• Navy commander sentenced to 78 months in bribery scandal

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy commander who fled Cambodia's killing fields as a boy to grow up to become a decorated U.S. military officer was sentenced Friday to 78 months in prison for providing classified ship schedules in exchange for the services of prostitutes, theater tickets and other gifts from a Malaysian defense contractor.

    Associated Press
  • China rejects Hong Kong port call by US carrier: Pentagon

    China has denied the US aircraft carrier USS Stennis and accompanying naval vessels permission to make a port call in Hong Kong, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday. It was not immediately known what prompted the Chinese action, but it comes amid growing tension between the two countries over Beijing's moves to assert its claims to much of the South China Sea. "We were recently informed that a request for a port visit by a US carrier strike group, including the USS John C Stennis and accompanying vessels, to Hong Kong was denied," Commander Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman, said.

    AFP News
  • Goal is to run competent, accountable town council: Chee

    Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan pledged to run a town council that would take good care of Bukit Batok, even as his compatriots reminded residents of why a by-election was taking place in the ward. The veteran politician also made several jibes directed at his People’s Action Party (PAP) opponent Murali Pillai’s desire to be a part-time Member of Parliament (MP), accusing the latter of a lack of heart. Speaking at the SDP’s first election rally of the campaign on Friday (29 April), Chee elaborated on the party’s plans to run the estate, pointing out that a four-man team had already been formed to take over the single-member constituency’s (SMC) town council.

    Nicholas Yong
  • PrimaDeli sacks employee over “discriminatory remarks” made at job interview

    Bakery chain PrimaDeli has dismissed an employee for making “discriminatory remarks” at a job interview and apologised after a job applicant complained about the incident. In a separate post on Facebook on the same day, PrimaDeli said, “We would like to apologise to the wider community with regards to the circumstances. The applicant, Sarah Carmariah, who is said to be a Malay woman, took to Facebook on Thursday (28 April) to relate about her experience of the job interview on Monday (25 April) for the position of a cake decorator at the bakery.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • Ranieri to get 5 million pound bonus if Leicester win title - report

    (Reuters) - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will earn a five million pound ($7.33 million) bonus if his team win the Premier League title, the Times reported on Friday. Italian Ranieri also has a separate clause in his contract that guarantees him 100,000 pounds for every place that his team finish above 18th, which will see him earn 1.7 million pounds if the Foxes come first. When Ranieri took charge of Leicester in the close season, he was tasked with keeping the team in the Premier League.

    Reuters
  • Terengganu government discussed awarding islands to Dr Zakir Naik, state councillor claims

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 ― Terengganu's agriculture and agro-based industry committee chairman Nawi Mohamad has refuted a news report claiming that the issue of awarding islands in Tasik Kenyir to...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Lawyer: Tycoon-beauty queen divorce to continue in Malaysia

    PUTRAJAYA, April 28 ― Tycoon Tan Sri Khoo Kay Peng can now move on with court proceedings in Malaysia to divorce his wife, former Miss Malaysia Pauline Chai, his lawyer said today. Lawyer Datuk...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Mayor: KL logo cost less than RM15,000

      KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 ― The cost of the contentious logo and brand master guide promoting Kuala Lumpur as a tourist destination was less than RM15,000 and mostly financed by a private...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • US stocks tumble as Apple hit by Icahn exit of shares

    US stocks finished a volatile session sharply lower Thursday after investor Carl Icahn said he had sold his remaining investment in Apple, sending the tech giant's shares down 3.1 percent. Icahn told CNBC ...

    AFP
  • Say hello to the all-new Honda Civic!

    25 years is quite a long journey for a car. In the PH auto industry, only a few nameplates can proudly proclaim that they survived and are still present in this era. One of them is Honda’s iconic car, the Civic. Launched in 1991, the Honda Civic is truly a popular choice among Filipino car […] The post Say hello to the all-new Honda Civic! appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.

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  • Trump's 'America first' speech alarms U.S. allies

    By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's first major foreign policy address alarmed American allies, who view the Republican front runner's repeated invocation of an "America first" agenda as a threat to retreat from the world. While most governments were careful not to comment publicly on a speech by a U.S. presidential candidate, Germany's foreign minister veered from that protocol to express concern at Trump's wording. It cannot be conducted unilaterally," he said of foreign policy in a post-Cold War world.

    Reuters
  • Revered Chinese monk is mummified and covered in gold leaf

    BEIJING (AP) — A revered Buddhist monk in China has been mummified and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions.

    Associated Press
  • Movie 'Doctor Strange' turns Tibetan man into European woman

    BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan male character from the "Doctor Strange" comic books presented such a potential political minefield to Marvel that in the film version they cast a Caucasian woman in the role, reflecting the pressures Hollywood movie makers perceive when trying to appeal to the Chinese market.

    Associated Press
  • Sea lion that made strange, 50-mile trek to ranch found dead

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state biologists are trying to determine what killed a sea lion that was captured and released after it was strangely found in the driveway of a cattle ranch about 50 miles from the ocean.

    Associated Press
  • Chinese consortium offers 700 million euros for AC Milan - source

    A Chinese consortium has offered to buy AC Milan soccer club, one of former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi's most cherished assets, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. The offer values the club the four-times prime minister refers to as "my Milan" at around 700 million euros ($801 million) including debt, one of the sources said. Berlusconi has been looking for more than a year for someone to buy a minority stake in the club that won the Champions League five times after he bought it 30 years ago.

    Reuters
  • Philippines' Pacquiao now a political heavyweight

    Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao smiles as he soaks up the sounds of adoring fans screaming his name, their cheers heralding a new career as one of the Philippines' most powerful politicians. After winning his farewell fight against Tim Bradley, the eight-time world champion hit the campaign trail this week in a bid to secure a seat in the Senate when Filipinos go to the polls on May 9. Surveys show Pacquiao is virtually guaranteed to win a Senate seat and his journey through shanty towns near Manila, where he threw caps and other souvenirs to joyous fans holding life-sized posters of him, appeared more a victory lap than an effort to convince sceptical voters.

    AFP News
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  • Lego admits 'mistake' in Ai Weiwei bricks row

    Lego billionaire Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen has admitted that the Danish toymaker's refusal to sell bricks to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was a "mistake". The company found itself at the centre of a social media storm last year after Ai said Lego had refused his order of the famous children's building blocks as they would be "used for political works". Lego's deputy chairman, the grandson of the company's founder, said the decision to deny the artist a bulk order had been due to "an internal mistake." The order, which Ai planned to use for a show in Australia, had been rejected "very low in the organisation by our consumer service department," Kirk Kristiansen told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Thursday.

    AFP News
  • Egypt explorers hunt gold in the desert, following ancients

    EASTERN DESERT, Egypt (AP) — Off the off-road tracks deep in Egypt's eastern desert, prospectors are ramping up the hunt for the treasure once revered by the Pharaohs as the "skin of the gods" — gold.

    Associated Press
  • Sony swings to $1.4 bn full-year profit as PlayStation sales soar

    Sony posted a $1.4 billion annual profit Thursday, boosted by strong sales of its PlayStation console, but analysts warned that slowing smartphone demand could hit a lucrative business that makes key parts for mobile devices. The company's full-year profit -- only its second since the 2008 global financial crisis preceded years of eye-watering losses -- may be a sign that things have finally turned around for Sony. Sony, along with rivals Panasonic and Sharp, has struggled in the consumer electronics business that built its global brand, including losing billions of dollars in televisions over the past decade as it was hammered by competition from lower-cost rivals.

    AFP News
  • Air strikes on Aleppo hospital kill doctors and children

    By Lisa Barrington and Stephanie Nebehay BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - Air strikes destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of Aleppo, including children and doctors, in an attack that a U.S. official said appeared to be solely the work of the Syrian government. The city of Aleppo is at the centre of a military escalation that has undermined peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending the five-year-old war. U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura appealed to the presidents of the United States and Russia to intervene to salvage a ceasefire that was "barely alive".

    Reuters