• Own goal? China's richest man fires warning on football splurge

    By Matthew Miller and Shu Zhang BEIJING (Reuters) - China Inc's record burst of investment in global football could leave investors burnt and out of pocket, says China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, in the highest profile warning yet on a $4 billion (3.03 billion pounds) splurge since 2015 that has stunned European football. The chairman of the sprawling Dalian Wanda Group is himself a major sports investor, sponsoring the Chinese league and last year taking stakes in leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid and Swiss sports marketing firm Infront Sports & Media AG. A score of smaller Chinese players have since followed Wang into the European football arena, encouraged by official enthusiasm for the game.

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  • 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.

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  • Belarus leader forces Hollywood's Seagal to eat his carrot

    Green-fingered Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko forced US action star Steven Seagal to eat one of his homegrown carrots in an awkward encounter that prompted much mockery on Thursday in the ex-Soviet state. Footage posted by the presidential press service showed the authoritarian leader picking up a long carrot, quickly peeling it and handing it to the black-clad martial arts star who was visiting his country residence. "Here you are: eat it for your health, it's very good for you," said Lukashenko, wearing a tracksuit top and baseball cap, as Seagal chewed politely.

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  • Poe to Duterte: Don’t call me American

    In her first and only conversation with President Duterte after the May 9 polls, Sen. Grace Poe asked him only one favor – not to call her an American. Poe, who finished third in the presidential race, said the only time she spoke with the President was when she conceded shortly after the results came in and Duterte was clearly the winner. Speaking at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum yesterday, Poe said the conversation was lighthearted and that before it ended, she asked him one favor.

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  • Jennifer Lopez single again - report

    The singer remains friendly with Casper.

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  • Rashford drops down to England Under-21s

    Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has lost his place in England's senior squad after being called up for the Under-21s for the first time. Rashford made two substitute appearances at Euro 2016 to cap a meteoric rise in the final weeks of the campaign that took him from United's youth teams to international recognition. New England manager Sam Allardyce has decided Rashford's lack of playing time makes it impossible to select him for his first fixture -- a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on September 4.

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  • Malaysian rapper freed after being held for insulting Islam

    A Malaysian rapper, who was arrested for insulting Islam in a music video that was filmed inside a mosque and used the word "Allah," was freed on Thursday on health grounds. Wee Meng Chee, who goes by the stage name Namewee, was arrested on Sunday over the song, entitled "Oh my God," when he landed at Kuala Lumpar airport after returning from overseas. Penang district police chief, Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, said the magistrates court had refused to extend his arrest because Namewee had health problems.

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  • Singapore trials driverless taxis in world first

    The world's first driverless taxis went into operation on Thursday in Singapore in a limited public trial, beating giants like Uber in the race to roll out the revolutionary technology. Data from the experiment will feed into the roll-out of driverless taxis across the city-state in 2018, said nuTonomy, a US-based tech start-up that developed the software used in the vehicles. The six taxis -- Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles -- will operate in a 2.5 square mile (4.0 square kilometre) area, with set pick-up and drop-off points.

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  • 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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  • Qatar's recruited athletes stir debate on citizenship

    By Tom Finn DOHA (Reuters) - When 39 athletes from Qatar qualified for the Rio Olympics, the most in the tiny Gulf state's history, Noor al-Shalaby celebrated the achievement in a Facebook post. "Qatar! You are in my blood and my soul," wrote the 34-year-old accountant. Qatar has for years used its immense oil and gas wealth to recruit sportspeople from around the world, part of an ambitious vault onto the world sporting stage by the wealthy Arab state which will host the soccer World Cup in 2022.

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  • Defence Ministry dismisses leak, says Malaysia’s submarines have different specs

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 ― Malaysia’s Scorpene submarines have different specifications from those used by India, the Defence Ministry said in allaying concerns over a secret data leak reportedly...

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  • Man found shot dead, fingertips sliced off

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — A man was killed and left to rot in his car some 500m from the house of his suspected killers, who went about their daily chores as if nothing had happened for two days....

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  • Maradona criticises Messi over international retirement

    Argentina great Diego Maradona has criticised Lionel Messi, suggesting that the Barcelona star's retirement from international football, and subsequent change of heart, was "staged". Messi announced his retirement from international football after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties in June, with the Barcelona forward crucially missing in the shoot-out.

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  • BOC official sacked for alleged payoffs

    Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon yesterday said that Capt. Arnel Baylosis, who has been accused of receiving multi-million worth of “tara” or grease money has been relieved. “He has been relieved,” said Faeldon when asked about Baylosis, who heads the Operations Intelligence Office of the Enforcement Group (EG). But in an interview with The STAR, Baylosis denied the allegations made by Faeldon in a press conference in Malacañang last Monday.

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  • MB: ‘Bangsa Johor’ will strengthen Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — A united “Bangsa Johor” will not only improve the state, but also help strengthen the Malaysian federation, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin told Tun...

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  • Cher: 'I'm scared for the gay community if Trump wins'

    The iconic singer made the comments at a rally supporting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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  • Only Putrajaya can decide to repatriate baby panda, minister tells Zoo Negara

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — Zoo Negara has no control over the placement of Nuan Nuan, the offspring of panda couple Xing Xing and Liang Liang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said today....

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  • Little Things, Big Difference: Suzuki Address Review

    If you’re easily put off by its modest displacement and plain styling, then you definitely won’t appreciate its rather annoying TV commercial. Fortunately, this little scooter from Suzuki’s stable is able to redeem itself with subtle but useful features that perfectly “address” the needs of a daily commuter. Suzuki Address features This writer happens to believe […] The post Little Things, Big Difference: Suzuki Address Review appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.

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  • North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

    By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions. Having the ability to fire a missile from a submarine could help North Korea evade a new anti-missile system planned for South Korea and pose a threat even if nuclear-armed North Korea's land-based arsenal was destroyed, experts said. The ballistic missile was fired at around 5:30 a.m. (2030 GMT) from near the coastal city of Sinpo, where a submarine base is located, officials at South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defence Ministry told Reuters.

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  • 1st Look at World War II-Era Aircraft Carrier Sunk in the Pacific

    More than 60 years after a World War II-era aircraft carrier sunk to the bottom of the sea, the word "Independence" could still be made out on its surface. By exploring the wreck with robotic subs, scientists are getting their first look at this decades-old ship, which was a target during atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the 1940s. The exploration is already revealing secrets: Scientists operating the underwater robot discovered a fighter plane within the sunken aircraft carrier that, according to records, should not have been there.

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