• Philippines turns to heavy firepower as hunt for rebel leader narrows

    By Tom Allard MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine armed forces helicopters fired guided rockets at Islamist militant positions on Saturday in an attempt to end a siege in the southern city of Marawi that has raged for five days. The use for the first time of the heavy firepower came amid growing confidence that the location of the man believed to be the leader of the Islamic State-inspired fighters, Isnilon Hapilon, has been pinpointed in the city. "We are trying to use our maximum force," said Major General Carlito Galvez, who heads the military command in the Western Mindanao region.

  • MMA mom slaps her son in the cage after humiliating loss

    MMA fighter Viktor Kichigin was on the end of a brutal defeat on Thursday and suffered further humiliation after his mother entered the cage.

  • Trump calls first trip abroad 'home run' as challenges await

    NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily (AP) - President Donald Trump on Saturday said his maiden trip abroad was a "home run" and he vowed to overcome the threat of terrorism, concluding a grueling five-stop sprint that ended with the promise of an imminent decision on the much-discussed Paris climate accord.

  • Stupid mistake cost me, says Ricciardo

    Daniel Ricciardo blamed his Red Bull team for making a "stupid error" that cost him a shot at pole during Saturday's final qualifying session for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix. The Australian, left frustrated by a pit-stop bungle that prevented him winning the race last year, accused Red Bull of failing to assess the traffic situation when they sent him out for his final flying lap. “Maybe I’m missing something, but it seemed an obvious and basic mistake.” Ricciardo ended up qualifying fifth behind his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen and eight-tenths of a second adrift of Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari who took pole position.

  • Australian trafficker Corby deported from Bali amid media storm

    Australian Schapelle Corby was Saturday deported from Bali 12 years after being convicted of drug trafficking on the holiday island, battling through a media storm in a dramatic end to a saga that has captivated her homeland. The beauty school dropout was arrested in 2014 at Bali airport with several kilos of hashish stashed in her surfing gear, and was jailed the following year for 20 years. Australian media descended on Bali en masse ahead of her homecoming, camping out outside her villa for several days as Corby did her best to stay hidden.

  • Apple opens first official store in Southeast Asia

    Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store in Singapore on Saturday, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-storey site in the city's upmarket shopping district. Located on the affluent Orchard Road, the new shop -- easily distinguished by its iconic glass facade -- is expected to be one of the most popular Apple stores in the world according to the US tech giant. First in the queue was Xiang Jiaxin, a twenty-five-year-old Chinese national working in Macau who had queued for more than 12 hours overnight and planned a holiday to Singapore specially to coincide with the opening.

  • Anonymous Muslim opens arms to grieving Mancunians

    "I'm Muslim and I trust you. Do you trust me enough for a hug?" asks a blindfolded man, arms out wide, to mourners at the focal point of tributes to victims of the Manchester bombing.