• "Ghost Tower" haunts Bangkok 20 years after financial crisis

    The 49-story Bangkok high-rise was supposed to feature luxury condos for hundreds of newly affluent Thai families, but it was abandoned unfinished when the Asian financial crisis struck in 1997. Now called ...

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  • The strange life, and sudden death, of a North Korean exile

    The heavy-set man got out of a taxi one night last September and headed for the lobby bar of the swank Wynn Macau — a quiet place, where women are often in evening dresses and gamblers can relax with $300 ...

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  • Trump signs executive order on black colleges

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at signaling his commitment to historically black colleges and universities, saying that those schools will be "an absolute priority ...

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  • Durant out 'indefinitely' after ligament sprain: NBA Warriors

    Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant faces an indefinite injury layoff after spraining a knee ligament but could return before the end of the regular season, the NBA team said Wednesday. Durant hobbled off the court during the Warriors' defeat to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday after a collision with team-mate Zaza Pachulia. "It has been determined that Durant suffered a grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain and a tibial bone bruise," the Warriors said following a scan.

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  • Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom take a break from relationship

    Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom's representatives released a statement explaining the pair are "taking respectful, loving space".

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  • French artist rocked by his week inside boulder

    A French artist emerged "a little stunned" on Wednesday from a week entombed inside a 12-tonne rock and thanked it for having made him feel "so welcome". Abraham Poincheval, 44, had difficulty walking as he was helped from the stone onto a chair before being taken away for a medical examination. "It is normal that I should feel a little stunned after spending a week inside a rock," he told reporters half an hour later.

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  • Uber CEO says he must 'grow up' after argument with driver

    (Editor's note: Please note language in 6th paragraph that may be offensive to some readers.) SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Travis Kalanick on Tuesday said it was time for him to "grow up" and get help after a video was published showing him getting into an argument with a driver for the ride service who complained about pay rates. Bloomberg on Tuesday published a video of Kalanick, a co-founder of the company, arguing with a driver who tells him that rates have been cut and he has lost money. The video is the latest in a series of challenges and embarrassments for the ride service.

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  • Ellie Goulding is single again

    Ellie Goulding doesn't reference her relationships on social media any more.

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  • Retired Rosberg has no regrets on return to F1 paddock

    By Alan Baldwin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Formula One champion Nico Rosberg returned to the paddock on Wednesday for the first time since his retirement and said he had absolutely no regrets about his decision to quit at the top. With Finnish replacement Valtteri Bottas putting the Mercedes through its paces on the third day of pre-season testing, Rosberg said the new cars looked 'monstrous' and a real physical challenge. "That was interesting for me to realise, and perfect of course." Rosberg announced his retirement in December, shocking the sport just five days after taking the title from team mate and triple champion Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi.

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  • Saudi Arabia announces Indonesia investments as king visits

    Saudi Arabia pledged $1 billion in development finance for Indonesia and expanded cooperation in other areas, deepening ties with Southeast Asia's biggest economy as the Saudi king and a huge entourage ...

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  • Emma Watson won't take pictures with fans

    The actress has no issue talking to fans or signing autographs.

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  • Minister: China to cut 500,000 heavy industry jobs

    China will cut another 500,000 steel and coal jobs this year to reduce excess production capacity, the labor minister said Wednesday, amid complaints the industries are flooding global markets and depressing ...

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  • China reacts with anger, threats after South Korean missile defence decision

    Chinese state media have reacted with anger and boycott threats after the board of an affiliate of South Korea's Lotte Group approved a land swap with the government that allows authorities to deploy a U.S. missile defence system. The government decided last year to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, in response to the North Korean missile threat, on land that is part of a golf course owned by Lotte in the Seongju region, southeast of Seoul. The board of unlisted Lotte International Co Ltd approved the deal with the government on Monday.

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  • Malaysian tycoon stresses over Vancouver project with Trump

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian property developer Tiah Joo Kim got way more than he bargained for when he signed a licensing deal to use the Trump brand on the Trump International Hotel and Tower that is opening Tuesday in the Canadian city of Vancouver.

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  • Mariah Carey courts attention with provocative kissing picture

    Mariah Carey captioned the picture with a quote from Will Ferrell's 2007 movie Blades of Glory.

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  • Soccer: Ranieri will find new job immediately, says Guardiola

    Claudio Ranieri will not have to wait long for another job following his sacking by Leicester City, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday. Leicester's decision to sack Ranieri less than 300 days after he took them to the Premier League title reverberated around world football and surprised Guardiola. "Yes of course (it was a surprise)," the Spaniard, whose side face second-tier Huddersfield Town in an FA Cup fifth round replay on Wednesday, told reporters.

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  • Philippines' Duterte sorry for dead German hostage

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologised on Tuesday for failing to save an elderly German hostage who was beheaded by Islamic militants, but insisted ransoms should not be paid. The Abu Sayyaf, a kidnap-for-ransom network in the southern Philippines that has declared allegiance to the Islamic State group, killed Jurgen Kantner, 70, on Sunday after its demands for 30 million pesos ($600,000) were not met. Addressing the German government and Kantner's family, Duterte said he was "very sorry" about his death and that the military had stepped up an offensive against the Abu Sayyaf in an effort to save him.

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  • Nissan Creates the BEST (EVER!) Dog-Friendly Car in the World

    Many people count their dogs as part of their families, mainly because they love everything you cook for them — and will still be loyal to you even if you ... The post Nissan Creates the BEST (EVER!) Dog-Friendly Car in the World appeared first on Carmudi Philippines Journal.

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  • PepsiCo to close British plant, threatening nearly 400 jobs

    Food and drink firm PepsiCo plans to shut a Walkers crisp factory in northern England, the company said on Wednesday, putting almost 400 jobs at risk. PepsiCo, whose UK products include Walkers crisps, Pepsi Max soft drinks and Quaker porridge, said the plant closure at Peterlee, in County Durham in northern England, would affect 380 jobs. The company said the decision was nothing to do with Britain's vote to leave the European Union last year, and that crisps currently produced at the site would be manufactured at other sites in Britain.

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  • I don’t know how long I’ll be jobless: Sungei Road market vendor

    Neo Chue Eng, a 58-year-old vendor at the Sungei Road flea market, is filled with trepidation over his future following the government’s recent announcement that the popular bazaar will be closed for good on 10 July. Instead, he wants the government to let him continue working in the same line. “I can still work another 10 or eight years, so I hope that the government can still give us a small area for us to work until we retire,” he said.

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