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Badminton: Santoso shocks Lee to win Singapore Open

Unseeded Indonesian Simon Santoso pulled off a major shock when he thrashed badminton's world number one Lee Chong Wei to win the Singapore Open for the first time on Sunday. The 28-year-old, considered a rank outsider against Malaysia's imperious Lee, upset the form book in style with an emphatic 21-15, 21-10 victory in just 48 minutes in the Singapore final. Santoso reeled off nine straight points to stifle Lee's second-game revival and take the match, dropping his racquet to the court and raising his arms in celebration in front of a bemused crowd.

Badminton: Lee has Chen revenge in his sights

World number one Lee Chong Wei earned himself a revenge attempt with All-England champion Chen Long after escaping from close defeat to achieve a breathtaking victory. The Malaysian did that with a 14-21, 21-19, 21-15 win over Son Wan Ho, the in-form world number 11 from Korea, after being close to the exit at a game down and 15-17 and 17-18 down in the second.

Badminton: Lee hopes to play less to save his career

Lee Chong Wei, the world number one from Malaysia, has agreed that to prolong his outstanding career and to reach the Rio Olympics he will have to play substantially less. Lee spoke about retiring this year after winning the Malaysian Open in January, because of the increasing strain on his body and his mind. But now the 31-year-old badminton legend has agreed with former world number one Peter Gade, whose comments to AFP on Tuesday advised Lee to cut down his schedule if he wanted to play on.

Badminton: Lee first to reach semis at Superseries Finals

World number one Lee Chong Wei was the first to march into the men's singles semi-finals of the season-ending BWF World Superseries Finals after thrashing Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana on Thursday. The Malaysian ace booked his place in the final four after a swift 21-6, 21-8 victory in 29 minutes, bringing him a step closer to a historic fourth title. It was his second straight victory in the round-robin group stage following his 21-10, 21-18 win over China's Wang Zhengming on Wednesday.

Malaysia court acquits ex-minister in land scandal

A Malaysian court on Friday acquitted a former transport minister implicated in one of the country's biggest financial scandals, sparking opposition accusations the government was reneging on its promise to fight corruption. A Kuala Lumpur court found Ling Liong Sik not guilty of cheating the government over the Port Klang Free Trade Zone, a huge 1,000-acre (405 hectares) commercial and industrial project south of the capital.

Former Malaysia communist fighter dies in exile

Malaysia's renowned former communist fighter Chin Peng, who led a guerrilla campaign against British colonial rule, died in exile in Thailand on Monday, according to his military liaison. The 89-year-old, who left Malaysia around five decades ago, had been hospitalised in Bangkok for several years. "He died this morning of cancer," said General Pisarn Wattanawongkiri, a former Thai military commander and point of contact between Chin Peng and the authorities.

Former Malayan communist leader Chin Peng dies at 89

Former Malayan communist leader Chin Peng, who led a bloody insurgency against the British following the end of World War II, died Monday morning in a Bangkok hospital aged 89, according to a report in the Bangkok Post. The former Communist Party secretary general -- in his quest to establish a communist state -- was accused of spearheading a guerrilla war against Commonwealth armed forces in Malaysia in a period known as the Malayan Emergency that lasted from 1948 to 1960 and claimed the lives of about 10,000 people.

Former Malaysia communist fighter dies in exile

Malaysia's renowned former communist fighter Chin Peng, who led a guerrilla campaign against British colonial rule, died in exile in Thailand Monday, according to his military liaison. The 89-year-old, who left Malaysia around five decades ago, had been hospitalised in Bangkok for several years. "He died this morning of cancer," said General Pisarn Wattanawongkiri, a former Thai military commander and point of contact between Chin Peng and the authorities.

A Minute With: Director Tsai Ming-liang on retiring, next film

By Michael Roddy VENICE (Reuters) - Taipei-based Chinese director Tsai Ming-liang announced at the Venice Film Festival, where his latest film "Stray Dogs" is in competition, that the movie would be his last, but left himself some wriggle room. He told Reuters on Friday that his films require more manual labor to make than the usual Hollywood production. Although he is 55 and looked fit while giving interviews poolside at a Lido lounge, Tsai said he felt tired "inside".

Tsai Ming-Liang strips life to basics in hypnotic film

Taipei-based director Tsai Ming-liang lived up to his reputation as the master of "Slow" cinema in Venice Thursday with "Stray Dogs", the poetic tale of a homeless family on the margins of society. "This is not a film about hope or despair. It's about a man who gives up, who lets himself go completely," Malaysian-born Tsai told AFP in an interview in a leafy courtyard. "Everywhere we look, unemployment is increasing, homelessness is rising. Life is becoming more difficult for many, and it is those difficulties I wanted to explore," he said.
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