• Grand corruption is big stumbling block for new development goals - campaigners

    By Astrid Zweynert PUTRAYAYA, Malaysia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The most serious forms of corruption are one of the biggest threats to the new development goals due to be adopted by world leaders this month because they deprive the poor of millions of dollars, campaigners said. Nearly $1 trillion in illicit finance, much of it amassed by those in positions of high authority, is estimated to leave poor countries each year, money that could help replace shrinking aid budgets and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "Grand corruption is a big problem for development because of the massive amounts of money involved," Akaash Maharaj, executive director of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of an international anti-corruption conference in Malaysia.

    Reuters
  • GE2015: PM Lee tells Aljunied voters WP ‘buay sai’

    Two veteran politicians from the People’s Action Party (PAP) lent their support at a PAP-hosted rally Friday (4 Sep) for Aljunied Group Representative Constituency (GRC) in Defu Lane, in a bid to convince voters to put PAP back into the Workers’ Party-held ward. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reminded voters in his rally speech to believe in his track record, saying residents “know [his] character and [his] personality,” and that if he were to tell them that he would do something, he would do it.

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  • Unreal Raikkonen stuns Ferrari boss

    By Alan Baldwin MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene was left wondering whether he was with the real Kimi Raikkonen after his Finnish Formula One driver devoted half an hour to signing autographs and greeting fans at the Italian Grand Prix. The 2007 world champion is regularly voted the sport's most popular driver, despite the 'Iceman' being renowned for his taciturn attitude and lack of enthusiasm for sponsor engagements. Asked whether it was true that Raikkonen had "set a record" for signing autographs at Monza on Thursday evening, and whether he had pushed him to do it, Arrivabene smiled.

    Reuters
  • GE2015: Humanising Dr Chee Soon Juan

    This election, the bulk of the media reports on local mainstream media seems to be dominated by reports on the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) saga. I don’t know about you, but frankly, I am sick of it. While it is an important issue, it is not the SOLE issue affecting Singapore and Singaporeans, and definitely

    Alvinology.com
  • My discipline may have cost United says Ferguson

    Alex Ferguson's insistence on discipline above all else might have cost Manchester United trophies during his 26-year reign, he has said. In his new book "Leading", the most successful manager in British football history said that does not mean he would do anything differently. David Beckham, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy were among the leading players who left the club after falling foul of Ferguson.

    Reuters
  • At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves

    BERLIN (AP) — Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. "Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?" pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. "Will you break away from Islam?"

    Associated Press
  • We will hold you to your ‘no impunity’ promise, TI tells Ahmad Zahid

    PUTRAJAYA, Sept 4 — Global watchdog Transparency International (TI) today said it will hold Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to his promise that the government will...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • McDonald's Japan hit by another food scandal

    McDonald's in Japan said on Friday it was investigating an incident involving a customer who was injured by plastic shards found inside a drink, the latest in a string of food contamination scandals. Dozens of pieces of plastic were found inside the beverage, a company spokesman told AFP, adding that a plastic instrument used to make the drink may have been the source. McDonald's Japan unit has been battered by a series of scandals including a human tooth found in some fries.

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  • Men claiming discovery of Nazi 'gold train' go public

    Two treasure hunters claiming to have discovered a Nazi "gold train" went public Friday for the first time but failed to reveal evidence for the alleged find they insist is "irrefutable". The men, who identified themselves as Piotr Koper, a Pole, and German national Andreas Richter, told Poland's TVP public broadcaster they would only communicate via their lawyers from now on. Authorities in Poland's southwestern province of Lower Silesia where the armoured train is allegedly buried cast doubt on its existence earlier this week, insisting there was no credible evidence for it.

    AFP News
  • Sacked Umno woman who sued Najib gets praise from Dr Mahathir

    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has praised sacked Umno Langkawi member Anina Saadudin for standing up to the party after she filed a suit against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over the RM2.6 billion donation in his personal bank accounts. In a letter to Anina, the former prime minister offered words of encouragement and urged her to continue...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Everything seems to be going badly for Malaysia, says Nazir Razak

    Prominent banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak has expressed disappointment over the country's current state of affairs, which is currently being plagued by haze, falling ringgit rate and the national football team's humiliating 10-0 defeat. Posting on his Instagram account, the CIMB chairman wrote: "I don't remember a time when just absolutely...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Image of dead child on beach haunts and frustrates the world

    The photo of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach is haunting.

    Associated Press
  • Bob Arum expects Pacquiao to retire in 2016

    Manny Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum says the Filipino boxer is ready to hang up his gloves after one more fight in 2016 and then make the switch to being a full-time politician. Arum told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday night that the 36-year-old Pacquiao wants to get on with his political career and run for the Senate in the Philippines. "I believe he'll take one more fight, then run for the Senate in the Philippines," Arum told the newspaper in a telephone interview from China.

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  • Depardieu may sell all his goods in France

    Having left France, actor Gerard Depardieu said he is now considering selling everything he owns in the country, which "I no longer want to be part of." Acclaimed as one of the greatest French actors of his generation, the 66-year-old fell out of love with France in 2012 when he moved abroad to escape a new 75-percent tax rate on top earners. "I think that I'm going to sell everything in France. Apart from journalists who are in the government's pay." Depardieu owns vineyards in France, and has also invested in several restaurants in Paris.

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  • 'My children slipped through my hands': father of drowned Syrian boy

    It was dark and everyone was screaming," Abdullah Kurdi told Turkey's Dogan news agency of the moment the dinghy began to sink. "We tried to cling to the small boat, but it was deflating." Abdullah cut an inconsolable figure sitting outside the morgue in Bodrum on Thursday, staring blankly into his mobile phone as he waited for the coffins of his family to be loaded onto a municipal van, an AFP photographer reported. Abdullah had been trying to cross along with his family and up to three other Syrians from the flashpoint town of Kobane that last year was the subject of a months-long battle between Kurdish militias and jihadists, Turkish media said.

    AFP News
  • Wall Street stocks tumble after mixed US jobs report

    Wall Street stocks tumbled in early trade Friday after a mixed US August jobs report clouded the prospects for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike in less than two weeks.

    AFP News
  • Three low-powered cars that are surprisingly fun to drive

    According to the figures from the Land Transport Authority, more than four out of five cars here are powered by engines smaller than 2.0 litres in size. As these three new or upcoming cars show, what makes a car fun to drive is a mix of engine performance and agility, working in complimentary fashion. For now, the 318i is the only version of BMW’s facelifted 3 Series on sale here.

    CarBuyer Singapore
  • 60,000 Antelopes Died in 4 Days — And No One Knows Why

    When geoecologist Steffen Zuther and his colleagues arrived in central Kazakhstan to monitor the calving of one herd of saigas, a critically endangered, steppe-dwelling antelope, veterinarians in the area had already reported dead animals on the ground. "But since there happened to be die-offs of limited extent during the last years, at first we were not really alarmed," Zuther, the international coordinator of the Altyn Dala Conservation Initiative, told Live Science. But within four days, the entire herd — 60,000 saiga — had died.

    LiveScience.com
  • Explain RM14.2b set aside for approved agencies, DAP man tells Sarawak CM

    KUCHING, Sept 4 — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem must come clean on what has happened to some RM14.2 billion in public funds set aside since 2006 for its Approved Agencies Trust...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Police: Suspect in custody unlikely to be Bangkok bomber

    BANGKOK (AP) — A foreign suspect arrested at the border near Cambodia is unlikely to be the yellow-shirted man seen in security videos and suspected of planting a deadly bomb at a Bangkok shrine, but is definitely a conspirator, police said Friday.

    Associated Press