• FIFA discloses damaging Qatar World Cup bid report

    FIFA on Tuesday released a long-withheld report on alleged corruption in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar after more leaks deepened the controversy surrounding the vote. World football's governing body had previously declined to publish in full the 400-page report into awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar drawn up by US independent investigator Michael Garcia.

  • Government ‘not bent on retaining’ Oxley Road house: DPM Teo Chee Hean

    Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said Tuesday (27 June) that Lee Hsien Yang has “a misconception” that the Ministerial Committee set up to explore the options for the residence of the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is “bent on preventing the demolition of the house”. Teo said in a media statement that the Committee had written to Hsien Yang and his older sister Wei Ling to clarify that it would list the various options for the house at 38 Oxley Road and study their implications.

  • Serena Williams shuts down John McEnroe in two perfect tweets

    After John McEnroe said Serena Williams would "be like 700 in the world" if she played in the men's circuit, the 23-time Grand Slam-winner retaliated with words of her own.

  • Philippine leader Duterte appears in public as rumours of health woes swirl

    Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte reappeared in public on Tuesday after an absence of a week, his longest disappearance from the spotlight as president, amid concerns about his health that the government insists are baseless. Duterte gave a speech at the presidential palace of about 25 minutes late on Tuesday, during which he railed at Islamist militants for their bloody occupation of a southern town, but made no mention of why he had been absent from the public eye. Known for a busy schedule and lengthy speeches often several times a day, the 72-year-old Duterte's low profile this month has fuelled rumours he is in declining health and that the government is trying to keep that under wraps.

  • 'GoldenEye' cyber attack goes global, exploits known code flaws

    By Jack Stubbs, Pavel Polityuk and Dustin Volz MOSCOW/KIEV/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major global cyber attack dubbed "GoldenEye" or "Petya" on Tuesday disrupted computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware virus that last month infected more than 300,000 computers. The attack underscores growing concerns that businesses have failed to secure their networks from increasingly aggressive hackers, who have shown they are capable of shutting down critical infrastructure and crippling corporate and government networks.

  • Samsung to sell off refurbished Galaxy Note 7s: reports

    The world's biggest smartphone maker Samsung will next week start reselling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices after a humiliating recall over exploding batteries last year, news reports said Tuesday. Samsung Electronics declined to comment on the reports. Around three million Galaxy Note 7 devices were returned to the firm, but campaign groups including Greenpeace expressed concern that discarding them could harm the environment.

  • Frenchwoman spared sentence for helping migrant lover cross to UK

    A former supporter of France's anti-immigration National Front escaped punishment on Tuesday for helping her Iranian refugee lover cross the Channel to Britain on a rickety boat. Beatrice Huret, 44, was found guilty at trial of helping Mokhtar -- whom she met while volunteering at the since-demolished "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais -- slip out of France under cover of night in a boat she had bought for 1,000 euros ($1,130).