• Bishops laud Duterte’s SONA

    Despite President Duterte’s pronouncements against the Catholic Church, some bishops were pleased when he said that there should be no separation between God and state. Pabillo, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Laity (CBCP-ECL), was among those who led the launch of the Huwag Kang Papatay campaign on Monday afternoon. Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes was dismayed when Duterte emphasized the full implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, saying this would be “the start of national calamity of reduced population.

    Philippine Star
  • Higuain goes from hero to zero in record Juve deal

    On 36 occasions last season, Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain boosted Napoli dreams of ending a 26-year title drought as he inspired with goalscoring feats in the Scudetto race with Juventus. On Tuesday, Higuain went from hero to zero after completing the world's third most expensive transfer to join Napoli's rivals in a move that has underlined his quest for succcess, yet prompted swift criticism. Higuain was feted as the King of Napoli only two months ago when he broke Gunnar Nordahl's 66-year-old record of 35 goals in a single Serie A season as the Azzurri battled Juve for a title they last won in 1990.

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  • Clinton makes history, wins U.S. Democrats' White House nomination

    By Luciana Lopez and Amy Tennery PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party's 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history. In a symbolic show of party unity, Clinton's former rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, told the chairwoman from the convention floor that Clinton should be selected as the party's nominee at the dramatic climax of a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. "I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States," Sanders told thousands of delegates in the Wells Fargo Centre, which erupted in cheers.

    Reuters
  • Goldman sued over 1MDB links in Malaysian bank merger

    In a new development linked to the 1MDB corruption scandal, a former Hong Kong-based investment fund is suing Goldman Sachs for conflict of interest in advising a 2011 Malaysian bank merger. Primus Pacific Partners said Tuesday that Goldman and its then managing director in Southeast Asia, Tim Leissner, concealed its close relationship with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak when the bank was recruited to advise EON Capital, partly owned by Primus, in its $1.7 billion sale to Malaysia's Hong Leong Bank (HLB).

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  • NUS Responds: Sexual Freshman Orientation Activities “Neither Approved Nor Endorsed”

    Amid reports of freshman orientation activities in the National University of Singapore turning sexual and several NUS students defending these offensive actions, the university’s acting provost has issued an internal email condemning the turn of events. In an email to NUS students issued Tuesday evening, acting provost Prof Bernard Tan said that the university expects orientation activities to be respectful of the dignity of all participants, regardless of gender. Prof Tan elaborated that the NUS’ Office of Student Affairs (OSA) conducts briefing sessions for students leading orientation activities, and warns them of dos and don’ts including examples of inappropriate activities.

    Popspoken
  • SC dismisses Pasig judge in Delfin Lee case

    The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the dismissal of a Pasig regional trial court judge for issuing orders favoring detained Globe Asiatique president Delfin Lee in cases involving anomalous housing projects in Pampanga. In a unanimous decision yesterday, the high court found Branch 167 Judge Rolando Mislang guilty of gross ignorance of the law and ordered his retirement benefits forfeited and barred him from government service. The Department of Justice and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) filed administrative charges against Mislang in connection with a temporary restraining order he issued that prevented the DOJ from investigating syndicated estafa and economic sabotage cases against Lee and several others allegedly involved in the P6.6-billion housing scam.

    Philippine Star
  • Dutch, Latvians world’s tallest; Pinoys among shortest

    The Philippines ranked second with the shortest female population in the world, next to Guatemala at an average of 4-foot-11 (149.4 centimeters), according to a study, which analyzed a century’s worth of height data from 200 countries. Other countries with the shortest female population are Bangladesh, Nepal, East Timor, Madagascar, Laos, the Marshall Islands, India and Indonesia. The shortest male population is in East Timor, at an average of 5-foot-3 (160 centimeters).

    Philippine Star
  • Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil: reports

    The mother-in-law of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped for ransom in her home city of Sao Paulo, Brazilian media reported Tuesday. Aparecida Schunck Flosi Palmeira, 67, was seized Friday night in Interlagos, the Sao Paulo neighborhood that hosts the Brazilian circuit of the F1 Grand Prix, TV Globo reported. There was no confirmation from Brazilian officials or from Ecclestone's staff in London on the report which came less than two weeks before Rio de Janeiro hosts South America's first Olympic Games.

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  • Rob Kardashian deletes all trace of fiancee Blac Chyna from social media

    Mystery surrounds Rob Kardashian's decision to unfollow his future wife, Blac Chyna, leading to speculation about the status of their relationship.

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  • NBA: Veteran big man Stoudemire retires

    Six-Time All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire announced his retirement as a player in the National Basketball Association on Tuesday, going out as a Knick after inking a final contract with New York. Stoudemire thanked Knicks brass for signing him so that he could officially retire as a member of the storied franchise. "I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that," he said.

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  • Car dealers offering buyers to bypass downpayment rule

    Car owners are required to make a 30 or 40 per cent downpayment when buying a car. Some car dealers may be flouting the law by offering buyers downpayment lower than the levels specified under the newly relaxed vehicle financing rules. A check by Yahoo Singapore on popular website sgcarmart revealed that there are dealers offering potential buyers minimum downpayment of 20 per cent or less.

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  • Manhunt on for biker killer in Quiapo road rage

    The fatality, identified as Mark Vincent Garalde, was on a bicycle along the southbound lane of P. Casal at around 9:30 p.m. when a red Hyundai Eon (conduction sticker MO-3745) blocked him and confronted him for still unknown reasons, SP02 Charles Duran said. Based on the CCTV footage, Garalde and the suspect later came to blows for more than a minute until Garalde managed to headlock the suspect.

    Philippine Star
  • U.S. tells China that anti-missile system not a threat

    South Korea's decision to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile defence system does not threaten China's security, a senior U.S. administration official said on Tuesday at the end of a visit to China by U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice. The announcement by South Korea and the United States this month that they would deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) unit has already drawn protests from China that it would destabilise regional security.

    Reuters
  • Prince Harry regrets not opening up about mother's death

    Prince Harry wishes he had spoken to others about the grief he felt over his mother Diana's death sooner.

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  • Liverpool's Sakho sent home early from US tour

    France international defender Mamadou Sakho's future at Liverpool may be in doubt after he came home early from the club's tour of the United States on the orders of manager Jurgen Klopp. The 26-year-old, who missed the Europa League final as he was serving a doping suspension and was then omitted from France's Euro 2016 squad, is ostensibly returning for more treatment on a troublesome Achilles injury. In the video Sakho interrupts Klopp and asks: "How long do you think you can live here?" Klopp gives him short shrift.

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  • As iPhone sale sag, Apple touts apps and services instead

    You can expect to hear a lot more from Apple about the virtues of mobile apps and online services in coming months. And for good reason: They're just about the only part of Apple's business that's growing ...

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  • Najib: Stop baseless accusations against Tabung Haji

    PETALING JAYA, July 26 ― Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) is the victim of false allegations that are harmful both to the fund and the Muslim pilgrims who are its contributors, said Prime Minister Datuk...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • 3 ex-AFP officials convicted for retirement fund misuse

    The Sandiganbayan has sentenced three former officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to a maximum of 20 years in prison for misusing more than P250 million in soldiers’ retirement funds. Elizabeth Liang and Jesus Garica, owners of Concord Resources Inc., were also found guilty of the same offense.

    Philippine Star
  • What harassment are you facing? IGP asks Dr M

    PUTRAJAYA, July 26 ― The Inspector-General of Police today told Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to list out the intimidation he is allegedly facing from the authorities. Responding to questions on a...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Gasoline glut worries hit US oil prices

    Oil prices in New York dipped Tuesday but edged up in London as lofty levels of product supplies again pressured the market. Crude prices have been mostly in decline over the last month as gasoline supplies have stayed high despite the arrival of peak summer driving season in the US. "After hovering above $50 a barrel in early June, prices have consistently come under pressure, as tightening crude oil fundamentals have been overshadowed by an increasingly problematic glut of refined products," said Robbie Fraser, analyst at Schneider Electric.

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