• Trump praises Duterte for an "unbelievable job" on drug issue - New York Times

    United States President Donald Trump praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem" during a phone conversation last month, the New York Times reported, quoting a transcript of the call. The two leaders also talked about North Korea and China's potential influence, the New York Times said, quoting parts of a Philippine transcript of the April 29 call that was circulated on Tuesday, under a "confidential" cover sheet, by the Americas division of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. According to the Times, a senior Trump administration official in Washington, who was not authorised to publicly discuss the call and insisted on anonymity, confirmed the transcript was an accurate representation of the call between the two leaders.

  • Grief-torn Man Utd summon nerve for final test

    Manchester United will attempt to put aside their grief on Wednesday in a Europa League final against Ajax scarred by the deadly terror attack in their home city. What should have been a showpiece occasion will instead carry a sombre tone, with players joining together for a pre-match minute's silence in memory of the 22 people killed at Manchester Arena on Monday. "It should be one big celebration, but when something like this happens two days before, the fact we've been discussing it just goes to show the impact," Ajax coach Peter Bosz told his pre-game media conference in Stockholm.

  • Hard times: Japanese yakuza arrested for stealing food

    Life as a Japanese "yakuza" mobster is getting so hard that some are resorting to shoplifting food to stay in business. Two members of an organised crime gang were arrested for allegedly trying to steal grocery items worth 76,120 yen ($683) at a mall in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, police told AFP on Wednesday. "They are members of an affiliated gang group of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi," a police spokesman said, referring to an organisation that split off from the country's biggest yakuza crime syndicate, Yamaguchi-gumi, in 2015.

  • Thai couple with RM700,000 nabbed at KLIA2

    SEPANG, May 24 - A Thai couple was detained after RM700,000 was discovered in their baggage at the KLIA2 departure hall last Thursday.  Customs deputy director-general Datuk Zulkifli Yahya said...

  • Roger Moore's Bond girl Jane Seymour leads tributes to late actor

    Old friends, fans and co-stars are mourning the acting icon's passing on social media.

  • Alli expects 'quality' Spurs squad to improve together

    Tottenham Hotspur have enough quality players and do not need to spend big in the upcoming transfer window, midfielder Dele Alli said as he urged his team mates to "stick together" and improve for next season. Tottenham's season gathered momentum after they suffered a disappointing early Champions League exit with the side coming second in the Premier League on the back of an unbeaten home record and just one loss in their last 13 matches. Amid media speculation concerning Tottenham's transfer dealings, Alli is hopeful that the current crop will remain united and perform better.

  • China's Geely takes stake in Proton, Lotus

    Chinese auto giant Geely on Wednesday announced it was taking a 49.9 percent stake in Malaysia's troubled Proton as well as a 51 percent share in British sports car brand Lotus. Proton's parent DRB-HICOM said the deal would enable Southeast Asia's first auto brand to tap Geely's technology and access existing markets of the Chinese manufacturer. Malaysia's Second Finance Minister Johari Abdul Ghani said in a speech at an event announcing the deal that DRB-HICOM initially invited 15 global auto players to bid to become a foreign strategic partner.