• Champions League draw smiles on Barca, Man Utd

    Reigning champions Barcelona and returning giants Manchester United were dealt favourable hands in the Champions League draw in Monaco on Thursday. Barca's quest to become the first team to retain the European crown began smoothly as Lionel Messi and company were paired with Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and BATE Borisov in Group E. United grace the competition after a year's absence and coach Louis van Gaal, who said he preferred to watch a United reserve side in action than proceedings from the Principality, will be more than happy with the three-time winners' Group B sparring partners PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg. "Great games coming up against Eindhoven, Moscow and Wolfsburg! #UCLdraw #mufc" tweeted new Old Trafford recruit Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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  • Malaysia to block websites 'promoting' rally against PM

    Malaysia's government said Thursday it will block access this weekend to websites that disseminate information about a major demonstration that will demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over graft allegations. Bersih, Malaysia's leading alliance of independent NGOs, rights groups and reform advocates, vows to bring out tens of thousands of people in the capital Kuala Lumpur and two other cities on Saturday and Sunday. The government will block websites that "promote, spread information, and encourage people to join" the demonstration, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in a statement.

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  • Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A familiar scene repeated itself at a rural Kentucky courthouse Thursday morning: an engaged gay couple marched into the clerk's office, asked for a marriage license and insisted that the latest in a string of court orders proves that they are entitled to one.

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  • NBA star says he wants to play for Philippine national team

    Rising NBA star Jordan Clarkson said Thursday he is eager to play for the Philippines' national basketball team despite citizenship concerns from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). "I want to assure my Filipino brothers and sisters that, if given the chance and everything can be worked out, I sincerely wish to play for Gilas and contribute to the total team effort for flag and country," Clarkson said in a statement released by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (SBP). Clarkson, whose mother hails from the Philippines, is visiting the basketball-crazy Southeast Asian nation and has joined the national team, Gilas Pilipinas, for practice.

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  • AirAsia X lodges police report over RM7 million ‘fictitious’ payments

    AirAsia X Bhd says its auditors have discovered 24 payments totalling RM7.01 million made to a service provider, which are now established to be fictitious. The long-haul discount arm of AirAsia Bhd said the payments were authorised by a person in a management position within the company, but did not name him or her. It said the board of...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Philippine massacre trial hearings to finish by year-end: top judge

    Trial hearings of defendants accused of the massacre of 58 people in the Philippines will finish by the end of the year, the country's chief justice vowed Thursday. Prosecution and defence lawyers will finish presenting evidence by the end of 2015, after which the judge has 90 days to issue a verdict, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno told reporters. The slow pace of the trial has angered the families of the victims and frustrated President Benigno Aquino, who has promised a verdict before he steps down from office in mid-2016.

    AFP News 48 mins ago
  • ‘Anti-Bersih’ group cancels August 29 protest

    Hours after insisting of going ahead with a counter rally against Bersih 4 gathering, the coalition of non-governmental organisations, dubbed "Anti-Bersih", has decided to call off their march. This comes after police recorded a statement from its leader, Datuk Jamal Md Yunos, at the Dang Wangi police headquarters this afternoon. Just hours...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Bolt crushes Gatlin to claim Beijing double

    Usain Bolt blazed to yet another sprint double by destroying American rival Justin Gatlin to retain his world 200 metres crown in Beijing on Thursday. The peerless Jamaican, who has now won gold in his favourite event at the last four world championships, clocked an electrifying time of 19.55 seconds with a jaw-dropping display at the Bird's Next stadium, where he shot to fame at the 2008 Olympics. Once again, however, Bolt stole the headlines on a balmy evening in the Chinese capital with a truly staggering run, after drawing first blood in his rivalry with two-time doping offender Gatlin by winning the 100m last weekend.

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  • Rumoured discovery of Nazi train sets off Polish gold rush

    The alleged discovery of a Nazi "gold train" in western Poland has perked up the ears of treasure-hunters to such a degree that the government felt the need Thursday to warn them it could be booby-trapped. Local media have for days been abuzz with old lore of trains full of gold and jewels stolen by the German Nazis after two men -- a German and a Pole -- claimed to have found an armoured train car in the southwestern city of Walbrzych. The train's existence, let alone its contents if any, has not been confirmed but officials are taking the claim seriously.

    AFP News 33 mins ago
  • Mars Hoaxes! 6 Stubborn Red Planet Conspiracy Theories

    Every year in August, the same Mars message circulates across the Internet: The Red Planet will appear "as big as the full moon" in the sky, as seen with the naked eye. The so-called Mars Hoax (which started in 2003 after a real-life close approach of Mars to the Earth) is just one of a series of false claims concerning the Red Planet. Readers apparently missed the line saying that it would take a 75-power magnification in a telescope to make Mars appear as big as the full moon.

    LiveScience.com
  • China's latest copycat victim: Goldman Sachs

    A staffer at a Chinese finance company named Goldman Sachs said any similarity to the multi-billion-dollar US investment giant was unintentional Thursday, weeks after a Chinese man was arrested for setting up a fake bank branch. Goldman Sachs (Shenzhen) Financial Leasing Co., operating in the southern boomtown next to Hong Kong, has an almost identical name to New York-based financial institution, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. "We don't have any connection with the US Goldman Sachs," a woman who answered the company's listed phone number told AFP. The company uses the same Chinese characters as Goldman Sachs does officially in the country, the world's second-largest economy.

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  • No need to fear arrests, Rafizi says ahead of Bersih rally

    PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli today urged Bersih 4 supporters not to fear arrests and said he would surrender if police were to detain him in pre-emptive move ahead of the rally which is set to take place in less than 48 hours. Speaking at a forum to shore up support ahead of Bersih 4 at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Ashley Madison was a bunch of dudes talking to each other, data analysis suggests

    Reuters The Ashley Madison hack has revealed a … Continued The post Ashley Madison was a bunch of dudes talking to each other, data analysis suggests appeared first on Business Insider.

    Business Insider
  • Hungry Ghost Month: What and Why they offer Real Food

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  • MyRepublic promises 1 year of free, unlimited mobile data

    That is, if it succeeds in becoming Singapore’s 4th telco.

    Tech in Asia
  • Dust-covered woman from iconic 9/11 photograph dies of cancer

    A survivor of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York who was featured in one of the most haunting photographs of the outrage has died of stomach cancer. The family of Marcy Borders first announced her death Monday on Facebook. Borders, who was 28 at the time of the attacks, was just one month into a job for Bank of America in one of the Twin Towers.

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  • GE2015: Workers' Party unveils 4 new faces for upcoming elections

    The Workers' Party unveiled four new faces who will contest the upcoming election at a press conference Thursday afternoon. They are Cheryl Denise Loh, a 32-year-old sales consultant, Firuz Khan, 48, the owner of a chocolate factory, lawyer Terence Tan, 44, and Luke Koh, 40, the chief executive of a holding company.

    Yahoo Newsroom
  • Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, two others, accused in lawsuit of rape

    (Reuters) - Derrick Rose, the 2011 National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, is being sued by a former girlfriend who claims he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her in 2013, TMZ reported. Rose's accuser, identified only as Jane Doe, said she and the three-time All-Star Chicago Bulls guard dated from 2011 to 2013, the celebrity news website reported. In August 2013, she said, Rose and two friends invited her to Rose's home in Beverly Hills, California, where they slipped a drug into her drink with the aim of raping her, TMZ reported.

    Reuters
  • Facebook users: Info Department DG’s Malaysian-flag burning photo old, not Bersih-linked

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — Facebook users today ticked off a senior civil servant for allegedly linking this weekend’s Bersih 4 rally to an old photo of a yellow-shirted man burning a Malaysian flag,...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Former broadcaster in TV shooting was a volatile, angry man

    Even after gunning down a TV news reporter and cameraman during a live interview, Vester Lee Flanagan II continued to rage. But after a volatile career that had seen him fired at least twice for clashing with co-workers who recall him as an off-kilter loner, this would be the former broadcaster's last, brutal sign-off.

    Associated Press