• Militants used water route to beat Philippine offensive: army

    Islamist militants occupying parts of a southern Philippine city used a water route to bring in ammunition and evacuate wounded fighters, helping them withstand a five-week military offensive, the army said Tuesday. The extremists fighting under the black banner of the Islamic State (IS) group have remained holed up in pockets of Marawi, weathering daily air and artillery bombardment and deadly urban street battles. Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera said the route was discovered following the arrest of a man who used a boat to smuggle ammunition into the battle zone and ferry wounded militants out.

  • Dreaded WWII Zero fighter takes to the skies over Japan

    Salvaged from the Papua New Guinean jungle, a restored World War II Japanese Zero fighter has taken to the skies over the land that gave birth to the once-feared warplane. The aircraft -- emblazoned with tell-tale rising sun symbols -- is one of just a few airworthy Zero fighters left in the world, nearly eight decades after they struck fear into the hearts of Allied pilots. The plane flew near Tokyo this month, watched by businessman and aviation buff Masahide Ishizuka who bought the plane for 350 million yen ($3.1 million) in 2008.

  • Samsung to sell off refurbished Galaxy Note 7s: reports

    The world's biggest smartphone maker Samsung will next week start reselling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices after a humiliating recall over exploding batteries last year, news reports said Tuesday. Samsung Electronics declined to comment on the reports. Around three million Galaxy Note 7 devices were returned to the firm, but campaign groups including Greenpeace expressed concern that discarding them could harm the environment.

  • Serena hits back after McEnroe ranks her 700th on men's tour

    (Reuters) - Serena Williams has asked John McEnroe for "respect" after the seven-times grand slam champion said his fellow American would be ranked "like 700 in the world" if she had to play on the men's circuit. In an interview with National Public Radio on Sunday, McEnroe said 23-times grand slam champion Williams was "the best female player ever" but declined to label her the best overall. "And on a given day, Serena could beat some players... But if she had to just play the circuit -- the men's circuit -- that would be an entirely different story." Former world number one Williams, who has taken time off to have a baby, responded testily on Twitter.

  • $1.2b in GST vouchers, Medisave top-ups for 1.57m Singaporeans

    About 1.57 million Singaporeans will get $1.2 billion in GST vouchers and Medisave top-ups, said the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on Tuesday (27 June). A total of 1.37 eligible Singaporeans will receive up to $500 in cash, which will come in the form of a payment of up to $300 in August and a special one-off payment in November.

  • Forget what I did at Leicester, says new Nantes coach Ranieri

    Claudio Ranieri insists his incredible achievements at Leicester City count for nothing now that he has taken over at sleeping French giants Nantes, where he was unveiled as their new coach on Monday. Ranieri has signed a two-year contract with the Ligue 1 side to return to coaching for the first time since his sacking by Leicester in February. Nantes are historically one of France's most successful sides, but last won the title in 2001 and have often struggled in the years since.

  • China protests alleged Indian border incursion

    China has made a formal protest after accusing Indian border guards of crossing from Sikkim state into its Tibetan territory, China's foreign ministry said Tuesday. India and China have long been embroiled in a bitter border dispute at both ends of the Himalayas, with the two countries accusing soldiers of crossing over into the other's territory. "Our position to uphold our territorial sovereignty is unwavering," spokesman Lu Kang told a regular briefing, adding China has lodged "solemn representations" with India.