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Dragged through the mud on social media, PAS urges for ceasefire in Pakatan

NYT Video: A tale of two bridges ― to repair or rebuild?
With thousands of bridges in New York State deemed structurally deficient, there are two choices: repair or rebuild. ― New York Times Read More

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

September 20, 2014

BATU PAHAT, Sept 20 — PAS leaders called on their PKR and DAP allies today to stop openly attacking the Islamist party on social media, warning that their actions would only strengthen hardline positions within the... Read more

ISA needed to shield Chinese, Indians from Malay fury, Ibrahim Ali says

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

September 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — Putrajaya must reinstate the Internal Security Act (ISA) to protect the Chinese and Indians here from Malay anger, Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali said, claiming this is because the country’s dominant ethnic group has had to tolerate much insult from the non-Malay minorities. The fiery Malay rights leader said... Read more

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Last day of PAS' 60th Muktamar

  • PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (centre) and PAS leaders at the closing ceremony of PAS

    PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (centre) and PAS leaders at the closing ceremony of PAS' 60th Muktamar in Batu Pahat, September 20, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (centre) and PAS leaders at the closing ceremony of PAS

    PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (centre) and PAS leaders at the closing ceremony of PAS' 60th Muktamar in Batu Pahat, September 20, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu speaks at the closing ceremony of PAS

    PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu speaks at the closing ceremony of PAS' 60th Muktamar in Batu Pahat, September 20, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • PAS Youth chief, Suhaizan Kaiat, addressing delegates at the party

    PAS Youth chief, Suhaizan Kaiat, addressing delegates at the party's annual congress in Johor, September 20, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • LUHAM bureau chief Mohamed Hanipa Maidin speaks at the party’s annual congress in Johor, September 20, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    LUHAM bureau chief Mohamed Hanipa Maidin speaks at the party’s annual congress in Johor, September 20, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • A member of PAS

    A member of PAS' volunteer corps, Unit Amal, steps in to control the crowd during Mohamed Hanipa Maidin's speech at PAS' 60th Muktamar in Batu Pahat, September 20, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

G20 finance ministers talk growth, taxes and Russia

September 20, 2014

CAIRNS, Sept 20 — Financial leaders of the Group of 20 top economies remain committed to chasing higher global growth, but were divided on how to achieve it as Germany pushed back at calls from the United States and others for more immediate stimulus. Opening a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers, Australian Treasurer Joe... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Five of the most bizarre things you can buy on Alibaba
For Alibaba’s IPO, Bloomberg Ranx looks at some of the strangest things available on the giant e-commerce site. — Bloomberg Read More

Alonso fastest in final Singapore GP practice, Hamilton struggles to finish sixth

September 20, 2014

SINGAPORE, Sept 20 — Fernando Alonso continued his promising Singapore Grand Prix weekend for struggling Ferrari by finishing fastest in final practice before qualifying today. Alonso clocked a best time of one minutes 47.299 seconds, the fastest of the weekend, under the fading light at the Marina Bay Street Circuit where he won in 2008 and 2010. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was second quickest in the session, just 0.051 seconds slower... Read more

13 men jailed in India over gang-rape of tribal woman

September 20, 2014

KOLKATA, Sept 20 — An Indian court today sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years in jail for gang-raping a tribal woman as a punishment for “dishonouring” her community. The 20-year-old woman was gang-raped on orders from tribal village elders who objected to her relationship with a man from a different... Read more

A tourist police talks to tourists as they arrive by boat to the island of Koh Tao, where two British tourists were killed, September 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

A tourist police talks to tourists as they arrive by boat to the island of Koh Tao, where two British tourists were killed, September 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

Brussels chocolate museum opens to sweeten senses

September 20, 2014

BRUSSELS, Sept 20 — It likes to call itself the “country of chocolate” and now Belgium has a new treat for visitors: a museum dedicated to the confectionary featuring a Willy Wonka-style factory and cocoa tree jungle. Chocolate is a national treasure in Belgium. It is home to such illustrious brands as Godiva, Neuhaus, Leonidas and Cote... Read more

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Burger King Japan‘s KURO Diamond (Black Diamond) burger

  • An employee of Burger King Japan and the creator of its black burgers Kana Ienaga poses with the KURO Diamond burger at its shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    An employee of Burger King Japan and the creator of its black burgers Kana Ienaga poses with the KURO Diamond burger at its shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A monitor shows an advertisement for Burger King Japan‘s burgers called KURO Diamond (Black Diamond) (left) and KURO Pearl (Black Pearl) at its shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A monitor shows an advertisement for Burger King Japan‘s burgers called KURO Diamond (Black Diamond) (left) and KURO Pearl (Black Pearl) at its shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Packs of buns for black burgers are seen in a box as a Burger King shop staff grills patties at a Burger King shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Packs of buns for black burgers are seen in a box as a Burger King shop staff grills patties at a Burger King shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • An employee of Burger King Japan puts a slice of black cheese in its burger called the KURO Diamond (Black Diamond) burger at its shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    An employee of Burger King Japan puts a slice of black cheese in its burger called the KURO Diamond (Black Diamond) burger at its shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • An employee of Burger King Japan shows its ‘KURO Diamond (black diamond)’ burger at its shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    An employee of Burger King Japan shows its ‘KURO Diamond (black diamond)’ burger at its shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A man eats Burger King Japan‘s KURO Diamond (Black Diamond) burger at its shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A man eats Burger King Japan‘s KURO Diamond (Black Diamond) burger at its shop in Tokyo September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

Marvel stars bag BAFTA awards in LA (VIDEO)

September 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Sept 20 — At the beginning of November, the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards will be handed out and it’s already confirmed that Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo, as well as actresses Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench will be among the recipients. — Cover Media

Cover Media Video: Budding romance? Chris Martin 'serenades Jennifer Lawrence'
Although their relationship hasn’t officially been confirmed, Coldplay fans have said that front man Chris Martin serenaded Jennifer Lawrence at a recent gig in LA. — Cover Media

GM’s Cadillac to introduce high-end sedan in late ‘15

September 20, 2014

DETROIT, Sept 20 — As it strives to energize its Cadillac brand that once led the US luxury auto market, General Motors Co said today it will begin production of a new “top-end, high-technology car” by the end of 2015. The as-yet unnamed flagship sedan will be positioned “above today’s CTS and XTS product lines,” and “will add to rather... Read more

Wattmobile cars are parked at the Gare de l’Est SNCF railway station in Paris during the launching of Wattmobile, a French electric car and scooter rental network, on September 20, 2014. — AFP pic

Wattmobile cars are parked at the Gare de l’Est SNCF railway station in Paris during the launching of Wattmobile, a French electric car and scooter rental network, on September 20, 2014. — AFP pic

Stop discriminating! Let gay men give blood to help save millions of lives

September 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 20 — Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints (litres) each year and save more than a million lives a year, a California study showed yesterday. The US Federal Drug Administration has banned gay men from donating blood since 1983, when it... Read more

Bloomberg Video: 215 Chrystie ― The ultimate luxury building
Ian Schrager and 215 Chrystie interior designer John Pawson discuss the ‘ultimate’ luxury building on ‘Taking Stock’. ― Bloomberg Read More

New StudentLife app can reveal your state of mind

September 20, 2014

NEW HAMPSHIRE, Sept 20 — The first smartphone app that automatically provides indicators of mental health status has been created by researchers at Dartmouth University in the US state of New Hampshire. The first version is oriented towards students, but they say it’s applicable to all populations with an eye to reducing stress and increasing... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Swiss watchmaker’s opinion on Apple Watch
Parmigiani Fleurier CEO Jean-Marc Jacot discusses the company’s luxury watches and gives his opinion of the Apple Watch. ― Bloomberg Read More

Paris installs glass panels in a test to end love locks

September 20, 2014

PARIS, Sept 20 — Paris may have found a solution to their love lock problem: glass panels. This week the city replaced sections of mesh fencing on the city's iconic footbridge, Pont des Arts, with two shatter-resistant and anti-glare glass panes, reported No Love Locks, a group that has been campaigning for an end to the practice of... Read more

Tourists take a picture of San Sebastian from Mount Igeldo on the first day of the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival, September 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

Tourists take a picture of San Sebastian from Mount Igeldo on the first day of the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival, September 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

Reeva’s mother to publish book after Pistorius murder acquittal

September 20, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 20 — The mother of Reeva Steenkamp, the model killed by South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius, will publish a book about her daughter, publishers said today (Saturday). June Steenkamp sat stoically in a South African courtroom following every detail of the six month trial. Her memoirs “will tell, for the first... Read more

Bolivia’s Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca holds a copy of ‘The Book of the Sea’ during an announcement about a nationwide distribution of the book to spread the Bolivian maritime cause, in La Paz September 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

Bolivia’s Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca holds a copy of ‘The Book of the Sea’ during an announcement about a nationwide distribution of the book to spread the Bolivian maritime cause, in La Paz September 20, 2014. — Reuters pic