• Sunderland's Johnson admits one count of sexual activity with child

    England international Adam Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, but denied two other charges, when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Sunderland winger, who has played 12 times for England, also admitted one count of grooming a girl under the age of 16, a court official said. Johnson, who began his career at Middlesbrough and also played for Manchester City, joined Sunderland for 10 million pounds in 2012 on a four-year contract.

    Reuters
  • US investigating Hollywood links to Najib’s financial scandals, says report

    The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is investigating the money flowing to and from Red Granite Pictures, the Hollywood production house owned by Riza Aziz, the stepson of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. According to entertainment portal Deadline.com, the investigation is part of the DoJ’s probe into possible wrongdoing by Najib and...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Johnny Depp stars in fake Trump biopic

    Donald Trump's outlandish campaign claims -- and hair -- are a regular gift to late-night comedy writers. The satirical website Funny or Die began streaming the faux documentary the morning after Trump's resounding victory Tuesday night placed him firmly back atop the Republican field of White House contenders. Kept secret during production, "Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie" is presented as a long-lost celluloid treasure written and directed decades ago by the real estate magnate himself.

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  • Hong Kong student held at airport after violent clashes

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong student activist was detained at the city's airport on Wednesday morning, apparently on suspicion of involvement in a violent Lunar New Year clash between police and protesters, his group said.

    Associated Press
  • Exclusive - U.S. and India consider joint patrols in South China Sea: U.S. official

    By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defence official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to take a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tensions have spiked in the wake of Beijing's construction of seven man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago. India and the United States have ramped up military ties in recent years, holding naval exercises in the Indian Ocean that last year involved the Japanese navy.

    Reuters
  • Pakistan court to hear bid to reclaim jewel from British crown

    A Pakistani court is set on Thursday to hear a petition asking Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond more than 150 years after it was taken from Lahore by colonial forces. The 105.6 carat stone, which has also been claimed by a group of Indian businessmen in a separate court case, adorns a crown that was last worn in 1953 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at the coronation of her daughter. Originating in the Golconda mines of central-southern India, it passed through the hands of conquering Mughal princes, Iranian warriors, Afghan rulers and Punjabi Maharajas before being surrendered by a young Sikh prince to Britain following the conquest of Punjab in 1849.

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  • Japan camera makers battle smartphone onslaught

    Highschooler Nao Noguchi is a perfect illustration of why Japanese camera sales have plunged the past few years -- she uses her smartphone for everything and cannot understand why anyone would bother with a separate device for photos. "It is easy to take your smartphone out of your pocket if you want to take a picture of someone or something. The selfie-stick toting pair are the camera industry's worst nightmare.

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  • Confident Arsenal hopes to stifle Leicester charge

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey hopes the North London can choke Leicester City's unexpected Premier League title charge after picking up their first win in five matches in Sunday's 2-0 win over Bournemouth. Arsene Wenger's men, who are third in the table after 25 games, host the table-topping Foxes on Sunday seeking to reduce the gap between the two sides to two points. Arsenal were tipped to win their fourth league title under Wenger when they started 2016 on top of the league, however, they went off the boil in January, winning just one of their four league games that month.

    Reuters
  • Pope faces Mexicans worshipping skeletal 'Death Saint'

    Two weeks after baptizing her at a Catholic church, baby Adriana's parents put her in a white gown again for a second sacrament: This time, with Mexico's skeletal "Death Saint." As they held the sleepy three-month-old child, a priestess sprinkled holy water infused with rose petals on her in front of 300 people under a 22-meter (72-foot) statue of the Grim Reaper-like "Santa Muerte" in a Mexico City suburb. When Pope Francis arrives in Mexico for a five-day visit on Friday, he will find a country where devotion to Santa Muerte is growing fast despite the Vatican's rejection of the figure as blasphemous. Every Sunday, a big crowd comes to Enriqueta Vargas' outdoor temple in Tultitlan to pray in front of the black fiber-glass statue, which was erected in 2007 in a lot and can be seen from a busy boulevard.

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  • Cara Delevingne and St. Vincent spark engagement rumours

    It's thought Cara Delevingne has popped the question to girlfriend St. Vincent.

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  • US stocks move higher as Fed's Yellen signals caution

    Investors welcomed the latest signals from the Federal Reserve on interest rates, sending U.S. stocks higher in afternoon trading Wednesday. In her semiannual report to Congress, Fed Chair Janet Yellen ...

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  • Rebel Wilson: 'I did not lie about my name and age'

    Rebel Wilson is adamant she hasn't mislead people about her name or age.

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  • S. Korea to shut down joint industrial park with N. Korea

    South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its ...

    Associated Press
  • I pray she embraces Islam, ex-husband’s wish for S. Deepa

    As S. Deepa pined over losing custody of her eight-year old son, her former husband Izwan Abdullah hoped that she would embrace Islam like the rest of her family. He told reporters, after being granted custody of his son at the Federal Court today, that Deepa was the only remaining Hindu while the rest of her family members had converted to...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Now Rayani Air denies sabotage claim in flight delay caused by shattered windshield

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 — Rayani Airlines has now denied claims of sabotage involving its Boeing 737 aircraft, a day after stating it suspected foul play after the plane’s windshield in the cockpit...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Senior citizen murdered a day after celebrating CNY with kids

    KLANG, Feb 10 — An 87-year-old man was found murdered today at his home here in Taman Sentosa, just a day after having a Chinese New Year dinner with six of his children. Ong Chock Meng, was...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Why I’m choosing a hotel over Airbnb for my next business trip

    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images At 8:30 p.m., I pulled … Continued The post Why I’m choosing a hotel over Airbnb for my next business trip appeared first on Business Insider.

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  • Mourinho tells friends Manchester United job is his - reports

    Jose Mourinho has told friends and associates that he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, according to reports in several British newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph all quoted an unnamed source close to the 53-year-old Portuguese as saying his installation at Old Trafford was a "done deal". The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto coach was sacked by Chelsea in December but said in an interview last week that he would soon be back in management, preferably in England.

    Reuters
  • 5 Things to Know About Zika Virus

    The outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus throughout parts of the Americas has raised international concern because of the virus's possible connection to a neurological birth defect called microcephaly. In response to the outbreak, two doctors writing today (Feb. 8) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal have compiled a concise list of things that people should know about the virus, which is carried by certain mosquitoes in the Aedes group — mainly, the species Aedes aegypti. "The spread of this virus is highly dependent upon the mosquito population — we know that this Aedes aegypti is really distributed through really large swaths of the Americas," Dr. Derek MacFadden, one of the authors of the article and an infectious-disease physician at the University Health Network in Toronto, said in a podcast posted on the journal's website.

    LiveScience.com
  • Curry magic as Golden State Warriors down Rockets

    Stephen Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games on Tuesday. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry scored 35 points in a pulsating battle in Oakland to take the Warriors' record to 47-4 for the season. The highlight of Curry's latest masterclass was his role in a remarkable passage of play in the third quarter, when he stripped the ball inside the Warriors paint and then darted forward to launch an attack.

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