• US Marine found guilty of killing Filipina transgender woman

    Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide for the killing of Jennifer Laude in a motel in October 2014, after they met in a bar following joint US-Philippine military exercises near the city of Olongapo. Judge Roline Jinez Jabalde sentenced Pemberton to six to 12 years in jail -- after the charge was reduced from murder which carries a heavier penalty -- citing mitigating circumstances, including the fact that Laude had not revealed her gender identity. The court heard that Pemberton and Laude agreed to have sex after the meeting, but that the drunken Marine turned violent when he discovered Laude still had male genitals.

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  • North Korean ghost boats, in deadly hunt for fish, wash up in Japan

    By Ju-min Park and Kaori Kaneko SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that have strayed dangerously far from port under the impoverished nation's push to boost its catch. There has been no mention from secretive North Korea of any missing boats, but its leader, Kim Jong Un, has put a high priority on fishing as a way of earning foreign currency and providing a sustainable food source that is not reliant on harvests and weather. The Japanese coast guard and police reported 12 incidents of wrecked wooden boats, including some that were in pieces, on the country's shores and waters since October, containing 22 dead bodies, including five skulls.

  • AirAsia crash due to faulty component, crew action: probe

    Faulty equipment and the crew's "inability to control the aircraft" caused an AirAsia A320 to crash into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 people onboard, an Indonesian report said Tuesday. Flight QZ8501 plunged into the ocean in stormy weather on December 28, during what was supposed to be a routine flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. The crash of the Airbus A320-200 triggered a huge international search, with ships and aircraft from several nations involved in a lengthy hunt that was hampered by strong currents and bad weather.

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  • Meet China’s second generation rich kid entrepreneurs

    China’s second generation rich have a reputation for extravagance. But how do they see themselves as entrepreneurs? “A rich family’s child has to choose one of three options,” says Fuye Wang Managing Partner at Geek House Capital. “Work in a large company, invest, or inherit the family business.” Wang is an example of China’s ‘second... The post Meet China’s second generation rich kid entrepreneurs appeared first on e27.

  • The Government Has Spoken: GrabTaxi & Hailo Given Green Light To Run Taxi-Booking Apps

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post. It seems like taxi drivers in Singapore have a bit to celebrate about starting today. This morning, it was announced that both GrabTaxi and Hailo Singapore have been given the green light to continue … The post The Government Has Spoken: GrabTaxi & Hailo Given Green Light To Run Taxi-Booking Apps appeared first on Vulcan Post.

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  • Ex-United boss Moyes open to another European club job

    (Reuters) - David Moyes has left the door open on a return to club management in Europe despite his first stint on the continent ending in him being sacked by Spanish club Real Sociedad. Moyes, who made his name during his 11 years in charge of Everton and joined Sociedad in 2014 after an ill-fated spell with Manchester United, was given his marching orders by the La Liga outfit last month. "I'm open minded and Spain whetted my appetite.

  • Samsung replaces mobile chief, promotes chairman's daughter

    Samsung on Tuesday replaced the head of its mobile business and promoted the chairman's daughter as the South Korean giant seeks to reassert its smartphone dominance amid a generational power transfer in the founding Lee family. In an annual personnel reshuffle, Samsung named Koh Dong-Jin, executive vice head of Samsung Electronics's mobile research and development, as the new head of mobile business. Shin, 59, took over the mobile division in 2011 and oversaw Samsung’s rise to the world's number-one smartphone maker.

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  • Philippine distiller buys major Spanish brandy maker

    The Philippines largest liquor producer Emperador said Tuesday it would purchase a major Spanish brandy and sherry brand, representing its latest foreign acquisition after obtaining Iberian vineyards and a Scottish whisky giant. Emperador said in a disclosure to the Manila stock exchange that it had reached an agreement to purchase Spain's Fundador from US-based Beam Suntory for 275 million euros ($291 million). Fundador produces popular brandies including one of the same name and the Terry Centenario and Tres Cepas brands.

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  • Putin snubs Erdogan in Paris as pilot's body returned to Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin snubbed a meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in France on Monday as the body of a pilot killed when Ankara downed one of Moscow's warplanes returned home. Turkish authorities meanwhile again pledged not to apologise over last Tuesday's downing of the Russian jet on the Syrian border as Moscow rolled out its sanctions aimed at exacting economic revenge on Ankara.

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  • Chinese investors pay $400 million for Manchester City stake

    A consortium of Chinese investors is spending $400 million to take a stake of more than 13 percent in the group that owns soccer clubs including Manchester City and New York City FC, expanding the country's financial involvement in the game. The consortium includes China Media Capital (CMC) Holdings and CITIC Capital and the deal values the City Football Group at $3 billion, City Football Group said in a statement on Tuesday. As part of the deal, new shares will be issued in City Football Group in addition to ones owned by Sheikh Mansour's Abu Dhabi United Group.

  • Stephen Curry stars as unbeaten Warriors march on

    Stephen Curry scored 26 points as the Golden State Warriors survived a furious late onslaught from the Utah Jazz on Monday to stretch their record-breaking unbeaten season start to 19 games. Reigning NBA MVP Curry came to the Warriors rescue once again, producing a superb three-pointer with seconds left to put Golden State ahead 104-101 just moments after Utah had leveled. It was yet another moment of inspiration from Curry, a talismanic figure for the reigning NBA Champions who have now edged one game closer to the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time winning streak record of 33 games.

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  • Indonesia's Papua battles AIDS epidemic

    Fifteen-year-old Adina curls up in bed under a sheet, her body ravaged by AIDS, one of many caught up in an epidemic sweeping Indonesia's eastern Papua region. The teen, who only gave her first name, contracted HIV from an infected boyfriend and is one of 10 AIDS patients receiving free care at a hostel run by Agustinus Adil, a Catholic brother. Some ended up in the hostel in Waena village after being thrown out of home when their relatives found out they had HIV, as the virus still carries a strong stigma in deeply poor Papua, which has the highest prevalence of infections in Indonesia.

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  • Amy Schumer poses topless for 2016 Pirelli Calendar

    Amy Schumer and Serena Williams have posed topless for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar.

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  • Singapore rises in ranking of best student cities

    Singaporeans don’t have to look too far when it comes to deciding on the best city to pursue their tertiary studies.

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  • Senegalese villages swallowed by the sea

    Behind the remains of washed-away fences, crumbling houses dot an expanse of the northern Senegalese coastline where a swollen river and an advancing sea are swallowing villages whole. The fishing community of Goxu Mbath is one of many districts in the city of Saint Louis, the former colonial capital of French west Africa that, little by little, is disappearing under water. The water hit hard and knocked down walls," says Awa Sarr Fall, 68, outside her badly damaged oceanfront house.

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  • Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians after stabbing attempts

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Tuesday said it shot and killed two Palestinians who tried to carry out separate stabbing attacks in the West Bank.

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  • Australian former Hells Angels abducted in Thailand: police

    Thai police said Tuesday they are searching for a gang of foreigners believed to have abducted an Australian former Hells Angels gang member at gunpoint. Wayne Rodney Schneider, 37, was kidnapped on Monday by a group of masked men outside his house in Pattaya, a seaside resort town notorious for its sprawling red light district and links with organised crime. "He was abducted and carried into a van yesterday at dawn according to two security guards who were witnesses", Police Colonel Sukthat Pumpanmuang, commander of Pattaya City police station, told AFP.

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  • Katie Holmes: 'I regret nothing'

    Katie Holmes wouldn't change anything in her life, insisting she has learnt from everything she has been through.

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  • Inside Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's 'super private' honeymoon

    Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello were "super private and very much in love" on their stunning honeymoon at a private luxury resort on the Turks and Caicos islands.

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  • Milner eyeing first trophy with improving Liverpool

    (Reuters) - Liverpool have hit form at the right time ahead of a season-defining month with a first trophy possible under new manager Juergen Klopp, midfielder James Milner has said. The Merseysiders, who have won six of their last seven games in all competitions, play seven times in December and kick-off the hectic schedule away to Southampton in the quarter final of the League Cup on Wednesday. The league table always looks so much different at the beginning to mid-January than what he does at the start of December," Milner was quoted as saying by British media.