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New single for Timberlake

POP star Justin Timberlake has unveiled his first single in more than five years, Suit & Tie, featuring rapper Jay Z and producer Timbaland and said a new album would be released later in 2013.

Timberlake (31) had teased his fans last week with a cryptic tweet saying "I think I am ready".

The singer (left) took a break from music after his 2006 album "Futuresex/ Lovesounds" and worked as an actor in movies such as The Social Network.

Obama makes 'lonely' jibe

BARACK Obama hit back at his critics, jokingly lamenting that he is, in his words, "getting kind of lonely in this big house" and that he may invite some Republicans over to play cards.

The US president was responding to criticism that he was too isolated.

Mr Obama says people know him as a friendly person who likes a good party, but added that it hurt some politicians if they were seen as "too chummy" with the president.

Tech website in editorial row

THE reputation of technology website CNET is under scrutiny after a reporter quit over what he claims is editorial interference by its parent company CBS.

The dispute centres on CNET's choice of best gadgets from the International CES show in Las Vegas. CNET voted Dish Network's Hopper with Sling the best home audio product, but because CBS is in a legal battle with Dish, CBS vetoed the choice.

Reporter Greg Sandoval tweeted that he was resigning as he had lost confidence that CBS was committed to editorial independence.

Jamaica in IMF debt deal

THE finance minister of debt-burdened Jamaica says negotiations with the International Monetary Fund are nearly complete.

But Peter Philips said there must be a framework for taxes, public sector wages and other matters before a deal was finalised.

Mr Philips would not provide many specifics, but said there must be "sacrifice from all sectors of the society" to achieve stability.