• Duterte snubs his proclamation as Philippine president

    Rodrigo Duterte snubbed his proclamation as the next Philippine president on Monday, reinforcing his image as a maverick outsider intent on challenging the nation's political establishment. A joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate in Manila endorsed the official count of this month's election, which saw the trash-talking politician who revels in threats to kill criminals win by more than six million votes. Duterte declined to attend the nationally televised event, preferring to remain more than 900 kilometres (560 miles) away in his southern hometown of Davao that he has ruled as mayor for most of the past two decades and he admits is his comfort zone.

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  • Kate Beckinsale Says Michael Bay Was ‘Baffled’ by Her Looks

    “I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren't bigger than my head and I wasn't blonde"

  • Juanfran thanks Atletico fans after shootout miss

    Atletico Madrid right back Juanfran has thanked fans for the support he received following his penalty shootout miss in Saturday's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid. The defender's effort rebounded off the post before Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning spot kick to hand Real their 11th European Cup in Milan. Spain international Juanfran was in tears and did not speak to the media after the match but on Monday he wrote a letter on the club's official website.

  • Former Zurich Insurance CEO Martin Senn kills himself

    Switzerland's Zurich Insurance Group says former chief executive Martin Senn, who ran the company for six years until last December, has killed himself. The incident comes three years after the company's ...

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  • Ridhuan Tee was a member? MCA leaders say unaware

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 — Several MCA leaders expressed surprise today when informed that controversial columnist Ridhuan Tee Abdullah had quit the Chinese-centric party, saying they did not even know...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • COMMENT: What The Workers' Party’s leadership fight means for Low, Chen

    The man was the prized weapon of Low Thia Khiang when The Workers’ Party (WP) secretary-general plotted a bold strategy to win a Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in the 2011 general elections. Harvard-Oxford-Stanford educated lawyer Chen Show Mao didn’t disappoint.

    P N Balji
  • Big cats removed from Thailand's infamous Tiger Temple

    By Patpicha Tanakasempipat KANCHANABURI, Thailand (Reuters) - Wildlife authorities in Thailand on Monday raided a Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, taking away three of the animals and vowing to confiscate scores more in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking. The Buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok has more than 100 tigers and has become a tourist destination where visitors take selfies with tigers and bottle-feed their cubs. The temple promotes itself as a wildlife sanctuary, but in recent years it has been investigated for suspected links to wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.

  • Japanese boy disappears after parents leave him in forest

    TOKYO (AP) — A 7-year-old boy is missing in a forest in northern Japan after his parents made him get out of their car as punishment for misbehaving.

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  • "Tourists go home": Spain tourism surge brings backlash

    By Sarah White PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (Reuters) - On the walls of the grand old houses of this Balearic port which attracts millions of foreigners every year, a new kind of graffiti has flourished: "Tourists go home". Although still a minority protest, it points to tensions in Palma de Mallorca and elsewhere in Spain over rising numbers of visitors who are propelling the economy but also disrupting the lives of locals and straining services from transport to water. With tourism accounting for 12 percent of economic output and 16 percent of jobs, Spain can ill afford a backlash.

  • Antarctic seas defy global warming thanks to chill from the deep

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - A persistent chill in the ocean off Antarctica that defies the global warming blamed for melting Arctic ice at the other end of the planet is caused by cold waters welling up from the depths after hundreds of years, scientists said on Monday. The Southern Ocean off Antarctica may be among the last places on Earth to feel the impact of man-made climate change, with a lag of centuries to affect waters emerging from up to 5,000 metres (16,000 ft) deep, the U.S. study said. Many people who doubt mainstream scientific findings that human use of fossil fuels is warming the planet often point to the paradox of expanding winter sea ice off Antarctica in recent decades and a rapid shrinking of ice in the Arctic.

  • China lashes out at US defense secretary criticisms

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday lashed out at criticism from U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, accusing him of harboring a Cold War mentality and saying Beijing has no interest in "playing a role in a Hollywood movie" of Washington's design.

    Associated Press
  • Rashford signs long-term contract with Man United

    (Reuters) - Striker Marcus Rashford has signed a new contract at Manchester United which will keep him at Old Trafford until 2020 with an option to extend for a further year, the club said on their website(www.manutd.com) on Monday. The 18-year-old United academy graduate scored eight goals in 18 appearances this season, including two on his debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League. "I am delighted to have signed a new contract.

  • Singaporeans willing to work longer hours: survey

    Nearly half of Singaporeans, or 47 per cent, were working more than 44 hours per week, exceeding the limit recommended by the Ministry of Manpower, the survey released Monday (31 May) showed. Jaya Dass, Country Director of Randstad Singapore, said the survey showed that Singaporeans are willing to sacrifice work-life balance for better pay and career progression.

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  • Japan rescuers expand forest search for missing boy

    The boy, Yamato Tanooka, went missing in mountains on Japan's main northern island of Hokkaido, which is inhabited by wild bears. Yamato, his older sister, mother and father came to a park near the forest on Saturday, but the parents became angry when the boy threw stones at cars and people, Japanese police said.

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  • Keira Knightley Slammed By Begin Again Director

    ‘Begin Again’ director John Carney has criticised his leading female Keira Knightley for her unprofessional conduct. Ironic, considering the director is now publicly slamming his former star, who claims working with Knightley on the 2014 was difficult. Speaking to The Independent, Carney, who also directed ‘Once’, described the process as positive when it came to working alongside male actors Mark Ruffalo and Maroon 5′s Adam Levine.

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  • Australian killed fighting IS in Syria: reports

    An Australian man has been killed in Syria fighting Islamic State jihadists, the country's third national thought to have died alongside Kurdish forces, reports said Monday. Former Australian soldier Jamie Bright, in his 40s, was named on social media as having been "martyred" in recent days. The Kurdish People's Protection Unit said on its Facebook page that Bright died alongside three other Kurdish fighters.

    AFP News
  • PC Show 2016 preview: Mid-year tech deals galore!

    Update, May 30: Added ASUS, Plantronics.

  • 'I don't know what I sign', Messi tells judge in fraud case: report

    Argentina star Lionel Messi, who is due to go on trial in Barcelona for alleged tax fraud, told a judge that he never looks at the contracts he signs, the El Periodico daily said Monday. The newspaper got access to Messi's September 2013 statement to a judge and published extracts just a day before the five-time World Player of the Year and his father stand trial. Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, are accused of using a chain of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros ($4.7 million) of Messi's income earned through the sale of his image rights from 2007-09.

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  • Fresh photo of missing Japanese journalist emerges

    A fresh photo of a Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria last year has emerged online, showing the heavily bearded man holding a sign saying this is his "last chance". The photo, which received widespread coverage in Japanese media Monday, shows freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who has been missing for almost a year, wearing an orange shirt, his hair and beard grown long. Jumpei Yasuda." Japanese public broadcaster NHK and other media showed the photo.

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  • Calm down, Malaysians urged amid hudud storm

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 — Malaysians should not allow themselves to be provoked by the outrage expressed over PAS’s so-called hudud Bill, Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM)...

    The Malay Mail Online