• Swimmer Lochte charged over false robbery claim

    US swimming star Ryan Lochte has been charged with making a false statement about being robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics, Brazilian police said Thursday. The 32-year-old gold medal-winner risks a jail sentence, Brazilian media quoted one police official as saying, although the judicial authorities had yet to confirm that. "Ryan Lochte was charged with the crime of falsely reporting a crime," police said in a statement, adding that the case had been referred to the courts.

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  • Johnny Depp sends Amber Heard divorce settlement cash straight to charities

    The actor's representative has saluted his ex for her generous donation plan to two favourite causes.

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  • Poe to Duterte: Don’t call me American

    In her first and only conversation with President Duterte after the May 9 polls, Sen. Grace Poe asked him only one favor – not to call her an American. Poe, who finished third in the presidential race, said the only time she spoke with the President was when she conceded shortly after the results came in and Duterte was clearly the winner. Speaking at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum yesterday, Poe said the conversation was lighthearted and that before it ended, she asked him one favor.

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  • West Ham knocked out of Europa League

    English Premier League club West Ham suffered a shock defeat by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu on Thursday that saw them knocked out of the Europa League in a mirror image of last season's campaign. Slaven Bilic's side had left the tie in the balance after a disappointing 1-1 away draw a week ago and that result came back to haunt them as Astra took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Filipe Teixeira. West Ham were guilty of slack defending as Daniel Niculae found Teixeira free in the box with the striker rolling the ball past Darren Randolph.

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  • Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes list of best paid actors

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was named the world's highest paid actor by Forbes on Thursday, raking in $64.5 million and snatching the title held for three consecutive years by Robert Downey Jr. The 44-year-old former wrestler more than doubled his earnings from last year thanks to his role in the action comedy "Central Intelligence," the eighth installment of the "Fast & Furious" racing franchise and the forthcoming "Baywatch." Johnson was ranked number 11 last year, earning some $31 million in the 12 months from June 2014 to June 2015. Waffle House on me!!" Jackie Chan came in second on the Forbes list with $61 million dollars followed by Matt Damon ($55 million), Tom Cruise ($53 million) and Johnny Depp ($48 million). Topping Forbes's list released earlier this week for highest-paid actresses was Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $46 million -- nearly $20 million less than her male counterpart.

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  • Belarus leader forces Hollywood's Seagal to eat his carrot

    Green-fingered Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko forced US action star Steven Seagal to eat one of his homegrown carrots in an awkward encounter that prompted much mockery on Thursday in the ex-Soviet state. Footage posted by the presidential press service showed the authoritarian leader picking up a long carrot, quickly peeling it and handing it to the black-clad martial arts star who was visiting his country residence. "Here you are: eat it for your health, it's very good for you," said Lukashenko, wearing a tracksuit top and baseball cap, as Seagal chewed politely.

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  • World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

    The world's first self-driving taxis are picking up passengers in Singapore. Select members of the public began hailing free rides Thursday through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous ...

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  • Jennifer Lopez single again - report

    The singer remains friendly with Casper.

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  • MB: ‘Bangsa Johor’ will strengthen Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — A united “Bangsa Johor” will not only improve the state, but also help strengthen the Malaysian federation, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin told Tun...

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  • Rashford drops down to England Under-21s

    Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has lost his place in England's senior squad after being called up for the Under-21s for the first time. Rashford made two substitute appearances at Euro 2016 to cap a meteoric rise in the final weeks of the campaign that took him from United's youth teams to international recognition. New England manager Sam Allardyce has decided Rashford's lack of playing time makes it impossible to select him for his first fixture -- a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on September 4.

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  • Indonesian navy finds fuel tanker taken by own crew

    Indonesia's navy said on Thursday it had found a tanker carrying almost $400,000 worth of diesel that was taken by its own crew last week due to a commercial dispute. The MT Vier Harmoni was initially feared to have been hijacked after setting sail from Malaysia, in waters that have suffered a string of pirate attacks in recent times. The navy deployed ships and a helicopter to search for the tanker, which was reported missing on August 16 after setting sail from southern Malaysia a day earlier.

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  • Turkey fires on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria offensive

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish troops fired on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, highlighting the complications of an incursion meant to secure the border region against both Islamic State and Kurdish advances. Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered Jarablus, one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border, on Wednesday.

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  • Qatar's recruited athletes stir debate on citizenship

    By Tom Finn DOHA (Reuters) - When 39 athletes from Qatar qualified for the Rio Olympics, the most in the tiny Gulf state's history, Noor al-Shalaby celebrated the achievement in a Facebook post. "Qatar! You are in my blood and my soul," wrote the 34-year-old accountant. Qatar has for years used its immense oil and gas wealth to recruit sportspeople from around the world, part of an ambitious vault onto the world sporting stage by the wealthy Arab state which will host the soccer World Cup in 2022.

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  • Only Putrajaya can decide to repatriate baby panda, minister tells Zoo Negara

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — Zoo Negara has no control over the placement of Nuan Nuan, the offspring of panda couple Xing Xing and Liang Liang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said today....

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  • Barcelona complete signing of Jasper Cillessen

    Barcelona have completed the signing of Dutch international goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Ajax, the Spanish champions confirmed on Thursday. In a statement on their official website the Catalans confirmed they had signed the 27-year-old on a five-year contract for a fee of 13 million euros (£11.1 million, $14.7 million), rising to a potential 15 million euros. Barca said Cillessen flew to Spain on Thursday morning to undergo a medical and would be officially unveiled on Friday.

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  • Kenyan Olympians stuck staying in Rio favela as country awaits 'cheap flights'

    Kenyan marathoners Wesley Korir (left) and Eilud Kipchoge sandwich U.S. distance star Meb Keflezighi in Rio. As Olympians across the globe were welcomed home to massive celebrations this week, Kenya’s Olympic team remained in Rio de Janeiro while their country awaited cheaper flights out of Brazil. With photos and video, the marathoner described dangerous living conditions — complete with gunshots — in Rio favela accommodations arranged by Kenyan officials, now that the Olympic Village is closed.

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  • Defence Ministry dismisses leak, says Malaysia’s submarines have different specs

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 ― Malaysia’s Scorpene submarines have different specifications from those used by India, the Defence Ministry said in allaying concerns over a secret data leak reportedly...

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  • Cher: 'I'm scared for the gay community if Trump wins'

    The iconic singer made the comments at a rally supporting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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  • Biden warns Europe against Russian energy reliance

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says a new natural gas pipeline planned to stretch from Russia to Germany "looks like a fairly bad deal" for Europe because it increases its energy dependency on ...

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  • Man gets 40 years for pouring scalding water on gay couple

    ATLANTA (AP) — A judge sentenced a Georgia man to 40 years in prison Wednesday for throwing scalding water on a gay couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery.

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