7 Types Of People You Should Avoid Dating At All Costs

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Dating is a trial and error process. A “numbers game” so to speak. One of the only ways to determine what type of person you really want to be with, is to be with people who aren’t completely right for you.

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But, there are ways to avoid unnecessary heartache and skip over the wrong types of people in a better attempt to find the right one.

Here are seven types of people to avoid dating.

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1. The control freak.

While this one should be obvious, often times the “control freak” type can be disguised in the beginning of a relationship as someone who just, pays a lot of attention.

Eventually, though, you will begin to feel a little more closed-in and unable to make your own decisions. Additionally, the decisions you do make could feel judged or looked down upon. This is in an effort to mold you into…

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Jackson fans mark 5th anniversary of icon’s death

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GLENDALE: Dozens of Michael Jackson fans laid heaps of flowers Wednesday at the mausoleum where the pop icon is interred, to mark the 5th anniversary of his death.

Around 100 fans, some dressed as the self-proclaimed King of Pop, gathered at the Forest Lawn cemetery outside Los Angeles, where the 50-year-old died while rehearsing for a comeback tour.

“We love you Michael,” read a banner on a giant red heart placed outside the small mausoleum in Glendale, north of downtown LA.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of an overdose of the clinical anesthetic propofol, administered by his doctor to help treat insomnia as the singer prepared for “This is It” shows in London.

His personal medic Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 over the star´s death and jailed for four years. He was released in October after serving two years.

He had debts of up to $500 million before his death, but in the five years since, his executors have earned more than $700 million, according to a recent book, “Michael Jackson Inc.

“Money-making ventures have included the “This is It” movie of rehearsals for the doomed tour, a touring Cirque du Soleil stage show and two posthumous albums so far, with more to come

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Dollar edges down in Asia trade

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TOKYO: The dollar edged down in Asia on Thursday as Japanese exporters bought up the yen and following data showing the US economy shrunk at a faster rate than initially thought in the first quarter of the year.

The greenback was changing hands at 101.76 yen in Tokyo midday trade, marginally down from 101.86 yen in New York Wednesday afternoon.

“For technical reasons, the dollar fell because of yen-buying by exporters, but this is not strong enough to break the current range,” said Yosuke Hosokawa, head of FX sales team at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank.

“Trading is still directionless as we have not seen clear trading factors for a long time,” Hosokawa said.

“We have seen geopolitical factors such as violence and issues in Iraq or Russia, but they matter more to the euro than the yen,” Hosokawa said.

The euro changed hands at $1.3630 and 138.69 yen, compared with $1.3628 and 138.82 yen in New York late Wednesday.

In New York the dollar had slipped after a larger-than-expected first quarter contraction in the US economy, with investors taking the report as dovish for interest rates.

US Treasury yields also sank on the news that the economy contracted 2.9 percent in January-March, far greater than the 1.0 percent previously estimated and the sharpest fall since the 2008-2009 recession.

That put a damper on recent speculation that growth is stronger than the Federal Reserve lets on and could drive it to an early increase in interest rates.

Investors are not awaiting US consumer spending data for May, which will be released later in the day. Atsushi Hirano, head of FX sales Japan at RBS, told Dow Jones Newswires that the dollar may strengthen slightly later in the day if the Nikkei index gains, but the pair will likely hover around 101.85 “without much buying or selling”

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France Fires Blank, Ecuador Eliminated.

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Ten-man Ecuador held France to a 0-0 draw at the Maracana on Wednesday but Didier Deschamps´ side still topped Group E to progress to a last-16 tie against Nigeria.

Through luck, determination, bad finishing and brilliant goalkeeping by Alexander Dominguez, Ecuador resisted even after captain and Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia was ordered off early in the second half for a studs up challenge on Lucas Digne.

The result was disappointing for Deschamps but was enough to take first place with seven points and the easier of the possible second-round ties next Monday.

Switzerland´s 3-0 win over Honduras in the group´s other game gave them second place and a tough match against Argentina on Tuesday as Ecuador become the first South American side to be knocked out of this World Cup.

Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda was left to lament the sending-off of his captain as his team came up just short.

“There is nothing to be done about it now but we lost an important player in our structure,” said the Colombian. “Various refereeing decisions went against us and it was difficult to hold on for a draw but the players showed great character.”

Deschamps made six changes for this game and will certainly bring back several of the missing players to take on Nigeria.

Karim Benzema, scorer of three goals in wins over Honduras and Switzerland, kept his place in the side, but France missed the creativity of Mathieu Valbuena and Yohan Cabaye, the latter absent due to suspension and replaced by Southampton´s Morgan Schneiderlin.

Les Bleus controlled much of the first half, but only sporadically troubled Dominguez in the Ecuador goal.

The Ecuadorean ´keeper held a crisply-struck volley from Moussa Sissoko with 15 minutes played and did well to palm the ball over the bar when Paul Pogba got his head to an Antoine Griezmann free-kick.

Ecuador began to threaten as the half wore on, almost breaking through when Enner Valencia rose above Digne to connect with Michael Arroyo´s left-wing cross only for Hugo Lloris to intervene. (AFP)

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Messi double ensures Argentina top group, Nigeria also through

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PORTO ALEGRE: A double from Lionel Messi a day after his 27th birthday inspired Argentina to a 3-2 win over African champions Nigeria and assured them of finishing top of Group F at the World Cup finals on Wednesday.

Nigeria´s defeat — their fourth in four meetings at the finals against Argentina — came with the considerable consolation that they still progressed to the second round as Iran lost 3-1 to Bosnia-Hercegovina in the other group game.

Argentina, who are set to face either Switzerland in the second round, began to turn on the style after low key wins over Bosnia-Hercegovina and Iran. Nigeria, who will be appearing in the second round for the first time since 1998, are to face France next Monday.

The match got off to a stunning start as Messi fired home his third goal of the finals after two-and-a-half-minutes — the fastest goal of his career — to finally crack a Nigerian defence that had not conceded a goal in their previous two matches.

A telling pass by Fernando Gago found Angel di Maria only for the Real Madrid man´s shot to ricochet off the near post.

As the loose ball bounced Messi magically appeared to slam into the roof of Vincent Enyeama´s net.

Argentina´s lead lasted all of 80 seconds when CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa curled the ball artfully past Sergio Romero into the far post. Enyeama then did well to keep the scores level when keeping out di Maria ´s thunderous low drive from 30m out.

On 38 minutes Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella was forced into an unscripted change of personnel when Sergio Aguero limped off to be replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi.

As the interval approached Messi struck a peach of a free kick from outside the box, only denied by another fine save from Enyeama.

But the Lille stopper couldn´t perform the same heroics when from a near identical position shortly after another Messi free kick thudded into the near corner for his fourth goal of the tournament.Musa levelled only two minutes into the second half when, getting the better of Argentine defenders Federico Fernandez and Marcos Rojo, he clipped the ball past Romero.

In an at times breathtaking encounter Rojo bagged his first international goal three minutes later, knocking the ball home with his knee off a corner after Nigeria failed to clear Ezequiel Garay´s header.

With his work done Sabella rested Messi on the hour, Ricardo Alvarez coming on in his place.

Musa had ´hat-trick´ flashing in front of his eyes in the final quarter of an hour when he cut inside Pablo Zabaleta only for the Manchester City defender to produce a superb tackel to deny him the scoring opportunity.

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Obama warns more sanctions await Moscow on Ukraine

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WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that additional sanctions would be in store if Russia does not move swiftly to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine.

In a telephone call with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama also vowed to press Russia to persuade separatist groups to abide by a ceasefire agreement, the White House said.

The two leaders agreed to “coordinate measures to impose additional costs on Russia if it fails to take rapid action to deescalate the situation in eastern Ukraine,” where 400 people have died in unrest since April, it added in a statement.

Obama and Renzi “also stressed the need for Russia to use its influence over separatist groups to persuade them to abide by the cease-fire and for Russia to take immediate concrete steps to stop the flow of weapons and militants across the border,” the statement said.

The White House said the two leaders agreed that Ukraine and separatists should continue their talks to implement a peace plan backed by President Petro Poroshenko.

Ukraine´s new Western-backed leaders vowed earlier to stick by their unilateral ceasefire and pursue peace talks despite the downing by pro-Russian militia of an army helicopter in the strife-torn separatist east.

The death of nine servicemen outside the rebel bastion of Slavyansk and loss of two troops in sporadic attacks prompted Poroshenko to threaten to unleash a powerful new military campaign in the Russified rustbelt. (AFP)

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US, EU pressure Putin to save shaky Ukraine truce

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KIEV: US and EU leaders have heaped pressure on Russian president Vladimir Putin to help his Western-backed counterpart in Ukraine end a separatist insurgency, as the clock ticks down on a shaky truce.

US President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that additional sanctions would be in store if Russia does not move swiftly to reduce tensions in restive eastern Ukraine.

In a telephone call with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama also vowed he would press Russia to persuade separatist groups to abide by the fragile ceasefire agreement and “stop the flow of weapons and militants across the border”, the White House said.

Kiev and Washington still accuse Putin of covertly arming the rebels in retaliation for the February ouster of a pro-Russian administration.

US Secretary of State John Kerry echoed Obama Wednesday, saying at NATO talks in Brussels that Russia must take “many concrete” steps to de-escalate the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War.

Rebel commanders had agreed Monday to a temporary ceasefire set by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

However Poroshenko on Tuesday night threatened to unleash a powerful new military campaign after the downing by a pro-Russian militia of an army helicopter, killing nine servicemen outside the rebel bastion of Slavyansk, and the loss of two troops in sporadic attacks.

The 48-year-old chocolate tycoon´s ominous warning dented hopes of the sides mediating an end to 11 weeks of guerrilla warfare that has killed more than 435 people and brought the nation of 46 million to the brink of collapse.

The truce is set to end Friday after just two rounds of inconclusive talks. Poroshenko joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande for an urgently-agreed conference call with Putin Wednesday, which Paris said lasted more than an hour.

The French presidency said Hollande and Merkel “encouraged” Putin and Poroshenko to “work together, especially in order to put in place a mechanism to oversee the truce”.

Poroshenko´s office added that the four agreed to continue the talks on Thursday in order to discuss a series of proposals made by Merkel that may be difficult for the Kremlin to accept.

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US drone strikes set ‘dangerous precedent’: study

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WASHINGTON: America´s reliance on secretive drone missile strikes against terror suspects has set a “dangerous precedent” that could be imitated by other countries and trigger wider wars around the world, former senior US officials said in a report Thursday.

The ex-officials acknowledged that the robotic aircraft are a useful tool that is “here to stay,” but urged President Barack Obama to lift the veil of secrecy that surrounds their use, introduce stricter rules for the strikes and take a hard look at whether the bombing raids were genuinely effective.

“The increasing use of lethal UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) may create a slippery slope leading to continual or wider wars,” said the report by a bipartisan panel sponsored by the Stimson Center think tank.

The employment of drones for attacks outside of traditional battlefields “is likely to be imitated by other states as well,” fueling instability and increasing “the risk of widening conflicts in regions around the globe,” it said.

“US practices set a dangerous precedent that may be seized upon by other states — not all of which are likely to behave as scrupulously as US officials,” it said.

In the eyes of the rest of the world, the United States has essentially claimed the legal right to kill anyone it believes is a member of the Al-Qaeda network or its allies “in any state on earth, at any time, based on secret criteria and secret evidence,” the report said.

The pervasive secrecy made it difficult for lawmakers in Congress to serve as a check on executive power and threatened to undermine traditional legal principles that underpin international law, it said.

Obama has promised to curb the secrecy around the strikes and in May said that any operation should not “create more enemies than we take off the battlefield.”

The number of strikes in Pakistan and Yemen have decreased since 2010, according to unofficial tallies based on media reports, but the level of secrecy has changed little.

But the US president has faced criticism that he has failed to live up to his own pledges on drones to “uphold standards that reflect our values.”

Call to acknowledge strikes The report called on the Obama administration to adopt a more transparent stance and acknowledge drone strikes after they have been carried out in a foreign country. At the moment, US officials barely acknowledge the existence of the drone raids and do not reveal who was targeted and whether civilians were injured or how many killed.

“While secrecy may be required before and during each strike, strikes should generally be acknowledged by the United States after the fact,” it said.

To ensure more accountability for a campaign largely conducted behind closed doors, the report urged Obama to create “a non-partisan independent commission to review lethal UAV policy.”

The panel also said the Obama administration should fulfill its plan to transfer most of the drone strikes from the Central Intelligence Agency to the military, which operates under more transparent legal parameters compared to the spy service.

The authors questioned the overall efficacy of the drone strikes, saying it was not clear that the government had ever conducted a thorough analysis of the strategic advantages and disadvantages of using the robotic aircraft for counter-terrorism efforts.

It was time for the administration to conduct a “rigorous strategic review and cost-benefit analysis” of the drone raids, looking at the effect of past strikes on terror groups, local communities, public opinion and the cooperation of allies and partners, it said.

The ten-member task force that examined the controversial drone attacks included former senior intelligence and legal officials and was led by retired four-star general John Abizaid, who served as head of US Central Command, and Rosa Brooks, a former legal adviser at the Pentagon who is now a law professor at Georgetown University.

Human rights groups have long denounced the drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere as an unaccountable air war that operates virtually without scrutiny from Congress or the courts.

But the Stimson report was unusual as several of the authors were former high-ranking officials working in intelligence and counter-terrorism, including former legal advisers at the CIA, the State Department and the White House´s National Security Council.

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Bomb blast in Nigeria capital kills 21, wounds 17

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ABUJA: Nigerian authorities have arrested one suspect, and killed another, after a bomb claimed 21 lives in a shopping centre in the capital Abuja, a city gripped by fear of attacks by Boko Haram.

Wednesday´s blast shook the Emab Plaza at 4:00 pm (1500 GMT), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said, as shoppers were buying groceries ahead of the country´s World Cup match against Argentina, which kicked-off an hour later.

“The casualty figure for now is 21 persons dead, 17 injured,” national police spokesman Frank Mba said, adding that a suspect had been arrested.

Later the National Information Centre said a second suspect had been shot dead by troops as he tried to escape on a motorbike.

Senior government spokesman Mike Omeri confirmed that the blast was the result of “a bomb attack”.

Rescue teams were deployed to the scene and evacuated the victims from the area, NEMA spokesman Manzo Ezekiel told.

“The explosion struck at peak business time,” he said, adding that the area was busy at the time of the blast and that 40 cars had been destroyed.

The blast, at the entrance to the mall, was powerful enough to blow out windows in buildings on the opposite side of the street, an AFP correspondent on the scene in the immediate aftermath said.

The area, sandwiched between two other shopping centres and one of the busiest in central Abuja, was littered with the burnt out wreckages of cars and soaked in pools of congealed blood.

Rescue workers could be seen picking through what appeared to be the scorched body parts of victims.

An employee of the nearby Newcastle Hotel in the Wuse II area of the city, who did not want to be named, said she clearly heard the explosion.

Soldiers and police cordoned off the scene of the blast and firefighters were at the location, as thick smoke billowed into the sky, an AFP reporter said.

A soldier close to the scene but who demanded anonymity told reporters that two suspects who tried to flee the scene were caught.

One of them who was shot by soldiers as he was fleeing later died from his injuries.

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Couple, four children killed in Syria air raids: NGO

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A couple and their four children, the youngest just six months old, were killed Sunday in Syrian army air raids in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said.

“An entire family was killed in air raids in Tal Rifaat in the north of Aleppo province,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“The parents and their children, aged 10, six, two and six months, were all killed,” in the strikes targeting the rebel-held town.

“(President) Bashar al-Assad says he wants to kill terrorists. Is a six-month-old baby a terrorist?” asked Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

More than 2,000 civilians have been killed since January in a regime aerial campaign targeting Aleppo province, most of which is under rebel control.

Aleppo city, the country´s pre-war commercial capital, has been divided between rebel and regime control since shortly after fighting began there in mid-2012..

The campaign has included frequent attacks with explosives-packed barrel bombs dropped from helicopters, a tactic rights groups condemn as indiscriminate.