• Ex-car salesman jailed for siphoning nearly half a million dollars

    He was supposed to help a customer buy a Ferrari car, but Daniel Lewis Lim siphoned around $450,000 to fuel his gambling habit and pay off personal expenses. Lim, 38, was sentenced to four years and eight months' jail on Monday (29 May) after being convicted of six counts of criminal breach of trust.

  • China says Philippines' 600-kg drug seizure was largest in shared crackdown

    Philippine authorities last week seized more than 600 kg of methamphetamines in the largest such bust since China launched a crackdown on drug-smuggling in cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation, Chinese customs said on Monday. China is the main source of methamphetamine consumed in the Philippines, which is caught in the throes of a brutal war on drugs waged by President Rodrigo Duterte. Two people arrested in a May 12 raid on suspected smugglers told Chinese authorities they hid the drugs in five printing machines to smuggle them into the Philippines, customs officials in the coastal city of Xiamen said.

  • North Korea War Would Be ‘Catastrophic,’ and ‘Worst in Most People’s Lifetimes,' U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis Warns

    War with North Korea would be “catastrophic” and the “worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetimes,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis said. Amid rising rhetoric and increasingly frequent missile tests from the isolationist North Korea, President Donald Trump has warned that a “major, major conflict” was a possibility.

  • Djokovic makes winning French Open start on Agassi's watch

    By Karolos Grohmann PARIS (Reuters) - Defending champion Novak Djokovic enjoyed a winning French Open start under new coach Andre Agassi on Monday, cruising past Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the first round. The 12-times grand slam champion parted company with his entire coaching team earlier this month after a string of disappointing results before inviting American great Agassi to work with him during the French Open. The 30-year-old Serbian, without a tour title since January, found little resistance from Granollers, grabbing two breaks early on in the first set as he chased the 77th-ranked Spaniard around the court.

  • Travolta donates his Qantas plane to Australia museum

    Hollywood star John Travolta has donated his "beloved" Boeing 707 plane to an Australian aviation museum and is aiming to be part of the crew to deliver the vintage aircraft. Made for Qantas Airways in 1964, the "Saturday Night Fever" heartthrob and qualified pilot acquired the jet when Australia's national carrier retired it more than 30 years later. "It gives me great pleasure to make this exciting historical announcement that my beloved Boeing 707 aircraft has been donated to the Historical Aircraft Restoration society (HARS)," Travolta, a Qantas ambassador since 2002, said in a statement.

  • Pellegrino leaves Alaves after Cup final defeat

    By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino said on Monday he is leaving Spanish club Alaves after one year in charge. In his solitary season in the dugout the former Alaves defender lead the Basque club to their first King's Cup final and a ninth-place finish in their first campaign back in La Liga for a decade. Pellegrino, who has also coached Valencia and Argentine sides Independiente and Estudiantes de La Plata and worked as Rafael Benitez's assistant at Liverpool and Inter Milan, gave no clues about his future, although he denied reports he was leaving for personal reasons.

  • Macron says was ready to out-Trump Trump in handshake

    France's new President Emmanuel Macron says he was ready for his "moment of truth" with US counterpart Donald Trump -- when they shook hands for the first time. "You have to show you won't make little concessions, even symbolic ones," Macron, 39, told the French weekly Journal du Dimanche on Sunday. As cameras rolled, Macron held on tight to Trump's notorious power grip as the two men sat next to each other, the Frenchman's mouth clenched and eyes firmly fixed at the 70-year-old tycoon's squinty stare.