• UN rights body raps Malaysian govt over security law

    The UN's human rights body said Friday it was "gravely concerned" by a new Malaysian security law coming into force next week that grants the government extraordinary emergency powers. The government rammed the National Security Council Act through parliament last December, giving it powers to declare virtual martial law in areas of the country determined to be under security threat. The law, which comes into force on Monday, allows a National Security Council headed by the prime minister to suspend civil liberties in certain areas, giving government forces sweeping powers of search, seizure and arrest.

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  • Indonesian executions a 'complete mess': lawyer

    Indonesia executed four drug convicts Friday but 10 others due to face the firing squad were given an apparent reprieve in a confused process one lawyer condemned as a "complete mess". The executions on a remote prison island went ahead despite strong protests from international rights groups, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union who had urged Indonesia not to proceed. Authorities did not give a reason for the reprieve, but the prison island where they were expected to be executed in outdoor clearings was hit by a major storm as the other sentences were carried out.

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  • Two men jailed and caned for raping unconscious teenage girl

    The then 18-year-old girl, who could not be identified due to a gag order, was intoxicated and unconscious during the rape that took place in a room at Duxton Hotel in the early hours of 26 January 2014. Two Singaporean men pleaded guilty to one charge of rape each at the High Court on Friday (29 July) and were sentenced to jail and given caning. Muhammad Fadly Abdull Wahab, 20, was sentenced to 13 years’ jail and given eight strokes of the cane while Muhammad Hazly Mohamad Halimi, 23, was jailed 11 years and given six strokes of the cane. Fadly was given a heavier sentence for being the instigator of the rape.

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  • The Latest: Trump slams Clinton over 'radical Islam'

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT):

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  • New multi-role ship to patrol West Phl Sea

    One of 10 multi-role response vessels (MRRV) acquired from Japan is expected to arrive on Aug. 18 and undertake its first patrol mission in the West Philippine Sea for the coast guard. The vessel, to be named BRP Tubbataha, may be deployed beyond the 12-nautical mile territorial water limit in the western seaboard if necessary, Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said yesterday. The PCG is beefing up its patrol capability in the West Philippine Sea in the face of Chinese encroachment on areas within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

    Philippine Star
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  • Overworked, Underpaid Rody It’s lonely at the top

    Despite the adulation of millions who gave him the biggest number of votes in history for any Philippine presidential candidate, President Duterte is now feeling lonely at the top – and agonizing over being overworked and underpaid. The Chief Executive had served as Davao City mayor for decades. As mayor, Duterte would make the rounds of his city incognito or spend time with friends at his favorite piano bar after work, before calling it a day.

    Philippine Star
  • 'Highly likely' Tanzania piece from MH370

    A piece of debris found in Tanzania is "highly likely" to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia's transport minister said Friday, as he defended the Indian Ocean search efforts. The large wing part was brought to Canberra for analysis after it was found by locals on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania last month. In a statement, Australia's Transport Minister Darren Chester said "it is highly likely that the latest piece of debris being analysed by the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB) is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370".

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  • Want a new passport? Better get in line before sunrise

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — Knowing the difficulty in applying or renewing their passports, many came to the Immigration offices as early as 5.30am yesterday. Some slept in their vehicles while...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Road rage killer’s car found

    The manhunt for the Army reservist who killed a bicycle rider in a road rage incident in Quiapo, Manila earlier this week led authorities to Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya where the suspect’s car was recovered yesterday morning. However, combined elements of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group, Regional Highway Patrol Unit, National Bureau of Investigation, La Union police, and Nueva Vizcaya police missed suspect Vhon Tanto who left his red Hyundai Eeon car with conduction sticker MO-3745 at the house of his brother-in-law Jonathan Leano.

    Philippine Star
  • IS executes 24 civilians after seizing Syria village

    The Islamic State jihadist group has executed at least 24 civilians after seizing a village in northern Syria from a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, a monitor said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS executed 24 civilians "in the last 24 hours" after taking Buyir from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The village is located some 10 kilometres (6 miles) northwest of Manbij, a key waypoint between the Turkish border and the IS de facto capital of Raqa city.

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  • Germany's Schweinsteiger ends international career

    Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from international football on Friday, bringing to an end a glittering career that ended in disappointment with a semi-final exit at Euro 2016 in France. "The historic and emotional high was winning the World Cup in 2014," the Manchester United player added. Schweinsteiger was vice-captain of the national team when Germany edged Argentina in extra-time to claim a fourth World Cup title and took over as captain when his then Bayern Munich team mate Philipp Lahm stood down after the 2014 tournament.

    Reuters
  • Next Generation Leaders

    As The Philippine STAR looks back on three decades of history and legacy, we also welcome the next generation of leaders who are poised to make their own. My childhood dream was to be a pilot. For me, success means constantly innovating yourself so that you can continually create value for others.

    Philippine Star
  • P3.8-B train supply deal with Chinese firm OK’d

    The Court of Appeals (CA) has given the Department of Transportation (DOT) the green light on its P3.8-billion deal with a Chinese firm for the supply of brand new trains for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line that has been plagued with glitches over the past year. In a 16-page decision released earlier this week, the 12th Division of the appellate court dismissed the petition of Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC) and MRT Holdings II seeking to permanently stop the DOT from proceeding with its contract with Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock for the manufacture and supply of 48 light rail vehicles (LRVs). The CA said only the Supreme Court has the power to stop national government infrastructure projects under Republic Act No. 8975 (Alternative Dispute Resolution Act).

    Philippine Star
  • ‘Reasonable’ to expect six-month wait for new passport, says Immigration DG

    PETALING JAYA, July 29 — Those intending to renew or apply for passports would have to endure long lines and wait hours ... for another six months. The Immigration Department, in acknowledging...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Driver in deadly Taiwan tour bus crash was drunk: probe

    The driver of a tour bus which crashed and caught fire in Taiwan killing dozens of Chinese tourists was drunk when the accident happened, investigators said Friday. Tests on the remains of the driver -- who died in the crash, alongside a local tour guide -- found an alcohol concentration of 1.075 milligrams per litre of breath, prosecutors said in a statement. "He was drunk driving -- a very severe case of drunk driving," said chief investigator Wang Yi-wen.

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  • Bank of Japan deflates with 'disappointing' stimulus

    The Bank of Japan deflated investor spirits Friday with underwhelming tweaks to its giant stimulus plan that fanned worries its monetary policy arsenal is almost empty. The central bank did not expand a massive bond-buying programme -- a cornerstone of its years-long battle against deflation -- despite hopes for a one-two punch to boost the sluggish economy, after Tokyo unveiled a huge spending package this week. Japanese officials are under pressure as the fate of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bid to reignite the world's number three economy, dubbed Abenomics, looks increasingly gloomy.

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  • Indian flight diverted after passenger sits on food cart

    Indian budget airline IndiGo was forced to divert an international flight on Thursday after an unruly passenger sat on the plane's food cart before attacking another traveller, it said. The morning flight ...

    AFP
  • Spared lobster dies during trip from Florida to Maine

    Larry the Lobster gained fame after it was spared from a boiling pot in Florida, but Maine officials say the crustacean didn't make it to retirement. Officials say the decades-old, 15-pound lobster succumbed ...

    Associated Press
  • China says pressing ahead with own anti-missile system

    China's Defence Ministry confirmed on Thursday that it was pressing ahead with anti-missile system tests after pictures appeared on state television, amid anger at South Korea's decision to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile system. An announcement by South Korea and the United States this month that they would deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) unit has drawn protests from China, which warned that the system would destabilize regional security.

    Reuters