• U.S. says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone

    By Michelle Nichols and Lesley Wroughton UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia rebuked Washington's threat of military force. The showdown in a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on North Korea highlighted the diplomatic challenges of resolving tensions over Pyongyang, with the Trump administration aggressively pressing Beijing to rein in its ally, and China and Russia pushing back against Washington's rhetoric.

  • Ecclestone made us 'look like idiots' - Sepang boss

    Bernie Ecclestone was accused Friday of having "made us look like idiots" by the chief executive of Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit after the former Grand Prix supremo admitted deliberately over-charging tracks to stage Formula One races. "I don't understand why he made those kinds of statements," Razlan Razali told AFP in an interview in London. "As a loyal customer of his for the last 19 years, it showed a total lack of respect, I think, and made us look like idiots in some ways." This year will witness the last Malaysian Grand Prix for the foreseeable future, with the race disappearing from the calendar a year earlier than planned after a combination of low attendances and high fees, with the government spending some $67.6 million annually to stage a race first run in 1999, no longer something that Sepang International Circuit (SIC) officials and their political bosses could tolerate.

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  • 12-year-old forced to quit chess tournament over ‘seductive’ dress

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 — A 12-year-old girl was forced to pull out from a chess tournament in Putrajaya as the tournament director allegedly found her dress to be “seductive” and a...

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  • Man Utd boss Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal

    Jose Mourinho identified Liverpool and Arsenal as Manchester United's chief rivals for Champions League qualification following his side's 0-0 draw at fellow top-four contenders Manchester City. Thursday's stalemate at the Etihad Stadium left United just a point below local foes City, who occupy the Premier League's fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth.

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  • GM is motoring as profit jumps 34 pct on US truck, SUV sales

    People are buying more SUVs and trucks and paying General Motors handsomely for them, pushing the company's first-quarter net income up 34 percent to a record $2.6 billion. U.S. sales of large truck-based ...

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  • 'Horrifying' execution of US inmate: lawyer

    The last of four US prisoners rushed to death by the state of Arkansas after intense legal battles, jerked and convulsed in a "horrifying" end to his life, his lawyer said Friday, as the UN and EU renewed their opposition to the death penalty. Kenneth Williams, a 38-year-old convicted multiple murderer, was the last of four inmates put to death over the space of a week -- the first such executions by the conservative southern state since 2005. "Press reports state that within three minutes into the execution, our client began coughing, convulsing, jerking and lurching with sound that was audible even with the microphone turned off," lawyer Shawn Nolan said in a statement.

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  • Football legend Zidane urges French to snub Le Pen at polls

    French football star and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane called Friday on his countrymen to do their "utmost to avoid" voting far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen into office. Le Pen, leader of the National Front party, was voted into the second round of French elections at the weekend and is now engaged in a fierce run-off with her centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron. "The message is always the same, it's that of 2002," Zidane told reporters, referring to the year when then far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen -- the current candidate's father -- reached the second round of France's presidential elections.

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  • 508-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Had 50 Legs and Giant Claws

    A 508-million-year-old critter — one that looks like a weird lobster with 50 legs, two claws and a tent-like shell — is the oldest known arthropod with mandibles on record, a new study finds. Arthropods are a group of invertebrates that includes spiders, insects and crustaceans. Many arthropods, including flies, ants, crayfish and centipedes, have mandibles — appendages that can grasp, crush and cut food.

  • Sharapova 'extra help' blasted by Stuttgart opponent

    Kristina Mladenovic ramped up the pressure on Maria Sharapova ahead of their Suttgart semi-final when she claimed the Russian superstar was getting "extra help" in her comeback from a 15-month doping ban. Sharapova eased into the last four of the claycourt tournament by seeing off qualifier Anett Kontaveit on Friday for the third straight win of her comeback. The Russian former world number one has been given wild cards by tournament organisers in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome and played her first match back here on Wednesday, much to the irritation of many of her rivals, including Frenchwoman Mladenovic.

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  • Indonesia 2017: Toyota ID brings updated Toyota Agya to the show

    Fresh from its launch in the Indonesian market last April 7, the updated Toyota Agya–sold in the Philippine market as the Toyota Wigo–was brought to the 2017 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) ... The post Indonesia 2017: Toyota ID brings updated Toyota Agya to the show appeared first on Carmudi Philippines Journal.

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  • Beijing gloats over Trump Taiwan snub

    China on Friday praised US president Donald Trump's snub of Taiwan, noting that observers had called his decision not to take a second call from the island's president a "slap in the face". Trump rattled China in December after taking a congratulatory call from the self-ruling island's new Beijing-sceptic president Tsai Ing-wen after his election, smashing decades of diplomatic precedent. China "has noted the US reaction," foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters during a regular press briefing, adding that online commenters "believe it's a slap in the face for Tsai Ing-wen".

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  • Jennifer Lopez stuns in black gown at Billboard Latin Music Awards

    Jennifer Lopez turned heads in a super sexy Julien Macdonald gown at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday night (27Apr17).

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  • German airlines to scrap 'two-person' cockpit rule

    German airlines will no longer require two people to be in the cockpit at all times, an industry group said Friday, abandoning a rule introduced after a deadly crash in 2015. "An evaluation has shown that the two-person rule does not increase security, rather other risks to air security arise," the statement from the German Aviation Association (BDL) said. The requirement to have two people in the cockpit at all times was introduced after Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately flew a passenger plane into a French mountainside, killing 144 passengers and six crew in March 2015.

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  • Thai court finally issues arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

    A Thai court has issued an arrest warrant for the heir to the Red Bull empire over a deadly 2012 hit-and-run, police said Friday, a belated move to end the impunity enjoyed by a scion better known by his nickname "Boss". In a case closely watched by the Thai public, police said the court issued the warrant for Worayuth Yoovidhya after hours of deliberation by the bench. "The arrest warrant has been issued," Colonel Kachornpong Jiitparkpoom, the superintendent of Thonglor police station, told AFP on Friday afternoon.

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  • Sponsors shun NBA draft prospect

    The father of top NBA Draft prospect Lonzo Ball revealed Friday that sporting goods giants Nike, Under Armour and Adidas have all spurned deals with his son. LaVar Ball, who has attracted criticism for a series of outspoken comments in recent months, said all three firms had informed him they would not seek an endorsement deal with former UCLA point guard Lonzo. Lonzo Ball will be a lottery pick in the draft after one season at UCLA.

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  • Salary adjustment for Filipino domestic helpers in Singapore to take effect on Labor Day

    SINGAPORE — Effective May 1, 2017, the monthly salary of Filipino domestic helpers in Singapore will be adjusted from the previous 550 Singapore dollars to 570 Singapore dollars, as announced by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Singapore. The labor office says the salary adjustment is due to the increase in exchange rates of the […] The post Salary adjustment for Filipino domestic helpers in Singapore to take effect on Labor Day appeared first on UNTV News.

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  • Apple ceases iPhone payments to Qualcomm, escalating feud

    Apple is refusing to pay any royalties owed to mobile chip maker Qualcomm for some of the features in the iPhone, escalating a patent feud that has turned the former business partners into bitter adversaries. ...

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  • Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United

    The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly ...

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  • Bangladeshi girl with three legs 'walks, runs' after Australia surgery

    A toddler born with three legs -- because body parts of a twin had grown inside her -- was returning home to Bangladesh Friday after complex and rare surgery in Australia enabled her to walk and run, her doctor said. Three-year-old Choity Khatun was given little prospect of survival until she was brought to Melbourne last year by Australian charity Children First Foundation. A team of surgeons spent several months mapping out a procedure to reconstruct her anatomy.

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  • Trademark Style: Why No One's Naming Their Baby Ivanka

    Ivanka Trump just had to trademark her name in China to avoid copyright copycats, but she doesn't have to worry that new parents will infringe on her turf: The name Ivanka is wildly unpopular in the United States. In 2015, only about 20 in 1 million babies were named Ivanka, according to U.S. Social Security Administration data. In 2016, pregnancy and parenting site BabyCenter saw a spike in interest in the name Ivanka, possibly driven by the soon-to-be first daughter, but the name fell nearly 1,800 spots in popularity so far this year, and now sits at No. 3,818 in that site's popularity ranking.