• Indonesia rejects international pleas to halt executions

    Indonesia on Thursday rejected mounting international pressure and desperate pleas from relatives to halt the execution of 14 drug convicts who are expected to imminently face the firing squad. The group, including foreigners from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe as well as Indonesians, have been placed in isolation on a prison island where Jakarta carries out executions. President Joko Widodo believes Indonesia faces an emergency due to rising drugs consumption and has dramatically escalated the use of capital punishment, putting to death 14 drug convicts, mostly foreigners, since he took power in 2014.

    AFP News 56 mins ago
  • Woman’s pneumonia caused her death during massage: State Coroner

    A pneumonia infection was the cause of a woman’s death during a massage session earlier this year.

    Safhras Khan
  • Matt Damon will be forever indebted to Tommy Lee Jones

    Matt Damon has thanked Tommy Lee Jones for kick-starting his Hollywood career.

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  • China, Russia to hold joint exercises in S. China Sea: Beijing

    China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, Beijing's defence ministry said Thursday, after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant's extensive claims in the area. The drills will be carried out in the "relevant sea and air of the South China Sea", defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters at a monthly briefing. The drills aimed to "consolidate and develop" China and Russia's comprehensive strategic partnership, and "enhance the capabilities of the two navies to jointly deal with maritime security threats" Yang said.

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  • The Latest: Trump campaign unloads on Democratic speakers

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):

    Associated Press
  • Army reservist wanted ‘dead or alive’

    The Manila Police District (MPD) has promised to apply the full force of the law against the motorist who shot dead a bicycle rider in a road rage incident in Quiapo, Manila last Monday night. “The MPD wants him dead or alive.

    Philippine Star
  • Fabregas sees red as Chelsea beat Liverpool

    Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas was sent off for a reckless lunge at Liverpool new boy Ragnar Klavan, overshadowing a 1-0 friendly win at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Wednesday. The Premier League giants locked horns in the pre-season International Champions Cup in a match which was more remarkable for its clumsy fouls than free-flowing football. Spanish midfielder Fabregas, 29, could have no complaints as he got his marching orders in the 70th minute for sliding late into Klavan with his studs up.

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  • Singapore’s jobless rate, layoffs up in Q2: MOM

    Singapore’s unemployment rate rose in the second quarter from the first amid the slowing global economy. The unemployment rate among citizens grew to 3.1 per cent in June from 2.6 per cent in March after falling in the previous quarter, while that for residents rose to 3.0 per cent from 2.7 per cent, advanced labour data released by Ministry of Manpower on Thursday (28 July) showed. The overall unemployment rate rose to 2.1 per cent from 1.9 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Australia: MH370 captain's simulator had Indian Ocean route

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed.

    Associated Press
  • 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
  • Kristen Stewart declares she's 'really in love' with girlfriend Alicia Cargile

    Kristen Stewart has admitted she is "really in love" with her girlfriend and former personal assistant Alicia Cargile.

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  • Football: Bayern's Ribery expands on Guardiola criticism

    French winger Franck Ribery has again criticised his ex-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola during the club's tour of the United States, claiming the Spaniard talks too much and lacks experience. Guardiola is now head coach of Manchester City after three seasons with Bayern and Ribery has wasted no time in criticising his former boss. Bayern lost 5-3 to AC Milan on Wednesday in a penalty shoot-out after their friendly in Chicago finished 3-3 after extra time.

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  • Duterte gathers 4 ex-presidents at security council meet

    A maritime dispute with China has made four former presidents set aside their differences and sit down to discuss the best tack for resolving the issue. President Duterte yesterday convened the National Security Council with four former chief executives in attendance, along with congressional leaders and members of the Cabinet.

    Philippine Star
  • 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 ...

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  • Hong Kong celebrity Maria Cordero not Monspace Sky Airlines’ ambassador, rep says

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — Hong Kong celebrity Maria Cordero is not acting as the ambassador of a purported new airline under probe by Malaysian authorities, a representative has confirmed....

    The Malay Mail Online
  • WWF calls for crack down on 'tiger farms'

    The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday urged Asian states to investigate all tiger breeding centres and crack down on any involved in black-market animal trade. On the eve of the International Day of the Tiger, WWF said it was crucial for governments to identify and close so-called "tiger farms", which are distinct from zoos or breeding centres with a legitimate conservation mission. "Closure of these operations... would significantly boost efforts to save the world’s remaining wild tigers," WWF said in a statement.

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  • N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.

    Associated Press 43 mins ago
  • Singapore nursing homes need new model of care: Lien Foundation CEO

    Single or twin-bed rooms with their own toilets, a home-like environment, and a team of senior care associates and nursing aides to look after residents. This is the proposed model that the Lien Foundation and the Khoo Chwee Neo Foundation said on Thursday (28 July) can be applied to Singapore nursing homes at an affordable cost. Lien Foundation chief executive Lee Poh Wah noted that the new model amounted to a “fundamental change of religion”, as it gave nursing home residents autonomy and independence.

    Nicholas Yong
  • IGP: Cops to interview conspiracy accuser before calling accused

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 ― Investigators will not yet question three former senior civil servants accused by Umno Youth of conspiring to depose Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak,...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Missing MH370 wreckage may be further north, study suggests

    Just days after authorities mooted suspending the ocean search for missing flight MH370, researchers suggested on Wednesday that the debris zone may stretch a further 500 kilometres (310 miles) north. A team of Italian scientists used computer modelling, into which they fed data on ocean currents and winds over the past two years, to try and pinpoint the Malaysia Airlines plane's likely underwater grave. "One of the most important findings is that everything that has been discovered so far is indeed compatible with the area where the authorities are searching," lead researcher Eric Jansen of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change in Italy told AFP.

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