• 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.

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  • Philippines' Duterte warns China of 'reckoning'

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday of a "reckoning" with China if there was no resolution to a tense dispute over rival claims to the South China Sea. An international tribunal ruled last month that China's claims to most of the strategically vital waters had no legal basis, in what was seen as a sweeping victory for the Philippines, which filed the case. Duterte repeatedly had said he did not want to anger China with an aggressive response, and sent an envoy to ease tensions, but on Wednesday signalled he was prepared to adopt a more confrontational approach.

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  • Kate Upton mocks Kardashians with duck face selfie

    Kate Upton upped the stakes in her feud with the Kardashians on Tuesday (23Aug16) by accusing them of having secret plastic surgery.

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  • ‘We are all Malaysians,’ Dr M says of ‘Bangsa Johor’ notion

    PUTRAJAYA, Aug 24 ― Promoting affinity to individual states over the country will divide Malaysians, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today regarding the “Bangsa Johor” notion previously raised...

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  • Feds want to ban swimming with Hawaii dolphins

    HONOLULU (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing to ban swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, a move that could imperil one of the Aloha State's most popular tourist activities and the industry that has sprung up around it.

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  • 1st Look at World War II-Era Aircraft Carrier Sunk in the Pacific

    More than 60 years after a World War II-era aircraft carrier sunk to the bottom of the sea, the word "Independence" could still be made out on its surface. By exploring the wreck with robotic subs, scientists are getting their first look at this decades-old ship, which was a target during atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the 1940s. The exploration is already revealing secrets: Scientists operating the underwater robot discovered a fighter plane within the sunken aircraft carrier that, according to records, should not have been there.

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  • Dortmund beat Bayern to sign Dembele - CEO

    Borussia Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke claims they beat Bayern Munich to sign French starlet Ousmane Dembele, but admits it will be harder to halt the Bavarians bid for a fifth straight German league title. The new German league season starts on Friday with Bayern, under new head coach Carlo Ancelotti, hosting Werder Bremen at Munich's Allianz Arena while Dortmund start their Bundesliga season on Saturday at home to Mainz. Winger Dembele was voted France's Young Player of the Year last season and Dortmund paid Stade Rennes 15 million euros ($16.9m) in the off season, beating Bayern to the 19-year-old's signature.

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  • North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles), the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting all of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan, within its striking distance.

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  • British woman dies in Australian 'Allahu Akbar' stabbing

    A young British woman died and a man was critically injured when a French national allegedly stabbed three people while saying "Allahu Akbar" at an Australian backpacker's hostel, police said Wednesday. Police are investigating the murder, which occurred late Tuesday in Home Hill, a rural town south of Townsville in far north Queensland state, but could not say whether the alleged attacker had been radicalised. The motivations behind the stabbings, which left a 30-year-old British man in a critical condition and a local man with non-life threatening injuries, were still unknown, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.

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  • Jimmy Feigen, last of four Lochte 'robbery' swimmers, releases statement

    Jimmy Feigen, the fourth of four swimmers involved in the Ryan Lochte robbery-that-wasn’t-really-a-robbery-but-still-was-a-Brazilian-shakedown that overshadowed the entire second week of the Olympics, has released his own statement on the night in question. Feigen’s account of the evening is generally the same as those presented by fellow swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz.  “We pulled over to a gas station to use the bathroom but the door was locked,” Feigen said in the statement. “On our way back to the cab, Ryan Lochte pulled a poster in a metal frame off a wall,” Feigen said.

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  • PM Lee's health scare exposes Singapore's leadership uncertainty

    By Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE (Reuters) - One of Singapore's greatest strengths is its predictability: in a region where coups and economic meltdowns are not uncommon, it has long been a haven of stability for investors and businesses. The economy has lost some of the zest it had under the open trade-oriented model created by founding father Lee Kuan Yew, whose death last year for many marked the end of an era. Doubts have also started to emerge about Singapore's position as one of the world's leading financial capitals.

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  • Bella Thorne is bisexual

    The actress reveals bisexuality after split from boyfriend

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  • 'World's largest' pearl emerges in Philippines

    The man found the 34-kilogramme (75-pound) pearl inside a giant clam that was snagged by his anchor as he waited out a storm at sea, according to local tourism department chief Cynthia Amurao, who is also his aunt. Not knowing it could be worth tens of millions of dollars, he kept the 30-centimetre by 60-centimetre (12-inch by 24-inch) pearl in his thatch hut on the western island of Palawan, tucked under a wooden bed as a good-luck charm, Amurao added. In July, the nephew moved to a new address and took the object to his aunt in a tricycle, asking her to hide it for him, said Amurao, the city tourism officer for Puerto Princesa, the provincial capital.

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  • He made his first US$1M at the age of 18 and US$100M at 23, and now sold his adtech firm for US$900M at 34

    Media.net, a global adtech company started by serial entrepreneur Divyank Turakhia, has been acquired by a consortium of Chinese investors for US$900M He plunged into the world of entrepreneurship in 1996 when he was just 14 years old, with the launch of an Internet startup. He became a millionaire when he was just 18 and entered the US$100... The post He made his first US$1M at the age of 18 and US$100M at 23, and now sold his adtech firm for US$900M at 34 appeared first on e27.

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  • World's longest airship crash-lands in England on test flight

    The world's longest aircraft, the Airlander 10 airship, has crash-landed after a test flight in Bedfordshire, central England, its British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles said on Wednesday. The airship, which is bigger than the size of six double-decker buses, sustained damage on landing from its second test flight, Hybrid Air Vehicles said, adding that all crew were safe and well following the incident. Privately owned Hybrid Air Vehicles denied a report on the BBC that the airship had hit a telegraph pole.

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  • The world's deadliest earthquakes since 2000

    A magnitude 6 earthquake shook central Italy early on Wednesday, followed hours later by a magnitude 6.8 temblor in Myanmar. Here is a list of some of the world's deadliest earthquakes since 2000:

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  • Weightlifting - Three Chinese 2008 Olympic champions test positive

    Three Chinese Olympic champions in women's weightlifting from the 2008 Beijing Games have failed doping tests conducted eight years later, the sport's governing body (IWF) said on Wednesday. The trio were among 15 weightlifters who tested positive for a variety of banned substances after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) re-tested samples using methods which were more advanced than the ones available at the time. The gold medallists were Chen Xiexia, who won the 48kg category, Liu Chunghong (69) and Cao Lei (75).

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  • Powerful quake hits Myanmar, damaging famed Bagan temples

    A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging some 60 pagodas in the famous ancient city of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. Two girls, aged 7 and 15, were killed in Magway region where the quake struck, according to Myanmar's Ministry of Information.

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  • Singapore state flag to be draped over S R Nathan’s casket

    Members of the public can pay their respects to the late S R Nathan from 10am to 10pm on Thursday (25 August), as the body of the former president lies in state at Parliament House.

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  • Courteney Cox opens up about 'brutal' split from Johnny McDaid

    The star reveals she and ex-husband David Arquette became more friends than lovers during their 11-year marriage.

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