• Hart, Toure handed Man City starts

    Goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder Yaya Toure both make their first competitive appearances of the season in Manchester City's Champions League play-off round, second leg against Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday. Both players have fallen out of favour since Pep Guardiola's appointment as manager during the close season and have been tipped to leave the club. Guardiola has benched 29-year-old England international Hart, citing concerns about his passing ability, and selected Argentine Willy Caballero for City's first three games of the season.

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  • 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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  • Rody sacks Noy’s appointees in PCSO

    Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office chairman Erineo Maliksi stopped reporting to his office two weeks ago as President Duterte started dismissing the appointees of his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III. For his part, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, an anti-Marcos activist and human rights advocate, warned Duterte’s call on all appointive officials to tender their courtesy resignations was “reminiscent” of an order released during martial law – Letter of Instruction  (LOI) 11 – where due process was not observed.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ‘How do you arrest someone who’s already in jail?’

    Stopping convicted felons from doing business inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) is a big challenge in the government’s war against illegal drugs, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa admitted yesterday. How do you convict one who is already convicted?” Dela Rosa said when asked about the center of illegal drugs in the country. The question came from Sen. Richard Gordon during the second day of hearings on extrajudicial killings amid President Duterte’s war on drugs, presided over by Sen. Leila de Lima as chair of the committee on justice and human rights.

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  • Swedish goalkeeper's attacker 'had bet on game'

    A teenager who attacked a goalkeeper on the pitch during a Swedish first division match acted because he was about to lose a bet he had placed on the game, the prosecution said Wednesday. In the 90th minute of a match between Jonkoping and visiters Ostersund on August 15, the 17-year-old, who was clad in black and whose face was masked, stormed the pitch and assailed the away keeper, Aly Keita. The teen told investigators "he had bet on a certain score in the match ... and when the score was not what he had hoped for he acted out of disappointment," prosecutor Pernilla Torsleff wrote in a statement.

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  • Bella Thorne is bisexual

    The actress reveals bisexuality after split from boyfriend

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Britney Spears escaped death in Hawaii

    The pop star doesn't believe Justin Bieber is such a bad boy.

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  • Gov’t suspends agency over OFW’s rape

    The government has barred the recruitment agency that deployed a Filipina who died in Saudi Arabia after being raped from recruiting and deploying other overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) abroad. “We have commenced an investigation and in the meantime, we have suspended (domestic helper Irma) Edloy’s Philippine recruiter,” Rejoice Recruitment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Hans Cacdac said yesterday.

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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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  • 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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  • Federer plans January return in Australia

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roger Federer, who is sidelined for the rest of the year, said on Wednesday he plans to return to competition in Australia in January at the Hopman Cup and the Australian Open. The record 17-times grand slam singles winner announced last month that he would be missing the Rio Olympics, the U.S. Open and the remainder of the 2016 schedule in order to properly recover after having knee surgery earlier this year. Federer was speaking at a news conference where it was announced that he and Rafa Nadal were committing to play for Team Europe in the inaugural Laver Cup matches next year against a rest of the world team in Prague on Sept. 22-24.

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  • Clinton's health: Trump's sharpening focus of attack

    On the skids in the polls and under fire for not releasing his tax returns, Donald Trump's campaign is sharpening a new attack on Hillary Clinton: claiming she is not healthy enough to serve as president. The Internet is awash with conspiracy theories claiming that she may have a brain tumor, Parkinson's or dementia, or complaining that she has "seizure-like facial expressions" or allegedly twitches. Last week, he told voters in Iowa that Clinton was "not strong enough to be president." On another occasion, he maintained that she "importantly also lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS, and all of the many adversaries we face." Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Trump supporter, stepped up the attack on Monday, telling Fox News that Clinton was "tired" and "looked sick." Over the weekend, he came under fire for telling viewers to google Clinton's health.

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  • McDonald's recalls millions of Happy Meals fitness bands

    McDonald's is recalling millions of fitness bands that had been given away in Happy Meals because they might cause skin irritation or burns to children. The fast-food chain said last week that it would ...

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