• Philippine troops 'kill six Abu Sayyaf militants'

    Philippine security officials killed six members of militant group Abu Sayyaf on Friday including one involved in the kidnapping of two Canadians who were beheaded in the troubled south, the military said. A military spokesman said soldiers clashed with 100 members of notorious kidnap-for-ransom gang Abu Sayyaf as troops carried out President Rodrigo Duterte's orders to "destroy" the militants. In April and June, the group beheaded two Canadian tourists after ransom demands were not met.

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  • Lotte Group No. 2 found dead in apparent suicide

    The vice chairman of South Korea's troubled Lotte Group was found dead Friday, police said, in an apparent suicide amid a widening corruption probe into the country's fifth largest business conglomerate. The body of Lee In-Won was found hanging from a tree near a hiking trail in the eastern town of Yangpyeong. A four-page letter -- apparently a suicide note -- was found in his car, expressing loyalty to the group's chairman Shin Dong-Bin and denying allegations that the firm had avoided huge sums of tax and created slush funds.

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  • Wenger '99 percent' certain of Arsenal's new signings

    (Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is "99 percent" certain of completing new signings before the transfer window closes on Wednesday amid talks of imminent acquisition of striker Lucas Perez and defender Shkodran Mustafi. Arsenal have endured a frustrating close season so far, snubbed by striker Jamie Vardy, who extended his contract with champions Leicester City instead, while Olympique Lyonnais rejected their bid for forward Alexandre Lacazette. According to media reports, Wenger is closing in on a 50 million pound ($66.02 million) double deal for Deportivo La Coruna's Perez and Valencia's Mustafi.

    Reuters
  • Death in day care: Japan's parents face nursery lottery

    When Yuki Kai dropped her baby son off at nursery on her way to work he was his usual bright, exuberant self. Just hours later the 14-month-old was dead.

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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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  • UEFA keeps it in the family as Champions League changed

    By Brian Homewood MONACO (Reuters) - UEFA announced significant changes to their flagship Champions League on Friday, saying they had managed to "keep it in the family" after staving off the threat of a breakaway league by Europe's top clubs. From 2018/19 season, the top four European leagues -- currently Spain, Germany, England and Italy -- will each be guaranteed four places in the group stage, UEFA competitions director Giorgio Marchetti told reporters. Stung by criticism that the competition has become too predictable, UEFA emphasised that it would continue to be open for teams from Europe's smaller national leagues although the number of places set aside for them would drop from five to four.

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  • S R Nathan a ‘super ambassador’ but also a simple man

    Former president S R Nathan was Singapore’s “super ambassador to the world” and was courageous in defending the nation’s interest without fear or hesitation, said Ambassador-at-Large Professor Tommy Koh. Speaking at the state funeral service for Nathan, who passed away on Monday night (22 August), Koh said that Nathan played an important diplomatic role following his appointment as Singapore’s sixth president. In his eulogy, Koh pointed out that Nathan visited more countries during his tenure as president than all of his predecessors put together.

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  • Indonesia seizes hundreds of frozen pangolins

    Indonesian authorities have seized more than 650 critically endangered pangolins found hidden in freezers and arrested a man for allegedly breaking wildlife protection laws, police said Friday. Police discovered the pangolins, known as "scaly anteaters", when they raided a house in Jombang district on the main island of Java after local residents became suspicious about the large number of freezers in the property. A total of 657 pangolins, which are consumed as a luxury dish in China and used in traditional medicine, were found wrapped in plastic and stored in five large freezers, East Java province police spokesman Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono told AFP.

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  • Perfect records on the line as Hull face Manchester United

    That a Manchester United side boasting world-record signing Paul Pogba have won their opening two games of the Premier League season is no surprise -- but that newly-promoted Hull City have done so certainly is. United, managed by Jose Mourinho, who guided Chelsea to several English titles, splashed out £89 million (105 million euros, $116 million) to bring midfielder Pogba back from Juventus and have since beaten both Bournemouth and Southampton.

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  • Ghafar Baba’s son says won’t join Parti Pribumi, quits Dr M’s citizens’ declaration

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 ― Former PAS man Tamrin Abdul Ghafar said today he will not be joining Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's new party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. Tamrin, the son of former deputy...

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  • Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Pavlina Pizova says she couldn't free her partner after he slipped down an icy bank and became wedged between rocks and branches. After he died, she stayed with him through the freezing night.

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  • De Lima, Espino: Drug matrix ‘laughable’

    The typos and grammatical errors made her laugh, Sen. Leila de Lima said yesterday of the so-called drug matrix, which she described as rubbish deserving no place but the trash bin. Nung nakita ko ang matrix, natawa na lang ako at naawa sa Pangulo (When I saw the matrix I laughed and felt pity for the President). De Lima sat down for the first time with reporters for a chat, bringing with her two birthday cakes.

    Philippine Star
  • Henry Sy still Phl’s richest

    Tycoon Henry Sy, who built his SM retail fortune from a footwear shop in Manila in 1958, remains the richest Filipino with a net worth of $13.7 billion, occupying the top spot on Forbes Philippines Rich List for the ninth year running. The Forbes Philippines Rich List 2016, released yesterday, counted the country’s 50 richest individuals and families, with Sy in top spot and Nickel Asia’s Luis Virata at 50th, with a net worth of $145 million, the minimum amount required for one to make it to the list. As he turns 90 this year, he is handing over the reins of the family business to the next generation,” Forbes said.

    Philippine Star
  • 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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  • Brewer AB Inbev to cut thousands of jobs in takeover deal

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The world's largest brewer, AB Inbev, expects to cut about 3 percent of its total workforce — equivalent to thousands of jobs — once it completes its huge takeover of its closest rival, SABMiller.

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  • Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update

    The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor's iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates' prisons. All Mansoor had to do was click the link. Mansoor, a human ...

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  • The Latest: Trump says 'nobody even knows' what alt-right is

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

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  • Scott Eastwood makes amends with father of late girlfriend

    The 30-year-old was chastised by Jewel Brangman's dad for discussing his daughter's death in public.

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  • DOJ probes issuance of Phl passports to 177 Indonesians

    The Department of Justice is now looking into the case of 177 Indonesians intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last week to determine who could be held responsible for the issuance of Philippine passports to them. The Indonesians posed as Filipinos holding valid passports to go to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage from Sept. 9 to 14, but their passports were discovered to be fake. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he tapped a team of 16 prosecutors led by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva to investigate the incident.

    Philippine Star
  • Gibo rejects defense portfolio anew

    Former defense secretary Gibert “Gibo” Teodoro has again rejected President Duterte’s offer for him to head the Department of National Defense, prompting incumbent Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to stay on as head of the DND. The President said that Lorenzana has also declined the post of Philippine ambassador to the United States replacing Jose Cuisia, who earlier tendered his resignation to give way to a new appointee under the new administration.

    Philippine Star