• North Korean ghost boats, in deadly hunt for fish, wash up in Japan

    By Ju-min Park and Kaori Kaneko SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that have strayed dangerously far from port under the impoverished nation's push to boost its catch. There has been no mention from secretive North Korea of any missing boats, but its leader, Kim Jong Un, has put a high priority on fishing as a way of earning foreign currency and providing a sustainable food source that is not reliant on harvests and weather. The Japanese coast guard and police reported 12 incidents of wrecked wooden boats, including some that were in pieces, on the country's shores and waters since October, containing 22 dead bodies, including five skulls.

  • Benzema should not play for France, says Prime minister

    Karim Benzema, who is under investigation for alleged blackmailing, should not be called up to the France squad, French Prime minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday. "If a minister was under formal investigation, they would not be in the government. In a way, it's the same for the France team,", Valls told Europe 1 radio.

  • US Marine found guilty of killing Filipina transgender woman

    Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide for the killing of Jennifer Laude in a motel in October 2014, after they met in a bar following joint US-Philippine military exercises near the city of Olongapo. Judge Roline Jinez Jabalde sentenced Pemberton to six to 12 years in jail -- after the charge was reduced from murder which carries a heavier penalty -- citing mitigating circumstances, including the fact that Laude had not revealed her gender identity. The court heard that Pemberton and Laude agreed to have sex after the meeting, but that the drunken Marine turned violent when he discovered Laude still had male genitals.

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  • AirAsia plane crash caused by faulty component, crew action

    Faulty equipment and the crew's "inability to control the aircraft" led an AirAsia A320 to crash into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 people onboard, a report said on Tuesday. Flight ...

  • Meet China’s second generation rich kid entrepreneurs

    China’s second generation rich have a reputation for extravagance. But how do they see themselves as entrepreneurs? “A rich family’s child has to choose one of three options,” says Fuye Wang Managing Partner at Geek House Capital. “Work in a large company, invest, or inherit the family business.” Wang is an example of China’s ‘second... The post Meet China’s second generation rich kid entrepreneurs appeared first on e27.

  • Obama calls on Turkey, Russia to focus on 'common enemy' IS

    US President Barack Obama called on Russia and Turkey to move beyond a furious row over the downing of a fighter jet and focus on the Islamic State jihadist group, after meeting his Turkish counterpart in Paris on Tuesday. Relations between Moscow and Ankara have plummeted in the past week after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border. Russia has announced economic sanctions and advised its citizens not to visit Turkey.

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  • The Government Has Spoken: GrabTaxi & Hailo Given Green Light To Run Taxi-Booking Apps

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post. It seems like taxi drivers in Singapore have a bit to celebrate about starting today. This morning, it was announced that both GrabTaxi and Hailo Singapore have been given the green light to continue … The post The Government Has Spoken: GrabTaxi & Hailo Given Green Light To Run Taxi-Booking Apps appeared first on Vulcan Post.

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  • Philippine distiller buys major Spanish brandy maker

    The Philippines largest liquor producer Emperador said Tuesday it would purchase a major Spanish brandy and sherry brand, representing its latest foreign acquisition after obtaining Iberian vineyards and a Scottish whisky giant. Emperador said in a disclosure to the Manila stock exchange that it had reached an agreement to purchase Spain's Fundador from US-based Beam Suntory for 275 million euros ($291 million). Fundador produces popular brandies including one of the same name and the Terry Centenario and Tres Cepas brands.

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  • Ex-United boss Moyes open to another European club job

    (Reuters) - David Moyes has left the door open on a return to club management in Europe despite his first stint on the continent ending in him being sacked by Spanish club Real Sociedad. Moyes, who made his name during his 11 years in charge of Everton and joined Sociedad in 2014 after an ill-fated spell with Manchester United, was given his marching orders by the La Liga outfit last month. "I'm open minded and Spain whetted my appetite.

  • Amy Schumer poses topless for 2016 Pirelli Calendar

    Amy Schumer and Serena Williams have posed topless for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar.

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  • Samsung replaces mobile chief, promotes chairman's daughter

    Samsung on Tuesday replaced the head of its mobile business and promoted the chairman's daughter as the South Korean giant seeks to reassert its smartphone dominance amid a generational power transfer in the founding Lee family. In an annual personnel reshuffle, Samsung named Koh Dong-Jin, executive vice head of Samsung Electronics's mobile research and development, as the new head of mobile business. Shin, 59, took over the mobile division in 2011 and oversaw Samsung’s rise to the world's number-one smartphone maker.

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  • Stephen Curry stars as unbeaten Warriors march on

    Stephen Curry scored 26 points as the Golden State Warriors survived a furious late onslaught from the Utah Jazz on Monday to stretch their record-breaking unbeaten season start to 19 games. Reigning NBA MVP Curry came to the Warriors rescue once again, producing a superb three-pointer with seconds left to put Golden State ahead 104-101 just moments after Utah had leveled. It was yet another moment of inspiration from Curry, a talismanic figure for the reigning NBA Champions who have now edged one game closer to the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time winning streak record of 33 games.

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  • Singapore banks warn of new malware targeting mobile banking users

    The Association of Banks in Singapore on Tuesday (1 December) warned consumers of a new malware that has been targeting mobile banking customers using Android smartphones.

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  • Lebanon says ready to negotiate with Islamic State for soldiers

    The Lebanese government is ready to negotiate with Islamic State to secure the release of nine Lebanese soldiers held captive by the jihadist group since August 2014, the head of a Lebanese security agency told Reuters on Tuesday. Major General Abbas Ibrahim, head of General Security, said joy at the release of 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen by the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front on Tuesday was incomplete because the nine captives remained. "We are ready to start a negotiation process with Daesh over the nine soldiers if we find someone to negotiate with," Ibrahim told Reuters by telephone.

  • Swansea's Monk needs to wake up to reality, says Roberts

    Swansea City manager Garry Monk needs to wake up to the fact that the club are fighting for Premier League survival, according to former Wales international Iwan Roberts. After Sunday's 1-0 loss to Liverpool, which left Swansea 15th in the table and four points above the relegation zone, Monk struck a defiant note when asked if they could be dragged into the relegation dogfight. "Only Villa in the bottom six have got a worse record in the last 10 games than Swansea.

  • Australian former Hells Angels abducted in Thailand: police

    Thai police said Tuesday they are searching for a gang of foreigners believed to have abducted an Australian former Hells Angels gang member at gunpoint. Wayne Rodney Schneider, 37, was kidnapped on Monday by a group of masked men outside his house in Pattaya, a seaside resort town notorious for its sprawling red light district and links with organised crime. "He was abducted and carried into a van yesterday at dawn according to two security guards who were witnesses", Police Colonel Sukthat Pumpanmuang, commander of Pattaya City police station, told AFP.

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  • Senegalese villages swallowed by the sea

    Behind the remains of washed-away fences, crumbling houses dot an expanse of the northern Senegalese coastline where a swollen river and an advancing sea are swallowing villages whole. The fishing community of Goxu Mbath is one of many districts in the city of Saint Louis, the former colonial capital of French west Africa that, little by little, is disappearing under water. The water hit hard and knocked down walls," says Awa Sarr Fall, 68, outside her badly damaged oceanfront house.

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  • Indonesia's Papua battles AIDS epidemic

    Fifteen-year-old Adina curls up in bed under a sheet, her body ravaged by AIDS, one of many caught up in an epidemic sweeping Indonesia's eastern Papua region. The teen, who only gave her first name, contracted HIV from an infected boyfriend and is one of 10 AIDS patients receiving free care at a hostel run by Agustinus Adil, a Catholic brother. Some ended up in the hostel in Waena village after being thrown out of home when their relatives found out they had HIV, as the virus still carries a strong stigma in deeply poor Papua, which has the highest prevalence of infections in Indonesia.

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  • 'Come, spend in Paris', French PM urges tourists

    France's premier Tuesday urged tourists to come to Paris, spend money and enjoy the capital's cultural attractions to help boost the city in the wake of deadly jihadist attacks. "Come to Paris, security conditions are assured," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on French radio, in what he described as a "message to all those tourists who cancelled their trip to Paris in recent days". An estimate for the economic impact of the November 13 jihadist attacks on Paris nightspots, including the Bataclan concert hall, restaurants and cafes, has yet to be made.

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  • Katie Holmes: 'I regret nothing'

    Katie Holmes wouldn't change anything in her life, insisting she has learnt from everything she has been through.

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