Malaysia considering vehicle levy of not less than RM50
BATU PAHAT (Johor) - Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi has said that a levy on foreign cars entering Johor from Singapore was likely to be not less than RM50 (S$19.50).
Newcastle lead the Premier League jet-setters
LONDON (REUTERS) - By the time Newcastle United kick off their Premier League campaign at home to champions Manchester City in little less than a month's time, the squad would have clocked up an astonishing 24,687 pre-season air miles.
US to Internet providers: We are watching your speed promises
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US communications regulators on Wednesday reminded Internet service providers to promise consumers only the speed and quality of service that they actually deliver, or face penalties.
Teen pilot, father die during round the world charity flight
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A teenage US pilot attempting to set a round-the-world flight record died on Wednesday in a Pacific Ocean crash that also killed his father, the charity he was trying to raise money for said.
Seven arrested internationally in $1.9m StubHub fraud
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police arrested seven people tied to a US$1.6 million (S$1.9 million) international fraud that used stolen credit cards to buy tickets through the StubHub online market to thousands of events, including Yankees baseball games, Broadway shows and Jay-Z concerts.
'Weird Al' Yankovic parodies his way to top of Billboard chart
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Weird Al" Yankovic, the parody singer and cult figure, on Wednesday earned his first No. 1 album on the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of several viral videos released online.
Serge Aurier joins PSG on loan from Toulouse
PARIS (AFP) - Ivory Coast international defender Serge Aurier has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan from fellow French top-flight side Toulouse, the Ligue 1 champions announced on Wednesday.
World Cup winner Claudio Taffarel joins Dunga revolution
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Former goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel joined the coaching staff of fellow 1994 World Cup winner Dunga at the helm of the new-look Brazil squad on Wednesday.
Mexico returns to Formula One after 23 years
PARIS (AFP) - Mexico will return to the Formula One world championship in 2015 after being absent from the calendar since 1992, the sport's ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone confirmed.
Hong Kong at risk of losing retail rent crown
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's frenetic Causeway Bay shopping district is at risk of losing its crown as the world's most expensive retail space as a slowdown in mainland tourists hits store sales, paving the way for the first drop in retail rents in a decade.
Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines shun Israel
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Gaza fighting raged on Wednesday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Hamas had made some progress.
Facebook quarterly profit more than doubles to $978.8m
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Facebook on Wednesday reported that is quarterly profit more than doubled amid big gains in ad revenues and a jump in users. Net income leapt to US$791 million (S$978.8 million) during the three months ended June 30 in a 138 percent increase from the US333 million made during the same period a year earlier, the world's biggest social network said.
Golf: Koreans out to stop US surge, win global Crown
SLATER BALTIMORE (AFP) - Americans have seen a women's golf resurgence this season after years of South Korean domination, but four-time major champion Park In-Bee says the Koreans feel pressure to seize command again.
Chinese president ends regional tour in cradle of Cuban Revolution
HAVANA (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping ended an eight-day trip through Latin America on Wednesday with a visit to eastern Cuba, where both the island's independence struggle against Spain and Fidel Castro's revolution began.
First Superman comic book to go up and away at eBay
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A purportedly pristine copy of the first Superman comic book could fetch millions of dollars when it goes up, up and away in an auction at online marketplace eBay.
Google offers big prize for small power box
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google is offering a million-dollar prize for a breakthrough that would make solar or wind generated electricity more enticing for everyday uses.