• Netherlands fail to qualify for Euro 2016

    The Netherlands failed to reach the European Championship finals for the first time since 1984 when they lost 3-2 at home to the Czech Republic to miss out on next year's tournament in France. The Netherlands, who finished third at last year's World Cup in Brazil, were crowned European champions in 1988 and were third in 1992, 2000 and 2004.

  • IS vows to defeat Russia in Syria as strikes intensify

    The Islamic State group vowed Tuesday to attack Russia and defeat it, as Moscow announced it had intensified its air campaign against jihadists in Syria. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised Washington for refusing to cooperate with Moscow in its Syrian campaign, which is having an increasingly dramatic effect. "Russia will be defeated," IS spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani said in a recording posted online, calling on "Muslims everywhere to launch jihad against the Russians and the Americans." IS seeks not only to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but is also vying with Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front for jihadist supremacy in the country.

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  • Emilia Clarke is Sexiest Woman Alive

    Emilia Clarke is trying not to be “freaky” and let fame go to her head after being named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive.

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  • Drama as Turkey and Croatia qualify while Dutch go out

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Turkey and Croatia secured the last automatic spots at Euro 2016 in dramatic fashion on Tuesday but the Netherlands' qualifying campaign ended in failure with a home defeat by Czech Republic leaving them out of contention. The Dutch, European champions in 1988 and World Cup semi-finalists last year, finished fourth in their group to miss out on the finals for the first time since 1984. Turkey and the Netherlands were both chasing third spot in Group A behind qualified Iceland and the Czechs but the Turks finished as the best third-placed team to qualify automatically for the finals following their 1-0 home win over Iceland.

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  • Philippine fast-food giant Jollibee acquires 40% of US burger chain

    The Philippines' leading fast-food giant Jollibee Foods announced on Tuesday it had acquired 40 percent of an upmarket US hamburger chain for $99 million. Jollibee said in a statement it was acquiring part of Denver-based Smashburger, which has 339 restaurants in the United States, Canada, the Middle East and South America. This is the largest-ever acquisition by Jollibee and its biggest investment outside of the Philippines, the company said.

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  • Senior politicians unite against beleaguered Malaysia PM

    Influential former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad and some key ruling party members demanded Monday that embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak answer a barrage of corruption allegations. On the same day, a whistle-blower and his lawyer detained for their efforts to expose graft allegations against Najib were charged with attempting to "sabotage" the country's banking sector. Critics want Najib to explain massive sums allegedly missing from state-owned development company 1MDB which he launched, as well as the revelation in July that nearly $700 million in mysterious transfers had been made to his personal bank accounts.

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  • Ramsey and Bale goals give Wales winning send-off

    Wales ended their successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over a surprisingly resilient Andorra in their final Group B match at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday. Goals from Aaron Ramsey after 50 minutes and Gareth Bale in the 86th, sealed their sixth win of the campaign which has ended with them reaching a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup finals. Andorra, who had lost 53 successive competitive matches before this one, frustrated Wales throughout a one-sided match which was played out almost entirely in Andorra's half of the pitch.

  • Dr Chee: PM Lee did not answer crucial question on Hep C outbreak

    The government has to explain why it waited up to five months to release the news of the recent Hepatitis C outbreak at Singapore General Hospital, Singapore Democratic Party chief Chee Soon Juan said.

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  • 3 Alternatives to SSS Pensions to Fund Your Retirement

    In June 2015, the House of Representatives approved on its third and final reading House Bill 5842, which seeks a Php 2,000 increase in monthly Social Security System (SSS) pension. Around two million Filipino pensioners will benefit from the approval of this bill once is it passed into law with the concurrence of the Senate […] The post 3 Alternatives to SSS Pensions to Fund Your Retirement appeared first on MoneyMax.ph.

  • Water-bombing is ineffective: Fire and Rescue Dept

    SEREMBAN: The Indonesian government’s effort of fighting forest fire that caused transboundary haze using “water-bombing” is ineffective, said Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Wira Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim. Wan Mohd Nor said at the moment, Indonesia was keen on getting expert assistance on how to manage peat land fire as well as requesting for asset, such as airplane from Malaysia to support the operation. “When dealing with peat fires, we need to flood the area to douse the fire,” he told reporters at a press conference after Kualiti Alam Sdn Bhd’s Emergency Response Command Centre (ERCC) opening ceremony at Bandar Seri Sendayan, here.

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  • Filipinos jailed for using forged ICs

    KUANTAN: Twenty-two Filipinos were sentenced to four months’ jail each after they pleaded guilty in three Magistrate’s Courts here today to either using forged identity cards or those belonging to somebody else. The Filipinos, consisting of 14 men and eight women, age between 15 and 69, were ordered to serve the jail sentence from the date of their arrest. Fourteen of the Filipinos pleaded guilty to a charge of using forged identity cards and the remaining with using an identity card belonging to somebody else.

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  • Playboy to stop running pictures of completely naked women

    Playboy is about to find out how many people really do read it for the articles. The magazine that helped usher in the sexual revolution in the 1950s and '60s by bringing nudity into America's living rooms ...

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  • Painstaking reconstruction tells story of deadly missile strike on MH17

    By Thomas Escritt GILZE-RIJEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - The reconstruction of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tells its own vivid story of the impact of the missile that destroyed the aircraft last July, killing all 298 people on board. The crumpled wreckage, stretching from the nose to the business class cabin, clearly showed the puncture holes where shrapnel from a Buk warhead penetrated the cockpit, killing its three occupants instantly. The reconstruction was the most intricate part of one of the most complex air crash investigations in history, involving the recovery of thousands of fragments of wreckage from across 50 square km (19 square miles) of a warzone in eastern Ukraine.

  • The Latest: Firefighters who died were department veterans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The latest on the collapse of a burning apartment building in Kansas City that killed two firefighters (all times local):

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  • Umno minister slams Zeti for giving impression 1MDB broke laws

    Umno minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan today took to his Twitter account to slam Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz for misleading the public about 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) breaching the Exchange Control Act. In a series of tweets, Rahman also thanked Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali for...

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  • Is Stephen Hawking Right About Hostile Aliens?

    "We have brains that are three times bigger than those of our closest relatives," said Mark Flinn, an anthropologist at the University of Missouri who has researched the emergence of human intelligence. "You need to have the better mousetrap every time.

  • Thailand win boosts World Cup qualifying hopes

    Thailand took a huge step towards the next round of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers after they trounced South-East Asian rivals Vietnam 3-0 in Hanoi on Tuesday. A first-half strike by Kroekrit Thawikan put the visitors ahead at My Dinh Stadium before an own goal by Dien Tien Thanh and an effort by captain Theerathon Bunmathan sealed a comprehensive win for the visitors who moved five points clear of Iraq at the top of their group. North Korea also boosted their hopes of advancing to the next round after a 1-0 home win over Yemen while Singapore and Hong Kong claimed narrow wins against Cambodia and Bhutan respectively.

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  • North Korea pleasure parks show nascent middle class at play

    North Korea's use of its showcase capital city to promote an image of national success and prosperity has cemented Pyongyang's reputation as a Potemkin village boasting leisure facilities that amount to little more than "playgrounds for cadres." Pyongyang has always been an exclusive city, and the 10 percent of the 25 million population allowed to live there generally enjoy a lifestyle the vast majority of North Koreans can only dream of. A closely monitored but tolerated grassroots capitalism, born out of a spirit of survivalist self-sufficiency that got many through the catastrophic failure of the state distribution system in the famine years of the mid-to-late 1990s, has given rise to a growing entrepreneurial class with disposable income and free time. It emerged during the leadership of Kim Jong-Il, but has only begun to prosper under his son Kim Jong-Un who took power after his father died in 2011.

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  • Main findings in the MH17 air disaster

    Air crash investigators on Tuesday said a BUK missile fired from eastern Ukraine ripped through Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last year killing all 298 people on board. Here are some of the main findings: - Cause of the disaster - The crash of flight MH17 was caused by the detonation of a 9N314M-type warhead launched from the eastern part of Ukraine using a BUK missile system. At 1320 GMT the missile, launched from a 320-square-kilometre (120 sq miles) area in eastern Ukraine, approached the plane almost head-on as it was flying at some 33,000 feet (10,000 metres) and detonated to the left and above the cockpit.

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  • Johor DAP pleads Dr Boo not to resign

    JOHOR BARU: The Johor DAP had urged Skudai assemblyman Dr Boo Cheng Hau to reconsider his decision to quit as the state opposition leader. Its chairman Liew Chin Tong said now is the time to put the interest of the party first. "I am offering an olive branch to Dr Boo and hope he would reconsider because now is the time to work together as a team to make the party stronger and reach out to more people as well as to prepare for the next general election.

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