• Australia 'increasingly confident' wreckage is from MH370

    Authorities hunting for missing flight MH370 are "increasingly confident" that wreckage found on an Indian Ocean island is from the ill-fated jet, the Australian official leading the search said Friday. The two-metre (six-foot) long piece of wreckage, is to be sent to France for analysis, with hopes high that it could turn out to be the first tangible proof that the plane went down in the Indian Ocean. Investigators are hoping they will be able to move closer to solving the perplexing mystery swirling around the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which vanished without a trace 16 months ago with 239 people aboard.

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  • Luggage piece found on French island near possible MH370 debris

    Part of a bag was found Thursday on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion not far from plane debris which has fuelled speculation it may be from missing flight MH370. "The piece of luggage was here since yesterday but nobody really paid attention," said Johnny Begue, a member of a local clean-up association who found the long piece of wreckage believed to be a part of a plane wing. Local air transport police who have been studying the plane debris also picked up the piece of luggage on Thursday.

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  • Dwayne Johnson says of Hulk Hogan: 'We've all talked trash'

    Dwayne Johnson says he was disappointed when he heard about a tape of Hulk Hogan using racial slurs. Johnson, also a former pro wrestler, told a TV critics' meeting Thursday that the remarks didn't match his personal history with Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea. "I've known Terry for a lot of years, and my dad helped train him in Florida in the '70s when he was breaking into the business.

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  • Indian scientist explains why we shouldn't drink Coke

    Melbourne, July 30 (ANI): While the fizzy cola drink is loved by most people in the world, an Indian scientist has now shown what Coca-Cola does to your body up to an after you gulp it down, and it is not good. On his blog Truth Theory, Niraj Naik has outlined the health issues and alarming findings, News.com.au reported. After 20 minutes, the body's blood sugar spikes giving an insulin burst and the liver responds by turning sugar into fat.

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  • Malaysian central bank grips ringgit tightly as troubles mount

    Protecting the ringgit from political fallout may end up costing Malaysia more than any bailout for the debt-ridden 1MDB state fund, given the rate at which the central bank has been using its reserves in recent weeks. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has taken an iron-fisted approach, barely allowing the ringgit to move since early July as investors became increasingly unnerved by the deepening scandal over how 1 Malaysia Development Berhad got into $11 billion of debt. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Najib Razak sacked his deputy, who had called on him to give Malaysians a better explanation of where 1MDB's money went.

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  • Woody Allen on marriage: 'I was paternal - it worked'

    Acclaimed American film director Woody Allen has given a rare interview and made even rarer remarks about his controversial marriage to the adopted daughter of his former girlfriend. "I'm 35 years older and somehow, through no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked," he told National Public Radio of his wife Soon-Yi, calling him "paternal" in their relationship. "I started the relationship with her and I thought it would just be a fling," he said.

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  • Hunters fight back after Cecil the lion killing

    Bucking against international outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, professional hunters argue that their industry follows strict rules aimed at preserving wildlife and supporting local people. While many hunters acknowledge Cecil was likely killed illegally, they say the vitriol directed towards them is misplaced. "Animal lovers tend to forget the benefit that can be derived by properly managing a resource," said Emmanuel Fundira, president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ).

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  • Hong Kong woman jailed for attacking police with breast

    A Hong Kong woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half months in jail Thursday after a court found her guilty of using her breast to bump into a police officer during a chaotic protest. Thirty-year-old Ng Lai-ying, who took part in a protest against mainland Chinese cross-border traders in March, was sentenced to three months and 15 days for the charge of "assaulting a police officer". "If I do not hand down a deterring sentence, the public might mistakenly think it is a trivial matter to assault police officers during protests," magistrate Michael Chan said, according to the Post.

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  • China says U.S. "militarising" South China Sea

    China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarising" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week. China has repeatedly urged Washington not to take sides in the escalating maritime dispute over the area, where the Asian giant last year stepped up its creation of artificial islands, alarming neighbours and provoking U.S. criticism. Washington has demanded China halt land reclamation and militarisation of the disputed area and pursue a peaceful resolution according to international law.

    Reuters
  • Not All African Pygmy Groups Grow the Same Way

    Not all African people of short stature — often referred to as Pygmies — grow alike, a new study finds. However, other African Pygmy tribes grow differently: In East Africa, the Sua and Efe peoples give birth to smaller-than-average babies.

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  • Astronomers find star with three super-Earths

    Astronomers said Thursday they had found a planetary system with three super-Earths orbiting a bright, dwarf star -- one of them likely a volcanic world of molten rock. The four-planet system had been hiding out in the M-shaped, northern hemisphere constellation Cassiopeia, "just" 21 light years from Earth, a team reported in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Super-Earths have a mass higher than Earth's but are lighter than gas giants like Neptune, Saturn or Jupiter.

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  • Pregnant Kim Kardashian Shows Off Baby Bump, Looks Gorgeous

    There’s certainly no maternity smocks for Kim Kardashian. Copyright [Splash]The five-month pregnant star is not letting go of her signature figure hugging wardrobe for anyone, thank you very much and looked mighty fine as she stepped out for a business

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  • City mourns as teen charged in killing appears in court

    A teenage boy accused of raping and killing an 8-year-old neighbor appeared in court briefly Thursday as flags around this small California town flew at half-staff in honor of the girl. Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, his hands shackled in front of him, did not enter a plea. The 15-year-old's arraignment was postponed until Sept. 21, most likely to give the defense more time to build a case, said Santa Cruz District Attorney spokesman Paul Mangasarian.

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  • Kurt Cobain's family wants death-scene photos kept sealed

    Kurt Cobain's widow and daughter are urging a Seattle judge not to release death-scene photos and records that a lawsuit claims will prove the Nirvana frontman was murdered more than 20 years ago. Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle is set to hear arguments Friday over whether to proceed with a trial after Richard Lee, who runs a Seattle public access TV show, sued the city and the Seattle Police Department for the material he says will show Cobain didn't die of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994, The Seattle Times reported (http://is.gd/LxyTyg ). The city is arguing that the material should stay sealed for the sake of the family's privacy.

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  • Millionaire Causes Traffic Jam In London To Get His £540k Porsche Washed

    The owner of this £540,000 Porsche 918 Spyder is a Saudi millionaire who decided the car needed a spruce up - on one of London’s busiest roads. Sitting outside the posh Mandarin Hotel in Brompton road, cleaners set to work in giving the car the once over - but it caused misery for other drivers. Motorists were forced to slow down, while bus drivers even had to change lanes so they could get past the Porsche.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Luol Deng, man of the people

    It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. While many New York Knicks fans have lamented the organization's obtuse and opaque decision-making processes throughout the James Dolan era, Seth Rosenthal wonders whether Phil Jackson's as-advertised transparency — particularly as manifested in Charley Rosen's "The Phil Files" series, in which Jackson has offered many unvarnished opinions about former, current and hoped-for Knicks players — is ultimately a good thing. Sam Vecenie on Maurice Ndour's journey from Senegal to Japan to junior college to the MAC to the NBA, and Bryan Gibberman on why the New York Knicks may have made a mistake in not locking up Ndour when they had the chance, allowing the Dallas Mavericks to swoop in and pick him up.

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  • 15 limited-edition Bread Talk buns to try

    Ikan Bilis and Chilli crab buns, anyone?   The limited edition SG50 Flosss bun, with sambal chicken floss, celebrates our nation’s jubilee   Popular bakery and pastry shop Bread Talk has unveiled the Singapore Roti Collection, a tasty line-up of 15 buns

    Weekender
  • Here's what coffee can do to your brain (Update)

    Washington DC, July 29 (ANI): A new study has predicted the association between coffee consumption habits and the incidence of pre-symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is considered a prodromal stage of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Researchers at the University of Bari in Italy evaluated 1,445 individuals recruited from 5,632 subjects, aged 65-84 year old, and interesting found that cognitively normal older individuals who modified their habits by increasing with time their amount of coffee consumption ( 1 cup of coffee/day) had about two times higher rate of MCI compared to those with reduced habits (

    ANI
  • Singapore Airlines releases seven A350 jet orders back to Airbus

    Singapore Airlines has agreed to a request from Airbus to release seven of its A350-900 widebody jet orders back to the aircraft manufacturer, the carrier said in a statement. This reduces the airline's A350s on order to 63, it said, in a series of adjustments to orders and deliveries to meet the immediate needs of the airline and the plane maker. Its purchase options for 20 of the wide-body A350-900s remain unchanged, the airline said.

    Reuters
  • Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities

    In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return. Such an effort may be more difficult than Trump realizes because deporting so many people means finding them first. Locating immigrants who don't have a legal immigration status has stymied officials for decades.

    Associated Press