• Big spending clubs shatter Premier League transfer record

    Big spending English clubs have shattered the Premier League's transfer spending record after the total splashed out reached £880 million ($1.1 billion, 1 billion euros) on Thursday. By 1500 GMT, shortly after Manchester City's signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was confirmed, the Premier League clubs' gross spending in the current transfer window had topped the record of £870m set last year. According to financial services firm Deloitte, the figure is likely to pass £1 billion by the time the current window closes next Wednesday as the 20 top-flight teams make the most of the riches reaped from lucrative new television contracts.

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  • Poe to Duterte: Don’t call me American

    In her first and only conversation with President Duterte after the May 9 polls, Sen. Grace Poe asked him only one favor – not to call her an American. Poe, who finished third in the presidential race, said the only time she spoke with the President was when she conceded shortly after the results came in and Duterte was clearly the winner. Speaking at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum yesterday, Poe said the conversation was lighthearted and that before it ended, she asked him one favor.

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  • Johnny Depp sends Amber Heard divorce settlement cash straight to charities

    The actor's representative has saluted his ex for her generous donation plan to two favourite causes.

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  • Belarus leader forces Hollywood's Seagal to eat his carrot

    Green-fingered Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko forced US action star Steven Seagal to eat one of his homegrown carrots in an awkward encounter that prompted much mockery on Thursday in the ex-Soviet state. Footage posted by the presidential press service showed the authoritarian leader picking up a long carrot, quickly peeling it and handing it to the black-clad martial arts star who was visiting his country residence. "Here you are: eat it for your health, it's very good for you," said Lukashenko, wearing a tracksuit top and baseball cap, as Seagal chewed politely.

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  • Jennifer Lopez single again - report

    The singer remains friendly with Casper.

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  • Rosberg won't make assumptions after Hamilton penalty

    Lewis Hamilton's grid penalty may be the break Nico Rosberg needs to re-ignite his Formula One title bid but the German is refusing to take victory in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix for granted. "That is going to make the weekend less difficult for me, for sure, because he is my biggest direct rival," Rosberg told reporters at Spa on Thursday. "Nevertheless it's still going to be a challenge." Hamilton, who leads Mercedes team mate Rosberg by 19 points in the championship, will start from near the back of the grid after being penalised for exceeding his permitted allocation of engine components.

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  • World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

    The world's first self-driving taxis are picking up passengers in Singapore. Select members of the public began hailing free rides Thursday through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous ...

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  • ‘How do you arrest someone who’s already in jail?’

    Stopping convicted felons from doing business inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) is a big challenge in the government’s war against illegal drugs, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa admitted yesterday. How do you convict one who is already convicted?” Dela Rosa said when asked about the center of illegal drugs in the country. The question came from Sen. Richard Gordon during the second day of hearings on extrajudicial killings amid President Duterte’s war on drugs, presided over by Sen. Leila de Lima as chair of the committee on justice and human rights.

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  • Lewis flirts with a 59, settles for 62 in Denmark

    (Reuters) - England's Tom Lewis flirted with shooting the first ever 59 on the European Tour before settling for a nine-under-par 62 and a share of the first round lead at the Made in Denmark tournament in Farso on Thursday. Lewis had got to 12 under with five holes to play and needed only pars coming in to dip under 60 but he slipped back with bogeys at the fifth (his 14th hole), eighth and ninth to finish level with Belgium's Thomas Pieters and Swede Joakim Lagergren. "It was a good round today but a disappointing one, but how many people can get disappointed with nine under?" the 25-year-old Lewis told reporters at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

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  • Dwayne Johnson is highest-paid actor

    The action man has beaten Jackie Chan to the top of 2016 Forbes rich list.

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  • Ronaldo crowned UEFA Best Player in Europe

    Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Men's Player in Europe Award on Thursday after winning both last season's Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Ronaldo, 31, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann.

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  • MB: ‘Bangsa Johor’ will strengthen Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — A united “Bangsa Johor” will not only improve the state, but also help strengthen the Malaysian federation, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin told Tun...

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  • Qatar's recruited athletes stir debate on citizenship

    By Tom Finn DOHA (Reuters) - When 39 athletes from Qatar qualified for the Rio Olympics, the most in the tiny Gulf state's history, Noor al-Shalaby celebrated the achievement in a Facebook post. "Qatar! You are in my blood and my soul," wrote the 34-year-old accountant. Qatar has for years used its immense oil and gas wealth to recruit sportspeople from around the world, part of an ambitious vault onto the world sporting stage by the wealthy Arab state which will host the soccer World Cup in 2022.

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  • Little Things, Big Difference: Suzuki Address Review

    If you’re easily put off by its modest displacement and plain styling, then you definitely won’t appreciate its rather annoying TV commercial. Fortunately, this little scooter from Suzuki’s stable is able to redeem itself with subtle but useful features that perfectly “address” the needs of a daily commuter. Suzuki Address features This writer happens to believe […] The post Little Things, Big Difference: Suzuki Address Review appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.

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  • Ace of Diamond Thompson is sprint queen in Lausanne

    Elaine Thompson underlined her new status as the sprint queen of athletics by winning the 100 metres at a Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday. The 24-year-old Jamaican, who won the 100 and 200 metres at this month's Rio Olympics, clocked a time of 10.78 seconds, well ahead of second-placed American Jenna Prandini (11.11). The race was re-run five minutes after a false start that saw only one runner stop as Thompson and the rest of the field sprinted to the finish only to have to go all the way back.

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  • No conflict as constitution grants AG sole prosecution powers, court told

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — The choice to prosecute or not is granted solely to the Attorney-General (AG) under the Federal Constitution and cannot be challenged in court, lawyers for the...

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  • 'World's largest' pearl emerges in Philippines

    The man found the 34-kilogramme (75-pound) pearl inside a giant clam that was snagged by his anchor as he waited out a storm at sea, according to local tourism department chief Cynthia Amurao, who is also his aunt. Not knowing it could be worth tens of millions of dollars, he kept the 30-centimetre by 60-centimetre (12-inch by 24-inch) pearl in his thatch hut on the western island of Palawan, tucked under a wooden bed as a good-luck charm, Amurao added. In July, the nephew moved to a new address and took the object to his aunt in a tricycle, asking her to hide it for him, said Amurao, the city tourism officer for Puerto Princesa, the provincial capital.

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  • BOC official sacked for alleged payoffs

    Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon yesterday said that Capt. Arnel Baylosis, who has been accused of receiving multi-million worth of “tara” or grease money has been relieved. “He has been relieved,” said Faeldon when asked about Baylosis, who heads the Operations Intelligence Office of the Enforcement Group (EG). But in an interview with The STAR, Baylosis denied the allegations made by Faeldon in a press conference in Malacañang last Monday.

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  • Defence Ministry dismisses leak, says Malaysia’s submarines have different specs

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 ― Malaysia’s Scorpene submarines have different specifications from those used by India, the Defence Ministry said in allaying concerns over a secret data leak reportedly...

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  • Biden warns Europe against Russian energy reliance

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says a new natural gas pipeline planned to stretch from Russia to Germany "looks like a fairly bad deal" for Europe because it increases its energy dependency on ...

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