• Clinton's pledge: Steady hand at 'moment of reckoning'

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Confronting a "moment of reckoning," Hillary Clinton is casting herself as a unifier for divided times and a tested, steady hand to lead in a volatile world.

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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.

    Reuters
  • Indonesia executes 4 drug traffickers

    CILACAP, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia executed four drug traffickers on Friday and said it had not yet decided when 10 others convicted of drug crimes would be put to death.

    Associated Press
  • Pat Riley says new addition Dion Waiters is worth more than he signed for

    Dion Waiters and Pat Riley will now share a room. (Getty Images)

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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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  • Vettel calls for common sense over 'Halo'

    Sebastian Vettel made a dramatic and emotional plea for common sense and humanity to prevail on Thursday as Formula One drivers debated the introduction of a semi-enclosed safety cockpit. Speaking at a scheduled news conference ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix, the four-time world champion Ferrari driver said he was surprised to hear that other drivers were unsure about supporting the introduction of the controversial 'halo' next season.

    AFP News
  • Halal vaccines will get higher Muslim buy-in, Islamic scholars say

    PETALING JAYA, July 28 — Amid debate on the necessity for vaccination, two Islamic scholars called today for more Muslims to venture into the pharmaceutical line to develop halal vaccines....

    The Malay Mail Online
  • To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk

    LONDON (AP) — If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk — just make sure you can spare at least an hour.

    Associated Press
  • Woman’s pneumonia caused her death during massage: State Coroner

    A pneumonia infection was the cause of a woman’s death during a massage session earlier this year.

    Safhras Khan
  • Hong Kong celebrity Maria Cordero not Monspace Sky Airlines’ ambassador, rep says

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — Hong Kong celebrity Maria Cordero is not acting as the ambassador of a purported new airline under probe by Malaysian authorities, a representative has confirmed....

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Ban on tobacco product displays starts August 2017

    Retailers will have a one-year grace period to comply with a ban on point-of-sale displays for tobacco products, which will come into effect in August 2017. Under the amendments made to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act (TCASA), retailers will have to use plain, undecorated storage devices for the tobacco products sold on their premises. The aim of the ban is to reduce youth exposure to tobacco advertising and to help current smokers quit the habit by reducing their impulse to purchase tobacco products, said the MOH.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • 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 ...

    AFP
  • Tom Hiddleston left terrified by Cara Delevingne's pranking skills

    Kesha and the Haim sisters nearly called the police after Cara Delevingne, Ruby Rose and Uzo Aduba made them think Taylor Swift's Rhode Island home was haunted.

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  • Singapore’s jobless rate, layoffs up in Q2: MOM

    Singapore’s unemployment rate rose in the second quarter from the first amid the slowing global economy. The unemployment rate among citizens grew to 3.1 per cent in June from 2.6 per cent in March after falling in the previous quarter, while that for residents rose to 3.0 per cent from 2.7 per cent, advanced labour data released by Ministry of Manpower on Thursday (28 July) showed. The overall unemployment rate rose to 2.1 per cent from 1.9 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Hiroshima unhappy atomic-bomb park is 'Pokemon Go' site

    TOKYO (AP) — "Pokemon Go" players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased.

    Associated Press
  • SC reverse own decision banning bt talong

    The Supreme Court (SC) has reversed itself in the case involving the government’s field trials of bacillus thuringiensis (bt) eggplants, a genetically modified variety that produces its own pesticide. In a ruling promulgated last Tuesday, the high court set aside its ruling in December last year permanently stopping the field testing of the genetically modified product, favoring the petition filed by the environmental group Greenpeace. The SC unanimously ruled to instead dismiss the Greenpeace petition on the ground of mootness.

    Philippine Star
  • Singapore's arts council paid  ‘exceptionally high’ $410,000 for a bin centre: Auditor-General’s Office

    A bin centre for Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall cost the National Arts Council (NAC) an “exceptionally high” consultation fee of $410,000, said the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) in its annual audit. The amount made up more than 87 per cent of the total construction cost of the bin centre, which came to $470,000. The likes of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Defence and the Land Transport Authority were all singled out for lapses.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Facebook is pushing more people to an app they didn't choose

    Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another. Two years ago, the social-media giant forced its users to adopt its Messenger app for direct communication, a change it enforced ...

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  • Lee Mirim enjoys perfect start to British Golf Open

    South Korea's Lee Mirim admitted that "everything was perfect" after she shot a course record ten under par 62 to lead the first round of the Women's British Open on Thursday. The stunning 10-birdie round earned a three-shot lead over Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn, who leapt into the limelight on the LPGA Tour in May when she won three tournaments on the trot. China's Feng Shanshan was in third place on 66 despite almost missing her tee-off time.

    AFP News
  • Russia, Syria blockade Aleppo, offer corridors out

    BEIRUT (AP) — After months of fighting to encircle its opponents in Aleppo, Syrian authorities backed by Russia on Thursday offered safe corridors out for residents and rebels in the northern city's besieged quarters, underlining the government's determination to seal off the metropolis and force an eventual surrender by the opposition.

    Associated Press