• Philippines' 'Dirty Harry' mayor launches presidential bid

    In a rambling, obscenity-filled speech, Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he would take a zero-tolerance approach to crime and admitted personally killing criminals. The combative mayor even lashed out at Pope Francis, blaming him for causing traffic jams in the capital of the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation when he visited in January. "Pope, you son of a -----, why don't you go home," he said.

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  • Putin snubs Erdogan in Paris as pilot's body returned to Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin snubbed a meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in France on Monday as the body of a pilot killed when Ankara downed one of Moscow's warplanes returned home. Turkish authorities meanwhile again pledged not to apologise over last Tuesday's downing of the Russian jet on the Syrian border as Moscow rolled out its sanctions aimed at exacting economic revenge on Ankara.

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  • Wife of exiled Valdes slams United

    Victor Valdes's wife has slammed Manchester United for failing to invite the Spanish goalkeeper to a high-profile charity event at Old Trafford. The Premier League club held its annual dinner for Unicef on Sunday and many United players were in attendance, but Valdes, who is out of favour with boss Louis van Gaal, was not on the guest list. The 33-year-old's wife Yolanda Cardona took to Instagram to criticise the club for their conduct.

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  • Australia gets three bidders for huge submarine contract

    Three international bidders are seeking a contract worth up to Aus$50 billion (US$36 billion) to build a next-generation submarine fleet for Australia, it was confirmed Monday. Submissions have been received from DCNS of France, Germany's TKMS and the Japanese government, Australia's Defence Minister Marise Payne announced as the deadline closed. The contract is to replace the nation's current diesel and electric-powered Collins Class submarines.

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  • Retiring Bryant receives high praise from peers

    The NBA fraternity reacted quickly to Kobe Bryant's announcement Sunday that he would retire at the end of the season, with some calling it "sad" while other spoke of his incredible legacy. Bryant, 37, one of the greatest US basketball players ever, will retire after spending his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. NBA commissioner Adam Silver was one of the first to respond to Bryant's announcement.

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  • Katie Holmes: 'I regret nothing'

    Katie Holmes wouldn't change anything in her life, insisting she has learnt from everything she has been through.

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  • Ex-Malaysia envoy guilty of New Zealand indecent assault

    A former Malaysian diplomat pleaded guilty Monday to the indecent assault of a New Zealand woman, with a court hearing he burst into her bedroom naked from the waist down. Mohammed Rizalman bin Ismail was a military attache at Malaysia's Wellington embassy when the incident happened last year, and the case caused outrage when he fled to his homeland citing diplomatic immunity. Rizalman was eventually extradited to face the New Zealand courts and had pleaded not guilty to attempted rape and burglary.

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  • Everton paid the price for celebrating too much - Howard

    (Reuters) - Everton were guilty of celebrating Ross Barkley's late goal for too long as Bournemouth snatched a dramatic 3-3 draw in the eighth minute of stoppage time on Saturday, goalkeeper Tim Howard said. Everton went into the interval 2-0 up, but Bournemouth drew level only for Barkley to strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time to send players and fans running on to the pitch in wild celebrations. Referee Kevin Friend added on extra minutes after the pitch invasion giving Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas the opportunity to grab an unlikely equaliser.

  • Inside Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's 'super private' honeymoon

    Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello were "super private and very much in love" on their stunning honeymoon at a private luxury resort on the Turks and Caicos islands.

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  • For some people, the older the smartphone, the better

    Between splashy launches, lavish new-phone offers (get a free HDTV on activation!) and frequent software updates that slow down your old handset, it sometimes feels like the entire technology industry ...

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  • Psy says 'no chance' of another Gangnam Style success

    "Gangnam Style" star Psy acknowledged Monday that he could never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but said he was perfectly happy being "just another" K-pop artist. The quirky South Korean singer was catapulted to unlikely international stardom after the "Gangnam Style" music video, with its invisible horse-riding dance, went viral. The song -- a satire of the luxury lifestyle of residents in Seoul's glitzy Gangnam district -- remains the most-watched video of all time on YouTube, with more than 2.4 billion views.

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  • CPF interest rates of up to 3.5 per cent extended

    Central Provident Fund (CPF) members will continue to earn interest rates of up to 3.5 per cent per annum on their Ordinary Account (OA) monies from 1 January to 31 March in 2016.

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  • Hull-aballoo: New Navy destroyer's seaworthiness questioned

    The largest destroyer built for the U.S. Navy cuts an imposing figure: massive, with an angular shape, hidden weapons and antennas, and electric-drive propulsion. But underneath the stealthy exterior resides ...

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  • 'Fast and Furious' French trafficker arrested in Bangkok

    BANGKOK (AP) — A French drug trafficker who was part of a notorious international network that authorities say copied tactics from Hollywood's "Fast and Furious" films was arrested in Bangkok, officials said Monday.

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  • Is the end of AIDS in sight? 10 facts about HIV/AIDS ahead of World AIDS Day

    (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite major advances, HIV/AIDS remains one of the world's most significant public health challenges, particularly in low and middle income countries, with new diagnoses every year and young women in sub-Saharan Africa seen as being particularly at risk. World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 is used to unite people in the fight against HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus first identified in 1984, to show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died. The member countries of the United Nations agreed in September in a new set of global goals to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

  • IS executes 3,500 in Syria since declaring 'caliphate': monitor

    The Islamic State group has executed more than 3,500 people in Syria, including nearly 2,000 civilians, since declaring its "caliphate" in June last year, a monitor said Sunday. In the last month alone IS executed 53 people -- including 35 civilians -- in areas it controls in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The new figures from the Britain-based Observatory bring to 3,591 the number of people executed by IS in Syria since it declared its Islamic "caliphate" after seizing control of large parts of the country.

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  • Barca file complaint against former Real players

    Barcelona have filed a formal complaint against two former Real Madrid players turned pundits after they suggested Barca forward Neymar deserved the kick he received from Real midfielder Isco in this month's La Liga 'Clasico'. Isco, who had come on as a substitute 10 minutes into the second half of Barca's 4-0 win at the Bernabeu, lashed out in apparent frustration at Neymar in the 85th minute and was shown a straight red card. According to Barca, former Real players Manolo Sanchis and Poli Rincon "publically and repeatedly justified the aggression" on Spanish radio and the club said on Monday they had filed a complaint with a Spanish government commission that seeks to combat violence in sport.

  • After uncertainty, new start for Syrian family in Germany

    ZWICKAU, Germany (AP) — Just before dawn, a worker shook the matriarch of the refugee family out of sleep at their asylum center in a depressed German town.

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  • Beijing air pollution reaches extremely hazardous levels

    BEIJING (AP) — Beijing suffered its worst air pollution of the year on Monday, with monitoring sites throughout the city reporting extremely hazardous levels of pollutants.

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  • Japanese manga artist Mizuki dies at 93

    Award-winning Japanese cartoonist Shigeru Mizuki, known for his comics of ghosts and monsters inspired by folklore and for his accounts of World War II horrors, died Monday at 93, his office said. Mizuki, whose real name was Shigeru Mura, was hospitalised in early November after he collapsed in Tokyo, the office said on its website. The native of Tottori prefecture in western Japan began his career as a cartoonist after surviving World War II during which the conscripted Japanese soldier lost his left arm in a US air strike.

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