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Lee Kuan Yew Singapore state funeral: LIVE REPORT

Hong Kong (AFP) - 07:12 GMT - President Tan speaks - Singaporean President Tony Tan, whose position is largely ceremonial, is speaking now. There will never be another Lee Kuan Yew. No one person can take his place nor do what he did," said Tan, a former government minister from Lee's ruling People's Action Party. 07:06 GMT - Lee speech ends - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has wrapped up his eulogy after speaking for nearly an hour.

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:14:58 -0400
Kerry cancels plan to return to US to stay at Iran talks

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, waits for the start of a trilateral meeting at an hotel in Lausanne Saturday, March 28, 2015. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran's top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Amid signs of trouble in the Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans Sunday to return to the United States for an event honoring his late Senate colleague Edward Kennedy in order to remain at the ongoing talks in Switzerland.

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:10:17 -0400
Grateful Singapore gives Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral

The body of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is transferred atop a gun carriage during a funeral procession in Singapore on March 29, 2015Tens of thousands of mourners braved torrential rain, howitzers fired a 21-gun salute and jet fighters screamed across the sky as a grand funeral began Sunday for Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew. Singaporeans chanted Lee's name as the former prime minister's coffin, draped in the red-and-white national flag and protected by a glass case atop a two-wheeled gun carriage, emerged from parliament pulled by a ceremonial Land Rover. Four F-16 fighters from the air force's Black Knights aerobatic team staged a fly-past -- with one peeling off to symbolise a "missing man" -- as the cortege made its way through the adjacent civic square where Lee was first sworn in as prime minister in 1959. He kept the position for 31 years, ruling with an iron fist to transform Singapore from a sleepy British colonial outpost into a gleaming metropolis that now enjoys one of the world's highest standards of living.

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:05:37 -0400
New Zealand 183 all out in World Cup final

**** DO NOT DELETE OR REMOVE - BREAKING NEWS LOGO ****New Zealand were bowled out for 183 in 45 overs after winning the toss against Australia in the World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:04:12 -0400
Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing

Fire trucks and an airport shuttle are on the scene at the Halifax International Airport early Sunday March 29, 2015 after an Air Canada flight from Toronto made an abrupt landing and left the runway in bad weather. The airline said early Sunday that 22 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries. (AP Photo/Mike Magnus)HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and left the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, and officials said early Sunday that 25 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:00:21 -0400
Utility found 'hazardous situation' months before NYC blast

A pile of debris remains at the site of a building explosion in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015. Nineteen people were injured, four critically, after the powerful blast and fire sent flames soaring and debris flying Thursday afternoon. Preliminary evidence suggested that a gas explosion amid plumbing and gas work inside the building was to blame. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Nancy Borowick, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) More than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan's East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been tapped, creating a hazardous situation, according to Consolidated Edison.

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:53:58 -0400
Coaches no one wants to face finally face each other

Kentucky's Dominique Hawkins pulls the net over his head during the celebration after Kentucky's 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Cleveland. Kentucky remains unbeaten and is headed for the Final Four ion Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David Richard)On a cold, rainy spring night five years ago, the room was dripping with superstars. The guest of honor was USA basketball boss Jerry Colangelo. The dinner speaker was Mike Krzyzewski. Kobe Bryant sent a video tribute. Jay Bilas served as emcee.

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:53:28 -0400
Struggle to explain what motivated co-pilot in doomed flight

Inhabitants pay tribute to the victims in front of a stele, a stone slab erected as a monument, set up in the area where a Germanwings aircraft crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Saturday, March 28, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain Tuesday killed all 150 people aboard, and has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. Authorities believe the 27-year-old German deliberately sought to destroy the Airbus A320 as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)LONDON (AP) A disgruntled worker shoots up a workplace. A student opens fire at a high school. A pilot crashes a planeload of people into a mountainside.

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:51:19 -0400
Alabama DL Taylor charged with domestic violence a 2nd time

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, signed about six months after Georgia dismissed him following his arrest in a girlfriend's assault, faces a new domestic violence charge, police said.

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:06:46 -0400
Record rout by UConn leads to milestone win for Auriemma

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma stands near the bench during the first half of a women's college basketball regional semifinal game against Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)A monumental comeback, a milestone win, and an Elite Eight party crasher highlighted the women's basketball NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Saturday.

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:02:41 -0400
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