Last updated Friday, July 31, 2015 09:03pm

The Lead Story

Airline debris from Reunion Island is from Boeing 777, deputy minister says

MMOTV: Supporters gather to show support for press freedom at the Edge rally
Shannon Teoh from the Coalition for Press Freedom speaks against the suspension of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily. — Video by Boo Su-Lyn Read More

July 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — A part number on aircraft wreckage recovered in the Indian Ocean confirms it came from a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official said today, expressing... Read more

Moscow eyes milestone Russia-Asean summit in 2016

July 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — Russia, a major dialogue partner of Asean, expects preparations to celebrate the 20th anniversary of partnership between both sides in 2016 will be on the agenda of the upcoming Asean-Russia Ministerial Meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Russia will be represented by its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the talks, part of a... Read more

MMOTV: Supporters gather at the Edge rally
Some 200 people rally at The Edge's office against the suspension of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily. — Video by Boo Su-Lyn Read More

Singapore: Then and now

Singapore: Then and now

1 / 6

Tourists pose for selfies and photos with the statue of a Merlion along Marina Bay near the skyline of the central business district in Singapore July 31, 2015. Singapore holds a Jubilee weekend from August 7 to 10 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its independence. — Reuters pic

Singapore: Then and now
‘Heart of Darkness’: A boat trip into the unknown

‘Heart of Darkness’: A boat trip into the unknown

2 / 6

Artists and refugees from Africa and the Middle East participate in a theatre project ‘Heart of Darkness’ in Berlin on July 31, 2015, where the audience take a boat ride to meet refugees, who have succeeded despite the dangers and risks to cross borders and the sea. — Reuters pic

‘Heart of Darkness’: A boat trip into the unknown
Exploring beautiful Maui

Exploring beautiful Maui

3 / 6

A tiki torch burns at sunset in Kahana, Maui, Hawaii July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Exploring beautiful Maui
Angelina Jolie visits Kachin ethnic refugees

Angelina Jolie visits Kachin ethnic refugees

4 / 6

UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie shakes hand with Kachin ethnic refugees as she visits Jam Mai Kaung IDP camp in Myitkyina capital city of Kachin state, Myanmar, July 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

Angelina Jolie visits Kachin ethnic refugees
Alternative medicine for animals

Alternative medicine for animals

5 / 6

A blue-throated macaw receives acupuncture and laser therapy treatment at the veterinary hospital in Brasilia Zoo, July 31, 2015. The zoo’s veterinary hospital uses acupuncture and laser therapy to improve the health and well-being of animals with chronic diseases. — Reuters pic

Alternative medicine for animals
Celebrating the Kasada festival

Celebrating the Kasada festival

6 / 6

A small altar is seen at Mount Bromo ahead of the annual Kasada festival in Indonesia's East Java province, July 31, 2015. The Kasada festival will be held tomorrow. — Reuters pic

Celebrating the Kasada festival

Bloomberg Video: Why good investment decisions should only take 10 minutes

Duration: 5:46, Published 31 Jul 2015

Qaeda suicide bombing kills nine Yemen soldiers: military source

July 31, 2015

ADEN (Yemen), July 31 —A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into a Yemeni army checkpoint today killing nine soldiers, a military source said, blaming Al-Qaeda for the attack. The attack was mounted near the city of Qoton in southeastern Yemen’s vast desert province of Hadramawt where Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)... Read more

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers questions during the Prime Minister’s Questions at parliament in Athens, Greece July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers questions during the Prime Minister’s Questions at parliament in Athens, Greece July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Beijing awarded 2022 Winter Olympics

July 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — Beijing was chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2022 Winter Olympics today, becoming the first city to be awarded both the summer and winter Games. The Chinese capital beat Kazakhstan‘s Almaty in a secret ballot of 85 IOC members held at a convention centre in downtown Kuala Lumpur in a decision that drew immediate criticism from human rights activists. The ballot was conducted twice,... Read more

Ringgit drops for third month as 1MDB scandal hurts sentiment

July 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — Malaysia’s ringgit dropped for a third month and reached a 16-year low as a political scandal linked to a state investment company weighed on investor sentiment already flagging from a slump in oil. A multiple probe into the finances of debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) spurred demand for the relative... Read more

Women look at handbags in a department store in the Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Women look at handbags in a department store in the Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

7-Eleven’s US$1-a-cup coffees fuel Japan’s surge into java big leagues

July 31, 2015

TOKYO, July 31 — The fastest-growing drinks market in Japan isn’t craft beer or fruit smoothies. It’s US$1 (RM3.60) cups of black coffee from the local 7-Eleven. “Convenience-store coffee is just great, given its low price,” said Kiyoshi Fujimoto, a 50-year-old school teacher in Tokyo. He estimates he drinks coffee from the shops locally... Read more

This is how you make a Japanese cotton cheesecake
Fancy making an easy-to-bake, but earth-shatteringly delicious cheesecake? We’ve got just the recipe for you, folks. Read More

Willem Dafoe cast with Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close in ‘What Happened to Monday’

July 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES, July 31 — Actor Willem Dafoe of “The Great Wall” has signed on to the cast of upcoming sci-fi action thriller “What Happened to Monday.” He joins Noomi Rapace of “Prometheus” and Glenn Close of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” who had already been cast, Variety reports. Screenwriters Kerry Williamson and Max Botkin’s dystopian... Read more

Lebanese musician and composer Ziad Rahbani (left) performs during a concert at the Edineyat international festival in Ehden town, northern Lebanon. — Reuters pic

Lebanese musician and composer Ziad Rahbani (left) performs during a concert at the Edineyat international festival in Ehden town, northern Lebanon. — Reuters pic

Driving tip: Going too slow is bad for fuel economy

YS Khong
July 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — As a rule of thumb, we know that driving too fast is bad for fuel consumption, but did you know that driving at too slow a speed is also just as bad? The car should be driven at its optimum as much as possible – it is not possible to do that all of the time, admittedly, due to road and traffic conditions, and vehicle... Read more

A man walks past a Honda Motor Co

A man walks past a Honda Motor Co's car displayed outside a showroom at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

National Gallery Singapore to open its doors on November 24 (VIDEO)

July 31, 2015

SINGAPORE, July 31 — The National Gallery Singapore will finally open its doors to the public on November 24, with visitors enjoying free entry until December 6. A key highlight will be the museum’s opening festival, which will be held at the Padang from November 27 to 29. It will feature a show spectacle on the museum’s facade and a range... Read more

Mountain biking run captured in one single shot
This amazing 4-minute video is the world’s first full mountain biking segment to be captured in a single continuous shot. Seen in the film unReal, the shot shows top slopestyle mountain biker Brandon Semenuk tackling a custom trail while the camera seemingly-magically follows his tricks down the hill.

US man finds iPhone in Texas pasture after it fell from private plane

July 31, 2015

HOUSTON, July 31 — A Texas businessman used an app to find his iPhone in a rural pasture after it fell 2,835 metres during a flight from Houston. The lost iPhone not only reported its location, but also laid out a map where owner Ben Wilson could find it. The Wichita Falls Times Record News reported yesterday that Wilson and a pilot were... Read more

A customer points at a screen displaying a website of Alibaba

A customer points at a screen displaying a website of Alibaba's Taobao at a rural service centre in Yuzhao Village, Tonglu, Zhejiang province, China. — Reuters pic

Gaza’s Blue Beach luxury resort an oasis amid hardship

July 31, 2015

GAZA, July 31 — A luxurious new tourist resort has opened in the Gaza Strip, its manicured lawns, sparkling pool and private beach in stark contrast to the impoverished territory still struggling to recover from last year’s war. The Blue Beach Resort, made up of 162 chalet-style rooms set among palm trees and overlooking the Mediterranean,... Read more

Tourists pose for selfies and photos with the statue of a Merlion along Marina Bay near the skyline of the central business district in Singapore. Picture released July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Tourists pose for selfies and photos with the statue of a Merlion along Marina Bay near the skyline of the central business district in Singapore. Picture released July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Biting observations on running a military-title-only bookstore in ‘Martial Bliss’

by Dwight Garner
July 31, 2015

NEW YORK, July 31 — The story Margaretta Barton Colt has to tell in her charming memoir, “Martial Bliss” — do not misread its title as “Marital Bliss” — takes place only a few decades ago. But it seems to emerge as if from a time machine. Colt returns us to 1976, when New York City was a seedier and stranger place. The name Duane Reade... Read more

Sima Vaknin-Gill, Israel

Sima Vaknin-Gill, Israel's chief military censor, reads a local Israeli newspaper in her office in Tel Aviv July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic