• Luiz heads to Chelsea as records tumble on final day

    By Steve Tongue LONDON (Reuters) - Records continued to fall as the deadline for European football transfers (2200GMT) drew closer on Wednesday and new managers at some of the biggest clubs refined their squads with Chelsea set to re-sign Brazilian defender David Luiz. Fees paid by Premier League clubs passed one billion pounds ($1.31 billion) for the first time, according to financial analysts Deloitte, and local media said Bundesliga clubs have spent over 500 million euros ($557.40 million), another record. Chelsea agreed to pay the highest reported fee, said to be in excess of 30 million pounds, for the return of Brazilian international defender David Luiz, who left to join Paris Saint-Germain two years ago for 50 million pounds.

  • This is not the time for ‘finger-pointing’: Doctor who flagged Zika in Singapore

    Dr Chi Wei Ming, one of the doctors who first raised the alarm about the Zika virus in the Republic, has urged Singaporeans to unite in the battle against the disease, and to avoid finger-pointing.

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  • Sheng Siong case: Accomplice says accused threatened to expose sexual relationship

    The accused in the Sheng Siong kidnapping case was a former lover who later became a “godbrother”, said the accomplice about his relationship with Lee Sze Yong. Heng Chen Boon said on Tuesday (30 August) that Lee, 44, asked him for help to kidnap Ng Lye Poh, the mother of Lim Hock Chee, who is the owner of the Sheng Siong supermarket chain. The 51-year-old accomplice, who was testifying in the High Court on the first day of Lee’s trial, was previously sentenced to three years’ jail for his role in abducting Ng on 8 January 2014.

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  • Philippines' Duterte: Obama must listen to me on human rights

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he was ready to discuss any issues with Barack Obama when they meet in Laos next week, but added that the U.S. president must listen to him first before bringing up the question of human rights. Washington has expressed concern about a surge in drug-related killings since Duterte became president two months ago promising to wipe out narcotics in the Southeast Asian nation. Asked if he would be willing to discuss human rights at his meeting with Obama on the sidelines of an East Asia summit on Sept. 6, Duterte told reporters: "Depends to what degree.

  • Mel C: 'I will never be a part of Spice Girls reunion'

    The 42-year-old confessed it was one of the hardest decisions she's ever had to make.

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  • Swimming: Team manager quits over hidden camera scandal - report

    The manager of South Korea's national swimming team has resigned as an investigation continues into a scandal involving the alleged installation of hidden cameras to take pictures of female athletes, the national federation has said. "As manager that leads the team, I deeply feel responsible that such (a) shameful incident took place," Ahn Jong-taek, who joined the swimming team in 2008 as coach and has been the team manager since 2012, told Yonhap news agency. "I hope (the) truth would be revealed clearly as soon as possible so that other swimmers and coaches would not suffer." Yonhap said on Sunday that police planned to question a member of the Rio Olympics swimming team about the scandal some time this week.

  • DPM: Jamal Yunos not against non-Malays, cares for all

    SUNGAI BESAR, Aug 31 ― Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today defended Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos over allegations of being against non-Malays, saying the...

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  • Benji Madden's birthday message to 'beautiful wife' Cameron Diaz

    Benji Madden feels so thankful that Cameron Diaz is his wife, and pledged his love for the actress with a sweet message on Instagram as she marked her 44th birthday on Tuesday (30Aug16).

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  • As Hart joins Torino, five British players who sought fame in Italy

    Frozen out by new manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, England goalkeeper Joe Hart completed a season-long loan move to Italian side Torino on Wednesday. AFP Sport recalls five British players who went to Italy seeking fame and fortune. John Charles (Juventus, Roma) Nicknamed 'Il Gigante Buono' ('The Gentle Giant'), Wales international Charles joined Juventus from Leeds United in 1957 and would go on to become one of the Turin giants' greatest foreign signings.

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  • Oil prices dive as US crude reserves jump

    World oil prices fell sharply Wednesday on news that US commercial crude inventories rose by more than expected last week, indicating weakening demand and stoking supply glut concerns. At around 1645 GMT, ...

  • Fatal shooting suspect in armed standoff in western Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — A suspect in a rare fatal shooting in Japan ended an 18-hour standoff with police Wednesday by shooting himself in the stomach, and was taken to a hospital where he reportedly died.

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  • Here’s the real secret to losing weight and staying thin (Hint: You’re not going to like it)

    A study found that metabolism rates slow more than expected years after weight loss.

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  • Nokia's patent chief departs in wake of Samsung pacts

    HELSINKI/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The head of Nokia's small, but highly profitable patent licensing division is leaving after two years in the role, the Finnish company said on Wednesday, weeks after he sealed a pace-setting patent deal with Samsung Electronics. Ramzi Haidamus, 52, is stepping down as president of the Nokia Technologies unit that handles patents and development of new consumer products. Haidamus spent a dozen years running patent licensing for Dolby Laboratories before joining Nokia, and will leave at the end of next month, Nokia said.

  • Why Ireland doesn't want to take billions from Apple

    In normal circumstances, a 13 billion euro ($14.5 billion) cash award would make any country ecstatic. But Ireland is no ordinary country when it comes to tax law — and its government insists it doesn't ...

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  • Germany swansong Schweini clings to Utd dream

    Bastian Schweinsteiger will wear the Germany jersey one last time on Wednesday, insisting he has not given up on his dream of playing for Manchester United despite Jose Mourinho's snub. "My absolute dream is still to play for Manchester United," Schweinsteiger said on the eve of Germany's friendly against Finland in Moenchengladbach, which serves as his farewell on his 121st - and final -- Germany appearance. "I have no personal problems with Jose Mourinho, he has explained his side of the situation to me.

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  • New Pterosaur Species with Intact Skull Uncovered in Patagonia

    A new species of pterosaur named for its "ancient brain" has been found in Patagonia. "Allkaruen, from the middle lower Jurassic limit, shows an intermediate state in the brain evolution of pterosaurs and their adaptations to the aerial environment," study researcher Diego Pol, a paleontologist at the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio in Argentina, said in a statement. The new pterosaur was found in a bone bed that contains many pterosaur remains.

  • Brazil's Rousseff ousted by Senate, Temer sworn in

    By Maria Carolina Marcello and Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate ousted President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, ending an impeachment process that polarized Latin America's biggest country amid a massive corruption scandal and brutal economic crisis. Senators voted 61-20 to convict the country's first female president for illegally using money from state banks to bankroll public spending, marking the end of 13 years of leftist Workers Party rule. Rousseff's opponents hailed the removal of the former leftist guerrilla as paving the way for a change of fortunes for Brazil.

  • Adorable American Pika Is Disappearing Due to Climate Change

    The American pika, a pint-size rabbit relative, is feeling the heat: Hotter summers induced by climate change are threatening these cute creatures' habitats throughout the western United States. A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that whole populations of the tiny mammal are disappearing due to climate change. After studying the cute critters from 2012 to 2015, the USGS found that the pikas' range was shrinking in southern Utah, northeastern California and the Great Basin, the latter of which covers most of Nevada as well as parts of Utah, Oregon, Idaho and California.

  • Markets Right Now: Stocks edge lower on Wall Street

    The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Stocks are closing out their first losing month since February as a quiet summer continues on Wall Street. A thin batch ...

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  • In Mexico, Trump asserts US right to build border wall

    Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump on Wednesday stood alongside Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and reiterated his campaign declaration that the United States can and will erect a border wall to stem illegal immigration. Adopting a polished tone and praising Mexico's "amazing people," Trump portrayed the issues of illegal immigration, drug trafficking and weapons smuggling as common challenges for the allied neighbors. After a year of lobbing insults across the border, the provocative billionaire candidate made a surprise visit to Mexico in the heat of the US presidential race, seeking to seize control of the narrative and portray himself as a capable statesman on the international stage.

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