Last updated Monday, August 31, 2015 11:58pm

‘Balloon girl’ probed for handing out Bersih balloons

August 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — Police have launched an investigation on a woman who was detained earlier today for distributing Bersih 4 balloons at an upscale shopping mall, according to the suspect’s lawyer. It is understood that Bilqis Hijjas, the daughter of prominent architect Hijjas Kasturi, is being probed under Section 504 of the Penal Code... Read more

(From left) Norazika Mohd Toha, 28, Wong Li yuen, 18, and Norita Kamarudin, 30, posing with their babies who were born on the 58th National Day, on August 31, 2015 in Hospital Tuanku Jaafar in Seremban. — Bernama pic

(From left) Norazika Mohd Toha, 28, Wong Li yuen, 18, and Norita Kamarudin, 30, posing with their babies who were born on the 58th National Day, on August 31, 2015 in Hospital Tuanku Jaafar in Seremban. — Bernama pic

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A day of excitement at ‘All Things Malaysian’

A day of excitement at ‘All Things Malaysian’

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All Things Malaysian, held from 4pm to 11pm on Sunday, saw the connecting roads of Beach Street, Victoria Street, Armenian Street, Soo Hong Lane and Ah Quee Street closed for performances and rows of stalls offering food, beverages, dessert along with books and comic books.

A day of excitement at ‘All Things Malaysian’
2015 MTV Video Music Awards: What Miley wore

2015 MTV Video Music Awards: What Miley wore

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Singer and show host Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

2015 MTV Video Music Awards: What Miley wore
2015 MTV Video Music Awards: Big winners

2015 MTV Video Music Awards: Big winners

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Bruno Mars takes the stage to accept the award for best male video for ‘Uptown Funk’ at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

2015 MTV Video Music Awards: Big winners
2015 MTV Video Music Awards: Star performances

2015 MTV Video Music Awards: Star performances

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Nicki Minaj performs ‘The Night is Still Young’ with Taylor Swift at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

2015 MTV Video Music Awards: Star performances
2015 MTV Video Music Awards: Red carpet arrivals

2015 MTV Video Music Awards: Red carpet arrivals

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Recording artists Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez arrive at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

2015 MTV Video Music Awards: Red carpet arrivals
An eclectic collection at Shop Howard

An eclectic collection at Shop Howard

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Shop Howard is a showcase of all of Howard Tan’s framed works along with an eclectic collection of souvenirs, pottery, costume jewellery, soap, photo books, postcards and his latest addition, jute and batik bags.

An eclectic collection at Shop Howard

US considers China sanctions after cyber hack

August 31, 2015

WASHINGTON, Aug 31 — The United States is considering economic sanctions against Chinese firms and individuals that profited from cyber attacks on American targets, a senior administration official said today. Following a spate of cyber attacks on US companies and government agencies that have been widely blamed on China, the official told... Read more

Students pose with a Chinese national flag and red stars during a event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory of Chinese People

Students pose with a Chinese national flag and red stars during a event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory of Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, at a primary school in Handan, Hebei province, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Serena rivals, Nishikori launch US Open title bids

August 31, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug 31 — Rivals to three-time defending champion Serena Williams and Japan's Kei Nishikori, with a Grand Slam career-best fourth seed, launched title bids this morning as the US Open began at Flushing Meadows. Williams, trying to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988, and past champions Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were set for later openers at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Serbian... Read more

Adultery site Ashley Madison insists it’s not shutting down

August 31, 2015

OTTAWA, Aug 31 — Ashley Madison, the embattled website catering to affair-seeking clients, today rejected predictions that it will soon be forced to shutter its operations, saying its troubles have been "greatly exaggerated." The site's parent company Avid Life Media said in a statement that — far from facing imminent demise after hackers... Read more

A mainland Chinese visitor walks in front of Casino Lisboa in Macau, China, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

A mainland Chinese visitor walks in front of Casino Lisboa in Macau, China, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Easy and simple Milo cake made in the microwave (VIDEO)

August 31, 2015

MELBOURNE, Aug 31 — Can there be anything else better than a cold glass of Milo dinosaur or a rich hot cup of Milo? Anything with Milo is good, what more if it’s easy to make. Thanks to BuzzFeed Australia, we’re got a simple yet delicious Milo Bowl Cake recipe to share.   All you’ll need are Milo (for sure!), sugar, flour, milk, oil and... Read more

Zen and the art of making bubble tea
Peaceful Cuisine’s step-by-step video on how to brew vegan homemade milk tea is oddly therapeutic and calming — much like taking a quiet moment to sip on a cup of tea.

Taylor Swift queen of MTV awards, Kanye eyes presidency

August 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Aug 31 — Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as rapper Kanye West announced an improbable run for president in 2020 and Miley Cyrus released her new album for free. Pop superstar Swift, still only 25 years old, won four of her whopping 10 nominations, including Video of the Year for "Bad Blood" with... Read more

Singer and show host Miley Cyrus poses as she arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Singer and show host Miley Cyrus poses as she arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

Get beauty, luxury and function in Citroen’s premium DS4

August 31, 2015

FRANKFURT, Aug 31 — Citroen's standalone premium brand is crossing even further into the luxury and personalisation market with its latest premium compact cars, the DS4 and DS Crossback, which are heading to Frankfurt for their global reveal. Citroen is so convinced that every car buyer in every segment values luxury and personalisation as... Read more

Test driving the Lamborghini Huracan
Check out this video by Autobytel to check out how the Lamborghini Huracan performs in a test drive review. Read More

Spanish-style siesta could reduce blood pressure, medications

August 31, 2015

ATHENS, Aug 31 —Taking midday naps as they do in Spain was associated with lower blood pressure and the need for fewer antihypertensive medications in a new study. “Although William Blake affirms that it is better to think in the morning, act at noon, eat in the evening and sleep at night, noon sleep seems to have beneficial effects,” says... Read more

A lion walks in its enclosure at Safari Park Taigan in the town of Belogorsk, Crimea, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

A lion walks in its enclosure at Safari Park Taigan in the town of Belogorsk, Crimea, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Singapore public transport commuters test wearable tech payment

August 31, 2015

SINGAPORE, Aug 31 — Two hundred public transport commuters are now using smart wristbands to pay for their bus and MRT/LRT rides as part of a six-month trial that started today. Spearheaded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the trial will allow commuters wearing the Sony SG50 SmartBands to pay for trips simply by holding their wrists... Read more

A pedestrian using her mobile phone walks past a display window outside a luxury department store at a shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

A pedestrian using her mobile phone walks past a display window outside a luxury department store at a shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

From Chicago to Mackinac Island, a tour of Lake Michigan

BY RICH COHEN
August 31, 2015

CHICAGO, Aug 31 — We left to the south and returned from the north. In doing so, we fulfilled the grandest dream of Magellan, the dream of circumnavigation. Our compass was GPS, and our logic was simple. If we kept the lake always on our left and travelled continuously, we would eventually reach the place from which we started – Chicago, with... Read more

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Doraemon goes to Seoul

  • A man takes photographs of his girlfriend posing next to a Doraemon figure during an exhibition in Seoul August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    A man takes photographs of his girlfriend posing next to a Doraemon figure during an exhibition in Seoul August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • A boy looks at Doraemon figures during an exhibition in Seoul August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    A boy looks at Doraemon figures during an exhibition in Seoul August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • A couple takes a selfie next to Doraemon figures during an exhibition in Seoul August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    A couple takes a selfie next to Doraemon figures during an exhibition in Seoul August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • A woman carrying her child walks past Doraemon figures during an exhibition in Seoul August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    A woman carrying her child walks past Doraemon figures during an exhibition in Seoul August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

The tussle over Stieg Larsson’s legacy

August 31, 2015

STOCKHOLM, Aug 31 — The saga of Lisbeth Salander continues, and David Lagercrantz, who has written the sequel to Stieg Larsson’s wildly popular “Millennium” trilogy, is both proud and deeply anxious over how millions of readers will receive it. “At night, my head burns,” he said, explaining that he had tried to get Larsson’s characters... Read more

Children, going to the first grade, gather in a classroom after an event marking the start of another school year in Minsk, Belarus, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Children, going to the first grade, gather in a classroom after an event marking the start of another school year in Minsk, Belarus, August 31, 2015. — Reuters pic