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Donald Trump, Najib Razak discuss trade deals, Boeing jets

President Donald Trump welcomed Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak to the White House, praising his country for investments in the United States while steering clear of an American investigation into a Malaysian corruption scandal.

The visit is important for Datuk Seri Najib, who faces elections next year and wants to signal he is still welcome at the White House despite a criminal probe by the US Justice Department into a state fund called 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Flanked by top advisers in the Cabinet Room, Mr Najib told Mr Trump that Malaysia Airlines would buy 25 Boeing 737 jets and eight 787 Dreamliners, and would probably add another 25 737s in the near future – a deal he said would be worth more than US$10 billion (S$13.4 billion) within five years.

Mr Najib said Malaysia’s Employees Provident Fund, a major pension fund, wanted to spend US$3 billion to US$4 billion on US infrastructure development.


Apple unveils iPhone X with 3-D facial recognition

Apple has launched the iPhone X (or iPhone 10) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the culture-changing smartphone during a special event held at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park - Apple’s new headquarters.

This premium model - iPhone X - features a Super Retina display that covers almost the entire front of the smartphone, which has been the trend for many of this year’s flagship smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Note8 and LG V30.

The Super Retina display uses OLED technology that is are known to exhibit colours more accurately and vividly as well as being more power efficient.


Donald Trump becomes a grandfather again

US President Donald Trump became a grandfather for the ninth time.

His son, Eric Trump, announced the news on Twitter: "@LaraLeaTrump and I are excited to announce the birth of our son, Eric 'Luke' Trump at 8:50 this morning."

The 71-year-old US president is the father of five children from three marriages.


JJ Abrams to write and direct 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX

Filmmaker JJ Abrams will write and direct the ninth installment of the ongoing Star Wars saga, Walt Disney said, a week after the film lost its writer-director due to creative differences with the studio.

Abrams will helm Star Wars: Episode IX after he launched the current iteration of Star Wars films with 2015's box office hit The Force Awakens.

Episode IX is scheduled to be released in May 2019.


Football: Chelsea crush debutants Qarabag 6-0 on return to Europe

Chelsea enjoyed a triumphant return to the Champions League after a year out, thumping the competition's debutants Qarabag 6-0, including a stunning, if miscued, strike from new signing Davide Zappacosta.

The Italian was joined on the scoresheet by another new Chelsea arrival Frenchman Tiemoue Bakayoko on a satisfying night for manager Antonio Conte after a summer of much-publicised frustration in the transfer market.

The Azeri champions were never any match for their English counterparts and it took only five minutes for Pedro to open the scoring with a curling shot from the edge of the area. The goal was a taste of things to come for the inexperienced Azeris who rarely strayed out of their half.