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Proposal to name former Indonesia president Suharto as national hero sparks anger

A proposal to transform Indonesia's former leader Suharto, one of the 20th century's most brutal dictators, into a national hero sparked anger from rights activists and netizens.

The name of Suharto, who died in 2008, has been nominated as a potential candidate to a government committee tasked with naming the country's national heroes. The Golkar party - Suharto's political vehicle during his time in power - put him forward.

Netizens were angered, with Twitter user Yunantyo saying: "What's the purpose of having the 1998 May reform movement, if Suharto is going to be awarded the title national hero?"


Pakistan PM's open heart surgery successful: Daughter

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif successfully underwent open heart surgery in London, his daughter said.

It was the 66-year-old premier's second major cardiac medical procedure in five years.

"Surgery successful by The Grace Of Almighty," his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif said on Twitter. "All arteries successfully grafted," she told her nearly two million followers.


Nemo the goldfish recovering after rare tumour op

A British goldfish named Nemo is recovering well after the beloved pet's owners paid £200 (S$400) for a rare operation to remove a tumour at a hospital 200km from their home.

Sonya Miles, the veterinary surgeon who operated on him, told AFP that the five-year-old fish first had to be put to sleep and taken out of the water to remove a tumour that had grown as big as him.

"There was one hairy moment when its heart stopped but it started again," she said.


Amber Heard reports Depp domestic violence accusation to police - lawyers

Actress Amber Heard has given a statement to Los Angeles police in which she accused estranged husband Johnny Depp of domestic violence, her lawyers said, a week after she filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against Depp.

Heard's attorneys said in a statement that in an attempt to "protect her privacy and Johnny's career" the actress initially declined to report to police a May 21 incident between her and Depp that she claimed left her with a bruised eye.

"Johnny's team has forced Amber to give a statement to the LAPD to set the record straight as to the true facts...," Heard's lawyers said. "Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny."


Tennis: Players blast rain-hit French Open as Djokovic, Serena face epic schedule

Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep blasted French Open organisers for forcing them to compete in pouring rain, as Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were left facing a four-day playing stretch.

Radwanska, the second seed, and sixth seed Halep both lost their last-16 clashes after opening healthy leads on Sunday night. But after Monday was washed out, they were forced back out at a damp, chilly Roland Garros despite the rain never really relenting in the two hours of stop-start action available.

“I’m just so surprised and angry that we have to play in the rain. I mean, it’s not a $10,000 tournament. It’s a Grand Slam,” raged Polish star Radwanska after her 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeat to Bulgaria’s world number 102 Tsvetana Pironkova.