• Travolta donates his Qantas plane to Australia museum

    Hollywood star John Travolta has donated his "beloved" Boeing 707 plane to an Australian aviation museum and is aiming to be part of the crew to deliver the vintage aircraft. Made for Qantas Airways in 1964, the "Saturday Night Fever" heartthrob and qualified pilot acquired the jet when Australia's national carrier retired it more than 30 years later. "It gives me great pleasure to make this exciting historical announcement that my beloved Boeing 707 aircraft has been donated to the Historical Aircraft Restoration society (HARS)," Travolta, a Qantas ambassador since 2002, said in a statement.

  • Penang exco: Un-Islamic to forbid non-Muslims from breaking fast with Muslims

    GEORGE TOWN, May 29 - It is un-Islamic to forbid non-Muslims from joining Muslims in breaking their fast, Penang state executive councillor Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said today. The state...

  • One F1 comeback is enough for Button

    By Alan Baldwin MONACO (Reuters) - Formula One may have seen the last of Jenson Button following the 2009 world champion's Monaco Grand Prix comeback as stand-in for McLaren race regular Fernando Alonso. The 37-year-old Briton made it abundantly clear at the weekend that while he enjoyed the experience more than expected he had no desire to do any more Formula One races this year. "It has not whetted the appetite for any more -- definitely not," said Button, who started last and from the pit lane due to penalties and retired from the race after colliding with Pascal Wehrlein's Sauber.

  • Philippines puts city on lockdown over fears of militant infiltration

    By Tom Allard MARAWI, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippine city of Iligan was overflowing with evacuees and on lockdown on Monday over fears Islamist militants had sneaked out of nearby Marawi, where troops were battling to drive out gunmen holed up in buildings for a seventh day. The fighting in the city of Marawi with pro-Islamic State militants of the Maute group is the biggest security challenges of Rodrigo Duterte's 11-month presidency, with gunmen still holding parts of the city and fending off helicopter air strikes and ground attacks by commandos. Most of Marawi's 200,000 people have left, many pouring into Iligan, some 38 km (24 miles) away, where authorities said they were stretched to the limit and worried that Maute fighters were blending in with the displaced and could launch attacks.

  • Pogba on Mecca pilgrimage sends Ramadan greetings

    The world's most expensive footballer Paul Pogba has posted pictures of himself at the holiest site of Islam, days after helping Manchester United to victory in the Europa League final. On Instagram, the Frenchman posted a photo of himself standing in front of the Kaaba, a black cube towards which Muslims turn for their five daily prayers. "Most beautiful thing I've seen in my life," wrote Pogba, shown wearing the white cloth of Muslims performing umrah, the lesser pilgrimage which is popular during Ramadan.

  • Tokyo stocks end flat after N.Korea missile launch

    Tokyo stocks closed flat Monday as North Korea's latest missile launch had a muted impact on markets, with all eyes on US, Japanese and Chinese economic data this week. Pyongyang's test-firing of a missile ...

  • 'Wonder Woman' set to break the box office - and could put to rest this myth about superhero movies

    'Wonder Woman' could finally put to rest what analysts say is a tired story: that audiences won't pay to see female-led superhero movies.