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Now, debate with Perlis mufti closed-door affair after IGP’s advice

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February 8, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 — A widely-anticipated debate between Perlis Mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin and fellow cleric Zamihan Mat Zain will only be held behind closed-door,... Read more

Want cops to probe Dr M? Lodge a report, IGP says

BY A. RUBAN
February 8, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 — The police will investigate former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for his recent blog post condemning the attorney-general if there is a report lodged against him, Malaysia’s top cop Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today. The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) said while it is true that the police can investigate... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Chinese New Year celebrations 2016

  • A lion dance is performed during Chinese New Year celebrations at a temple in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

    A lion dance is performed during Chinese New Year celebrations at a temple in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

  • (From right) MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the MCA Chinese New Year Open House at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    (From right) MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the MCA Chinese New Year Open House at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor attend MCA Chinese New Year Open House at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor attend MCA Chinese New Year Open House at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A mother and child watch a lion dance during Chinese New Year celebrations at a temple in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

    A mother and child watch a lion dance during Chinese New Year celebrations at a temple in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor attend MCA Chinese New Year Open House at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor attend MCA Chinese New Year Open House at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the Gerakan Chinese New Year Open House at PGRM Tower in Cheras on February 8, 2016. — Pictur

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the Gerakan Chinese New Year Open House at PGRM Tower in Cheras on February 8, 2016. — Pictur Read More

  • Women pray at a temple during Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

    Women pray at a temple during Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor attend Gerakan Chinese New Year Open House at PGRM Tower in Cheras on February 8, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor attend Gerakan Chinese New Year Open House at PGRM Tower in Cheras on February 8, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Gerakan President Datuk Mah Siew Keong (centre) at the Gerakan Chinese New Year Open House at PGRM Tower in Cheras on February 8, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Gerakan President Datuk Mah Siew Keong (centre) at the Gerakan Chinese New Year Open House at PGRM Tower in Cheras on February 8, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • People pray at a temple during Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

    People pray at a temple during Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

On Honda Malaysia’s hunt for the Red Pomelo

On Honda Malaysia’s hunt for the Red Pomelo

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A small group of motoring media was organised for a road trip to Ipoh. Considering that it was a run-up to the Chinese New Year, the trip became an opportunity to go on a hunt for the Red Pomelo.

On Honda Malaysia’s hunt for the Red Pomelo
It’s carnival time in Brazil!

It’s carnival time in Brazil!

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A reveller from the Rocinha samba school dances as she takes part in the Group A category of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, Brazil, February 5, 2016. ― Reuters pic

It’s carnival time in Brazil!
Highlights from the International Flamenco Fashion Show

Highlights from the International Flamenco Fashion Show

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A model presents a creation by Antonio Gutierrez during the International Flamenco Fashion Show (SIMOF) in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, February 5, 2016. — Reuters pic

Highlights from the International Flamenco Fashion Show
Debutantes dazzle at glitzy Vienna Opera Ball

Debutantes dazzle at glitzy Vienna Opera Ball

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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Opera Ball in Vienna February 4, 2016. — Reuters pic

Debutantes dazzle at glitzy Vienna Opera Ball
Inside the Indian Auto Expo 2016

Inside the Indian Auto Expo 2016

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Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif poses with the Jaguar XE during its launch at the Indian Auto Expo in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, February 4, 2016. — Reuters pic

Inside the Indian Auto Expo 2016
‘Zoolander 2’ cast work it at London premiere

‘Zoolander 2’ cast work it at London premiere

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Ben Stiller and Valentino pose for photographers at the screening of ‘Zoolander 2’ in central London February 4, 2016. — Reuters pic

‘Zoolander 2’ cast work it at London premiere

Spanish grave opened on order of Argentine judge unearths painful past

February 8, 2016

GUADALAJARA, Feb 8 — A 90-year-old Spanish woman wrapped in a fur coat and woollen scarf stood over a deep open grave and murmured “my father” to the unearthed skeleton lying at the bottom. Ascension Mendieta’s trade unionist father Timoteo was shot in 1939 in the months after the Spanish Civil War and buried in a mass grave in the corner... Read more

A worker places a photo of a victim at a mass funeral for earthquake victims at Tainan, southern Taiwan, February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

A worker places a photo of a victim at a mass funeral for earthquake victims at Tainan, southern Taiwan, February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

City suspect changes upon Guardiola arrival, says Zabaleta

February 8, 2016

MANCHESTER, Feb 8 — Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta suspects there will be changes when new manager Pep Guardiola arrives during the close season but said the players are completely focussed on challenging for titles in the current campaign. City last week announced that Guardiola, currently at German champions Bayern Munich, will take over from Manuel Pellegrini as manager from July. “We need to deal with it. The club decided... Read more

Oil prices slide as output cut hopes fade

February 8, 2016

LONDON, Feb 8 — Oil prices sank today, matching a fierce selloff on stock markets, as hopes of a cut to crude output faded. Prices had rebounded in Asian trading hours after Opec producers Saudi Arabia and Venezuela held talks on the beleaguered market, raising hopes of production cutbacks. However, the oil markets were down about 2.5 per... Read more

Men walk past an electronic board showing Japan’s Nikkei average outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

Men walk past an electronic board showing Japan’s Nikkei average outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

The Sicilian fish made to suit your style

By Clifford A. Wright (Zester Daily)
February 8, 2016

LONDON, Feb 8 — One of the most beautiful cities in Sicily is Syracuse, which has a history extending to the ancient Greeks. There is a method of cooking in Syracuse, especially applied to Sicilian fish, but other foods as well, that makes for beguiling dishes. Stemperata is a Syracusean method of cooking that means something like “melting... Read more

A child holds an offering at a temple during Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

A child holds an offering at a temple during Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

Beyonce, Bruno Mars heat up Coldplay’s Super Bowl halftime show

February 8, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Feb 8 — Coldplay headlined at yesterday's Super Bowl halftime show, but it was R&B super stars Beyonce and Bruno Mars who delivered the sizzle with a lively, upbeat production that paid homage to previous halftime performers. Known mainly for mellow hits, British alt-rockers Coldplay amped up the energy, staging Viva La Vida... Read more

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Super Bowl TVC
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, director Bryan Singer returns with ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. Read More

Ferrari GTC4Lusso set for Geneva debut

February 8, 2016

ROME, Feb 8 — Supercar maker Ferrari is unveiling a new four-seat, four-wheel-drive tourer on March 1. The GTC4Lusso is the first production Ferrari to boast both all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. And that extra control will be needed as the new car, a replacement for the existing FF, has been given a significant power boost. The... Read more

A car drives on a flooded road in Soomaa national park, Estonia, February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

A car drives on a flooded road in Soomaa national park, Estonia, February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

The scotch tape way to a contoured face (VIDEO)

February 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Feb 8 — Contouring, thanks to Kim Kardashian, has become a pretty popular makeup technique even though it’s actually been around for a long time. Buzzfeed staffers decided to try out a new trend by beauty blogger Nurulhuda: tape contouring. How it works is that tape is used to show just where to apply contours – dark shadows to... Read more

A lion dancer receives an ‘ang pao’, containing money during a celebration of the Chinese New Year in Manila

A lion dancer receives an ‘ang pao’, containing money during a celebration of the Chinese New Year in Manila's Chinatown, Philippines February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

Aliens are our new overlords in the ‘XCOM 2’ launch trailer (VIDEO)

February 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Feb 8 — XCOM 2, Firaxis’ followup to the successful XCOM:Enemy Unknown, was released Feb 5 and its launch trailer shows a world where the aliens won. The game so far has gotten rave reviews, with reviewers praising the challenging gameplay, interesting scenario and improved graphics. Of course with newly-launched games there... Read more

’XCOM 2’ launch trailer
Watch the official gameplay launch trailer for XCOM 2, now available worldwide. ADVENT is a lie, and their time is up. Build a resistance to save humanity. Read More

Julia Child’s summer home in south of France to open to guests this summer

February 7, 2016

NEW YORK, Feb 7 — Julia Child fans will soon be able to potter about in the cooking legend’s kitchen and sleep under the same roof she did when the chef’s vacation home in France opens to visitors this summer. For nearly three decades, Child and her husband Paul spent their summers at La Pitchoune, or La Peetch as she nicknamed it, located... Read more

A traditional chinese dragon dances during the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Chinatown in Bangkok, Thailand February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

A traditional chinese dragon dances during the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Chinatown in Bangkok, Thailand February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

Mufti Perlis sedia tinggal raja muda demi lawan Zamihan

February 8, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Feb — Datuk Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin sedia memohon keuzuran daripada raja muda Perlis bagi merealisasikan debat bersama “seteru perang dingin” beliau, Zamihan Mat Zin, dalam masa terdekat. Mufti Perlis, yang seharusnya mengiringi Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail hujung minggu ini, juga... Selanjutnya

Kanak-kanak perempuan berlari sempena menyambut Tahun Baru Cina di Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 Februari, 2016. — Foto Reuters

Kanak-kanak perempuan berlari sempena menyambut Tahun Baru Cina di Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 Februari, 2016. — Foto Reuters Artikel Penuh

Female comic book artists exhibition opens in London

February 6, 2016

LONDON, Feb 6 ― An exhibition featuring 100 female comic book artists from around the world opened in London yesterday, after a row in France when no women were shortlisted for a major prize at one of the genre's biggest festivals. Called “100 Women Making Comics”, the exhibition features female artists from 23 countries and will run until... Read more

A book written by US Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is seen during a campaign event that he is attending in Keene, New Hampshire February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic

A book written by US Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is seen during a campaign event that he is attending in Keene, New Hampshire February 8, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More