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PM’s aide: Muhyiddin using RM1b claim as smokescreen

Reuters Video: Girl power takes over the MTV VMAs
Beyonce storms, Britney returns and Rihanna takes home a lifetime award at the annual show. Alicia Powell reports. — Reuters Read More

August 30, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's allegation that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had almost RM1 billion in his bank accounts is an attempt to... Read more

Hadi files appeal against Sabah Christian’s defamation suit, claims invalid

August 30, 2016

KOTA KINABALU, Aug 30 — A lawyer for Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang confirmed the PAS president has filed a court application to set aside a judgment against him for allegedly making negative remarks against Christianity. In his affidavit, Hadi said the suit, filed by Sabah-based lawyer Marcel Jude who is a Christian, is invalid as it was... Read more

Isma president, Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman arriving at the Kompleks Mahkamah in Kajang August 30, 2016, for trial on his second sedition charge. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Isma president, Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman arriving at the Kompleks Mahkamah in Kajang August 30, 2016, for trial on his second sedition charge. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

London’s Notting Hill Carnival celebrations

London’s Notting Hill Carnival celebrations

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Performers participate in the parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London August 30, 2016. — Reuters pic

London’s Notting Hill Carnival celebrations
Performances from the MTV Video Music Awards

Performances from the MTV Video Music Awards

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Britney Spears performs during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York August 29, 2016. — Reuters pic

Performances from the MTV Video Music Awards
Red carpet glamour at the MTV Video Music Awards

Red carpet glamour at the MTV Video Music Awards

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Singer Beyonce arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York August 29, 2016. — Reuters pic

Red carpet glamour at the MTV Video Music Awards
A myriad of colours at Spain’s Holi Party Festival

A myriad of colours at Spain’s Holi Party Festival

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A reveller takes part in the Holi Party Festival at Niemeyer Centre in Aviles, northern Spain August 28, 2016. — Reuters pic

A myriad of colours at Spain’s Holi Party Festival
Shh, it’s naptime at Ikea in China

Shh, it’s naptime at Ikea in China

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At Ikea’s 21 stores in China, shoppers (and those simply looking for climate-controlled shut-eye) have no qualms about getting comfortable on the display furniture. — Picture by Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times

Shh, it’s naptime at Ikea in China
Samba queens take to Tokyo streets

Samba queens take to Tokyo streets

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Samba dancers perform during the annual Asakusa Samba Carnival in Tokyo August 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

Samba queens take to Tokyo streets

Bloomberg Video: Apple-Spotify battle leaves musicians caught in crossfire

Duration: 2:37, Published 30 Aug 2016

Indonesia declares emergency sparked by forest fires

August 30, 2016

JAKARTA, Aug 30 — Indonesian Minister of Forestry and Environment Siti Nurbaya has announced the country has been placed under emergency state due to forecasts on blazes and impacts of smoke from forest and land fires. Vietnam News Agency reports that the announcement came during the minister’s visit to Tanah Laut in South Kalimantan on... Read more

NYT Video: An Islamic radical who changed his mind
For years, Jesse Morton advocated a violent vision of Islam, inspiring recruits to commit acts of terror. He explained why he had recanted and joined a think tank that researches radicalisation. — The New York Times Read More

German fans cool on Schweinsteiger’s international farewell

August 30, 2016

BERLIN, Aug 30 — Bastian Schweinsteiger is going, but not many fans are set to come to his farewell Germany appearance when the exiled Manchester United midfielder takes his bow in tomorrow’s home friendly. The international against... Read more

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KL shares close lower

August 30, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 ― Bursa Malaysia pared earlier gains to close lower today weighed down by losses in heavyweights led by Maybank and Genting, amid profit-taking in small cap and penny stocks. At 5pm, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) stood at 1,678.06, down 3.54 points or 0.21 per cent, from yesterday's close of... Read more

Reuters Video: Wynn opens Macau’s most expensive casino
The odds don’t look too good for Steve Wynn, opening Macau’s most expensive casino this week even as gambling revenues continue to sink. Reuters Eve Johnson looks at why the casino tycoon is taking the risk. — Reuters Read More

Want Seoul’s spiciest curry? You’ll have to sign a waiver

By Dave Hazzan — (Zester Daily)
August 30, 2016

SEOUL, Aug 30 — South Korea is proud of its spicy food. It is one of very few cold weather countries to embrace the chilli pepper. Foreigners are often incredulously asked, “You can eat that?” when tucking into a bowl of kimchi jjigae or a plate of fire chicken. But the hottest food in South Korea isn’t kimchi stew, fire chicken or... Read more

Tourists drink tequila at a restaurant in Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City, Mexico August 30, 2016. ― Reuters pic

Tourists drink tequila at a restaurant in Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City, Mexico August 30, 2016. ― Reuters pic

Blac Chyna pulls a Kim Kardashian, poses nude for Paper magazine cover

August 30, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Aug 30 — What Kim Kardashian can do, so can I seems to be the new motto of her future sister-in-law Blac Chyna, who too has posed completely naked on the cover of Paper magazine. In what seems like déjà vu all over again, Chyna might also be aiming to “break the Internet” by posing naked while cradling her growing baby... Read more

Jar Jar Binks stars in ‘Rogue One’ parody trailer
“Rogue Binks: A Star Wars Story” is a parody clip created by YouTube user Michael Murdock that basically has Jar Jar replace Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso in the “Rogue One” trailer. Read More

The McLaren 570GT is pretty much perfect

By Hannah Elliott
August 29, 2016

NEW YORK, Aug 29 — Been to a planetarium lately? If not, you could achieve the same effect if you owned a 2017 McLaren 570GT. Its glass hatch stretches beautifully from windshield to taillight and is enough to make you want to lie back and count stars. The car can do other things, too, of course. Things that make you feel as though... Read more

People walk past a Lada Kalina Cross car on display at the 2016 Moscow International AutoSalon in Moscow, Russia, August 30, 2016. — Reuters pic

People walk past a Lada Kalina Cross car on display at the 2016 Moscow International AutoSalon in Moscow, Russia, August 30, 2016. — Reuters pic

Study claims to prove that your dog really does understand what you say

August 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, Aug 30 — Dogs distinguish words and intonation in the same region of the brain as humans, according to a new study of how man’s best friend interprets our language. Published yesterday in the journal Science, the report by researchers at Budapest’s Eotvos Lorand University shows the canine brain is capable of interpreting... Read more

NYT Video: An Islamic radical who changed his mind
For years, Jesse Morton advocated a violent vision of Islam, inspiring recruits to commit acts of terror. He explained why he had recanted and joined a think tank that researches radicalisation. — The New York Times Read More

Heeding warnings of a crash, startups survive by adapting

August 30, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 30 — Evernote, a Silicon Valley startup that makes a note-taking app, was supposed to be dead by now. After a stratospheric rise over the last few years, during which investors poured about US$270 million (RM1.09 billion) into the company and valued it at US$1 billion, Evernote hit hard times last year. Naysayers said... Read more

Bloomberg Video: VR movies could be coming soon to a hospital near you
It’s still a new and experimental approach but propenents of virtual reality say it can be an effective treatement for everything from chronic pain to Alzheimer’s disease to arachnophobia to depression. Bloomberg Tech reporter Ian King visited Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles where one doctor is testing out the novel use of VR in a pilot programme. — Bloomberg Read More

Australia, Taiwan, South Korea issue travel warnings for Singapore after Zika cases

August 30, 2016

SINGAPORE, Aug 30 — Australia, Taiwan and South Korea advised pregnant women and those attempting to get pregnant to avoid travel to Singapore after an outbreak of the Zika virus infected more than 50 people in the city-state. The outbreak and the warnings come as a potential blow to tourism in one of the world’s busiest travel hubs,... Read more

Tourists swim in Ain Razat, a water spring in Salalah, Dhofar province, Oman August 30, 2016. ― Reuters pic

Tourists swim in Ain Razat, a water spring in Salalah, Dhofar province, Oman August 30, 2016. ― Reuters pic

‘Bangsa Johor’ tiada motif, agenda tersembunyi, titah Sultan Johor

August 30, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Ogos — Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar bertitah, konsep ‘Bangsa Johor’ membawa lebih banyak kebaikan untuk Malaysia dan tidak menyebabkan Johor kelihatan bersifat parokial. “Walaupun beta berbangga menyatakan bahawa Beta adalah ‘Bangsa Johor’, tetapi Beta tetap warganegara Malaysia. Apabila di luar... Selanjutnya

Dataran Merdeka diselubungi jerebu di Kuala Lumpur, 30 Ogos 2016. — Foto oleh Choo Choy May

Dataran Merdeka diselubungi jerebu di Kuala Lumpur, 30 Ogos 2016. — Foto oleh Choo Choy May Artikel Penuh

Jonathan Safran Foer’s new novel blends domestic, global upheaval

August 30, 2016

NEW YORK, Aug 30 — Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two best-selling and award-winning novels, as well as a best-selling work of non-fiction. His newest novel in over a decade, Here I Am, is about family legacy couched in a wider conversation about religious identity. The title references a line in the Book of Genesis. In Here I Am,... Read more

Passengers arriving from Singapore walk by a banner at the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta August 30, 2016, about Zika virus. The banner reads ‘Beware of mosquitoes that spread Zika virus’. — Reuters pic

Passengers arriving from Singapore walk by a banner at the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta August 30, 2016, about Zika virus. The banner reads ‘Beware of mosquitoes that spread Zika virus’. — Reuters pic Read More