• The Latest: UN humanitarian chief seeks full access in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):

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  • Not so incy wincy: spider kills snake in Outback duel

    A plucky little spider has once again proved that size doesn't matter by taking on -- and beating -- a much larger venomous snake, in a very Australian telling of the story of David and Goliath. The spindly Daddy Long Legs spider appeared to have come out on top after going head-to-head with a brown snake in rural New South Wales. Farmer Patrick Lees said he was astonished to discover the expired reptile dangling from a web at his outback home in Weethalle, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Sydney, on Saturday.

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  • Japan paternity leave trailblazer quits over bikini model affair

    A Japanese politician who made headlines over his quest to take paternity leave quit on Friday after confessing to an affair with a bikini model while his wife was pregnant. Kensuke Miyazaki, 35, shook up Japan's conservative political scene when he sought to take a month's leave to help his then pregnant wife, a first for a male Japanese lawmaker. Miyazaki, however, won the backing of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who supported his trailblazing idea.

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  • How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money

    The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut the Kaesong complex in response to ...

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  • Wenger asks fans not to protest during Leicester game

    (Reuters) - Arsene Wenger has urged Leicester City and Arsenal fans to abandon a planned protest at Sunday's Premier League match between the title rivals, saying they should not miss the "moment of happiness" that football brings. A section of Leicester fans plan to enter the ground five minutes after kickoff in protest at the game being rescheduled from 1500 GMT on Saturday to 1200 GMT on Sunday. Football is a moment of happiness in your life, so don't miss it." Arsenal fans have been asked to back their Leicester counterparts in a show of unity.

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  • Petition for probe against Najib gains 30,000 signatures

    A petition to reopen the investigations into Datuk Seri Najib Razak's donation has gained 30,000 signatures as of yesterday, according to the Facebook page "1Juta Desak Buka Kembali Siasatan Terhadap Najib Razak" (one million urge investigations against Najib Razak be reopened). PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, who announced the petition...

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  • Lamar Odom makes first public appearance at Kanye West's fashion show

    Lamar Odom is back on the scene after being hospitalised for a drug overdose.

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  • Stunning New Image Shows Gravitational Waves As Two Black Holes Merge

    A gorgeous new image released by NASA reveals the momentous first detection of gravitational waves rippling through space-time. "We have detected gravitational waves," David Reitze, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, said today in a news briefing. The telltale signs of relativity in action showed up as a teensy blip in the data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory — a set of two separate detectors in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana.

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  • Shedding light on the occupancy rates of new condos

    Vacancy rates for private non-landed homes climbed to 9.4% in 4Q2015, a 10-year high. The North East Region fared the worst, with vacancy rates of its condominiums hitting 16.5% in 4Q2015. This could be due to the completion of the 610-unit River Isles and the 393-unit Kovan Regency, where residents have yet to move in. On a weekday evening, The Edge Property visited five condos that were completed in 2015 to shed light on their occupancy rates.Two of the projects — A Treasure Trove and The Luxurie — are located near an MRT station. ...

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  • Teen who killed 5 family members to be sentenced as juvenile

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for a New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen's attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated.

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  • Justin Bieber quits taking Adderall

    Justin Bieber's doctors were concerned he grew a dependency on the amphetamine.

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  • Van Gaal uncertain about future if United miss Champions League

    Louis van Gaal has confessed he does not know if he will still be Manchester United manager should he fail to lead his team to a top four finish in the current campaign. The Dutchman seems to have steadied the ship since the turn of the year with only one defeat in eight games although the likelihood of securing a top four finish, and with it the lucrative place in the Champions League, still seems distant. "It is not a question for me, I think," said van Gaal.

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  • Female tiger killed by mating partner at Sacramento Zoo

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sumatran female tiger was killed at the Sacramento Zoo by her mating partner Wednesday after the two felines were put in the same enclosure for breeding, zoo officials said.

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  • US stocks open higher as oil rebounds, banks rise

    U.S. stocks opened higher, seeking their first gain this week, as beaten-down energy and financial companies rebounded. Banks rose Friday after Deutsche Bank offered to buy more than $5 billion in bonds. ...

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  • Messi named La Liga player of the month for first time

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been named La Liga's player of the month for January, the first time he has won the award since its introduction in 2013. Argentine Messi's team mate Neymar won the award in November, the first Barca player to claim it. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has won it twice.

    Reuters
  • China warns on South China Sea as U.S., India consider patrols

    China on Thursday responded to a Reuters report that the U.S. and India are discussing joint naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea, warning that interference from countries outside the region threatens peace and stability. "Countries from outside the area must stop pushing forward the militarisation of the South China Sea, cease endangering the sovereignty and national security of littoral countries in the name of 'freedom of navigation' and harming the peace and stability of the region." The United States wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to adopt a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tension has spiked since China's construction of seven islands in the Spratly archipelago. China lays claim to most of the South China Sea, while Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.

    Reuters
  • Maid flees via rubbish chute, employer disputes claims

    According to The Straits Times, the 27-year-old Indonesian maid, named Rindu, attempted to climb down a rubbish chute in a seventh floor flat last November and fell into a rubbish heap. Rindu’s employers, who had only employed her for two and a half months, dispute her claims and have engaged a lawyer, according to the paper.

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  • How To Make More Money In Singapore This Year To Tide Through The Economy Downturn

    All of us know this; we will never have enough money. In this coming year too, the government has also warned about the impending downturn that will be hitting Singapore. Corporates and SMEs alike in Singapore, most are tightening their … The post How To Make More Money In Singapore This Year To Tide Through The Economy Downturn appeared first on Vulcan Post.

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  • Coca-Cola stops making drinks at three Indian plants

    Coca-Cola has halted manufacturing at three plants in India temporarily on lower sales, company officials said Thursday, as the US giant faces challenges from activists over alleged depletion of groundwater. Nearly 300 people work at the three plants in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya and Rajasthan, where activists have waged a more than decade-long battle against the fizzy drinks company. "Manufacturing at three units have been temporarily suspended," Kalyan Rajan, spokesman for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, which bottles drinks in India for the US giant.

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  • Despite no-show, PAS reiterates support for Anwar

    PAS has reiterated its support for former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim despite being absent at a solidarity gathering outside the Sungai Buloh prison on Tuesday. Its deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said party leaders were absent as they did not receive any formal or informal invitation. He also rejected Selangor...

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