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

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 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... Read more

Hadi says snubbed Dr Wan Azizah to avoid dragging PAS members ‘to hell’

By Zurairi AR

September 20, 2014

BATU PAHAT, Sept 20 — PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang again defended his decision to reject Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s Selangor mentri besar candidacy, saying he was afraid his endorsement would drag the rest of his party members to hell in the afterlife. Abdul Hadi, who was speaking at the conclusion of PAS’s annual... 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

Dollar’s rally brings negative news for oil, multinationals

September 20, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept 20 — The asset with the greatest prowess of late has been the US dollar, and if its rally continues, it threatens to eat into the earnings of multinational companies. The greenback’s recent gains have lifted the dollar index — a measure of the dollar’s value relative to six currencies — for 10 consecutive weeks. That marks... 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

Olympic committee chief demands ‘sustainable’ Games

September 20, 2014

INCHEON, Sept 20 — Olympic boss Thomas Bach today said future Games hosts would have to prove their “sustainability” and that there would be a shake-up of the bidding criteria. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president made the comments to Olympic Council of Asia delegates in Incheon, which has gone into debt to host the ongoing Asian Games. The German official said the IOC has to “act now” to preserve its “relevance”,... Read more

New Zealanders vote in election tainted with allegations of dirty tricks

September 20, 2014

WELLINGTON, Sept 20 —Counting was underway todayy in a cliffhanger New Zealand election with conservative Prime Minister John Key tipped for a narrow victory in a campaign dominated by allegations of dirty tricks and spying. Polling booths closed at 7:00 pm (0700 GMT), 10 hours after 3.06 million registered voters began casting their... 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

Budding romance? Chris Martin ‘serenades Jennifer Lawrence’ at recent gig (VIDEO)

September 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Sept 20 — 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

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