• Philippines' Duterte withdraws communist ceasefire

    Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday withdrew a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels after his ultimatum for the group to reciprocate lapsed. Duterte on Friday gave the communists an ultimatum to explain the incident and to reciprocate the government ceasefire by Saturday afternoon but the deadline passed without a truce declaration from the rebels. "I am ordering all security forces to be on high alert and continue to discharge their normal functions to neutralise all threats to national security." Duterte, who assumed office on June 30 after a landslide election win, has said it was his "dream" to forge peace with communist rebels but asked them to show "good faith".

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  • Swimsuit mural of Hillary Clinton creates a stir in Australia

    An Australian mural of US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a revealing, stars and stripes swimsuit may be taken down, after it has reportedly been deemed offensive. The creator of the painting, the street artist who goes by the name Lushsux and who has also painted murals of the likes of Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian, branded calls to remove it "pathetic". The provocative mural is on the wall of a small business in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray, and reports say the business has been asked by the local Maribyrnong Council to remove it.

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  • Brazilian drug lord turns jail cell into luxury suite

    Paraguayan authorities got a surprise when they raided a Brazilian drug lord's jail cell... and found a three-room luxury suite complete with library, kitchen, conference room and plasma TV. Jarvis Chimenes Pavao, considered one of South America's most dangerous drug traffickers, had been serving an eight-year sentence for money laundering at the Tacumbu prison in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion. Chimenes Pavao, who was due for release next year but facing extradition back to Brazil on drug charges, had allegedly planned to use the plastic explosives to blow a hole in the prison walls and escape.

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  • Muhyiddin says he sympathises with Anwar, but…

    SUBANG JAYA, July 30 — Former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he sympathises with jailed PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, but was doubtful of his release under...

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  • Ibrahimovic creating 'functional empathy' at Man United - Mourinho

    (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic is playing a pivotal role in creating a friendly atmosphere in the Manchester United dressing room, manager Jose Mourinho has said, adding that the striker should not restrict his role in the squad to goalscorer. "With Zlatan you may see someone with a big ego, big self-esteem, but it is in a positive way. When he is with the group, he is humble and friendly to everyone -- integration is good," Mourinho told MUTV.

    Reuters
  • Huge, once-hated fish now seen as weapon against Asian carp

    It's a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied U.S. waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois until it disappeared ...

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  • US agencies subpoena Goldman Sachs in 1MDB Malaysia probe

    US regulators have issued subpoenas to Goldman Sachs for documents related to the investment giant's dealings with the 1MDB Malaysian state investment fund, a source close to the probe told AFP on Friday. The investigators also want to interview a Goldman Sachs employee over the bank's role, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first broke the story. The US officials, who base their authority on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, want to know why Goldman Sachs did not report transactions deemed suspicious that involve funds raised by bond offerings worth $6.5 billion (5.8 billion euros) for 1MDB, the source said.

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  • Suspension of NUS orientation activities not the right fix: student groups

    The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) decision on Friday (29 July) to suspend student-organised freshmen activities is disappointing, said two student groups from the university. In a joint statement issued by the Gender Collective and Yale-NUS College’s Gender Collective, both groups said they were in agreement with the university’s view that the “unacceptable behaviour and activities” surfaced by the media in recent weeks are a cause for concern. The furore began with a report in The New Paper earlier that detailed complaints by numerous NUS undergraduates about the overly sexualised games they were compelled to take part in during orientation camps held over the past two months.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Margot Robbie's housemates wrecked her passport

    The actress cooled on the idea of a London party pad after pals spilled vodka on her travel documents.

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  • US diplomatic strategy on South China Sea appears to founder

    In the lead-up to  an international court ruling on China’s claims in the South China Sea this month, United States officials talked about rallying a coalition to impose “terrible” costs to Beijing’s international reputation if it flouted the court’s decision. But just two weeks after the July 12 announcement by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague – which at least on paper, appeared to be a humiliating defeat for China – the US strategy appears to be unraveling and the court’s ruling is in danger of becoming irrelevant. Earlier this year, US officials spoke repeatedly of the need for countries in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere, including the European Union, to make it clear that the decision of the court should be binding.

    Philippine Star
  • Afghan cleric arrested for marrying six-year-old girl

    An elderly Afghan cleric has been arrested after he married a six-year-old girl, officials said Friday, in the latest case highlighting the scourge of child marriages in the war-battered country. Mohammad Karim, said to be aged around 60, was held in central Ghor province as he claimed her parents gave him the girl as a "religious offering", officials said. "This girl does not speak, but repeats only one thing: 'I am afraid of this man'," said Masoom Anwari, head of the women affairs department in Ghor.

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  • Motor racing-Formula One German Grand Prix qualifying

    July 30 (Gracenote) - Qualifying from the Formula One German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on Saturday 1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:14.363 2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:14.470 3. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:14.726 4. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:14.834 5. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:15.142 6. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1:15.315 7. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1:15.510 8. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1:15.530 9. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1:15.537 10. ...

    Reuters
  • Matt Damon suffered for Jason Bourne role

    Matt Damon is shocked by how much he's aged

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  • North America Has Only 1 True Species of Wolf, DNA Shows

    DNA tests of wolves across North America suggest that there is just one species of the canid: the gray wolf. What's more, populations of red wolves and eastern wolves, thought to be distinct species, are actually just hybrids of gray wolves and coyotes that likely emerged in the last couple hundred years, the study found. The findings, published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday (July 27), could have implications for the conservation of wolves considered endangered in the United States, the researchers say.

    LiveScience.com
  • CJ: Unwise for AG to head judicial division of Sessions, Magistrate court

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 — Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria said today the Attorney-General (AG) should be relieved from heading the judicial division of the Magistrate and Session’s Court. He...

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  • Najib: 1MDB not directly involved in US DOJ suit

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 ― Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today that 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is not directly involved in the civil suit filed by the US Department of Justice...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Australia moving up in the world... literally

    Australia will adjust its latitude and longitude, a government science body says, to put the vast country into alignment with global navigation satellite systems. The nation's coordinates are currently out by more than a metre, Geoscience Australia says, and the discrepancy could cause major headaches for possible new technologies such as driverless cars which require precise location data. "We have to adjust our lines of latitude and longitude... so that the satellite navigation systems that we all use on our smartphones these days can align with all the digital map information," Geoscience's Dan Jaksa told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation this week.

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  • High speed chase in Penang

    GEORGE TOWN, July 30 — Police are on a manhunt for several assailants who had opened fire at them during a high-speed chase on the Seberang Perai highway on Thursday night. Police had earlier...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Di Matteo resigned to Gana joining Everton

    Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo has said he expects Idrissa Gana to join Everton after the Premier League club triggered a £7.1 million ($9.4 million, 8.4 million euros) release clause in the Senegal midfielder's contract. The clause expires at the end of the transfer window but Everton are the only club to have so far launched an official bid. Villa were relegated from the Premier League last season and then appointed di Matteo, who said Friday there was little he could do to stop Gana leaving the Birmingham club, even though the Italian would like him to stay.

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  • Malaysian singer Shila Amzah is face of Monspace Sky Airlines, spokesman confirms

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 ― Malaysian celebrity Shila Amzah is the ambassador for Monspace Sky Airlines that was launched last Friday, a spokesman for the singer said today. The spokesman...

    The Malay Mail Online