• Indonesia names controversial ex-general as security minister

    A controversial former military chief accused of atrocities during Indonesia's brutal occupation of East Timor was appointed top security minister Wednesday, with activists calling it a step backwards for human rights. Wiranto, named to the powerful post in a cabinet reshuffle, was among senior officers indicted by United Nations prosecutors over gross human rights abuses during the 24-year occupation of tiny East Timor. Markets however cheered the appointment of prominent reformist Sri Mulyani Indrawati, currently a World Bank managing director, to the post of finance minister -- six years after she resigned from the same job after coming under attack from conservative forces in the government.

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  • MAS: KLIA vs KLIA2 tax variance is ‘completely nuts’

    PUTRAJAYA, July 27 ― Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAS) may operate flights out of KLIA2 if passenger tax at KLIA stays above that imposed at the low-cost terminal, said its CEO Peter Bellew. “I...

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  • Singapore's arts council paid  ‘exceptionally high’ $410,000 for a bin centre: Auditor-General’s Office

    A bin centre for Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall cost the National Arts Council (NAC) an “exceptionally high” consultation fee of $410,000, said the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) in its annual audit. The amount made up more than 87 per cent of the total construction cost of the bin centre, which came to $470,000. The likes of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Defence and the Land Transport Authority were all singled out for lapses.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • 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
  • ‘With friends like these…’ Pua says after PKR openly cold on snap polls

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — The DAP's Tony Pua took to Facebook today to vent his frustration purportedly over PKR announcing to the press its refusal to support his party's plan to hold snap polls...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Japan PM unveils $266 bn stimulus plan to boost economy

    Japan's government Wednesday announced a stimulus package worth more than 28 trillion yen ($266 billion) in its latest attempt to fire up the lukewarm economy, with the central bank expected to unveil its own measures this week. Policymakers are under pressure to boost growth as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's 'Abenomics' plan to kickstart the world's number three economy comes under threat from poor data and sagging business confidence. Abe confirmed the new plan Wednesday but gave few details, except to say about half the total would be fiscal measures including government spending.

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  • Transport minister says unaware of MH370 ‘murder suicide’ claims

    PUTRAJAYA, July 27 ― The government is not aware of claims that Flight MH370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had run a simulation of the southern Indian Ocean air route one week before the jet...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • USA school China as Durant wows Oakland

    The rout was a coming out party for Kevin Durant at Oracle Arena, home of his new team the Golden State Warriors. Durant rocked the NBA with his decision to forsake the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors as a free agent, and he received a rapturous welcome from his new home fans. "KD" received a thunderous ovation during the pre-game introductions -- the cheers reverberating even longer than those for established Warriors stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

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  • Lindsay Lohan's fiance moves out of London home

    Lindsay is hopeful she can save her romance with Egor.

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  • 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
  • Trump gripes about hotel hot air, says he might not pay bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is complaining about hot air at a Virginia hotel, and the hotel is pushing back.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

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  • 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).

    AFP News
  • Toll shortfall at Singapore’s checkpoints almost $14M in FY14/15: AGO

    The under-collection of toll at the two Checkpoints in Singapore was about $13.93 million in the financial year 2014/15, according to an annual audit report by the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO).

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Michael Jordan speaks out on police shootings: ‘I can no longer stay silent'

    For years, Michael Jordan has taken criticism from those who’d wished one of the most famous, visible, wealthy and powerful athletes in the world would use his considerable public profile and influence to speak out on social issues affecting the African American community. In an essay for The Undefeated published Monday, the 53-year-old Jordan makes his voice heard in the wake of the recent unrest in the country following the police killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., the police killing of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn., the killing of five police officers by a lone gunman at an otherwise peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, the police shooting of North Miami behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey as he lay on his back with his hands thrust in the air trying to coax an autistic patient back into a mental health center, and all the protests and demonstrations that have followed.

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  • Australia installs kangaroo at Olympic village in dig at mayor

    Australia's Olympic delegation, which refused to move into its Rio apartments due to a spate of problems, took a dig at the city's mayor by arriving at the complex with a kangaroo in tow. After the delegation complained of blocked toilets and leaky pipes over the weekend, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, who has repeatedly found himself on the defensive over Olympic conditions, quipped that he should perhaps put "a kangaroo in front of their building to make them feel at home." The issues delayed the country's athletes from taking up lodging in the brand-new Olympic Village complex at its official opening Sunday. Mike Tancred, media director for the Australian Olympics team, said the statues had nothing to do with the housing controversy.

    AFP News
  • 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
  • Bill Clinton tells a love story to make his case for Hillary

    There have been millions of words, decades of video and reams of commentary devoted to their story. It's been dissected, defended and decried at kitchen tables and on cable news, in tabloids and classrooms. ...

    Associated Press
  • Moral retribution in movies? What era are you in? ‘Jagat’ director asks Censorship Board

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 ― The director of a local Tamil language film highlighting the plight of Indians in Malaysia questioned the National Film Censorship Board’s insistence on a different...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • You Won’t Resist Spending On These Once Pokemon Go Launches in PH

    If you’re unfamiliar with the Pokemon franchise, it’s widely regarded as one of the biggest video game franchises, a series worth billions that was the brainchild of designer Satoshi Tajiri and concept artist Ken Sugimori. Tajiri’s company, Game Freak, was responsible for the original games on the Nintendo Game Boy, and it has since expanded […] The post You Won’t Resist Spending On These Once Pokemon Go Launches in PH appeared first on MoneyMax.ph.

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