• Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on S. China Sea: diplomat

    Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is meeting in Laos for the first time since the UN-backed tribunal ruled earlier this month that China did not have historic rights to vast swathes of the strategic sea. China invests heavily across ASEAN but is accused of trying to divide the bloc by habitually offering aid, soft loans and diplomatic support to key allies Laos and Cambodia.

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  • MH370 pilot flew similar doomed route on home simulator: report

    The pilot who flew missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is believed to have gone off route and crashed in the Indian Ocean, conducted a simulation of a similar path just weeks prior, New York magazine reported. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the highly respected airman at the helm of the plane, used an elaborate home-built flight simulator to steer himself over the Strait of Malacca and into the remote southern Indian ocean, a course with striking resemblance to the route MH370 is believed to have taken. The finding, which casts a shadow of suspicion over the 53-year-old pilot, was published Friday by New York magazine, which obtained a confidential document from Malaysian police investigating the incident.

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  • Body unnoticed in Australian fast-food outlet for days: reports

    Police are investigating how a man's body lay undiscovered for up to three days in the toilet of an Australian fast-food restaurant, according to media reports. "Hungry Jack's is cooperating with all relevant authorities regarding the matter at its restaurant in Balga, Western Australia," the fast-food outlet said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with all concerned." Western Australian police gave no indication of how long the man had been dead before his body was discovered inside the locked cubicle.

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  • Peter Lim appears at NBI, claims innocence

    Peter Lim, the Cebu-based businessman named by President Duterte as among the nation’s top drug lords, went to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday to clear his name. “I am innocent,” was the only statement Lim gave to reporters as he got off his car and entered the NBI main office in Manila. Lim was accompanied by his lawyer, Ramon Esguerra, during the meeting with NBI officials.

    Philippine Star
  • Coming soon: More salary deductions

    Employees may soon see additional deductions on their monthly salaries, to be set aside for retirement, after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) finally gave the long-delayed go-ahead to a savings program passed in 2008. The go-signal was issued through Revenue Memorandum Order 42-2016, which laid out reportorial requirements for Republic Act 9505 or the Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA) Law. “Employees, including self-employed individuals and overseas Filipino workers, can start planning their future by establishing their own PERA,” it added.

    Philippine Star
  • Adele accidentally kisses fan onstage

    Adele locks lips with a Nigerian fan.

    Cover Media
  • US open Rio tune-up with 111-74 win over Argentina

    Kevin Durant scored 23 points and DeMarcus Cousins pulled down 15 rebounds as the United States cruised past Argentina 111-74 in their first tune-up for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States will be favored to win a third straight Olympic gold medal under coach Mike Krzyzewski, despite the absence of such NBA stars as LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

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  • ‘Why can’t they just wait for the general election?’ Penang voters ask

    GEORGE TOWN, July 23 — DAP’s proposal for early state elections here received subdued response from voters polled, with most unconvinced of the party’s given reasons for doing so. In an...

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  • SC justice favors GMA acquittal, but...

    Of the 15 justices of the Supreme Court (SC) who voted in last Tuesday’s ruling to dismiss the plunder case against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, onlyAssociate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe had a split vote. Bernabe joined the majority in favor of Arroyo while she made a dissenting opinion against the co-accused, former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) budget officer Benigno Aguas.

    Philippine Star
  • 'Wonder Woman' buzz builds as star shares film's first poster

    "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot shared the first poster of the movie on Friday, ahead of its highly anticipated introduction before fans at the San Diego Comic-Con convention. Wonder." "A dream come true! Happy to finally share this with you all," the Israeli actress and model wrote alongside a post of the image on Twitter. "Wonder Woman" is the first modern superhero movie to focus exclusively on a female protagonist.

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  • Smartmatic admitted secret servers – Bongbong

    The camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. expressed elation yesterday over the admission of an official of automated poll service provider Smartmatic that there was not just one but several other servers that existed in the Automated Election System (AES) apart from those sanctioned by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) during the May 9 polls. Marcos’ spokesman Vic Rodriguez said there was a major breakthrough in the case with the admission of Marlon Garcia, head of the Technical Support Team of Smartmatic, that aside from the three servers sanctioned by the Comelec in the transmission of votes, there also existed a “meet me room” where several servers were placed.

    Philippine Star
  • Van Gogh, Monet paintings seized in Malaysia graft probe

    Switzerland has seized a painting by Vincent Van Gogh and two others by Claude Monet as part of the global investigation into Malaysia's scandal-tainted sovereign wealth fund, an official said Friday. The works were seized following a request from the United States, one of several countries probing alleged massive fraud at the Malaysian state fund 1MDB, said Swiss justice ministry spokeswoman Ingrid Reyser. "The operation is over and we confiscated the three paintings," Reyser told AFP in an email.

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  • Sara not resigning as Davao City mayor

    Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has denied reports that she is resigning from her post. Carpio went on ”vacation leave” a day after attending the inauguration of her father President Duterte. Carpio said she is flying to Manila on Monday to attend her father’s first State of the Nation Address.

    Philippine Star
  • Dr Siti Hasmah on life in the limelight

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali comes across as the most interesting lady that may be living in your neighbourhood and you always find time to stop to have a long chat with....

    The Malay Mail Online
  • EgyptAir Flight 804 broke up in midair after a fire - NY Times

    (Reuters) - Evidence gathered in an investigation into the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 in the Mediterranean Sea in May shows the plane likely broke up in midair after a fire near or inside the cockpit that quickly overwhelmed the crew, according to Egyptian officials involved in the inquiry, the New York Times reported on Friday. The officials spoke this week on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly, the New York Times said.

  • Liverpool seal big-money deal for Dutch forward Wijnaldum

    Netherlands forward Giorginio Wijnaldum has joined Liverpool from relegated Newcastle United, the English Premier League club said on Friday. Wijnaldum, a member of the Dutch squad that reached the 2014 World Cup semi-finals in Brazil, is the seventh signing made by Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp for the new season that starts next month. "It's always a dream to play for as big a club as Liverpool," the 25-year-old told www.liverpoolfc.com.

  • Dog mauling that killed 3-year-old boy angers Navajo leaders

    Shaken by a vicious dog mauling that killed a 3-year-old boy on the Navajo Nation, local leaders are expressing anger over the attack, saying encounters with stray and feral animals on the vast reservation are all too common and more could have been done to prevent the tragedy.

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  • Munich shooting a ‘senseless act’: PM Lee

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has called Friday (22 July) night’s shooting at a shopping mall in Munich, Germany, a “senseless act” which Singapore condemns.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Drug war moves to big traffickers

    Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa made the declaration yesterday following a raid on a suspected shabu laboratory in Valenzuela City where a suspected Chinese drug lord was shot dead. Dela Rosa made the remark even as he admitted that the PNP is facing a daunting task in nailing down major traffickers as against street level peddlers who are getting killed by nearly a dozen each day. Police said Meco Tan was killed during a shootout with pursuing lawmen.

    Philippine Star
  • Japanese 'rent men' who are paid just to listen

    From lonely pensioners to Japanese schoolgirls with shattered dreams, Takanobu Nishimoto and his crew of middle-aged men will lend an ear to clients who would never dream of spilling their guts to a therapist or worse, their families. "For me, the service is a hobby more than anything," says Nishimoto, who first came up with the concept four years ago and who now has a growing network of some 60 men across Japan.

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