• Indonesian executions a 'complete mess', says lawyer

    Indonesia executed four drug convicts Friday but 10 others due to face the firing squad were given an apparent reprieve in a confused process one lawyer condemned as a "complete mess". The executions on a remote prison island went ahead despite strong protests from international rights groups, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union who had urged Indonesia not to proceed. Authorities did not give a reason for the reprieve, but the prison island where they were expected to be executed in outdoor clearings was hit by a major storm as the other sentences were carried out.

    AFP News
  • MACC deputy chief transferred to Immigration Department

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 ― Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali will be transferred to the Immigration Department and is due to...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • 'Highly likely' Tanzania piece from MH370

    A piece of debris found in Tanzania is "highly likely" to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia's transport minister said Friday, as he defended the Indian Ocean search efforts. The large wing part was brought to Canberra for analysis after it was found by locals on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania last month. In a statement, Australia's Transport Minister Darren Chester said "it is highly likely that the latest piece of debris being analysed by the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB) is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370".

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  • New multi-role ship to patrol West Phl Sea

    One of 10 multi-role response vessels (MRRV) acquired from Japan is expected to arrive on Aug. 18 and undertake its first patrol mission in the West Philippine Sea for the coast guard. The vessel, to be named BRP Tubbataha, may be deployed beyond the 12-nautical mile territorial water limit in the western seaboard if necessary, Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said yesterday. The PCG is beefing up its patrol capability in the West Philippine Sea in the face of Chinese encroachment on areas within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

    Philippine Star
  • Matt Damon suffered for Jason Bourne role

    Matt Damon is shocked by how much he's aged

    Cover Media
  • The Latest: Trump slams Clinton over 'radical Islam'

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT):

    Associated Press
  • Want a new passport? Better get in line before sunrise

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — Knowing the difficulty in applying or renewing their passports, many came to the Immigration offices as early as 5.30am yesterday. Some slept in their vehicles while...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Overworked, Underpaid Rody It’s lonely at the top

    Despite the adulation of millions who gave him the biggest number of votes in history for any Philippine presidential candidate, President Duterte is now feeling lonely at the top – and agonizing over being overworked and underpaid. The Chief Executive had served as Davao City mayor for decades. As mayor, Duterte would make the rounds of his city incognito or spend time with friends at his favorite piano bar after work, before calling it a day.

    Philippine Star
  • Road rage killer’s car found

    The manhunt for the Army reservist who killed a bicycle rider in a road rage incident in Quiapo, Manila earlier this week led authorities to Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya where the suspect’s car was recovered yesterday morning. However, combined elements of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group, Regional Highway Patrol Unit, National Bureau of Investigation, La Union police, and Nueva Vizcaya police missed suspect Vhon Tanto who left his red Hyundai Eeon car with conduction sticker MO-3745 at the house of his brother-in-law Jonathan Leano.

    Philippine Star
  • Next Generation Leaders

    As The Philippine STAR looks back on three decades of history and legacy, we also welcome the next generation of leaders who are poised to make their own. My childhood dream was to be a pilot. For me, success means constantly innovating yourself so that you can continually create value for others.

    Philippine Star
  • P3.8-B train supply deal with Chinese firm OK’d

    The Court of Appeals (CA) has given the Department of Transportation (DOT) the green light on its P3.8-billion deal with a Chinese firm for the supply of brand new trains for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line that has been plagued with glitches over the past year. In a 16-page decision released earlier this week, the 12th Division of the appellate court dismissed the petition of Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC) and MRT Holdings II seeking to permanently stop the DOT from proceeding with its contract with Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock for the manufacture and supply of 48 light rail vehicles (LRVs). The CA said only the Supreme Court has the power to stop national government infrastructure projects under Republic Act No. 8975 (Alternative Dispute Resolution Act).

    Philippine Star
  • Yen soars, Asia stocks hit as Bank of Japan frustrates

    The yen soared Friday as the Bank of Japan's small adjustments to its stimulus programme disappointed traders who had expected a huge boost to its arsenal. Although Japan's Nikkei index ended higher, with financials cheered that the bank did not cut borrowing costs further into negative territory, most other regional markets retreated. After weeks of anticipation that the central bank would pump fresh cash into the economy, policymakers said only that they would boost its exposure to riskier investments, leaving a massive 80 trillion yen annual asset-buying programme unchanged.

    AFP News
  • Cech trusts Wenger to buy right players for Arsenal tilt

    (Reuters) - Goalkeeper Petr Cech expects manager Arsene Wenger to bring in the right players necessary to improve Arsenal's bid to win a first Premier League title since 2004 without wasting money on panic buys. Wenger has made three additions to his squad so far in the close season, bringing in midfielder Granit Xhaka, defender Rob Holding and striker Takuma Asano, and, according to media reports, is actively looking for another forward.

    Reuters
  • Pope Francis walks alone through horrors of Auschwitz

    Pope Francis on Friday walked alone through the notorious wrought-iron "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate at Auschwitz-Birkenau, on a historic visit to the former Nazi death camp. Among the survivors he embraced were Helena Dunicz Niwinska, a 101-year-old woman who played the violin in the Auschwitz orchestra, as well as survivors who worked at the camp hospital or who were there as children. "It was very moving," Holocaust survivor Janina Iwanska, 86, told AFP after meeting Francis.

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  • ArcelorMittal Q2 profits sharply up

    Global steel giant ArcelorMittal on Friday posted a sharp $1.1-billion (1.0-billion-euro) increase in second quarter profits, driven by rising steel prices and a one-off gain from a deal at its US subsidiary. Revenues for the quarter amounted to $14.7 billion, largely due to an exceptional gain of $832 million stemming from the reduction in health coverage for personnel at its US subsidiary, ArcelorMittal USA, a group statement said. Chief executive Lakshmi Mittal said the firm had benefited from improved steel prices, expressing cautious optimism over the rest of 2016.

    AFP News
  • China says pressing ahead with own anti-missile system

    China's Defence Ministry confirmed on Thursday that it was pressing ahead with anti-missile system tests after pictures appeared on state television, amid anger at South Korea's decision to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile system. An announcement by South Korea and the United States this month that they would deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) unit has drawn protests from China, which warned that the system would destabilize regional security.

    Reuters
  • Neville, Giggs unveil Manchester building plan

    Former football stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs on Thursday unveiled their plan for a multimillion-pound development in Manchester city centre, including a 200-bed hotel, two skyscrapers and a synagogue. Neville, a former England full-back and Manchester United legend, said it would create 1,300 jobs and regenerate a historic part of the northwestern English city. "We will breathe new life into the area," Neville, 41, said at a presentation in Manchester Town Hall.

    AFP News
  • Indian flight diverted after passenger sits on food cart

    Indian budget airline IndiGo was forced to divert an international flight on Thursday after an unruly passenger sat on the plane's food cart before attacking another traveller, it said. The morning flight ...

    AFP
  • Woman’s pneumonia caused her death during massage: State Coroner

    A pneumonia infection was the cause of a woman’s death during a massage session earlier this year.

    Safhras Khan
  • Spared lobster dies during trip from Florida to Maine

    Larry the Lobster gained fame after it was spared from a boiling pot in Florida, but Maine officials say the crustacean didn't make it to retirement. Officials say the decades-old, 15-pound lobster succumbed ...

    Associated Press