• Manila attacks Beijing South China Sea claims in court case

    The Philippines has sought to debunk China's claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, court officials said Monday as an international tribunal wrapped up a five-day hearing. Although Beijing has refused to take part in the hearing before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, judges have now given China until January 1 to write a rebuttal to the case laid out by Manila in the Hague. "We view China as a valued friend, and it is precisely to preserve that friendship that we initiated this arbitration," Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Ferreros del Rosario said Monday as he closed his country's case, according to a court statement.

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  • PSG target perfect 10 as Lyon bid to halt crisis

    Runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain will bid to register a 10th successive win in Ligue 1 on Tuesday, while slumping Lyon are hoping to turn things around quickly amid a mounting crisis. PSG continue to blow away all-comers on their march towards a fourth straight league title with Saturday's 4-1 victory over Troyes, the first game at the Parc des Princes since the November 13 terror attacks, ensuring they will head into the winter break top of the table. Laurent Blanc's men are 13 points clear with a trip to promoted Angers awaiting them next as the first of six fixtures in a busy 19-day stretch leading up to Christmas.

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  • Putin accuses Turkey over IS oil as pilot is returned to Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Ankara of shooting down a Russian warplane to protect supplies of oil from the Islamic State group to Turkey, after snubbing his Turkish counterpart at a climate conference in France. The Kremlin strongman fired the latest salvo in the furious war of words over the downing of the Russian jet on the Syrian border last week as the body of a pilot killed in the incident was returned home. Turkish authorities meanwhile again pledged not to apologise over the incident, as Moscow rolled out its sanctions aimed at exacting economic revenge.

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  • National Basketball Association roundup

    (The Sports Xchange) - Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, who announced Sunday he would be retiring at the end his 20th season in the NBA, reached out to Michael Jordan about his plans. The 37-year-old Bryant recounted the story when he called the legendary former Chicago Bulls guard this summer. "This is it," Bryant said he told Jordan on the phone.

  • Philippines' 'Dirty Harry' mayor launches presidential bid

    In a rambling, obscenity-filled speech, Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he would take a zero-tolerance approach to crime and admitted personally killing criminals. The combative mayor even lashed out at Pope Francis, blaming him for causing traffic jams in the capital of the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation when he visited in January. "Pope, you son of a -----, why don't you go home," he said.

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  • Wife of exiled Valdes slams United

    Victor Valdes's wife has slammed Manchester United for failing to invite the Spanish goalkeeper to a high-profile charity event at Old Trafford. The Premier League club held its annual dinner for Unicef on Sunday and many United players were in attendance, but Valdes, who is out of favour with boss Louis van Gaal, was not on the guest list. The 33-year-old's wife Yolanda Cardona took to Instagram to criticise the club for their conduct.

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  • Gigi Hadid asks fans not to be so judgemental after Zayn Malik date

    Gigi Hadid has hit Twitter to plead with fans to keep their opinions to themselves after photos of her holding hands with One Direction singer Zayn Malik hit the Internet.

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  • 'Fast and Furious' French trafficker arrested in Bangkok

    BANGKOK (AP) — A French drug trafficker who was part of a notorious international network that authorities say copied tactics from Hollywood's "Fast and Furious" films was arrested in Bangkok, officials said Monday.

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  • Australia gets three bidders for huge submarine contract

    Three international bidders are seeking a contract worth up to Aus$50 billion (US$36 billion) to build a next-generation submarine fleet for Australia, it was confirmed Monday. Submissions have been received from DCNS of France, Germany's TKMS and the Japanese government, Australia's Defence Minister Marise Payne announced as the deadline closed. The contract is to replace the nation's current diesel and electric-powered Collins Class submarines.

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  • For some people, the older the smartphone, the better

    Between splashy launches, lavish new-phone offers (get a free HDTV on activation!) and frequent software updates that slow down your old handset, it sometimes feels like the entire technology industry ...

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  • Katie Holmes: 'I regret nothing'

    Katie Holmes wouldn't change anything in her life, insisting she has learnt from everything she has been through.

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  • IMF approves China's yuan as elite reserve currency

    The International Monetary Fund welcomed China's yuan into its elite reserve currency basket on Monday, recognizing the ascendance of the Asian power in the global economy. The yuan, also known as the renminbi, will join the US dollar, euro, Japanese yen and British pound next year in the basket of currencies the IMF uses as an international reserve asset. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde called the decision "an important milestone in the integration of the Chinese economy into the global financial system." "It is also a recognition of the progress that the Chinese authorities have made in the past years in reforming China's monetary and financial systems." The decision by the IMF executive board solidifies China's ambition to see the government-controlled yuan achieve global status as one of the world's top currencies alongside the United States, Europe and Japan.

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  • Inside Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's 'super private' honeymoon

    Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello were "super private and very much in love" on their stunning honeymoon at a private luxury resort on the Turks and Caicos islands.

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  • Everton paid the price for celebrating too much - Howard

    (Reuters) - Everton were guilty of celebrating Ross Barkley's late goal for too long as Bournemouth snatched a dramatic 3-3 draw in the eighth minute of stoppage time on Saturday, goalkeeper Tim Howard said. Everton went into the interval 2-0 up, but Bournemouth drew level only for Barkley to strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time to send players and fans running on to the pitch in wild celebrations. Referee Kevin Friend added on extra minutes after the pitch invasion giving Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas the opportunity to grab an unlikely equaliser.

  • Ex-Malaysia envoy guilty of New Zealand indecent assault

    A former Malaysian diplomat pleaded guilty Monday to the indecent assault of a New Zealand woman, with a court hearing he burst into her bedroom naked from the waist down. Mohammed Rizalman bin Ismail was a military attache at Malaysia's Wellington embassy when the incident happened last year, and the case caused outrage when he fled to his homeland citing diplomatic immunity. Rizalman was eventually extradited to face the New Zealand courts and had pleaded not guilty to attempted rape and burglary.

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  • Psy says 'no chance' of another Gangnam Style success

    "Gangnam Style" star Psy acknowledged Monday that he could never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but said he was perfectly happy being "just another" K-pop artist. The quirky South Korean singer was catapulted to unlikely international stardom after the "Gangnam Style" music video, with its invisible horse-riding dance, went viral. The song -- a satire of the luxury lifestyle of residents in Seoul's glitzy Gangnam district -- remains the most-watched video of all time on YouTube, with more than 2.4 billion views.

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  • Is the end of AIDS in sight? 10 facts about HIV/AIDS ahead of World AIDS Day

    (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite major advances, HIV/AIDS remains one of the world's most significant public health challenges, particularly in low and middle income countries, with new diagnoses every year and young women in sub-Saharan Africa seen as being particularly at risk. World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 is used to unite people in the fight against HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus first identified in 1984, to show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died. The member countries of the United Nations agreed in September in a new set of global goals to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

  • 5 Insurance Sales Tactics that Singaporeans Keep Falling For

    It is time to educate yourself on common sales tactics to avoid falling for them. The post 5 Insurance Sales Tactics that Singaporeans Keep Falling For appeared first on DollarsAndSense.sg.

  • CPF interest rates of up to 3.5 per cent extended

    Central Provident Fund (CPF) members will continue to earn interest rates of up to 3.5 per cent per annum on their Ordinary Account (OA) monies from 1 January to 31 March in 2016.

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  • One of the hottest gift items this Christmas just got a huge endorsement from Wall Street

    Mike Mozart/Flickr Wearables are one of the hottest … Continued The post One of the hottest gift items this Christmas just got a huge endorsement from Wall Street appeared first on Business Insider.

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