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Hadi: Parties opposing Islam’s growth biggest threat to religious freedom

BY RAM ANAND
April 29, 2017

ALOR SETAR, April 29 — Political parties opposing the growth of Islam in Malaysia are the country’s "biggest threat" to religious freedom, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today. "There are parties that are racing each other to become the main hurdle for Islam's growth among Muslims in the country," Hadi said in his speech... Read more

PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (centre) arrives at the Kompleks PAS Kedah for the party’s 63rd Muktamar conference April 29, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (centre) arrives at the Kompleks PAS Kedah for the party’s 63rd Muktamar conference April 29, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

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China’s all-girl ‘boyband’

China’s all-girl ‘boyband’

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Sporting short bobs, loose T-shirts and barely there makeup, Acrush's androgynous look is bucking centuries-old norms in a society where girls strive to look feminine and act demurely. — Reuters pix

China’s all-girl ‘boyband’
Cool collection by Bettina Spitz of Colombia

Cool collection by Bettina Spitz of Colombia

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Models present creations by designer Bettina Spitz of Colombia during Bogota Fashion Week in Bogota, Colombia April 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

Cool collection by Bettina Spitz of Colombia
At the WE Day 2017 event in LA

At the WE Day 2017 event in LA

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Alicia Keys performs during the WE Day event in Los Angeles, California April 28, 2017. — Reuters picAlicia Keys performs during the WE Day event in Los Angeles, California April 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

At the WE Day 2017 event in LA
‘The Circle’ premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

‘The Circle’ premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

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Actor Emma Watson arrives for ‘The Circle’ premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in the Manhattan borough of New York April 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

‘The Circle’ premiere at Tribeca Film Festival
Israel uncovers ancient Roman history at Mediterranean port

Israel uncovers ancient Roman history at Mediterranean port

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An archaeologist presents a head of the god Asclepius in the city of Caesarea, Israel April 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

Israel uncovers ancient Roman history at Mediterranean port
Honourees at Time 100 Gala

Honourees at Time 100 Gala

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Women’s March National Co-Chairs Carmen Perez, Bob Bland, Tamika D. Mallory and Linda Sarsour arrive for the Time 100 Gala in New York April 26, 2017. — Reuters pic

Honourees at Time 100 Gala

Asean firms up South China Sea stance as Beijing lobbies over statement

April 29, 2017

MANILA, April 29 — South-east Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at today's Asean summit to include references to militarisation and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing. Chinese embassy representatives in Manila had sought to influence the content of the... Read more

A demonstrator kicks a vehicle in a protest against President Michel Temer

A demonstrator kicks a vehicle in a protest against President Michel Temer's proposal to reform Brazil's social security system during a general strike in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2017. Read More

Celtics, Wizards advance to second round of NBA playoffs

April 29, 2017

NEW YORK, April 29 — Avery Bradley led a balanced offensive attack as the Boston Celtics advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 105-83 rout of the Chicago Bulls yesterday. Bradley led the way with 23 points as all five... Read more

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Trump to order study on abuses of US trade agreements

April 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, April 29 — President Donald Trump will sign an executive order today seeking to identify any problems caused by the nation's existing trade agreements, including an examination of US involvement in the World Trade Organisation, a top trade official said. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said his department would work to issue a... Read more

A trader looks at a screen that charts the S&P 500 on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York April 29, 2017. — Reuters pic

A trader looks at a screen that charts the S&P 500 on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York April 29, 2017. — Reuters pic

Mario Batali and Jeremiah Tower to open restaurant together in Italy

April 29, 2017

NEW YORK, April 29 — Celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Jeremiah Tower are teaming up to open a restaurant on the Amalfi Coast in Italy together.  The project seems to have been borne from what sounded like an off-hand statement from Tower during an interview with Bon Appetit magazine published this week.  Buried at the very bottom of the... Read more

Bloomberg Video: How to order a steak — rules from a master chef
Steakhouse chef Josh Capon of Bowery Meat Company has a few simple rules to properly order and enjoy a steak. — Video by Matt Goldman, Christian Capestany/Bloomberg Read More

Star Wars isn’t getting John Boyega any lady luck (VIDEO)

April 29, 2017

LOS ANGELES, April 29 — When it comes to dating success, it seems that John Boyega found Star Wars more hindrance than help. Boyega spoke about how a date quickly turned sour once his companion saw him on a billboard, relating his story on the Graham Nortion Show. Check out the clip to also get soundbites from Amy Schumer as well as... Read more

Hogie the Globehopper trailer
‘Hogie the Globehopper’ is a show produced by Malaysian studio Lil Critter Workshop and follows Hogie the curious Tree Frog on his adventures around the world with his friends Bernie the Dragonfly and Lorna the Duck. Read More

Tesla must complete brake fix to regain ‘Consumer Reports’ top safety rating

April 29, 2017

DETROIT, April 29 — Tesla Inc needs to complete fixing its Model S sedan emergency braking system to regain Consumer Reports' top safety rating, the magazine said yesterday, noting that a recent update by the luxury electric car maker was not enough. The magazine, which provides an annual rating of vehicles sold in the United States, said... Read more

A car hauler heading for Detroit drives on the lane to Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, Canada April 29, 2017. — Reuters pic

A car hauler heading for Detroit drives on the lane to Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, Canada April 29, 2017. — Reuters pic

Hundreds displaced as Bahamas luxury festival implodes

April 29, 2017

NASSAU, April 29 — A new music festival in The Bahamas that was advertised as the ultimate in luxury imploded Friday just as it was to begin, leaving hundreds of party-goers displaced and angry. With tickets costing up to US$12,000 (RM52,100) and VIP packages that rose to US$250,000, the Fyre Festival offered a weekend on a private island... Read more

Reuters Video: Museum of Ice Cream serves up sweet art
The pop-up installation 'Museum of Ice Cream' merges art and dessert. Bob Mezan reports. — Reuters Read More

R1 wants to be your affordable domestic help (VIDEO)

April 29, 2017

GENOA, April 29 — A robot to help out around the house has long been on the horizon. A team from the Italian Institute of Technology believes R1 will finally deliver this. While still a prototype, R1 is smart and dexterous enough to perfom basic tasks, and can lift weights up to one-and-a-half kilogrammes. It also has an accelerometer... Read more

A man visits Qualcomm

A man visits Qualcomm's booth at the Global Mobile Internet Conference 2017 in Beijing April 29, 2017. — Reuters pic

Booking.com, Momondo named best hotel and airfare booking sites

April 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, April 29 — Experts at Frommer’s have compiled lists ranking the best travel websites for consumers, and they have pronounced Booking.com the top hotel booking site and Momondo the leader for finding the best airfares.  For the lists, experts at the travel guide took airfare and hotel booking sites for multiple rounds of test... Read more

A couple of tourists rest at Comercio square in downtown Lisbon, Portugal April 29, 2017. — Reuters pic

A couple of tourists rest at Comercio square in downtown Lisbon, Portugal April 29, 2017. — Reuters pic

Aktivis wanita: Cabut kondom ketika seks ‘jenayah berat’

April 29, 2017

TAMPA, 29 April — Kes-kes mencabut kondom diam-diam ketika bersetubuh, tanpa persetujuan pasangan, sedang meningkat dan harus dianggap "jenayah berat".  Lelaki yang melakukan tindakan ini, digelar "stealthing", berbangga di internet walau ia boleh menyebarkan penyakit atau menyebabkan kehamilan tanpa dirancang. Dalam laporan jurnal... Selanjutnya

Para pengunjung tidak melepaskan peluang untuk bergambar bersama anggota keluarga berlatarkan pintu masuk utama Gunung Reng, Jeli 27 April 2017. — Foto Bernama

Para pengunjung tidak melepaskan peluang untuk bergambar bersama anggota keluarga berlatarkan pintu masuk utama Gunung Reng, Jeli 27 April 2017. — Foto Bernama

Hollande’s ex Trierweiler writes novel about ‘torrid affair’

April 28, 2017

PARIS, April 28 — The ex-girlfriend of French President Francois Hollande, Valerie Trierweiler — whose tell-all memoir was a sensation — will publish her first novel next month about a torrid secret affair. But rather than being set in the corridors of power, The Secret of Adele is inspired by the painter Gustav Klimt's mistress,... Read more

Visitors look at books on display at the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair held in the Putra World Trade Centre April 28, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Visitors look at books on display at the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair held in the Putra World Trade Centre April 28, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng