• Beating Lakers NBA record unlikely: Walton

    The Golden State Warriors are not planning an assault on the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time winning streak record after etching their names into history with the longest unbeaten start to a season in NBA history. Including matches from the end of last year's regular season, the Warriors have now won 20 straight games -- a feat achieved by only three other teams.

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  • Putin sends air-defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey

    In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia says it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes ...

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  • Ukraine stops buying Russian gas, closes airspace

    Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern ...

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  • Downed Russian pilot picked up by Syrian army - envoy

    One of the two Russian pilots who ejected from a jet shot down by Turkey on Tuesday has been picked up by the Syrian army and is being taken to Russia's base there, Russia's ambassador to France said on Wednesday. "One on board was wounded when he parachuted down and killed in a savage way on the ground by the jihadists in the area and the other managed to escape and, according to the latest information, has been picked up by the Syrian army and should be going back to the Russian airforce base," ambassador Alexandre Orlov told Europe 1 radio.

  • Under Iraqi town, IS militants built network of tunnels

    Under the Iraqi town of Sinjar, Islamic State group militants built a network of tunnels, complete with sleeping quarters, wired with electricity and fortified with sandbags. There, they had boxes of U.S.-made ...

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  • World's biggest animal clone factory raises fears in China

    The world's largest animal cloning factory is under construction in China, with plans to churn out dogs, horses and up to a million beef cattle a year, reports said, prompting online and scientific concerns Tuesday. The 200-million-yuan ($31-million) facility will include cloning laboratories and a gene bank, the official Xinhua news agency reported. It is being set up by Chinese biotechnology firm Boyalife and South Korea's Sooam Biotech -- whose founder was embroiled in controversy a decade ago over claims to have cloned human embryos -- along with two Chinese research institutions.

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  • Klopp exercising caution over Sturridge return

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Wednesday he will not rush injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge back into first-team action until the England international can prove he is more "robust". Sturridge, 26, was on the bench for Saturday's 4-1 demolition of erstwhile Premier League leaders Manchester City, the first time he has featured in a matchday squad following Klopp's arrival. Sturridge, who netted 21 goals during the 2013-14 campaign as Liverpool finished runners-up to City, made just seven league starts last season as he was sidelined by thigh and calf problems before undergoing a hip operation in May. "Daniel is coming closer and closer so he can train now seven or eight times in a row - that is the longest period since I've been here - and that will help him and in the end help us," Klopp said.

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  • Israel court allows transgender woman's cremation

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The body of an Israeli transgender woman who took her own life will be cremated despite her ultra-Orthodox family's wishes, Israel's Supreme Court ruled in documents obtained Wednesday.

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  • China fines hotel chain for stealing the Disney magic

    Shanghai has fined a hotel chain for using Disney's name at five of its properties, state media said Wednesday, as the Chinese city seeks to defend the US entertainment giant before its theme park opening. There were no Mickey Mouse ears on display in media pictures of the Shenzhen-based Vienna Hotels Group establishments, nor Buzz Lightyear costumes, but an image showed a sign declaring one a "Disney branch". The chain also used Disney branding on electronic signs and websites, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Industry and Commerce.

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  • 20 failed startups in Asia in 2015 and lessons learned

    Startup success stories are mostly talked about. How about failed startups? Here’re 20 failed startups in Asia in 2015 and why they they didn’t survive.

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  • Lamar Odom 'will need long-term care'

    Basketball star Lamar Odom's recovery is "challenging" because of the injuries which led to his hospitalisation, it has been claimed.

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  • Sitex 2015 preview: Year-end tech deals galore!

    Nov 19, 1pm: Added Jabra and Aftershock. 8pm: Added Audio-Technica, J2, ViewSonic. Nov 20: Added Beats. Nov 22, 9pm: Added Foscam, MSI, Hiti, QNAP, Synology. Nov 24: Added Creative, D-Link, Seagate. Nov 25: Added Maka, Treoo, Wacom. In search of the best year-end tech deals

  • 5 Halal Cafés in the East

    Forget about Arab Street and Haji Lane, the East is now the cool new place to lepak at.

  • Jennifer Lawrence has no problem cutting fake friends out of her inner circle

    Jennifer Lawrence is happy to have a very small circle of friends that she trusts.

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  • Officer charged with murder in teen's death; video released

    A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could ...

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  • Casillas blunders as Porto blow chance to qualify

    A blunder by Iker Casillas helped Dynamo Kiev seal a 2-0 win away to Porto in the Champions League which threw Group G wide open on Tuesday and left the hosts in danger of missing out on the knockout stage. Andriy Yarmolenko put the Ukrainian champions ahead with a first-half penalty before the former Real Madrid goalkeeper completely misjudged a weak Derlis Gonzalez shot in the 64th minute. The Paraguayan forward, under pressure and being forced wide by Giannelli Imbula, managed to get in a seemingly harmless shot which Casillas tried to punch away with one hand, only to see the ball loop into the air and land in the net.

  • Beauty contestant barred over 'Taiwan' sash: government

    A beauty contestant from Taiwan has been suspended from an international pageant after Beijing objected to the sash she was wearing, the woman and the government in Taipei said. Ting Wen-yin was kept out of the Miss Earth contest in Austria because she refused to compete for "Chinese Taipei" -- the name by which Beijing insists the self-ruled island should be known. Ting, 22, said pageant organisers had initially given her a "Taiwan ROC" sash -- short for "Republic of China", the territory's preferred name -- but later said there had been a mistake.

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  • One killed as hostage standoff ends in French town

    French police killed one man after his heavily armed group took the family of a bank manager hostage in a northern town on Tuesday, officials said, adding that there was no terrorist link. A group of heavily armed men wielding Kalashnikovs tried to seize the manager of a local bank branch in Roubaix to make him open the safe, local prosecutor Frederic Fevre said. When police arrived, the manager escaped and the assailants instead holed up in his house in an upmarket neighbourhood of the town, taking his wife, their daughter and their 11-month-old baby hostage.

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  • Train service between Yishun and Bishan disrupted due to power fault

    An early morning power fault on the North South Line disrupted train services between Yishun and Bishan on Wednesday.

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  • Almost 16 million on HIV treatment as AIDS pandemic tide turns

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Some 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment and a five-year strategy to end the threat of a never-ending AIDS pandemic is starting to show results, the United Nations AIDS programme said on Tuesday. Estimates show new HIV infections have fallen by 35 percent since the peak of the three-decade-old pandemic in 2000, and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 42 percent since a peak in 2004, UNAIDS said in a report timed for release before World Aids Day on Dec. 1. Every five years we have more than doubled the number of people on life-saving treatment," Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS' executive director, told reporters at a briefing.