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Trumpeting own highway study, Kidex CEO insists independent review ‘biased’

Full ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 trailer
A sneak peak trailer was exclusively shown to those who ventured out to movie theaters to watch the final two episodes of Season 4 in IMAX on Thursday night. And leaked online... to the delight of many fans. Read More

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
January 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 — Kidex Sdn Bhd’s top official has dismissed the findings of an independent review that questioned the viability of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway... Read more

Asri set for unprecedented return as Perlis Mufti

January 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 — Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, who is known for his contemporary views on Islam, will start a second stint as Perlis Mufti on Monday, the first time an individual will have held the position more than once. According to The Star on its website today, Asri will be officially appointed to the position tomorrow and resume... Read more

R.Karuna inspects a kavadi which he made for the upcoming Thaipusam festival at his workshop on Macalister Road, Penang, January 31, 2015. — Bernama pic

R.Karuna inspects a kavadi which he made for the upcoming Thaipusam festival at his workshop on Macalister Road, Penang, January 31, 2015. — Bernama pic

Austrian regret for popularising Swiss franc mortgages

January 31, 2015

VIENNA, Feb 1 —  The surging Swiss franc has dealt a double blow to homeowners in Austria, home of the trend for borrowing in the Swiss currency that has devastated mortgage holders across eastern Europe. In the early 1990s, people living in the west of the country who crossed into Switzerland to work were lured by the ultra low interest... Read more

A woman touches a sign during a protest by activists against the production of herbicides and GMO (genetically modified organisms) food products outside Monsanto headquarters. — Reuters pic

A woman touches a sign during a protest by activists against the production of herbicides and GMO (genetically modified organisms) food products outside Monsanto headquarters. — Reuters pic

Sturridge back in action and ready to silence critics

January 31, 2015

LONDON, Jan 31 — Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he is ready to shrug off his “injury-prone” label when he returns after a five-month layoff for West Ham United’s visit to Anfield in the Premier League today. The England hitman, who struck 21 league goals for Liverpool last season, suffered a thigh injury on international duty in September. Liverpool have struggled while Sturridge endured a series of setbacks that prolonged his... Read more

Civilians killed in botched Philippines anti-terror raid, mayor says

January 31, 2015

COTABATO, Jan 31 — An eight-year-old girl and three men — one with his hands bound — were among those killed in a botched anti-terror police operation in the Philippines last weekend, a local official said today. Mamasapano town mayor Benzar Ampatuan said residents had told him police tied up the man to stop him tipping off their targets... Read more

Pictures of the Day

America's first all-women mosque

  • Women sit down before the prayer service at the Women

    Women sit down before the prayer service at the Women's Mosque in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A woman takes a photo before the prayer service at the Women

    A woman takes a photo before the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Donna Auston, waits for the prayer service to start at the Women

    Donna Auston, waits for the prayer service to start at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Women wait for the prayer service at the Women

    Women wait for the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Armani Barakat of Ventura, sits with her 10-week-old granddaughter, Maya, before the prayer service at the Women

    Armani Barakat of Ventura, sits with her 10-week-old granddaughter, Maya, before the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Women enter the Women

    Women enter the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Sana Muttalib, co-president, and M. Hasna Maznavi, founder and co-president of the Women

    Sana Muttalib, co-president, and M. Hasna Maznavi, founder and co-president of the Women's Mosque of America prepare for prayer service in downtown Los Angeles, California, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Nia Malika Dixon opens up the prayer service at the Women

    Nia Malika Dixon opens up the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Muslim women arrive for the prayer service at the Women

    Muslim women arrive for the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Muslim women kneel for the prayer service at the Women

    Muslim women kneel for the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Singapore’s chefs bring local flavour to global talent search

January 31, 2015

SINGAPORE, Jan 31 — The future of Singapore’s feted culinary scene looks bright in the hands of its young chefs - if what we’ve seen at the South-east Asia leg of the inaugural S.Pellegrino search for the world’s best young chef is anything to go by. Against some tough competition, chefs in Singapore have secured five out of the 10 places:... Read more

Pictures of the Day

23rd Annual Wing Bowl

  • Defending champion Molly Schuyler (second from left) and Patrick

    Defending champion Molly Schuyler (second from left) and Patrick 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti (right) compete in the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Patrick

    Patrick 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti celebrates after winning the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Crowds cheer during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Crowds cheer during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Supporters of participants at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl wait for their turn to parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Supporters of participants at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl wait for their turn to parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Patrick

    Patrick 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti reacts after winning the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A supporter of a participant at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl hurls beads into the crowd during a parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    A supporter of a participant at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl hurls beads into the crowd during a parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Lukeja Wnuleowski (right), 18, a cheerleader supporting a participant, dances on stage during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Lukeja Wnuleowski (right), 18, a cheerleader supporting a participant, dances on stage during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Cheerleaders supporting participants wait for their turn at a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Cheerleaders supporting participants wait for their turn at a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Defending champion of the 23rd annual Wing Bowl Molly Schuyler (centre) parades through the Wells Fargo Center before the competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Defending champion of the 23rd annual Wing Bowl Molly Schuyler (centre) parades through the Wells Fargo Center before the competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Cheerleaders supporting contestants throw beads to the crowd while parading through the Wells Fargo Center before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Cheerleaders supporting contestants throw beads to the crowd while parading through the Wells Fargo Center before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Dissecting a scene in ‘Boyhood’ (VIDEO)

January 31, 2015

NEW YORK, Jan 31 — Richard Linklater discusses a sequence from his drama “Boyhood,” with Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke. — New York Times

Next Media Video: Time to get everybody moving! G.E.M. dazzles Singapore fans
Hong Kong singer Gloria Tang, better known by her sparklier stage name, G.E.M, performs in Singapore for the first time. ― Reuters Read More

Honda confirms Takata air bag inflator rupture in Texas fatal crash

January 31, 2015

DETROIT, Jan 31 — Honda Motor Co Ltd yesterday said it has confirmed that a Takata Corp air bag inflator ruptured in a Jan 18 crash in Texas that killed the driver. Prior to the incident that took place near Houston, Takata air bags had been linked to at least five deaths. On Thursday, Honda issued a statement about the fatal crash... Read more

A man looking at the interior of Honda Motor Co’s N-BOX SLASH vehicle is reflected in a side mirror of a car displayed at the company showroom in Tokyo, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

A man looking at the interior of Honda Motor Co’s N-BOX SLASH vehicle is reflected in a side mirror of a car displayed at the company showroom in Tokyo, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

From steel elephants to dying tree branches ― India hopes to conquer contemporary art scene

January 31, 2015

NEW DELHI, Jan 31 ― With a giant stainless steel elephant, a graffiti mural and a dying tree branch, the Indian Art Fair opened yesterday hoping to tap into the country's growing demand for contemporary art. Growing wealth has fuelled an interest in art collecting among India's super rich, but the New Delhi fair's organisers said a rapidly... Read more

‘Photographs' ― What happens when an elderly woman meets a Polaroid?
“Photographs” is a touching story about an elderly woman reliving her younger days by snapping instant photo selfies with an old Polaroid camera. ― PetaPixel Read More

Google Glass on hold, not dead, just yet

January 31, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 31 — Although reports of its demise may have been greatly exaggerated, the development of Google Glass is definitely on hold. On Jan 15, Google announced that its Glass Explorer programme, where developers and well-heeled members of the public tested Google Glass in exchange for a US$1,500 (RM5,447) deposit, was being... Read more

Employees greet customers queuing for the opening of a new Apple Store in Chongqing municipality, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Employees greet customers queuing for the opening of a new Apple Store in Chongqing municipality, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Americans choose London as top travel destination

January 31, 2015

LONDON, Jan 31 —  The most popular international destination for American globetrotters in 2014 was London, followed by Paris and Toronto. That’s according to the latest figures from the Hotel Price Index from online booking site Hotels.com. The top five destinations remain unchanged from 2013 in rank as well, with Rome and Vancouver... Read more

Gondolas are seen in the Venetian lagoon in front of St.Mark square, January 31 2015. — Reuters pic

Gondolas are seen in the Venetian lagoon in front of St.Mark square, January 31 2015. — Reuters pic

Ian Fleming’s children’s classic celebrates its 50th anniversary (VIDEO)

January 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 ― A children's classic is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang,” about the adventures of a magical car and its owner, has been commemorated with the publishing of a special anniversary edition. But while many are familiar with the story ― and its 1968 film version ― few realise that the author of... Read more

Next Media Video: Ian Fleming’s ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang’ celebrates 50 years
A children's classic is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang,” about the adventures of a magical car and its owner, has been commemorated with the publishing of a special anniversary edition. ― Reuters Read More