• Fear, confusion as Philippine Muslim city burns

    Four hungry chickens clawed at rubbish in a deserted street that smelt of corpses as military helicopters skimmed the rooftops firing rockets while the Philippines' most beautiful Muslim city burned. Marawi, a lakeshore city of minarets that is the centre of culture for the mainly Catholic Philippines' Muslim minority, is nearly empty after gunmen wielding black flags of the Islamic State (IS) group went on a rampage last week. Despite a relentless military campaign, an unknown number of gunmen remain held up in pockets of the city and holding hostages, while up to 2,000 residents are trapped.

  • Chinese table tennis gold medallist sued over Singapore gambling debt

    Kong Linghui, one of China's best-known table tennis players and now head coach of the country's national women's team, is facing a HK$2.55 million (254,686 pounds) lawsuit over a gambling debt to a luxury hotel in Singapore, according to a Hong Kong court writ. Singapore has become a playground for Asia's rich and famous, luring cash-rich Chinese gamblers who increasingly turned their attention to the city-state when a crackdown on corruption by Chinese President Xi Jinping took on high-rollers in the nearby gambling hub of Macau. The writ submitted to the court by the Marina Bay Sands hotel said Kong signed a credit agreement two years ago to borrow S$1 million from it.

  • Female zookeeper dies in UK tiger 'freak accident'

    A female zookeeper died Monday after a tiger entered the enclosure where she was working in southeast England, with the zoo calling it a "freak accident". "A tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper. Sadly the female zookeeper died at the scene.

  • Jaden Smith claims hotel 'spiked' his pancakes: 'I'm surprised I'm still alive'

    Jaden Smith claims he had a near-death experience while in Toronto, Canada. The actor, who is currently filming his latest project in the city, alleged that the Four Seasons Hotel spiked his pancakes with cheese and almost made him sick. "The Four Seasons In Toronto Just Made Me Want to Throw Up On MySelf," The Karate Kid actor wrote on Twitter on 28 May. It has not confirmed if the actor is lactose intolerant or simply doesn't like cheese.

  • North Korea warns of 'bigger gift package' for U.S. after latest test

    By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system and ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons, the North's official KCNA news agency reported on Tuesday. The missile launched on Monday was equipped with an advanced automated pre-launch sequence compared with previous versions of the "Hwasong" rockets, North Korea's name for its Scud-class missiles, KCNA said. The North's test launch of a short-range ballistic missile landed in the sea off its east coast and was the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying international pressure and threats of more sanctions.

  • Stephen Curry's still thinking about his costly Game 7 turnover

    Stephen Curry remembers his mistakes, but the Warriors superstar insists he won't play as if he's afraid to repeat them.

  • Japanese family life is falling apart - and the reasons why go back to World War II

    Japan is in the midst of a fertility crisis, and it's 65 years in the making. Saddled with long...