• China unveils 'world's largest amphibious aircraft'

    China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country's program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the first of the new planes, dubbed the AG600, Saturday in the southern port city of Zhuhai, the official Xinhua news agency reported. At around the size of a Boeing 737, it is far larger than any other plane built for marine take off and landing, Xinhua quoted AVIC's deputy general manager Geng Ruguang as saying.

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  • Philippine leader Duterte signs freedom of information order

    President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a landmark freedom of information order to allow the public full access to government records for the first time, his spokesman said Sunday, in a move welcomed by transparency advocates. The executive order, providing for "full public disclosure and transparency" by government agencies, was signed by the firebrand leader on Saturday, his spokesman Martin Andanar said, just 25 days after taking office. Media and watchdog groups had been demanding the reform, the first national freedom of information order, for years.

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  • Tigers kill one, injure one in China wildlife park

    Tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing killed one woman and injured another after the pair left their vehicle following an argument, Chinese media reported on Sunday. The attack took place at Beijing Badaling Wildlife World Saturday, Chinanews.com reported, when one of the women left the vehicle following an altercation. A tiger quickly attacked her and dragged her off, prompting the second woman to leave the vehicle in an attempt to help, it wrote on its microblog account.

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  • Beijing slaps EU, Japan, S. Korea with steel duties

    China said Sunday it has started imposing anti-dumping tariffs on certain steel imports from the European Union, Japan and South Korea, as Beijing itself comes under fire for similar trade practices. The world's second largest economy, which makes more than half the world's steel, finds itself under attack by EU countries for allegedly flooding world markets with steel and aluminium in violation of international trade agreements. On Friday Premier Li Keqiang told a group of visiting leaders from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other organisations that China "will not engage in a trade war or currency war".

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  • Selena Gomez posts cryptic message after tearful stage appearance

    Selena Gomez got teary-eyed on stage in Indonesia before singing Kill 'Em With Kindness.

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  • Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in crackdown

    Iran destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on Sunday as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging, a news website reported. The destruction ceremony took place in Tehran in the presence of General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of Iran's Basij militia, who warned of the impact that satellite television was having in the conservative country. "The truth is that most satellite channels... deviate the society's morality and culture," he said at the event according to Basij News.

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  • Pogba is not worth world-record fee, says Scholes

    (Reuters) - Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has questioned whether the club should pay a world-record fee for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, saying the 23-year-old is not in the same bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. United have been negotiating with Juventus over the transfer of Pogba, who is a top target for new manager Jose Mourinho, according to media reports in Britain.

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  • IGP dismisses MH370 mass murder suicide report

    PETALING JAYA,July 24 — Police yesterday dismissed reports MH370 was steered into the sea intentionally by the pilot. A New York magazine report had in its exclusive said a document from...

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  • Trump's criticism of Cruz renews questions about temperament

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Donald Trump followed the script in his big speech to the Republican National Convention. Less than 12 hours later, he was free-form again, Trump being Trump, resurrecting a conspiracy theory linking the father of his chief rival from the primaries to John F. Kennedy's assassination.

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  • Rosberg trumps Hamilton in Hungary F1 chaos

    Nico Rosberg rode his luck to grab pole position for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a prolonged qualifying session punctuated by rainstorms and red flags. The championship-leading German produced a fastest lap of one minute and 19.965 seconds at the end of a session stretched to nearly two hours by heavy rain and crashes in the hazardous conditions on the twisting Hungaroring circuit on Saturday. Defending three-time champion Hamilton, who is just one point behind Rosberg after 10 of this year's 21 races, was 0.143 seconds behind his rival as the pair secured their team's sixth front-row lockout of the season.

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  • Seeing a different ending for ‘Kabali’? You have LPF to thank for that

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 — Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board (LPF) chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid confirmed today that Malaysians would see a different ending for the Tamil film...

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  • Body unnoticed in Australian fast-food outlet 'for three days'

    Police are investigating how a man's body lay undiscovered for up to three days in the toilet of an Australian fast-food restaurant, according to media reports. "Hungry Jack's is cooperating with all relevant authorities regarding the matter at its restaurant in Balga, Western Australia," the fast-food outlet said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with all concerned." Western Australian police gave no indication of how long the man had been dead before his body was discovered inside the locked cubicle.

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  • Southern California fire mushrooms, residents evacuated

    A fire burning out of control in Southern California has grown to a massive 20,000 acres, officials said Sunday, as residents in an area north of Los Angeles were forced to evacuate. The blaze, which has been dubbed the "Sand Fire" after a nearby neighborhood, is only 10 percent contained, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). Local media reported that a burned body had been recovered in the city of Santa Clarita, located some 35 miles (55 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles, although it was unclear if the individual had died in the blaze.

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  • Kerry's Syria plan with Russia faces deep skepticism in U.S., abroad

    By Yara Bayoumy, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Skeptics in the U.S. government, European allies in the anti-Islamic State coalition and the main Syrian opposition, distrustful of Russia's intentions, are questioning Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest proposal for closer U.S.-Russian cooperation against extremist groups in Syria. Several U.S. military and intelligence officials called the plan naive, and said Kerry risks falling into a trap that Russian President Vladimir Putin has laid to discredit the United States with moderate rebel groups and drive some of their fighters into the arms of Islamic State and other extremist groups.

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  • Coming soon: More salary deductions

    Employees may soon see additional deductions on their monthly salaries, to be set aside for retirement, after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) finally gave the long-delayed go-ahead to a savings program passed in 2008. The go-signal was issued through Revenue Memorandum Order 42-2016, which laid out reportorial requirements for Republic Act 9505 or the Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA) Law. “Employees, including self-employed individuals and overseas Filipino workers, can start planning their future by establishing their own PERA,” it added.

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  • ‘Don’t Kill’ campaign launch to coincide with SONA

    With the number of slain drug suspects hitting over 200, the Archdiocese of Manila will launch the Huwag Kang Papatay (Don’t Kill) campaign tomorrow, coinciding with President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA). The launch will be capped by a mass at the St. Vincent de Paul Church located at the Adamson University campus on San Marcelino street, Manila. Relatives of slain drug suspects are invited to attend the 5 p.m. mass, according to Fr.

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  • Massive delays stall England-to-France vehicle traffic

    LONDON (AP) — British border agents are moving in to help French officials deal with gigantic backups for travelers trying to cross the English Channel into France.

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  • Pokemon fans accidentally wander over US-Canada border

    US Border Patrol agents spotted the pair illegally walking from Canada into the US on Thursday evening, the agency's office in Sweetgrass, Montana said in a statement. "Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon Go games that they lost track of where they were.

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  • Cambodia blocking consensus on sea row?

    Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing’s territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said yesterday. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is meeting in Laos for the first time since the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled earlier this month that China did not have historic rights to vast swathes of the strategic sea. China invests heavily across ASEAN but is accused of trying to divide the bloc by habitually offering aid, soft loans and diplomatic support to key allies Laos and Cambodia.

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  • Tourism blow for Greek island that sheltered refugees

    When a sea of humanity landed on their island's rocky shores last year, the people of Lesbos turned out with blankets and hot food to help thousands of refugees emerging from the cold waters of the Aegean. In the months that followed, Lesbos' citizens were hailed for their compassionate response by everyone from Pope Francis to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Queen Rania of Jordan and Angelina Jolie. "We were bracing for a difficult season after the migrant crisis but it's even worse than we could imagine," said Marilena Gourgoutzi, staring at the empty tables in her restaurant in the normally bustling port village of Molyvos.

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