• Singapore shrouded in smog as haze returns to SE Asia

    Acrid smog blanketed Singapore Friday as the city-state was hit by the year’s first major outbreak of haze, an annual crisis sparked by forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia.

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  • Kill drug lords, Philippines' top cop tells addicts

    The Philippines' police chief has called on drug users to kill traffickers and burn their homes, as he seeks to maintain momentum in President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial crime war that has claimed 2,000 lives. "Why don't you give them a visit, pour gasoline on their homes and set these on fire to register your anger," Ronald dela Rosa said in a speech aired on television Friday. Killing them is allowed because you are the victim." Dela Rosa was speaking Thursday to several hundred drug users who had surrendered in the central Philippines.

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  • Football: Mata warns against complacency, Bravo eyes debut

    Juan Mata has warned Manchester United not to underestimate Hull ahead of their trip to the surprise high-flyers, while Claudio Bravo's footwork will be in the spotlight if Manchester City's new goalkeeper makes his debut against West Ham. Going into the third round of Premier League fixtures, there is nothing unexpected about three of the four teams with 100 percent records. Leaders City, revitalised by new manager Pep Guardiola, and second placed United, already bearing the unmistakable stamp of Jose Mourinho, have quickly drawn the battle lines in their expected duel for the title, while fourth placed Chelsea are resurgent under the leadership of new boss Antonio Conte.

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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 ...

    Associated Press
  • 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...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • 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
  • Kendall Jenner caused a 'ruckus' in new neighbourhood

    Kendall Jenner finds it comforting to know that TV host Jimmy Kimmel lives on her street.

    Cover Media
  • Abus behead local captive; P50 M paid for Norwegian

    President Duterte ordered yesterday military troops to crush the Abu Sayyaf after the bandits beheaded another captive when their ultimatum to pay ransom lapsed on Wednesday afternoon. “Kill the enemies of the state,” the President told the soldiers as he surprised them with a sumptuous dinner and durian feast, aside from handing each of them a G-shock watch on Wednesday night, before sending them off to Sulu to fight the Abu Sayyaf. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has ordered the deployment and insertion of additional troops in Sulu and Basilan to run after the bandits.

    Philippine Star
  • 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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  • 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
  • Lochte signs new endorsement deal, legal woes persist in Brazil

    By Rodrigo Viga RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte landed a new endorsement deal on Thursday days after losing all his major sponsors even as the fallout from the Rio Olympics continued as Brazilian police recommended he be charged with falsely reporting a crime. Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops, which makes cough drops, said it had signed Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, for a television commercial and print ads. Lochte, 32, lost all four of his major sponsors on Monday, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren Corp , following his apology for an "exaggerated" story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro after a party.

    Reuters
  • 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
  • Trump, Clinton exchange angry charges of racism

    The tone of the US presidential campaign turned darker, with Hillary Clinton skewering Donald Trump as a man who flirts with racism and paranoid ideas, while he in turn labeled her a racist whose family foundation was a "criminal enterprise." Speaking at a campaign event in Reno, Nevada, Clinton employed unusually tough language as she detailed a history of what she said were the Republican real estate mogul's discriminatory actions. The Republican nominee's recent choice of Steven Bannion, a firebrand conservative, as his new campaign chief showed Trump was embracing the extremist white nationalist stances of the so-called "alt-right" movement, she said. "A man with a long history of racial discrimination who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far dark reaches of the internet should never run our government or command our military," Clinton said.

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  • Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate

    An angry debate over a ban on burkinis in France was further stoked Wednesday as images of a veiled woman surrounded by police on a beach in Nice went viral. The series of photos published by British media showed a woman dressed in leggings, a tunic and headscarf lying on a beach surrounded by four police officers. At one point the woman removes her tunic -- it is unclear if she was ordered to do so or did so of her own accord -- while a policeman appears to write out a fine.

    AFP News
  • Olympics - Gold medallist Korakaki slams Greek government

    By Graham Wood ATHENS, (Reuters) - Shooting gold medallist Anna Korakaki lashed out at the Greek government after she missed out on Thursday's special ceremony honouring the Rio Olympic team. The 19-year-old, who won two of Greece's six medals this month, a gold in the 25-metre pistol event and a bronze in the 10-metre air pistol, said she was not invited to the ceremony due to her recent criticisms over state support for athletes. ...

    Reuters
  • 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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  • Australian minister says French submarine leak 'embarrassing'

    A massive leak of secret data on French submarines is embarrassing, Australia's Defence Industry minister said on Friday, stressing that security between Australia and the DCNS shipbuilders would be "the most stringent in the world". The Australian newspaper reported this week that it had seen 22,400 leaked pages detailing the combat capability of the Scorpene-class DCNS submarine designed for the Indian navy. Variants of the submarine are used by Malaysia and Chile, with Brazil due to deploy the vessels from 2018.

    AFP News
  • DOT open to use of double-decker bus

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) is open to using double-decker buses as a possible solution to Metro Manila’s traffic woes, an official said yesterday.  “We are open to all legitimate proposals and we will consider it,” DOT spokesperson Cherie Mercado said in a telephone interview when asked to comment on the recommendation of Richard Graham, United Kingdom’s trade envoy. She said the recommendation was mentioned by Graham during a meeting with DOT Secretary Arthur Tugade yesterday.

    Philippine Star
  • Indonesian navy finds fuel tanker taken by own crew

    Indonesia's navy said on Thursday it had found a tanker carrying almost $400,000 worth of diesel that was taken by its own crew last week due to a commercial dispute. The MT Vier Harmoni was initially feared to have been hijacked after setting sail from Malaysia, in waters that have suffered a string of pirate attacks in recent times. The navy deployed ships and a helicopter to search for the tanker, which was reported missing on August 16 after setting sail from southern Malaysia a day earlier.

    AFP News
  • Malacañang may be renamed People’s Palace

    The President said the word Malacañang is imperialist, connoting something far removed from the Filipino everyman. Duterte said renaming Malacañang as the People’s Palace could erase perceptions that it was solely for the use of the mighty and powerful, as it was during the Spanish era. Malacañang, the official residence and principal workplace of the Philippine president located in Manila, is a complex of buildings built largely in Spanish colonial and neo-classical styles.

    Philippine Star