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Neil in Brazil - Colombia fans talk about their chances against Brazil

What do Colombia fans think of their chances against Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals? Neil Humphreys finds that they're positively bubbling with confidence.

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Stray dogs kill 27 rheas in Argentine zoo

A pack of stray dogs breached a zoo wall on Tuesday in Argentina and attacked 57 rheas.

A pack of stray dogs breached a zoo wall at dawn on Tuesday in the city of Mendoza, Argentina, zoo officials said.

Once inside the zoo, the dogs made their way through an opening in the rheas’ enclosure and attacked the birds, which are native to South America.

Zookeepers, who called police for assistance, had trouble chasing the dogs off, said zoo director Gustavo Pronotto.

In total, 57 rheas were attacked, but 30 survived their injuries.

“It was a slaughter – 25 died right away and two others died several hours later,” Mr Pronotto said.

Source: AFP

Neil in Brazil: Postcard with the wonder goal

Neil Humphreys tries to find out why Brazilians are so good at football when he gets distracted by a wonder goal...

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Phone thief left own mobile at crime scene

A man who stole a mobile phone at a Geneva shop was caught after police identified him from pictures on his own mobile phone, which he left at the scene.

A thief in Geneva stole a mobile phone, but left his own behind. Fail, much.

His phone had photos of himself, making it easy for the victim and police to identify him.

The man, a Romanian in his early 20s, had taken the phone from a repair shop in Switzerland. 

In his haste to get away, he left his own phone behind, local police said.

The shop owner identified the thief from the pictures on the phone and officers spotted him sitting at an outdoor cafe on Wednesday (July 2).

The man, who was also suspected of being in the country illegally, has denied any wrongdoing, police said.

Source: AFP

Two-timed girlfriends dump lover by hanging banner

Briton Steven Frazer was dumped in the most public fashion on Wednesday morning - with a large banner hung from a bridge seen by thousands of commuters.
Briton Steven Frazer was dumped in the most public fashion on Wednesday morning - with a large banner hung from a bridge seen by thousands of commuters.

Two British girls teamed up to give their shared boyfriend a break-up he would not forget anytime soon.

Nicola Morland and Angela Illingworth ​published a banner on a Gateshead bridge with a clear message for cheating boyfriend Steve Frazer on Wednesday morning, reported Chronicle Live. 

The banner read: "Steve Frazer you’re dumped! By both your girlfriends."

Both girlfriends' similar looks must have caught Mr Frazer's eye. 

It has since been removed, but the damage has already been done. 

Ms Morland said she had been surprised by the public’s reaction to the banner, reported The Mirror. 

“It has been a bit of a shock how far this has gone," she said.

“Enough is enough now. We’ve proved a point and it’s hit him where it hurts.”

Stupid joke

Mr Frazer's mother, Anne, did not take too kindly to the stunt.

“He’s not a mass murderer you know, it was just a stupid joke," she said. 

Commuters to Newscastle and Gateshead on Wednesday morning got wind of the news before Mr Frazer.

Mr Frazer is said to have dated Ms Morland for a few years before they split up. He then courted Ms Illingworth. 

But he continued seeing Ms Illingworth after rekindling his relationship with Ms Morland. 

The cheating man two-timed the pair for about six weeks before his infidelity was discovered.

Sources: The Mirror, Chronicle Live

Wine can now be banned in offices in France

Wine tasting at a fair in Bordeaux, France. On Thursday, the French government allowed employers to ban wine from the workplace.

In France, drinking wine during meals is a way of life.

But on Thursday (July 3), the French government allowed employers to ban wine from the workplace.

Before this, wine and cider had been exempted from the list of alcoholic drinks that employers could ban.

After a decree published in the official government journal on Thursday, wine was added to the list of drinks the government says could “threaten the security and the physical and mental well-being of workers”.

The labour ministry, which is behind the directive, said “alcohol is the biggest psycho-active substance consumed in France”.  

Alcohol abuse causes around 49,000 deaths in France annually, according to a study by the Institut Gustave-Roussy, one of the world’s leading cancer research institutes.  

Source: AFP

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Meet the human Barbie with natural looks

Ms Alina Kovalevskaya, 21, said she has never went under the knife to achieve her Barbie looks.
Ms Alina Kovalevskaya, 21, said she has never went under the knife to achieve her Barbie looks.

The newest Barbie girl in town said she is different from the other dolls - her looks are all natural.

Ms Alina Kovalevskaya claims she has not gone under the knife to achieve her big eyes, small nose and lips, as well as her ultra-slim figure, reported The Mirror.

The Ukrainian with her metre-long blonde hair has a large fanbase, with 22,000 followers on Russian social network VK. 

The psychology and social work undergraduate at Odessa University has loved changing her image since she was young.

"It started when I was 13 years old," she said.

"Since then I love to try something new. Now I have the image of a Barbie doll."

"I consider big eyes, small noses and small plump lips as beautiful."

Ther have been other Barbies like fellow Ukrainian Valeria Lukyanova and Russian Anzhelika Kenova, who have undergone surgery to perfect their looks.

Is Ms Kovalevskaya​ the real deal? You decide.

Source: The Mirror, Alina Kovalevskaya's Facebook page

People take to Twitter to wish S R Nathan happy 90th birthday

A file photo of former president S R Nathan receiving the Order of Temasek (First Class), the highest civilian award, for his contributions to Singapore. He celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday (July 3).

Former president S R Nathan turned 90 on Thursday (July 3).

Some took to social media to wish him happy birthday.

Mr Nathan celebrated the occasion with a dinner party at the Shangri-La hotel. 

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said during a speech at the event: "He built up young, sometimes nascent organisations into mature institutions, for example NTUC, the SID, in the MFA, in the elected presidency. And he mentored promising young officers and helped them fulfill their potential, and I count myself a beneficiary.

"He helped Singapore to build and to grow into a modern, and prosperous, and stable nation."

His illustrious career 

Starting out as a medical social worker, Mr Nathan's public service career spanned five decades, including as ambassador to the United States, director of the Defence Ministry’s Security and Intelligence Division and permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

He was also the main negotiator with hijackers of the Laju passenger ferry in 1974 to secure the release of hostages.

In 1999, he was elected president and served two six-year terms.

For his contribution, he was awarded the Order of Temasek (First Class), the highest civilian award, at last year's National Day Awards.

Mr Nathan also started the President’s Challenge to help the less fortunate, which raised $135 million over 13 years.

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) timed the announcement of its first S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore, Mr Ho Kwon Ping, to coincide with the birthday.

The fellowship was set up to recognise the contributions of Singapore’s sixth president​.

Mr Ho, 61, executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings​, will pursue research related to public policy and governance in Singapore and share his ideas in a series of public lectures, stated an IPS press release.


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