of live-streaming abuse, some of it being carried out by their own parents

When Philippine police smashed into the one-bedroom house, they found three girls aged 11, seven and three lying naked on a bed.

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Monday, 30 May 2016

Two female soccer players 'asked to remove their bras on the pitch by a male referee' – because they contained GPS devices

Two female soccer players were allegedly forced to strip on the pitch after they were asked by a male referee remove a GPS device attached to their bras.

The players were wearing GPS devices to track their performance during the Women's National Premier League game in Adelaide.

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F1 Monaco Grand Prix: five things we learned from Monte Carlo

Lewis Hamilton can do what he wants in F1, Red Bull look to be back, the clock is ticking on the accident-prone Jolyon Palmer and Force India still have their muscle

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes is congratulated by the singer Justin Bieber, who later helped the three-time F1 world champion to polish off the champagne after his win at the Monaco Grand Prix.
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No play at French Open on Monday because of rain

• First time in 16 years that day’s play at Roland Garros is a washout
• Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams due to compete in fourth-round

No play was possible at the French Open on Monday because of rain. It is the first time since the same day 16 years ago that not a single ball has been hit for a whole day at Roland Garros.

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Mount Everest death: Maria Strydom fell ill just 15 minutes from summit

Husband Robert Gropel reached the top as Strydom waited for him, but she died in his arms on the descent

At first Australian climber Robert Gropel thought that his wife Maria Strydom was simply exhausted from the effort of climbing Everest.

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Chinese engineer and driver injured in Karachi separatist bombing

Little-known independence group vows to sabotage Chinese investment in Pakistan after attack that will alarm government

A Chinese engineer and his driver have been injured in a bombing in Karachi that was claimed by a little-known separatist group vowing to sabotage China’s multibillion-dollar investment programme in the country.

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Texas flooding death toll rises to six as several people remain missing

Woman killed after car carrying three people swept from street by flooded creek, as rain prompts evacuations and widespread damage

Authorities in central Texas have found two more bodies along flooded streams, bringing the death toll from flooding in the state to six.

Two men stand on the Dry Creek bridge as they look on at a stranded vehicle from the rising flood water in Austin, Texas
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Australian charity worker killed defusing Isis bomb in Iraq

Man was working for landmine clearance organisation Swiss Foundation for Mine Action in Daquq when he was killed

An Australian working for a landmine clearance charity has been killed in northern Iraq while trying to defuse a bomb planted by Islamic State militants, three of his colleagues said.

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Manhattanhenge 2016: What Time Is It & How To See It

There are many unique things that belong to NYC like the Empire State Building or the NY cheesecake, but another phenomenon is Manhattanhenge! But what time is it and how can you see it? Let us tell you what you need to know!

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Iraqi troops begin operation to seize Falluja from Isis

Assault backed by US-led coalition forces comes amid fears the militants will use civilians trapped in city as human shields

Iraqi troops have begun a long-awaited operation to seize control of the embattled city of Falluja from Islamic State, amid fears the militants will use the tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city as human shields.

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One Year In Office: NOI Poll gives Buhari 64% approval rating

Nigerians have given President Muhammadu Buhari 64 per cent average in its overall job performance rating after one year in office.

The latest polls results by NOIPolls Limited released on Monday revealed that President Buhari’s approval rating between June 2015 and May 2016 ranged from his highest of 80 per cent in October 2015 to the lowest of 42 per cent in April 2016.

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Justin Bieber Remixes Drake’s ‘One Dance’ & It’s All Kinds Of Amazing — Listen

Oh my goodness. Justin Bieber lends his amazing voice to create an epic remix of Drake’s hit song ‘One Dance.’ Is it better than the original? Click to LISTEN to snippets of the remixed tune!

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Taylor Swift & More: Stars In Sexy Red, White & Blue Bikinis

Happy Memorial Day, y’all! In honor of this patriotic holiday, we’ve rounded up some sexy pics of celebrities wearing red, white and blue bikinis. What better way to get in the spirit, right?! Check ’em out here!
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Woman, 44, dies after she was hit by her own car in her driveway - as police launch investigation

A woman has died after being run over by her own car on her driveway.
Police and ACT Ambulance service were called to an address in Ngunnawal in Canberra on Saturday where a 44-year-old woman was hit by her car in her driveway, police said.

The woman was pronounced dead on scene and an investigation has started.

ACT collision investigators and the Reconstruction team will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and prepare a report for the coroner.

According to the Australian government there have been a total of 1,209 motor vehicle deaths between 2015 and 2014.

ACT policing have said that the road death toll has reached two on ACT roads this year. 

In a comment posted to ACT policing in regards to the incident they said: 'Based on the circumstances surrounding the incident, it is considered a road related fatality.

'Therefore the current road death toll stands at two.'

The tragic incident comes as a 96-year-old man died in hospital on Saturday when he was dragged a short distance underneath the car of an elderly motorist.

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Hiroshima: I had family members among the dead

The day of the attack, we were incarcerated in an internment center for Japanese Americans. We were filled with grief when we learned what had happened

Barack Obama became the first US president ever to visit Hiroshima last Friday – the site where the first atomic bomb, deployed by the United States to end the second world war, laid waste to the entire city and killed more than 70,000 people instantly before another 70,000 died agonizing, lingering deaths over the next two months.

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Chad's Hissène Habré found guilty of crimes against humanity

Verdict in Senegal makes Habré first former head of state to be convicted of the charge by the courts of another country
The former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, has been found guilty of crimes against humanity, summary execution, torture and rape at a landmark trial in Senegal.

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Four killed in German flash floods: Towns devastated as raging floodwater flattens houses and sweeps away cars after storms cause rivers to burst their banks

At least four people including a young girl have died after flash floods wreaked havoc across Germany, destroying houses and sweeping away cars.

Submerged cars are abandoned in a flooded underpass in Oberhausen, Germany, as torrential rain caused havoc across the country
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Cincinnati Zoo: Terrifying Video Shows Gorilla Grabbing Child, 4, Who Fell Into Habitat

A horrifying new video shows what happened when a small child fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo! The four-year-old came face-to-face with the giant ape, and their meeting is almost too disturbing to watch.

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Blac Chyna & Rob Kardashian Wedding Plans On Hold: Relationship In Trouble?

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna may have gotten engaged and pregnant just a few months after they started dating, but a wedding will not be in the couple’s foreseeable future, a new report claims. In fact, any sort of nuptials have been put on hold. Find out why!

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

EFCC Summons Top Officials Of Nigeria’s Health Ministry

Some key officials of the Federal Ministry of Health have been invited by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, as part of an investigation into alleged financial mismanagement, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Those invited include Abdulsalami Nasidi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC; Emmanuel Otu, who headed federal college of complementary and alternative medicine; and Ngozi Azodo, director health planning, research and statistics/millennium development goals.

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More Than 700 Feared Dead In Recent Mediterranean Crossings

Survivor accounts have pushed to more than 700 the number of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks over three days in the past week, even as European ships saved thousands of others in daring rescue operations.

The shipwrecks appear to account for the largest loss of life reported in the Mediterranean since April 2015, when a single ship sank with an estimated 800 people trapped inside. Humanitarian organizations say that many migrant boats sink without a trace, with the dead never found, and their fates only recounted by family members who report their failure to arrive in Europe.

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Pipeline Attacks To Stop As Nigerian Government, Niger Delta EX-Militants Reaches Agreement

The Federal Government and ex-militants have resolved to end the ongoing pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region, an official has said.

Paul Boroh, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger-Delta Matters and Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, said this at the end of a meeting he convened in Benin.

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Bomb Blast Rocks Military Checkpoint In Biu, Many Feared Killed

A powerful explosion believed to be from a suicide car bomb this morning rocked a military checkpoint along the Biu-Damaturu road, killing unspecified number of persons, witnesses told.

The explosion occurred at the time Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was delivering his nationwide Democracy Day speech.

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President Buhari Fails To Keep Promise To Release Details Of Looters, Recovered Assets

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday failed to give specific details of recovered loot as part of his anti-corruption war during his Democracy Day speech, consequently reneging on an earlier promise he made to that effect.

Mr. Buhari had on May 14 said in London that he would personally provide specific details of all recovered stolen public funds because he believed that what Nigerians were being fed through the media were not detailed enough.

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Saturday, 28 May 2016

North Korea Threatens Retaliation After South Korean Warning Shots

North Korea threatened retaliation on Friday after South Korea fired what it said were warning shots when a patrol boat and fishing boat from the North crossed the disputed sea border off the west coast of the Korean peninsula.

The two vessels from the North retreated about eight minutes after the South Korean navy fired five 40 mm artillery shots at around 7:30 a.m. local time, South Korean officials told Reuters.

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