• Putin sends air defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey

    President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow.

    Associated Press 52 mins ago
  • Downed Russian pilot picked up by Syrian army - envoy

    One of the two Russian pilots who ejected from a jet shot down by Turkey on Tuesday has been picked up by the Syrian army and is being taken to Russia's base there, Russia's ambassador to France said on Wednesday. "One on board was wounded when he parachuted down and killed in a savage way on the ground by the jihadists in the area and the other managed to escape and, according to the latest information, has been picked up by the Syrian army and should be going back to the Russian airforce base," ambassador Alexandre Orlov told Europe 1 radio.

  • Under Iraqi town, IS militants built network of tunnels

    Under the Iraqi town of Sinjar, Islamic State group militants built a network of tunnels, complete with sleeping quarters, wired with electricity and fortified with sandbags. There, they had boxes of U.S.-made ...

    Associated Press
  • Vanishing China execs a vexatious mystery for HK market

    The chairman of the Hong Kong arm of one of China's biggest securities companies goes missing. The head of another firm resurfaces after months incommunicado. An executive at a film studio is detained ...

    Associated Press 48 mins ago
  • Warriors thrash Lakers to clinch record start to NBA season

    Stephen Curry scored 24 points as the Golden State Warriors set a new record for the longest unbeaten start to an NBA season with a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers. Reigning MVP Curry turned on the style as the Warriors extended their perfect start to 16 games, surpassing the previous best of 15-0 they had shared with the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and 1948-49 Washington Capitols. A sell-out crowd at the Oracle Arena had come to see the NBA champions make history and the outcome never looked in doubt from the outset against a Lakers side who slumped to 2-12 with the loss.

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  • Sitex 2015 preview: Year-end tech deals galore!

    Nov 19, 1pm: Added Jabra and Aftershock. 8pm: Added Audio-Technica, J2, ViewSonic. Nov 20: Added Beats. Nov 22, 9pm: Added Foscam, MSI, Hiti, QNAP, Synology. Nov 24: Added Creative, D-Link, Seagate. Nov 25: Added Maka, Treoo, Wacom. In search of the best year-end tech deals

  • Train service between Yishun and Bishan disrupted due to power fault

    An early morning power fault on the North South Line disrupted train services between Yishun and Bishan on Wednesday.

    Yahoo Newsroom
  • Pamela Anderson on marriage: 'I'll never marry again'

    Pamela Anderson is putting the past behind her.

    Cover Media
  • China fines hotel chain for stealing the Disney magic

    Shanghai has fined a hotel chain for using Disney's name at five of its properties, state media said Wednesday, as the Chinese city seeks to defend the US entertainment giant before its theme park opening. There were no Mickey Mouse ears on display in media pictures of the Shenzhen-based Vienna Hotels Group establishments, nor Buzz Lightyear costumes, but an image showed a sign declaring one a "Disney branch". The chain also used Disney branding on electronic signs and websites, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Industry and Commerce.

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  • Officer charged with murder in teen's death; video released

    A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could ...

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  • 20 failed startups in Asia in 2015 and lessons learned

    Startup success stories are mostly talked about. How about failed startups? Here’re 20 failed startups in Asia in 2015 and why they they didn’t survive.

    Tech in Asia
  • Mental scars of war leave Ukraine troops battling suicide threat

    Artur Galtsov survived the bombs and bullets on the frontline in east Ukraine but after returning home the army volunteer faced another battle -- overcoming his horrifying memories. Now a year on, the young man lies on a hospital bed in a small town near Kiev -- still unable to talk and barely recognising relatives due to the injuries he sustained in the fall. As the conflict in east Ukraine has plunged the region into bloodletting and seen thousands of young men called up to fight in their own country, Galtsov's story is far from unique.

    AFP News
  • Sanchez keeps Arsenal's last 16 bid alive

    Arsenal kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League last 16 as Alexis Sanchez inspired a vital 3-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday. Arsene Wenger's side were in severe danger of an embarrassingly early exit after losing three of their first four Group F matches. Sanchez laid on Mesut Ozil's first-half opener at the Emirates Stadium, then struck himself before the interval and wrapped up the points with his second goal in the closing stages.

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  • 5 Halal Cafés in the East

    Forget about Arab Street and Haji Lane, the East is now the cool new place to lepak at.

  • Yahoo outlook downgraded by Standard and Poor's

    Rating agency Standard and Poor's said on Wednesday it had cut its credit rating outlook for Internet giant Yahoo, saying revenue growth was likely to be low. "The negative rating outlook reflects our expectation that Yahoo's operating performance will remain weak over the next 12 months, primarily due to low revenue growth and rising traffic acquisition cost," Standard and Poor's said in a statement. Standard and Poor's warned it could cut its current "BB+" corporate rating for Yahoo "if the company's competitiveness in its display or search advertising businesses continues to decline" and if Yahoo "failed to reverse the negative operating trends affecting EBITDA", a measure of a company's operating performance.

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  • Syrian state media: Russian, Syrian special forces rescue Russian pilot

    Syrian state media said on Wednesday that Russian and Syrian special forces rescued one of the pilots of a Russian fighter jet that Turkey shot down near its border the day before. Syrian special forces "last night carried out a joint operation with Russian special forces, penetrating four to five kilometres into areas where terrorists are located, and were able to save one of the pilots of the Russian plane", returning him to a military base, state news agency SANA said.

  • Beauty contestant barred over 'Taiwan' sash: government

    A beauty contestant from Taiwan has been suspended from an international pageant after Beijing objected to the sash she was wearing, the woman and the government in Taipei said. Ting Wen-yin was kept out of the Miss Earth contest in Austria because she refused to compete for "Chinese Taipei" -- the name by which Beijing insists the self-ruled island should be known. Ting, 22, said pageant organisers had initially given her a "Taiwan ROC" sash -- short for "Republic of China", the territory's preferred name -- but later said there had been a mistake.

    AFP News
  • Cheap gas fueling expanded Thanksgiving travel day

    An expanded version of America's annual Thanksgiving travel saga has begun with gas prices low and terrorism fears high. An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a car, plane, bus or train ...

    Associated Press
  • Liverpool, Spurs target Europa knockout berths

    AFP Sport picks out five of the best of Thursday's Europa League games, with English Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham looking to punch their tickets to the knockout rounds: Liverpool (ENG) v Bordeaux (FRA) Liverpool can clinch their place in the last 32 with victory over Bordeaux at Anfield. The Jurgen Klopp era at Liverpool is still in its infancy but the German's arrival is already helping transform the Reds, who thumped erstwhile Premier League leaders Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

    AFP News
  • How to fly free forever: Put $170 million on your AmEx

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn't exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life.

    Associated Press