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Putrajaya denies sedition dragnet a sign of cold feet over promised repeal

NYT Video: Unlikely neighbours in New York
In New York’s mixed-income buildings, market-rate tenants live right next door to low-income tenants. ― New York Times Read More

August 30, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — Putrajaya today again insisted it will abolish the Sedition Act 1948, following growing concern that a raft of new investigations and prosecutions under the law suggested it has changed its mind over... Read more

Malaysians chafed by illusion of unity, says Kit Siang

August 30, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — The social media backlash against this year’s Merdeka Day advertisements show that Malaysians see that the facade of a united country is only an illusion that belies an “environment of fear and intolerance”, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said today. The DAP national advisor noted that the country was still mired in the... Read more

Malaysian school children take part in the rehearsals for the upcoming 57th Merdeka Day celebrations at the Independence square in Kuala Lumpur. — AFP pic

Malaysian school children take part in the rehearsals for the upcoming 57th Merdeka Day celebrations at the Independence square in Kuala Lumpur. — AFP pic

Merdeka 2014 Tributes

Thailand stops petroleum exports as part of military government’s energy reform drive

August 30, 2014

BANGKOK, Aug 30 — Thailand’s military government has asked oil and gas producers to temporarily stop exports of petroleum products, as it wants to focus on the domestic market and review the structure of the whole system, a senior energy ministry official said yesterday. The move is part of the government’s energy reform drive which... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Hidden assets make Jack Ma wealthiest in China
In today's “Movers & Shakers,” Bloomberg's Betty Liu and Matt Miller report on discovered hidden assets that are taken into account make Jack Ma China’s wealthiest person. ― Bloomberg Read More

US Open: Five facts for Day Six

August 30, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug 30 ― Five facts for today, day six at the US Open: ― World number one Novak Djokovic brings a 7-1 head-to-head record against Sam Querrey, one of only two American men left in the third round, the other is John Isner. Djokovic is looking to reach the last-16 at Flushing Meadows for the eighth straight year and 22nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament since a third-round exit at the French Open in 2008. ― Tommy Robredo, a... Read more

20 miners rescued alive from Nicaragua gold mine, says official (VIDEO)

August 30, 2014

MANAGUA, Aug 30 — Rescuers in Nicaragua yesterday rescued alive 20 miners who had been trapped deep underground for more than 24 hours after a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine, but five more workers were still missing. “We give thanks to God our Lord and the Virgin Mary for having saved from death 20 artisanal miners,” First Lady Rosario... 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

Pictures of the Day

Gastronomic Homecoming

  • Chef Anderson Ho with his family members at Burmah108, a private dining space that hosts exclusive culinary events and classes in George Town, Penang, August 30, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

    Chef Anderson Ho with his family members at Burmah108, a private dining space that hosts exclusive culinary events and classes in George Town, Penang, August 30, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi Read More

  • Singapore-based Chef Anderson Ho poses for a picture at Burmah108, Penang, August 30, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

    Singapore-based Chef Anderson Ho poses for a picture at Burmah108, Penang, August 30, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi Read More

  • The appetiser of mud crab salad with rice paper crisps, prepared by Chef Anderson Ho, contains 16 different items. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

    The appetiser of mud crab salad with rice paper crisps, prepared by Chef Anderson Ho, contains 16 different items. — Picture by K.E. Ooi Read More

  • Chef Anderson Ho serves a diner during one of the exclusive dinners, titled Gastronomic Homecoming at Burmah108, Penang, August 30, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

    Chef Anderson Ho serves a diner during one of the exclusive dinners, titled Gastronomic Homecoming at Burmah108, Penang, August 30, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi Read More

  • Chef Anderson Ho’s salmon confit — a stunning presentation of salmon on a bed of green pea puree topped with green pea shoots and crispy skin. — Picture by K.E.Ooi

    Chef Anderson Ho’s salmon confit — a stunning presentation of salmon on a bed of green pea puree topped with green pea shoots and crispy skin. — Picture by K.E.Ooi Read More

  • From the Field, Seared Wagyu Beef with Mushroom Ragout & Soil (bottom) and Appetizer, Salad of Mangrove Crab (top). — Picture by K.E. Ooi

    From the Field, Seared Wagyu Beef with Mushroom Ragout & Soil (bottom) and Appetizer, Salad of Mangrove Crab (top). — Picture by K.E. Ooi Read More

  • Chef Anderson Ho shows some of the young chefs from the Penang Chef Association exactly how he wants each ingredient prepped, George Town, Penang on August 30, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

    Chef Anderson Ho shows some of the young chefs from the Penang Chef Association exactly how he wants each ingredient prepped, George Town, Penang on August 30, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi Read More

  • Seared Wagyu Beef with Mushroom Ragout & Soil (left) and Fruit of Sea — Lightly Poached Mussels, Clams, Prawns and Squid in Coconut Water served in a Coconut Cocotte. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

    Seared Wagyu Beef with Mushroom Ragout & Soil (left) and Fruit of Sea — Lightly Poached Mussels, Clams, Prawns and Squid in Coconut Water served in a Coconut Cocotte. — Picture by K.E. Ooi Read More

  • Dessert, Of Fond Memories which has Coconut, Pandan and rice. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

    Dessert, Of Fond Memories which has Coconut, Pandan and rice. — Picture by K.E. Ooi Read More

  • Singapore-based Chef Anderson Ho poses for a picture at the kitchen of Burmah108, Penang, August 30, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

    Singapore-based Chef Anderson Ho poses for a picture at the kitchen of Burmah108, Penang, August 30, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi Read More

I’m done with biopics, says Neeson

August 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Aug 30 ― Liam Neeson says he won’t star in any more biopics. The 62-year-old actor, who originally made a name for himself in movies such as Schindler’s List, is now more famous for his roles in action films like Taken. And Liam said he much prefers parts nowadays that give him the chance to flex his action man muscles. “I... Read more

Cover Media Video: Oprah signs on for Richard Pryor biopic
Oprah Winfrey has accepted the role of Richard Pryor’s grandmother in a new biopic about the legendary comedian. The film will be directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Lee Daniels, whose previous projects include ‘Precious’ and ‘The Paperboy’. Stand-up comic Mike Epps will take on the part of Pryor himself. — Cover Media Read More

Look out for Mazda’s hot and new MX-5

August 30, 2014

TOKYO, Aug 29 — The diminutive drop-top two-seater sportscar will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with an all-new model, which will be launched simultaneously in Europe and the US on September 3. It may be a common sight on roads all around the world but back in 1989 when Mazda took the wraps off the original MX5 it was more than a... 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

Costa Ricans urged to leave wildlife in the wild

August 30, 2014

SAN JOSE, Aug 30 — Thousands of parrots, monkeys, iguanas, toucans, turtles and other rainforest animals are kept as exotic pets in Costa Rica, a practice putting some species at risk, according to experts. The Central American country, famous for its rich biodiversity, won plaudits from conservationists two years ago for banning sport... 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

Members of Flagwavers massed group from Italy perform during the dress rehearsal of the International Military Music Festival ‘Spasskaya Tower’ in front of the St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square in Moscow, August 30, 2014.. — Reuters pic

Members of Flagwavers massed group from Italy perform during the dress rehearsal of the International Military Music Festival ‘Spasskaya Tower’ in front of the St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square in Moscow, August 30, 2014.. — Reuters pic

Hustler’s Larry Flynt, the fighter for free speech

August 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Aug 30 — Porn veteran Larry Flynt is celebrating the 40th birthday of his X-rated magazine Hustler — and from his gold-plated wheelchair he is as combative as ever in fighting for free speech. “I'm the largest content provider in the world for adult material, (operating in) 60-70 countries and still growing,” he told AFP... 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