• Ronaldo in Japan to sell muscle gadget

    A sheepish-looking Cristiano Ronaldo was in Tokyo on Tuesday promoting an electric muscle stimulation machine, a year after he visited to push a smile-enhancing gadget that looked a little like a boomerang. A slick video played on overhead screens showed Ronaldo's well-toned form with the electric muscle toner attached to his torso. Japan is a common destination for big European or American stars who are paid handsomely to sell products that never see the light of day at home.

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  • Mayweather stripped of WBO welterweight belt

    Floyd Mayweather was Monday stripped by the World Boxing Organization of the welterweight world title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao two months ago in what was dubbed "the fight of the century". Mayweather had failed to meet the deadline last Friday for paying the $200,000 sanctioning fee required by the WBO after he took the belt from Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas, in the richest fight of all time, earning a reported $220 million in the process. WBO rules require boxers to pay 3 percent of their purse to fight for a world title up to a maximum of $200,000.

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  • Malaysian authorities freeze bank accounts linked to PM graft scandal

    By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A task force investigating Malaysia's troubled state investment fund 1MDB said on Tuesday it had frozen half a dozen bank accounts following a report that hundreds of millions of dollars had been transferred to an account of Prime Minister Najib Razak. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported last week that investigators probing the debt-laden 1MDB had traced nearly $700 million to bank accounts they believed belonged to the prime minister. The special task force said it had frozen six bank accounts in relation to the allegations, but it did not specify whose accounts they were or the banks involved.

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  • Jackman not allowed to work with Jolie

    Hugh Jackman's wife has banned him from working with Angelina Jolie. The Australian star and Deborra-Lee Furness will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary next year and they raise two adopted children together. Angelina is also happily betrothed, having made her long-term relationship with Brad Pitt official last year.

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  • China stocks sink again despite government efforts

    Chinese shares took another tumble Tuesday, defying government efforts to arrest a precipitous fall that has wiped an estimated $3.2 trillion off markets and threatens the world's number-two economy. The government over the weekend announced a halt to initial public offerings (IPOs) and moves to pour funds into the market to end three weeks of plunging prices. Analysts say the heavy-handed intervention throws into question the pace of China's economic reforms and the ability of the government to engineer controlled deflation of what many describe as a stock market bubble.

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  • Europe pushes Greece for debt plan as euro exit looms

    European leaders accused Greece at an emergency summit Tuesday of failing to produce concrete proposals for a new bailout to keep it in the euro after Greeks defiantly rejected further austerity. Greece's leftist prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, faced his 18 eurozone counterparts for the first time since Sunday's dramatic referendum, while at home Greek banks remain closed and fears grew that the economy could implode. "We still do not have the basis for negotiations," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as she arrived for the crisis summit.

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  • Amos Yee released: teenage blogger appeared “traumatised”

    At around 5:20pm on July 6, teenage blogger Amos Yee walked out the doors of Singapore’s State Courts alongside his mother. Yee was known for his provocative views, cocky grins and carefree attitude as he entered court on earlier occasions. Civil society activists who were at the court to offer support to Yee and his mother, Mary Toh, spoke of their dismay in the change they saw.

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  • Philippines confirms second MERS case

    The Philippines confirmed a second case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) corona virus on Monday in a man who showed symptoms after arriving in Manila last month from Dubai. The 36-year-old was admitted to hospital on Saturday and was under observation, Health Ministry spokesman Lyndon Lee-suy said, adding contact tracing was now under way to prevent the spread of the disease. The man had also travelled to Saudi Arabia, the spokesman said.

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  • Two Americans, Briton gored in opening Pamplona bull run

    Two Americans and a British man were gored and eight others hurt on Tuesday as runners dashed ahead of six half-tonne fighting bulls in a fast first running of the bulls at Spain's annual San Fermin festival. A 30-year-old British man was gored between the legs in the perineum area, the regional government of Navarra, of which Pamplona is the capital, said in a statement. Runners, wearing traditional white clothing and red kerchiefs around their necks, tripped over each other or fell in the mad rush as they and the animals charged down a winding 846.6-metre (925-yard) course from a pen to the city's bull ring in two minutes, 23 seconds.

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  • Caitlyn 'looking for love'

    Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly looking for someone to "share her life with". The 65-year-old star made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine early last month, prior to which she was known as Bruce. Looking confident and fabulous, Caitlyn has made several public appearances recently, including stepping out in New York over Pride weekend last month.

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  • You're out the army now - Singapore's Quah cleared to swim

    Singaporean teenager Quah Zheng Wen has been cleared to compete at the world swimming championships and the 2016 Olympics after the Ministry of Defence approved a request to defer his mandatory national service. The 18-year-old, who won 12 medals, including seven golds at last month's Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, was in danger of missing both events because he was due to enlist for national service on Aug. 31. "Mr Quah has satisfied the conditions for deferment of exceptional sportsmen who can win honour for Singapore, as his recent performances were better than the most recent Olympic Games' qualifying times in the 200m butterfly," the statement said.

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  • The morning after: Cheers fade as Greeks face reality

    After jubilant celebrations by 'No' voters, Athens returned to a reality of ATM queues on Monday and the shock news that the finance minister, champion of the victorious anti-austerity camp, had quit. "He is not like the ones before him.

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  • Kim K 'fuming over alleged nude shots'

    Kim Kardashian is furious over an intrusive naked photo, it has been claimed. The reality TV star has posed nude on a number of occasions for publications including Paper magazine. TMZ is reporting that the 34-year-old’s lawyer Marty Singer has sent a letter to X17, which is based in Los Angeles, after it claimed to have pictures of Kim lying naked by her pool in Hidden Hills.

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  • Turkish plane diverts to Delhi over 'threat' on mirror

    A Turkish Airlines flight from Bangkok to Istanbul made an emergency landing in India Tuesday after a bomb threat was scrawled in lipstick on a bathroom mirror, officials said. All 148 passengers and crew were immediately evacuated after the plane landed safely in an isolated area at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport following the third bomb scare to hit the airline this year. "Crew saw message on bathroom mirror that bomb in cargo hold... Plane will be inspected for explosives," the airport's chief spokesman Saptarshi Sanyal told AFP by text message.

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  • Another golf event drops Trump course due to attack on immigrants

    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday with the announcement that a professional golfing event scheduled for October at a Trump course in Los Angeles will be moved, the latest fallout from his vitriol against undocumented immigrants from Mexico. "Due to the controversy surrounding statements made by Mr. Trump having to do with illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world, Mr. Trump does not want his friends at the PGA of America to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf," Hicks said.

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  • IMF: Financial risks growing at US insurers, mutual funds

    The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that American stock prices are high and U.S. insurers and mutual funds are vulnerable to financial shocks. It also urged Congress not to weaken financial regulations passed in 2010. The IMF says that American banks are stronger but that risk has risen elsewhere.

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  • Three rescued N. Koreans want defection in South

    Three North Koreans wanted to defect after they were rescued from a small fishing boat which had drifted into South Korean waters off the east coast, officials said Tuesday. A South Korean coastguard vessel rescued four fishermen and a farmer from North Korea last Saturday after their boat was found drifting across the sea border, the South's unification ministry said. North Korea and South Korea have a disputed maritime boundary, and encroachment by North Korean fishing vessels into waters claimed by the South is quite common.

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  • Where to buy cheap Gadgets in the Metro

    Penny-pinching but still want to get your hands on the latest gadgets out there? You’re not alone in your search for the best places to get discounted gadgets and accessories. Greenhills is synonymous with stuff for cheap but of moderate to even above average quality.

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  • Djokovic, Raonic out of Davis Cup, Martinez names Spain squad

    Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic were left out of their countries' Davis Cup quarter-final squads on Tuesday but Andy Murray was confirmed to lead Great Britain's push for a first semi-final spot since 1981. Serbia captain Bogdan Obradovic didn't name world number one Djokovic in the squad to travel to Buenos Aires to tackle Argentina, opting for Vicktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic, Dusan Lajovic and Nenad Zimonjic.

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  • Pig or wombat? Hari Raya ad draws flak in Kuala Lumpur

    An Australia-based company in Malaysia has been told to take down a digital billboard ad featuring a wombat dressed in a songkok, following complaints by some people who mistook it for a pig. According to reports in the Malay Mail Online and The Rakyat Post, the ad was put up by Servcorp, a serviced office and virtual office provider. It featured a Selamat Hari Raya greeting by the company’s mascot, Sydney the Wombat.

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