• Iceland hero Sigurdsson joins Fulham

    Ragnar Sigurdsson, one of the stars of Iceland's Euro 2016 campaign, has signed for Fulham from Russian side Krasnodar, the English second-tier club announced on Tuesday. Sigurdsson played a starring role in Iceland's stunning 2-1 win over England in the last 16 at Euro 2016, scoring his side's opening goal and being voted man of the match. "I'm just very happy and relieved that the deal is done," Sigurdsson said in a video interview on the Fulham website.

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  • He made his first US$1M at the age of 18 and US$100M at 23, and now sold his adtech firm for US$900M at 34

    Media.net, a global adtech company started by serial entrepreneur Divyank Turakhia, has been acquired by a consortium of Chinese investors for US$900M He plunged into the world of entrepreneurship in 1996 when he was just 14 years old, with the launch of an Internet startup. He became a millionaire when he was just 18 and entered the US$100... The post He made his first US$1M at the age of 18 and US$100M at 23, and now sold his adtech firm for US$900M at 34 appeared first on e27.

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  • Beyond war on drugs, Philippines' Duterte seen setting up economic boom

    By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Less than two months in office, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is getting high marks from the business community for policies that could engineer an economic surge and companies say they are making new investments as a result. The groundwork was laid by Duterte's predecessor, President Benigno Aquino, who took growth above 6 percent over his six-year term , but executives are also cheering the new administration’s focus on building new infrastructure and say it could spell the start of a long-term boom. "We are in a very good spot," said Antonio Moncupa Jr., president and CEO of East-West Banking Corp, one of the top 10 lenders in the country.

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  • Ex-DOJ usec to pin down Leila

    Former justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, who supervised the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) when Sen. Leila de Lima headed the department, could qualify as a state witness against her along with her former driver Ronnie Dayan, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said yesterday. Several BuCor chiefs also allegedly benefited from drug money from high-value inmates, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. Aguirre earlier revealed he received information that at least two former ranking officials of the DOJ received millions in drug payoffs from high-value inmates in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

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  • Singapore Ministry of Law to review legality of VPNs

    The Chief Executive of Singapore’s Intellectual Property Office acknowledged there are concerns that VPNs could infringe copyright Singapore’s Ministry of Law today announced a public consultation to receive feedback on the country’s copyright regime — including whether or not “allowable circumventions of technological protection measures” should be sustained. The review will include virtual private network... The post Singapore Ministry of Law to review legality of VPNs appeared first on e27.

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  • Czech PM says no to 'large Muslim community'

    Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Tuesday he does not want a "large Muslim community" and that each EU member should be able to choose how many migrants to accept. "We don't have a large Muslim community here," Sobotka said of the estimated 10,000 to 20,000 Muslims who live in the Central European country of 10.5 million people. "And to be honest, we don't want a large Muslim community to form here, given the problems we're seeing," Sobotka told the Pravo daily.

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  • Olympics protest runner fails to return to Ethiopia

    Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country. An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not onboard the plane that landed on Monday night carrying Ethiopia's Olympics team. Ethiopian sports officials congratulated team members but made no mention of Lilesa's silver medal achievement -- one of only eight medals won by Ethiopia -- and refused to answer any questions about the athlete.

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  • Car dealers to Rody: Solve traffic first

    Solve the traffic situation, but do not meddle with our business. This was the message of the country’s largest automotive group, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI), to the government regarding the campaign to address Metro Manila’s traffic crisis. CAMPI president Rommel Gutierrez said local automotive players support proposals to give President Duterte emergency powers to solve the traffic woes in Metro Manila and nearby urban centers.

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  • House to summon De Lima’s ex-driver

    As part of its upcoming investigation into drug trafficking by inmates in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), the House of Representatives will summon Sen. Leila de Lima’s former driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan. “For the sake of transparency and accountability, we will invite those who are suspected of being involved in the drug trade at NBP, even if it includes the driver of De Lima,” said Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, who also chairs the House appropriations committee.

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  • Australian unearths 'beast' of a truffle

    An Australian has uncovered what is thought to be the largest black truffle ever discovered in the country, a 1,511-gram (53.3-ounce) monster that could also be a world-beater. Stuart Dunbar said he had known since February that a truffle had been growing in the spot where it was found, but its ripening aroma in warmer weather meant he started digging last Thursday. Dunbar said he had previously dug up a "beautiful edible truffle" weighing about 720 grams but he was not aware of anyone else ever growing such a large black truffle in Australia, or anywhere else in the world.

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  • Los Angeles Lakers sign Chinese Olympian Yi

    Yi Jianlian, who is fresh off an appearance with the Chinese national team at the Rio Olympics, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA team announced. Yi, of Guangdong Province, averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in five games at the Summer Olympics, which wrapped up on Sunday. "We're excited to have a player of his worldwide accomplishments," general manager Mitch Kupchak said on Monday.

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  • Fraud suspect wanted by China pays $31 mn to end NZ probe

    A Chinese-born businessman has agreed to pay New Zealand authorities US$31 million to settle their money laundering investigation into him, although he remains wanted by Beijing over the alleged multi-million-dollar fraud. William Yan, 45, holds New Zealand citizenship and denies any wrongdoing. Although he was never charged in New Zealand with money-laundering, China still considers him one of the country's most-wanted suspects.

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  • Last resident of historic Chinese shrimping village dies

    CHINA CAMP STATE PARK, Calif. (AP) — The last remaining resident of a shrimping village established by Chinese immigrants on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay has died.

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  • Usher: 'I do not ogle Justin Bieber's private parts'

    Usher is committed to supporting the Canadian pop star.

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  • Clinton's health: Trump's sharpening focus of attack

    On the skids in the polls and under fire for not releasing his tax returns, Donald Trump's campaign is sharpening a new attack on Hillary Clinton: claiming she is not healthy enough to serve as president. The Internet is awash with conspiracy theories claiming that she may have a brain tumor, Parkinson's or dementia, or complaining that she has "seizure-like facial expressions" or allegedly twitches. Last week, he told voters in Iowa that Clinton was "not strong enough to be president." On another occasion, he maintained that she "importantly also lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS, and all of the many adversaries we face." Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Trump supporter, stepped up the attack on Monday, telling Fox News that Clinton was "tired" and "looked sick." Over the weekend, he came under fire for telling viewers to google Clinton's health.

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  • Japanese Prime Minister Abe wows Rio finale as Super Mario

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's brief but showstopping gig at the Olympics closing ceremony as the Nintendo game character Super Mario offered a tantalizing glimpse at Tokyo's plans for the 2020 games. ...

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  • Emma Stone reunites with Andrew Garfield in London

    The actors previously called it quits in October (15).

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  • Obama promises support to Louisiana after floods

    By Ayesha Rascoe BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama walked door to door in an East Baton Rouge Parish neighbourhood on Tuesday hugging people and offering assurances that the country would help them recover from some of the worst floods ever recorded in Louisiana. "What I want the people of Louisiana to know is, you’re not alone on this, even after the TV cameras leave," Obama said after touring brick homes whose lawns were cluttered with slabs of drywall and soaked sofas and mattresses. More than 100,000 people have applied for federal aid, Obama said, and so far more than $120 million has been approved.

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  • Indian policeman blames 'spiritual powers' for swallowing 40 knives

    An Indian policeman who spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them surgically removed said on Tuesday that "spiritual powers" made him do it. The father of two underwent a successful five-hour operation to remove the knives from his stomach in the northern city of Amritsar after complaining to doctors of severe abdomen pain. "I don't know why I did it but there was some spiritual power behind it," the 42-year-old told AFP from Amritsar in Punjab state, declining to be named.

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  • McDonald's recalls millions of Happy Meals fitness bands

    McDonald's is recalling millions of fitness bands that had been given away in Happy Meals because they might cause skin irritation or burns to children. The fast-food chain said last week that it would ...

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