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Jakim: Free Quran only for the curious, not used for conversions

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March 3, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — Malaysia’s federal Islamic authority finally responded to non-Muslim concerns over the distribution of free translated copies of the Quran,... Read more

Australia denies plans to abandon MH370 search

March 3, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — Australia is not looking to discontinue the fruitless search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a spokesman for Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. According to an article on The Australian news website yesterday, the spokesman denied a recent report claiming that it, along with China and Malaysia,... Read more

A man walks past a 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) billboard at the fund

A man walks past a 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) billboard at the fund's flagship Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur, March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

Eversendai stock up after getting RM269m Doha job

March 3, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — Eversendai Corp Bhd's share price on Bursa Malaysia rose in early trade after the company secured the RM269 million Al Wahda Arches and Visitors’ Centre project in Doha, Qatar. As at 9.43am, the counter saw 1.42 million shares changing hands, rising one sen, to 72.5 sen after opening higher at 73.5 sen. The... Read more

A Lumber Liquidators retail store in San Diego, March 3, 2015. The company

A Lumber Liquidators retail store in San Diego, March 3, 2015. The company's shares dropped more than 20 per cent after a report said its products failed to meet safety standards. — Reuters pic Read More

Van Praag promises full disclosure of World Cup report

March 3, 2015

AMSTERDAM, March 3 — FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag said he would ensure full disclosure of Michael Garcia’s report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if he is elected in May. Football’s governing body has been under pressure to publish former FIFA ethics investigator Garcia’s report to help shed light on what happened during the turbulent process for the tournaments awarded to Russia and Qatar... Read more

Boston bombings trial set to begin, two years after attack

March 3, 2015

NEW YORK, March 3 — Opening arguments begin tomorrow in the trial of the 21-year-old man accused in the worst attack on US soil since the September 11 strikes: the Boston Marathon bombings nearly two years ago. Kyrgyzstan-born US Muslim Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty if convicted of bombing Boston’s signature race, killing three... Read more

US President Barack Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters in the Library of the White House in Washington. Picture released on March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

US President Barack Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters in the Library of the White House in Washington. Picture released on March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Enjoy grilled wholesome goodness at V Cafe

By Opalyn Mok
March 2, 2015

GEORGE TOWN, March 2 — Tendrils of smoke curl into the air, bringing with them a strong aroma of meat bring grilled over a smouldering fire. A few minutes later, slabs of juicy grilled lamb shoulder are served on a bed of roasted sweet potatoes accompanied by some Mesclun salad. The lamb shoulder had been painstakingly grilled over a... Read more

German water sommelier Martin Riese looks at bottles of water to be used in a water tasting class at Patina restaurant in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles, birthplace of many food trends, may prove the perfect setting for the next phase in Riese

German water sommelier Martin Riese looks at bottles of water to be used in a water tasting class at Patina restaurant in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles, birthplace of many food trends, may prove the perfect setting for the next phase in Riese's campaign to make people think about water in the same way they think about wine. Picture released March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran among 2015 YouTube Music Award winners (VIDEO)

March 3, 2015

LOS ANGELES, March 3 — Beyoncé, Big Sean, Drake and Ed Sheeran feature among the 50 artists who will be picking up an award from the Google-owned video sharing platform at a special online-only event scheduled for March 23. YouTube has not explained exactly how the artists were judged for winning their awards, other than to say that they... Read more

Jazz Grammy award winner, John Legend of the United States performs in Bahrain on the opening night of the Spring of Culture activities in Arad Fort in Muharraq north of Manama, March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

Jazz Grammy award winner, John Legend of the United States performs in Bahrain on the opening night of the Spring of Culture activities in Arad Fort in Muharraq north of Manama, March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

New make-up and more safety for Volvo S60

By Y.S. Khong
March 3, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 3 — The Volvo S60, like all cars going through mid-life crisis, (pun intended) now has a revamped front mask featuring a more dynamic-looking façade. In order to make it more appealing to would-be buyers, Volvo has dialled in improved overall levels of safety, and the new model is now officially available in Malaysia. The... Read more

Georganne Nixon, wife of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, stands near a 1954 Chevrolet car at a hotel in Havana March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

Georganne Nixon, wife of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, stands near a 1954 Chevrolet car at a hotel in Havana March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

Emperor penguins love the cold but may have suffered a cold during Ice Age

March 3, 2015

SYDNEY, March 3 — They prefer freezing conditions but Antarctica’s emperor penguins may have struggled with the cold during the last Ice Age when temperatures cooled, a study suggested yesterday. Researchers looking at how climatic changes have affected the highly cold-adapted penguin — the tallest and heaviest of all penguin species — over... Read more

A model presents a creation from the Giorgio Armani

A model presents a creation from the Giorgio Armani's Autumn/Winter 2015/16 collection during Milan Fashion Week, March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

Navigating the fragmented SEA of mobile gaming

By Gabey Goh
March 3, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 3 — There's big money in games — that is, if one could crack the formula for success in a saturated and fickle consumer space. Research firm Gartner estimates that the worldwide videogame market, which includes console hardware and software, online, mobile and PC games, would reach US$111 billion (RM402.94b) by... Read more

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a keynote presentation event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a keynote presentation event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

A burger guy’s take on London’s sizzling spots

March 3, 2015

NEW YORK, Mar 3 — When it comes to hot restaurants and IPOs, it's hard to get any hotter than Shake Shack. The high-end burger joint, now publicly traded, has locations from Dubai to Moscow. But London is especially close to the heart of Shake Shack's CEO, Randy Garutti. “London has always been one of my favourite cities in the world,” says... Read more

The artificial lake of Qaraoun, as seen from the Lebanese village of Saghbine in west Bekaa, March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

The artificial lake of Qaraoun, as seen from the Lebanese village of Saghbine in west Bekaa, March 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

‘Millionaire Next Door’ author killed in car crash near Atlanta

March 3, 2015

ATLANTA, March 3 — Thomas J. Stanley, author of the best-selling book, “The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy”, has died in a car crash near his home in suburban Atlanta, police said yesterday. He was 71. Stanley, whose series of books on millionaires helped define a generation of wealthy people in America,... Read more

Female religious guides appointed by the Algerian religious affairs ministry to spread the good word of Islam and a message of tolerance read the Quran at the Ennidal mosque in the Algerian capital, Algiers, March 3, 2015. — AFP pic

Female religious guides appointed by the Algerian religious affairs ministry to spread the good word of Islam and a message of tolerance read the Quran at the Ennidal mosque in the Algerian capital, Algiers, March 3, 2015. — AFP pic