• Barcelona suing Neymar for alleged breach of contract

    By Rik Sharma BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona are suing Neymar for 8.5 million euros for alleged breach of contract and demanding he return the loyalty bonus paid after he renewed his deal in October, less than a year before he signed for Paris St. Germain, the club said Tuesday. "Barcelona have taken these actions in defense of their interests, after Neymar's contract was rescinded just a few months after he signed on until 2021," a club statement said. PSG signed Neymar for a world record 222 million euro ($261 million) fee in August, paying his release clause with Barcelona unwilling to negotiate the sale of one of their best players.

  • In Chinese community, one-night stands are getting old

    Nimble after years of practice, Trinley Norbu is used to hoisting himself three stories up the side of a stone house and through the window for a one-night stand in his southwest China community. The Zhaba eschew monogamous relationships for traditional "walking marriages" -- so-called since men typically walk to their rendezvous before slipping through their lover's window. The arrival of the internet, smartphones, livestreaming and popular Korean TV shows, along with improved transportation and education opportunities beyond the valley, have exposed the once isolated Zhaba to other lifestyles.

  • Divers have located human remains in warship: US admiral

    Divers searching for 10 missing sailors on a US destroyer that collided with a tanker off Singapore have found human remains, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet said Tuesday. "The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today," Admiral Scott Swift told reporters, referring to a search by divers of compartments on the damaged warship USS John S. McCain. The accident happened before dawn Monday in busy shipping lanes around the Strait of Singapore, with water flooding into the vessel after a huge hole was torn in its hull.

  • SEA Games: Schooling golden, teen crowned fastest man

    Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling grabbed his second gold of the Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday as hosts Malaysia capped a medal-laden day when teenager Khairul Hafiz was crowned the region's fastest man. Schooling, Singapore's first Olympic gold-medallist after his 100m butterfly win in Rio last year, led his team-mates to a commanding 4x100m freestyle relay victory in a Games-record 3min 17.85sec. Texas-based Schooling is targeting six gold medals in Kuala Lumpur after a winless world championships in July, and he now has two titles in two nights after his 50m butterfly victory a day earlier.

  • COMMENT: Is Singapore becoming a catch-up nation?

    The first clear sign that Singapore is beginning to lose the plot came on Sunday (20 August) as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave the National Day Rally, the year’s most important political speech. The three issues he raised - pre-school education, diabetes and smart nation - are not new as these have been raised before. So why did he make these issues the cornerstone of his address?

  • Housewife jailed for blasphemy in Indonesia

    An Indonesian housewife has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for insulting Islam, an official said Tuesday, the latest conviction under the country's controversial blasphemy law. Siti Aisyah, 47, was found guilty on Monday evening of spreading Islamic teachings that differed from local ulemas -- religious leaders -- and calling them liars for disagreeing with her. "What she has committed was an insult for our religion, she is dangerous for a religious city like Mataram," Didiek Jatmiko, presiding judge at Mataram district court in West Nusa Tenggara Province, told AFP.

  • U.S., North Korea clash at U.N. forum over nuclear weapons

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea and the United States clashed at a U.N. forum on Tuesday over their military intentions towards one another, with Pyongyang's envoy declaring it would "never" put its nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table. Japan, well within reach of North Korea's missiles, said the world must maintain pressure on the reclusive country to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes and now was not the time for a resumption of multi-party talks. North Korea has pursued its weapons programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and ignored all calls, including from major ally China, to stop, prompting a bellicose exchange of rhetoric between the North and the United States.