• Clinton's pledge: Steady hand at 'moment of reckoning'

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Confronting a "moment of reckoning," Hillary Clinton is casting herself as a unifier for divided times and a tested, steady hand to lead in a volatile world.

    Associated Press 26 mins ago
  • McIlroy, Johnson among sputtering stars as Walker leads PGA

    Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson were among the stars humbled by Baltusrol in Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship, leaving unheralded Jimmy Walker to seize the lead. Walker, a 37-year-old American who missed the cut in three of his past four majors, fired a five-under-par 65 for a one-stroke lead over Britain's Ross Fisher, two-time major winner Martin Kaymer of Germany and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo. "All in all it was a great day," Walker said.

    AFP News
  • IOC warned Rio on construction contracts 5 years ago: documents

    By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee warned organizers of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro five years ago that construction contracts they drew up could give developers incentives to cut corners, presaging problems with athletes' housing that drew complaints from several countries this week, documents showed. Rio's city government, responsible for the vast majority of infrastructure projects for the Games, has used public-private partnerships, or PPPs, to get private firms to cover the cost of building venues in return for permission to build real estate on the sites. Rio's mayor, Eduardo Paes, has taken pride in the fact that 57 percent of the nearly 40 billion reais ($12.3 billion) spent on the Olympics is private money, garnered by using PPPs on a scale never before seen at a Games.

    Reuters
  • European stocks fall on weak earnings

    European stocks were under pressure Thursday following disappointing earnings reports, while Japanese stocks faltered ahead of a key central bank policy announcement.

    AFP News
  • Patient Day proves practice overrated

    By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Jason Day, playing after just one day of practice at Baltusrol, kept it simple in Thursday's first round of the PGA Championship, hitting fairways and greens and sinking enough putts to join the hunt. World number one and defending champion Day, who found 17 greens in regulation, shot a two-under-par 68 and said the time away from the course might have been a blessing. "I'm glad I took Monday, Tuesday off, even though I'm a little bit under the weather," said Day, who sneezed his way through another hot day at Baltusrol.

    Reuters
  • Formula One bosses vote against 'Halo' in 2017

    A meeting of the sport's Strategy Group held in Geneva agreed to delay plans for its use until further evaluation and testing had taken place, the FIA said in a statement. "While the Halo is currently the preferred option, as it provides the broadest solution to date, the consensus among the Strategy Group was that another year of development could result in an even more complete solution." The FIA also decided Thursday to relax the controversial ban on radio communication between teams and their drivers.

    AFP News
  • Indonesia executes 4 drug traffickers

    CILACAP, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia executed four drug traffickers on Friday and said it had not yet decided when 10 others convicted of drug crimes would be put to death.

    Associated Press
  • Neville, Giggs unveil Manchester building plan

    Former football stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs on Thursday unveiled their plan for a multimillion-pound development in Manchester city centre, including a 200-bed hotel, two skyscrapers and a synagogue. Neville, a former England full-back and Manchester United legend, said it would create 1,300 jobs and regenerate a historic part of the northwestern English city. "We will breathe new life into the area," Neville, 41, said at a presentation in Manchester Town Hall.

    AFP News
  • Venice film festival sets up a Hollywood invasion

    A battalion of Hollywood heavyweights will lead a US invasion of next month's Venice film festival, the organisers announced Thursday. Six big-name American films led by Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" about a World War II army medic who was the only conscientious objector ever to win the Congressional Medal of Honor, are headlining the glitzy Italian gathering which starts on August 31. It will also see a swathe of other much-anticipated premieres including legendary director Terrence Malick's 3D documentary about "the birth and death" of the universe, "Voyage of Time".

    AFP News
  • Vettel calls for common sense over 'Halo'

    Sebastian Vettel made a dramatic and emotional plea for common sense and humanity to prevail on Thursday as Formula One drivers debated the introduction of a semi-enclosed safety cockpit. Speaking at a scheduled news conference ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix, the four-time world champion Ferrari driver said he was surprised to hear that other drivers were unsure about supporting the introduction of the controversial 'halo' next season.

    AFP News
  • Facebook is pushing more people to an app they didn't choose

    Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another. Two years ago, the social-media giant forced its users to adopt its Messenger app for direct communication, a change it enforced ...

    Associated Press
  • WWF calls for crack down on 'tiger farms'

    The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday urged Asian states to investigate all tiger breeding centres and crack down on any involved in black-market animal trade. On the eve of the International Day of the Tiger, WWF said it was crucial for governments to identify and close so-called "tiger farms", which are distinct from zoos or breeding centres with a legitimate conservation mission. "Closure of these operations... would significantly boost efforts to save the world’s remaining wild tigers," WWF said in a statement.

    AFP News
  • Halal vaccines will get higher Muslim buy-in, Islamic scholars say

    PETALING JAYA, July 28 — Amid debate on the necessity for vaccination, two Islamic scholars called today for more Muslims to venture into the pharmaceutical line to develop halal vaccines....

    The Malay Mail Online
  • To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk

    LONDON (AP) — If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk — just make sure you can spare at least an hour.

    Associated Press
  • Hong Kong celebrity Maria Cordero not Monspace Sky Airlines’ ambassador, rep says

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — Hong Kong celebrity Maria Cordero is not acting as the ambassador of a purported new airline under probe by Malaysian authorities, a representative has confirmed....

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Ban on tobacco product displays starts August 2017

    Retailers will have a one-year grace period to comply with a ban on point-of-sale displays for tobacco products, which will come into effect in August 2017. Under the amendments made to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act (TCASA), retailers will have to use plain, undecorated storage devices for the tobacco products sold on their premises. The aim of the ban is to reduce youth exposure to tobacco advertising and to help current smokers quit the habit by reducing their impulse to purchase tobacco products, said the MOH.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Indian flight diverted after passenger sits on food cart

    Indian budget airline IndiGo was forced to divert an international flight on Thursday after an unruly passenger sat on the plane's food cart before attacking another traveller, it said. The morning flight ...

    AFP
  • Singapore’s jobless rate, layoffs up in Q2: MOM

    Singapore’s unemployment rate rose in the second quarter from the first amid the slowing global economy. The unemployment rate among citizens grew to 3.1 per cent in June from 2.6 per cent in March after falling in the previous quarter, while that for residents rose to 3.0 per cent from 2.7 per cent, advanced labour data released by Ministry of Manpower on Thursday (28 July) showed. The overall unemployment rate rose to 2.1 per cent from 1.9 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Spared lobster dies during trip from Florida to Maine

    Larry the Lobster gained fame after it was spared from a boiling pot in Florida, but Maine officials say the crustacean didn't make it to retirement. Officials say the decades-old, 15-pound lobster succumbed ...

    Associated Press
  • Hiroshima unhappy atomic-bomb park is 'Pokemon Go' site

    TOKYO (AP) — "Pokemon Go" players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased.

    Associated Press