• Ex-president George H.W. Bush moved to intensive care; wife hospitalised

    By David Ingram and Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been moved to an intensive-care unit at a Houston hospital with pneumonia and was stable and resting comfortably after doctors performed a procedure to clear his airway, his office said on Wednesday. Bush, who at 92 is the nation's oldest living ex-president, has been at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath, family spokesman Jim McGrath said on Wednesday. Since then, Bush experienced an "acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia" and was sedated for the unspecified procedure, his office said.

  • Foreign players wear out China welcome

    China is cracking down on the use of pricey foreign players by its domestic league teams just as sides are gearing up for the coming season. Here's how it happened: Getting the ball rolling The Chinese domestic league had been steadily growing by the time President Xi Jinping took office in 2012 and increasing attention was paid to past comments he had made declaring his vision of China becoming a football superpower. The focus on his remarks is widely cited as encouraging lavish spending on foreign talent by the big businesses that own Chinese Super League teams as well as ramped-up investment in grassroots development.

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  • Nina Dobrev accidentally flashed her genitals during 'awkward' photo shoot

    The former The Vampire Diaries star explains what really goes on behind-the-scenes.

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  • Philippine police kidnapped and murdered S. Korean businessman

    Philippine police kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman, then led his wife to believe he was alive for months to extort money from her, authorities said Wednesday. The killing is the latest in a long series of criminal acts by the Philippine police force, regarded as one of the nation's most corrupt institutions, and has fuelled concerns about its role enforcing President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crime war. The man disappeared from his home in the northern city of Angeles in October last year, and his wife initially paid a ransom of five million pesos ($100,000), national police spokesman Dionardo Carlos told AFP.

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  • Hong Kong 'mini' flats boom as government fails to rein in record-high prices

    By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - For part-time furniture mover Kong Ngai-lam, 26, home is the bottom half of a bunk bed inside a tiny room that fits little else. Nearly 200,000 Hong Kong residents like him call a wire cage or bed in partitioned apartments their home. Making housing more affordable was among outgoing Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying's top priorities when he took office in 2012, but his administration has been unable to rein in skyrocketing prices that have added to discontent in the city.

  • Teary farewells as Obama aides pack up, make way for Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, with their spouses and young kids in tow. When it's their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments with President Barack Obama, a photo and a farewell hug from the boss.

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  • Japan hotel chain under fire over denial of Rape of Nanking

    A fast-growing Japanese hotel chain is facing criticism over a book penned by the chain's owner that says the Rape of Nanking was fabricated. APA Group, a Tokyo-based land developer and operator of 400-plus ...

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  • Leading Togo at Cup of Nations an 'obligation' for Adebayor

    Emmanuel Adebayor has been without a club for six months now but the only thing on his mind in that time has been leading his country Togo into the Africa Cup of Nations. In an interview with AFP at the Togo team's base in Oyem in northern Gabon, the former Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur striker admitted he felt a responsibility to lead the small west African nation on their return to the tournament. Adebayor had not been seen at club level since leaving English Premier League side Crystal Palace at the end of last season, but he still started against the Ivorians and played 89 minutes before being taken off by coach Claude Le Roy.

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  • Czech fugitive wanted for spreading HIV held in Thailand

    A Czech fugitive wanted in his homeland for knowingly spreading HIV to multiple victims has been arrested on a Thai resort island after living in the country for more than a year, police said Wednesday. Zdenek Pfeifer, 49, was detained at his apartment on the island of Phuket on Tuesday evening, Thai Interpol said in a statement. "Thai police will contact Czech Interpol once he has been prosecuted for local violations," Thai Interpol said, adding he was arrested for illegally overstaying his visa.

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  • US commander warns of more IS attacks in Asia-Pacific

    A top US military commander warned Wednesday that the Asia-Pacific region is at risk of attacks by Islamic State group fighters returning to their home countries. As the group loses territory in the Middle East, radicalised fighters from Bangladesh, Indonesia and elsewhere are likely to target their native countries, Commander of the US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris said. In the past year alone, ISIL has made its murderous intentions clear in places like Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and the United States," he said at an geo-political conference in New Delhi.

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  • BELOW $1 MILLION: One-bedder in Tanjong Pagar

    A 624 sq ft unit at the 45-storey Lumiere in Tanjong Pagar is on the market for $990,000 ($1,587psf), according to a listing on TheEdgeProperty.com.Lumiere is a 168-unit SOHO tower and a redevelopment of the former HMC Centre on Mistri Road. The 99-year leasehold development was developed by niche developer BS Capital and completed in 2010. The property is located just off Shenton Way and across the road from MAS Building and Springleaf Tower, which has an underground link to the Tanjong Pagar MRT station. ...

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  • Fowler defends McIlroy, says pros can't live in a bubble to avoid injury

    Rickie Fowler is defending his title in Abu Dhabi. Rory McIlroy withdrew from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Monday, citing a rib injury that could have him out for weeks. McIlroy attributed the injury, in part, to vigorous off-season practice to find new equipment to play in 2017.

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  • Deadly waves sweep father, son out to ocean, show dangers

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — One moment, Jayson Thomas was on the Oregon beach with his 3-year-old son. The next, they were gone, swept away by a "sneaker wave" as his wife looked on.

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  • Flight 370 victims' families angry, resigned as search ends

    BEIJING (AP) — K.S. Narendran never boards a flight without feeling terror. And he doesn't expect that to change without answers to what happened to the plane carrying his wife three years ago.

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  • Female entrepreneurs in Asia: Here are 8 things you need to know now

    Forbes 30 under 30 Michelle Yuan gives advice on building companies, leaning in, and taking control of your #girlboss life Being an entrepreneur is a lot harder than I thought — and things are even harder in Asia where there’s more stereotyping of women in society. I thought being an entrepreneur was all about building a product […] The post Female entrepreneurs in Asia: Here are 8 things you need to know now appeared first on e27.

  • Missing Korean’s ashes flushed in toilet?

    Kidnapped South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo’s body may not be found at all, sources in the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said last night. NBI agents rushed to a funeral parlor in Bagbaguin, Caloocan City, where Jee’s body was allegedly brought. Sources said the NBI agents rounded up the embalmer and other employees for interrogation.

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  • 10 things in tech you need to know today

    David Ramos/Getty Images Founder and CEO of Facebook … Continued The post 10 things in tech you need to know today appeared first on Business Insider.

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  • Kate Beckinsale thought she had 'died' during an episode of sleep paralysis

    Kate Beckinsale's life mission is to keep on laughing, no matter how hard things get.

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  • MMDA to Create Zipper Lane on EDSA to Lessen Traffic

    Starting January 23 (Monday), the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will open a Zipper Lane (or Counter Flow Lane) to ease traffic bottlenecks to EDSA’s southbound lane. Motorists will now be ... The post MMDA to Create Zipper Lane on EDSA to Lessen Traffic appeared first on Carmudi Philippines Journal.

  • Air France searcher recalls defeat's pain as MH370 hunt ends

    SYDNEY (AP) — Searchers' frustration over Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is difficult to overstate, from the monstrous waves that battered search crews in one of the world's most desolate stretches of ocean to the dearth of information on the plane's flight path that stymied investigators. And now, perhaps most brutal of all, comes the admission of defeat.

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