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Health Ministry says on alert for Ebola, plays down air travel risk

Cover Media Video: Beyonce spotted apartment hunting without Jay-Z
Despite sharing a tour together, hip-hop royals Beyonce and Jay-Z are in the middle of a huge amount of breakup rumours. — Cover Media Read More

By Ida Lim
July 31, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — The Health Ministry said today that it is on the alert and is capable of coping with the Ebola virus if the disease, now confined to West Africa, reaches Malaysian shores. The Health Ministry... Read more

Tribute to MH17

Explosions heard as experts reach MH17 crash site

July 31, 2014

ROZSYPNE, July 31 — Explosions rang out near the crash site of downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine today as international investigators arrived for the first time in nearly a week after Kiev announced a surprise one-day halt to its offensive against rebels. A small team of Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by international monitors... Read more

Next Media Video: MAS flight aborts takeoff to avoid approaching plane
A Malaysia Airlines flight departing the Adelaide Airport in Australia was ordered to abort its takeoff to avoid an incoming Tiger Air flight on Tuesday. — Reuters Read More

Dollar gains slightly after US jobs data stokes optimism

July 31, 2014

NEW YORK, July 31 — The US dollar edged higher against a basket of major currencies today after US labor market data bolstered expectations for a more hawkish Federal Reserve and reinforced optimism for a strong US non-farm payrolls report tomorrow. The Labor Department said the Employment Cost Index, the broadest measure of labor costs and... Read more

A lone protester holds up signs outside the office of a court-appointed mediator in New York, July 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

A lone protester holds up signs outside the office of a court-appointed mediator in New York, July 31, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Squash queen Nicol David loses in Glasgow doubles

July 31, 2014

GLASGOW, July 31 — Women’s squash singles champion Nicol David’s Commonwealth Games is over after she and doubles partner Wee Wee Low were knocked out by Alison Waters and Emma Beddoes of England at the quarter-final stage. The Malaysian pair, beaten in one of their pool matches by Indian’s Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa, fell to a narrow 11-10, 11-8 loss to the third seeds. David, so dominant in the singles, knows the doubles is... Read more

International aviation agency to discuss passenger screening for Ebola

July 31, 2014

MONTREAL, July 31 — The International Civil Aviation Organisation said today it is considering passenger screenings for Ebola, now that the deadly virus for the first time has crossed international borders aboard an aircraft. The world aviation authority said it held emergency talks with officials from the World Health Organization (WHO)... Read more

Next Media Video: Female suicide bomber kills six in northern Nigeria
At least six people were killed and six more critically wounded in a suicide bombing at a college in Kano, northern Nigeria's largest city yesterday. ― Reuters Read More

Kickstarter potato salad sensation to host Toronto cook-off

July 31, 2014

TORONTO, July 31 — Canadian restaurant chain Jack Astor’s has made good on its promise to collaborate with the internet sensation behind the potato salad phenomenon on Kickstarter and will be bringing the Columbus, Ohio man to Toronto for a potato salad cook-off. In an attempt to cash in on what was a runaway story this month, the casual... Read more

Jude Law dances in his latest role as spokesman for whisky
Want to see Jude Law dance? In a cinematic ad for Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the British actor dons his dancing shoes and flashes his seductive, swoon-worthy gaze at the camera in his role as a ‘gentleman with a wager.’ — AFP-Relaxnews

Matthew McConaughey leaves the solar system in ‘Interstellar’

July 31, 2014

LOS ANGELES, July 31 — After a limited screening at Comic-Con last weekend, Warner Bros released the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated sci-fi adventure movie on the official “Interstellar” website. After two short videos revealing the basic outline of the plot — humanity is dying out in the aftermath of an environmental... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Aerosmith: Let Rock Rule Tour 2014

  • Rock band Aerosmith performs during the

    Rock band Aerosmith performs during the 'Aerosmith: Let Rock Rule' tour at The Forum in Inglewood, California July 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Guitarist Slash performs at The Forum in Inglewood, California July 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Guitarist Slash performs at The Forum in Inglewood, California July 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Vocalist Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs during the

    Vocalist Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs during the 'Aerosmith: Let Rock Rule' tour at The Forum in Inglewood, California July 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Vocalist Steven Tyler (front left) and guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform during their

    Vocalist Steven Tyler (front left) and guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform during their 'Aerosmith: Let Rock Rule' tour at The Forum in Inglewood, California July 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Vocalist Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs during the

    Vocalist Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs during the 'Aerosmith: Let Rock Rule' tour at The Forum in Inglewood, California July 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

Chevy Volt, Mini Cooper Countryman pass crash test, Mazda 5 fails

July 31, 2014

DETROIT, July 31— The General Motors Co Chevrolet Volt was the only one of a dozen small cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to earn a “Top Safety Pick+” award, the IIHS said in a statement yesterday. In small front overlap crash tests of a dozen small cars, only BMW AG’s Mini Cooper Countryman scored a top-rating of... Read more

AFP Video: Wireless phone charging taps into the car market
In an attempt to cut in-cabin clutter and make life easier for customers, Cadillac wants to keep handsets connected and topped up without the need to have to fiddle with connecting cables. — AFP/Relaxnews Read More

Synthetics prove to be a challenge for world diamond industry

July 31, 2014

TEL AVIV, July 31 — Diamonds are a girl’s best friend - but only if they are natural. That is the message mining companies and luxury jewellers are keen to instill in consumers as the diamond trade faces a growing challenge from the production of synthetic diamonds. Global diamond jewellery sales are worth more than $72 billion a year,... Read more

NYT Video: Wet suits go green
A new kind of bio-rubber could change the way surf companies make wetsuits. — New York Times

Survey shows Android has 85pc of smartphone market

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 31 — Smartphones powered by the Android operating system captured 85 per cent of the worldwide market in the second quarter, threatening to marginalize rival platforms, a new survey shows. Strategy Analytics said overall smartphone shipments were up 27 per cent from a year ago to 295 million, with most of the growth in... Read more

Official Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Reveal Trailer
Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare envisions battlegrounds of the future, where both technology and tactics have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise.

Terengganu MB stresses on cleanliness at tourist locations

July 31, 2014

HULU TERENGGANU, July 31 — The Terengganu government has identified four locations in Kuala Terengganu where cleanliness needs to be given added emphasis for the comfort of tourists, said Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.   He said the locations were Dataran Shahbandar, the Batu Buruk area, Masjid Tengku Tengah... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Book a night in one of these luxurious hotel rooms
Enjoying the ultimate in luxury when you travel can also be costly. Bloomberg Ranx takes a look at five of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world. — Bloomberg Read More

Ex-President Bush pens biography of other ex-President Bush

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 31 — Former President George W Bush has written a biography of another onetime White House occupant: his father. The currently untitled book on George HW Bush, 90, will be released in the US and Canada in print and digital formats on November 11, Crown Publishing Group said in a news release today. The book covers “the... Read more

NYT Video: Weapons rule at Comic-Con
Attendees of Comic-Con International bring an assortment of “weapons” to the convention hall that are screened by security officers. — New York Times Read More