• Singapore confirms Zika spread; some countries issue travel warnings

    By Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The number of confirmed cases of Zika virus in Singapore rose to 82 on Tuesday, with some of the latest infections detected beyond the area of the initial outbreak. Several countries advised pregnant women or those trying to conceive to avoid travelling to the city-state. The mosquito-borne Zika virus was detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas.

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  • Mel C: 'I will never be a part of Spice Girls reunion'

    The 42-year-old confessed it was one of the hardest decisions she's ever had to make.

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  • Philippine military ramps up Abu Sayyaf offensive

    The Philippine military deployed thousands of extra troops on Tuesday to destroy an Islamic extremist group notorious for kidnapping foreigners, after 15 soldiers were killed, authorities said. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his security forces to wipe out the Abu Sayyaf, which has declared allegiance to the Islamic State group and recently beheaded two Canadian hostages. Fifteen troops were killed and another 10 were injured in a single encounter with the Abu Sayyaf on Monday, regional military spokesman Major Filemon Tan said.

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  • Alleged drug lord, wife gunned down in Aklan

    Three days after turning himself in to authorities to deny his links to illegal drugs, a businessman was mortally wounded by gunmen who also shot dead his wife shortly after the couple disembarked from a vessel at a port in Malay, Aklan before dawn yesterday. Melvin Odicta Sr. and his wife Meriam had just disembarked from a 2Go roll-on-roll-off vessel at the Caticlan Jetty Port when the attack occurred at around 1:30 a.m. Odicta, also known by the moniker “Dragon,” was earlier identified by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 (PDEA-6) as one of two top drug dealers operating mainly in the province of Iloilo.

    Philippine Star
  • EU demands Apple pay Ireland up to 13 billion euros in tax

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in taxes plus interest to the Irish government after ruling that a special scheme to route profits through Ireland was illegal state aid. The massive sum, 40 times bigger than the previous known demand by the European Commission to a company in such a case, could be reduced, the EU executive said in a statement, if other countries sought more tax themselves from the U.S. tech giant. Apple, which with Ireland said it will appeal the decision, paid tax rates on European profits on sales of its iPhone and other devices and services of between just 0.005 percent in 2014 and 1 percent in 2003, the Commission said.

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  • Arsenal sign Spanish striker Perez

    Arsenal have signed striker Lucas Perez from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Perez, who also scored in Deportivo's opening La Liga win over Eibar this season, will fit into Arsenal's possession based football, according to manager Arsene Wenger. "He's not only a goalscorer, he's a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs, Wenger told the club website.

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  • Nazri calls Syed Sadiq just ‘little boy’, not worthy of response

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 ― Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today said he was uninterested in answering Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman over his criticism of Umno, saying the...

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  • Philippines says China must recognise South China Sea ruling

    China will be the "loser" if it does not recognise an international court ruling against its territorial claims in the South China Sea, Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Tuesday. An arbitration court in The Hague infuriated China in July when it ruled that China had no historical title over the South China Sea and it had breached the Philippines' sovereign rights. China has ignored the ruling that none of its claims in the disputed Spratly Islands entitled it to a 200-mile (320 km) exclusive economic zone.

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  • Here’s the real secret to losing weight and staying thin (Hint: You’re not going to like it)

    A study found that metabolism rates slow more than expected years after weight loss.

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  • Senior cop accused of raping teenage daughters in Sabah

    KOTA KINABALU, Aug 30 ― Sabah police are investigating a case of alleged incest involving a high-ranking police officer in the west coast district of Tenom. State Police Commissioner Datuk...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • 6 government ministries that would panic if Godzilla came to Singapore

    One of the ironic parts about “Shin: Godzilla” (aka “Godzilla: Resurgence”) is how the Japanese government reacts to Godzilla’s arrival. Which ministries would be panicking at Godzilla’s resurgence? Godzilla is radioactive.

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  • Good boy! Dogs know what you're saying, study suggests

    BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: Man's best friend really does understand some of what we're saying.

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  • ‘Sale of passports a P200-M racket’

    A P200-million anomaly is allegedly behind the recent arrest of 210 Indonesian and Malaysian pilgrims found with fraudulently obtained Philippine hajj passports for a flight to Mecca, employees of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) said. The NCMF employees also reported that such anomaly had been “rampant since the administration of Secretary Yasmin Lao” and that each Philippine hajj passport was sold to foreigners for P25,000. With each haji passport sold at P25,000, the proceeds can reach up to P200 million.

    Philippine Star
  • Schweinsteiger won't give up his Man Utd dream

    Ahead of his final Germany appearance, Bastian Schweinsteiger said Tuesday he will not give up on his dream of playing again for Manchester United -- despite his exile by Jose Mourinho. Germany's friendly against Finland in Moenchengladbach on Wednesday doubles as Schweinsteiger's farewell on his 121st - and final - international appearance when he will captain die Mannschaft for the last time. The 32-year-old, who left Bayern Munich for Manchester in 2015, has a United contract running until 2018, but new coach Mourinho banished him to the Under-23 team early this month, insisting the soon-to-be ex-Germany captain is not in his plans.

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  • All four big Chinese banks report rising bad loans

    All of China's "Big Four" state-owned banks reported mounting bad loans in the first half of the year, statements showed, as the world's second-largest economy faces souring debt amid slowing ...

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  • In Johor, Iskandar Malaysia says property glut nothing surprising

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — Iskandar Malaysia, the economic development corridor in southern Johor, says the current property glut in the state only involves certain property segments. Although...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Girl told ‘not beautiful’ crowned Miss Malaysia World 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — Tatiana Kumar has been crowned Miss Malaysia World 2016, a feat she dreamt of after being told in school she was not beautiful. “My biggest regret was believing...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Phl`s Wolf of Wall Street` strikes again

    Former Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) employee Jose Cecilio “Jay” Peñaflor, described by the National Bureau of Investigation as the Philippines’ version of the Wolf of Wall Street, is again at the center of a new scam. He was released from the Kamuning, Quezon City police station on Sunday after being detained on estafa charges for two weeks. Peñaflor reportedly ran away with a “very huge amount of money,” from an event he organized called Federalism Conference 2016, wherein he tried to hitch a ride on President Duterte’s pitch for a federalist form of government, sources told The STAR.

    Philippine Star
  • Philippines may open mothballed Marcos-era nuclear power plant

    The Philippines is looking into operating the country's only nuclear power plant, built four decades ago at more than $2 billion but never used, to ensure the long-term supply of clean and cheap electricity, its energy minister said. The Southeast Asian country is joining more than two dozen other countries looking to add nuclear power to their energy mix, including neighbours Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Tuesday reviving the mothballed 620-megawatt nuclear plant in Bataan province, northwest of Manila, will require a $1 billion investment.

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  • New suspected MH370 debris found in Mozambique

    A South African hotelier said Monday he had picked up a piece of aircraft wreckage off the Mozambican coast in the latest possible find of debris from the missing MH370 flight. Mozambique's aviation authorities in Maputo said they had been informed of the discovery, but were yet to receive the item. Australia, which is leading the search for the aircraft which vanished in 2014 with 239 people onboard, has determined that five pieces of debris found in Mozambique, South Africa and Mauritius almost certainly came from the plane.

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