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BY BOO SU-LYN
October 30, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — Hundreds of Christian compact discs (CDs) and books containing the word “Allah” were confiscated at the Kuala Lumpur International 2 airport in Sepang last Saturday. The items were the personal... Read more

Penampang in a tizzy over unexplained shooting, rumours of masked gunmen (VIDEO)

October 30, 2014

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 30 — Speculation surrounds a mysterious shooting in Penampang New Township here, believed to have left two people dead, with a series of photos showing masked men armed with assault rifles fuelling the rumour mill. At the scene, police have cordoned off four blocks of shoplots and prevented cars from entering or leaving... Read more

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Day 3 Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction appeal hearing

  • Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrives at the Federal Court with his lawyer, N Surendren, on the third day of the appeal hearing, October 30, 2014 at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrives at the Federal Court with his lawyer, N Surendren, on the third day of the appeal hearing, October 30, 2014 at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrives at the Federal Court with his lawyer, N Surendren, on the third day of the appeal hearing, October 30, 2014 at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrives at the Federal Court with his lawyer, N Surendren, on the third day of the appeal hearing, October 30, 2014 at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim exchanging words with Dzulkefly Ahmad as he exited the chambers when the court adjourned for a recess during the third day of hearing at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, October 30, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim exchanging words with Dzulkefly Ahmad as he exited the chambers when the court adjourned for a recess during the third day of hearing at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, October 30, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim leaves court for a recess during his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim leaves court for a recess during his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is greeted by a supporter during a court recess in his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is greeted by a supporter during a court recess in his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Datuk Anwar Ibrahim

    Datuk Anwar Ibrahim's lead counsel Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram leaves the Federal Court after the final appeal hearing was adjourned at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, October 30, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Counsel for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Gobind Singh Deo leaves the Federal Court after the final appeal hearing was adjourned until the next day, at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, October 30, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Counsel for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Gobind Singh Deo leaves the Federal Court after the final appeal hearing was adjourned until the next day, at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, October 30, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks to his counsel outside the Federal Court after the final appeal hearing was adjourned until the next day, at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, October 30, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks to his counsel outside the Federal Court after the final appeal hearing was adjourned until the next day, at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, October 30, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim leaves the Federal Court after the final appeal hearing was adjourned until the next day, at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, October 30, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim leaves the Federal Court after the final appeal hearing was adjourned until the next day, at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, October 30, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

German inflation frozen at 0.8pc for fourth month in a row

October 30, 2014

BERLIN, Oct 28 —Inflation in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, remained at the ultra-low level of 0.8 per cent for the fourth month in October, initial data showed today against a background of eurozone deflation worries. In a flash estimate based on consumer price data for six key German states, the federal statistics office Destatis... Read more

Solutions to finance India's non-corporate sector
There remains a desperate need to find more solutions to financing India's non-corporate sector and one of the solutions experts suggest is forming small business finance companies. — NDTV

Hamilton revving towards US Grand Prix amid F1’s problems

October 30, 2014

AUSTIN, Oct 30 — World championship leader Lewis Hamilton will bid to divert attention from Formula One’s looming financial crisis by seeking his fifth consecutive race win at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Briton leads Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg of Germany by 17 points with three races remaining, and 100 points available, as he sets himself to claim his 10th win of the season at the Circuit of the... Read more

North Korea threatens to halt cooperation on human rights

October 30, 2014

PYONGYANG, Oct 30 — North Korea warned today it would stop engaging with the international community on human rights issues if a resolution is presented to the United Nations requesting Pyongyang be referred to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution. A draft resolution is to be presented by the EU and Japan to the UN... Read more

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Halloween around the world 2014

  • A Japanese participant scares the audience in Tokyo, October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A Japanese participant scares the audience in Tokyo, October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Participants in costumes pose for pictures after a Halloween parade in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Participants in costumes pose for pictures after a Halloween parade in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Nine-year-old Libby Cottrell carries her pumpkin at Tulleys Farm pumpkin patch during their Halloween festival, near Crawley in southern England October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Nine-year-old Libby Cottrell carries her pumpkin at Tulleys Farm pumpkin patch during their Halloween festival, near Crawley in southern England October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • People visit a home decorated for Halloween to resemble an Ebola hot spot in University Park near Dallas, Texas, in this handout photo released on October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    People visit a home decorated for Halloween to resemble an Ebola hot spot in University Park near Dallas, Texas, in this handout photo released on October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • An actor dressed as a butcher poses in the new Halloween section at the Madame Tussaud

    An actor dressed as a butcher poses in the new Halloween section at the Madame Tussaud's wax museum in Berlin October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A hotel guest inspects a plastic skull on a dining table as part of the hotel

    A hotel guest inspects a plastic skull on a dining table as part of the hotel's Halloween display in Manila October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • An actor depicting a woman terrorised by cockroaches in a derelict New York City apartment lobby is seen inside Nightmare: New York, a haunted house for adults, in New York October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    An actor depicting a woman terrorised by cockroaches in a derelict New York City apartment lobby is seen inside Nightmare: New York, a haunted house for adults, in New York October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A school boy wearing a mask and a costume arrives on a bicycle before the start of a Halloween Parade along a street in Manila October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A school boy wearing a mask and a costume arrives on a bicycle before the start of a Halloween Parade along a street in Manila October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A girl cries as a participant wearing zombie make-up approaches, after a

    A girl cries as a participant wearing zombie make-up approaches, after a "Zombie Zumba Dance" event in Malabon city, north of Manila October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A participant in costume eats a sandwich after a Halloween parade in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A participant in costume eats a sandwich after a Halloween parade in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Guetta the new face of Mumm’s Champagne (VIDEO)

October 30, 2014

PARIS, Oct 30 — Champagne house Mumm is hoping to capture a younger, more dynamic demographic after teaming up with French DJ David Guetta in a partnership that will see its brand of bubbly featured in his upcoming new music video. The partnership with a figure from the music industry marks a first for the champagne house. In a teaser... Read more

How to make sea bream with tomato and herb salsa with Gordon Ramsay
A quick recipe using a fish you might not have used before. This herby salsa is great with other fish too, or even on its own with bread or as a bruschetta.

Polanski escapes possible extradition in Poland

October 30, 2014

WARSAW, Oct 30 — Film director Roman Polanski was questioned by Polish prosecutors today on a US arrest warrant for sex offences, but allowed to walk free. The maker of “The Pianist” and “Chinatown” has been sought by the American police since 1978 after he fled the country before he could be sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old... Read more

Cover Media Video: Ashton Kutcher ready to wed?
New and clearly very proud father Ashton Kutcher recently made his first public appearance since the birth of his daughter Wyatt, and he seems to have confirmed the rumours of marriage hanging around himself and Mila Kunis. — Cover Media Read More

Jaguar’s new F-Type Coupe launches in Malaysia

YS Khong
October 30, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — The new Jaguar F-Type Coupe, mooted to be the most dynamic, performance-focussed sports car ever made by Jaguar was launched yesterday in Kuala Lumpur by Jaguar Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. Two variants will be available, the F-Type R, with a 5.0 litre Supercharged V8, and the F-Type S with a 3.0 litre Supercharged... Read more

MMOTV: Jaguar F-type coupe launched in Malaysia
The new Jaguar F-Type Coupe, mooted to be the most dynamic, performance-focussed sports car ever made by Jaguar was launched today in Kuala Lumpur. — MMOTV Read More

Wax figures of Chinese leaders get democratic makeover, Hong Kong-style

October 30, 2014

HONG KONG, Oct 30 — Waxworks of Chinese Communist Party luminaries including Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping have become unlikely poster-boys for Hong Kong’s democracy movement, after a visitor to Madame Tussauds pinned symbolic yellow ribbons to their jackets. Photos circulating on social media show a smiling replica of Xi sporting a... Read more

Putting on a headscarf in two minutes
How to quickly don a headscarf, Malaysian-style.

Microsoft launches US$199 fitness band that also lets you check emails and texts

October 30, 2014

BANGALORE, Oct 30 — Microsoft Corp launched a device called “Microsoft Band” that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, marking the world’s largest software company’s debut into the wearable technology market. The wrist-worn device has sensors that monitor pulse rate, measure calorie burn and track sleep quality,... Read more

Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones review
Here is a review for Curve Studios' Wii U exclusive, Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones.

Gaztelugatxe named Spain’s top ‘natural wonder’

October 30, 2014

MADRID, Oct 30 — As part of a study conducted by Allianz Global Assistance, Spaniards voted to elect the best natural tourist attractions in their home country. The islet Gaztelugatxe in Basque Country landed first place, topping the list of Spain’s “seven natural wonders.” This selection of exceptional sites has led to the creation of a new... Read more

Visitors walk at the Berlin Wall memorial site in Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, October 13, 2014. — Reuters pic

Visitors walk at the Berlin Wall memorial site in Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, October 13, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Final farewell for Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee

October 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 — Movers and shakers in the US capital rubbed shoulders with big-name journalists yesterday to bid a final farewell to former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry were among the 2,000 mourners who joined Bradlee’s widow Sally Quinn to pay last respects to a giant... Read more

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Byebye Bradlee

  • (From left) Journalists Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein attend the funeral service for Ben Bradlee at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    (From left) Journalists Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein attend the funeral service for Ben Bradlee at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Sally Quinn, the widow of former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, kisses a rose near his casket during his funeral service at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Sally Quinn, the widow of former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, kisses a rose near his casket during his funeral service at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein eulogizes former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee during Bradlee

    Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein eulogizes former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee during Bradlee's funeral service at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Reporters Carl Bernstein (left) and Bob Woodward leave the podium after giving their eulogies for former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee during Bradlee

    Reporters Carl Bernstein (left) and Bob Woodward leave the podium after giving their eulogies for former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee during Bradlee's funeral service at Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Sally Quinn, the widow of former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, kisses a rose near his casket during his funeral service at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Sally Quinn, the widow of former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, kisses a rose near his casket during his funeral service at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Joe Biden with (from left), his wife Jill,  Stephen Breyer, his wife Joanna Hare, John Kerry, Peter Westmacott and Bishop Mariann Budde attend the funeral service for Ben Bradlee at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Joe Biden with (from left), his wife Jill, Stephen Breyer, his wife Joanna Hare, John Kerry, Peter Westmacott and Bishop Mariann Budde attend the funeral service for Ben Bradlee at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Quinn Bradlee pauses while giving his eulogy for his father, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, during his funeral service at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Quinn Bradlee pauses while giving his eulogy for his father, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, during his funeral service at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Quinn Bradlee pays his final respects to his father, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, during his funeral service at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Quinn Bradlee pays his final respects to his father, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, during his funeral service at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Jeff Bezos (centre), Amazon founder and chief executive, and owner of the Washington Post, attends the funeral service for former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlees at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Jeff Bezos (centre), Amazon founder and chief executive, and owner of the Washington Post, attends the funeral service for former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlees at the Washington Cathedral October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More