• Rodriguez could become a problem for Real - Zidane

    By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has opened the door to out-of-favour midfielder James Rodriguez leaving the club by admitting the player's lack of appearances could become a problem. After a successful first season in Spain, he has failed to hold down a regular place since Zidane took charge in January. Rodriguez was excluded from the starting line-up in the European Super Cup win over Sevilla and last week's 3-0 La Liga victory at Real Sociedad.

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  • Phl summons Chinese envoy over drugs from China

    The government said yesterday it had summoned the Chinese ambassador earlier this week to explain reports that traffickers were bringing in narcotics from China, opening a new front in President Duterte’s controversial war on drugs. On Tuesday, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa told a Senate hearing that China, Taiwan and Hong Kong were major sources of illegal drugs, and Chinese triads were involved in trafficking.

    Philippine Star
  • Lotte Group No. 2 found dead in apparent suicide

    The vice chairman of South Korea's troubled Lotte Group was found dead Friday, police said, in an apparent suicide amid a widening corruption probe into the country's fifth largest business conglomerate. The body of Lee In-Won was found hanging from a tree near a hiking trail in the eastern town of Yangpyeong. A four-page letter -- apparently a suicide note -- was found in his car, expressing loyalty to the group's chairman Shin Dong-Bin and denying allegations that the firm had avoided huge sums of tax and created slush funds.

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  • Mourinho gives Schweinsteiger Man Utd warning

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho indicated to out-of-favour midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger on Friday that there will be no place for him at Old Trafford this season. The Germany international has two years to run on a reported £190,000-a-week ($251,000, 222,200 euros) contract, but has been frozen out by United's new manager. Schweinsteiger, 32, has declared he will not join another European club and Mourinho suggested that if he stays, he may not even play in the Europa League or the English Football League Cup.

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  • Smoke from Indonesian fires hits "unhealthy" level in Singapore

    By Marius Zaharia and Fergus Jensen SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Air pollution in Singapore rose to the "unhealthy" level on Friday as acrid smoke drifted over the island from fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said. Every dry season, smoke from fires set to clear land for palm oil and pulp and paper plantations in Indonesia clouds the skies over much of the region, raising concern about public health and worrying tourist operators and airlines. The 24-hour Pollution Standards Index (PSI), which Singapore's NEA uses as a benchmark, rose as high as 105 in the afternoon.

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  • Natalie Portman struggles with French etiquette rules

    Natalie Portman is relieved to be back in America after living in “cool” France for several years.

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  • Death in day care: Japan's parents face nursery lottery

    When Yuki Kai dropped her baby son off at nursery on her way to work he was his usual bright, exuberant self. Just hours later the 14-month-old was dead.

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  • 71 gangsters caught in Ops Cantas Khas 2

    IPOH, Aug 26 — Police have arrested 71 individuals under Ops Cantas Khas 2 from August 6 to 19 for an array of violent crimes including murder, robbery and extortion. Perak Criminal...

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  • Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Pavlina Pizova says she couldn't free her partner after he slipped down an icy bank and became wedged between rocks and branches. After he died, she stayed with him through the freezing night.

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  • Kendall Jenner caused a 'ruckus' in new neighbourhood

    Kendall Jenner finds it comforting to know that TV host Jimmy Kimmel lives on her street.

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  • Ghafar Baba’s son says won’t join Parti Pribumi, quits Dr M’s citizens’ declaration

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 ― Former PAS man Tamrin Abdul Ghafar said today he will not be joining Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's new party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. Tamrin, the son of former deputy...

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  • Australian minister says French submarine leak 'embarrassing'

    A massive leak of secret data on French submarines is embarrassing, Australia's Defence Industry minister said on Friday, stressing that security between Australia and the DCNS shipbuilders would be "the most stringent in the world". The Australian newspaper reported this week that it had seen 22,400 leaked pages detailing the combat capability of the Scorpene-class DCNS submarine designed for the Indian navy. Variants of the submarine are used by Malaysia and Chile, with Brazil due to deploy the vessels from 2018.

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  • Case for rate hike strengthening, Yellen says

    Justifications for an interest rate increase in the United States have grown in recent months, US Fed chief Janet Yellen said Friday. In an address to a central banking symposium at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Yellen took note of strong job growth, saying gradual increases in the Fed's benchmark rate in the coming years should be expected. "In light of the continued solid performance of the labor market and our outlook for economic activity and inflation, I believe the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months," Yellen said, according to her prepared remarks.

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  • Muslim converts should have right to divorce, lawyers’ group says

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 — The Malaysian Shariah Lawyers Association (PGSM) demanded today for the right of Muslim converts to annul civil marriages. PGSM president Musa Awang pointed out that...

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  • Henry Sy still Phl’s richest

    Tycoon Henry Sy, who built his SM retail fortune from a footwear shop in Manila in 1958, remains the richest Filipino with a net worth of $13.7 billion, occupying the top spot on Forbes Philippines Rich List for the ninth year running. The Forbes Philippines Rich List 2016, released yesterday, counted the country’s 50 richest individuals and families, with Sy in top spot and Nickel Asia’s Luis Virata at 50th, with a net worth of $145 million, the minimum amount required for one to make it to the list. As he turns 90 this year, he is handing over the reins of the family business to the next generation,” Forbes said.

    Philippine Star
  • Lochte signs new endorsement deal, legal woes persist in Brazil

    By Rodrigo Viga RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte landed a new endorsement deal on Thursday days after losing all his major sponsors even as the fallout from the Rio Olympics continued as Brazilian police recommended he be charged with falsely reporting a crime. Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops, which makes cough drops, said it had signed Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, for a television commercial and print ads. Lochte, 32, lost all four of his major sponsors on Monday, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren Corp, following his apology for an "exaggerated" story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro after a party.

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  • She’s A Captivating Fantasy, He’s A Captive Of The Fantasy #ShortFilm

    This article She’s A Captivating Fantasy, He’s A Captive Of The Fantasy appeared first on Viddsee BUZZ. Vibrating toys and titillating women are getting to this B-film scriptwriter. He’s tortured. He can’t focus. The polite thing to do is to tell the neighbours to shut up or shut it down. But the more adventurous thing to do is to join them in the fantasy… … and he got in, too deep. The […] Watch awesome short films at www.viddsee.com, or download our free iPhone and Android app now!

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  • Johnny Depp sends Amber Heard divorce settlement cash straight to charities

    The actor's representative has saluted his ex for her generous donation plan to two favourite causes.

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  • Car Ownership Basics- 7 Awesome Tips for Better Fuel Efficiency

    With gas prices ever spiraling upwards, finding ways to ensure fuel efficiency has become an integral part of car ownership. If you’re worried about the price of gas, there are measures that you can take to ensure you spend minimally on fuel costs. For instance, do you follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule? Every car owner […] The post Car Ownership Basics- 7 Awesome Tips for Better Fuel Efficiency appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.

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  • Abus behead local captive; P50 M paid for Norwegian

    President Duterte ordered yesterday military troops to crush the Abu Sayyaf after the bandits beheaded another captive when their ultimatum to pay ransom lapsed on Wednesday afternoon. “Kill the enemies of the state,” the President told the soldiers as he surprised them with a sumptuous dinner and durian feast, aside from handing each of them a G-shock watch on Wednesday night, before sending them off to Sulu to fight the Abu Sayyaf. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has ordered the deployment and insertion of additional troops in Sulu and Basilan to run after the bandits.

    Philippine Star