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A video of 1,000 rockers playing the Foo Fighters' Learn To Fly has gone viral, getting seven million views in two days and winning the band's agreement to play in Cesena, central Italy.
A video of 1,000 rockers playing the Foo Fighters' Learn To Fly has gone viral, getting seven million views in two days and winning the band's agreement to play in Cesena, central Italy.YOUTUBE

Kerry to press Malaysia on human trafficking, not 1MDB scandal

US Secretary of State John Kerry will press Malaysia to redouble efforts against people trafficking on a visit next week but will not become embroiled in a scandal involving corruption allegations against Prime Minister Najib Razak, a senior US official said on Friday.

Kerry will be in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday and Thursday for meetings of Asean, which Malaysia currently chairs, and will have bilateral talks with Najib and Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.

The visit comes just days after the United States took Malaysia off its list of worst offenders in human trafficking in an annual report, removing a potential barrier to a signature Asia-Pacific trade pact despite opposition from human rights groups and nearly 180 US lawmakers.

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Zuckerbergs share news: Baby girl is on the way

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, revealed on Friday that their first child is on the way after a series of painful miscarriages.

"We're expecting a baby girl!" Zuckerberg said in a post on his page at the leading social network.

"In our ultrasound, she even gave me a thumbs up 'like' with her hand, so I'm already convinced she takes after me."

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Zimbabwe calls for US hunter to be extradited for killing lion

Zimbabwe on Friday called for the extradition of Walter Palmer, as AFP learnt that the trophy hunter from Minnesota had posed for a photograph next to the body of Cecil the lion.

Palmer paid US$55,000 (S$75,000) for the hunt earlier this month in which he shot the lion with a powerful bow and arrow outside Hwange national park in the west of Zimbabwe.

As worldwide outrage over the shooting continued, French actress and animal activist Brigitte Bardot described Palmer as a “serial killer” who deserved “exemplary punishment”.

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Austria's top pole vaulter paralysed after training accident

Austria's top pole vaulter Kira Gruenberg has been left paralysed after sustaining a serious training injury, her manager said on Friday.

The 21-year-old had landed on her head and neck in the pole vault box during a routine training jump in the western city of Innsbruck on Thursday morning, Thomas Herzog said.

Surgeons at Innsbruck's University Clinic operated on the athlete for several hours before announcing their devastating diagnosis: Gruenberg's cervical vertebrae of the spine had been fractured.

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1,000 rockers win over Foo Fighters with viral video

A video of 1,000 musicians rocking the Foo Fighter's hit Learn To Fly has gone viral, clocking up over seven million views in just 48 hours and getting the thumbs up from the American band.

The project kicked off in spring 2014, when Fabio Zaffagnini and several friends were looking for "a mad idea" to convince the rock band to come to Cesena, in central Italy, to play for them.

After a year's planning, 1,000 fans met up in a park in the city on July 26 to thrash out the song on drums, guitars and microphones, belting out the hit tune together as the sun set.

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