• NBA trailblazer Yao elected CBA president

    (Reuters) - Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming was elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association on Thursday. The 36-year-old, China's most successful basketball export, became the first non-government official to lead the sport's national governing body, state news agency Xinhua said. Yao was confirmed president at a CBA congress in Beijing on Thursday, a report posted on the CBA's Weibo account said.

    Reuters 23 mins ago
  • BBC journalist faces five years jail for Thailand reporting

    A British journalist with the BBC faces up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into fraud on a popular tourist island. Rights groups say the case exposes how Thailand's broad defamation and computer crime laws scupper investigative journalism and make it difficult to expose wrongdoing in a country where corruption is endemic. The prosecution was sparked by a September 2015 report by Jonathan Head, the BBC's Southeast Asia correspondent, looking at how two foreign retirees were scammed out of their properties in Phuket.

    AFP News 31 mins ago
  • With ‘soft property market’ in 2017, buyers told to focus on second-hand homes

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 ― Property buyers have been advised to consider buying second-hand homes instead, as the real estate market is expected to remain lacklustre in 2017. Several experts at the...

    The Malay Mail Online 37 mins ago
  • North Korea lashes Malaysia over Kim assassination

    North Korea’s state media broke a 10-day silence Thursday on the murder of Kim Jong-Un’s half brother, launching a ferocious assault on Malaysia for “immoral” handling of the case and for playing politics with the corpse. In its first comments on the airport assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, KCNA said Malaysia bore responsiblity for the death, and accused it of conspiring with South Korea. "Malaysia is obliged to hand his body to the DPRK (North Korea) side as it made an autopsy and forensic examination of it in an illegal and immoral manner", the North's Korean Jurists Committee said, in comments carried by the state-run news agency.

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  • Mourinho miffed by timing of Chelsea FA Cup showdown

    Jose Mourinho's delight at Manchester United's progress to the last 16 of the Europa League has been tempered by the timing of their FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea, with the manager criticising the tie being scheduled for a Monday. United, who beat St Etienne 1-0 on Wednesday to progress 4-0 on aggregate, now face the prospect of playing the second leg of their next Europa League tie just three days after their FA Cup showdown against former club Chelsea on March 13. "I feel really surprised that the decision is made before our draw in Europe because nobody knows who we play against, nor where the first and second matches are being played," Mourinho told reporters ahead of Friday's Europa League draw.

    Reuters 45 mins ago
  • Man Who Sacrificed His Tesla Car to Save a Driver Gets a Surprise Gift from Tesla’s CEO

    Talk about good karma. A Tesla Model S owner who deliberately wrecked his car to save an unconscious driver on the road is getting his car repaired for free. And ... The post Man Who Sacrificed His Tesla Car to Save a Driver Gets a Surprise Gift from Tesla’s CEO appeared first on Carmudi Philippines Journal.

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  • Chopped off heads, torn out hearts in brutal Brazil gang war

    MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve, hundreds of inmates watched from a Manaus prison yard as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system.

    Associated Press
  • Kaia Gerber: 'My supermodel mum Cindy Crawford doesn't age!'

    Kaia Gerber avoids posing in photos with her fashionista mother Cindy Crawford because she looks too "incredible".

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  • Manny Pacquiao 'in negotiations' to fight Amir Khan

    Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao on Thursday said he was "in negotiations" to face British fighter Amir Khan, after weeks of conflicting reports over his next bout. "My team and I are in negotiations with Amir Khan for our next fight. Last month, Pacquiao's American promoter Bob Arum was widely quoted as saying the Filipino would next face Australia's Jeff Horn in April, although Pacquiao's aides insisted nothing had been confirmed.

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  • Immigration busts illegal entry ring at Sarawak airport

    KUCHING, Feb 23 ― The Immigration Department has uncovered syndicates operating at the Kuching International Airport following the arrests last week of 40 international travellers who were in...

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  • Jolie has warm words for estranged husband Pitt

    Angelina Jolie had warm words for her estranged husband Brad Pitt and is optimistic about the future of their family, the Hollywood star said in an interview Tuesday. Jolie and Pitt, once Hollywood's most celebrated couple known as "Brangelina," are in the midst of a high-profile divorce and last month reached an agreement to keep private the details of their split and battle over custody of their six children. "We are focusing on the health of our family," Jolie said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "We will be stronger when we come out of this because that's what we're determined to do as a family." The actress was asked if she still thought of Pitt as a wonderful father, which is how she had described him in the past.

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  • Vice chancellors who spent over £46,000 on first class flights among fat cat leaders named and shamed

    University vice chancellors who spent over £46,000 in a year on first class flights are among the fat cat leaders named and shamed in a new report published on Thursday. Professor Sir Nigel Thrift, the former vice chancellor at the University of Warwick, and Professor Stuart Croft, who took over from him mid-way through the year, racked up a total bill of £46, 348 on flights last academic year between them. Vice chancellors at 22 universities traveled solely by first class flights during 2015-16, according to a report by University and Colleges Union (UCU).

    The Telegraph
  • Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners

    After two decades as a yoga missionary, Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is unleashing her inner rage on the mining industry while aiming for Bhutan-style gross national happiness. Lopez has in recent months moved global commodity markets with a campaign to close roughly two-thirds of the existing mines in the Philippines, which is the world's biggest supplier of nickel ore and a major source of copper. For the 63-year-old, her sudden elevation by firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte to government last year after a lifetime of spiritual and environmental pursuits has presented an unexpected chance to bring about radical change in society.

    AFP News
  • Eva Longoria went fully grey at 18

    The beauty swears by a "revolutionary" new hair colour spray.

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  • Terengganu men are lazy: Was Abdullah Munshi right?

    PETALING JAYA, Feb 23 — Is it true that Terengganu men are lazy as portrayed by Abdullah Munshi who wrote Kisah Pelayaran Abdullah (The Story of Abdullah’s Voyage) when he visited the east...

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  • Cigarette peddlers on e-bikes play 'hide and seek' in Geylang

    A middle-aged looking man rode and stopped his electrical bicycle by the roadside of Lorong 6 Geylang on a humid afternoon. Keeping his eye on the road, the man took out a few packets of cigarettes, which were believed to be smuggled in from Indonesia. A few motorists slowed down their vehicles, and they handed cash to the man for several packets of cigarettes before driving off.

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  • Lawyers: Don’t play up religious issues for KL Bar election

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 ― Contenders of the Kuala Lumpur Bar election should avoid playing up religious or racial issues to gain support, lawyers have said. Alex Anton Netto, a current KL Bar...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang could be stripped of knighthood, after he was jailed for 20 months for misconduct

    A former leader of Hong Kong who was knighted by Prince Charles hours before the city’s handover to China was jailed for 20 months on Wednesday for misconduct in public office. Donald Tsang, who was one of the city’s most well-known politicians both before and after British colonial rule ended in 1997, is the highest ranking official to be convicted in Hong Kong. Tsang, aged 72, had previously said he had "every confidence" he would be exonerated.

    The Telegraph
  • US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zoo

    BEIJING (AP) — An American-born panda started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program.

    Associated Press
  • Trump set to reverse Obama rules on transgender bathrooms

    Republican President Donald Trump's administration was expected to revoke landmark guidelines issued to public schools in defence of transgender student rights, according to a draft document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The draft reverses former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature initiative on transgender rights, which instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity.

    Reuters