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Taking up arms for God is fine, claims hardline Islamist group

Cover Media Video: ‘Avengers 2’ trailer gets early release after leak
Fans of Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ franchise had an unexpected treat recently, when a bootleg trailer for the upcoming sequel ‘Age of Ultron’ leaked online, setting social media abuzz. — Cover Media Read More

October 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Muslims can take up arms if they are fighting for their God, hardline Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir’s Malaysian chapter said today. Hizbut Tahrir accused the West of wrongly giving negative... Read more

Uproar over dogs a lesson in ignorance and conspiracies, says PAS lawmaker

October 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The collective outrage among Muslims in the country over the recent “I Want to Touch a Dog” event only proves that many do not understand their own faith, PAS lawmaker Khalid Samad said today. The outspoken MP for Shah Alam said the events suggest the education system has failed to prepare Muslims for the realities of... Read more

Shopkeeper, Chong, checks on the condition of the altars sold at his shop in Klang, October 24, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Shopkeeper, Chong, checks on the condition of the altars sold at his shop in Klang, October 24, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Malaysia’s strong economy can weather potential fall-outs, says HSBC

October 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Malaysia’s sound macro fundamentals will help weather potential fall-outs in its equities market, HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd said. The bank said the country’s current account surplus and low inflation could help cushion the negative impact of tighter-than-expected US monetary policy and escalating geopolitical tensions on... Read more

Bloomberg Video: ‘Money politics’ in Brazil
Brazil’s Bolsa Familia, a monthly payment to families from the government, has helped lift 35 million people out of extreme poverty in the past decade. — Bloomberg Read More

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters

October 24, 2014

PARIS, Oct 24 — French Open champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the next week’s ATP Paris Masters citing personal reasons, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said today. The Spanish world number three is already guaranteed a place in the season-ending World Tour Finals in London next month. The Paris tournament, often beset by withdrawals due to its position in the calendar at the end of the season, has also seen US Open champion... Read more

France: IS ‘hurt’ after large-scale overnight air raid in Iraq

October 24, 2014

PARIS, Oct 24 ― The international coalition currently battling the Islamic State group in Iraq dropped around 70 bombs on an arsenal and jihadist training centre in a large-scale overnight raid, the French military said today. "I think it's safe to say we hurt them last night. The operation is a success," France's Chief of the Defence Staff... Read more

Next Media Video: New York doctor tests positive for Ebola
A New York doctor who recently returned from Guinea where he had been treating Ebola patients tested positive for the disease yesterday, becoming the ninth person to be treated for the disease in the United States. — Reuters Read More

Best new restaurant in Canada? Wolf in the Fog! (VIDEO)

October 24, 2014

OTTAWA, Oct 24 — A fine dining restaurant in a West Coast surfing town — population 2,000 — has been crowned Canada’s best new restaurant for serving hyperlocal, honest Canadian fare. For the 13th year, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine enRoute commissioned food writers to eat their way across the country and come up with a list ranking the... Read more

Best new place to get some Canadian grub
A fine dining restaurant in a West Coast surfing town — population 2,000 — has been crowned Canada’s best new restaurant for serving hyperlocal, honest Canadian fare. — AFP-Relaxnews Read More

Let Johnny Depp lead you ‘Into the Woods’ with the right notes (VIDEO)

October 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 24 ― Fairytale cornucopia "Into the Woods" combines traditional European folk stories with big name stars and musical renditions in a new featurette. The four-minute video consists of behind-the-scenes snippets, on-set clips and moments from the finished movie as well as lines sung by Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick. "What's... Read more

AFP Video: ‘Ultraman’ lights up red carpet at Tokyo film festival
The Tokyo International Film Festival opened yesterday with cult superhero "Ultraman" swooshing down the red carpet. — Reuters Read More

Honda’s Mobilio muscles in on Toyota’s Indonesian turf

October 24, 2014

JAKARTA, Oct 24 — Honda Motor’s Mobilio, a spacious yet affordable multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), has nearly doubled its market share this year, triggering a price war with Toyota Motor in Indonesia, the latest battleground for global carmakers. Toyota and its Daihatsu Motor affiliate have long enjoyed a more than 50 per cent market share in... Read more

Belgium

Belgium's Princess Astrid arrives by car for a meeting with Peru's President Ollanta Humala at the Government Palace in Lima October 24, 2014. — Reuters pic

WWI bombs still being unearthed in Belgium fields

October 24, 2014

YPRES, Oct 24 — Pondfarm in western Belgium is used to digging up an unusual crop. “It’s a fairly poor harvest,” said Stijn Butaye, 26, as he looked at a haul of 28 World War One shells unearthed with potatoes and beet in the last two weeks and awaiting collection by Belgium’s bomb disposal squad. The 40-hectare (100 acre) Butaye family... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Stem-cell research allows paralysed man to walk again
A man, paralysed after being attacked with a knife, is able to walk again thanks to stem-cell research. The professor who led the research, Geoff Raisman, explains how it was done. — Bloomberg Read More

The royal tweet: Queen sends first Twitter message

October 24, 2014

LONDON, Oct 24 — Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sent her first ever tweet during a visit to a museum Friday, signing it "Elizabeth R" — and even removing a glove to post it. The 88-year-old's Twitter debut came during a visit to London's Science Museum as she opened a new gallery dedicated to the history of communication and... Read more

A Long March 3C rocket carrying an experimental spacecraft, lifts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China, October 24, 2014. — Reuters pic

A Long March 3C rocket carrying an experimental spacecraft, lifts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China, October 24, 2014. — Reuters pic

Jetstar Asia to take over Valuair’s Singapore-Indonesia flights

October 24, 2014

SINGAPORE, Oct 24 — Jetstar Asia will take over operations of Valuair flights between Singapore and its four ports in Indonesia from Oct 26 following the Indonesian government's lifting of foreign low cost carriers (LCCs) operating restrictions. Jetstar Asia will continue operating up to 52 return services between Singapore and Indonesia... Read more

Guests walk along the

Guests walk along the 'Peak Walk' bridge during a media preview, at the Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets October 24, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Knightley to appear in Broadway play based on Emile Zola’s novel

October 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 24 — British actress Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next year in a new adaptation of Therese Raquin, based on the novel by Emile Zola. Knightley, who was nominated for a best actress Oscar in 2006 for her performance in Pride & Prejudice, will begin previews of the play commissioned  by Roundabout Theatre Company... Read more

Ukrainian children read books at the refugee camp of Krasni Dessant outside the Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don on October 24, 2014. — AFP pic

Ukrainian children read books at the refugee camp of Krasni Dessant outside the Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don on October 24, 2014. — AFP pic