• Malaysia PM slams corruption report; says part of political sabotage

    By Praveen Menon KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak slammed a report that said close to $700 million was wired to his personal account from banks, government agencies and companies linked to the debt-laden state fund 1MDB, claiming this was a "continuation of political sabotage." The Wall Street Journal's report, if true, would be the first time the beleaguered prime minister has been directly linked to accusations of corruption surrounding the fund. "There have been concerted efforts by certain individuals to undermine confidence in our economy, tarnish the government, and remove a democratically elected prime minister," Najib's office said in a statement on his Facebook page. "These latest claims, attributed to unnamed investigators as a basis to attack the prime minister, are a continuation of this political sabotage," it said.

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  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday.

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  • Mariah Carey 'being spoiled by new boyfriend'

    Mariah Carey's new beau is reportedly "on a mission" to prove he's her Prince Charming. The 45-year-old singing sensation has moved from ex Nick Cannon with Aussie billionaire James Packer. James is apparently keen to blow his girlfriend away with his romantic gestures.

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  • This Is How Much It Costs To Stay In A 5-Star Hotel In Asia

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.  If you’re planning your next trip and are on a budget, don’t fret: you don’t necessarily have to put up with capsule beds and cramped hostels in order to maximise your stay. This is especially true in

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  • At least 38 dead as Philippine ferry capsizes

    A ferry loaded with nearly 200 people capsized off a central Philippine port on Thursday, officials said, killing at least 38 people in the latest of the country's long string of maritime tragedies. Around 27 people are still missing after the 33-tonne, wooden-hulled Kim Nirvana tipped over shortly after setting sail from Ormoc city at midday, the coast guard said. Ormoc public safety officer Goody Edcas said that at least 125 survivors had now been found out of the 189 passengers and crew on board, adding that finding more survivors were unlikely.

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  • Miley Cyrus: Stella is the One

    Miley Cyrus reportedly thinks Stella Maxwell is “the one”. The 22-year-old Wrecking Ball singer and the 24-year-old Victoria’s Secret Angel are said to have been romantically involved with one another for months now. "Miley's told friends that Stella is the one," an insider told Life & Style magazine.

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  • Odd shaped watermelons herald Japan's summer

    Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer's here there's another way for them to empty their wallets: cube and heart-shaped watermelons. Over at the Shibuya Nishimura luxury fruit shop in downtown Tokyo, a cube-shaped watermelon, about the size of a baby's head, sells for 12,960 yen ($105). "They should be displayed as ornaments, maybe mixed with flowers." Farmers plant young watermelons inside acrylic containers to get the desired shape.

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  • China conducts 'live-fire' sea drill: Xinhua

    China's military carried out a "live-fire confrontation drill" on Thursday in the Yellow Sea in an exercise combining sea, air and land-based forces, state media reported. The practice involved the firing of "various missiles, dozens of torpedoes and hundreds of shells", the official Xinhua news agency said in a dispatch from the eastern city of Qingdao, home of China's North Sea Fleet which participated in the exercise. Citing a military statement, Xinhua said that the firing was for intercepting "water-surface, underwater and airborne targets", adding that the exercise marked the first time a "maritime missile combat supply exercise" had been carried out.

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  • Affleck, Garner ‘take kids to safe place’

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have reportedly decided to live in the Bahamas for a while. The estranged spouses, who share daughters Violet, 10, Seraphina, six, and son Samuel, three, own a family home in the Bahamas. "[The Bahamas] is a place they’ve been going to for years that’s very private and special for their kids.

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  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the aircraft's only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," seconds before the disaster, investigators said Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river shortly after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport in February with 53 passengers and five crew on board. Disturbing cockpit transcripts released by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council revealed the pilots trying to deal with an engine that had lost power, but then reducing the thrust of the other, functioning engine.

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  • Selena and Cody ‘enjoying a fun fling’

    Selena Gomez and Cody Simpson are allegedly “friends with benefits”. The 22-year-old songstress and Australian heartthrob Cody, 18, first sparked romance rumours on June 28 when they were seen out getting ice cream with a group of friends. “They’re just a fling right now,” a source told OKMagazine.com.

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  • The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt

    The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get help. After the hell of World War II, the Federal Republic of Germany — commonly known as West Germany — got massive help with its debt from former foes. The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's loans and restructured the rest, is a landmark case that shows how effective debt relief can be.

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  • Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards

    The ancient ritual bath, called a "miqwe" or "mikveh," was discovered in the town of Ein Karem, a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem that claims to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. "Such instances of finding antiquities beneath a private home can happen only in Israel and Jerusalem in particular," Amit Re'em, a Jerusalem District archaeologist, said in a statement.

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  • Some of the saddest own goals in soccer

    Laura Bassett bent over, pulled her soccer jersey over her face and sobbed. Minutes earlier, the England defender had stretched out her leg to intercept a through ball in the last seconds of a Women's World Cup semifinal against Japan. It consigned England to a 2-1 loss Wednesday in the biggest match of its women's team's history.

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  • Philippines gets Canadian helicopters, SKorean landing craft

    The Philippines has received two new Canadian-built helicopters and a surplus South Korean transport vessel as it pushes through with a long-delayed military modernisation programme, military spokesmen said Thursday. Two Bell 412EP helicopters were delivered last week, the first of an eight-helicopter order, said air force spokesman Colonel Enrico Canaya. The utility helicopters are undergoing technical inspection before they join the military's fleet to carry cargo and troops, he added.

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  • Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer

    For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease? Thirteen-year-old Hayden Murphy of Plainfield, Illinois, is helping researchers determine if the strategy works for Type 1 diabetes, the kind that is usually diagnosed in childhood.

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  • Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

    A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions. The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that IS victims often sport. Jaysh al-Islam fighters in the video say the IS forces are being executed in part as revenge for the deaths of at least three of the rebel group's members who were beheaded by IS.

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  • Miles from Athens, Greeks overseas buy groceries for family back home

    By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - Half a world away from the crisis unfolding in Greece, Nelly Skoufatoglou is shopping online for toilet paper, detergents, rice and olive oil to be delivered to her mother's home near Athens. Skoufatoglou is one of tens of thousands of Greek Australians who have fled to Australia to escape the economic woes of her birthplace, making Melbourne her new home just under a year ago. One way is buying groceries online via the Carrefour Greece website from her desk in Melbourne for delivery to her mother.

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  • Meek Mill: I watched Nicki from jail

    Meek Mill drooled over Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda music video while he was in jail. The 28-year-old rapper was behind bars last August, when his now-girlfriend Nicki released her music promo to the masses. “We used to watch Nicki Minaj’s video on TV all the time,” he told MTV News.

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  • Ex-firefighter who responded on Sept. 11 wins $5M in lottery

    A former firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has won $5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket. Carmelo Mercado was presented with an oversized check Thursday. Mercado was among the members of Queens Battalion 49 who went to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

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