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Bigger enemies from within, Islamic scholar tells Muslims

Celebrity Bostonians behind NFL’s Deflatgate?
The #DeflateGate saga continues with some claiming the New England Patriots have purposefully deflated the footballs. But Jimmy Kimmel reported that others have come forward to take credit. This funny late night video has gone viral as the Super Bowl weekend begins. Read More

By Zurairi AR
February 1, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 1 — Muslims with misguided views on Islam are a greater threat to followers of the faith than non-Muslims, renowned religious academic Dr Tariq Ramadan... Read more

IGP: Courts’ job to find motive in Altantuya murder, not cops

February 1, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 1 — DAP’s Lim Kit Siang wrongly accused police of dereliction for not establishing the motive behind the 2006 murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has said. According to news portal Malaysiakini, Khalid said Lim was criticising the wrong institution for the omission... Read more

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim delivering his speech during International Conference

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim delivering his speech during International Conference 'Islam Rahmatan lil 'alamin' at the Flamingo hotel in Ampang, February 1, 2015. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

Firms prepare for China’s tax crackdown with new rules today

February 1, 2015

BEIJING, Feb 1 — The Chinese government's vow to increase tax scrutiny of foreign companies has sent firms rushing to tax advisors ahead of the implementation today of new rules designed to rein in cross-border tax avoidance. Tax professionals and business lobbies alike have welcomed the move as an attempt to bring China's tax regime more... Read more

People gather to protest against austerity policies and increases in water bills, according to local media, in central Dublin February 1, 2015.  — Reuters pic

People gather to protest against austerity policies and increases in water bills, according to local media, in central Dublin February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

Hingis wins Australian Open mixed doubles with Paes

February 1, 2015

MELBOURNE, Feb 1 — Five times grand slam singles winner Martina Hingis won her second Australian Open mixed doubles title today as she teamed with India’s Leander Paes to beat last year’s winners France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Canada’s Daniel Nestor 6-4 6-3. Hingis, a three-time winner of the women’s singles at Melbourne Park, also won four women’s doubles titles and the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2006. The... Read more

Islamic State says it has beheaded Kenji Goto

February 1, 2015

TOKYO, Feb 1 — Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group’s opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice. “I feel intense indignation at this utterly cruel and despicable act of... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Japanese journalist beheaded

  • Journalists share comments given by Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, in front of her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Journalists share comments given by Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, in front of her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

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    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks during a ministerial meeting about a video, purportedly showed the beheaded body of journalist Kenji Goto, at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • Junko Ishido, mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto who was held captive by Islamic State militants, touches her head as she speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Junko Ishido, mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto who was held captive by Islamic State militants, touches her head as she speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • Women read an extra edition of a newspaper, which reported that Islamic State militants said they had beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, in Tokyo

    Women read an extra edition of a newspaper, which reported that Islamic State militants said they had beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, in Tokyo's Ginza district February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • A man reads an extra edition of a newspaper, which reported that Islamic State militants said they had beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, in Tokyo

    A man reads an extra edition of a newspaper, which reported that Islamic State militants said they had beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, in Tokyo's Ginza district February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, speaks to reporters at her house in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

Delicious eats around Hong Kong’s underrated Tin Hau area

By James Tan
February 1, 2015

HONG KONG, Feb 1 — Most holidaymakers and casual day-trippers to Hong Kong island would spend a day or most of it around Causeway Bay shopping and eating, or drinking around the Central/Lan Kwai Fong area. Not many would venture to Tin Hau or North Point and spend more than half a day around the area. A few months back, I had the... Read more

A typical Hong Kong breakfast would include you tiao (fried dough fritters) with soy bean milk, and side dishes like chee cheong fun or pan fried radish cake (left). Another simple yet hearty breakfast is the polo bun sandwiching a piece of luncheon meat within, and a cup of extra smooth stocking milk tea from the char chaan teng of Hong Kong (right). — Picture by James Tan

A typical Hong Kong breakfast would include you tiao (fried dough fritters) with soy bean milk, and side dishes like chee cheong fun or pan fried radish cake (left). Another simple yet hearty breakfast is the polo bun sandwiching a piece of luncheon meat within, and a cup of extra smooth stocking milk tea from the char chaan teng of Hong Kong (right). — Picture by James Tan Read More

Sundance Film Festival: Cancer movie ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ wins top prize

February 1, 2015

PARK CITY (Utah), Feb 1 — “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”, a moving drama about a teenager who befriends a classmate with cancer, won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival today. The US documentary award meanwhile went to “The Wolfpack”, while in the non-US categories the main prizes went to a Scottish filmmaker and a movie about... Read more

Pictures of the Day

19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards

  • Actress Lisa Edelstein attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California  February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Actress Lisa Edelstein attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Margo Martindale attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Actress Margo Martindale attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Mayim Bialik attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Actress Mayim Bialik attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Eddie Redmayne attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Actor Eddie Redmayne attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Tony Hale attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Actor Tony Hale attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Kiernan Shipka attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Actress Kiernan Shipka attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Felicity Jones attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Actress Felicity Jones attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Julie Bowen attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Actress Julie Bowen attends the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Illustrator Camille Abbott accepts the lifetime achievement award at the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Illustrator Camille Abbott accepts the lifetime achievement award at the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, California February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Director Christopher Nolan accepts the Art Directors Guild Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award at the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Director Christopher Nolan accepts the Art Directors Guild Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award at the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design awards in Beverly Hills, February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

US regulators order 2.1m vehicles recall in new air bag issue

February 1, 2015

WASHINGTON DC, Feb 1 — The auto industry’s air bag troubles deepened on yesterday as US federal safety regulators said three big automakers will recall about 2.1 million older vehicles to fix defects that could cause air bags to deploy when they are not supposed to. The vehicles involved in the recall announced by the US National Highway... Read more

Mohamed Badr al-Din (right) stands in front of his vintage cars along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

Mohamed Badr al-Din (right) stands in front of his vintage cars along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

Myanmar’s trendy coffee culture set for explosive growth

February 1, 2015

YANGON, Feb 1 — Behind a wooden counter in downtown Yangon's Coffee Club, the unmistakable hiss of a barista steaming milk briefly drowns out a funky soundtrack piped through a store filled with students glued to their smartphones. In any other Asian capital it would be a ubiquitous sight. But in Yangon, this is something new. Long absent... Read more

A bottom panel of thin blue stripes add interest to the black tailored shirt (left). For something casual, try the blue tartan shirt from their spring/summer 2014 collection (right) Picture by Vivian Chong

A bottom panel of thin blue stripes add interest to the black tailored shirt (left). For something casual, try the blue tartan shirt from their spring/summer 2014 collection (right) Picture by Vivian Chong Read More

Successful launch of Japanese back-up spy satellite

February 1, 2015

TOKYO, Feb 1 — Japan today successfully launched a back-up spy satellite, its aerospace agency said, after cancelling an earlier lift-off due to bad weather. Tokyo put spy satellites into operation in the early 2000s after its erratic neighbour North Korea fired a mid-range ballistic missile over the Japanese mainland and into the western... Read more

A three-dimensional (3D) print model of an unborn baby is pictured in Tallinn February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

A three-dimensional (3D) print model of an unborn baby is pictured in Tallinn February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

Spain hopes to rebrand image, works to lure tourists from beach to shops

February 1, 2015

MADRID, Feb 1 — Sun, sea, sand... but what about the shopping? Spain draws 65 million tourists a year thanks largely to its beaches. Now it wants them spending on the high street. “Spain has a major image deficit as a shopping destination,” said Angela Castano of Turespana, a body promoting Spain’s brand, at this week’s Fitur world tourism... Read more

Gondoliers row in the Grand Canal in Venice February 1, 2015. The sleek black gondolas are the floating city’s most recognisable symbol. — Reuters pic

Gondoliers row in the Grand Canal in Venice February 1, 2015. The sleek black gondolas are the floating city’s most recognisable symbol. — Reuters pic

A million rare documents perish in cultural ‘Chernobyl’

February 1, 2015

MOSCOW, Feb 1 — A fire that ripped through one of Russia’s largest university libraries is believed to have damaged over one million historic documents, with some describing the fire as a cultural “Chernobyl.” The blaze, which started Friday and was still not completely out yesterday evening, ravaged 2,000 square metres (21,500 square feet)... Read more

A man receives an extra edition of a newspaper, which reports that Islamic State militants said they had beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

A man receives an extra edition of a newspaper, which reports that Islamic State militants said they had beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, in Tokyo February 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery