• Luggage piece found on French island near possible MH370 debris

    Part of a bag was found Thursday on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion not far from plane debris which has fuelled speculation it may be from missing flight MH370. "The piece of luggage was here since yesterday but nobody really paid attention," said Johnny Begue, a member of a local clean-up association who found the long piece of wreckage believed to be a part of a plane wing. Local air transport police who have been studying the plane debris also picked up the piece of luggage on Thursday.

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  • Indian scientist explains why we shouldn't drink Coke

    Melbourne, July 30 (ANI): While the fizzy cola drink is loved by most people in the world, an Indian scientist has now shown what Coca-Cola does to your body up to an after you gulp it down, and it is not good. On his blog Truth Theory, Niraj Naik has outlined the health issues and alarming findings, News.com.au reported. After 20 minutes, the body's blood sugar spikes giving an insulin burst and the liver responds by turning sugar into fat.

    ANI
  • Madrid keeper Casilla scores, saves in shootout

    The 10-9 shootout win sealed the Asian edition of the International Champions Cup for Madrid, who also won the tournament played in Australia earlier this month involving Roma and Manchester City. Madrid, who opened the pre-season tournament in China with a classy 3-0 win over Inter Milan, started with Gareth Bale in a more central role just off main striker Karim Benzema and flanked by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucas Vazquez.

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  • Hong Kong woman jailed for attacking police with breast

    A Hong Kong woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half months in jail Thursday after a court found her guilty of using her breast to bump into a police officer during a chaotic protest. Thirty-year-old Ng Lai-ying, who took part in a protest against mainland Chinese cross-border traders in March, was sentenced to three months and 15 days for the charge of "assaulting a police officer". "If I do not hand down a deterring sentence, the public might mistakenly think it is a trivial matter to assault police officers during protests," magistrate Michael Chan said, according to the Post.

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  • Indian Ocean debris almost certainly from Boeing 777 - Malaysia

    By Joe Brock SAINT-DENIS, Reunion (Reuters) - Malaysia is "almost certain" plane debris washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is part of a Boeing 777, its deputy transport minister said, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370. National carrier Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 on the ill-fated flight, which vanished in March last year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history. Search efforts led by Australia have focused on a broad expanse of the southern Indian Ocean off Australia.

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  • China says "many" countries sending troops for war anniversary

    China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that "many" countries were sending troops to participate in or watch a military parade in central Beijing in September to commemorate the end of World War Two, but would only name Russia amongst those nations. With just a month or so to go until the parade, which will take place through Beijing's Tiananmen Square, China has given few details about who will be attending, aside from Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian soldiers. President Xi Jinping could be left standing on the stage with few top Western officials, diplomats have told Reuters, due to Western governments' concerns on several issues, such as the presence of Putin and Russian troops.

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  • Simon Cowell Is Slightly Worried That Son Eric Might Start Barking

    Yep, with his ADORABLE 18-month-old son Eric continuing to grow into a mini-Simon Cowell, the music mogul has been discussing how the tot might talk when he reaches that stage, as Lauren Silverman is American while he is English.

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  • Singapore Airlines releases seven A350 jet orders back to Airbus

    Singapore Airlines has agreed to a request from Airbus to release seven of its A350-900 widebody jet orders back to the aircraft manufacturer, the carrier said in a statement. This reduces the airline's A350s on order to 63, it said, in a series of adjustments to orders and deliveries to meet the immediate needs of the airline and the plane maker. Its purchase options for 20 of the wide-body A350-900s remain unchanged, the airline said.

    Reuters
  • AFC backs Platini to succeed Blatter at FIFA

    The Asian Football Confederation on Thursday backed Michel Platini to take over FIFA, saying he would help ensure a smooth transition for the world governing body from the scandal-tainted Sepp Blatter era. The endorsement by the AFC is an important one for the European football boss, who 24 hours earlier confirmed he would run for FIFA president for which he is considered the front-runner. The election is set for February 26 next year "We have of course noted Michel Platini’s decision to stand, and he is certainly a unique candidate who would bring stability and a smooth transition to normality for FIFA in this difficult situation," an AFC statement quoted its President Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa as saying.

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  • Explain status of 1MDB task force to public, BN MP urges Najib

    Umno lawmaker Datuk Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir today urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to publicly explain what is to become of a special taskforce probing 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), amid concerns that the investigation could be affected by the abrupt change of the Attorney-General (AG). The Kulim Bandar Baru MP said said the onus falls on Najib to justify the move, since Tan Sri Gani Patail was — until Tuesday’s announcement — heading the special taskforce formed to probe claims of misappropriation involving the state-owned firm. “We are worried that the sudden change of AG especially at the last stages of the investigation would give a negative perception towards the government,” Abdul Aziz said when met outside axed Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s house today.

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Is this the best buy in Singapore’s car market?

    SINGAPORE — It’s longer than an Audi A8 3.0 TFSI and its engine produces more torque. It even has a quattro system of sorts. It offers more size and power than any car in its price range. The catch? It’s a Nissan pick-up truck.This new NP300 Navara is

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  • What Happened To Harry Potter's Dudley Dursley?

    Young actor Harry Melling brought the character to life for the movie series, largely opposite Daniel Radcliffe’s boy wizard (you can check him out in action below). The 26-year-old star has acting in his blood… he is the grandson of Patrick Troughton, the second Doctor from ‘Doctor Who, and nephew to actors Michael and David Troughton.

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  • Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing in Alaska

    A Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at a military base in Alaska late Wednesday, after smoke was detected on the aircraft. The flight made a "precautionary diversion" to a US military airport on the Aleutian Islands, the southern Chinese city's flag carrier said. "All passengers and crew are safe," Cathay Pacific said in a statement released late Wednesday, of the 276 passengers and 18 crew onboard flight CX884.

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  • Eat, pray, shop: Philippine malls become the new town plazas

    As she eyes the colourful ice creams on offer at a Baskin-Robbins in one of Manila's most luxurious shopping centres, Philippine teenager Jamie Gamboa admits to being an incurable mall rat -- but not only for the shopping. A museum or a zoo isn't a place you go to more than once." With their functions expanding from shopping and dining to venues for Catholic mass, Zumba workouts or even weddings, experts say malls are taking on a more important role at the heart of communities. - City lungs 'lost' - As the Philippines' population has boomed in recent decades, soaring from 68 million in 1995 to 100 million in 2015, creeping urbanisation has magnified the appeal of malls to residents and businesses alike.

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  • STRIP NAKED: Hill clearing activity, the size of a football field, detected near Bukit Relau

    GEORGE TOWN: Another illegal hill clearing activity, has reared its ugly head near Bukit Relau on the island. The bald patch, the size of at least a football field, is visible from afar. Motorists using the Penang Bridge will not miss it.

    New Straits Times
  • Royal Dutch Shell to cut 6,500 jobs on oil price slump

    Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday said it plans to reduce its headcount by 6,500 this year owing to sliding oil prices and as it looks to complete a mega takeover. With crude oil futures down by about a half in value since a year ago, Britain's biggest domestic energy provider Centrica said it too would reduce its workforce -- by a net 4,000 positions alongside a cost-cutting programme through to 2020. On Tuesday, energy services group Saipem -- a subsidiary of Italian oil giant Eni -- said it was axing 8,800 positions over three years.

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  • New York honors John Lennon with 'yellow submarine' tapestry

    Nearly 40 years after he obtained his green card, John Lennon has been honored in New York with a tapestry showing Manhattan as a yellow submarine and the late Beatle holding up a peace sign at the helm. Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and U2 rockers Bono and The Edge helped unveil the artwork at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration on July 29, proclaimed "John Lennon Day" by the New York City mayor's office. "John knew how urgent (peace) was," Ono said at the event.

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  • How coffee consumption is associated with Alzheimer's disease

    Washington DC, July 29 (ANI): A new study has predicted the association between coffee consumption habits and the incidence of pre-symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is considered a prodromal stage of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Researchers at the University of Bari in Italy evaluated 1,445 individuals recruited from 5,632 subjects, aged 65-84 year old, and interesting found that cognitively normal older individuals who modified their habits by increasing with time their amount of coffee consumption ( 1 cup of coffee/day) had about two times higher rate of MCI compared to those with reduced habits (

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  • Sleeping with smartphones, and other vices

    Consumers around the world admit it: they sleep with their smartphone, take it in the shower, and would rescue the device from a fire before saving the family cat. Sixty percent of those surveyed said they slept holding their handsets -- with the highest percentages in India (74 percent) and China (70 percent). One in six smartphone users said they used their phones while showering, and more than half -- 54 percent -- said they would reach for the smartphone before saving their cat in the event of a fire.

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  • Motor racing-Hamilton beats Raikkonen in popularity poll

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) - World champion Lewis Hamilton has edged out Kimi Raikkonen as Formula One's most popular driver in a global fan survey carried out by Britain's Autosport magazine and associated publications. A separate online survey this month backed by the Grand Prix Drivers Association and motorsport.com found Ferrari's Raikkonen to be number one ahead of McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Both found Ferrari to be the most popular team, followed by McLaren.

    Reuters 55 mins ago