• Malaysia PM slams corruption report as part of "political sabotage"

    By Praveen Menon KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Prime Minister Najib Razak slammed a newspaper report that said investigations into troubled state fund 1MDB have traced nearly $700 million of deposits into accounts that allegedly belonged to him, claiming it was a "continuation of political sabotage". The Wall Street Journal's report, if true, would be the first time the beleaguered prime minister has been directly linked to accusations of corruption surrounding the fund. "There have been concerted efforts by certain individuals to undermine confidence in our economy, tarnish the government, and remove a democratically elected prime minister," Najib's office said in a statement on his Facebook page.

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  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday.

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  • Mariah Carey 'being spoiled by new boyfriend'

    Mariah Carey's new beau is reportedly "on a mission" to prove he's her Prince Charming. The 45-year-old singing sensation has moved from ex Nick Cannon with Aussie billionaire James Packer. James is apparently keen to blow his girlfriend away with his romantic gestures.

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  • Anelka returns to Mumbai as player-manager

    Former France and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka will return to Mumbai City FC as the team's marquee player-manager for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL), the club announced on Friday. The 36-year-old, who scored two goals for Mumbai in the inaugural edition of the eight-team league last year, took on a similar dual role in 2012 for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. "I would like to say thank you to the Mumbai City FC staff for giving me the opportunity to coach the club," Anelka, who has played for a host of English Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, said in a statement.

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  • At least 38 dead as Philippine ferry capsizes

    A ferry loaded with nearly 200 people capsized off a central Philippine port on Thursday, officials said, killing at least 38 people in the latest of the country's long string of maritime tragedies. Around 27 people are still missing after the 33-tonne, wooden-hulled Kim Nirvana tipped over shortly after setting sail from Ormoc city at midday, the coast guard said. Ormoc public safety officer Goody Edcas said that at least 125 survivors had now been found out of the 189 passengers and crew on board, adding that finding more survivors were unlikely.

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  • Myolie Wu's boyfriend flirts around behind her back?

    3 Jul - While rumours are rife that Myolie Wu and businessman boyfriend Philip Lee are tying the knots soon, the latter was recently criticised for supposedly flirting with another woman. According to Apple Daily News, tabloids reported that Phil was

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  • Josh Hartnett expecting child with Egerton

    Josh Hartnett and his girlfriend Tamsin Egerton are expecting a baby together. Neither Tamsin, 26, nor Josh have any children from previous relationships, so this will be the first tot for both of them. Josh has a bit of a reputation for coupling up his co-stars, as he has previously romanced Amber Sainsbury, who he appeared alongside in 30 Days of Night, and Julia Stiles who he starred in O with.

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  • This Is How Much It Costs To Stay In A 5-Star Hotel In Asia

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.  If you’re planning your next trip and are on a budget, don’t fret: you don’t necessarily have to put up with capsule beds and cramped hostels in order to maximise your stay. This is especially true in

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  • Copa America: Argentina, Chile trying to end title drought

    Not just the Copa America will end when Argentina and Chile meet in the final on Saturday. Host Chile has never won the title in the Copa's 99-year history. Argentina has gone 22 years without lifting a major trophy.

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  • Philippines gets Canadian helicopters, SKorean landing craft

    The Philippines has received two new Canadian-built helicopters and a surplus South Korean transport vessel as it pushes through with a long-delayed military modernisation programme, military spokesmen said Thursday. Two Bell 412EP helicopters were delivered last week, the first of an eight-helicopter order, said air force spokesman Colonel Enrico Canaya. The utility helicopters are undergoing technical inspection before they join the military's fleet to carry cargo and troops, he added.

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  • Odd shaped watermelons herald Japan's summer

    Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer's here there's another way for them to empty their wallets: cube and heart-shaped watermelons. Over at the Shibuya Nishimura luxury fruit shop in downtown Tokyo, a cube-shaped watermelon, about the size of a baby's head, sells for 12,960 yen ($105). "They should be displayed as ornaments, maybe mixed with flowers." Farmers plant young watermelons inside acrylic containers to get the desired shape.

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  • Kitty Zhang has separated from cheating husband

    3 Jul - Despite previous rumours of their reconciliation, it was recently revealed that mainland actress Kitty Zhang and husband, director Wang Quan'an, have called it quits. The two of them were photographed having dinner in Kitty's new residence, sparking speculations that she has accepted Wang back into her life despite his wrongdoings.

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  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the aircraft's only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," seconds before the disaster, investigators said Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river shortly after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport in February with 53 passengers and five crew on board. Disturbing cockpit transcripts released by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council revealed the pilots trying to deal with an engine that had lost power, but then reducing the thrust of the other, functioning engine.

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  • China stocks plunge as market rout deepens

    China's main stock benchmark plunged more than 5 percent Friday as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure panicky investors while other Asian indexes fell ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China tumbled 6.1 percent to 3,676.12 and is down nearly 18 percent for the week. CHINA SELLOFF: The market rout deepened as investors dumped shares in spite of government measures this week aimed at restoring confidence, such as cutting fees and easing rules on borrowing money for trading.

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  • Woman shot to death at busy San Francisco tourist attraction

    Kathryn "Kate" Steinle was out for an evening stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront when she was killed by a man who police said she didn't know. The shooting occurred Wednesday evening while still light at Pier 14 — one of the busiest tourist destinations in the city, a place where people gather to take in the views, joggers exercise, and families push strollers at all hours. Liz Sullivan told the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1IuWbKw) the killing of her daughter was unbelievable and surreal.

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  • Selena and Cody ‘enjoying a fun fling’

    Selena Gomez and Cody Simpson are allegedly “friends with benefits”. The 22-year-old songstress and Australian heartthrob Cody, 18, first sparked romance rumours on June 28 when they were seen out getting ice cream with a group of friends. “They’re just a fling right now,” a source told OKMagazine.com.

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  • The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt

    The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get help. After the hell of World War II, the Federal Republic of Germany — commonly known as West Germany — got massive help with its debt from former foes. The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's loans and restructured the rest, is a landmark case that shows how effective debt relief can be.

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  • Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards

    The ancient ritual bath, called a "miqwe" or "mikveh," was discovered in the town of Ein Karem, a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem that claims to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. "Such instances of finding antiquities beneath a private home can happen only in Israel and Jerusalem in particular," Amit Re'em, a Jerusalem District archaeologist, said in a statement.

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  • Affleck, Garner ‘take kids to safe place’

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have reportedly decided to live in the Bahamas for a while. The estranged spouses, who share daughters Violet, 10, Seraphina, six, and son Samuel, three, own a family home in the Bahamas. "[The Bahamas] is a place they’ve been going to for years that’s very private and special for their kids.

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  • Google 'campuses' give tech startups room to flourish

    In a nod to its humble beginning in the garage of a Silicon Valley house, Google is building "campuses" around the world intended as fertile ground where entrepreneurs can flourish. A campus that opened last month in Madrid was the fourth such start-up nurturing facility opened by a Google for Entrepreneurs team at the California-based Internet titan. "We began as a startup in a garage 17 years ago and really believe in empowering the next generation of startups," Google for Entrepreneurs director Mary Grove told AFP.

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