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Thursday 28th of May 2015 06:50:32

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As migrant camps swell, Asian nations meet to discuss Rohingya boat people crisis

Senior officials from across Asia will meet Friday in Bangkok to tackle the growing problem of desperate people landing on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as Rohingya Muslims flee persecution in Myanmar and poor Bangladeshis crowd onto boats in the hope of finding jobs in other countries. The director-general of the IOM, William Lacy Swing, said on the eve of the meeting that one important result was already achieved in getting the countries to agree to talk. The main root cause is seen as the massive discrimination against minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Former US House Speaker Hastert accused of evading banking laws to hide hush money payments

FILE - In this March 5, 2008, file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaks to lawmakers on the Illinois House of Representatives floor at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Federal prosecutors have indicted Thursday, May 28, 2015, the former U.S. House Speaker on bank-related charges. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down on Thursday in Chicago. The indictment, which does not describe the misconduct Hastert was allegedly trying to conceal, charges the 73-year-old with one count of evading bank regulations as he withdrew tens of thousands of dollars at a time to make the payments. Hastert also did not immediately return a message left on his cellphone seeking comment, or respond to an email.


Fraud investigation nabs 3 people with international ties

The primary suspect, Joseph Edison, allegedly tricked the elderly victim into investing with the promise of large returns. The other two accused are Stefanie Haase-Fernando and Anshul Edison Fernando, both facing charges of fraud over $5,000 and theft over $5,000. The investigation involved the Calgary Police Service Economic Crimes Unit working with partners, including the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI, Homeland Security, the RCMP, and the Canada Revenue Agency.

Asian stocks up but wary of China, dollar retreats from highs

Pedestrians walk next to an electronic board showing the graph of the recent fluctuations of the Japan's Nikkei average outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks were modestly higher early on Friday with investors on edge ahead of opening trade in China's markets which plunged the previous day, while the dollar took a breather from a sharp run up this week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent after shedding more than 1 percent on Thursday. Japan's Nikkei was flat.


Detroit unveils new $14M border patrol headquarters

Detroit unveils new $14M border patrol headquarters"We are a very porous border up here," said Frank Puglise, acting patrol agent in charge, U.S. Border Patrol, Detroit Sector. Detroit's Border Patrol station opened during the days of prohibition back in the 1920s when smuggling alcohol was the main concern. Last year the U.S. border patrol in the Detroit area arrested 673 people from 40 different countries trying to smuggle everything from guns, drugs, cash and people across the border to and from Canada.


Business

Asian stocks up but wary of China, dollar retreats from highs

Pedestrians walk next to an electronic board showing the graph of the recent fluctuations of the Japan's Nikkei average outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks were modestly higher early on Friday with investors on edge ahead of opening trade in China's markets which plunged the previous day, while the dollar took a breather from a sharp run up this week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent after shedding more than 1 percent on Thursday. Japan's Nikkei was flat.


RBC profit tops expectations on domestic banking, capital markets

A Royal Bank of Canada logo is seen on Bay Street in the heart of the financial district in TorontoBy John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Canada , the country's top lender, posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, helped by growth in its domestic banking and capital markets divisions. The capital markets division recorded a 23 percent earnings increase. The shares of Canadian banks have struggled in recent months because of investor concerns that the banks might face the brunt of the oil price slump, a sluggish domestic economy and a potential housing market correction.


CIBC reports better-than-expected profit, raises dividend

Pedestrians use the CIBC ATM machines in MontrealCanadian Imperial Bank of Commerce reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, boosted by higher client trading, and raised its dividend for the third straight quarter. The quarterly dividend increase of 3 Canadian cents per share to C$1.09 pushed the bank's shareholder payout ratio to the higher end of its target of 40-50 percent of earnings. On an adjusted basis, net income attributable to shareholders rose to C$2.28 per share in the second quarter ended April 30.


Exclusive: FCC poised to side with Verizon, AT&T in airwaves spat

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in WashingtonBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. telecoms regulators are leaning toward rejecting a T-Mobile U.S. Inc request that more airwaves be set aside for smaller wireless companies like itself to bid on during a government auction next year, according to people familiar with the matter. Such a decision, which could be finalized in coming weeks, would end months of speculation and vigorous lobbying by the nation's No. 4 cellular operator, which wants the Federal Communications Commission to further limit how much spectrum dominant U.S. carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc can buy in the auction. The FCC voted last year to restrict the participation of Verizon and AT&T in the 2016 spectrum sale by reserving a piece of each market's airwaves for non-dominant carriers, but not to the extent sought by T-Mobile.


'San Andreas' set to shake up box office despite faults

Cast member Johnson poses at the premiere of "San Andreas" in HollywoodBy Alicia Avila LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Director Brad Peyton grilled scientists, scoured earthquake footage and submerged sets in one of the world's biggest water tanks to create the biggest earthquake ever to hit California in his new film "San Andreas." That effort might pay off at the box office, where the Warner Bros film is expected to be the top earner in its debut this weekend, with an estimated $40 million in ticket sales. "We spent a lot of time grounding the experience and researching what a tsunami did, what it looked like, earthquakes, different types of earthquakes," said the Canadian director. With no friction, there'd be no earthquake," tweeted U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones during the premiere Tuesday.


Weight Loss

Mixed doubles, even in defeat, just what the doctor ordered for Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie BouchardGenie Bouchard lost a tennis match on Thursday in Paris. And yet, the smile was a permagrin.


Canada may have conspired to hack mobile phones, but you can protect yourself

tvofflineIt’s the modern nightmare: You try to log on to email one morning and find your password doesn’t work. It quickly becomes clear the account has been deleted. Meanwhile, your Twitter account begins spewing career-suicide vitriol, your bank account is being drained, and your computer is being remotely wiped, so say goodbye to the first five chapters of that Great Canadian Road novel you were working on. You’ve been hacked.


Mars Petcare cat food ad found misleading as fat cat exposed

Mars Petcare cat food ad found misleading as fat cat exposedA Mars Petcare commercial boasting the effects of a diet cat food has been found misleading by Advertising Standards Canada, because the "before and after" images turned out to be of two different cats. "Council found that the clear impression conveyed by this commercial … was that the cat shown both before and after weight loss was the same animal," says the case summary. The specific product at the centre of the controversy is not named in the case summary.


5 Vegetable Foods That Make You Fat

DipJust because there’s a vegetable in the name, doesn’t make it the right menu item to order.


$30 million raised at celebrity-filled French Riviera amfAR gala, but where was Sharon Stone?

Model Adriana Lima poses for photographers upon arrival for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, during the 68th Cannes international film festival, Cap d'Antibes, southern France, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)CAP D'ANTIBES, France - Amid celebrity schmoozing, glamorous fashions, musical performances and the frequent banging of the auction hammer, the French Riviera's annual star-filled amfAR gala brought in its expected share of drama — with celebrity invitees including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sienna Miller and Adrien Brody. The late icon figured prominently into the hours-long event, as an Andy Warhol portrait of her was auctioned off — and quickly snapped up by Eva Longoria for 540,000 euros ($600,000).


Lifestyle

Another 'Bachelor' breakup: Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff announce end of engagement

This photo provided by ABC shows, Chris Soules, who starred in the 19th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, "The Bachelor," which returned to ABC in January 2015. Soules and his fiancee Whitney Bischoff have split two months after the finale of the reality dating show where the couple got engaged. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via AP)Another couple from ABC's "The Bachelor" has broken up. Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff have split two months after the finale of the reality dating show where the couple got engaged. In a recent interview, "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison acknowledged that seeking the limelight after the show might not be the best for a new relationship.


Michael King, innovative syndicator of 'Oprah,' 'Dr. Phil' and 'Wheel of Fortune,' dies at 67

FILE - In this photo April 25, 2012 file photo, Michael King talks to the media during a news conference at a boxing gym in Carson, Calif. King, an innovative TV syndicator who with his brother helped make stars of Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw and Rachael Ray, has died. A family member confirms King, 67, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)Michael King, an innovative TV syndicator who helped make stars of Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw and Rachael Ray, has died. A family member confirmed King died Wednesday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. With his brother Roger, Michael King inherited King World Productions in 1972 from their father, Charles King, who had founded the company eight years earlier to syndicate classic "Our Gang" theatrical comedy shorts.


Woman says she punched TV actor Dustin Diamond's girlfriend in face before barroom stabbing

A woman testified Thursday that she punched TV actor Dustin Diamond's girlfriend in the face during a bar fight in Wisconsin, just moments before someone yelled that Diamond had a knife. The 38-year-old Diamond, who played Screech in the 1990s show "Saved by the Bell," is accused of stabbing a man during a barroom brawl on Christmas Day in Port Washington, about 25 miles north of Milwaukee. Diamond has pleaded not guilty to recklessly endangering public safety.

After years in limbo, Michael Jackson's former home Neverland is on sale for $100 million

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2004 file photo, pop star Michael Jackson greets several hundred children that were invited guests at his Neverland Ranch home in Santa Ynez, Calif. Jackson's Neverland is going up for sale. The Santa Ynez Valley property that once served as the late pop star's home and personal fantasyland is being listed for sale at $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Neverland Ranch is up for sale. The California property that once served as Michael Jackson's home and personal fantasyland is being listed at $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. The 2,700-acre ranch in Santa Ynez Valley features such amenities as a train station, six-bedroom house, 50-seat movie theatre and a pair of lakes, It has been in limbo since Jackson's death in 2009.


'San Andreas' set to shake up box office despite faults

Cast member Johnson poses at the premiere of "San Andreas" in HollywoodBy Alicia Avila LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Director Brad Peyton grilled scientists, scoured earthquake footage and submerged sets in one of the world's biggest water tanks to create the biggest earthquake ever to hit California in his new film "San Andreas." That effort might pay off at the box office, where the Warner Bros film is expected to be the top earner in its debut this weekend, with an estimated $40 million in ticket sales. "We spent a lot of time grounding the experience and researching what a tsunami did, what it looked like, earthquakes, different types of earthquakes," said the Canadian director. With no friction, there'd be no earthquake," tweeted U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones during the premiere Tuesday.


Sports

Accused former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner freed

Police officers stand guard as an ambulance leaves the state prison in Port-of-SpainFormer FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, who has been accused of soliciting bribes as part of a vast corruption case against senior soccer officials, left jail in Trinidad and Tobago via ambulance on Thursday after he was granted bail, according to local media. Warner is among nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives charged by the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday with running a criminal enterprise that involved more than $150 million in bribes. FIFA is the global body governing soccer.


Serena escapes as women's seeds continue to fall

French OpenBy Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - The pre-tournament shortlist of favorites for the French Open women's crown continued to shrink and for a while on Thursday it looked as though top seed, Serena Williams, would also vanish. Shortly after former world number one Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out by Julia Goerges, meaning the third, fifth and sixth seeds had all gone before round three, Williams, 33, faced unheralded 21-year-old German Anna-Lena Friedsam. It looked like a mismatch but 105th-ranked Friedsam gave the 19-times grand slam champion a torrid time on Court Suzanne Lenglen, taking the first set before a nervy Williams recovered to scrape into the third round 5-7 6-3 6-3.


What next for Clippers after season of promise ends?

NBA: Playoffs-Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland CavaliersBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepare to battle for the NBA championship, the Los Angeles Clippers can only reflect on what might have been after a season of rich promise ended abruptly. A year after their playoff hopes were rocked by a racism scandal that left previous owner Donald Sterling with a life ban from the NBA, the Clippers seemed set to make a run at a title as they made a stirring start to the postseason.


Brampton Beast named Montreal Canadiens' ECHL affiliate

The Brampton Beast were named the Montreal Canadiens second-tier minor league affiliate on Thursday. The Beast, who will be entering their third year of operations in the fall, were without a major league affiliate in their inaugural ECHL season, and finding the right partner was a major priority for the team this summer. "Montreal is the most iconic franchise in the NHL," said Beast president and general manager Cary Kaplan.

CFL extends its broadcast agreement with TSN and RDS by three more years

TSN and RDS have extended their broadcast agreement with the CFL by three years through the 2021 season. Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge made the announcement Thursday at the league's Inside The CFL event. "The CFL’s partnership with TSN and RDS has been central to our growth and momentum and we look forward to working together to reach new and even bigger audiences," Orridge said.

Celebrity

Trevor Noah to take over 'The Daily Show' on September 28

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York MetsSouth African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as the host of the last-night comedy parody "The Daily Show" on Sept. 28, Comedy Central said on Thursday. The Viacom Inc.-owned cable network made the announcement on its website and with a brief video of Noah, 31, testing out the set in the studio and sitting in the chair as Stewart came up from behind him.


Selena & Justin Reunite

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber arrives at the 2011 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles -- Getty ImagesAre Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber back in the friend zone or the more than friend zone?


Jackie Chan lends celebrity support to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics bid

Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan, sixth from left, stands with Chinese officials and music composers at a launch for Olympic Music Week on stage during the 2022 Beijing's Winter Olympics bid campaign held at a hotel in Beijing, China, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Jackie Chan is throwing his support behind Beijing’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, even recording a song "Wake Up Winter" promoting the campaign. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Action movie star Jackie Chan is throwing his support behind Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, even recording a song promoting the campaign. "It's a big honour and pleasure to participate in this and do something for the Winter Olympics bidding," the 60-year-old Chan said. Best known for performing his own stunts in more than 100 movies, Chan also has recorded albums in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.


Actor Liam Neeson scores highest in Nielsen survey of celebrity endorsers

FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo, actor Liam Neeson poses for photographers during the presentation of the film "Run All Night" in Madrid. Ad executives looking for a celebrity to endorse their product can't do much better than Neeson, according to the Nielsen Company's first "N-Scores," released Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin, File)Ad executives looking for a celebrity to endorse their product can't do much better than actor Liam Neeson. Neeson and Pierce Brosnan had identical scores of 94, although Neeson was judged to have a greater influence in getting products sold. By looking at the effectiveness of celebrity pitchmen, the company best known for television ratings will now compete with Marketing Evaluations Inc., a company that produces the better-known Q Score, a measurement of public attitudes toward well-known figures.


Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6

May 31: Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 85. Singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is 77. Keyboardist Augie Meyers of the Texas Tornadoes and the Sir Douglas Quintet is 75. Actress Sharon Gless ("Cagney and Lacey") is 72. Actor Tom Berenger is 65. Actor Gregory Harrison is 65. Actor Kyle Secor ("Homicide: Life on the Street") is 58. Comedian Chris Elliott is 55. Actress Lea Thompson is 54. Singer Corey Hart is 53. Rapper DMC of Run-DMC is 51. Actress Brooke Shields is 50. Country bassist Ed Adkins of The Derailers is 48. Actress Archie Panjabi ("The Good Wife") is 43. ...








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