• S. Korea rape victim navy officer commits suicide

    A South Korean female naval officer apparently killed herself after being allegedly raped by a senior colleague, a defence ministry spokesman said Thursday. The victim, a lieutenant, was found dead in her single-room apartment on Wednesday, where a message was found reading: "Tomorrow, I won't be in this world any longer." "The lieutenant appeared to have committed suicide," a military spokesman told AFP. Military police have arrested a navy captain as a suspect.

  • Philippines deploys top commandoes, attack helicopters to retake city from Islamist rebels

    By Romeo Ranoco and Roli Ng MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines deployed attack helicopters and special forces to drive out Islamic State-linked rebels holed up in a besieged southern city on Thursday, as efforts to take back control met heavy resistance. Ground troops hid behind walls and armoured vehicles and exchanged volleys of gunfire with Maute group fighters, firing into elevated positions occupied by militants who have held Marawi City on Mindanao island for two days. Helicopters circled the city, peppering Maute positions with machine gun fire to try to force them from a bridge vital to retaking Marawi, a mainly Muslim city of 200,000 where fighters had torched and seized a school, a jail, a cathedral, and took more than a dozen hostages.

  • Mata praises ruthless Mourinho as finals streak continues

    By Richard Martin STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Juan Mata praised Jose Mourinho's remarkable knack for coming out on top on the biggest occasions after Manchester United beat Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 on Wednesday to signal the Portuguese coach's 12th triumph in a final from 14 attempts. Ajax coach Peter Bosz called the Stockholm showdown "boring" as his young impressionable side were nullified by a far more physical and experienced United side, who won the game with a goal in each half from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Mourinho, meanwhile, made no apologies for his tactics, remarking: "There are lots of poets in football but poets don't win many titles." The win preserved Mourinho's perfect record in major European finals, adding to his 2003 UEFA Cup victory with FC Porto, and his Champions League triumphs with the same club in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

  • China urges Japan to be cautious over missile defences

    China on Thursday urged Japan to act cautiously after government and defence industry sources in Tokyo said U.S. and Japanese companies are collaborating on new missile defence radars. As nuclear-armed Pyongyang builds ever more advanced missiles with the ability to strike anywhere in Japan, Tokyo is likely to fund a ground version of the ship-based Aegis defence system deployed on warships in the Sea of Japan, sources told Reuters. Speaking at a regular monthly news briefing, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said the issue of anti-missile defences was a matter of strategic stability and trust between countries and should be cautiously handled.

  • Leeds United manager Monk resigns despite contract extension offer

    (Reuters) - Leeds United manager Garry Monk has resigned only days after Andrea Radrizzani's takeover of the Championship soccer club, eschewing the Italian businessman's offer of an extended contract to keep him at Elland Road. Radrizzani told reporters on Wednesday that the club was willing to exercise the option to extend Monk's contract by 12 months and immediately begin negotiations for a new long-term deal. "We are shocked and disappointed by Garry's decision but his resignation has been reluctantly accepted by Chairman Andrea Radrizzani," the club said in a statement.

  • UK PM May says intelligence sharing partnership with U.S. based on trust

    The United States is Britain's deepest defence and security partner and the intelligence sharing relationship between the two countries is based on trust, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday. British ministers and security chiefs have been dismayed by leaks in the U.S. media about intelligence on a suicide bombing in Manchester, and May is due to raise the issue with U.S. President Donald Trump at a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday. "On the issue of the intelligence sharing with the United States of America, we have a special relationship with the USA.

  • New Nokia 3310 is released today: Where can I buy it and how much does it cost?

    Nokia's  relaunch of the classic Nokia 3310 goes on sale today, May 24. The nostalgic phone, first released in 2000, has been revamped with more than ten times the battery life, a camera and a colour screen.