• Manchester United's Pogba helps ease burden of world record price tag

    By Richard Martin STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Manchester United's Paul Pogba took a step towards helping repay his world record transfer fee with the opening goal in their Europa League win over Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday which gave them a place in next season's lucrative Champions League. Pogba, who rejoined the 20-times English champions last summer from Juventus for 89 million pounds ($115.43 million), fired United ahead in the 18th minute in Stockholm helped by a massive deflection off Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez. Henrik Mkhitaryan added the second three minutes after the break to kill off Ajax, who fielded the youngest ever starting lineup in a European final with an average age of 22.

  • Howard Shaw jailed for third drink driving offence

    Shaw family scion Howard Shaw Chai Li, 46, has been sentenced to eight weeks’ jail for his third drink driving offence in 10 years, after he pleaded guilty to the offence on Monday (25 May). The grandson of Runme Shaw, the founder of pioneering Asian film distributor and cinema operator Shaw Organisation, was also fined $10,000 and disqualified from driving for eight years. In 1997 and 2006, Shaw was also convicted of drink driving.

  • Manchester bomber's father says he did not expect attack

    By Hani Amara and Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The father of the bomber who killed 22 concert-goers in an attack in Manchester told Reuters in the Libyan capital on Wednesday that he had last spoken to his son some five days ago, by phone, and "everything was normal." Ramadan Abedi, who was detained by a Tripoli counterterrorism force during the interview, said his son Salman had told his family that he was heading on pilgrimage to Mecca. "I spoke to him about five days ago ... there was nothing wrong, everything was normal," Abedi said. Another of Abedi's sons, Hashem, was detained on Tuesday evening in Tripoli on suspicion of links to Islamic State, said Ahmed Bin Salem, a spokesman for the Special Deterrence Force, also known as Rada.

  • In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing's claims in South China Sea

    By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors. The so-called freedom of navigation operation, which is sure to anger China, comes as Trump is seeking Beijing's cooperation to rein in ally North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

  • Pedra Branca case: Singapore files written observations with ICJ

    Singapore has filed its written observations on the admissibility of Malaysia’s application to revise the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) 2008 judgement on the sovereignty of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge.

  • The US is finally telling the public who overstays their visas the most-and it’s not Mexicans

    For years, the best-and virtually only-publicly released statistic tracking illegal immigration in the US has been the number of people caught at the southern border. Now, the US Department of Homeland Security is scrutinizing a lesser known type of undocumented immigrant: the one who comes in legally. In a new report released May 22, the…

  • OPEC oil squeeze to remain, but will it lift prices?

    Oil producers within and outside OPEC are expected Thursday to extend a deal cutting output aimed at lifting the price of crude, but US rivals could spoil the party. The following month several nations outside the cartel, notably Russia, agreed with OPEC to reduce their production by 600,000 bpd. The aim was to reduce a huge global supply glut that had pushed down the price of oil from over $100 per barrel in 2014 to close to $25 in early 2016.