• Filipino bishops slam 'Dirty Harry' presidential hopeful

    Catholic bishops in the Philippines lashed out Tuesday at a presidential candidate popularly known as "Dirty Harry", after he made a rambling and obscenity-filled speech cursing the pope. Rodrigo Duterte, whose hardline anti-crime reputation has seen him compared with Clint Eastwood's no-nonsense enforcer, sparked the ire of the influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, which questioned if he deserved to be president. "When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laughs, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame," said a statement, issued by the group's president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

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  • Singapore police re-arrest alleged match-fixer Tan - report

    Singaporean police have again arrested alleged match-fixer Dan Tan, almost a week after a court in the city state freed him from more than two years of detention, the state-owned Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reported on Tuesday. CNA cited a police statement as saying that Tan was arrested for suspected involvement in criminal activities and investigations are ongoing. Singapore's Court of Appeal had freed Dan Tan, named by the Interpol as "the leader of the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate", last Wednesday saying his detention without trial was unlawful.

  • North Korean ghost boats, in deadly hunt for fish, wash up in Japan

    By Ju-min Park and Kaori Kaneko SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that have strayed dangerously far from port under the impoverished nation's push to boost its catch. There has been no mention from secretive North Korea of any missing boats, but its leader, Kim Jong Un, has put a high priority on fishing as a way of earning foreign currency and providing a sustainable food source that is not reliant on harvests and weather. The Japanese coast guard and police reported 12 incidents of wrecked wooden boats, including some that were in pieces, on the country's shores and waters since October, containing 22 dead bodies, including five skulls.

  • Sinead O'Connor begs her children for hospital visit

    Troubled singer Sinead O'Connor has begged her family to visit in her hospital less than 24 hours after she blasted them on social media.

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  • Benzema should not play for France, says Prime minister

    Karim Benzema, who is under investigation for alleged blackmailing, should not be called up to the France squad, French Prime minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday. "If a minister was under formal investigation, they would not be in the government. In a way, it's the same for the France team,", Valls told Europe 1 radio.

  • Meet China’s second generation rich kid entrepreneurs

    China’s second generation rich have a reputation for extravagance. But how do they see themselves as entrepreneurs? “A rich family’s child has to choose one of three options,” says Fuye Wang Managing Partner at Geek House Capital. “Work in a large company, invest, or inherit the family business.” Wang is an example of China’s ‘second... The post Meet China’s second generation rich kid entrepreneurs appeared first on e27.

  • Gerrard's return to training ground a boost, says Klopp

    The return of former club skipper Steven Gerrard to Liverpool's training ground has put a smile on everyone's faces, manager Juergen Klopp said ahead of Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final at Southampton. Gerrard has finished his first season with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy who he joined after 17 years at Anfield, and has been training with his old team mates. Everybody had a smile on their face when they saw Stevie," Klopp told a news conference on Tuesday.

  • U.S. deploying elite force to boost fight against Islamic State

    By Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was deploying an elite new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids, free hostages, capture Islamic State leaders and carry out "unilateral operations" in neighboring Syria. Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered few details on the new expeditionary group. It is separate from a previously announced deployment of up to 50 U.S. special operations troops in Syria to coordinate on the ground with U.S.-backed rebels fighting in a civil war raging since 2011.

  • Amy Schumer poses topless for 2016 Pirelli Calendar

    Amy Schumer and Serena Williams have posed topless for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar.

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  • Philippine distiller buys major Spanish brandy maker

    The Philippines largest liquor producer Emperador said Tuesday it would purchase a major Spanish brandy and sherry brand, representing its latest foreign acquisition after obtaining Iberian vineyards and a Scottish whisky giant. Emperador said in a disclosure to the Manila stock exchange that it had reached an agreement to purchase Spain's Fundador from US-based Beam Suntory for 275 million euros ($291 million). Fundador produces popular brandies including one of the same name and the Terry Centenario and Tres Cepas brands.

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  • AirAsia plane crash caused by faulty component, crew action

    Faulty equipment and the crew's "inability to control the aircraft" led an AirAsia A320 to crash into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 people onboard, a report said on Tuesday. Flight ...

  • Putin snubs Erdogan in Paris as pilot's body returned to Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin snubbed a meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in France on Monday as the body of a pilot killed when Ankara downed one of Moscow's warplanes returned home. Turkish authorities meanwhile again pledged not to apologise over last Tuesday's downing of the Russian jet on the Syrian border as Moscow rolled out its sanctions aimed at exacting economic revenge on Ankara.

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  • Talking to LTA about future a waste of time: Murray

    (Reuters) - Andy Murray, who put Britain on top of the tennis world with victory in the Davis Cup at the weekend, says he has given up talking to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) about the future of the game back home as it is a waste of time. The 28-year-old inspired Britain to the Davis Cup title for the first time in 79 years with their victory over Belgium in Ghent, but Murray, who clinched the final point on Sunday, said not enough was being down to nurture fresh talent.

  • Senegalese villages swallowed by the sea

    Behind the remains of washed-away fences, crumbling houses dot an expanse of the northern Senegalese coastline where a swollen river and an advancing sea are swallowing villages whole. The fishing community of Goxu Mbath is one of many districts in the city of Saint Louis, the former colonial capital of French west Africa that, little by little, is disappearing under water. The water hit hard and knocked down walls," says Awa Sarr Fall, 68, outside her badly damaged oceanfront house.

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  • Psy says 'no chance' of another Gangnam Style success

    "Gangnam Style" star Psy acknowledged Monday that he could never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but said he was perfectly happy being "just another" K-pop artist. The quirky South Korean singer was catapulted to unlikely international stardom after the "Gangnam Style" music video, with its invisible horse-riding dance, went viral. The song -- a satire of the luxury lifestyle of residents in Seoul's glitzy Gangnam district -- remains the most-watched video of all time on YouTube, with more than 2.4 billion views.

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  • Australian former Hells Angels abducted in Thailand: police

    Thai police said Tuesday they are searching for a gang of foreigners believed to have abducted an Australian former Hells Angels gang member at gunpoint. Wayne Rodney Schneider, 37, was kidnapped on Monday by a group of masked men outside his house in Pattaya, a seaside resort town notorious for its sprawling red light district and links with organised crime. "He was abducted and carried into a van yesterday at dawn according to two security guards who were witnesses", Police Colonel Sukthat Pumpanmuang, commander of Pattaya City police station, told AFP.

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  • Samsung replaces mobile chief, promotes chairman's daughter

    Samsung on Tuesday replaced the head of its mobile business and promoted the chairman's daughter as the South Korean giant seeks to reassert its smartphone dominance amid a generational power transfer in the founding Lee family. In an annual personnel reshuffle, Samsung named Koh Dong-Jin, executive vice head of Samsung Electronics's mobile research and development, as the new head of mobile business. Shin, 59, took over the mobile division in 2011 and oversaw Samsung’s rise to the world's number-one smartphone maker.

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  • Inside Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's 'super private' honeymoon

    Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello were "super private and very much in love" on their stunning honeymoon at a private luxury resort on the Turks and Caicos islands.

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  • Ex-United boss Moyes open to another European club job

    (Reuters) - David Moyes has left the door open on a return to club management in Europe despite his first stint on the continent ending in him being sacked by Spanish club Real Sociedad. Moyes, who made his name during his 11 years in charge of Everton and joined Sociedad in 2014 after an ill-fated spell with Manchester United, was given his marching orders by the La Liga outfit last month. "I'm open minded and Spain whetted my appetite.

  • Indonesia's Papua battles AIDS epidemic

    Fifteen-year-old Adina curls up in bed under a sheet, her body ravaged by AIDS, one of many caught up in an epidemic sweeping Indonesia's eastern Papua region. The teen, who only gave her first name, contracted HIV from an infected boyfriend and is one of 10 AIDS patients receiving free care at a hostel run by Agustinus Adil, a Catholic brother. Some ended up in the hostel in Waena village after being thrown out of home when their relatives found out they had HIV, as the virus still carries a strong stigma in deeply poor Papua, which has the highest prevalence of infections in Indonesia.

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