• China says it warned U.S warship to leave South China Sea

    China said on Thursday that Chinese warships warned a U.S. Navy warship to leave after it sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea. Speaking at a monthly news briefing in Beijing, Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said China had lodged stern representations to the U.S over the patrol and that such moves were not conducive to peace and stability in the South China Sea.

  • Cambodia PM repeats warning of war if opposition wins vote

    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday reiterated a warning that war could break out in the Southeast Asian country if his ruling party loses local elections next month and a general election next year. Local elections set for June 4 could be a springboard for the general election, which is seen as the biggest challenge Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) has faced in nearly four decades. In a three-hour speech to Cambodia's Christian community in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen, who has vowed to stay on after more than three decades in power, said an opposition win would lead to bloodshed if his family members were targeted by critics.

  • Philippines deploys helicopters in battle to retake city from Islamist rebels

    By Romeo Ranoco MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Troops backed by attack helicopters battled dozens of militants linked to the Islamic State group holed up in a besieged city in the southern Philippines on Thursday after attempts to secure volatile areas met heavy resistance. The army sent about 100 soldiers, including U.S.-trained special forces, to retake buildings and streets in mainly Muslim Marawi City held by militants of the Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law on impoverished Mindanao, the country's second-largest island, to prevent the spread of extremism after the Maute rebels rampaged through the city of 200,000 people.

  • Football: Mourinho restores Man Utd's winning feeling

    Judgement was reserved until the final game of his maiden campaign, but in guiding his club to Europa League glory Jose Mourinho has restored the winning feeling at Manchester United. There was little sparkling football at Old Trafford this season and despite a 25-game unbeaten run, Mourinho could do no better than a sixth-place finish in the Premier League. "Who cares who finished second, third or fourth in the Premier League?

  • F1 teams asked to revise cars after Monger crash

    By Alan Baldwin MONACO (Reuters) - Formula One teams have been told to change the rear jack points on their cars for safety reasons after a recent Formula Four accident that cost British teenager Billy Monger his legs. International Automobile Federation (FIA) safety director Laurent Mekies wrote to the teams ahead of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix seeking modifications to the points at which jacks are engaged to raise the back of cars at pitstops. "Following several front-to-rear incidents over the past months in various single-seater categories, the FIA would like all F1 teams to ensure that their rear jacking point designs cannot act aggressively during such an incident," he wrote.

  • Howard Shaw jailed for third drink driving offence

    Shaw family scion Howard Shaw Chai Li, 46, has been sentenced to eight weeks’ jail for his third drink driving offence in 10 years, after he pleaded guilty to the offence on Monday (25 May). The grandson of Runme Shaw, the founder of pioneering Asian film distributor and cinema operator Shaw Organisation, was also fined $10,000 and disqualified from driving for eight years. In 1997 and 2006, Shaw was also convicted of drink driving.

  • 'We've almost run out of tears': Polish parents killed in Manchester attack leave behind daughters aged 20 and 12

    Marcin and Angelika Klis, Polish parents of a student at York College, have been confirmed dead after the Manchester attack. "This is devastating news for Alex and her family, the whole college and the wider community.