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Cover Media Video: Robin Thicke sings in court
Robin Thicke has recently been in court to testify that his hit collaboration with Pharrell Williams ’Blurred Lines’ did not directly copy from one of Marvin Gaye’s tracks. However, in a some what unusual testimony, Robin had to stand up and sing to the court in an attempt to prove that ‘Blurred Lines’ is in fact different to Marvin’s original. — Cover Media Read More

February 27, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — If Malaysia is to be seen as an Islamic country, then the federal government should endorse Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s royal pardon application as... Read more

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Agong has last word on Anwar’s pardon, say lawyers

BY SHAUN TAN
February 27, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah is the final arbiter of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s petition for a royal pardon, criminal lawyers have said. Although Anwar’s appeal will technically be decided by the Federal Territories Pardon Board, Tuanku Abdul Halim will be the one who... Read more

Workers wait to start work outside a soon-to-be-completed condominium project at Kota Iskandar in Johor, February 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Workers wait to start work outside a soon-to-be-completed condominium project at Kota Iskandar in Johor, February 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Khazanah Nasional to issue US$279m ‘social impact’ sukuk

February 27, 2015

LONDON, Feb 27 — Malaysia’s US$40 billion sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional plans to issue a sukuk worth up to RM1 billion to help fund schools, its managing director said yesterday. Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of an Islamic finance event in London, the fund’s head Azman Mokhtar said the planned “social impact sukuk” is... Read more

Bloomberg Video: How net neutrality will encourage competition
The Internet Association CEO Michael Beckerman discusses why net neutrality is necessary for the future of the economy with Bloomberg's Cory Johnson on "Bloomberg West." — Bloomberg

World No 1 McIlroy struggles in wind at Honda Classic

February 27, 2015

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Feb 27 — Rory McIlroy has had his share of ups and downs at the Honda Classic and yesterday's opening round, where he shot a three-over-par 73, was no different. The Northern Irishman won at PGA National in 2012 with a victory that sent him to the world number one spot for the first time in his career and signalled his arrival as one of the sport's true stars. McIlroy walked off the course just a year later during... Read more

Australia’s Abbott ‘expects’ to lead party to next election

February 27, 2015

SYDNEY, Feb 27 ― Embattled Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today dismissed heated speculation he will be dumped by his conservative colleagues, saying he expected to lead his party to the next election. After reports that Abbott may not survive another challenge to his leadership, the prime minister was asked whether he expected to be... Read more

A member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands guard as a convoy of the Ukrainian armed forces including armoured personnel carriers, military vehicles and cannons prepare to move as they pull back from the Debaltseve region, in Paraskoviyvka, eastern Ukraine, February 27, 2015. ― Reuters pic

A member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands guard as a convoy of the Ukrainian armed forces including armoured personnel carriers, military vehicles and cannons prepare to move as they pull back from the Debaltseve region, in Paraskoviyvka, eastern Ukraine, February 27, 2015. ― Reuters pic Read More

It’s a food adventure at exotic London burger class

February 27, 2015

LONDON, Feb 27 — At the Experimental Burger Society in central London, diners put on lab coats and safety goggles to create their own dinner from meats as ordinary as beef or as exotic as zebra, kangaroo or ostrich. The Society is a cooking class with a side order of fun and socialising at Bobo Social, a trendy restaurant that opened last... Read more

People look at the photo they did of the ceiling of the Markthal indoor food market in Rotterdam, February 27, 2015.  — Reuters pic

People look at the photo they did of the ceiling of the Markthal indoor food market in Rotterdam, February 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Uproar over lesbian kiss in Korean soap opera (VIDEO)

February 27, 2015

SEOUL, Feb 27 — An unprecedented lesbian kiss between two high school students on a popular South Korean TV drama has fuelled a debate about portrayals of sexuality in a rapidly modernising society with deeply conservative roots. The broadcast and internet regulatory body, the Korea Communications Standards Commission, said Friday it had... Read more

Actors Hugh Jackman (right) and Sigourney Weaver exchange glances during a photo call for the film

Actors Hugh Jackman (right) and Sigourney Weaver exchange glances during a photo call for the film 'Chappie' by director Neill Blomkamp in Paris February 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Proton pins turnaround hopes on the Iriz compact

February 27, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — During the recent Proton media drive the compact car traversed the roads of Borneo with ease, starting from Miri in Sarawak and cutting through Brunei and ending the journey in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The car was nimble and stable at sharp bends, absorbed the road imperfections well and cruised with ease on straight... Read more

A dog runs next to a car pulling a motorboat along the frozen Yenisei River south of Russia

A dog runs next to a car pulling a motorboat along the frozen Yenisei River south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk February 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

French bulldog among top 10 most popular US dogs

February 27, 2015

NEW YORK, Feb 27 — The bat-eared, flat-faced French bulldog has earned a spot among the 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States for the first time in a century, the American Kennel Club said yesterday. Topping the annual list was the Labrador retriever, keeping its title as the most sought-after canine for the 24th straight year, it... Read more

A child watches a train passing through the Kibera slum of Kenya

A child watches a train passing through the Kibera slum of Kenya's capital Nairobi February 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Australian scientists invent world’s first landing system for unmanned drones

February 27, 2015

SYDNEY, Feb 27 ― Australian scientists have developed the world's first automatic landing system for unmanned drones, China's Xinhua news agency reported. The Queensland University's Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) made the breakthrough which will allow the drones and other automatic planes weighing less than... Read more

NYT Video: Think happy thoughts with the help of your smartphone
Mindfulness training has arrived on the smartphone. Three apps help motivate you to meditate and teach you new techniques. — New York Times Read More

Eiffel Tower goes green with eco-friendly makeover

February 27, 2015

PARIS, Feb 27 — As part of the renovation of the Parisian monument’s first floor, two wind turbines have been installed at vertical axes, announced the company that operates the Eiffel Tower yesterday.  The Eiffel Tower’s two new wind turbines, each measuring seven metres tall and three metres across, are located on the second floor of the... Read more

A man walks past the Wonder Wheel ride and an amusement part on the seaside Coney Island Boardwalk in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City February 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

A man walks past the Wonder Wheel ride and an amusement part on the seaside Coney Island Boardwalk in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City February 27, 2015. — Reuters pic

Ari Gold of ‘Entourage’ writes about business, leadership tips in new book

February 27, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Feb 27 ― The fictional Hollywood powerhouse Ari Gold, agent to the stars on HBO series “Entourage,” is penning a book of business and leadership tips called The Gold Standard: Rules to Rule By. Due out in May, the book ― announced via a tongue-in-cheek press release from Hachette Books that ignores the author's fictional status... Read more

A man reads the newspaper as he commutes to work by a local train in Mumbai February 27, 2015. ― Reuters pic

A man reads the newspaper as he commutes to work by a local train in Mumbai February 27, 2015. ― Reuters pic