While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 4 edition

Japan to increase investment in Asian infrastructure

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Sunday his country's government will increase investment in Asian infrastructure at a meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), according to Kyodo News.

Aso did not immediately disclose the size of the investment, according to Kyodo. The move could put Japan at loggerheads with China, who is also setting up a new development lender devoted to infrastructure projects in Asia.

Aso said he wants to set up a new framework for financial cooperation between the ADB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Kyodo reported.

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Golf's Tiger Woods and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn break up

Pro golfer Tiger Woods and US Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn have broken up after a nearly three-year relationship, the pair said on Sunday.

Vonn, 30, used her Facebook page to announce the split before Woods confirmed it on his website.

"After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship," Vonn said. "I will always cherish the memories that we've created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart."

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Football: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho happy to win 'most difficult' title

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said his side had won the toughest league in world football after a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday saw them crowned English champions.

Eden Hazard's goal on the stroke of half-time gave the Blues a 1-0 win in front of their own fans at Stamford Bridge and an unassailable 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Chelsea have now won the title three times under Mourinho but this is the first since the Portuguese manager returned to the London club for a second spell in charge in 2013.

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Football: Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol expects AC Milan stake in 3 to 4 weeks

Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol is planning a shakeup of fading Italian soccer club AC Milan once he becomes a stakeholder, a deal he said he had no issues financing and that should be wrapped up this month.

Returning to Thailand on Sunday after talks in Milan, Bee would not be drawn on details of a deal long shrouded in secrecy but said money was "not a problem" and talks with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi were going well.

"We are in negotiations...the next step will be arranging documents, preparing financial papers and legal procedures," Bee told reporters at Bangkok's airport. "After the stake is transferred, there will be some restructuring and rearrangement of a new team."

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Avengers: Age of Ultron nets second biggest ever US box office opening

Superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron scored the second biggest North American box office opening of all-time but failed to eclipse the record set by its 2012 predecessor, industry estimates showed Sunday.

The latest big-screen offering based on the iconic Marvel comics characters raked in a staggering US$187.7 million (S$249.7 million) in its first weekend, figures from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations showed.

However it fell short of surpassing the record US$207.4 million opening posted by The Avengers three years ago.

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