• Yen soars, Asia stocks hit as Bank of Japan frustrates

    The yen soared Friday as the Bank of Japan's small adjustments to its stimulus programme disappointed traders who had expected a huge boost to its arsenal. After weeks of anticipation that the central bank would pump fresh cash into the economy, policymakers said only that they would boost its exposure to riskier investments, leaving a massive 80 trillion yen annual asset-buying programme unchanged. "The BoJ decision failed to meet the market’s high expectations," Khoon Goh, head of Asia research at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group in Singapore, told Bloomberg News.

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  • Celebrities go all out for Clinton at convention

    Donald Trump had promised to bring showbiz pizzazz to the Republican convention, but it was instead the Democrats who put on a slick show of A-list entertainers in their bid to elect Hillary Clinton. Shortly before Clinton's high-stakes speech to accept the presidential nomination on Thursday, the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia brought out one of the biggest stars there is -- Katy Perry. Clutching a microphone decked out in a sparkling US flag, Perry sang two songs that Clinton could easily take as anthems -- her hit "Roar" and her latest single "Rise." Perry's voice returned at the end of the convention as Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine came out to her blockbuster song "Firework," as real fireworks erupted from the stage at a packed Philadelphia sports arena.

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  • ‘Reasonable’ to expect six-month wait for new passport, says Immigration DG

    PETALING JAYA, July 29 — Those intending to renew or apply for passports would have to endure long lines and wait hours ... for another six months. The Immigration Department, in acknowledging...

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  • Want a new passport? Better get in line before sunrise

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — Knowing the difficulty in applying or renewing their passports, many came to the Immigration offices as early as 5.30am yesterday. Some slept in their vehicles while...

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  • Army reservist wanted ‘dead or alive’

    The Manila Police District (MPD) has promised to apply the full force of the law against the motorist who shot dead a bicycle rider in a road rage incident in Quiapo, Manila last Monday night. “The MPD wants him dead or alive.

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  • Matt Damon suffered for Jason Bourne role

    Matt Damon is shocked by how much he's aged

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  • Top two MACC officials set to follow Abu Kassim out?

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 ― Banners announcing the farewell ceremonies of two Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioners scheduled today along with Tan Sri Abu Kassim...

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  • Australia: MH370 captain's simulator had Indian Ocean route

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed.

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  • Akpom strikes as Arsenal down MLS All-Stars

    Chuba Akpom scored a late winner as English giants Arsenal defeated the Major League Soccer All-Stars 2-1 in San Jose. England Under-21 striker Akpom pounced three minutes from time at the Avaya Stadium as the Premier League side snatched victory in an entertaining game. "I'm really happy to come on and score the winning goal," Akpom said.

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  • Analysis: China emerges more muscular after ASEAN meetings

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Daring to take on China in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, the Philippines went to an international tribunal for justice, and won big. But it turned out to be a pyrrhic victory.

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  • Indonesia executes 4 people convicted of drug crimes

    CILACAP, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia executed four people convicted of drug crimes on Friday despite international protests and said it would decide later when as many as 10 others are put to death.

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  • Indian flight diverted after passenger sits on food cart

    Indian budget airline IndiGo was forced to divert an international flight on Thursday after an unruly passenger sat on the plane's food cart before attacking another traveller, it said. The morning flight ...

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  • N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.

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  • Neville, Giggs unveil Manchester building plan

    Former football stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs on Thursday unveiled their plan for a multimillion-pound development in Manchester city centre, including a 200-bed hotel, two skyscrapers and a synagogue. Neville, a former England full-back and Manchester United legend, said it would create 1,300 jobs and regenerate a historic part of the northwestern English city. "We will breathe new life into the area," Neville, 41, said at a presentation in Manchester Town Hall.

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  • Spared lobster dies during trip from Florida to Maine

    Larry the Lobster gained fame after it was spared from a boiling pot in Florida, but Maine officials say the crustacean didn't make it to retirement. Officials say the decades-old, 15-pound lobster succumbed ...

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  • Officer says prosecutors silenced him in Sandra Bland case

    A police officer in the small Texas town where Sandra Bland was pulled over and jailed says the county's top prosecutors threatened to end his career if he came forward with what he says is evidence of ...

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  • IOC warned Rio on construction contracts 5 years ago: documents

    By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee warned organizers of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro five years ago that construction contracts they drew up could give developers incentives to cut corners, presaging problems with athletes' housing that drew complaints from several countries this week, documents showed. Rio's city government, responsible for the vast majority of infrastructure projects for the Games, has used public-private partnerships, or PPPs, to get private firms to cover the cost of building venues in return for permission to build real estate on the sites. Rio's mayor, Eduardo Paes, has taken pride in the fact that 57 percent of the nearly 40 billion reais ($12.3 billion) spent on the Olympics is private money, garnered by using PPPs on a scale never before seen at a Games.

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  • Top leaders pay last respects to former Penang CM’s wife

    GEORGE TOWN, July 29 — The wife of former Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon,  Puan Sri Chui Kah Peng who succumbed to cancer  earlier this week was accorded a funeral befitting her...

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  • Rare Pottery Workshop Discovered in Galilee

    An ancient potters' workshop dating back to Roman times has been discovered in Galilee, in northern Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority announced that excavations in Shlomi, a town near the Lebanon border, have revealed a ceramic factory where storage jars and vessels for wine and oil would have been made 1,600 years ago. Archaeologists working at the site said this workshop is notable for its carefully constructed rock-cut kiln.

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  • Manager Klopp sent Sakho back for lack of respect

    (Reuters) - Mamadou Sakho was sent back from Liverpool's pre-season tour of the United States because of a lack of respect towards rules but the defender's actions were not serious enough to warrant more punishment, manager Jurgen Klopp has said. The France international, who was recently cleared by UEFA after allegations of a failed drugs test, is currently nursing an Achilles injury and is expected to miss the start of the Premier League season, which begins on Aug. 13. Klopp said Sakho broke rules during the tour.

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