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Cover Media Video: Voight unaware of Brangelina nuptials
Following the news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s surprise wedding, reports have said that it was for family and close friends only, however, it looks like Angelina’s own father wasn’t aware of the ceremony. ― Cover Media Read More

August 30, 2014

MUMBAI, Aug 30 — India’s federal police have filed charges against a former minister, his media mogul brother, and a Malaysian tycoon over alleged corruption to help Malaysia’s Maxis group take control of an Indian mobile... Read more

Don’t make MAS workers pay for your failure, Anwar tells Putrajaya

BY BOO SU-LYN
August 30, 2014

PUCHONG, Aug 30 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today questioned why 6,000 Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) could lose their jobs in the impending overhaul of the airline, when those who mismanaged the flag carrier were instead “adequately” compensated. The opposition leader pointed out that the national carrier once raked in billions in profits during... Read more

Merdeka-raoke: Merdeka Day 2014 theme song
In this video created by Popteevee, we can see that besides being well-known for its diverse and colourful cultures and glorious array of food, Malaysia is also famous for its patriotic songs and the karaoke videos that accompanies them. Let us rejoice and celebrate Merdeka Day 2014 ― in true Malaysian style!

Merdeka 2014 Tributes

India drops coal scam case against billionaire industrialist

August 30, 2014

NEW DELHI, Aug 30 — India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has closed a coal scam case against billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla and a former top bureaucrat that emerged in 2012 after an auditor’s report on revenue loss to the exchequer from allocations of coal blocks. The CBI filed the case against Birla and former Coal Secretary... Read more

Next Media Video: Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 from its workforce
The restructuring of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is set to cost RM6 billion, and the national carrier will trim its workforce by 6,000, Khazanah Managing Director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar said yesterday. — MMO Read More

Blind leaving Ajax for Man Utd

August 30, 2014

LONDON, Aug 30 — Manchester United are set to sign Dutch international Daley Blind after agreeing a fee with his current side Ajax, the Press Association reported today. The 24-year-old Blind was in Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal’s World Cup squad in Brazil and can play at left-back and as a defensive midfielder. Personal terms are still to be agreed with him and he needs to pass a medical, but if the deal is sealed before the... Read more

Saudi king warns West will be jihadists’ next target

August 30, 2014

JEDDAH, Aug 30 — King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action. “If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he said in remarks quoted today by Asharq al-Awsat daily and... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Nicaragua gold mine collapse

  • Miners lie wrapped in blankets as they are transported to a hospital after being rescued from a gold mine blocked by a landslide in Bonanzas town August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Miners lie wrapped in blankets as they are transported to a hospital after being rescued from a gold mine blocked by a landslide in Bonanzas town August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Miners and rescue workers hold a miner (front left) covered in mud after he was rescued from a gold mine blocked by a landslide in Bonanzas town August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Miners and rescue workers hold a miner (front left) covered in mud after he was rescued from a gold mine blocked by a landslide in Bonanzas town August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Miners and rescue workers hold a miner (centre) covered in mud after he was rescued from a gold mine blocked by a landslide in Bonanzas town August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Miners and rescue workers hold a miner (centre) covered in mud after he was rescued from a gold mine blocked by a landslide in Bonanzas town August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Miners carry water at the entrance of the gold mine where miners are trapped by a landslide caused by heavy rains in Bonanza town, in northern Nicaragua August August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Miners carry water at the entrance of the gold mine where miners are trapped by a landslide caused by heavy rains in Bonanza town, in northern Nicaragua August August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Miners and rescue workers hold a miner (front) covered in mud after he was rescued from a gold mine blocked by a landslide in Bonanzas town August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Miners and rescue workers hold a miner (front) covered in mud after he was rescued from a gold mine blocked by a landslide in Bonanzas town August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Miners and rescue workers transport a miner after rescuing him from a gold mine blocked by a landslide in Bonanzas town August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Miners and rescue workers transport a miner after rescuing him from a gold mine blocked by a landslide in Bonanzas town August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Rescuers wait to go inside a gold mine where miners are trapped after heavy rains caused a landslide in Bonanza town, in northern Nicaragua August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Rescuers wait to go inside a gold mine where miners are trapped after heavy rains caused a landslide in Bonanza town, in northern Nicaragua August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Relatives of the miners trapped inside a gold mine wait for news of their loved ones outside the gold mine in Bonanza town, northern Nicaragua August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Relatives of the miners trapped inside a gold mine wait for news of their loved ones outside the gold mine in Bonanza town, northern Nicaragua August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Relatives of the miners trapped inside a gold mine wait for news of their loved ones outside the gold mine in Bonanza town, northern Nicaragua August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Relatives of the miners trapped inside a gold mine wait for news of their loved ones outside the gold mine in Bonanza town, northern Nicaragua August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Rescuers stand at the entrance of the gold mine where miners are trapped by a landslide caused by heavy rains in Bonanza town, in northern Nicaragua August August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Rescuers stand at the entrance of the gold mine where miners are trapped by a landslide caused by heavy rains in Bonanza town, in northern Nicaragua August August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Two nights in Penang: A chef’s ‘homecoming’

By Vivian Chong
August 30, 2014

GEORGE TOWN, Aug 30 — The kitchen was feeling cramped and hotter by the minute as a frenzy of washing, peeling, weighing and chopping created a symphony of sounds and scents while pots bubbled away.  Chef Anderson Ho was showing six young chefs from the Penang Chef Association exactly how he wanted each ingredient prepped while dishing out... Read more

Bloomberg Video: How a broke club owner created a burger mecca
Bareburger CEO Euripides Pelekanos discusses the company’s recipe for success with Pimm Fox on “Taking Stock.” — Bloomberg Read More

The making of this year’s summer blockbusters (VIDEO)

August 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Aug 30 — This year some wicked cool blockbusters have been released and they all had some things in common; they contained endless streams of action, were completely buffed with special effects and had a seemingly endless budget. Now it’s time to find out how exactly these action flicks were made. — Cover Media... Read more

Cover Media Video: Tom Hanks to star in ‘Da Vinci Code’ Threequel ‘Inferno’
Tom Hanks will reprise his role as Professor Robert Langdon for the third time in the film adaptation of Dan Brown’s “Inferno”, the sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons”. — Cover Media Read More

Volkswagen JV partner official latest victim of China anti-graft watchdog

August 30, 2014

BEIJING, Aug 30 — China’s anti-graft watchdog has said it is investigating a former senior executive at FAW Group Corp for corruption, the latest target in a widening probe against the company. State-owned FAW has a joint venture with Volkswagen AG. The joint venture is one of the two car-making ventures the German automaker has in... Read more

AMG GT — Mercedes' new supercar
This is more compact supercar and one focused on directly challenging the Porsche 911's superiority. — AFP-Relaxnews

Japan ex-wrestler in North Korea to promote his brand of ‘sports diplomacy’

August 30, 2014

TOKYO, Aug 30 — Flamboyant Japanese wrestler-turned-politician Kanji “Antonio” Inoki kicked off his brand of sports diplomacy in North Korea today ahead of an unusual two-day event featuring martial artists from around the world. Inoki, 71, an opposition member of Japan’s upper house with a penchant for red scarves, has travelled to the... Read more

Haj Saied Al Sayeeh places a bee on a man with a facial nerve disorder so it can sting him at a centre in Cairo August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

Haj Saied Al Sayeeh places a bee on a man with a facial nerve disorder so it can sting him at a centre in Cairo August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

Apple gets patent for glass cube store design

August 30, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug 30 — It has become a modern architectural icon, and now Apple's glass cube Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan has been officially patented. Records show that the Cupertino tech giant was granted the patent earlier this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office, with the company's famous founder Steve Jobs listed as one of the... Read more

Leap Motion's jump into virtual reality
Leap Motion has developed a mount for the Oculus Rift headset that could bring hand controls and gestures to virtual reality gaming. — AFP-Relaxnews Read More

Foreign pilgrims flock to Spain’s Santiago trail

August 30, 2014

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Aug 30 — Despite her sore feet, Federica Simonetto smiles for a photo by the last signpost on the Way of Saint James — one of a new wave of young pilgrims bringing fresh life to the Medieval trail. After eight days hiking with a friend, the Italian nurse has reached Santiago de Compostela, the northern Spanish... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ Festival

  • The art installation Embrace burns during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    The art installation Embrace burns during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Bella Melhuish and her husband Alex Melhuish dance during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Bella Melhuish and her husband Alex Melhuish dance during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A view of the Playa and the Man during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A view of the Playa and the Man during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Rosanne Ziering and Alison Cooper relax on the Playa during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Rosanne Ziering and Alison Cooper relax on the Playa during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Participants interact with the Alien Siege Machine during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Participants interact with the Alien Siege Machine during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Elesa Rouel rides on the Eidolon Panspermia Ostentatia Duodenum (EPOD) art installation during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Elesa Rouel rides on the Eidolon Panspermia Ostentatia Duodenum (EPOD) art installation during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A mutant vehicle drives across the Playa during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A mutant vehicle drives across the Playa during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A mutant vehicle drives across the Playa during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A mutant vehicle drives across the Playa during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Omri Cohen dances around a burning art installation during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Omri Cohen dances around a burning art installation during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Participants watch the art installation Embrace burn during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Participants watch the art installation Embrace burn during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

BooksActually to launch comics, graphic novels

August 30, 2014

SINGAPORE, Aug 30 — BooksActually is not content with putting out only poetry and fiction — it’s now dipping its fingers into comics and graphic novels. The independent bookstore, which publishes under its Math Paper Press imprint, will be launching three comic titles at next week’s Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC). These... Read more

Believers read prayer books during a religious service marking the Day of the Virgin Mary at Sioni Cathedral in Tbilisi August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

Believers read prayer books during a religious service marking the Day of the Virgin Mary at Sioni Cathedral in Tbilisi August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic