• Girl told ‘not beautiful’ crowned Miss Malaysia World 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — Tatiana Kumar has been crowned Miss Malaysia World 2016, a feat she dreamt of after being told in school she was not beautiful. “My biggest regret was believing...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Mariah Carey's prostitute sister arrested

    Alison Carey is being held behind bars following the incident.

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  • More than 300 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway

    More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in southern Norway, officials said Monday, in the largest such incident known to date. The 323 reindeer, including 70 young, were found on Friday by a gamekeeper on the Hardangervidda plateau, a national park where Europe's largest herd of some 10,000 wild reindeer roam freely. The animals stay close together in bad weather and these ones were hit by lightning," an official from the Norwegian Environment Agency, Kjartan Knutsen, told AFP.

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  • China's Xi reshuffles key party posts ahead of congress

    By Ben Blanchard and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has reshuffled three top provincial-level Communist Party posts as he seeks to place his men in key positions ahead of a once-every-five-years congress next year, and more new appointments are likely soon. The party congress, expected to be held next autumn, will see Xi further cement his hold on power by appointing close allies into the party's ruling inner core, the 25-member Politburo and the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee. Xi, who doubles as Communist Party and military chief, is ranked No 1 in the Standing Committee – the apex of power in China.

    Reuters
  • 'Willy Wonka' star Gene Wilder dead at 83

    Gene Wilder, who delighted audiences with his comic turns in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" and Mel Brooks classics including "Blazing Saddles" and "The Producers," died Monday at age 83. "It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the life lived that I announce the passing of husband, parent, and universal artist Gene Wilder, at his home in Stamford, Connecticut," he said. "It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him." Wilder, whose third wife Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer, was treated for lymphoma in 2000 and had worked only sporadically since.

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  • New suspected MH370 debris found in Mozambique

    A South African hotelier said Monday he had picked up a piece of aircraft wreckage off the Mozambican coast in the latest possible find of debris from the missing MH370 flight. Mozambique's aviation authorities in Maputo said they had been informed of the discovery, but were yet to receive the item. Australia, which is leading the search for the aircraft which vanished in 2014 with 239 people onboard, has determined that five pieces of debris found in Mozambique, South Africa and Mauritius almost certainly came from the plane.

    AFP News
  • Philippine president says no genocide in his bloody drug war

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that his bloody anti-drug campaign that has left nearly 1,800 people dead does not amount to genocide, but that he's ready to go to jail to defend his men from lawsuits.

    Associated Press
  • Argentina lose Aguero and Pastore for qualifiers

    Argentina suffered a blow to their 2018 World Cup qualifying plans when Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero withdrew on Monday from their squad to face Uruguay and Venezuela. Aguero and Paris St Germain midfielder Javier Pastore have pulled out of Thursday's home game with Uruguay and the visit to Venezuela five days later, coach Edgardo Bauza's first matches in charge, the Argentine FA said.

    Reuters
  • In Johor, Iskandar Malaysia says property glut nothing surprising

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — Iskandar Malaysia, the economic development corridor in southern Johor, says the current property glut in the state only involves certain property segments. Although...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Correction: Topless Women story

    HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — In a story Aug. 28 about topless demonstrations, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the president of GoTopless. She is Nadine Gary, not Nadine Gray.

    Associated Press
  • Takata troubles worsen as truck explodes, kills Texas woman

    DETROIT (AP) — Air bag maker Takata Corp.'s troubles worsened Monday as the company confirmed that a truck carrying its inflators and a volatile chemical exploded last week in a Texas border town, killing a woman and injuring four others.

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  • Sales of mosquito repellents soar in Singapore amid Zika outbreak

    Pharmacies and retail stores in Singapore are reporting on Monday (29 August) a surge in the sales of mosquito repellents after 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection were confirmed over the weekend. The strong demand for the products came amid concerns that there could be more cases of Zika infection in Singapore as more people were sent to the Communicable Diseases Centre (CDC) for tests on Monday. At the four Watsons personal care stores in Aljunied Crescent and Sims Drive, where the Zika cluster is designated, there has been a spike in the sales of mosquito repellents.

    Vernon Lee
  • New Southampton star Sofiane Boufal in five points

    Five things about Moroccan international midfielder Sofiane Boufal who joined Southampton in the English Premier League on Monday for a reported club record £16 million ($20 million/18 million euros): Growing in stature The 22-year-old attacking midfielder will join the growing band of small players aiming to make a big impact on the Premier League. Boufal is 1.75m (5ft 9in) having measured just 1.45m when he was 17. Boufal first attracted the attention of top European clubs in 2015-16 when Tottenham Hostpur, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan were all said to have expressed interest.

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  • Boredom was hardest part of yearlong dome isolation: NASA crew

    Monotony was the hardest part of a yearlong NASA experiment about the mental and psychological rigors of longterm spaceflight, crew members said after the test in Hawaii came to a close. The six-member crew emerged Sunday from the dome on the barren northern slope of the Mauna Loa volcano, where they were studied as part of the US space agency's mission to send people to Mars by the 2030s. In addition to insufficient stimulation, isolation and a lack of fresh food and air were the toughest challenges during the yearlong experiment, known as the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) -- the third and longest of its kind.

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  • Charlie Sheen's ex-wives 'agree to slash child support payments'

    Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller have reportedly accepted a reduced child support sum from the former Two and a Half Men star.

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  • Doha airport brings in passenger tax

    Qatar's international airport said Monday it is to charge passengers an exit tax as the energy-reliant emirate adjusts to falling oil prices. The 35-riyal ($10) levy is to be introduced this week, Hamad International Airport (HIA) said in a statement. "The charge is in line with International Civil Aviation Organisation principles to support the development of world leading airports such as HIA," it said.

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  • iPhone spyware spotlights Israel's secretive surveillance industry

    The discovery of sophisticated spyware to infiltrate and remotely take control of iPhones without leaving a trace has put a spotlight on Israel's secretive surveillance industry, considered among the world's most advanced. Apple rushed out a security update last week after researchers said a prominent Emirati rights activist was targeted by "Pegasus" spyware attributed to Israeli firm NSO Group, based in Herzliya in the country's "Silicon Valley". NSO Group, now owned by US private equity firm Francisco Partners Management, has flown far under the radar, without even a website.

    AFP News
  • Forest fight fires as 13-million-pound Burke starts new life at Leipzig

    When Nottingham Forest's promising winger Oliver Burke received the ball in an apparently hopeless position with his back to goal near the byline at the City Ground on Saturday, few could have predicted what was about to unfold. Burke has been touted as one of Britain's most promising talents with a powerful, pacey technique similar to Gareth Bale's. Born in Scotland, Burke spent 11 years at Forest's academy, making his debut two years ago.

    Reuters
  • WWII dog tags found on beach in '66 returned to family

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It took 50 years for a Long Island woman to finally complete her quest to return a World War II veteran's lost dog tags she found on a New York City beach.

    Associated Press
  • Star of reality TV's 'Ice Road Truckers' killed in plane crash

    One of the stars of "Ice Road Truckers," a reality TV show about the hazards of driving the frozen highways of northern Canada and Alaska, was killed in a plane crash in Montana over the weekend, a spokeswoman for the History channel said on Monday. Darrell Ward, 52, was flying to Missoula to begin filming a pilot episode about the recovery of plane wrecks for a new documentary-style show, according to his Facebook page. "We are saddened by the tragic loss of Darrell Ward, a beloved member of the History family," the channel said in a statement. "He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time." The co-pilot of the Cessna 182, 56-year-old Mark Melotz, was also killed when the plane crashed on the shoulder of Interstate 90 while trying to land at a nearby airstrip, according to local media.

    Reuters