• The FIFA stars who voted for Russia and Qatar

    Five years ago on Wednesday, FIFA's executive committee chose Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar for 2022 in one of the most controversial votes in sporting history. Here is what happened to the 24 men who took part in the December 2, 2010 vote: SUSPENDED FIFA President Sepp Blatter. The 79-year-old Swiss official, who led FIFA from 1999, is suspended while Swiss authorities investigate criminal mismanagement at football's world body including payments to Michel Platini and banned member Jack Warner.

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  • Manila attacks Beijing South China Sea claims in court case

    The Philippines has sought to debunk China's claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, court officials said Monday as an international tribunal wrapped up a five-day hearing. Although Beijing has refused to take part in the hearing before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, judges have now given China until January 1 to write a rebuttal to the case laid out by Manila in the Hague. "We view China as a valued friend, and it is precisely to preserve that friendship that we initiated this arbitration," Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Ferreros del Rosario said Monday as he closed his country's case, according to a court statement.

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  • Philippines' 'Dirty Harry' mayor launches presidential bid

    In a rambling, obscenity-filled speech, Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he would take a zero-tolerance approach to crime and admitted personally killing criminals. The combative mayor even lashed out at Pope Francis, blaming him for causing traffic jams in the capital of the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation when he visited in January. "Pope, you son of a -----, why don't you go home," he said.

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  • Wife of exiled Valdes slams United

    Victor Valdes's wife has slammed Manchester United for failing to invite the Spanish goalkeeper to a high-profile charity event at Old Trafford. The Premier League club held its annual dinner for Unicef on Sunday and many United players were in attendance, but Valdes, who is out of favour with boss Louis van Gaal, was not on the guest list. The 33-year-old's wife Yolanda Cardona took to Instagram to criticise the club for their conduct.

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  • Katie Holmes: 'I regret nothing'

    Katie Holmes wouldn't change anything in her life, insisting she has learnt from everything she has been through.

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  • Samsung Electronics mobile chief cedes day-to-day management role

    Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's long-time handset division chief is ceding day-to-day management of the firm's struggling smartphone business, shifting his focus to long-term strategy amid growing earnings headwinds. Samsung Group, in its annual personnel appointments announcement, said Dongjin Koh will take over as president of the mobile communications business from J.K. Shin, who will remain head of the overall mobile division for Samsung and focus on long-term strategy and developing new growth businesses. Samsung Electronics has continued to lose market share to Apple Inc in the premium segment and to Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Xiaomi Inc in the lower end of the market.

  • 'Fast and Furious' French trafficker arrested in Bangkok

    BANGKOK (AP) — A French drug trafficker who was part of a notorious international network that authorities say copied tactics from Hollywood's "Fast and Furious" films was arrested in Bangkok, officials said Monday.

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  • Obama met with Putin, plans to meet with Turkey's president at summit

    By Jeff Mason PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday and plans to meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday at the climate summit in Paris, White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said. Ankara and Moscow remain locked in a dispute over Turkey's downing of a Russian jet at its border with Syria last week. On the sidelines of the climate discussions, Obama expressed to Putin his regret over the death of the Russian pilot, Rhodes said, while emphasizing de-escalation with Turkey.

  • West says it's 'painful' to watch retiring NBA star Bryant play

    Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West, who engineered the trade two decades ago that brought Kobe Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers, said on Monday it has been painful to watch the struggling 17-time NBA All-Star play this season. Bryant, enduring by far his worst season since entering the National Basketball Association in 1996, announced on Sunday he will retire at the end of the season.

  • Australia gets three bidders for huge submarine contract

    Three international bidders are seeking a contract worth up to Aus$50 billion (US$36 billion) to build a next-generation submarine fleet for Australia, it was confirmed Monday. Submissions have been received from DCNS of France, Germany's TKMS and the Japanese government, Australia's Defence Minister Marise Payne announced as the deadline closed. The contract is to replace the nation's current diesel and electric-powered Collins Class submarines.

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  • Psy says 'no chance' of another Gangnam Style success

    "Gangnam Style" star Psy acknowledged Monday that he could never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but said he was perfectly happy being "just another" K-pop artist. The quirky South Korean singer was catapulted to unlikely international stardom after the "Gangnam Style" music video, with its invisible horse-riding dance, went viral. The song -- a satire of the luxury lifestyle of residents in Seoul's glitzy Gangnam district -- remains the most-watched video of all time on YouTube, with more than 2.4 billion views.

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  • For some people, the older the smartphone, the better

    Between splashy launches, lavish new-phone offers (get a free HDTV on activation!) and frequent software updates that slow down your old handset, it sometimes feels like the entire technology industry ...

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  • Deere lays off 220 employees, citing sales drop

    Deere & Co. is laying off about 220 workers from its Seeding and Cylinder operation in its hometown as agricultural machinery sales slump. The Moline, Illinois, said Monday that the layoffs, effective ...

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  • Inside Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's 'super private' honeymoon

    Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello were "super private and very much in love" on their stunning honeymoon at a private luxury resort on the Turks and Caicos islands.

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  • Everton paid the price for celebrating too much - Howard

    (Reuters) - Everton were guilty of celebrating Ross Barkley's late goal for too long as Bournemouth snatched a dramatic 3-3 draw in the eighth minute of stoppage time on Saturday, goalkeeper Tim Howard said. Everton went into the interval 2-0 up, but Bournemouth drew level only for Barkley to strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time to send players and fans running on to the pitch in wild celebrations. Referee Kevin Friend added on extra minutes after the pitch invasion giving Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas the opportunity to grab an unlikely equaliser.

  • IMF approves China's yuan as elite reserve currency

    The International Monetary Fund welcomed China's yuan into its elite reserve currency basket on Monday, recognizing the ascendance of the Asian power in the global economy. The yuan, also known as the renminbi, will join the US dollar, euro, Japanese yen and British pound next year in the basket of currencies the IMF uses as an international reserve asset. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde called the decision "an important milestone in the integration of the Chinese economy into the global financial system." "It is also a recognition of the progress that the Chinese authorities have made in the past years in reforming China's monetary and financial systems." The decision by the IMF executive board solidifies China's ambition to see the government-controlled yuan achieve global status as one of the world's top currencies alongside the United States, Europe and Japan.

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  • COMMENT: Singapore doesn't need a Donald Trump

    It was the week that was worth shouting about. To spoil the party, out came the bulldozer without brakes Calvin Cheng. He went on his Facebook page advocating that children of terrorists should be annihilated to stop them from taking revenge.

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  • Ex-Malaysia envoy guilty of New Zealand indecent assault

    A former Malaysian diplomat pleaded guilty Monday to the indecent assault of a New Zealand woman, with a court hearing he burst into her bedroom naked from the waist down. Mohammed Rizalman bin Ismail was a military attache at Malaysia's Wellington embassy when the incident happened last year, and the case caused outrage when he fled to his homeland citing diplomatic immunity. Rizalman was eventually extradited to face the New Zealand courts and had pleaded not guilty to attempted rape and burglary.

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  • 5 Insurance Sales Tactics that Singaporeans Keep Falling For

    It is time to educate yourself on common sales tactics to avoid falling for them. The post 5 Insurance Sales Tactics that Singaporeans Keep Falling For appeared first on DollarsAndSense.sg.

  • Is the end of AIDS in sight? 10 facts about HIV/AIDS ahead of World AIDS Day

    (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite major advances, HIV/AIDS remains one of the world's most significant public health challenges, particularly in low and middle income countries, with new diagnoses every year and young women in sub-Saharan Africa seen as being particularly at risk. World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 is used to unite people in the fight against HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus first identified in 1984, to show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died. The member countries of the United Nations agreed in September in a new set of global goals to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.