• U.S. diplomatic strategy on South China Sea appears to founder

    By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the lead-up to an international court ruling on China's claims in the South China Sea this month, United States officials talked about rallying a coalition to impose "terrible" costs to Beijing's international reputation if flouted the court's decision. Earlier this year, U.S. officials spoke repeatedly of the need for countries in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere, including the European Union, to make it clear that the decision of the court should be binding.

    Reuters
  • Army reservist wanted ‘dead or alive’

    The Manila Police District (MPD) has promised to apply the full force of the law against the motorist who shot dead a bicycle rider in a road rage incident in Quiapo, Manila last Monday night. “The MPD wants him dead or alive.

    Philippine Star
  • Manager Klopp sent Sakho back for lack of respect

    (Reuters) - Mamadou Sakho was sent back from Liverpool's pre-season tour of the United States because of a lack of respect towards rules but the defender's actions were not serious enough to warrant more punishment, manager Jurgen Klopp has said. The France international, who was recently cleared by UEFA after allegations of a failed drugs test, is currently nursing an Achilles injury and is expected to miss the start of the Premier League season, which begins on Aug. 13. Klopp said Sakho broke rules during the tour.

    Reuters
  • Australia: MH370 captain's simulator had Indian Ocean route

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed.

    Associated Press
  • Kristen Stewart declares she's 'really in love' with girlfriend Alicia Cargile

    Kristen Stewart has admitted she is "really in love" with her girlfriend and former personal assistant Alicia Cargile.

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  • Singapore’s jobless rate, layoffs up in Q2: MOM

    Singapore’s unemployment rate rose in the second quarter from the first amid the slowing global economy. The unemployment rate among citizens grew to 3.1 per cent in June from 2.6 per cent in March after falling in the previous quarter, while that for residents rose to 3.0 per cent from 2.7 per cent, advanced labour data released by Ministry of Manpower on Thursday (28 July) showed. The overall unemployment rate rose to 2.1 per cent from 1.9 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Football: Bayern's Ribery expands on Guardiola criticism

    French winger Franck Ribery has again criticised his ex-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola during the club's tour of the United States, claiming the Spaniard talks too much and lacks experience. Guardiola is now head coach of Manchester City after three seasons with Bayern and Ribery has wasted no time in criticising his former boss. Bayern lost 5-3 to AC Milan on Wednesday in a penalty shoot-out after their friendly in Chicago finished 3-3 after extra time.

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  • Trump urges Russia to find 'missing' Clinton emails, drawing ire

    By Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson MIAMI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump on Wednesday invited Russia to dig up tens of thousands of "missing" emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the U.S. State Department, vexing intelligence experts and prompting political foes to accuse him of dangerously urging a power abroad to spy on the United States. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, told reporters. Clinton, a Democrat who faces Trump in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, responded with a campaign statement saying he was posing a possible national security threat.

    Reuters
  • AGC man slated to be new MACC head?

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad, a senior official with the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), is set to be the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner,...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Indian flight diverted after passenger sits on food cart

    Indian budget airline IndiGo was forced to divert an international flight on Thursday after an unruly passenger sat on the plane's food cart before attacking another traveller, it said. The morning flight ...

    AFP
  • Chinese province inks friendship deal with Palawan

    A maritime dispute has not stopped the Philippines and China from exploring other areas of cooperation.  The government of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in China lauded the signing this week of a landmark “friendship agreement” with Palawan province, the first of its kind after the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruled that the disputed West Philippine Sea belonged to Manila not to Beijing. In a signing ceremony at the provincial capitol here on Tuesday night, Ningxia vice governor Wang Heshan said the agreement would continue to improve relations between China and the Philippines.

    Philippine Star
  • Youth charged with insulting PM on Twitter, arrested after no-show in court

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 ― A 26-year old unemployed youth was charged under the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 for insulting the Prime Minister on Twitter and subsequently arrested...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Hong Kong celebrity Maria Cordero not Monspace Sky Airlines’ ambassador, rep says

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — Hong Kong celebrity Maria Cordero is not acting as the ambassador of a purported new airline under probe by Malaysian authorities, a representative has confirmed....

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Spared lobster dies during trip from Florida to Maine

    Larry the Lobster gained fame after it was spared from a boiling pot in Florida, but Maine officials say the crustacean didn't make it to retirement. Officials say the decades-old, 15-pound lobster succumbed ...

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  • Duterte gathers 4 ex-presidents at security council meet

    A maritime dispute with China has made four former presidents set aside their differences and sit down to discuss the best tack for resolving the issue. President Duterte yesterday convened the National Security Council with four former chief executives in attendance, along with congressional leaders and members of the Cabinet.

    Philippine Star
  • Heat guard had an amazing, gross reaction to $50M contract offer

    A great many sports fans, whether die-hard NBA followers or casual observers, experienced pretty serious sticker shock during the opening days of free agency, as players who aren’t exactly household names (well, outside of Russia) started signing deals eight-figure deals that dwarf the top paydays of some of the greatest NBA players of even the very recent past. Nets general manager Sean Marks made the lucrative offer, which included “poison-pill” guarantees of $18.8 million and $19.6 million in the final two years of the deal, in hopes that the Heat — who picked up the undrafted Fresno State product in the summer of 2014, added him to their D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, and helped develop him into a versatile young backcourt piece for the senior club — would be too cap-strapped down the line after maxing out center Hassan Whiteside, and too wrapped up with their pursuit of top free agent Kevin Durant and attempts to re-sign franchise legend Dwyane Wade, to exercise their rights in restricted free agency and match the offer sheet.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Missing MH370 wreckage may be further north, study suggests

    Just days after authorities mooted suspending the ocean search for missing flight MH370, researchers suggested on Wednesday that the debris zone may stretch a further 500 kilometres (310 miles) north. A team of Italian scientists used computer modelling, into which they fed data on ocean currents and winds over the past two years, to try and pinpoint the Malaysia Airlines plane's likely underwater grave. "One of the most important findings is that everything that has been discovered so far is indeed compatible with the area where the authorities are searching," lead researcher Eric Jansen of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change in Italy told AFP.

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  • SC reverse own decision banning bt talong

    The Supreme Court (SC) has reversed itself in the case involving the government’s field trials of bacillus thuringiensis (bt) eggplants, a genetically modified variety that produces its own pesticide. In a ruling promulgated last Tuesday, the high court set aside its ruling in December last year permanently stopping the field testing of the genetically modified product, favoring the petition filed by the environmental group Greenpeace. The SC unanimously ruled to instead dismiss the Greenpeace petition on the ground of mootness.

    Philippine Star
  • Ban on tobacco product displays starts August 2017

    Retailers will have a one-year grace period to comply with a ban on point-of-sale displays for tobacco products, which will come into effect in August 2017. Under the amendments made to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act (TCASA), retailers will have to use plain, undecorated storage devices for the tobacco products sold on their premises. The aim of the ban is to reduce youth exposure to tobacco advertising and to help current smokers quit the habit by reducing their impulse to purchase tobacco products, said the MOH.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Lindsay Lohan's father believes she is pregnant

    Michael Lohan is under the impression Lindsay Lohan is expecting her first child.

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