• Mexico contradicts Trump on paying for border wall, clouding visit

    By Christine Murray, Ana Isabel Martinez and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Donald Trump told Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday he would build a border wall to keep illegal migrants out if he wins the U.S. presidency, but Pena Nieto held fast to his position that Mexico would not pay for it. Contradicting Trump's assertion that the pair did not discuss who would pay for his proposed wall, Pena Nieto said after the departure of the Republican presidential candidate that he told him during their private meeting in Mexico City that his government would not pick up the bill. "At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall," Pena Nieto said in a tweet after not mentioning the issue during their joint news conference.

    Reuters
  • Luiz back at Chelsea, Leicester splash the cash as records tumble

    Chelsea re-signed David Luiz and Premier League champions Leicester City broke their transfer record for striker Islam Slimani as Premier League clubs exceeded the one billion pounds barrier when the curtain fell on transfer deadline day. Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere completed an unexpected loan move to Bournemouth, while Tottenham Hotspur pipped Everton to Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko in a deal said to be worth 30 million pounds.

    Reuters
  • Sheng Siong case: Accomplice says accused threatened to expose sexual relationship

    The accused in the Sheng Siong kidnapping case was a former lover who later became a “godbrother”, said the accomplice about his relationship with Lee Sze Yong. Heng Chen Boon said on Tuesday (30 August) that Lee, 44, asked him for help to kidnap Ng Lye Poh, the mother of Lim Hock Chee, who is the owner of the Sheng Siong supermarket chain. The 51-year-old accomplice, who was testifying in the High Court on the first day of Lee’s trial, was previously sentenced to three years’ jail for his role in abducting Ng on 8 January 2014.

    Safhras Khan
  • 26 more Zika cases confirmed in Singapore, more areas affected

    The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed another 26 more cases of locally transmitted Zika virus cases in Singapore, as of 12pm on Tuesday (30 August).

    Yahoo Singapore
  • DPM: Jamal Yunos not against non-Malays, cares for all

    SUNGAI BESAR, Aug 31 ― Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today defended Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos over allegations of being against non-Malays, saying the...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Mel C: 'I will never be a part of Spice Girls reunion'

    The 42-year-old confessed it was one of the hardest decisions she's ever had to make.

    Cover Media
  • Philippines' Duterte: Obama must listen to me on human rights

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he was ready to discuss any issues with Barack Obama when they meet in Laos next week, but added that the U.S. president must listen to him first before bringing up the question of human rights. Washington has expressed concern about a surge in drug-related killings since Duterte became president two months ago promising to wipe out narcotics in the Southeast Asian nation. Asked if he would be willing to discuss human rights at his meeting with Obama on the sidelines of an East Asia summit on Sept. 6, Duterte told reporters: "Depends to what degree.

    Reuters
  • Selena Gomez cuts short tour to treat lupus effects

    Teen television star turned singer Selena Gomez has cut short a world tour as she handles the after-effects of lupus. The 24-year-old revealed a year ago that she had secretly undergone chemotherapy to treat lupus, a chronic disease in which the body's immune system fights healthy tissue. "I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges," she said in a statement posted Wednesday on sites of concert venues where she had been due to perform.

    AFP News
  • As Hart joins Torino, five British players who sought fame in Italy

    Frozen out by new manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, England goalkeeper Joe Hart completed a season-long loan move to Italian side Torino on Wednesday. AFP Sport recalls five British players who went to Italy seeking fame and fortune. John Charles (Juventus, Roma) Nicknamed 'Il Gigante Buono' ('The Gentle Giant'), Wales international Charles joined Juventus from Leeds United in 1957 and would go on to become one of the Turin giants' greatest foreign signings.

    AFP News
  • Why Ireland doesn't want to take billions from Apple

    In normal circumstances, a 13 billion euro ($14.5 billion) cash award would make any country ecstatic. But Ireland is no ordinary country when it comes to tax law — and its government insists it doesn't ...

    Associated Press
  • Benji Madden's birthday message to 'beautiful wife' Cameron Diaz

    Benji Madden feels so thankful that Cameron Diaz is his wife, and pledged his love for the actress with a sweet message on Instagram as she marked her 44th birthday on Tuesday (30Aug16).

    Cover Media
  • Adorable American Pika Is Disappearing Due to Climate Change

    The American pika, a pint-size rabbit relative, is feeling the heat: Hotter summers induced by climate change are threatening these cute creatures' habitats throughout the western United States. A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that whole populations of the tiny mammal are disappearing due to climate change. After studying the cute critters from 2012 to 2015, the USGS found that the pikas' range was shrinking in southern Utah, northeastern California and the Great Basin, the latter of which covers most of Nevada as well as parts of Utah, Oregon, Idaho and California.

    LiveScience.com
  • Japan eyes record defence budget to develop anti-ship missiles

    Japan's defence ministry requested a record budget on Wednesday, with funds for an anti-ship missile system to defend islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with China. Tokyo is determined to defend the uninhabited islets in the East China Sea -- administered by Japan as the Senkakus but claimed by China as the Diaoyus -- as Beijing steps up its claim.

    AFP News
  • Swimming: Team manager quits over hidden camera scandal - report

    The manager of South Korea's national swimming team has resigned as an investigation continues into a scandal involving the alleged installation of hidden cameras to take pictures of female athletes, the national federation has said. "As manager that leads the team, I deeply feel responsible that such (a) shameful incident took place," Ahn Jong-taek, who joined the swimming team in 2008 as coach and has been the team manager since 2012, told Yonhap news agency. "I hope (the) truth would be revealed clearly as soon as possible so that other swimmers and coaches would not suffer." Yonhap said on Sunday that police planned to question a member of the Rio Olympics swimming team about the scandal some time this week.

    Reuters
  • 'Help Wanted' signs go unanswered at some small businesses

    Small businesses that can't find the right people to fill their job openings may be suffering from a Great Recession hangover. Their futile searches may partly reflect a healthier economy — more people ...

    Associated Press
  • Justin Trudeau -- Marvel's latest superhero

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is already a bit of an action hero. The 44-year-old prime minister is surrounded by Canadian superheroes Puck, Sasquatch and Aurora -- members of the Alpha Flight squad -- as Iron Man looms in the background. The comic book also introduces a mysterious new character, Ulysses, who has the power to predict the future.

    AFP News
  • Here’s the real secret to losing weight and staying thin (Hint: You’re not going to like it)

    A study found that metabolism rates slow more than expected years after weight loss.

    MarketWatch q
  • Samsung updates smartwatch, Lenovo ditches laptop keyboard

    Samsung's next smartwatch will come with GPS capabilities and the ability to call or text for help by triple-tapping a side button. The new Gear S3 retains the circular design of the current S2 model, ...

    Associated Press
  • New Pterosaur Species with Intact Skull Uncovered in Patagonia

    A new species of pterosaur named for its "ancient brain" has been found in Patagonia. "Allkaruen, from the middle lower Jurassic limit, shows an intermediate state in the brain evolution of pterosaurs and their adaptations to the aerial environment," study researcher Diego Pol, a paleontologist at the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio in Argentina, said in a statement. The new pterosaur was found in a bone bed that contains many pterosaur remains.

    LiveScience.com
  • Oil prices dive as US crude reserves jump

    World oil prices fell sharply Wednesday on news that US commercial crude inventories rose by more than expected last week, indicating weakening demand and stoking supply glut concerns. At around 1645 GMT, ...

    AFP