• Sheng Siong case: Accused considered kidnapping tycoon Peter Lim’s children

    A few years before allegedly kidnapping the mother of Sheng Siong supermarket boss Lim Hock Chee, sales executive Lee Sze Yong was hatching a plan to abduct the children of billionaire Peter Lim for ransom. This was revealed in police statements read out by Deputy Public Prosecutor David Khoo in the High Court on Wednesday (31 August), the second day of the Sheng Siong kidnapping trial. Lee decided to target Peter Lim’s children and he researched about Lim on the internet.

    Erin Kimbrell
  • Philippines' Duterte: Obama must listen to me on human rights

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he was ready to discuss any issues with Barack Obama when they meet in Laos next week, but added that the U.S. president must listen to him first before bringing up the question of human rights. Washington has expressed concern about a surge in drug-related killings since Duterte became president two months ago promising to wipe out narcotics in the Southeast Asian nation. Asked if he would be willing to discuss human rights at his meeting with Obama on the sidelines of an East Asia summit on Sept. 6, Duterte told reporters: "Depends to what degree.

    Reuters
  • This is not the time for ‘finger-pointing’: Doctor who flagged Zika in Singapore

    Dr Chi Wei Ming, one of the doctors who first raised the alarm about the Zika virus in the Republic, has urged Singaporeans to unite in the battle against the disease, and to avoid finger-pointing.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Swimming: Team manager quits over hidden camera scandal - report

    The manager of South Korea's national swimming team has resigned as an investigation continues into a scandal involving the alleged installation of hidden cameras to take pictures of female athletes, the national federation has said. "As manager that leads the team, I deeply feel responsible that such (a) shameful incident took place," Ahn Jong-taek, who joined the swimming team in 2008 as coach and has been the team manager since 2012, told Yonhap news agency. "I hope (the) truth would be revealed clearly as soon as possible so that other swimmers and coaches would not suffer." Yonhap said on Sunday that police planned to question a member of the Rio Olympics swimming team about the scandal some time this week.

    Reuters
  • DPM: Jamal Yunos not against non-Malays, cares for all

    SUNGAI BESAR, Aug 31 ― Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today defended Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos over allegations of being against non-Malays, saying the...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Fatal shooting suspect in armed standoff in western Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — A suspect in a rare fatal shooting in Japan ended an 18-hour standoff with police Wednesday by shooting himself in the stomach, and was taken to a hospital where he reportedly died.

    Associated Press
  • Mel C: 'I will never be a part of Spice Girls reunion'

    The 42-year-old confessed it was one of the hardest decisions she's ever had to make.

    Cover Media
  • Manchester City clear decks as transfer deadline nears

    Manchester City allowed Joe Hart, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony to leave on season-long loan deals on Wednesday as the transfer deadline approached across Europe. England goalkeeper Hart completed his move to Italian side Torino, French midfielder Nasri joined Europa League champions Sevilla and Bony pitched up at City's Premier League rivals Stoke City. Spending by Premier League clubs has broken through the one billion pounds (1.17 billion euros, $1.3 billion) barrier in one window for the first time and English sides remained busy on deadline day.

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  • Benji Madden's birthday message to 'beautiful wife' Cameron Diaz

    Benji Madden feels so thankful that Cameron Diaz is his wife, and pledged his love for the actress with a sweet message on Instagram as she marked her 44th birthday on Tuesday (30Aug16).

    Cover Media
  • Sissoko set to finalise last-minute move from Newcastle

    French midfielder Moussa Sissoko, a standout at Euro 2016, left a national team training camp on Wednesday to finalise a last-minute transfer from Newcastle United, the French Football Federation said. Just hours from the closure of the transfer window, Sissoko was given permission to quit the French international squad preparing for a friendly match in Italy so he can pursue the transfer talks, the federation said on its website. No indication was given of where Sissoko could move however.

    AFP News
  • The Punjabi in Yap Ah Loy’s temple in KL

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — Like the 152-year-old Sin Sze Si Ya temple she takes care of, Ranjit Kaur is a bit of a “hidden gem.” The temple is set back from the busy Jalan Tun H.S. Lee and most...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Why Ireland doesn't want to take billions from Apple

    In normal circumstances, a 13 billion euro ($14.5 billion) cash award would make any country ecstatic. But Ireland is no ordinary country when it comes to tax law — and its government insists it doesn't ...

    Associated Press
  • Nokia's patent chief departs in wake of Samsung pacts

    HELSINKI/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The head of Nokia's small, but highly profitable patent licensing division is leaving after two years in the role, the Finnish company said on Wednesday, weeks after he sealed a pace-setting patent deal with Samsung Electronics. Ramzi Haidamus, 52, is stepping down as president of the Nokia Technologies unit that handles patents and development of new consumer products. Haidamus spent a dozen years running patent licensing for Dolby Laboratories before joining Nokia, and will leave at the end of next month, Nokia said.

    Reuters
  • Adorable American Pika Is Disappearing Due to Climate Change

    The American pika, a pint-size rabbit relative, is feeling the heat: Hotter summers induced by climate change are threatening these cute creatures' habitats throughout the western United States. A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that whole populations of the tiny mammal are disappearing due to climate change. After studying the cute critters from 2012 to 2015, the USGS found that the pikas' range was shrinking in southern Utah, northeastern California and the Great Basin, the latter of which covers most of Nevada as well as parts of Utah, Oregon, Idaho and California.

    LiveScience.com
  • Why Filipinos Ignore Insurance

    In 2014, the Insurance Commission pegged the number of Filipinos who have insurance at 28 Million. Insurance, in general, has been thought of by Filipinos to be an extra cost – and thus do not consider the purchase unless absolutely necessary – such as the Compulsory Third-Party Liability car insurance cover. It raises the […] The post Why Filipinos Ignore Insurance appeared first on Finance and Car Insurance Blog.

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  • Turkey vows to keep attacking US-backed Syrian Kurd forces

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey on Wednesday vowed to keep attacking a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia inside Syria, saying it will never negotiate with what it considers to be a "terror organization."

    Associated Press
  • Real Madrid squad "impossible" to improve: Florentino Perez

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists the European champions' squad is "impossible to improve" after an uncharacteristically quiet transfer window. Perez, known for splashing hundreds of millions of euros in previous years on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, has limited his spending to just a 30-million-euro ($33.5 million) buyback of Alvaro Morata from Juventus. "We have won the European Super Cup and the first two games in La Liga," Perez said of Real's 100 percent start to the season.

    AFP News
  • Alleged drug lord, wife gunned down in Aklan

    Three days after turning himself in to authorities to deny his links to illegal drugs, a businessman was mortally wounded by gunmen who also shot dead his wife shortly after the couple disembarked from a vessel at a port in Malay, Aklan before dawn yesterday. Melvin Odicta Sr. and his wife Meriam had just disembarked from a 2Go roll-on-roll-off vessel at the Caticlan Jetty Port when the attack occurred at around 1:30 a.m. Odicta, also known by the moniker “Dragon,” was earlier identified by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 (PDEA-6) as one of two top drug dealers operating mainly in the province of Iloilo.

    Philippine Star
  • Selena Gomez taking time off to focus on health

    The pop star reveals she has been suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

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  • Merkel admits mistakes made in Germany, EU with refugee crisis

    By Erik Kirschbaum and Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and other European Union countries turned a blind eye to the refugee crisis building on its external borders for too long, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a German newspaper interview to be published on Wednesday. Merkel, who has faced criticism in Germany for launching her policies of welcoming refugees a year ago, also told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung that Germany and the EU will need patience and endurance in dealing with migration of people to Europe. "There are political issues that one can see coming but don't really register with people at that certain moment - and in Germany we ignored both the problem for too long and blocked out the need to find a pan-European solution," she said.

    Reuters