Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 2016-07-24 18:14
VIENTIANE - Southeast Asian nations were deadlocked Sunday about how to confront China's territorial claims in the South China Sea as pressure from Beijing again drove a wedge between countries on the region's toughest security challenge.
Their gathering in the Laos capital is the first time regional players - including China and the United States - have met en masse since a UN-backed tribunal delivered a hammer blow to Beijing's claim to vast stretches of the sea.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 2016-07-24 18:02
MEXICO CITY - One of Mexico's most notorious drug lords, who is wanted by the United States for the 1985 murder of a US undercover agent, spoke out from hiding to deny involvement in the killing in an article Sunday.
Rafael Caro Quintero, founder of the now defunct Guadalajara cartel, Mexico's most powerful drug trafficking network in the 1980s, denied murdering the Drug Enforcement Administration officer and apologized for involvement in trafficking during an interview with the prominent news magazine Proceso.
Submitted by jylim@a1 on Sun, 2016-07-24 17:55
Viewers who watched Singapore film-maker Royston Tan's Channel 8 telemovie, The Provision Shop, last week might find lots to reminisce about.
The nostalgic portrayal of a traditional, mom- and-pop shop was filmed at Tee Seng Store, a 60-year-old shop in Rosyth Road. The old-fashioned store still has a zinc roof.
But quaint as they are, provision shops are becoming an endangered species in Singapore. The cruel reality is that they have been losing business steadily to hypermarts, minimarts and supermarkets.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 2016-07-24 17:34
Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has questioned whether the club should pay a world-record fee for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, saying the 23-year-old is not in the same bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
United have been negotiating with Juventus over the transfer of Pogba, who is a top target for new manager Jose Mourinho, according to media reports in Britain.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 2016-07-24 17:32
BEIRUT - Syria's government said on Sunday it was ready for further peace talks with the opposition and that it was intent on a political solution to the five-year conflict.
"Syria ... is ready to continue the Syrian-Syrian dialogue without any preconditions ... and without foreign interference, with the support of the United Nations," state news agency SANA quoted an official in the foreign ministry as saying.
The U.N. hopes to convene a new round of intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva in August, its Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said this week.
Submitted by jylim@a1 on Sun, 2016-07-24 17:13
Tea lovers, it's time to deepen your knowledge of Chinese tea-drinking traditions. A book titled Chinese Tea by Ling Yun has revealed essential information about the beverage including the customs, history, philosophies and wisdom behind the tradition.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 2016-07-24 17:12
MANILA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all agencies directly under his watch to open their records to the public as part of his promise to crack down on corruption and promote transparency in government.
Legislation is still needed, however, to ensure other branches of government will do the same. The last Congress adjourned without passing a new law, the Freedom of Information (FOI) act, even though Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino had backed the idea.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 2016-07-24 17:09
BEIJING - Tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing killed one woman and injured another after the pair left their vehicle following an argument, Chinese media reported Sunday.
The attack took place at Beijing Badaling Wildlife World Saturday, Chinanews.com reported, when one of the women left the vehicle following an altercation.
A tiger quickly attacked her and dragged her off, prompting the second woman to leave the vehicle in an attempt to help, it wrote on its microblog account.
Another tiger mauled her to death, before carrying off her body.
Submitted by jylim@a1 on Sun, 2016-07-24 17:08
JOHOR BARU - A group of 62 Indonesians, whose boat capsized just metres away from the shores of Pantai Batu Layar here, was said to be attempting to sneak out of the country when the incident occurred.
On Sunday, three more bodies were found off Kota Tinggi, bringing the death toll to seven.
Johor Immigration Department director Rohaizi Ibrahim said 34 others including eight women were saved following the mishap which occurred between 8pm and 9pm on Saturday (July 23).
Submitted by jylim@a1 on Sun, 2016-07-24 17:04
KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is under no political threat despite the United States declaring that it would be seizing assets the country believes were bought from money stolen from a state-owned fund by people close to the Prime Minister, reported Singapore's The Straits Times.