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Penang sees red over high-flying low-cost flat dwellers owing RM14m in rent

NYT Video: Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea — China’s Kazakhs reverse course
Ethnic Kazakhs fled the Soviet Union into far western China to preserve their culture and identity. Now, as China pressures ethnic minorities, some are thinking of moving back. — New York Times Read More

By Opalyn Mok
October 23, 2014

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 23 — They drive luxurious cars, have Astro satellite television installed in their low-cost flat units meant for the hardcore poor and owe a whopping RM14.16 million in rent to the state government as at... Read more

Graftbusters haul in senior cop suspected of links to Sarawak’s RM100m illegal timber trade

BY BOO SU-LYN
October 23, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — A senior policeman has been arrested under suspicion of ties to illegal logging, an industry estimated to cost the Sarawak government RM100 million annually, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said today. MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdul said nine others have also been... Read more

Mohd Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull speaks at a press conference at Federal Territory MACC headquarters, Jalan Cochrane, Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Mohd Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull speaks at a press conference at Federal Territory MACC headquarters, Jalan Cochrane, Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

All shook up: Spain’s elites by corruption backlash

October 23, 2014

MADRID, Oct 23 — Spanish authorities are taking a tougher line against corruption by the country's long untouchable elites as a lengthy economic downturn fuels public outrage. With a year to go until the next general election, political parties, which have long been accused of turning a blind eye, talk of stepping up the fight against... Read more

People walk outside a CIMB bank branch in Putrajaya. Shares of Malaysia

People walk outside a CIMB bank branch in Putrajaya. Shares of Malaysia's second-biggest bank CIMB Group Holdings Bhd dropped today after media reported that the Employees Provident Fund may be forced to cut its stake. — Reuters pic Read More

Sepang MotoGP: Rossi aims to cement his spot

October 23, 2014

SEPANG, Oct 23 — Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi is looking to take a major step towards securing second place in the world championship over teammate Jorge Lorenzo at the Malaysian MotoGP this weekend. The Italian great is eight points clear of the Spaniard going into Sunday’s penultimate race in Sepang following his win at Phillip Island, Australia, just a few days ago. With Spanish sensation Marc Marquez crowned the championship winner... Read more

Incoming Japanese minister embroiled in another scandal… this time involving S&M sex bar

October 23, 2014

TOKYO, OCt 23 — Japan was hit today by a third political scandal in a week after its new industry minister — whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending — admitted that his underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar. Harvard graduate Yoichi Miyazawa, a former top bureaucrat in the finance ministry, immediately distanced... Read more

Next Media Video: Canadian parliament attacked, soldier shot dead nearby
A gunman shot and killed a soldier at Canada's main war memorial yesterday (October 22) the second deadly assault on uniformed members of Canada's armed forces in just three days. — Reuters Read More

Eating frequency report: Brazilians the most times a day, French the least

October 23, 2014

PARIS, Oct 23 — Brazilians eat the most frequently throughout the day, the French are least likely to snack, and the Chinese eat the most meals outside the home. These are among some of the findings in a wide-sweeping report released out of an International Food Fair in Paris happening this week, which looked at the eating patterns of... Read more

People queue to buy sausage at the Passo dello Stelvio, in Italy

People queue to buy sausage at the Passo dello Stelvio, in Italy's Eastern Alps, October 23, 2014. — Reuters pic

Tokyo film festival opens today… packs a superhero punch

October 23, 2014

TOKYO, Oct 23 —  The Tokyo International Film Festival opens today with its focus heavily on Japanese animated movies and with cult superhero “Ultraman” set to swoosh down the red carpet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The 27th edition of TIFF, which runs until October 31, will showcase the works of director Hideaki Anno, widely considered... Read more

Cover Media Video: Shia LaBeouf feels like Brad Pitt’s wife
Despite having a wife and six children, it looks like Brad Pitt has a bigger family than he thought as his ‘Fury’ co-star Shia LaBeouf has recently said that he feels like Pitt is more like a husband than a co-star. — Cover Media Read More

Dodge’s beefy Challenger Hellcat review

By Jason H. Harper
October 23, 2014

DALLAS, Oct 23 — I pop the clutch and slam the gas, and my dad’s cowboy hat flies off. His passenger seat leans back under the massive G-force and, briefly, I think he’s going to tumble into the back seat. Sorry, pop. The rear of the Dodge Challenger skews sideways, Pirelli tires battling for grip and losing the good fight. Thick curlicue... Read more

A man sits on a car with campaign stickers for Brazil

A man sits on a car with campaign stickers for Brazil's President and Workers' Party (PT) presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff during a campaign rally in Duque de Caxias near Rio de Janeiro October 23, 2014. — Reuters pic

Dances with wolves in China’s Xinjiang region

October 23, 2014

JIMSAR, Oct 23 — Facing down a pack of snarling wolves — the symbol of the Uighur minority in China’s violence-wracked far west — businessman Yang Changsheng offered a sausage in friendship. “I have a deep feeling for wolves. They will attack other people, but not me,” said Yang, who breeds the animals high in the snow-capped Tianshan... Read more

A peacock sculpture by Byeong Doo-moon titled

A peacock sculpture by Byeong Doo-moon titled 'Our memory in your place' is shown before sunrise as part of the 'Sculpture by the Sea' exhibition at Sydney's Tamarama Beach on its opening day October 23, 2014. — Reuters pic

Hand-built Apple-1 computer sells for US$950K in New York auction house

October 23, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 23 — One of the first Apple computers ever built sold in New York yesterday for US$905,000 (RM2.96 million), leading Bonhams auction house to declare it the world’s most expensive computer relic. The Apple-1 computer, built by hand in 1976 by Steve Wozniak in Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ garage or his sister’s bedroom, fetched... Read more

This may be the greatest thing since the invention of the pocket calculator
The PhotoMath app not only solves a difficult mathematical equation using any smart camera device, but it even shows the work. School children have it so easy these days. Read More

Osuna counts on ‘Game of Thrones’ for tourism boost

October 23, 2014

OSUNA, Oct 23 — Fans of the “Game of Thrones” fantasy TV series are flocking to the historic Spanish town of Osuna, where part of its fifth season is being filmed, fuelling hopes the show will deliver a lasting tourism boost. The tourism information centre in the southern town has extended its hours since filming began on October 16 to deal... Read more

A man rides a horse at the resort of Lopota, in Kakheti region of Georgia October 23, 2014. — Reuters pic

A man rides a horse at the resort of Lopota, in Kakheti region of Georgia October 23, 2014. — Reuters pic

Frozen no more! Famed Antarctic explorer’s century-old notebook discovered

October 23, 2014

NEW ZEALAND, Oct 23 — A photographic notebook from Robert Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent, New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust said. It belonged to scientist George Murray Levick and was discovered outside Scott’s 1911 Terra Nova base during last year’s... Read more

Books and a cap are displayed for sale in the classroom area of the HomeSafety Academy, which gives instruction on what to do and how to prepare for catastrophic events, in Lake Park, Florida October 23, 2014. — Reuters pic

Books and a cap are displayed for sale in the classroom area of the HomeSafety Academy, which gives instruction on what to do and how to prepare for catastrophic events, in Lake Park, Florida October 23, 2014. — Reuters pic