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Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid al-Falih (centre) speaks with journalists at the Opec meeting.
Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid al-Falih (centre) speaks with journalists at the Opec meeting.PHOTO: AFP

Opec in first joint oil cut with Russia since 2001, Saudis take 'big hit'

Opec agreed its first oil output cuts since 2008 after Saudi Arabia accepted “a big hit” on its production and dropped its demand on arch-rival Iran to slash output.

Non-Opec Russia will also join output reductions for the first time in 15 years to help the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries prop up oil prices.

Brent crude jumped over 9 per cent to more than US$50 a barrel as Riyadh reached a compromise with Iran and after fast-growing producer Iraq also agreed to curtail its booming output.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said ahead of the meeting that the kingdom was prepared to accept “a big hit” on production to get a deal done.


Big Mac inventor dies at age 98

Michael "Jim" Delligatti passed away surrounded by family at his home in a Pittsburgh suburb, according to his family. He was 98 years old.

As owner of a McDonald's restaurant in western Pennsylvania nearly half a century ago, Delligatti convinced the company to venture away from its brief menu of simple burgers, fries and drinks.

He got permission to try his new burger in 1967 and sales reportedly jumped 12 per cent. Within a few years, McDonald's was advertising the Big Mac nationwide.


Football: Southgate proud to be appointed England manager on four-year deal

Gareth Southgate will lead England towards the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championship after being appointed permanent manager of the national team.

The 46-year-old succeeds Sam Allardyce who departed 67 days into his reign after being caught up in a newspaper sting.

Southgate, who was in charge of England’s under 21s for 32 games, has overseen two wins and a draw in the three World Cup qualifying games he has overseen as interim manager, leaving England top of the group. He also saw his side draw with Spain.


Taylor Swift, One Direction top list of highest paid musicians: Forbes

US pop star Taylor Swift, boy band One Direction and British singer Adele were the highest paid musicians in the world this year, Forbes magazine said.

With earnings of US$170 million (S$243 million) from touring, recordings, endorsements and other income, Swift, 26, earned the title of 2016's highest paid musician. She pulled in a gross total of more than US$200 million on the North American portion of her 1989 world tour.

The Bad Blood singer was followed by One Direction, the English-Irish pop band, which brought in US$110 million, grossing US$200 million-plus for its recent On The Road Again Tour.


Kim Kardashian remains by Kanye West's hospital bedside, says sister Kendall Jenner

More than a week after being admitted for exhaustion amid a so-called "spiritual crisis", rapper Kanye West remains in a Los Angeles hospital with reality star wife Kim Kardashian by his bedside, her sister, Kendall Jenner, said.

Jenner told celebrity website E! News that Kardashian was staying patiently by Kanye's side.

"She's good. She's good," the 21-year-old model said when asked how Kardashian was coping with her husband's hospitalisation.