• China victory as SE Asian nations go easy on sea row

    Southeast Asian nations Monday ducked direct criticism of Beijing over its claims to the South China Sea, in a diluted statement produced after days of disagreement that gives the superpower a diplomatic victory. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) avoided mention of a ruling by a UN-backed tribunal in early July that rejected China's territorial claims and infuriated Beijing. Instead, ASEAN, gathered in the Laos capital Vientiane for the first time since the ruling, called for "self-restraint" from all parties in the strategic waterway in a soft statement that edged away from a showdown with regional powerhouse China.

    AFP News
  • Khairy: Probe those responsible if criminal element proven in US DOJ lawsuits

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — Malaysia’s enforcement agencies must take immediate action if the US Department of Justice succeeds to prove in court the allegations of financial misappropriation from...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • 1MDB audit might not be under OSA if interim report not leaked, says Auditor-General

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — The Auditor-General’s report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) might not be classified under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) if the initial interim report was not...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Eight dead, 20 missing in Malaysia boat accident

    Malaysia's coast guard said Monday they had retrieved eight bodies after a boat capsized off the southern state of Johor at the weekend with another 20 people believed to be missing. Local media reported that the boat carrying 62 people -- all Indonesians and thought to be illegal immigrants -- capsized due to strong waves late on Saturday night. The English daily cited an immigration department official as saying that the Indonesians were believed to be making their way back to their own country.

    AFP News
  • Niall Horan's new LA home 'haunted by actress' ghost'

    One Direction's Niall Horan might have to call in the Ghostbusters, following claims that his new $3.9 million (£3 million) home in Los Angeles is haunted by the ghost of actress Gia Scala.

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  • Public urged: No prank calls to 911

    Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno urged the public yesterday to refrain from making prank calls to 911, the new emergency hotline of the country starting Aug. 1. “For every abstained prank call, one life can be saved,” Sueno said. Sueno said while President Duterte’s instruction is to make 911 – an international code – free of charge, all calls to 911 and its other emergency hotline, Patrol 117, would still be shouldered by callers.

    Philippine Star
  • Massive delays stall England-to-France vehicle traffic

    LONDON (AP) — British border agents moved in Sunday to help French officials ease the gigantic backups for travelers trying to cross the English Channel into France.

    Associated Press
  • Rody to shun MM events until traffic woes solved

    President Duterte yesterday issued a public apology for declining all invitations for speaking engagements in Metro Manila, saying he does not want to make traffic jams worse and unnecessarily inconvenience citizens. In an open letter read by presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella in Davao City on Saturday and posted on Facebook yesterday, Duterte explained that while he considers the invitations as both a privilege and a responsibility, he also worries about possible traffic jams if he travels anywhere within the metro. “I have had to, again and again, decline for a very simple reason: as President, my travels always include protocols and security measures, which create traffic congestion and disturb the flow of everyday lives and traffic activities,” he said.

    Philippine Star
  • Coroners officially rule Christina Grimmie's death a homicide

    Late pop singer's autopsy results revealed

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  • Australians stay away from Village citing blocked toilets, exposed wiring

    The Australian Olympic team refused to move in to Rio de Janeiro's village for athletes on Sunday, saying the accommodation was "not safe or ready" for next month's games. "Due to a variety of problems in the Village, including gas, electricity and plumbing, I have decided that no Australian Team member will move into our allocated building," delegation head Kitty Chiller said on Sunday. The first Australian athletes to arrive in Rio were due to move into the Village on July 21 but have instead been living in nearby hotels.

    Reuters
  • Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in crackdown

    Iran destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on Sunday as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging, a news website reported. The destruction ceremony took place in Tehran in the presence of General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of Iran's Basij militia, who warned of the impact that satellite television was having in the conservative country. "The truth is that most satellite channels... deviate the society's morality and culture," he said at the event according to Basij News.

    AFP News
  • Tigers kill one, injure one in China wildlife park

    Tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing killed one woman and injured another after the pair left their vehicle following an argument, Chinese media reported on Sunday. The attack took place at Beijing Badaling Wildlife World Saturday, Chinanews.com reported, when one of the women left the vehicle following an altercation. A tiger quickly attacked her and dragged her off, prompting the second woman to leave the vehicle in an attempt to help, it wrote on its microblog account.

    AFP News
  • IGP dismisses MH370 mass murder suicide report

    PETALING JAYA,July 24 — Police yesterday dismissed reports MH370 was steered into the sea intentionally by the pilot. A New York magazine report had in its exclusive said a document from...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Verstappen defends tactics in Raikkonen duel at Hungary GP

    Dutch teenager Max Verstappen defended his tactics used to hold off attacks from Kimi Raikkonen after their battle for fifth place in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. The 18-year-old Red Bull driver said he had only moved once and that he felt "everything was fair" in a scrap that saw Raikkonen's Ferrari clip the rear of his car in one move. Oh, that's good," said Verstappen, joking about the famously taciturn Finn's reluctance to speak.

    AFP News
  • ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Confirms Vulture Is Villain

    Tom Holland made his Comic-Con debut as the new Spider-Man, and the trailer of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” he bought with him confirmed that classic Marvel villain Vulture will be terrorizing the teenage Peter Parker and played by Michael Keaton.

    The Wrap
  • Probe sought on ‘missing’ BOC intel funds under Lina

    The Commission on Audit (COA) has been asked to investigate the alleged misuse of P17 million in intelligence funds of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) under the watch of former commissioner Alberto Lina. A former Customs official revealed yesterday the amount was allocated to intelligence operations of the bureau, but only P750,000 went to the Customs-Intelligence Group (IG), upon Lina’s discretion. The official said Lina should account for the confidential and intelligence funds because his failure to do so might indicate misuse of government funds.

    Philippine Star
  • GMA: I won’t wish my fate on enemies

    “Let me be the last victim of political persecution using the justice system,” Arroyo said in her first interview since she was released from detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City on Thursday. Arroyo, along with several other former officials, was accused of misusing P366 million in funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

    Philippine Star
  • Prasarana to turn LRT stations into ‘smart compact cities’ to boost ridership

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — Commuters in the city spend quite a bit of time at the various train stations, so why not turn them into “smart compact cities” where you can do your banking, drop off...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Pogba is not worth world-record fee, says Scholes

    (Reuters) - Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has questioned whether the club should pay a world-record fee for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, saying the 23-year-old is not in the same bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. United have been negotiating with Juventus over the transfer of Pogba, who is a top target for new manager Jose Mourinho, according to media reports in Britain.

    Reuters
  • Tom Hiddleston determined to be 'authentic' with Taylor Swift

    Tom Hiddleston is beginning to realise that being a public figure means everyone has an opinion on every aspect of his life - particularly his new relationship with Taylor Swift.

    Cover Media