• Singaporean teen dissident granted US asylum

    A Singaporean teenager who was jailed twice after insulting the island's late leader Lee Kuan Yew and religious groups has been granted political asylum in the United States, his US lawyer said Saturday. Amos Yee, 18, shocked Singaporeans in March 2015 after posting an expletive-laden video attacking Lee as the founding prime minister's death triggered a massive outpouring of grief in the city-state. The Singapore government had no immediate reaction to the ruling, which is still open to an appeal by the US government.

    AFP News
  • Factbox: Trump on Obamacare repeal: from boasts of greatness to lessons learned

    (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday was dealt his biggest blow since taking office just over two months ago when House Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system. Throughout his presidential campaign and since taking office, Trump had repeatedly vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare, the signature domestic achievement of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. Below are a sampling of tweets that Trump posted in March on his plans to repeal Obamacare, followed by comments from Trump on Friday after his fellow Republicans yanked the plan.

    Reuters
  • Queen honours British minister who tried to save policeman

    (Reuters) - British foreign affairs minister Tobias Ellwood who tried to resuscitate a police officer stabbed to death in the attack on Britain's parliament has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth, the prime minister's office said on Friday. Ellwood and security minister Ben Wallace, who helped coordinate the government's response to Wednesday's attack, were appointed to the Privy Council, which has advised the monarch since the Norman era and is comprised of senior politicians, judges and bishops. Ellwood, a former captain in the British army, received widespread public attention when he was pictured with blood on his face and hands after joining unsuccessful attempts to revive PC Keith Palmer, one of four people killed by Khalid Masood who ploughed a vehicle into pedestrians on a bridge and than ran through the gates of parliament armed with a knife.

    Reuters
  • NBA: Suns' Booker makes history with 70 points in loss to Celtics

    Phoenix guard Devin Booker produced a game for the ages Friday, but his scintillating 70-point haul wasn't enough as the Suns fell 130-120 to the Celtics in Boston. Booker, 20, became just the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game and the youngest to do so.

    AFP News
  • Naked group slaughters sheep at Auschwitz death camp

    A group of 11 people took off their clothes, killed a sheep and chained themselves together by the main gate of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, before being detained by police, officials have said. A spokesman for the Auschwitz memorial, Bartosz Bartyzel, said their motives were not clear as they briefly stood and then sat down by the notorious Arbeit Macht Frei (“Work sets you free”) gate in the southern Polish city of Oswiecim. Auschwitz inmates passed through the gate when they were taken into the camp and when led by armed Nazi guards to slave labour sites.

    The Independent
  • Police arrest a 56-year-old man Friday on suspicion of killing four  in Northern California 

     Police arrested a 56-year-old man who works for the state Friday on suspicion that he killed two adults and two children in a quiet Northern California neighbourhood. Authorities did not release the names of the victims, but friends and relatives of a young family that lived in the Sacramento house feared the worst. Rita Munoz, who lives in the neighbourhood, said her grandchildren played with an 11-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl who lived with their mother in the house.

    The Telegraph
  • Hernandez equals Mexico goals record in 2-0 win over Costa Rica

    Striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored a record-equalling 46th international goal to send Mexico on their way to a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier on Friday. Chicharito struck in the seventh minute at the Azteca with a deft chip over goalkeeper Keylor Navas to equal the Mexican record set by former striker Jared Borgetti in 2008. Defender Nestor Araujo increased Mexico's lead on the stroke of halftime when he headed in a corner.

    Reuters
  • IS gunmen target civilians fleeing Mosul by night

    By Angus MacSwan MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State gunmen are opening fire on men, women and children as they try to flee Mosul under cover of darkness, civilians who escaped the besieged Iraqi city said on Friday. Some carried suitcases or bags, others had fled with just the clothes on their backs. A black-uniformed intelligence officer said about 6,000 people had come through on Thursday, the most he had seen at this exit, and a similar flow had poured in on Friday since about 4 a.m. Relieved to reach the safety of the checkpoint, some of those escaping described running a gauntlet of fire.

    Reuters
  • Filipino rescued in PNG after 56 days adrift: report

    A Filipino fisherman has been rescued in Papua New Guinea after drifting at sea for 56 days, but his uncle died during the ordeal, a report said Saturday. The men left General Santos in the southern Philippines in January but hit bad weather and were swept out to sea, the PNG Post Courier reported after a fishing boat spotted Roland Omongos, 21, on March 9.

    AFP News
  • Ferrari's Vettel quickest in final Aussie practice

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel trumped Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in practice ahead of Saturday's qualifying for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. Vettel unleashed a best lap of one minute 23.380 seconds to finish top of the timesheets in FP3 in the final hit-out before qualifying to decide the grid positions for Sunday's season-opening race. The German's time was 0.479 seconds quicker than Mercedes number two Bottas with Hamilton a further 0.011 seconds down on the lead time.

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  • Time to forget courting PAS, pundits tell PPBM

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — Now that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is officially part of Pakatan Harapan, it should completely stop thinking about compelling PAS to join the Opposition,...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Cadbury warns chocolate bars could get smaller because of Brexit 

    Cadbury chocolate bars could get smaller because of Brexit, the company’s UK head has said. The alternative would be to see the price rise, Glenn Caton has told the Guardian. The company which originated in Birmingham is now owned by  Mondelēz International, a division of the US giant Kraft, which bought Cadbury for £12 billion in 2010.

    The Telegraph
  • Kanye West's late-night return made Kim Kardashian relive Paris scare

    The mother-of-two branded the rapper an "a**hole" after accidentally scaring her with his late-night return.

    Cover Media
  • Stephen Hawking appears as hologram in Hong Kong

    Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has spoken to a Hong Kong audience by hologram, showcasing the growing reach of a technology which is making inroads into politics, entertainment and business. The 75-year-old said the election of US President Donald Trump was one in a string of "right-wing successes" that would have grave implications for the future of scientific innovation and discovery. "With Brexit and Trump... we are witnessing a global revolt against experts," he said, making his first appearance in Hong Kong since 2006.

    AFP News
  • Low wages trigger high debts among police

    PETALING JAYA, March 25 — The escalating cost of living in urban areas can result in lowly-paid police personnel incurring high debts. “They are in such a situation as their monthly salaries...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • 11 smuggled puppies confiscated at Woodlands Checkpoint

    A 43-year-old Malaysian is under investigation after he was caught attempting to smuggle 11 puppies into Singapore through the Woodlands Checkpoint on Thursday (23 March), the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said. The driver, the puppies and the car were handed over to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA). In response to Yahoo Singapore‘s queries, an AVA spokesman said, “The puppies are being cared for and quarantined at AVA’s facilities.

    Yahoo News Singapore
  • Whistleblower in Brazil meat scandal takes on powerful industry

    By Stephen Eisenhammer CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - When government health inspector Daniel Gouveia Teixeira confronted a Brazilian processed meat plant with what he says was evidence of excess use of marrow, bone and other slaughterhouse by-products in food for human consumption, he was suddenly removed as the plant's inspector. The incident, nearly three years ago at the Peccin Agro Industrial Ltda plant in Brazil's rural Parana state, led Teixeira to tell police he suspected he was being undermined by corrupt superiors. "That's crazy!" Teixeira, 39, is the agriculture ministry whistleblower credited by Brazil's Federal Police with triggering an investigation into alleged bribes paid by meat companies to government food-sanitation inspectors in the world's top exporter of beef and poultry.

    Reuters
  • South Korea's sunken Sewol a step closer to reaching port

    South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry has been successfully hauled onto a giant heavy lifting ship, officials said Saturday, a step towards returning the vessel to port. Nearly three years after it went down killing more than 300 people, the wreck was safely placed onto a semi-submersible ship that will finally bring it to shore. "The vessel was successfully loaded onto the semi-submersible as of 4:10 a.m. (1910 GMT)," completing one of the most delicate stages of the salvage operation, said Lee Cheol-Jo, a Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries official in charge of the salvage.

    AFP News
  • Khalid Masood: Everything we know about the London attacker

    Five people died and 50 are injured following a terror attack near the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.

    The Telegraph
  • Winners and losers in House Republican health plan

    The old and the poor made out great when House Republicans failed Friday to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The rich and the almost rich didn't do so well. The measure would have repealed ...

    Associated Press