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The sudden death of Tamil Nadu’s chief minister unleashes a public outpouring of grief from thousands of her supporters. Paul Chapman reports. — Reuters Read More

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
December 6, 2016

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 6 — Malaysians students registered better scores in mathematics, science and reading according to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment... Read more

Minister: Only Muslim Rohingya should get UNHCR cards

December 6, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 — Issuing of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) card to Myanmar nationals needed to be reviewed, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim. He said this was to ensure that the card was only issued to ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees in this country. “I urge... Read more

A couple sits in front of the colourful water fountain display at the KLCC Park in Kuala Lumpur, December 6, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

A couple sits in front of the colourful water fountain display at the KLCC Park in Kuala Lumpur, December 6, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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Stars turn out for ‘Great Wall’ premiere in Beijing

Stars turn out for ‘Great Wall’ premiere in Beijing

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Hong Kong actor Andy Lau attends a red carpet event promoting Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s latest film ‘Great Wall’ in Beijing December 6, 2016. — Reuters pic

Stars turn out for ‘Great Wall’ premiere in Beijing
Stunning looks from the British Fashion Awards  2016

Stunning looks from the British Fashion Awards 2016

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Singer Lady Gaga poses for photographers at the Fashion Awards 2016 in London December 6, 2016. — Reuters pic

Stunning looks from the British Fashion Awards  2016
Kennedy Centre honours Al Pacino, James Taylor and more

Kennedy Centre honours Al Pacino, James Taylor and more

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Singer-songwriter James Taylor waves as he is greeted at the Kennedy Centre Honours Reception at the White House in Washington December 5, 2016. — Reuters pic

Kennedy Centre honours Al Pacino, James Taylor and more
Prince Harry visits Guyana rainforest community

Prince Harry visits Guyana rainforest community

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Britain’s Prince Harry visits Kaieteur Falls during an official visit in Guyana December 3, 2016. — Reuters pic

Prince Harry visits Guyana rainforest community
Animal crackers: ‘Sing’ premieres in Los Angeles

Animal crackers: ‘Sing’ premieres in Los Angeles

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Reese Witherspoon poses at the world premiere of the film ‘Sing’ in Los Angeles December 3, 2016. — Reuters pic

Animal crackers: ‘Sing’ premieres in Los Angeles
A day in the life of Mentawai tribesmen on Siberut Island

A day in the life of Mentawai tribesmen on Siberut Island

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Teu Kapik Sibajak and Aman Aqwi Sakkukuret, both members of the Mentawai tribe, walk through the jungle on Siberut Island in Indonesia, November 4, 2016. — Picture by Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

A day in the life of Mentawai tribesmen on Siberut Island

Reuters Video: Los Angeles commuters on alert after threat to rail system

Duration: 0:49, Published 6 Dec 2016

Golden Netanyahu statue put up secretly as protest

December 6, 2016

TEL AVIV, Dec 6 — A four-metre-high golden statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was raised secretly in a Tel Aviv square in a free speech protest today, sparking political debate and online humour. It was put up overnight illegally in the centre of the Israeli commercial capital in a square named after former premier... Read more

Supporters of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaraman attend a prayer ceremony at the AIADMK party office in Mumbai December 6, 2016. — Reuters pic

Supporters of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaraman attend a prayer ceremony at the AIADMK party office in Mumbai December 6, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

Mohd Faiz gets RM15,000 reward from TMJ

December 6, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR Dec 6 — The patron of the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has presented a RM15,000 reward to wonder goal scorer Mohd Faiz Subri.  The reward was to celebrate Mohd Faiz’s... Read more

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Verizon to sell data centres to Equinix for US$3.6b

December 6, 2016

NEW YORK, Dec 6 — Verizon Communications Inc, the No. 1 US wireless carrier, is selling 29 data centres in the United States and Latin America to Equinix Inc for US$3.6 billion (RM16 billion), as the telecom giant focuses on its core business. The data centres being sold are located in 15 metro areas, including New York, Atlanta, Chicago,... Read more

Monika Linton, owner and founder of Brindisa, a Spanish fine food business, poses for a photograph at her shop at Borough Market in London November 22, 2016. — Reuters pic

Monika Linton, owner and founder of Brindisa, a Spanish fine food business, poses for a photograph at her shop at Borough Market in London November 22, 2016. — Reuters pic

Comfort food at its best: How to make chicken noodle soup (VIDEO)

December 6, 2016

NEW YORK, Dec 6 — Warm and comforting, this soup is a classic to master. This recipe uses homemade chicken stock, root vegetables, herbs and of course, noodles to serve you a bowl of delicious classic chicken noodles. — The New York Times

A chocolate St Nicholas is pictured before the party convention of German Chancellor Angela Merkel

A chocolate St Nicholas is pictured before the party convention of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) in Essen, Germany, December 6, 2016. — Reuters pic

Beyonce leads Grammys with nine nominations; eight nods for Rihanna, Drake, Kanye

December 6, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Dec 6 — Beyonce became the most-nominated female artist in Grammy award history today as she received a leading nine nods this year, followed closely by Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West with eight nominations each. Beyonce’s haul of nine included album, song and record of the year, the top three Grammy accolades, for her hit... Read more

Belgian actor and singer Helena Noguerra attends the SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music) award ceremony in Paris December 5, 2016. — Reuters pic

Belgian actor and singer Helena Noguerra attends the SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music) award ceremony in Paris December 5, 2016. — Reuters pic

Are you up to the Challenge of Ferrari’s latest car?

December 6, 2016

PARIS, Dec 6 — Since launching in 1992 as a way of letting Ferrari’s biggest clients take their driving skills to the next level with dedicated track cars and pit crews, Challenge has grown into a serious, global race series. And, with the unveiling of the latest client competition car, the Ferrari 488 Challenge, the company is taking... Read more

For the new Toyota Innova, the ride and handling is improved over that of the outgoing model thanks to the introduction of larger diameter (and larger capacity) shock absorbers. — Picture by YS Khong

For the new Toyota Innova, the ride and handling is improved over that of the outgoing model thanks to the introduction of larger diameter (and larger capacity) shock absorbers. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

Listen up parents: Many kids’ headphones carry risk of hearing loss

December 6, 2016

NEW YORK, Dec 6 — These days, even three-year-olds wear headphones, and as the holidays approach, retailers are well stocked with brands that claim to be “safe for young ears” or to deliver “100 per cent safe listening.” The devices limit the volume at which sound can be played; parents rely on them to prevent children from... Read more

Elders react to the latest fashion trends
Watch what happens when the Fine Brothers Entertainment channel on YouTube asked a group of senior citizens to share their thoughts on the latest fashion trends and looks. Read More

Microsoft’s new chatbot Zo won’t talk politics or racism

December 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 6 — Tay take two? Microsoft Corp is letting users try a new chatbot on the app Kik, nine months after it shut down an earlier bot that internet users got to spout racist, sexist and pornographic remarks.  The new one is called Zo and it refuses to discuss politics and steers clear of racism. When asked whether... Read more

A man in a suit plugs in his mobile phone as he prepares to mount an electric scooter in Beijing December 6, 2016. — Reuters pic

A man in a suit plugs in his mobile phone as he prepares to mount an electric scooter in Beijing December 6, 2016. — Reuters pic

France bets on Bollywood to lure Indian tourists

December 6, 2016

NEW DELHI, Dec 6 — As France contends with a drop in tourist numbers following a series of deadly attacks, the government is hoping that a new Bollywood romantic comedy can help it lure Indian visitors. From the golden beaches of the Cote D’Azur to the roof of the Paris opera house and the historic bridges of the Seine, the blockbuster... Read more

Competitors from the fancy dress competition pose for a picture as Hong Kong celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival December 6, 2016. — Hong Kong Tourism Board/Reuters pic

Competitors from the fancy dress competition pose for a picture as Hong Kong celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival December 6, 2016. — Hong Kong Tourism Board/Reuters pic

Jabatan Penjara tak pernah beri kebenaran Anwar buat kenyataan media

December 6, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Dis — Jabatan Penjara tidak pernah membenarkan bekas Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengeluarkan sebarang kenyataan media di mahkamah seperti didakwa sebuah portal berita. Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Penjara (Keselamatan dan Koreksional) Datuk Hassan Sakimon berkata penelitian terhadap klip video portal berita itu... Selanjutnya

Anak-anak yatim dari Pusat Jagaan Rumah Kesayangan Petaling Jaya melawat pameran replika Rumah Nabi Muhammad SAW di Kompleks Seni Islam Selangor Antarabangsa, Shah Alam 5 Dis 2016. — Foto Bernama

Anak-anak yatim dari Pusat Jagaan Rumah Kesayangan Petaling Jaya melawat pameran replika Rumah Nabi Muhammad SAW di Kompleks Seni Islam Selangor Antarabangsa, Shah Alam 5 Dis 2016. — Foto Bernama

Bill Gates names his favourite books of 2016 (VIDEO)

December 6, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Dec 6 — It’s a well-known fact that Bill Gates is a voracious reader. In a recent post on his blog, he admitted that he’s read “about a book a week on average since I was a kid. Even when my schedule is out of control, I carve out a lot of time for reading.” The Microsoft founder is also happy to share his favourite... Read more

A barmaid reads the Corriere della Sera newspaper at a coffee shop in Rome December 6, 2016. ― Reuters pic

A barmaid reads the Corriere della Sera newspaper at a coffee shop in Rome December 6, 2016. ― Reuters pic Read More