• Luggage piece found on French island near possible MH370 debris

    Part of a bag was found Thursday on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion not far from plane debris which has fuelled speculation it may be from missing flight MH370. "The piece of luggage was here since yesterday but nobody really paid attention," said Johnny Begue, a member of a local clean-up association who found the long piece of wreckage believed to be a part of a plane wing. Local air transport police who have been studying the plane debris also picked up the piece of luggage on Thursday.

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  • Riddle of missing flight MH370 has confounded experts

    In what remains one of the biggest mysteries in the history of civil aviation, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 without a trace. An explanation for the event, officially declared an accident by Malaysian authorities in late January, might become possible if a large piece of debris found on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion this week turns out to be part of the ill-fated Boeing 777. Here is what we know about MH370: The doomed flight took off from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur at 00:41 am on Saturday, March 8, 2014 (1641 GMT Friday) with 239 people on board, including 227 passengers, of which 153 were Chinese, headed for Beijing.

    AFP News
  • Indian scientist explains why we shouldn't drink Coke

    Melbourne, July 30 (ANI): While the fizzy cola drink is loved by most people in the world, an Indian scientist has now shown what Coca-Cola does to your body up to an after you gulp it down, and it is not good. On his blog Truth Theory, Niraj Naik has outlined the health issues and alarming findings, News.com.au reported. After 20 minutes, the body's blood sugar spikes giving an insulin burst and the liver responds by turning sugar into fat.

    ANI
  • CONCACAF reviewing refs after Gold Cup furor

    Football's North American regional governing body is reviewing its referees department in the wake of controversial calls and a major blunder in the just-concluded Gold Cup won by Mexico. The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) said Thursday that acting president Alfredo Hawit is personally overseeing the review. American referee Mark Geiger faced stinging criticism from Panama players and officials over a series of game-changing calls during a 2-1 semi-final loss to Mexico.

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  • Hong Kong woman jailed for attacking police with breast

    A Hong Kong woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half months in jail Thursday after a court found her guilty of using her breast to bump into a police officer during a chaotic protest. Thirty-year-old Ng Lai-ying, who took part in a protest against mainland Chinese cross-border traders in March, was sentenced to three months and 15 days for the charge of "assaulting a police officer". "If I do not hand down a deterring sentence, the public might mistakenly think it is a trivial matter to assault police officers during protests," magistrate Michael Chan said, according to the Post.

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  • Hunters fight back after Cecil the lion killing

    Bucking against international outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, professional hunters argue that their industry follows strict rules aimed at preserving wildlife and supporting local people. While many hunters acknowledge Cecil was likely killed illegally, they say the vitriol directed towards them is misplaced. "Animal lovers tend to forget the benefit that can be derived by properly managing a resource," said Emmanuel Fundira, president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ).

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  • Guy Ritchie marries

    Guy Ritchie is officially married to Jacqui Ainsley, according to reports. The nuptials were held at Guy’s property Ashcombe House in Wiltshire, England, a manor he once owned with his former wife Madonna. Numerous white tents were erected on the grounds for the event, which was attended by the likes of David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Jason Statham and his girlfriend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

    Cover Media
  • China says U.S. "militarising" South China Sea

    China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarising" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week. China has repeatedly urged Washington not to take sides in the escalating maritime dispute over the area, where the Asian giant last year stepped up its creation of artificial islands, alarming neighbours and provoking U.S. criticism. Washington has demanded China halt land reclamation and militarisation of the disputed area and pursue a peaceful resolution according to international law.

    Reuters
  • Not All African Pygmy Groups Grow the Same Way

    Not all African people of short stature — often referred to as Pygmies — grow alike, a new study finds. However, other African Pygmy tribes grow differently: In East Africa, the Sua and Efe peoples give birth to smaller-than-average babies.

    LiveScience.com
  • Singapore Airlines releases seven A350 jet orders back to Airbus

    Singapore Airlines has agreed to a request from Airbus to release seven of its A350-900 widebody jet orders back to the aircraft manufacturer, the carrier said in a statement. This reduces the airline's A350s on order to 63, it said, in a series of adjustments to orders and deliveries to meet the immediate needs of the airline and the plane maker. Its purchase options for 20 of the wide-body A350-900s remain unchanged, the airline said.

    Reuters
  • Eat, pray, shop: Philippine malls become the new town plazas

    As she eyes the colourful ice creams on offer at a Baskin-Robbins in one of Manila's most luxurious shopping centres, Philippine teenager Jamie Gamboa admits to being an incurable mall rat -- but not only for the shopping. A museum or a zoo isn't a place you go to more than once." With their functions expanding from shopping and dining to venues for Catholic mass, Zumba workouts or even weddings, experts say malls are taking on a more important role at the heart of communities. - City lungs 'lost' - As the Philippines' population has boomed in recent decades, soaring from 68 million in 1995 to 100 million in 2015, creeping urbanisation has magnified the appeal of malls to residents and businesses alike.

    AFP News
  • After depression, diet ended NBA career, ex-lottery pick Sweetney playing for $1M

    Over the past three weeks, a whopping 97 teams featuring more than 500 players with pro experience — including a reported 125 players who've logged NBA or D-League time — have been whittled down to just four, who will battle it out in New York on Saturday in a pair of semifinal matchups for the right to face off in Sunday's final for the championship, the bragging rights and the grand prize of $1 million. Antz Alumni, which reunites the Fort Wayne Mad Antz squad that won the 2013-14 D-League championship, includes Stephen Graham, who starred with twin brother Joey at Oklahoma State and spent six seasons in the NBA, and former Wisconsin big man Brian Butch. Arizona-based Team 23 features D-League All-Stars Larry Owens and Zach Andrews.

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  • Explain status of 1MDB task force to public, BN MP urges Najib

    Umno lawmaker Datuk Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir today urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to publicly explain what is to become of a special taskforce probing 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), amid concerns that the investigation could be affected by the abrupt change of the Attorney-General (AG). The Kulim Bandar Baru MP said said the onus falls on Najib to justify the move, since Tan Sri Gani Patail was — until Tuesday’s announcement — heading the special taskforce formed to probe claims of misappropriation involving the state-owned firm. “We are worried that the sudden change of AG especially at the last stages of the investigation would give a negative perception towards the government,” Abdul Aziz said when met outside axed Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s house today.

    The Malay Mail Online
  • You won’t believe that these actresses are in their 40s

    On July 24th, Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 46th birthday. Jennifer Lopez has always been in great shape – she started her career as a “Fly Girl,” after all – but over the years her body has become something more iconic. In an effort to get the rest of us up to speed, she recently launched the #BeTheGirl challenge, which encourages fans to help her combat obesity in America.

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  • Executive, daughter on college trip killed in plane crash

    The victims of a fiery plane crash in Milwaukee were identified Thursday as a top executive at a Boston capital investment firm and his teenage daughter who were traveling to the Midwest for a college visit. Joseph Trustey, a former Army captain, and his 18-year-old daughter, Anna, died when their small single-engine plane crashed and erupted in flames Wednesday evening at Timmerman Airport, according to Summit Partners, where Trustey was an executive. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, and there was no immediate word on what caused the crash.

    Associated Press
  • Loose papers may have caused deadly F-16 crash in Spain

    Loose papers left in the cockpit of an F-16 that crashed at a Spanish air base could have sent the fighter jet into its deadly spiral, French investigators have concluded. The report released this week brings an end to a multinational investigation into what happened before the Greek plane's failed takeoff and crash in Albacete, Spain, on Jan. 26. The seemingly minor glitch seriously disrupted aerial navigation, hindering the attempted takeoff at the Los Llanos air base in southeastern Spain.

    Associated Press
  • Microsoft debuts Windows 10: Why it's being given away free

    Microsoft debuted its new Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, in what the company hopes will be a pivotal moment in its bid regain its sway in a world where the PC is no longer king. Microsoft is counting on tens or even hundreds of millions more to download its latest release for free in coming months. While some new models equipped with Windows 10 are available in stores this week, more will hit the market this fall.

    Associated Press
  • Japan's Universal plans Manila apartments, offices with Filipino partner

    Japan's Universal Entertainment Corp and its Filipino partner will build apartments, office towers and even an opera house alongside their $2 billion casino-resort project in the Philippine capital, Manila, once the gaming phase is completed. Filipino businessman Antonio Cojuangco, a relative of President Benigno Aquino, said on Thursday he was joining the development and operations of the non-gaming portion of the Manila Bay Resorts. "I can't match their resources but definitely I want to be part of their group," Cojuangco told reporters after a topping-off ceremony at the Manila Bay Resorts, referring to the investment of Universal, owned by slot-machine billionaire Kazuo Okada, through Tiger Resorts Leisure and Entertainment Inc. In January, Cojuangco bought the entire 40 percent stake of Universal in a holding firm that owns the land on which the Manila Bay Resorts is being built, resolving a problem over foreign land ownership.

    Reuters
  • Royal Dutch Shell to cut 6,500 jobs on oil price slump

    Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday said it plans to reduce its headcount by 6,500 this year owing to sliding oil prices and as it looks to complete a mega takeover. With crude oil futures down by about a half in value since a year ago, Britain's biggest domestic energy provider Centrica said it too would reduce its workforce -- by a net 4,000 positions alongside a cost-cutting programme through to 2020. On Tuesday, energy services group Saipem -- a subsidiary of Italian oil giant Eni -- said it was axing 8,800 positions over three years.

    AFP News
  • STRIP NAKED: Hill clearing activity, the size of a football field, detected near Bukit Relau

    GEORGE TOWN: Another illegal hill clearing activity, has reared its ugly head near Bukit Relau on the island. The bald patch, the size of at least a football field, is visible from afar. Motorists using the Penang Bridge will not miss it.

    New Straits Times