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Malaysia needs new Act for tobacco control, says ex-MOH official

Reuters Video: Obama says Vietnam activists barred from meeting him
US President Barack Obama says several activists were prevented from meeting him, raising concerns about the country’s human rights. Rough cut (no reporter narration). ― Reuters Read More

BY BOO SU-LYN
May 24, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — Putrajaya must enact a standalone law on tobacco control with standardised packaging rules before the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement comes... Read more

Why now keen to drop tunnel for bridge? BN rep asks Penang

May 24, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — The Penang government’s abrupt switch from pushing for an undersea tunnel to a third bridge connecting its island half to the mainland is “bizarre” and questionable, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said today. The Barisan Nasional strategic communications director demanded the Pakatan Harapan state explain its “sudden... Read more

Tourists take pictures of the city from a skybox at the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur on May 24, 2016. Skybox, at 421 metres above ground level, is the latest tourist attraction at the KL Tower. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Tourists take pictures of the city from a skybox at the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur on May 24, 2016. Skybox, at 421 metres above ground level, is the latest tourist attraction at the KL Tower. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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Premiere of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

Premiere of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

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From left: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and Johnny Depp pose at the premiere of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood May 24, 2016. — Reuters pic

Premiere of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’
The historic Amman Citadel in Jordan

The historic Amman Citadel in Jordan

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A tourist takes pictures next to the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules during his visit to the Amman Citadel, an ancient Roman landmark in Amman, Jordan May 24, 2016. — Reuters pic

The historic Amman Citadel in Jordan
2016 Chelsea Flower Show

2016 Chelsea Flower Show

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II stands in front of a floral exhibit by the New Covent Garden Flower Market, which features an image of the Queen at the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show in central London May 23, 2016. — Reuters pic

2016 Chelsea Flower Show
Cannes Film Festival comes to a close

Cannes Film Festival comes to a close

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Director Houda Benyamina, Camera d’Or award winner for her film ‘Divines’, poses during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 23, 2016. — Reuters pic

Cannes Film Festival comes to a close
Billboard Music Awards 2016 winners

Billboard Music Awards 2016 winners

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Billboard Icon Award recipient Celine Dion holds hands with the presenter, her son Rene Charles, as she accepts the award at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 23, 2016. — Reuters pic

Billboard Music Awards 2016 winners
Performances from the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Performances from the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

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Madonna performs ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ during her tribute to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 23, 2016. — Reuters pic

Performances from the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Reuters Video: Rodgers believes he is joining one of the ‘biggest clubs in the world’

Duration: 01:23, Published 24 May 2016

Sri Lanka rain death toll hits 101 as waters recede

May 24, 2016

COLOMBO, May 24 — Floods subsided across Sri Lanka today revealing the full extent of damage from last week’s deluge that also triggered landslides, officials said, as the death toll crossed 100. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said 101 people were known to have died last week while another 100 people were still listed as missing in... Read more

Reuters Video: Pope meets top Egypt cleric ending freeze in relations
Pope Francis meets the grand imam of Egypt’s highest Islamic authority, as the two religious leaders seek to heal relations between their faiths. — Reuters Read More

Rodgers believes he is joining one of the ‘biggest clubs in the world’ (VIDEO)

May 24, 2016

LONDON, May 24 — Brendan Rodgers said he believes he has joined one of the “biggest clubs in the world” in his first news conference as Celtic manager yesterday. The former Liverpool boss was named manager on Friday (May 20) and told... Read more

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Brexit fears spook German investors, think tank finds

May 24, 2016

FRANKFURT, May 24 — Investor confidence in Germany fell unexpectedly in May as uncertainty over a possible exit by Britain from the European Union overshadows better-than-expected economic data, a leading survey showed today. The investor confidence index calculated by the ZEW economic institute decreased by 4.8 points to 6.4 points in May,... Read more

Men unload blocks of ice from a tricycle at a local market in Kolkata, India, May 24, 2016. — Reuters pic

Men unload blocks of ice from a tricycle at a local market in Kolkata, India, May 24, 2016. — Reuters pic

YouTube cooking sensation Steve Owens in Penang

May 24, 2016

GEORGE TOWN, May 24 — YouTube cooking sensation Steve Owens is currently in Penang to shoot his experience and at the same time learn to cook local cuisine. Owens who is famous for his YouTube Channel Steve’s Kitchen will be here till June 16 with his wife Michelle Owens to shoot a series of blogs that will be shared with his 120,000... Read more

Reuters Video: Czech castle unveils 'hidden' wines from 1890s
Wine experts enjoy a rare taste of fine wines from 125 years ago that were secretly stashed away in a Czech castle in 1945. Mana Rabiee reports. — Reuters Read More

Jennifer Lawrence took a sedative before The Hunger Games dance scene

May 24, 2016

NEW YORK, May 24 — Jennifer Lawrence admitted accidentally taking a sedative during an hilarious True Confessions segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Oscar-winning actress revealed she accidentally sedated herself before filming a scene for the blockbuster film franchise, in yesterday’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy... Read more

Matthew McConaughey fights for the ‘Free State Of Jones’
Matthew McConaughey leads a civil war rebellion in upcoming civil war movie “Free State of Jones”. Read More

It’s no accident: Advocates want to speak of car ‘crashes’ instead

May 23, 2016

NEW YORK, May 23 — Roadway fatalities in the United States are soaring at a rate not seen in 50 years, resulting from crashes, collisions and other incidents caused by drivers. Just don’t call them accidents anymore. That is the position of a growing number of safety advocates, including grass-roots groups, federal officials and state and... Read more

Factory workers inspect cars on the assembly line at Daimler

Factory workers inspect cars on the assembly line at Daimler's Mercedes factory in Kecskemet, Hungary May 24, 2016. — Reuters pic

‘Bourgeois’ cult of beautiful bod grows in Cuba

May 24, 2016

HAVANA, May 24 — Inside Armando Yera’s gym, toned Cubans in tight spandex are pumping iron in front of mirrored walls and pedaling furiously on stationary bikes, a scene that looks more Miami than Havana. Yera is one of Cuba’s first competitive bodybuilders and part of its budding class of entrepreneurs. Both activities were long frowned on... Read more

Reuters Video: Royally floral
Blooming exhibits at London’s Chelsea Flower Show brings out the Royal family. — Reuters Read More

More challenges than cheer for Apple chief Tim Cook on Asia tour

May 24, 2016

MUMBAI, May 24 — With slowing iPhone sales in China, Apple Inc is having to take India more seriously, but investors hoping for a stock price fillip from CEO Tim Cook’s week-long Asia trip instead were given a taste of the daunting challenges that lie ahead. The second leg of Cook’s trip, to India, the world’s third-largest smartphone... Read more

Children watch robots dancing at a science and technology camp in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China May 24, 2016. — Reuters pic

Children watch robots dancing at a science and technology camp in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China May 24, 2016. — Reuters pic

Eight most impressive things about ‘Harmony of the Seas’ cruise ship

By Celine Asril
May 24, 2016

SOUTHAMPTON, May 24 — You’ll never look at cruise ships the same way again. This is what TODAY discovered as we set sail last Friday onboard the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, for its preview voyage around the English Channel ahead of its maiden voyage on May 29 to Barcelona. Measuring 66.5m wide and... Read more

Tourists take pictures during their visit to the Amman Citadel, an ancient Roman landmark in Amman, Jordan, May 24, 2016. ― Reuters pic

Tourists take pictures during their visit to the Amman Citadel, an ancient Roman landmark in Amman, Jordan, May 24, 2016. ― Reuters pic

Lega ‘janin seperti bayi’ dalam perut remaja lelaki dibuang

May 24, 2016

BALING, 24 Mei — Seorang ibu melahirkan perasaan leganya apabila ketumbuhan yang didakwa sebagai janin yang dikandung selama 15 tahun oleh anak lelakinya berjaya dikeluarkan pada Selasa lepas. Hasmah Ahmad, 38, berkata walaupun terkejut dengan apa yang dialami oleh anak kelimanya Mohd Zul Shahril Saidin, 15, beliau reda dengan ketentuan... Selanjutnya

Menteri Pendidikan Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid bergambar dengan pelajar-pelajar Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Mahsuri, Padang Serai, di Kulim pada 22 Mei, 2016. Sebelum itu menteri merasmikan Kolej Tingkatan Enam Kulim di sekolah sama.—foto Bernama

Menteri Pendidikan Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid bergambar dengan pelajar-pelajar Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Mahsuri, Padang Serai, di Kulim pada 22 Mei, 2016. Sebelum itu menteri merasmikan Kolej Tingkatan Enam Kulim di sekolah sama.—foto Bernama

Modest S. Korean Booker prizewinning author says her life won’t change

May 24, 2016

SEOUL, May 24 — South Korean author Han Kang met the media en masse today for the first time since winning a top literary award — and said she just wants to continue writing “as if nothing had happened”. The Vegetarian, which tells the story of an ordinary woman’s rejection of convention from three different perspectives, was picked... Read more

Copies of the book ‘Leadership, the Barack Obama way’ by Shel Leanne translated into Vietnamese are seen on sale at a book store in Ho Chi Minh City on May 24, 2016. ― AFP pic

Copies of the book ‘Leadership, the Barack Obama way’ by Shel Leanne translated into Vietnamese are seen on sale at a book store in Ho Chi Minh City on May 24, 2016. ― AFP pic