• Goldman sued over 1MDB links in Malaysian bank merger

    In a new development linked to the 1MDB corruption scandal, a former Hong Kong-based investment fund is suing Goldman Sachs for conflict of interest in advising a 2011 Malaysian bank merger. Primus Pacific Partners said Tuesday that Goldman and its then managing director in Southeast Asia, Tim Leissner, concealed its close relationship with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak when the bank was recruited to advise EON Capital, partly owned by Primus, in its $1.7 billion sale to Malaysia's Hong Leong Bank (HLB).

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  • NUS Responds: Sexual Freshman Orientation Activities “Neither Approved Nor Endorsed”

    Amid reports of freshman orientation activities in the National University of Singapore turning sexual and several NUS students defending these offensive actions, the university’s acting provost has issued an internal email condemning the turn of events. In an email to NUS students issued Tuesday evening, acting provost Prof Bernard Tan said that the university expects orientation activities to be respectful of the dignity of all participants, regardless of gender. Prof Tan elaborated that the NUS’ Office of Student Affairs (OSA) conducts briefing sessions for students leading orientation activities, and warns them of dos and don’ts including examples of inappropriate activities.

    Popspoken
  • What harassment are you facing? IGP asks Dr M

    PUTRAJAYA, July 26 ― The Inspector-General of Police today told Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to list out the intimidation he is allegedly facing from the authorities. Responding to questions on a...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Juventus has signed Higuain from Napoli - Napoli spokesman

    Juventus have signed Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli, a spokesman for Napoli said on Tuesday. "I can confirm that the contract has been deposited with the League and the deal has been done," Napoli spokesman Nicola Lombardi told Reuters. Juventus will pay 90 million euros ($98.85 million) in two tranches for Higuain, who still had two years to run on his contract, Lombardi added.

    Reuters
  • Priest's throat slit in France church attack: what we know so far

    An elderly priest had his throat slit in a church in northern France on Tuesday after two men stormed the building and took hostages. The attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray came as France was still coming to terms with the massacre in the French Riviera city of Nice claimed by the Islamic State group. The victim was father Jacques Hamel, a semi-retired assistant parish priest, according to the archbishop of nearby Rouen Dominique Lebrun.

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  • Car dealers offering buyers to bypass downpayment rule

    Car owners are required to make a 30 or 40 per cent downpayment when buying a car. Some car dealers may be flouting the law by offering buyers downpayment lower than the levels specified under the newly relaxed vehicle financing rules. A check by Yahoo Singapore on popular website sgcarmart revealed that there are dealers offering potential buyers minimum downpayment of 20 per cent or less.

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  • Sakho's Liverpool future in doubt after being sent home

    (Reuters) - Mamadou Sakho faces an uncertain future at Liverpool after the defender was sent back to England from the Premier League club's pre-season tour of America. According to British media reports, manager Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with the 26-year-old's attitude during their stay in California and ordered his return to Liverpool. Sakho angered the German manager by turning up late for Liverpool's flight to the United States while last weekend he interrupted Klopp while he was conducting an interview with the club website, the reports said.

    Reuters
  • Rob Kardashian deletes all trace of fiancee Blac Chyna from social media

    Mystery surrounds Rob Kardashian's decision to unfollow his future wife, Blac Chyna, leading to speculation about the status of their relationship.

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  • Shock as peaceful Japanese town wakes to 'unthinkable' disabled centre horror

    By Elaine Lies and Kwiyeon Ha SAGAMIHARA, Japan (Reuters) - Shock and bewilderment gripped neighbours of a disabled centre in a town near Tokyo on Tuesday after a man stabbed and killed 19 residents in their sleep and wounded dozens more in Japan's worst mass killing in decades. "This kind of thing doesn't happen in Japan. It's unthinkable it happened so close to me," said Masae Mizoguchi, a 78-year-old retiree who lives up the hill from the Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) facility.

    Reuters
  • U.S. tells China that anti-missile system not a threat

    South Korea's decision to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile defence system does not threaten China's security, a senior U.S. administration official said on Tuesday at the end of a visit to China by U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice. The announcement by South Korea and the United States this month that they would deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) unit has already drawn protests from China that it would destabilise regional security.

    Reuters
  • SONA fashion show gives way to business attire

    Taking a cue from President Duterte’s simple fashion style, most politicians and their families as well as other guests at his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday toned down their usual grandiose outfits and opted for business attire.

    Philippine Star
  • Najib: Stop baseless accusations against Tabung Haji

    PETALING JAYA, July 26 ― Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) is the victim of false allegations that are harmful both to the fund and the Muslim pilgrims who are its contributors, said Prime Minister Datuk...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • US, Japan, Australia step in for weak SEAsia to chide China

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — The United States, Japan and Australia have urged China not to construct military outposts and reclaim land in the disputed South China Sea, in a strong show of support for Southeast Asian nations that have territorial disputes with Beijing in the resource-rich area.

    Associated Press
  • Cash, guns seized from drug lord’s cell in Bilibid

    The police Special Action Force (SAF), which recently took over security at the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City, has seized over P1 million in cash, guns, illegal drugs and electronic devices from the cell of a convicted drug lord, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II reported yesterday. The SAF will continue the raids at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), particularly in Building 14 where high-profile convicts are detained. Aguirre said SAF commandos, backed up by an armored vehicle recovered over P1 million from Co in three consecutive days.

    Philippine Star
  • Sara Duterte skips SONA due to health reasons

    Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte did not attend her father’s first State of the Nation Address yesterday as doctors advised her to take a rest shortly after she arrived in Manila yesterday morning. Davao City information officer Jefry Tupas said Sara wanted to be with the President during this historic event, and regrets not being able to do so. Sara was supposed to represent her mother Elizabeth Zimmerman and brothers Vice Mayor Paolo and Sebastian in the event.

    Philippine Star
  • F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil - reports

    The mother-in-law of Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped in Sao Paulo and criminals are demanding 120 million reais ($36.5 million) in ransom, according to reports in a leading Brazilian news magazine. Aparecida Schunck, the mother of Ecclestone's wife, Fabiana Flosi, was seized on Friday night, Veja and other news organizations reported. Ecclestone, whom Forbes magazine estimates is worth $3.1 billion - along with his family - and one of the most powerful men in sport, married Flosi in 2012, three years after meeting her at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

    Reuters
  • Prince Harry regrets not opening up about mother's death

    Prince Harry wishes he had spoken to others about the grief he felt over his mother Diana's death sooner.

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  • What Verizon's acquisition means for Yahoo users

    If you have a Yahoo email account or regularly visit services like Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports, you might be wondering what will happen to the once-venerable brand once Verizon takes over. Neither company ...

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  • Smelly 'Corpse Flower' About to Bloom in NYC: How to Watch It Live

    The stench of rotting flesh will soon permeate the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), possibly today (July 25), when a rare plant known as a corpse flower blooms and releases an odor similar to that of putrefying flesh, botanists say. Despite the stench, horticulturalists and the public are flocking to see it, partly because the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum — a scientific name that translates to "giant misshapen phallus") blooms only for a few days once every seven to 10 years, representatives from the NYBG said. "Perhaps [people come] because it is one of the largest flowers in the world, and its blooming cycle is unpredictable," NYBG representatives said in a statement.

    LiveScience.com
  • East Coast Rail project wasn’t discussed in Cabinet, works minister says

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof denied today Sarawak Report’s claim that Putrajaya wants to double the cost of the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project from RM30...

    The Malay Mail Online