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Anwar: Prosecution raised ‘juicy’ details for media attention

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BY SHAZWAN MUSTAFA KAMAL
October 31, 2014

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 31 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim doused the prosecution team’s Sodomy II submissions today in cold water, saying they had failed to counter his lawyers’ arguments on DNA evidence tampering and merely spoke on... Read more

Intruders back in Sabah? Two dead in Penampang shootout, cops probing possible Sulu link

By Julia Chan
October 31, 2014

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 31 — The mysterious shootout in Penampang New Township yesterday saw two suspects — believed linked to Sulu militants — shot dead after they were tailed for an hour by two police special task force units. Sabah police commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman confirmed today that the two deceased, a 50 year-old and a... Read more

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'Openness vs Sensitive disclosure' forum

  • The audience listen to Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s speech at the ‘Openness vs Sensitive disclosure’ forum, in Kelana Jaya, October 30, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

    The audience listen to Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s speech at the ‘Openness vs Sensitive disclosure’ forum, in Kelana Jaya, October 30, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin spoke at the ‘Openness vs Sensitive disclosure’ forum, in Kelana Jaya last night. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

    Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin spoke at the ‘Openness vs Sensitive disclosure’ forum, in Kelana Jaya last night. ― Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • ‘I Want To Touch A Dog’ organiser Syed Azmi Albashi speaks at the ‘Openness vs Sensitive disclosure’ forum, in Kelana Jaya, October 30, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

    ‘I Want To Touch A Dog’ organiser Syed Azmi Albashi speaks at the ‘Openness vs Sensitive disclosure’ forum, in Kelana Jaya, October 30, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • ‘I Want To Touch A Dog’ organiser Syed Azmi Albashi (right) answers questions at the ‘Openness vs Sensitive disclosure’ forum, in Kelana Jaya, October 30, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

    ‘I Want To Touch A Dog’ organiser Syed Azmi Albashi (right) answers questions at the ‘Openness vs Sensitive disclosure’ forum, in Kelana Jaya, October 30, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahaya speaks at the ‘Openness vs Sensitive disclosure’ forum, in Kelana Jaya, October 30, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

    Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahaya speaks at the ‘Openness vs Sensitive disclosure’ forum, in Kelana Jaya, October 30, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

Malaysia-Hong Kong tie-up to market Islamic funds in mainland China

October 31, 2014

DUBAI, Oct 31 ― A tie-up between Malaysian and Hong Kong asset managers aims to market Islamic funds in mainland China, helping expand shariah-compliant investment products outside the industry's core centres in southeast Asia and the Middle East. The asset management arm of Malayan Banking Bhd and Hong Kong-based Bosera International will... Read more

US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivers opening remarks at a summit on diversity in the economics profession at the Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington October 31, 2014. ― Reuters pic

US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivers opening remarks at a summit on diversity in the economics profession at the Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington October 31, 2014. ― Reuters pic

EPL: Rodgers confident Liverpool ready to hit peak form in Newcastle clash tomorrow

October 31, 2014

LONDON, Oct 31 — Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his players are finally starting to gel on the pitch ahead of their Premier League clash with Newcastle at St James’s Park tomorrow. The Reds have yet to convince in the early part of the campaign following the addition of several new players after selling Uruguay forward Luis Suarez to Barcelona. Liverpool, who were runners-up to Manchester City last season, are nine points... Read more

Online uproar after HSBC board member likened Hong Kong people to freed slaves

October 31, 2014

HONG KONG, Oct 31 — Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters’ demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves. Laura Cha, who is also a member of Hong Kong’s policy-making Executive Council, chairwoman of the city’s Financial Services... Read more

Kaci Hickox (left) and boyfriend Ted Wilbur go for a bike ride in Fort Kent, Maine October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

Kaci Hickox (left) and boyfriend Ted Wilbur go for a bike ride in Fort Kent, Maine October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Rocking the (noodle) boat

By Alan Wong
October 31, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — Like that prototype stealth ship the US wants to build, a new craze appears to have sneaked into the Klang River unnoticed... at least, by me. A quick search online revealed that this Thai noodle dish used to be served out of boats in Bangkok’s waterways: a small portion of flat rice noodles with pork balls, minced... Read more

At the Zab Zab Boat Noodle restaurant off Jalan Kuchai Lama, this is average sight for a table for two. — Picture by Alan Wong

At the Zab Zab Boat Noodle restaurant off Jalan Kuchai Lama, this is average sight for a table for two. — Picture by Alan Wong Read More

Five classic political horror movies for the Halloween

October 31, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 31 — On Halloween night, once the trick-or-treaters are sleeping off their sugar highs, older revellers will cue up seasonally appropriate entertainment. Of the thousands of spine-tingling titles to choose from, there are some classic (and lesser known) standouts that are distinctly political. For some, the term “political... Read more

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BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards

  • Actor Robert Downey Jr. and his pregnant wife Susan pose at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actor Robert Downey Jr. and his pregnant wife Susan pose at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Hailee Steinfeld poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Hailee Steinfeld poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Felicity Jones poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Felicity Jones poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Lea Thompson poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Lea Thompson poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Emma Watson accepts the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Emma Watson accepts the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Dame Judi Dench accepts the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment from actor Dustin Hoffman at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards in California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Dame Judi Dench accepts the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment from actor Dustin Hoffman at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards in California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Julia Louis Dreyfus accepts the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Julia Louis Dreyfus accepts the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Mark Ruffalo accepts the Britannia Humanitarian Award, as presenters Josh Gad and Hailee Steinfeld watch, at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters p

    Actor Mark Ruffalo accepts the Britannia Humanitarian Award, as presenters Josh Gad and Hailee Steinfeld watch, at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters p

  • Actor Robert Downey Jr accepts the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actor Robert Downey Jr accepts the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

BMW’s new X5M and X6M super SUVs head for LA show

October 31, 2014

MUNICH, Oct 31 — Not one, but two supercar-baiting BMW SUVs are heading to this year's LA Auto Show in November. Both the X5M and X6M are powered by the same glorious twin-turbo 4-litre V8 that currently works miracles in the company's M5 executive sports sedan and M6 coupe and the result is, if anything, even more impressive considering... Read more

Daihatsu Motor Co President Masanori Mitsui walks past the company new compact car

Daihatsu Motor Co President Masanori Mitsui walks past the company new compact car 'Axia' in Tokyo October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

Wearing Halloween costumes on subway means arrest, warns Beijing

October 31, 2014

BEIJING, Oct 31 — Beijing police have warned people they face arrest for wearing Halloween fancy dress on the subway as it may cause crowds to gather and create “trouble,” a state-run newspaper said today, unveiling a list of APEC summit-related restrictions. Next month's meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders is being billed... Read more

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Tbilisi Fashion Week

  • A model has make-up applied backstage during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model has make-up applied backstage during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A model waits backstage before a show during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model waits backstage before a show during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A model gets ready for a show backstage during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model gets ready for a show backstage during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A model speaks on her phone backstage during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model speaks on her phone backstage during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A model gets ready backstage for a show during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model gets ready backstage for a show during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Models wait backstage for a show to begin during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Models wait backstage for a show to begin during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Models react as they watch a screen backstage showing the catwalk during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Models react as they watch a screen backstage showing the catwalk during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A model presents a creation from Georgian designer Eloshi

    A model presents a creation from Georgian designer Eloshi's Spring/Summer 2015 collection during Tbilisi Fashion Week, October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

Android mobile software co-creator leaves Google

October 31, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 31 — Google yesterday confirmed that an executive behind leading mobile device software Android is leaving the company to create an incubator for hardware startups. Andy Rubin became a Google executive in 2005 when the Internet titan bought Android Inc, which was then a small startup that Rubin co-founded two years... Read more

An employee of Panono displays a 360 degrees camera during the Pioneers festival in Vienna October 31, 2014.  — Reuters pic

An employee of Panono displays a 360 degrees camera during the Pioneers festival in Vienna October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

Masonic meetings, black masses, Nazi gatherings… Paris’ catacombs still enticing visitors

October 31, 2014

PARIS, Oct 31 — A place of fear, legend, inspiration and exploration, Paris’s skull and bone-lined Catacombs still draw thousands of visitors each year, many of whom queue for hours to explore the ghoulish burial site. “Stop! This is the empire of the dead”, reads a sign greeting visitors at the entrance to the 2km long tunnels filled with... Read more

Britain

Britain's Prince Charles walks during a visit at Cano Cristales park in Serrania de la Macarena October 31, 2014. Prince Charles is in Colombia for a four-day official visit. — Reuters pic

Book Talk: Living with the Dead… Black music, white culture and Highway 61

October 31, 2014

BOSTON , Oct 31 — Author Dennis McNally accompanied the Grateful Dead as a publicist and historian on the band’s “long strange trip,” and he chronicled Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation author of On the Road. For his latest book, On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom, McNally twice drove every mile of US Route 61,... Read more

A woman reads a newspaper while waiting for customers in her flower shop in Bucharest October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

A woman reads a newspaper while waiting for customers in her flower shop in Bucharest October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic