• Brazilian drug lord turns jail cell into luxury suite

    Paraguayan authorities got a surprise when they raided a Brazilian drug lord's jail cell... and found a three-room luxury suite complete with library, kitchen, conference room and plasma TV. Jarvis Chimenes Pavao, considered one of South America's most dangerous drug traffickers, had been serving an eight-year sentence for money laundering at the Tacumbu prison in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion. Chimenes Pavao, who was due for release next year but facing extradition back to Brazil on drug charges, had allegedly planned to use the plastic explosives to blow a hole in the prison walls and escape.

    AFP News
  • Huge, once-hated fish now seen as weapon against Asian carp

    It's a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied U.S. waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois until it disappeared ...

    Associated Press
  • Father of fallen Muslim soldier blasts Trump at convention

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq posed a question to Donald Trump: Have you read the Constitution?

    Associated Press
  • Najib: 1MDB not directly involved in US DOJ suit

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 ― Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today that 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is not directly involved in the civil suit filed by the US Department of Justice...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • 2 ‘narco generals’ face trial – Napolcom

    There is prima facie evidence to justify the filing of criminal charges against two of three active police generals publicly tagged by President Duterte as protectors of drug syndicates, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno announced yesterday. “There’s prima facie evidence for a trial, to start a trial,” Sueno said, citing findings by the National Police Commission (Napolcom), which is under his department. While Sueno declined to name the two generals, his statement hinted they could be former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District director Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio.

    Philippine Star
  • Matt Damon will be forever indebted to Tommy Lee Jones

    Matt Damon has thanked Tommy Lee Jones for kick-starting his Hollywood career.

    Cover Media
  • Ibrahimovic delighted to make United debut in front of fellow Swedes

    Veteran Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he is delighted his compatriots will get to see the moment 'everyone has been waiting for', namely his debut for new club Manchester United in his homeland on Saturday. Ibrahimovic will lead United's frontline in the pre-season friendly with Turkish side Galatasaray in Gothenburg, Sweden, after missing the club's trip to China. Ibrahimovic, who has had to wait till the end of his career to play in the Premier League having won titles in Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands, said it pleased him his compatriots would be the ones to see him don the United shirt for the first time since arriving on a free transfer from French champions Paris Saint Germain.

    AFP News
  • British MP ‘deeply concerned’ over China propaganda video

    A British MP has complained about appearing in a video promoting Beijing’s claims in the disputed South China Sea, saying she was “deeply concerned” that her words had been misrepresented. Catherine West, a foreign affairs spokeswoman from the main opposition Labour Party specializing in the Asia-Pacific region, is briefly quoted in the video. The video shows white-sand beaches and crystal-blue waters, but conveniently omits images of the artificial islands Beijing has built in the  strategically vital waters also claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam, among others.

    Philippine Star
  • High speed chase in Penang

    GEORGE TOWN, July 30 — Police are on a manhunt for several assailants who had opened fire at them during a high-speed chase on the Seberang Perai highway on Thursday night. Police had earlier...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Malaysian singer Shila Amzah is face of Monspace Sky Airlines, spokesman confirms

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 ― Malaysian celebrity Shila Amzah is the ambassador for Monspace Sky Airlines that was launched last Friday, a spokesman for the singer said today. The spokesman...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Indian star Chopra won't compromise: she wants lots of babies

    Indian superstar Priyanka Chopra is not making any compromises in swapping Bollywood for Hollywood. The former Miss World, who has won an army of fans in the US since taking the lead in the American spy thriller television series "Quantico" last year, refuses to be stereotyped by her beauty or her origins.

    AFP News
  • Spice Girls trio to earn $14 million each for one-off gig

    The pop stars are looking to cash in big time at their huge anniversary concert next summer (17).

    Cover Media
  • NUS calls off freshmen orientation activities

    The National University of Singapore (NUS) has called off its annual Orientation Week in the wake of media reports and complaints about inappropriate activities being carried out for freshmen. With immediate effect, “all student-organised team-building activities for freshmen are suspended until further notice”, said an NUS press release issued on Friday (29 July). All formal freshmen activities, such as the Rag and Flag fundraising activities, will go on.

    Nicholas Yong
  • France church attackers 'smiled' and spoke of Koran

    The two nuns who were in the church when Father Jacques Hamel was killed, his throat slit on the altar, said the men appeared aggressive and nervous during the attack at the Eglise Saint-Etienne in Normandy on July 26. Then, one of the attackers seemed pleased. Not a smile of triumph, but a soft smile, that of someone who is happy," nun Sister Huguette Peron told Catholic newspaper La Vie on Friday.

    AFP News
  • New parking rates effective Monday

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 — Motorists can heave a sigh of relief as authorities announced new parking rates for the city’s public parking bays, which come into force on Monday. In most areas,...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • IS executes 24 civilians after seizing Syria village

    The Islamic State jihadist group has executed at least 24 civilians after seizing a village in northern Syria from a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, a monitor said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS executed 24 civilians "in the last 24 hours" after taking Buyir from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The village is located some 10 kilometres (6 miles) northwest of Manbij, a key waypoint between the Turkish border and the IS de facto capital of Raqa city.

    AFP News
  • Ranieri sets survival target for champions Leicester

    With a first Premier League title under their belts and a place secured among Europe's footballing elite, Leicester City could be forgiven for expecting the silverware to just keep coming. Leicester, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, were crowned champions for the first time in their 132-year history in May, handing Ranieri his first domestic title as a manager. Ranieri, who will surely have the tougher task, has been busy in the transfer market, beating the club record outlay twice in a week to secure French midfielder Nampalys Mendy for £13 million ($17.2 million, 15.4 million euros), and Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa for £16.6 million.

    AFP News
  • 2 dozen Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers stage protest

    BEIJING (AP) — About two dozen Chinese relatives of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Friday staged a small protest outside China's Foreign Ministry calling on governments to continue searching for the plane.

    Associated Press
  • Mercedes E-Class launches with advanced tech on board

    The new Mercedes E-Class certainly tries to live up to the billing as the brand’s most intelligent executive saloon.

    Justyn's Car Stuff
  • Next Generation Leaders

    As The Philippine STAR looks back on three decades of history and legacy, we also welcome the next generation of leaders who are poised to make their own. My childhood dream was to be a pilot. For me, success means constantly innovating yourself so that you can continually create value for others.

    Philippine Star