• Main contenders for 2016 Philippines presidency

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino named Interior Minister Manuel Roxas on Friday as the candidate he will support in the May 9, 2016 presidential election. The following are the leading contenders for the post: MANUEL "MAR" ROXAS, 58 A scion of the old, landed rich from the central Philippines' sugar-baron country, US-educated Roxas is a grandson of the country's first post World War II president, who also had the same name. Untainted by corruption, unlike many Filipino politicians, he is a close friend of Aquino and is seen by many as a safe pick to carry the torch of the latter's reformist presidency.

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  • Kylie Jenner Reveals The Secret Behind Her Curves

    The youngest Kardashnner, Kylie Jenner viciously denied having breast enhancing surgery earlier this year. But the reality TV star has now admitted that her curves aren’t entirely all her own work. Copyright [Instagram/kyliejenner]The teenager admitted

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  • Dr M: Crime to even talk about 1MDB

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 ― Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today declined to field questions on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), pointedly saying that discussing the controversial firm could land the speaker in jail. Among the casualties were Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was replaced as deputy prime minister in a Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday following an outburst over 1MDB last weekend. Dr Mahathir today also said he has viewed a leaked video of Muhyiddin claiming that Najib admitted to receiving US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) in his personal accounts, but similarly said he could not comment on the matter without inviting the authorities attention.

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  • Luggage piece found on French island near possible MH370 debris

    Part of a bag was found Thursday on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion not far from plane debris which has fuelled speculation it may be from missing flight MH370. "The piece of luggage was here since yesterday but nobody really paid attention," said Johnny Begue, a member of a local clean-up association who found the long piece of wreckage believed to be a part of a plane wing. Local air transport police who have been studying the plane debris also picked up the piece of luggage on Thursday.

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  • Japanese girl's WWII job: waving goodbye to kamikaze pilots

    As young army pilots took off on suicide-attack missions in the closing days of World War II, the schoolgirls in this southwestern Japanese town waved handkerchiefs and branches of pink blossoms. "Remembering that still makes me tremble," said Chino Kuwashiro, now a tiny 86-year-old with a stooped back. Only about a dozen Nadeshiko women are alive today.

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  • Dwayne Johnson: Hogan disappoints me

    Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson finds Hulk Hogan’s racist rant disappointing. The 43-year-old Furious Seven actor was part of the World Wrestling Federation, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., for several years before becoming a movie star, using ‘The Rock’ as his professional wrestling alias. Dwayne encountered Hulk Hogan, real name Terry Bollea, many times throughout his WWE career and the star can’t believe his former colleague was captured on tape spewing out the n-word.

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  • Malaysian central bank grips ringgit tightly as troubles mount

    Protecting the ringgit from political fallout may end up costing Malaysia more than any bailout for the debt-ridden 1MDB state fund, given the rate at which the central bank has been using its reserves in recent weeks. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has taken an iron-fisted approach, barely allowing the ringgit to move since early July as investors became increasingly unnerved by the deepening scandal over how 1 Malaysia Development Berhad got into $11 billion of debt. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Najib Razak sacked his deputy, who had called on him to give Malaysians a better explanation of where 1MDB's money went.

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  • Australia 'increasingly confident' wreckage is from MH370

    Authorities hunting for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 said Friday they were "increasingly confident" that wreckage found on an Indian Ocean island was from the ill-fated jet, raising hopes of solving one of aviation's great mysteries. The two-metre (six-foot) long piece of wreckage is to be sent to France for analysis, with hopes high that it could turn out to be the first tangible proof the plane went down in the Indian Ocean. Investigators are hoping they will be able to move closer to solving the perplexing mystery swirling around the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which vanished without a trace 16 months ago with 239 people aboard.

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  • Here's the 2 topics press aren't allowed to ask Tom Cruise about while he promotes the new 'Mission: Impossible'

    According to The Wrap story, Cruise's camp has banned any personal life questions or mention of "Going Clear" in his interviews. An individual who worked closely with Cruise in 2006 on press and appearances told The Wrap that Cruise has been increasingly mum about Scientology over the last ten years.

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  • Marketing lessons from the durian trade

    Here in Singapore, durians are the rage. Mostly imported from neighbouring Malaysia, it has become a cultural activity to eat and buy a durian anywhere from US$5 to as expensive as US$30. This year, there was a bumper harvest and coupled with the Ramadan season in Malaysia, many durians came travelling to Singapore, in hope of getting eaten by food connoisseurs.

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  • Hunters fight back after Cecil the lion killing

    Bucking against international outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, professional hunters argue that their industry follows strict rules aimed at preserving wildlife and supporting local people. While many hunters acknowledge Cecil was likely killed illegally, they say the vitriol directed towards them is misplaced. "Animal lovers tend to forget the benefit that can be derived by properly managing a resource," said Emmanuel Fundira, president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ).

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  • China, Russia to hold joint naval, air drills

    China and Russia will hold joint military drills in the waters and airspace of the Sea of Japan, Beijing said Thursday, the latest defence cooperation between the countries. The exercises will take place August 20 to 28 in the Peter the Great Gulf and other areas off the Russian coast, defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters. China will send seven naval ships including a destroyer and a frigate, along with fighter jets and other aircraft, Yang said.

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  • Not All African Pygmy Groups Grow the Same Way

    Not all African people of short stature — often referred to as Pygmies — grow alike, a new study finds. However, other African Pygmy tribes grow differently: In East Africa, the Sua and Efe peoples give birth to smaller-than-average babies.

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  • HBO chief says 'Game of Thrones' could wrap after 8 seasons

    "Game of Thrones" fans, brace yourselves: The fantasy saga's end is perhaps just a few years away. HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said that the drama series' producers are leaning toward three more seasons after the just-concluded season five. "I'm always hoping they're going to change their minds, but I think that's what we're looking at right now," Lombardo told a Television Critics Association meeting.

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  • Astronomers find star with three super-Earths

    Astronomers said Thursday they had found a planetary system with three super-Earths orbiting a bright, dwarf star -- one of them likely a volcanic world of molten rock. The four-planet system had been hiding out in the M-shaped, northern hemisphere constellation Cassiopeia, "just" 21 light years from Earth, a team reported in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Super-Earths have a mass higher than Earth's but are lighter than gas giants like Neptune, Saturn or Jupiter.

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  • Ignoring Speaker, PAC vice-chief says will press on with 1MDB probe

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 ― The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will proceed with next week’s hearings on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) despite the Speaker saying it must wait for a new chairman, said DAP’s Dr Tan Seng Giaw today. Dr Tan, who is acting PAC chief, added that there was no official notice informing the committee that its proceedings were suspended pending the appointment of a new chairman to replace Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed who was made deputy home minister. Whatever the interpretation of Article 77 (3)... 'Absence of a chairman or vice chairman for whatever reason', so you cannot bend it any other ways, it is very wide, as wide as the Indian Ocean.

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  • Bar president: Gani can challenge ‘unconstitutional’ removal in court

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 ― Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail can contest the “unconstitutional” termination of his services as the Attorney-General, said Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru who added the action will not affect Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s duties. Despite Apandi insisting that his predecessor was removed lawfully, Steven maintained that Putrajaya had failed to give Gani the opportunity to be heard before his services were discontinued. Saying that Gani would be able to file a lawsuit in court over his removal as AG, Steven confirmed that such a legal challenge would not disrupt the AG's services and the operations of the Attorney-General's Chambers.

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  • Millionaire Causes Traffic Jam In London To Get His £540k Porsche Washed

    The owner of this £540,000 Porsche 918 Spyder is a Saudi millionaire who decided the car needed a spruce up - on one of London’s busiest roads. Sitting outside the posh Mandarin Hotel in Brompton road, cleaners set to work in giving the car the once over - but it caused misery for other drivers. Motorists were forced to slow down, while bus drivers even had to change lanes so they could get past the Porsche.

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  • Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

    Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule. It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as much as 60 percent higher than before. Seattle's law, adopted last year after a strong push from labor and grassroots activists, bumped the city's minimum wage to $11 beginning April 1, above Washington state's highest-in-the-nation $9.47.

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  • City mourns as teen charged in killing appears in court

    A teenage boy accused of raping and killing an 8-year-old neighbor appeared in court briefly Thursday as flags around this small California town flew at half-staff in honor of the girl. Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, his hands shackled in front of him, did not enter a plea. The 15-year-old's arraignment was postponed until Sept. 21, most likely to give the defense more time to build a case, said Santa Cruz District Attorney spokesman Paul Mangasarian.

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