• China's Xi anointed "core" leader, on par with Mao, Deng

    By Michael Martina and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Communist Party gave President Xi Jinping the title of "core" leader on Thursday, putting him on par with past strongmen like Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, but it signalled his power would not be absolute. A lengthy communique released by the party following a four-day, closed-door meeting of senior officials in Beijing stressed maintaining the importance of collective leadership. The collective leadership system "must always be followed and should not be violated by any organisation or individual under any circumstance or for any reason", it said.

  • Japan spared blushes as Duterte's Emperor meet cancelled

    Protocol-conscious Japan dodged a potential diplomatic minefield Thursday when a meeting between profanity-prone Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and the country's revered Emperor Akihito was cancelled following a death in the imperial family. Akihito's 100-year-old uncle Prince Mikasa died Thursday and the Emperor will begin seven days of mourning, "cancelling a series of events scheduled during the period including his meeting with President Duterte", a palace spokesman told AFP. Duterte is on his first trip as president to Japan and was due to visit the palace and meet the 82-year-old figurehead as his final appointment before going home.

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  • Indonesian handed 20 years in 'poisoned coffee' murder

    An Indonesian woman was jailed for 20 years Thursday for murdering a friend from an Australian college with poisoned coffee in a "sadistic" fashion, capping a sensational trial that has gripped the country. Jessica Kumala Wongso, 28, who is also an Australian permanent resident, was found guilty of murdering Wayan Mirna Salihin by slipping cyanide into her drink at an upmarket Jakarta cafe, sparking applause from spectators in the packed courtroom. The soap opera-style tale of two members of Indonesia's wealthy elite having a dramatic fallout that culminated in murder has captivated the country, with the trial dubbed the "poisoned coffee" case and broadcast live on national TV for months.

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  • Pep Guardiola wants Sergio Aguero to stay at Manchester City

    Pep Guardiola has reassured Sergio Aguero that he has a future at Manchester City. Guardiola dropped the forward to the bench for recent games against Everton and Barcelona, although he did start Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Southampton -- a result that left City top of the table on goal difference. The manager seemed to suggest last Friday that Aguero was free to leave the club if he wanted to, saying that “when he decides to leave City, it will be his decision”.

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  • Kristen Stewart and St. Vincent go public with romance

    Kristen Stewart and St. Vincent attended the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show and Tea event at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood together on Wednesday (26Oct16).

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  • Bangladeshi arrested at Causeway pipeline for leaving Singapore illegally

    Three Bangladeshi nationals were arrested in Singapore on Tuesday night (October 25), after a plan to illegally get one of them out of the country fell through.

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  • Up to 900 jihadists killed in Mosul battle, US says

    The United States said Thursday that up to 900 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq's Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians. The offensive, launched on October 17, is seeing tens of thousands of Iraqi fighters advancing on Mosul from the south, east and north in a bid to retake the last major Iraqi city under IS control. "Just in the operations over the last week and a half associated with Mosul, we estimate they've probably killed about 800-900 Islamic State fighters," Votel said in an interview.

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  • Ninja Joe’s ‘P Ramly’ burger broke halal food law, Jais says

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — Fastfood chain company Ninja Joe violated a law on halal food when it named one of its pork burgers “P. Ramly”, the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) has...

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  • Samsung still stumped by charred Note 7s; heir joins board

    Samsung Electronics is still trying to figure out why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones were catching fire, the company said Thursday, as shareholders appointed the grandson of the company's founder to its ...

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  • Lower bus, train fares from December 30

    Bus and train commuters paying by fare cards are set for a reduction of 1 to 27 cents, or 4.2 per cent, said the Public Transport Council (PTC) on Thursday (27 October).

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  • Family robbed of caring son who died in Johor hospital fire

    TELUK INTAN, Oct 27 — Twenty-year-old K. Logeswaran went to Singapore hoping to earn enough as a cleaner to support his family. Such was his love for his family. But after just 13 days in the...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Trump digs deep to defy Clinton momentum

    Donald Trump pledged to pour millions of his own dollars into his presidential bid, in defiance of the seemingly unstoppable momentum building behind Hillary Clinton. With less than two weeks before polling day, and with early voting under way in several states, the Democratic nominee remains comfortably on course to become America's first female president. The latest rolling poll average compiled by tracker RealClearPolitics showed Clinton extending her national lead in a four-way race against Trump and two outsiders to 5.9 percentage points -- pointing to a clear electoral college victory.

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  • Gigi Hadid returning to the Victoria’s Secret runway

    Model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid are both set to walk in the upcoming Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

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  • India's Tata rejects dumped chairman's warnings as malicious

    India's largest conglomerate Tata rejected ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry's warnings of possible massive write-downs as "malicious" and "unsubstantiated" on Thursday, as acrimony over his sudden sacking erupted into the open. In an email to the board leaked late Wednesday, Mistry said Tata may face $18 billion in asset write-downs because of unprofitable companies he inherited and accused directors of wrongfully dismissing him. The email, which made frontpage headlines in India, sent shares in Tata companies falling on the Bombay Stock Exchange on Thursday after they suffered earlier drops on news of his abrupt dumping late Monday.

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  • Bersih 5 chooses Dataran Merdeka as venue

    PETALING JAYA, Oct 27 ― Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah announced today that Dataran Merdeka will again be the main venue for the electoral watchdog’s upcoming Bersih 5 rally. “The...

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  • Coked-up British banker imagined police behind curtains after cutting woman's throat

    By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Moments before he surrendered after killing a second victim in his Hong Kong apartment, British banker Rurik Jutting ingested up to 20 grams of cocaine and imagined police were behind the curtains, a court heard on Thursday. In videoed police interviews shown on the fourth day of his trial for the murder of two Indonesian women, Jutting impassively described the paranoia he felt moments before calling police to come and get him. Jutting has admitted killing Sumarti Ningsih, a 23-year-old single mother, and another Indonesian woman, Seneng Mujiasih, as he acted out violent fantasies.

  • Kerber, Cibulkoba reach WTA semi-finals in Singapore

    Germany's Angelique Kerber continued her unbeaten run at the WTA Finals on Thursday, steamrolling rising US star Madison Keys 6-3 6-3 to charge into the semi-finals of the season-ending championship in Singapore. Kerber was joined in the semis by Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, who claimed her first victory of the tournament by defeating Simona Halep of Romania 6-3 7-6 (7-5), to finish as the group runner-up. Beaten in her first two matches, the 27-year-old Cibulkova needed to see off Halep in straight sets then rely on Kerber defeating Keys in straight sets to advance, but she made it through when everything she hoped for went according to plan.

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  • Italian earthquakes cause widespread damage, but kill no one

    By Isla Binnie and Antonio Denti VISSO, Italy (Reuters) - Earthquakes caused widespread damage and terrified residents in central Italy overnight but killed no one, two months after a strong quake left nearly 300 dead and razed villages in the same area. Several people were slightly injured, but only a few needed hospital treatment, the Civil Protection Agency said. In Visso, one of the larger hill towns hit, the mayor said most of the damage had been to buildings already weakened by the Aug. 24 earthquake.

  • Lena Headey loses custody battle to keep her son in England

    The actress and her ex-husband have been feuding over where their son should live for months.

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  • Qualcomm to buy NXP for $38 billion in largest chip deal

    Qualcomm Inc agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV for about $38 billion in the biggest-ever semiconductor industry deal, expanding the reach of its chips from phones to cars. The deal will make Qualcomm, which provides chips to Android smartphone makers and Apple Inc , the top supplier of chips to the automotive industry and help to reduce its dependence on the smartphone market. San Diego-based Qualcomm, which gets most of its profit from wireless patents it licenses to the mobile industry, has been facing slowing smartphone sales and stiff competition from Chinese and Taiwanese rivals.