• Lotte Group No. 2 found dead in apparent suicide

    The vice chairman of South Korea's troubled Lotte Group was found dead Friday, police said, in an apparent suicide amid a widening corruption probe into the country's fifth largest business conglomerate. The body of Lee In-Won was found hanging from a tree near a hiking trail in the eastern town of Yangpyeong. A four-page letter -- apparently a suicide note -- was found in his car, expressing loyalty to the group's chairman Shin Dong-Bin and denying allegations that the firm had avoided huge sums of tax and created slush funds.

    AFP News
  • Singapore grapples with return of haze

    As pollutant readings surged in Singapore on Friday (22 Aug), people in the city-state donned masks to cope with the return of haze. 24-hr PSI readings ave been creeping up, from the 35-49 range at 1am, to the 71-95 range by 2pm. Some in the lunchtime crowd at the business district were walking around with face masks provided by their company as a precautionary measure.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Death in day care: Japan's parents face nursery lottery

    When Yuki Kai dropped her baby son off at nursery on her way to work he was his usual bright, exuberant self. Just hours later the 14-month-old was dead.

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  • Kill drug lords, Philippines' top cop tells addicts

    The Philippines' police chief has called on drug users to kill traffickers and burn their homes, as he seeks to maintain momentum in President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial crime war that has claimed 2,000 lives. "Why don't you give them a visit, pour gasoline on their homes and set these on fire to register your anger," Ronald dela Rosa said in a speech aired on television on Friday. Killing them is allowed because you are the victim." Dela Rosa was speaking Thursday to several hundred drug users who had surrendered in the central Philippines.

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  • Perfect records on the line as Hull face Manchester United

    That a Manchester United side boasting world-record signing Paul Pogba have won their opening two games of the Premier League season is no surprise -- but that newly-promoted Hull City have done so certainly is. United, managed by Jose Mourinho, who guided Chelsea to several English titles, splashed out £89 million (105 million euros, $116 million) to bring midfielder Pogba back from Juventus and have since beaten both Bournemouth and Southampton.

    AFP News
  • Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update

    AJMAN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor's iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates' prisons. All Mansoor had to do was click the link.

    Associated Press
  • De Lima, Espino: Drug matrix ‘laughable’

    The typos and grammatical errors made her laugh, Sen. Leila de Lima said yesterday of the so-called drug matrix, which she described as rubbish deserving no place but the trash bin. Nung nakita ko ang matrix, natawa na lang ako at naawa sa Pangulo (When I saw the matrix I laughed and felt pity for the President). De Lima sat down for the first time with reporters for a chat, bringing with her two birthday cakes.

    Philippine Star
  • Ghafar Baba’s son says won’t join Parti Pribumi, quits Dr M’s citizens’ declaration

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 ― Former PAS man Tamrin Abdul Ghafar said today he will not be joining Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's new party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. Tamrin, the son of former deputy...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Johnny Depp sends Amber Heard divorce settlement cash straight to charities

    The actor's representative has saluted his ex for her generous donation plan to two favourite causes.

    Cover Media
  • Henry Sy still Phl’s richest

    Tycoon Henry Sy, who built his SM retail fortune from a footwear shop in Manila in 1958, remains the richest Filipino with a net worth of $13.7 billion, occupying the top spot on Forbes Philippines Rich List for the ninth year running. The Forbes Philippines Rich List 2016, released yesterday, counted the country’s 50 richest individuals and families, with Sy in top spot and Nickel Asia’s Luis Virata at 50th, with a net worth of $145 million, the minimum amount required for one to make it to the list. As he turns 90 this year, he is handing over the reins of the family business to the next generation,” Forbes said.

    Philippine Star
  • Kendall Jenner caused a 'ruckus' in new neighbourhood

    Kendall Jenner finds it comforting to know that TV host Jimmy Kimmel lives on her street.

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  • The Latest: Trump says 'nobody even knows' what alt-right is

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

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  • Lochte signs new endorsement deal, legal woes persist in Brazil

    By Rodrigo Viga RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte landed a new endorsement deal on Thursday days after losing all his major sponsors even as the fallout from the Rio Olympics continued as Brazilian police recommended he be charged with falsely reporting a crime. Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops, which makes cough drops, said it had signed Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, for a television commercial and print ads. Lochte, 32, lost all four of his major sponsors on Monday, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren Corp , following his apology for an "exaggerated" story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro after a party.

    Reuters
  • Gibo rejects defense portfolio anew

    Former defense secretary Gibert “Gibo” Teodoro has again rejected President Duterte’s offer for him to head the Department of National Defense, prompting incumbent Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to stay on as head of the DND. The President said that Lorenzana has also declined the post of Philippine ambassador to the United States replacing Jose Cuisia, who earlier tendered his resignation to give way to a new appointee under the new administration.

    Philippine Star
  • Asia markets, dollar turn lower ahead of Yellen speech

    Most Asian markets began the day on a negative note on Friday while the dollar dipped as investors cautiously await a much-anticipated speech by Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen. With few catalysts to drive business this week, Yellen's talk at the annual Jackson Hole symposium of global central bankers has hung over exchanges as traders hope for clues about the US economy and guidance on monetary policy. "Traders will look for Dr Yellen's views on shifting global and domestic economic landscapes as well as the all-important cost benefit of maintaining the status quo." With an interest rate hike unlikely in the immediate future, the dollar is struggling to gain traction.

    AFP News
  • Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Pavlina Pizova says she couldn't free her partner after he slipped down an icy bank and became wedged between rocks and branches. After he died, she stayed with him through the freezing night.

    Associated Press
  • Abus behead local captive; P50 M paid for Norwegian

    President Duterte ordered yesterday military troops to crush the Abu Sayyaf after the bandits beheaded another captive when their ultimatum to pay ransom lapsed on Wednesday afternoon. “Kill the enemies of the state,” the President told the soldiers as he surprised them with a sumptuous dinner and durian feast, aside from handing each of them a G-shock watch on Wednesday night, before sending them off to Sulu to fight the Abu Sayyaf. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has ordered the deployment and insertion of additional troops in Sulu and Basilan to run after the bandits.

    Philippine Star
  • Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate

    An angry debate over a ban on burkinis in France was further stoked Wednesday as images of a veiled woman surrounded by police on a beach in Nice went viral. The series of photos published by British media showed a woman dressed in leggings, a tunic and headscarf lying on a beach surrounded by four police officers. At one point the woman removes her tunic -- it is unclear if she was ordered to do so or did so of her own accord -- while a policeman appears to write out a fine.

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  • DOT open to use of double-decker bus

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) is open to using double-decker buses as a possible solution to Metro Manila’s traffic woes, an official said yesterday.  “We are open to all legitimate proposals and we will consider it,” DOT spokesperson Cherie Mercado said in a telephone interview when asked to comment on the recommendation of Richard Graham, United Kingdom’s trade envoy. She said the recommendation was mentioned by Graham during a meeting with DOT Secretary Arthur Tugade yesterday.

    Philippine Star
  • Olympics - Gold medallist Korakaki slams Greek government

    By Graham Wood ATHENS, (Reuters) - Shooting gold medallist Anna Korakaki lashed out at the Greek government after she missed out on Thursday's special ceremony honouring the Rio Olympic team. The 19-year-old, who won two of Greece's six medals this month, a gold in the 25-metre pistol event and a bronze in the 10-metre air pistol, said she was not invited to the ceremony due to her recent criticisms over state support for athletes. ...

    Reuters