• Table tennis: China suspends coach over gambling debt

    Double Olympic table tennis champion Kong Linghui has been suspended as head coach of the Chinese women's team, the country's table tennis association said on its website, after it emerged he faces a lawsuit over a gambling debt. According to a Hong Kong court writ, Kong, who won gold at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Games, faces a HK$2.55 million ($327,000) lawsuit over a debt to a luxury hotel in Singapore. The writ submitted to the court by the Marina Bay Sands hotel said Kong signed a credit agreement two years ago to borrow S$1 million from it.

  • Female zookeeper dies in UK tiger 'freak accident'

    A female zookeeper died Monday after a tiger entered the enclosure where she was working in southeast England, with the zoo calling it a "freak accident". "A tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper. Sadly the female zookeeper died at the scene.

  • Putin a bigger threat than Islamic State: McCain

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bigger threat to world security than the so-called Islamic State group, according to veteran US Senator John McCain who also admits Donald Trump makes him "nervous". Republican McCain -- one of US President Trump's most outspoken critics in his own party -- said Russia's alleged meddling in elections was a danger to democracy. "I think he (Putin) is the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation late Monday.

  • Japanese family life is falling apart - and the reasons why go back to World War II

    Japan is in the midst of a fertility crisis, and it's 65 years in the making. Saddled with long...

  • North Korea warns of 'bigger gift package' for U.S. after latest test

    By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system and ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons, the North's official KCNA news agency reported on Tuesday. The missile launched on Monday was equipped with an advanced automated pre-launch sequence compared with previous versions of the "Hwasong" rockets, North Korea's name for its Scud-class missiles, KCNA said. The North's test launch of a short-range ballistic missile landed in the sea off its east coast and was the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying international pressure and threats of more sanctions.

  • Singapore's central bank fines Credit Suisse, UOB over 1MDB-linked transactions

    Singapore's central bank said on Tuesday it had fined Credit Suisse and United Overseas Bank (UOB) a total of S$1.6 million (897,525 pounds) for breaches of anti-money laundering rules for transactions related to Malaysia's scandal-ridden state fund 1MDB. The Monetary Authority of Singapore fined UOB S$900,000 and Credit Suisse S$700,000 as it wrapped up its two-year probe into banks involved in 1MDB-related transactions, which revealed several breaches of anti-money laundering (AML) requirements and control lapses.