• Global stocks jump on Tokyo stimulus, UK growth

    Global shares mostly rallied Wednesday after Tokyo launched a massive stimulus package, with sentiment also cheered by accelerating economic growth in Britain and upbeat company results. Awaiting the US Federal Reserve's imminent interest rate decision, Wall Street won an opening boost from Apple, whose third-quarter earnings topped expectations. London stocks closed slightly higher, as data showed the British economy grew by 0.6 percent in the second quarter, after 0.4 percent expansion in the previous three months, despite Brexit fears.

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  • Deadly Philippine road rage shooting captured on CCTV

    Philippine police said Wednesday they were hunting a man captured on CCTV shooting dead a cyclist in an apparent road rage incident in the nation's capital.

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  • Indonesia names controversial ex-general as security minister

    A controversial former military chief accused of atrocities during Indonesia's brutal occupation of East Timor was appointed top security minister Wednesday, with activists calling it a step backwards for human rights. Wiranto, named to the powerful post in a cabinet reshuffle, was among senior officers indicted by United Nations prosecutors over gross human rights abuses during the 24-year occupation of tiny East Timor. Markets however cheered the appointment of prominent reformist Sri Mulyani Indrawati, currently a World Bank managing director, to the post of finance minister -- six years after she resigned from the same job after coming under attack from conservative forces in the government.

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  • MAS: KLIA vs KLIA2 tax variance is ‘completely nuts’

    PUTRAJAYA, July 27 ― Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAS) may operate flights out of KLIA2 if passenger tax at KLIA stays above that imposed at the low-cost terminal, said its CEO Peter Bellew. “I...

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  • Lorde ignored as taxi driver raves about 'celebrity' passenger

    Singer Lorde has shared an amusing story where a taxi driver "busted a nut" over a celebrity passenger he had driven earlier in the day.

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  • ‘With friends like these…’ Pua says after PKR openly cold on snap polls

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — The DAP's Tony Pua took to Facebook today to vent his frustration purportedly over PKR announcing to the press its refusal to support his party's plan to hold snap polls...

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  • Singapore's arts council paid  ‘exceptionally high’ $410,000 for a bin centre: Auditor-General’s Office

    A bin centre for Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall cost the National Arts Council (NAC) an “exceptionally high” consultation fee of $410,000, said the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) in its annual audit. The amount made up more than 87 per cent of the total construction cost of the bin centre, which came to $470,000. The likes of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Defence and the Land Transport Authority were all singled out for lapses.

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  • USA school China as Durant wows Oakland

    The rout was a coming out party for Kevin Durant at Oracle Arena, home of his new team the Golden State Warriors. Durant rocked the NBA with his decision to forsake the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors as a free agent, and he received a rapturous welcome from his new home fans. "KD" received a thunderous ovation during the pre-game introductions -- the cheers reverberating even longer than those for established Warriors stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

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  • Rody handshake an icebreaker – De Lima

    The brief handshake of President Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima on Monday may not make them best friends, but it may ease the friction between them. As Duterte was about to ascend the rostrum of the House of Representatives session hall to deliver his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), he passed by De Lima, who has been attacking his harsh anti-drug campaign. He backtracked and smiled at De Lima and shook hands with her.

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  • Dutch, Latvians world’s tallest; Pinoys among shortest

    The Philippines ranked second with the shortest female population in the world, next to Guatemala at an average of 4-foot-11 (149.4 centimeters), according to a study, which analyzed a century’s worth of height data from 200 countries. Other countries with the shortest female population are Bangladesh, Nepal, East Timor, Madagascar, Laos, the Marshall Islands, India and Indonesia. The shortest male population is in East Timor, at an average of 5-foot-3 (160 centimeters).

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  • NUS Responds: Sexual Freshman Orientation Activities “Neither Approved Nor Endorsed”

    Amid reports of freshman orientation activities in the National University of Singapore turning sexual and several NUS students defending these offensive actions, the university’s acting provost has issued an internal email condemning the turn of events. In an email to NUS students issued Tuesday evening, acting provost Prof Bernard Tan said that the university expects orientation activities to be respectful of the dignity of all participants, regardless of gender. Prof Tan elaborated that the NUS’ Office of Student Affairs (OSA) conducts briefing sessions for students leading orientation activities, and warns them of dos and don’ts including examples of inappropriate activities.

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  • Trump gripes about hotel hot air, says he might not pay bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is complaining about hot air at a Virginia hotel, and the hotel is pushing back.

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  • Transport minister says unaware of MH370 ‘murder suicide’ claims

    PUTRAJAYA, July 27 ― The government is not aware of claims that Flight MH370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had run a simulation of the southern Indian Ocean air route one week before the jet...

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  • Car dealers offering buyers to bypass downpayment rule

    Car owners are required to make a 30 or 40 per cent downpayment when buying a car. Some car dealers may be flouting the law by offering buyers downpayment lower than the levels specified under the newly relaxed vehicle financing rules. A check by Yahoo Singapore on popular website sgcarmart revealed that there are dealers offering potential buyers minimum downpayment of 20 per cent or less.

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  • Goldman sued over 1MDB links in Malaysian bank merger

    In a new development linked to the 1MDB corruption scandal, a former Hong Kong-based investment fund is suing Goldman Sachs for conflict of interest in advising a 2011 Malaysian bank merger. Primus Pacific Partners said Tuesday that Goldman and its then managing director in Southeast Asia, Tim Leissner, concealed its close relationship with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak when the bank was recruited to advise EON Capital, partly owned by Primus, in its $1.7 billion sale to Malaysia's Hong Leong Bank (HLB).

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  • Bill Clinton tells a love story to make his case for Hillary

    There have been millions of words, decades of video and reams of commentary devoted to their story. It's been dissected, defended and decried at kitchen tables and on cable news, in tabloids and classrooms. ...

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  • Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil: reports

    The mother-in-law of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped for ransom in her home city of Sao Paulo, Brazilian media reported Tuesday. Aparecida Schunck Flosi Palmeira, 67, was seized Friday night in Interlagos, the Sao Paulo neighborhood that hosts the Brazilian circuit of the F1 Grand Prix, TV Globo reported. There was no confirmation from Brazilian officials or from Ecclestone's staff in London on the report which came less than two weeks before Rio de Janeiro hosts South America's first Olympic Games.

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  • Higuain goes from hero to zero in record Juve deal

    On 36 occasions last season, Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain boosted Napoli dreams of ending a 26-year title drought as he inspired with goalscoring feats in the Scudetto race with Juventus. On Tuesday, Higuain went from hero to zero after completing the world's third most expensive transfer to join Napoli's rivals in a move that has underlined his quest for succcess, yet prompted swift criticism. Higuain was feted as the King of Napoli only two months ago when he broke Gunnar Nordahl's 66-year-old record of 35 goals in a single Serie A season as the Azzurri battled Juve for a title they last won in 1990.

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  • Johnny Depp accused of stalling divorce

    Amber Heard battling to schedule deposition dates while filming Justice League movie in London.

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  • Smelly 'Corpse Flower' About to Bloom in NYC: How to Watch It Live

    The stench of rotting flesh will soon permeate the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), possibly today (July 25), when a rare plant known as a corpse flower blooms and releases an odor similar to that of putrefying flesh, botanists say. Despite the stench, horticulturalists and the public are flocking to see it, partly because the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum — a scientific name that translates to "giant misshapen phallus") blooms only for a few days once every seven to 10 years, representatives from the NYBG said. "Perhaps [people come] because it is one of the largest flowers in the world, and its blooming cycle is unpredictable," NYBG representatives said in a statement.

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