• IS executes 3,500 in Syria since declaring 'caliphate': monitor

    The Islamic State group has executed more than 3,500 people in Syria, including nearly 2,000 civilians, since declaring its "caliphate" in June last year, a monitor said Sunday. In the last month alone IS executed 53 people -- including 35 civilians -- in areas it controls in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The new figures from the Britain-based Observatory bring to 3,591 the number of people executed by IS in Syria since it declared its Islamic "caliphate" after seizing control of large parts of the country.

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  • Mourinho hails Chelsea, Arsenal eye summit

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declared that the Premier League champions had produced their best performance of the campaign after they drew 0-0 at in-form Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Chelsea have had little to shout about of late and although the result served only to move them up to 14th place in the standings, Mourinho, who dropped misfiring striker Diego Costa, was encouraged by what he saw. "It was the best Chelsea performance of the season, against a dangerous team," said the Portuguese, who saw Eden Hazard impress in an unfamiliar role as a lone striker.

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  • Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'

    By Daren Butler and Maria Tsvetkova ISTANBUL/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia on Friday not to "play with fire", citing reports Turkish businessmen had been detained in Russia, while Moscow said it would suspend visa-free travel with Turkey. Relations between the former Cold War antagonists are at their lowest in recent memory after Turkey shot down a Russian jet near the Syrian border on Tuesday. Russia has threatened economic retaliation, a response Erdogan has dismissed as emotional and indecorous.

  • Mary-Kate Olsen weds - report

    Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy have reportedly tied the knot.

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  • Curry sits, Golden State Warriors cruise to 18-0

    Stephen Curry scored 19 points then got plenty of help so he could take the fourth quarter off as the Golden State Warriors improved to 18-0 with a 120-101 win over Sacramento. Forward Brandon Rush drained three three-pointers in the third-quarter, and Curry finished with three three-pointers on the night, as the Warriors kept their perfect start to the season intact and equaled the 2007-08 Houston Rockets with a 22nd consecutive regular-season win dating back to last season. The Warriors now embark on a seven-game trip, during which they will be chasing the 27-game winning streak set by the Miami Heat during the 2012-13 season.

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  • Adam Lambert Petition: Singapore’s First-World Double Standards?

    The social media sphere exploded as petitions surfaced online to get American Idol Season 8 runner-up, Adam Lambert, not to perform at Mediacorp’s New Year countdown concert. Citing reasons such as “inappropriate choice” and how Lambert has the potential to “promote the gay lifestyle”, our little red dot and concerned citizens has drawn media attention to the state of this country and our stand on LGBT rights.

  • Syrian opposition: Russian strikes kill 18, wound dozens

    BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes killed at least 18 civilians and wounded dozens more on Sunday in a northern Syrian town held by insurgents, Syrian opposition media reported.

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  • Alonso a 'time bomb' waiting to explode, says Webber

    By Alan Baldwin ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso is a time bomb waiting to explode as McLaren could discover next season if their car remains uncompetitive, according to the Spaniard's friend and former Formula One rival Mark Webber. "It looks like between the pair of them (Alonso and McLaren), there obviously something happening," the Australian told Reuters at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. McLaren boss Ron Dennis mentioned on Saturday the possibility of the double world champion, who has two years remaining on his contract, taking a sabbatical next season rather than endure another year as bad as 2015.

  • Antonio Banderas: Melanie Griffith divorce changed everything

    Antonio Banderas is pleased he and his ex-wife Melanie Griffith haven't turned into a "bitter and angry" former couple following their split.

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  • Russian oil tanker grounded in north Pacific

    Russian emergency services say cleanup operations are underway after an oil tanker was grounded, damaging one of its fuel tanks. The tanker Nadezhda hit a reef during a storm on Saturday near the port ...

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  • Scans of King Tut's tomb point to hidden chamber

    Scans of King Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings point to a secret chamber, archaeologists said Saturday, possibly heralding the discovery of Queen Nefertiti's long-sought mummy. A wife of Tutankhamun's father Akhenaten, Nefertiti played a major political and religious role in the 14th century BC, and the discovery of her tomb would be a major prize for Egyptologists. Experts are now "approximately 90 percent" sure there is a hidden chamber in Tutankhamun's tomb, Antiquities Minister Mamduh al-Damati told a news conference.

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  • Four new luxury cars hit Singapore

    Got a $230K to $380K to spend on a new car? Here are four new choices, with a twist…

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  • 'Large' Chinese military fleet flies near Japan islands: media

    Japan scrambled jets after 11 Chinese military planes flew near southern Japanese islands during what Beijing said was a drill to improve its long-range combat abilities, reports said Saturday. The planes -- eight bombers, two intelligence gathering planes and one early-warning aircraft -- flew near Miyako and Okinawa on Friday without violating Japan's airspace, the Japanese defence ministry said in a statement released on Friday. A Chinese air force spokesman said several types of planes, including H-6K bombers, were involved in Friday's drill over the western Pacific, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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  • Rosberg ends F1 season on a hat-trick high

    By Alan Baldwin ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg wrapped up the Formula One season on a winning high in Abu Dhabi on Sunday with team mate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton second in a record 12th one-two finish of the year for dominant Mercedes. The German's third win in a row, from a sixth successive pole position, dashed Hamilton's hopes of a 44th career victory in car 44 on the 44th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates. "Austin (in Texas) was a tough weekend and since then I've just come back a lot stronger," said Rosberg from the podium after spraying the sparkling rosewater used instead of the usual champagne.

  • Colorado governor urges toned-down abortion debate after clinic rampage

    By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The attack at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic that killed a police officer and two other people suggests that both sides of the abortion debate in the United States need to "tone down the rhetoric," the state's governor said on Sunday. The governor, John Hickenlooper, spoke the morning after unnamed law enforcement authorities told NBC News and other media that the suspected gunman had muttered "no more baby parts" when he was arrested after an hours-long standoff at the Colorado Springs clinic. Planned Parenthood provides a range of health services for men and women, including abortion.

  • Obama shops at Washington bookstore, popular frozen pop shop

    President Barack Obama kept up his holiday tradition of supporting small businesses. Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha visited Upshur Street Books in Washington's Petworth neighborhood Saturday, where ...

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  • Town demolishes veteran's house while he has surgery

    WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — When a U.S. Navy veteran traveled from Long Island to Florida for a knee replacement, his house was the last thing on his mind. But now his memory of it is all he can think about.

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  • Hong Kong's dolphins at risk of disappearing

    As Hong Kong seeks to expand its international airport and with a major new bridge project under way, campaigners warn that the dwindling number of much-loved pink dolphins in surrounding waters may disappear altogether. The Chinese white dolphin -- popularly known as the pink dolphin due to its pale pink colouring -- draws scores of tourists daily to the waters north of Hong Kong's Lantau island. It also became Hong Kong's official mascot for the handover ceremony in 1997, when Britain returned the territory to China.

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  • Philippines goes supersonic again with South Korean fighter jets

    The Philippines took delivery of two South Korean-made FA-50 aircraft on Saturday, marking the country's return to supersonic fighter jet status after almost a decade, amid growing tensions with China. Gazmin has said the aircraft could serve as both trainers and fighters, and that among the areas they would be posted will be the western island of Palawan, the country's closest point to the South China Sea where the Philippines has a territorial dispute with China. Other countries have conflicting claims and the Philippines has been the most vocal in opposing China despite its overwhelming military superiority.

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  • Chefs Are Wondering What Is Singapore Food

    What is Singapore food? Yesterday we met celebrity chef Aaron Craze, the host of  “The Amazing Food Challenge: Fun in the Philippines season 3″ premiering on the Asian Food Channel on December 22, and the show’s judges, Chef Rob Pengson and Chef Fernando Aracama. We asked them one simple question – What is Singapore food? Their answers varied from Sambal Stingray to Laksa, Chili Crab, Black Pepper Crab, Carrot Cake and Bak Kut Teh and quite a few others. So the chefs behind HopHop Chef seek your opinion: What is Singaporean food for you? Give your vote, participate and we will figure it out together. If you can’t see the form below, please ANSWER HERE.   More exciting news on the Amazing Food Challenge: Fun in the Philippines season 3 is coming soon, stay tuned! 10 1 Bon Vivant - Asia's ultimate Food & Lifestyle Magazine, presented by Clubvivre

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