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MH370 links seen as investigators suspect pilot action in Germanwings crash

Cover Media Video: Steven Spielberg pays for Dakota Fanning’s birthday trip to Vegas
Dakota Fanning has just celebrated her 21st birthday with a trip to Las Vegas, but it wasn’t her parents who payed for the celebration — legendary director Steven Spielberg stepped in. Also we have the latest from Jeremy Renner and Britney Spears. — Cover Media Read More

March 27, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — Similarities to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are surfacing as investigators hone in on the pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 who is now suspected... Read more

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Sabah school in conversion row must be held accountable, father insists

By Julia Chan
March 27, 2015

KOTA KINABALU, March 27 ― The transfer of the teacher responsible for the controversial Islamic “conversion” of a 16-year-old student does not absolve SMK Kinarut here of responsibility for the incident, said the father of the girl involved. Jilius Yapoo also said through his lawyer Darell Leiking that a letter of demand was sent to the... Read more

A man arranges some items on display at a shop selling Sarawak Batik in Kuching, March 27, 2015. — Bernama pic

A man arranges some items on display at a shop selling Sarawak Batik in Kuching, March 27, 2015. — Bernama pic

Apple’s Tim Cook to give away wealth, says ‘Fortune’

March 27, 2015

NEW YORK, March 27 — Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said he planned to give away all his wealth, the Fortune magazine reported. Cook, 54, told the magazine that he planned to donate his fortune to charity after providing for his 10-year-old nephew's education. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock,... Read more

A worker operates the drill at the Rosneft company owned Suzunskoye oil field in Siberia, Russia March 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

A worker operates the drill at the Rosneft company owned Suzunskoye oil field in Siberia, Russia March 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Chelsea’s Terry signs new one-year deal

March 27, 2015

LONDON, March 27 ― Chelsea captain John Terry has agreed a new one-year deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until the end of next season. “I'm delighted to have signed an extension to my contract,” the 34-year-old central defender told the club website yesterday. “After adding another major trophy to my collection this month I hope myself, the players and manager can continue to bring success to our club. “Playing for this... Read more

An emotional Singaporean Parliament says farewell to Lee Kuan Yew

March 27, 2015

SINGAPORE, March 27 — A packed House came together yesterday in a historic sitting to pay tribute to the Republic’s founding Prime Minister. Yesterday, 12 Members of Parliament, including Speaker Halimah Yacob rose to pay tribute to the late Lee Kuan Yew, in front of a public gallery filled with, among others, civil servants, former MPs and... Read more

Flowers and candles surround the memorial with the inscription in four languages, ‘In memory of the victims of the air disaster of March 24, 2015’ in the village of Le Vernet, March 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Flowers and candles surround the memorial with the inscription in four languages, ‘In memory of the victims of the air disaster of March 24, 2015’ in the village of Le Vernet, March 27, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

Toronto, Montreal top list of best 100 restaurants in Canada

March 27, 2015

TORONTO, March 27 — The results of a new restaurant index may fan the flames of old rivalries, with Toronto and Montreal tying with 17 addresses apiece on a list of the top 100 restaurants in Canada. With the aim of plotting the lay of the culinary land, online booking site OpenTable has released its inaugural list of top 100 restaurants... Read more

Three women eat their lunch at New York’s Times Square on March 27, 2015. — AFP pic

Three women eat their lunch at New York’s Times Square on March 27, 2015. — AFP pic

Hit British drama ‘Downton Abbey’ to bid farewell after sixth season (VIDEO)

March 27, 2015

LONDON, March 27 ― The sixth season of British television series Downton Abbey will be its last, producers said yesterday, bringing an end to the hit drama followed by millions around the world. “Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception,” said Gareth Neame, managing director at Carnival Films and... Read more

Cover Media Video: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ to premiere at Cannes
The new action blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” will receive its red carpet premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, just one day before it opens to the rest of the world. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star. — Cover Media Read More

Alpina special edition cars for golden anniversary

March 27, 2015

MUNICH, March 27 — The Kaufbeuren, Germany-based bespoke carmaker is building 50 sedans and 50 coupes to celebrate its 50th year in business. Like so many Alpinas, these Edition 50 models will be based on BMWs — the current 5 Series and 6 Series — but will feature unique, hand-crafted bodies and bespoke interiors and, crucially, a seriously... Read more

Locals prepare to tow a car away from the mud at Copiapo city, Chile March 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Locals prepare to tow a car away from the mud at Copiapo city, Chile March 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Ebola virus mutation not as rapid as feared, says study

March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON, March 27  — The Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as scientists had feared, which is good news for treating the disease and preventing its spread, a study showed yesterday. Previous research based on limited data had suggested that Ebola was mutating twice as quickly as in the past, researchers said in the journal... Read more

Clowns participate in the March for Peace, Life and Justice in downtown San Salvador March 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Clowns participate in the March for Peace, Life and Justice in downtown San Salvador March 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Facebook launches new video platform to compete with Youtube

March 27, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27 — On opening day at the F8 developer conference in San Francisco, Mark Zuckerberg shared a number of announcements, including two that reflect Facebook’s goal to compete directly with YouTube and step up its presence on the Internet video scene. Facebook is introducing a new embeddable video player, meaning that... Read more

Planning to leave Facebook? Watch this video
For some reason, people seem to always make a big fuss about leaving Facebook. When they finally do, they tend to make a large post explaining that they’ve had enough. College Humor pokes fun at all those people in this new sketch, titled If People Left Parties Like They Leave Facebook. Read More

Rio signs deal with Airbnb for Olympics accommodation

March 26, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 27 — Organisers of next year’s Rio Olympics said Wednesday they have struck a deal with online accommodation provider Airbnb to provide thousands of fans with a place to stay during the three-week extravaganza. Details of the deal for Airbnb to provide 20,000 rooms during the first Games in South America will be... Read more

Chinese tourists visit Wat Phra Kaeo (Emerald Buddha Temple) in Bangkok March 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Chinese tourists visit Wat Phra Kaeo (Emerald Buddha Temple) in Bangkok March 27, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Charlie Hebdo to be honoured with literary award in May

March 26, 2015

PARIS, March 26 — A prominent US literary society devoted to freedom of expression is to honor French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with an award at a New York gala in May. PEN American Center said that Charlie Hebdo film critic and essayist Jean-Baptiste Thoret would accept the award for freedom of expression on behalf of the magazine... Read more

A man reads inside an old mosque in Edirne, western Turkey, March 26, 2015. — Reuters pic

A man reads inside an old mosque in Edirne, western Turkey, March 26, 2015. — Reuters pic