• Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners

    Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday. While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, "we have to fight for our own destiny", Merkel went on. Special emphasis was needed on warm relations between Berlin and newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, she said.

  • Ferrari triumph divides drivers after team orders

    Kimi Raikkonen’s grim face told a story of its own on Sunday when he finished second behind Sebastian Vettel in Ferrari’s one-two triumph at the Monaco Grand Prix. While the four-time champion German joyously celebrated the 45th win of his career - and Ferrari’s first in Monte Carlo for 16 years -- in a torrent of joyous words, the taciturn Finn fended off questions about the use of team orders. Raikkonen, 37, the 2007 world champion, resisted all invitations to condemn Ferrari, but made clear he was unhappy to be deprived of a possible victory.

  • Philippine leader asks separatists, Maoists to join fight against Islamic State

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to Muslim separatists and Maoist-led rebels to join his government's fight against Islamic State-linked militants. With fears growing that Islamic State is seeking a presence in the country, Duterte offered to pay and even house fighters from groups that have long opposed the Philippine state if they would work to defeat a common enemy, the Maute group. Duterte said the idea of militias and soldiers fighting together had come from the leader of one of the separatist groups.

  • LeBron says has beaten stacked teams like Warriors before

    LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers may need a Herculean effort to upset the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals but the game's most prolific playoff scorer said he has beaten similar teams before. James acknowledged that toppling a Warriors team boasting two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry, four-times scoring champion Kevin Durant, defensive specialist Draymond Green and sweet-shooting Klay Thompson will be among the toughest tasks of his career.

  • Russia squares up to Boeing, Airbus with maiden jet flight

    By Gleb Stolyarov and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia carried out the maiden flight of its new MS-21 medium-range passenger plane on Sunday, its first post-Soviet foray into production of a mainline commercial aircraft which it hopes will rival those of its Western competitors. In a surprise statement, manufacturer Irkut Corporation and its state-controlled parent company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said an MS-21-300 model had successfully completed a 30-minute flight at a height of 1,000 metres and travelling at 300 km an hour. Squeezed by Western sanctions over its role in the Ukraine crisis, Russia is trying to rejuvenate domestic industrial production to make the country less dependant on foreign firms.

  • Blogger Xiaxue hits out at Shrey Bhargava’s Ah Boys to Men 4 audition experience

    Singaporean blogger Xiaxue has hit out at local actor Shrey Bhargava as “your whining rings hollow” in one of her two Facebook posts. Here’s the background of the story, which you can read here. Shrey is a Singaporean Indian actor who auditioned for Ah Boys to Men 4. On 27 May (Saturday), he took to Facebook to express his […] The post Blogger Xiaxue hits out at Shrey Bhargava’s Ah Boys to Men 4 audition experience appeared first on Alvinology.

  • 'Freak': meet Cuba's last self-infected HIV punk rebel

    Like many young punks, Gerson Govea saw himself as a misfit. Beyond the rum, free love and forbidden rock 'n' roll music, they took their rebellion a stage further: infecting themselves in order to get into the relative safety and comfort of a state AIDS clinic.