Jawi steps up Ramadan enforcement operations

May 28, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) is stepping up enforcement operations during this Holy month of Ramadan. Its enforcement chief Wan Jaafar Wan Ahmad said this was being done in all the three federal territories — Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. “On the first day yesterday, we... Read more

A man walks away after performing prayer on the second day of the holy month of Ramadan at Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur, May 28, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

A man walks away after performing prayer on the second day of the holy month of Ramadan at Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur, May 28, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

‘Based on a True Story’ (D’apres une histoire vraie) red carpet at Cannes

‘Based on a True Story’ (D’apres une histoire vraie) red carpet at Cannes

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Actress Uma Thurman poses with jury members Karel Och and Reda Kateb at the screening of ‘Based on a True Story’ (D'apres une histoire vraie) at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. — Reuters pic

‘Based on a True Story’ (D’apres une histoire vraie) red carpet at Cannes
Reliving Spain’s past in ‘Ronda Romantica’

Reliving Spain’s past in ‘Ronda Romantica’

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People participate in ‘Ronda Romantica’ (Romantic Ronda), dressing in traditional costumes and recreating the era of the bandits, drovers and romantic travellers in the nineteenth century. — Reuters pic

Reliving Spain’s past in ‘Ronda Romantica’
Muslims usher in Ramadan

Muslims usher in Ramadan

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Scenes from all over the world as Muslims begin the rite of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan May 27, 2017. — Reuters pix

Muslims usher in Ramadan
Singapore’s Apple Store opens

Singapore’s Apple Store opens

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Singapore's first Apple Store opens its doors at Orchard Road May 27, 2017. — Reuters pix

Singapore’s Apple Store opens
San Isidro bullfighting fair

San Isidro bullfighting fair

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Scenes at the San Isidro's bullfighting fair at Madrid's Las Ventas bullring May 27, 2017. — Reuters pix

San Isidro bullfighting fair
The 2017 Cannes Film Festival Celebrity amfAR Gala

The 2017 Cannes Film Festival Celebrity amfAR Gala

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Chris Tucker, Uma Thurman, Jury members Jessica Chastain and Will Smith conduct an auction at the amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS 2017 event at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in Antibes, France May 26, 2017. — Reuters pic

The 2017 Cannes Film Festival Celebrity amfAR Gala

Indian Kashmir under Ramadan curfew after rebel leader’s killing

May 28, 2017

SRINAGAR, May 28 — Authorities clamped a curfew across most of Indian-administered Kashmir for the first day of the Muslim Ramadan festival today and partially cut telephone services to thwart protests over the killing of a top rebel commander. The lockdown in the mainly Muslim region crippled life on the first day of the Islamic holy... Read more

Reuters Video: Clinton predicts impeachment for Trump
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told graduates at a Commencement address at Wellesley College yesterday (May 26, 2017), ‘We were furious about the past presidential election — of a man who's presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice.’ — Reuters Read More

Courtois blames referee and defensive lapse for Cup defeat

May 28, 2017

LONDON, May 28 — Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blamed a lack of concentration and a refereeing decision for the FA Cup final defeat that reminded him of a familiar anti-climax to the season when he was with former club Atletico... Read more

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HK Financial Secretary questions Moody’s over debt downgrade

May 28, 2017

HONG KONG, May 28 — Moody’s Investors Service’s decision to downgrade Hong Kong’s debt rating last week was based on “shallow” evidence, Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan wrote in a blog today. “The evidence on which the ratings company mechanically downgraded Hong Kong’s debt rating based on the very close economic... Read more

Bank notes of different currencies, including Euro, US Dollar, Turkish Lira or Brazilian Reais, are photographed in Frankfurt in this illustration released May 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

Bank notes of different currencies, including Euro, US Dollar, Turkish Lira or Brazilian Reais, are photographed in Frankfurt in this illustration released May 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

‘F’ as in ‘food’: Chef Gordon Ramsay’s tips for dining out

May 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES, May 28 — Avoid the specials, be suspicious of outlandish boasts and prepare to haggle for your wine: three golden rules for a heightened dining experience, as newly revealed by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The Michelin-starred cook offered AFP his tricks for getting the most out of a restaurant visit as he inspected the Los... Read more

People break their fast at the main shopping and pedestrian street of Istiklal on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in central Istanbul May 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

People break their fast at the main shopping and pedestrian street of Istiklal on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in central Istanbul May 28, 2017. — Reuters pic Read More

When a hitman needs a bodyguard in ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ trailer (VIDEO)

May 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES, May 28 — Lionsgate released a new US trailer for The Hitman’s Bodyguard, starring Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in an action comedy. Reynolds stars as the world’s best bodyguard, who is hired to protect a hitman, played by Jackson. The mismatch pair must get over their differences in order to make it to a trial on... Read more

Reuters Video: Brad Pitt, Courtney Love among mourners at Chris Cornell funeral
Family, friends and fans mourn death of grunge rocker Chris Cornell at Hollwood funeral. Ben Gruber reports. — Reuters Read More

Volvo wagon fanatics prepare for the new V90 station wagon

May 28, 2017

NEW YORK, May 28 — Picture a Volvo. You’re imagining a boxy, full-size station wagon, right? Well, that classic shape has long been gone, but it’s about to make a modern comeback. Back in the 1980s and ‘90s, Volvo was America’s top-selling European import brand—and the first to surpass the milestone 100,000 annual sales... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Tesla experiencing growing pains with Model X
While Tesla Inc.’s Model S has been a hit and thousands lined up to order the upcoming Model 3 sedan, the Model X sport utility vehicle hasn’t met the CEO's expectations. Model X deliveries have yet to keep pace with the Model S, as Musk predicted, and US registrations of the SUV have slipped the last two quarters, according to IHS Markit. Bloomberg's Dana Hull reports on ‘Bloomberg Markets’. — Bloomberg Read More

Listen up, shop for real deals at Japanese pre-loved shops!

By Lydia Koh
May 28, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Where can you find a Le Creuset pot for RM40 or a full mink winter coat for RM100? Pre-loved Japanese stores are the places to go to look for such bargains and shoppers in Malaysia are warming up to the idea of shopping for pre-loved items due to their reasonable prices in these challenging economic times. One of... Read more

Reuters Video: Stone-lifting strongmen compete in Bavaria
A test of strength as burly men lift blocks of concrete in German town of Grafing. — Reuters Read More

Apple said to plan dedicated chip to power AI on devices

May 28, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, May 28 — Apple Inc. got an early start in artificial intelligence software with the 2011 introduction of Siri, a tool that lets users operate their smartphones with voice commands. Now the electronics giant is bringing artificial intelligence to chips. Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related... Read more

Team KG Klemm from Estonia presenting their robots in front of a judge (left) at the First Lego League Open European Championship in Aarhus May 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

Team KG Klemm from Estonia presenting their robots in front of a judge (left) at the First Lego League Open European Championship in Aarhus May 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

Solitaire: The desert town where trucks go to heaven

By Kenny Mah
May 28, 2017

SOLITAIRE (Namibia), May 28 — The Namib Desert, the world’s oldest desert at 43 million years, is a dry and barren place. Not where one would expect to find a haven for tasty treats given that food and water are hardly abundant here. But even the most desolate of places has its secret delicacies. Is it a steak of oryx, Namibia’s... Read more

French soldiers patrol as tourists visit Montmartre’s Sacre Coeur Church in Paris May 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

French soldiers patrol as tourists visit Montmartre’s Sacre Coeur Church in Paris May 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

Penampilan perokok terjejas, bakar RM375 juta sehari

May 28, 2017

PUTRAJAYA 26 Mei — Perokok di Malaysia ‘membakar’ RM375 juta sehari berikutan ketagihan mereka kepada nikotin. Kajian menunjukkan seramai 4.7 juta berbelanja RM180 sebulan atau RM2,160 setahun untuk membeli rokok, lapor Utusan Malaysia. “Merokok juga menyebabkan penampilan mereka terjejas, rambut dan pakaian berbau rokok, bibir... Selanjutnya

Ustaz Ahmad Mustaffa Idris sedang mengajar pelajarnya Muhammad Qalis Nizam ketika kelas Al-Quran yang dianjurkan Lembaga Amanah Kebajikan Masjid Negeri Sarawak sempena program bulan Ramadan, Kuching 28, Mei, 2017. — Foto Bernama

Ustaz Ahmad Mustaffa Idris sedang mengajar pelajarnya Muhammad Qalis Nizam ketika kelas Al-Quran yang dianjurkan Lembaga Amanah Kebajikan Masjid Negeri Sarawak sempena program bulan Ramadan, Kuching 28, Mei, 2017. — Foto Bernama

Denis Johnson, whose addiction shaped his writings, is dead

May 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, May 28 — American writer and playwright Denis Johnson, who drew on his struggles with drugs and alcohol to produce award-winning poetry and short-story collections, has died at his home in California. Johnson was 67, and the cause of his death Wednesday was listed as liver cancer, according to US news reports. Not the most... Read more

An Afghan man reads the Quran at a mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Kabul May 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

An Afghan man reads the Quran at a mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Kabul May 28, 2017. — Reuters pic