• Goetze goals help beat Poland, send Germany top

    Germany's World Cup hero Mario Goetze again put his club woes behind him to score twice as the world champions beat Poland 3-1 in an entertaining Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday to take over at the top of Group D and avenge last year's defeat. Goetze, who has been struggling for first team action at champions Bayern Munich over the past two seasons under coach Pep Guardiola, scored with a fine solo effort in the 19th minute after Thomas Mueller had put the hosts in front. A third Bayern player, Poland captain Robert Lewandowski, cut the deficit with a diving header from Kamil Grosicki's superb left-wing cross with the outside of his right foot.

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  • GE2015: Humanising Dr Chee Soon Juan

    This election, the bulk of the media reports on local mainstream media seems to be dominated by reports on the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) saga. I don’t know about you, but frankly, I am sick of it. While it is an important issue, it is not the SOLE issue affecting Singapore and Singaporeans, and definitely

  • Why so hard to tell public about questioning Najib, DAP lawmaker asks MACC

    The public have a right to know whether Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been called by the the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) since it is a public interest case, a DAP lawmaker said. Gobind Singh Deo, who is DAP's legal bureau head, said it was MACC that had volunteered the information about calling the prime minister to give a...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • McDonald's Japan hit by another food scandal

    McDonald's in Japan said on Friday it was investigating an incident involving a customer who was injured by plastic shards found inside a drink, the latest in a string of food contamination scandals. Dozens of pieces of plastic were found inside the beverage, a company spokesman told AFP, adding that a plastic instrument used to make the drink may have been the source. McDonald's Japan unit has been battered by a series of scandals including a human tooth found in some fries.

    AFP News
  • Unreal Raikkonen stuns Ferrari boss

    By Alan Baldwin MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene was left wondering whether he was with the real Kimi Raikkonen after his Finnish Formula One driver devoted half an hour to signing autographs and greeting fans at the Italian Grand Prix. The 2007 world champion is regularly voted the sport's most popular driver, despite the 'Iceman' being renowned for his taciturn attitude and lack of enthusiasm for sponsor engagements. Asked whether it was true that Raikkonen had "set a record" for signing autographs at Monza on Thursday evening, and whether he had pushed him to do it, Arrivabene smiled.

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  • Malaysian Civil Service views remarks by Ugaz as serious

    PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Civil Service views remarks made by chair of Transparency International (TI) Jose Ugaz claiming there is a corruption crisis in the country with great concern and seriousness, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said. “Over the years, the civil service has carried out a variety of measures and initiatives aimed at reforming the civil service towards higher standards of ethics, governance, transparency and accountability.

    New Straits Times
  • Men claiming discovery of Nazi 'gold train' go public

    Two treasure hunters claiming to have discovered a Nazi "gold train" went public Friday for the first time but failed to reveal evidence for the alleged find they insist is "irrefutable". The men, who identified themselves as Piotr Koper, a Pole, and German national Andreas Richter, told Poland's TVP public broadcaster they would only communicate via their lawyers from now on. Authorities in Poland's southwestern province of Lower Silesia where the armoured train is allegedly buried cast doubt on its existence earlier this week, insisting there was no credible evidence for it.

    AFP News
  • A weak open for US stocks as investors consider job numbers

    Stocks are opening lower after two days of gains as traders look over the latest report on the U.S. job market. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 225 points, or 1.4 percent, to 16,157 in the first ...

    Associated Press
  • Grand corruption is big stumbling block for new development goals - campaigners

    By Astrid Zweynert PUTRAYAYA, Malaysia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The most serious forms of corruption are one of the biggest threats to the new development goals due to be adopted by world leaders this month because they deprive the poor of millions of dollars, campaigners said. Nearly $1 trillion in illicit finance, much of it amassed by those in positions of high authority, is estimated to leave poor countries each year, money that could help replace shrinking aid budgets and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "Grand corruption is a big problem for development because of the massive amounts of money involved," Akaash Maharaj, executive director of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of an international anti-corruption conference in Malaysia.

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  • My discipline may have cost United says Ferguson

    Alex Ferguson's insistence on discipline above all else might have cost Manchester United trophies during his 26-year reign, he has said. In his new book "Leading", the most successful manager in British football history said that does not mean he would do anything differently. David Beckham, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy were among the leading players who left the club after falling foul of Ferguson.

  • Malaysia's FX reserves surprisingly rise in late August

    Malaysia's international reserves, which have slid this year as the central bank has supported the country's embattled currency, increased in the last two weeks of August, surprising economists. Currency reserves increased to $94.7 billion as of Aug. 28, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said on Friday, from $94.5 billion on Aug. 14 - the lowest level since 2009. BNM said in a statement that reserves are sufficient to finance 7.4 months of retained imports, and are 1.0 times the short-term external debt.

  • Bob Arum expects Pacquiao to retire in 2016

    Manny Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum says the Filipino boxer is ready to hang up his gloves after one more fight in 2016 and then make the switch to being a full-time politician. Arum told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday night that the 36-year-old Pacquiao wants to get on with his political career and run for the Senate in the Philippines. "I believe he'll take one more fight, then run for the Senate in the Philippines," Arum told the newspaper in a telephone interview from China.

    AFP News
  • Ex-son-in-law of John Gotti pleads not guilty to conspiracy

    A reputed member of New York's Gambino crime family and former son-in-law of John Gotti pleaded not guilty Friday in what authorities say is a multimillion- dollar scam involving scrap metal and stolen ...

    Associated Press
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  • GE2015: PAP will ‘checkmate us’ if no alternative voice in Parliament, says Roy Ngerng

    Reform Party (RP) candidate Roy Ngerng asked voters in Ang Mo Kio Group Representative Constituency (GRC) to bring him into Parliament, in a rally by the opposition party at Yio Chu Kang Stadium Friday (4 Sep). “If we do not check the PAP, the PAP will checkmate us,” he insisted.

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  • Record-chasing Rooney accepts goal scrutiny

    Wayne Rooney accepts that his return of goals will always be used to judge him even as he goes in pursuit of England history against San Marino on Saturday. Having equalled Gary Lineker's tally of 48 England goals with a winner against Slovenia in June, Rooney needs two goals to break Bobby Charlton's record of 49, which has stood since May 1970. Although he scored a Champions League hat-trick last month, away to Club Brugge, he has not found the net in the Premier League for Manchester United since April, but he says age has taught him to put his fallow spells in perspective.

    AFP News
  • Image of dead child on beach haunts and frustrates the world

    The photo of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach is haunting.

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  • 'My children slipped through my hands': father of drowned Syrian boy

    It was dark and everyone was screaming," Abdullah Kurdi told Turkey's Dogan news agency of the moment the dinghy began to sink. "We tried to cling to the small boat, but it was deflating." Abdullah cut an inconsolable figure sitting outside the morgue in Bodrum on Thursday, staring blankly into his mobile phone as he waited for the coffins of his family to be loaded onto a municipal van, an AFP photographer reported. Abdullah had been trying to cross along with his family and up to three other Syrians from the flashpoint town of Kobane that last year was the subject of a months-long battle between Kurdish militias and jihadists, Turkish media said.

    AFP News
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  • China's anti-ship missile and troop cuts highlight shifting power

    China's unveiling of "carrier-killer" missiles and cuts in troop numbers on Thursday underlined its shift towards naval strength amid growing Pacific rivalry with the US, analysts said. More than a dozen anti-ship ballistic missiles capable of travelling at 10 times the speed of sound were shown at a massive military parade in Beijing, with state television calling them a "trump card" in potential conflicts and "one of China's key weapons in asymmetric warfare". For a fraction of the cost of an aircraft carrier the missile threatens to alter the balance of power in the Pacific.

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  • 60,000 Antelopes Died in 4 Days — And No One Knows Why

    When geoecologist Steffen Zuther and his colleagues arrived in central Kazakhstan to monitor the calving of one herd of saigas, a critically endangered, steppe-dwelling antelope, veterinarians in the area had already reported dead animals on the ground. "But since there happened to be die-offs of limited extent during the last years, at first we were not really alarmed," Zuther, the international coordinator of the Altyn Dala Conservation Initiative, told Live Science. But within four days, the entire herd — 60,000 saiga — had died.

  • Dr M now a bad example for Umno youth leaders, Azalina says

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 ― Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a bad example for Umno youth leaders to emulate since his decision to “break the law” by joining the illegal Bersih 4 rally, Datuk Seri Azalina...

    The Malay Mail Online