• Singapore confirms Zika spread; some countries issue travel warnings

    By Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The number of confirmed cases of Zika virus in Singapore rose to 82 on Tuesday, with some of the latest infections detected beyond the area of the initial outbreak. Several countries advised pregnant women or those trying to conceive to avoid travelling to the city-state. The mosquito-borne Zika virus was detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas.

    Reuters
  • Mel C: 'I will never be a part of Spice Girls reunion'

    The 42-year-old confessed it was one of the hardest decisions she's ever had to make.

    Cover Media
  • Duterte urged: Move air, sea ports out of MM

    A commuters’ group urged President Duterte yesterday to implement the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) proposal to transfer the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Manila North Harbor operations outside of Metro Manila. The JICA proposal – which involves transferring the airport to Cavite and harbor operations to the Batangas City port – to decongest traffic is also being pushed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, said Elvira Medina, president of the National Center for Commuters Safety and Protection Inc. (NCCSPI).

    Philippine Star
  • Alleged drug lord, wife gunned down in Aklan

    Three days after turning himself in to authorities to deny his links to illegal drugs, a businessman was mortally wounded by gunmen who also shot dead his wife shortly after the couple disembarked from a vessel at a port in Malay, Aklan before dawn yesterday. Melvin Odicta Sr. and his wife Meriam had just disembarked from a 2Go roll-on-roll-off vessel at the Caticlan Jetty Port when the attack occurred at around 1:30 a.m. Odicta, also known by the moniker “Dragon,” was earlier identified by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 (PDEA-6) as one of two top drug dealers operating mainly in the province of Iloilo.

    Philippine Star
  • Vietnam says all will lose in any South China Sea war

    Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang warned on Tuesday there would be no winners in any armed conflict sparked by territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The Vietnamese leader did not mention any country but there is growing unease over China's actions. It has reclaimed reefs and built airstrips capable of hosting military equipment, sparking anger from competing claimants led by Vietnam and the Philippines.

    AFP News
  • Arsenal sign Spanish striker Perez

    Arsenal have signed striker Lucas Perez from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Perez, who also scored in Deportivo's opening La Liga win over Eibar this season, will fit into Arsenal's possession based football, according to manager Arsene Wenger. "He's not only a goalscorer, he's a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs, Wenger told the club website.

    Reuters
  • Ombudsman to lawmakers: Go ahead, impeach me

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is challenging the administration-dominated House of Representatives to initiate an impeachment complaint against her if its members think she has committed wrongdoing and is no longer fit for the tough anti-corruption job. Morales, an appointee of former president Benigno Aquino III, will finish her seven-year term in mid-2018.

    Philippine Star
  • Girl told ‘not beautiful’ crowned Miss Malaysia World 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — Tatiana Kumar has been crowned Miss Malaysia World 2016, a feat she dreamt of after being told in school she was not beautiful. “My biggest regret was believing...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Fergie credits husband for her comeback

    The former Black Eyed Peas singer took a break from the limelight in 2011 because she was exhausted.

    Cover Media
  • Senior cop accused of raping teenage daughters in Sabah

    KOTA KINABALU, Aug 30 ― Sabah police are investigating a case of alleged incest involving a high-ranking police officer in the west coast district of Tenom. State Police Commissioner Datuk...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Nazri calls Syed Sadiq just ‘little boy’, not worthy of response

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 ― Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today said he was uninterested in answering Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman over his criticism of Umno, saying the...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Philippines may open mothballed Marcos-era nuclear power plant

    The Philippines is looking into operating the country's only nuclear power plant, built four decades ago at more than $2 billion but never used, to ensure the long-term supply of clean and cheap electricity, its energy minister said. The Southeast Asian country is joining more than two dozen other countries looking to add nuclear power to their energy mix, including neighbours Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Tuesday reviving the mothballed 620-megawatt nuclear plant in Bataan province, northwest of Manila, will require a $1 billion investment.

    Reuters
  • 6 government ministries that would panic if Godzilla came to Singapore

    One of the ironic parts about “Shin: Godzilla” (aka “Godzilla: Resurgence”) is how the Japanese government reacts to Godzilla’s arrival. Which ministries would be panicking at Godzilla’s resurgence? Godzilla is radioactive.

    Marcus Goh
  • All four big Chinese banks report rising bad loans

    All of China's "Big Four" state-owned banks reported mounting bad loans in the first half of the year, statements showed, as the world's second-largest economy faces souring debt amid slowing ...

    AFP
  • ‘Sale of passports a P200-M racket’

    A P200-million anomaly is allegedly behind the recent arrest of 210 Indonesian and Malaysian pilgrims found with fraudulently obtained Philippine hajj passports for a flight to Mecca, employees of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) said. The NCMF employees also reported that such anomaly had been “rampant since the administration of Secretary Yasmin Lao” and that each Philippine hajj passport was sold to foreigners for P25,000. With each haji passport sold at P25,000, the proceeds can reach up to P200 million.

    Philippine Star
  • Here’s the real secret to losing weight and staying thin (Hint: You’re not going to like it)

    A study found that metabolism rates slow more than expected years after weight loss.

    MarketWatch q 37 mins ago
  • Schweinsteiger won't give up his Man Utd dream

    Ahead of his final Germany appearance, Bastian Schweinsteiger said Tuesday he will not give up on his dream of playing again for Manchester United -- despite his exile by Jose Mourinho. Germany's friendly against Finland in Moenchengladbach on Wednesday doubles as Schweinsteiger's farewell on his 121st - and final - international appearance when he will captain die Mannschaft for the last time. The 32-year-old, who left Bayern Munich for Manchester in 2015, has a United contract running until 2018, but new coach Mourinho banished him to the Under-23 team early this month, insisting the soon-to-be ex-Germany captain is not in his plans.

    AFP News
  • Apple expected to show new iPhone at event next week

    Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco. The tech giant announced the date for the Sept. 7 launch by sending out invitations ...

    Associated Press
  • In Johor, Iskandar Malaysia says property glut nothing surprising

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — Iskandar Malaysia, the economic development corridor in southern Johor, says the current property glut in the state only involves certain property segments. Although...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Phl`s Wolf of Wall Street` strikes again

    Former Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) employee Jose Cecilio “Jay” Peñaflor, described by the National Bureau of Investigation as the Philippines’ version of the Wolf of Wall Street, is again at the center of a new scam. He was released from the Kamuning, Quezon City police station on Sunday after being detained on estafa charges for two weeks. Peñaflor reportedly ran away with a “very huge amount of money,” from an event he organized called Federalism Conference 2016, wherein he tried to hitch a ride on President Duterte’s pitch for a federalist form of government, sources told The STAR.

    Philippine Star