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Three things we learned from: The ‘25 prominent Malays’

Jenga!
Everyone knows that it’s impossible to take the last bar on a level out from the Jenga tower. But somehow, this girl did just that, knocking the single bar on the first level of a Jenga tower out with no collateral damage.

By Justin Ong
December 21, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — Against a tide of growing religious fundamentalism, a group dubbed the “25 prominent Malays” has emerged to express concern over the pervasiveness of... Read more

Weigh consent for child marriages carefully, group says

By Ista Kyra Sharmugam
December 21, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — The authorities need to be “slow” in giving their approval for cases of child marriages, said Voice of Children chairman S. Sharmila. She said the extra step in local laws, which required consent from the Shariah Courts or chief minister to legalise marriages for minors, was to ensure such marriages did not take place... Read more

Nur Hakimah Abdullah (second from right) cleans furniture and other household items damaged  after the floods at Kampung Kuala Pertang, Mengkebang in Kelantan, December 21, 2014. — Bernama pic

Nur Hakimah Abdullah (second from right) cleans furniture and other household items damaged after the floods at Kampung Kuala Pertang, Mengkebang in Kelantan, December 21, 2014. — Bernama pic

Cuban president Castro urges US to end economic embargo

December 21, 2014

HAVANA, Dec 21 — Cuban President Raul Castro urged the US to end a five-decade economic embargo against the Caribbean island, while welcoming an agreement to restore relations. “We share the idea that this may open a new era between the United States and Cuba, which starts with the re- establishment of diplomatic relations,” Castro said... Read more

Bloomberg Video: How has Sony stock been treated by investors?
Bloomberg’s Mike Regan examines investor’s reaction to the cyber attack on Sony by North Korea. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Mia Saini on “Bottom Line.” — Bloomberg Read More

Serie A: Dissappointed Roma held to a draw by 10-men Milan

December 21, 2014

ROMA, Dec 21 — Ten-man AC Milan handed Roma their first home draw of the season to leave Rudi Garcia’s title challengers three points adrift of leaders Juventus yesterday. Roma had recently capitalised on two consecutive draws by defending champions Juve to reduce their deficit to a point. But in their final game of the year, the Giallorossi—denied a first-half penalty after a clear handball by Nigel De Jong—ultimately failed to break... Read more

US protests gather at America’s biggest shopping mall

December 21, 2014

NE WYORK, Dec 21 — Hundreds of demonstrators filed into America’s largest shopping mall yesterday as part of an ongoing wave of protests against racially charged police violence, interrupting one of the holidays’ busiest shopping days. Protesters gathered at the Mall of America, in Bloomington in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, and held... Read more

A woman takes part in a protest against the Turkish Government for issuing an arrest warrant for US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, in the Manhattan borough of New York, December 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

A woman takes part in a protest against the Turkish Government for issuing an arrest warrant for US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, in the Manhattan borough of New York, December 21, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Sweet and refreshing: 5 under-the-radar cendol in KL, Shah Alam & Sg Buloh

By Lee Khang Yi
December 21, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — When temperatures soar in Malaysia, a bowl of cendol offers a cool respite. It’s an all-time favourite found at restaurants, food courts or even makeshift roadside stalls. A bowl of cendol consists of finely-shaved ice where palm sugar syrup, coconut milk with a pinch of salt, and green cendol strands of course. The... Read more

A man sells hotdogs from a food cart, after sunset, at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in the Manhattan borough of New York December 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

A man sells hotdogs from a food cart, after sunset, at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in the Manhattan borough of New York December 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard welcome second daughter, Delta

December 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Dec 21 —Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have welcomed daughter number two. The couple are already proud parents to Lincoln, who was born in March 2013, and now have added another girl to their brood. Dax took to Twitter to share the happy news, and also revealed the tot’s name. “Delta Bell Shepard is here. She doesn’t look... Read more

Cover Media Video: Top ten action films of 2014
We judge all motion pictures on two elements; one of course being the amount of action and the other is overall coolness. — Cover Media Read More

BMW brings new meaning to the mobile app store

December 20, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec 20 — From next spring, US BMW owners will be able to purchase new apps and services for their cars straight from the dashboard. At the moment, if you’ve got a brand new BMW complete with ConnectedDrive, the company’s integrated infotainment and communications platform, adding new features means a trip to the dealership or... Read more

A man dressed as Santa Clause stands in a Red car in a parade during a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Beirut, December 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

A man dressed as Santa Clause stands in a Red car in a parade during a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Beirut, December 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

Aloha! Obamas begin Christmas holiday in Hawaii

December 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 — After a bumpy year, it’s vacation time for President Barack Obama.The first family (including the two first dogs) touched down at Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam late Friday night before making their way to their rental home on the island of Oahu. The winter pilgrimage to the state where the president grew up has become... Read more

NYT Video: Is it safe to eat farm-raised fish?
Certainly there are concerns about the health of farm-raised fish. But farming is improving. Besides, some farmed fish that are produced responsibly are also relatively high in omege 3 fatty acids -- the polyunsaturated fats that are good for your heart. — New York Times Read More

Drones fly off US shelves as Christmas nears

December 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Dec 21 — Andrew Steele, 15, chose a drone as a Christmas present. And he’s not alone. Thousands of drone fans — young and old — turned out at a recent show in Los Angeles. While historically people have thought of drones as military aircraft or flying devices used by businesses, the growth of drones as recreational vehicles has... Read more

A visitor takes pictures of the country house estate in the village of Grabovnica near Cazma, central Croatia December 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

A visitor takes pictures of the country house estate in the village of Grabovnica near Cazma, central Croatia December 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

Eiffel Tower boutiques shut by strike

December 21, 2014

PARIS, Dec 21 — A strike by sales staff at Paris’ Eiffel Tower closed souvenir stores at the iconic monument for the second day running yesterday. A trade union spokesman said staff were demanding a €300 (RM1,278) monthly raise at talks with management. The CGT union’s Remi Picaud threatened to widen the strike to security and restaurant... Read more

NYT Video: Festive times in New York
New York at holiday time is the greatest show in the world. Like London and Paris, it is a walking city, so a greater effort is made in dressing and decorating. — New York Times Read More

Separated at birth…reunited by Facebook! And now you can read all about it

By KENNY MAH
December 21, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 – Have you ever met someone who looked just like you? A doppelganger maybe, or could it be a long-lost twin? For Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier, two twin sisters separated at birth and later reunited via Facebook, truth is certainly stranger than fiction. The girls were born in Busan, South Korea, and were later... Read more

A Cuban man sits behind local newspapers for sale on a street in Havana, December 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

A Cuban man sits behind local newspapers for sale on a street in Havana, December 21, 2014. — Reuters pic