• Own goal? China's richest man fires warning on soccer splurge

    By Matthew Miller and Shu Zhang BEIJING (Reuters) - China Inc's record burst of investment in global soccer could leave investors burnt and out of pocket, says China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, in the highest profile warning yet on a $4 billion splurge since 2015 that has stunned European football. The chairman of the sprawling Dalian Wanda Group is himself a major sports investor, sponsoring the Chinese league and last year taking stakes in leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid and Swiss sports marketing firm Infront Sports & Media AG. A score of smaller Chinese players have since followed Wang into the European soccer arena, encouraged by official enthusiasm for the game.

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  • Ex-DOJ exec tags Leila

    The secretary of justice had ultimate responsibility over the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Former justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan III washed his hands yesterday of involvement in drug trafficking by NBP convicts in the previous administration, saying Sen. Leila de Lima, as justice secretary, had overall supervision over the national prisons. This developed as President Duterte continued his attacks on De Lima yesterday, saying “she was on the take” from drug lords at the NBP where she was part of a “matrix” that included Baraan, a provincial governor who served time in the prison, a police superintendent and her former driver Ronnie Dayan.

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  • Jennifer Lopez single again - report

    The singer remains friendly with Casper.

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  • Barcelona complete signing of Jasper Cillessen

    Barcelona have completed the signing of Dutch international goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Ajax, the Spanish champions confirmed on Thursday. In a statement on their official website the Catalans confirmed they had signed the 27-year-old on a five-year contract for a fee of 13 million euros (£11.1 million, $14.7 million), rising to a potential 15 million euros. Barca said Cillessen flew to Spain on Thursday morning to undergo a medical and would be officially unveiled on Friday.

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  • Poland first in Europe to issue Chinese 'Panda bonds'

    Poland on Thursday said it became the first European country to issue government bonds on the Chinese market, opening the door to new sources of financing as Warsaw plans to run a record deficit next year. The Polish finance ministry said it had issued three-year bonds worth three billion yuan (400 million euros, $451 million) and denominated in the Chinese currency, also revealing in a statement that earnings "were swapped into euros". "After securing the necessary permission from Chinese regulators, we became the first European country to issue Polish bonds on the Chinese market," a Polish finance ministry statement said.

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  • Man found shot dead, fingertips sliced off

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — A man was killed and left to rot in his car some 500m from the house of his suspected killers, who went about their daily chores as if nothing had happened for two days....

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  • Singapore trials driverless taxis in world first

    The world's first driverless taxis went into operation on Thursday in Singapore in a limited public trial, beating giants like Uber in the race to roll out the revolutionary technology. Data from the experiment will feed into the roll-out of driverless taxis across the city-state in 2018, said nuTonomy, a US-based tech start-up that developed the software used in the vehicles. The six taxis -- Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles -- will operate in a 2.5 square mile (4.0 square kilometre) area, with set pick-up and drop-off points.

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  • Malaysian rapper freed after being held for insulting Islam

    A Malaysian rapper, who was arrested for insulting Islam in a music video that was filmed inside a mosque and used the word "Allah," was freed on Thursday on health grounds. Wee Meng Chee, who goes by the stage name Namewee, was arrested on Sunday over the song, entitled "Oh my God," when he landed at Kuala Lumpar airport after returning from overseas. Penang district police chief, Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, said the magistrates court had refused to extend his arrest because Namewee had health problems.

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  • Defence Ministry dismisses leak, says Malaysia’s submarines have different specs

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 ― Malaysia’s Scorpene submarines have different specifications from those used by India, the Defence Ministry said in allaying concerns over a secret data leak reportedly...

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  • MB: ‘Bangsa Johor’ will strengthen Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — A united “Bangsa Johor” will not only improve the state, but also help strengthen the Malaysian federation, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin told Tun...

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  • Klopp unconcerned by Sturridge frustrations with Liverpool role

    Juergen Klopp has dismissed suggestions that Daniel Sturridge is frustrated with the role he's being asked to play at Liverpool and believes the forward is intelligent enough to be a key figure in his flexible tactical approach. Sturridge featured on the right side last weekend as Liverpool were defeated 2-0 by Burnley in the Premier League, and was used in a similar capacity in the 5-0 victory over Burton Albion in the League Cup on Tuesday. Speaking after that match, Sturridge indicated that he was finding it hard to play in a wide role rather than as a centre-forward, but any suggestion of disharmony has been dismissed by Klopp.

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  • Qatar's recruited athletes stir debate on citizenship

    By Tom Finn DOHA (Reuters) - When 39 athletes from Qatar qualified for the Rio Olympics, the most in the tiny Gulf state's history, Noor al-Shalaby celebrated the achievement in a Facebook post. "Qatar! You are in my blood and my soul," wrote the 34-year-old accountant. Qatar has for years used its immense oil and gas wealth to recruit sportspeople from around the world, part of an ambitious vault onto the world sporting stage by the wealthy Arab state which will host the soccer World Cup in 2022.

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  • Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation

    ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says he's proud of people who have donated to the Clinton Foundation and the work the organization has done, as he waded into a dispute that Republicans are hoping will damage his wife's presidential campaign.

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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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  • Only Putrajaya can decide to repatriate baby panda, minister tells Zoo Negara

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — Zoo Negara has no control over the placement of Nuan Nuan, the offspring of panda couple Xing Xing and Liang Liang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said today....

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  • BOC official sacked for alleged payoffs

    Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon yesterday said that Capt. Arnel Baylosis, who has been accused of receiving multi-million worth of “tara” or grease money has been relieved. “He has been relieved,” said Faeldon when asked about Baylosis, who heads the Operations Intelligence Office of the Enforcement Group (EG). But in an interview with The STAR, Baylosis denied the allegations made by Faeldon in a press conference in Malacañang last Monday.

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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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  • Japan's ANA cancels Dreamliner flights over engine trouble

    Japan's All Nippon Airways said Thursday it is cancelling some Boeing Dreamliner flights owing to a problem with the plane's engine, and warned of more groundings. The carrier, the biggest worldwide Dreamliner ...

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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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  • Ku Nan: Anina scared of losing suits against Umno

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor accused ex-Umno member Anina Saadudin today of withdrawing her lawsuits against the party leaders out of fear...

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