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No shame in being ‘right wing’, Johor Umno delegate says

NYT Video: Anatomy of a scene — ‘Imitation Game’
Morten Tyldum narrates a sequence from ‘The Imitation Game’, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch. — New York Times Read More

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
November 28, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — Umno should not feel ashamed in being seen dialling right if such a move meant it was helping Malays stay dominant in their own country, a delegate... Read more

‘Want to go somewhere, but don’t know where?’ MAS says sorry for latest faux pas

November 28, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 ― After a second social media gaffe since losing two planes this year, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has apologised and removed a poorly-worded tweet on its year-end promotion following a slew of criticism. The national carrier, whose Flight MH370 disappeared in March and which remains missing, yesterday posted the following... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Hong Kong's Tim Ho Wan in Malaysia

  • A long queue of eager customers wait in line for Tim Ho Wan to open for business today, November 28, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

    A long queue of eager customers wait in line for Tim Ho Wan to open for business today, November 28, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Customers are seen eagerly waiting at the entrance of Tim Ho Wan to taste their famous dim sum, November 28, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

    Customers are seen eagerly waiting at the entrance of Tim Ho Wan to taste their famous dim sum, November 28, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Malaysians can now savour Tim Ho Wan’s famous dim sum, November 28, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

    Malaysians can now savour Tim Ho Wan’s famous dim sum, November 28, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Tim Ho Wan’s chefs are busy preparing the restaurant’s signature items for their customers, November 28, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

    Tim Ho Wan’s chefs are busy preparing the restaurant’s signature items for their customers, November 28, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

  • A chef at Tim Ho Wan is seen carrying a tray of mouth-watering dim sum items. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

    A chef at Tim Ho Wan is seen carrying a tray of mouth-watering dim sum items. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

  • In order to save time, customers can place their orders while waiting in line, November 28, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

    In order to save time, customers can place their orders while waiting in line, November 28, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Ringgit ends lower against US dollar

November 28, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — The ringgit ended at a near five-year low against the US dollar today in the face of a slump in oil prices, a dealer said. He said the tumble in oil prices prompted investors to dump the local currency and shift to the greenback. The weak performance of the local and regional bourses also influenced the downtrend in... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Why Switzerland may cause the price of gold to jump 20pc
A key Swiss vote may force the country’s bank into buying twice as much gold as it already holds. That could see the price of gold rise considerably. — Bloomberg Read More

You’re getting sacked in the morning! Liverpool’s Rodgers joint favourite for the boot

November 28, 2014

LONDON, Nov 28 ― You would have been hard pressed at the start of the season to find anyone to bet on Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers becoming the first Premier League manager to get the sack, but he is now the bookies' joint favourite. After last season's runners-up spot, a terrible start to this season has left the Reds without a win in five games, 12th in the table, flirting with an early Champions League exit and Rodgers as low as 4/1... Read more

No sex please, WHO advises male Ebola survivors

November 28, 2014

LONDON, Nov 28 ― Men who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex for three months to minimise the risk of passing the virus on in their semen, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said today. Ebola, a disease that has infected and killing thousands in a vast epidemic in West Africa, normally spreads via bodily fluids such as blood, saliva... Read more

Pro-democracy protesters imitate a three-finger salute from ‘The Hunger Games’ movie, during a rally at the Mong Kok shopping district in Hong Kong November 28, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Pro-democracy protesters imitate a three-finger salute from ‘The Hunger Games’ movie, during a rally at the Mong Kok shopping district in Hong Kong November 28, 2014. ― Reuters pic Read More

Belgians launch UNESCO status bid for signature potato fries!

November 28, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov 28 ― French and German-speakers in Belgium have lent their support behind a Flemish initiative to rally their fellow countrymen and sign a petition that would give one of their signature dishes, fries, UNESCO world heritage status ― and, perhaps, give the country ownership of the world’s favorite spud dish. In advance of Fry... Read more

Ethnic minority Dong girls in traditional costumes have breakfast before attending a Kam Grand Choir competition in Congjiang county, Guizhou province November 28, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Ethnic minority Dong girls in traditional costumes have breakfast before attending a Kam Grand Choir competition in Congjiang county, Guizhou province November 28, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Today’s music is so 2003!, says will.i.am

November 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Nov 28 — will.i.am thinks the music coming out lately is “so 2000s”. The Black Eyed Peas frontman and famed producer has been making Grammy winning tunes of his own for over two decades now. And after witnessing this year’s American Music Awards, he expressed his displeasure with current trends. “Nothing was like, ‘Oh my!’”... Read more

Cover Media Video: Hunger Games to make more movies and other news
Francis Lawrence, the man behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, has confirmed that he will expand the franchise beyond the fourth movie. — Cover Media Read More

White vans and pickups: More than mere vehicles

November 28, 2014

LONDON, Nov 28 — Automobiles are supposed to get you from Point A to Point B. They can also get you into trouble, even if you aren’t driving or riding in one, because they possess potent social symbolism. Emily Thornberry, a Labour member of the UK parliament, learned this last week. During a by-election in Rochester that was won by the... Read more

Vimeo: Toyota coming out with hi-tech car safety system
Toyota is planning to roll out vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication systems on its new models as early as next year. — AFP-Relaxnews Read More

Breaking boundaries, art finds its edge at Italy’s warehouse gallery

November 28, 2014

ROME, Nov 28 — In a part of Rome few tourists ever reach, the Metropoliz Museum of the Other and the Elsewhere (MAAM) takes the concept of the warehouse gallery into a new dimension. Located in an abandoned salami factory on the Italian capital’s scruffy eastern periphery, the museum is also home to 200 squatters, including 50 children,... Read more

Family and friends sit in a vehicle trailer, where they will spend the night, near the enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the ‘Gadhimai Mela’ festival in Bariyapur, Nepal,  November 29, 2014. — Reuters pic

Family and friends sit in a vehicle trailer, where they will spend the night, near the enclosure for buffalos awaiting sacrifice on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the ‘Gadhimai Mela’ festival in Bariyapur, Nepal, November 29, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Windows 10 to unveil consumer features in January

November 28, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov 28 ― It looks as if the New Year is going to start with the return of the Start Button. That's because Microsoft is gearing up for the first official consumer demonstration of Windows 10; an operating system that promises to banish all of the things that people hated about Windows 8. According to The Verge, Microsoft is set... Read more

Participants look at their mobile phones while waiting at the stables during Madrid Horse Week in Madrid November 28, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Participants look at their mobile phones while waiting at the stables during Madrid Horse Week in Madrid November 28, 2014. ― Reuters pic

JW Marriott Venice to boast largest spa in the city

November 28, 2014

ROME, Nov 28 ― After enjoying the spotlight this fall thanks to George Clooney’s splashy wedding, Venice is set to open the doors to a new private island JW Marriott resort that will boast the largest spa in the city. With views of St. Mark’s Square, rooms at the JW Marriott Venice will be contemporary in design, a departure from many of... Read more

Visitors look at a huge lantern at the Kaminarimon gate at the start of Nakamise shopping street on Asakusa district in Tokyo November 28, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Visitors look at a huge lantern at the Kaminarimon gate at the start of Nakamise shopping street on Asakusa district in Tokyo November 28, 2014. ― Reuters pic

British detective writer PD James dies aged 94

November 28, 2014

LONDON, Nov 28 — British detective writer PD James, who was best known for her mystery series featuring policeman and poet Adam Dalgliesh, died on Thursday at the age of 94. “It is with great sadness that the family of author PD James, Baroness James of Holland Park OBE... announce that she died peacefully at her home in Oxford on the... Read more

Indian Bollywood film and stage actor–director Naseeruddin Shah signs copies of his newly released book ‘Memoirs and Then One Day’ in Mumbai, India, November 28, 2014. — AFP pic

Indian Bollywood film and stage actor–director Naseeruddin Shah signs copies of his newly released book ‘Memoirs and Then One Day’ in Mumbai, India, November 28, 2014. — AFP pic