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Reuters Video: China’s craze for e-sports paves way for gaming college degrees
Some Chinese universities are rolling out gaming degrees as China's booming video game market shows no signs of slowing. — Reuters Read More

December 12, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 — Malaysia’s cities are among the cheapest in Asia for expatriates to live in, although over half of the world’s 50 most expensive cities are... Read more

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Four die in car crash

By Ben Tan
December 12, 2017

SEGAMAT, Dec 12 — Four from a family of six perished when the car they were traveling in crashed into an express bus along Km 178 of Jalan Segamat-Labis here this evening. The accident occurred at about 6pm near the Melayu Raya junction here just after a heavy thunderstorm. Segamat police chief Superintendent Raub Selamat confirmed that... Read more

A huge Christmas tree stands in front of the KLCC Park in Kuala Lumpur, December 12, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

A huge Christmas tree stands in front of the KLCC Park in Kuala Lumpur, December 12, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

At the ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ premiere in Los Angeles

At the ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ premiere in Los Angeles

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Cast members Dwayne Johnson (right), Kevin Hart and Jack Black arrive at the premiere for ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ in Los Angeles, California December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

At the ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ premiere in Los Angeles
‘Darkest Hour’ premieres in London

‘Darkest Hour’ premieres in London

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Actor Lily James is given a coat as she arrives at the UK premiere of ‘Darkest Hour’ in London, December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

‘Darkest Hour’ premieres in London
At the red carpet premiere of ‘Ferdinand’

At the red carpet premiere of ‘Ferdinand’

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Cast member Anthony Anderson poses with the character of Ferdinand at the premiere for ‘Ferdinand’ in Los Angeles, California December 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

At the red carpet premiere of ‘Ferdinand’
Central Park’s winter wonderland

Central Park’s winter wonderland

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A couple looks at the snow in Central Park during a pre-winter storm in New York City December 10, 2017. — Reuters pic

Central Park’s winter wonderland
World premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

World premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

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BB8 on the red carpet at the world premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ in Los Angeles, December 10, 2017. — Reuters pic

World premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
A party at the 2017 Jingle Bell Ball

A party at the 2017 Jingle Bell Ball

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A starstudded turnout at the annual Madison Square Garden Jingle Bell Ball New York December 9, 2017. Reuters pic

A party at the 2017 Jingle Bell Ball

US absence at Paris summit a ‘disgrace’, says Kerry

December 12, 2017

PARIS, Dec 12 — Former US secretary of state John Kerry blasted the absence of the American government at a major climate change summit in Paris today as a “disgrace”. About 60 world leaders and hundreds of ministers, company bosses, and environmentalists gathered for the One Planet Summit called by French President Emmanuel Macron... Read more

Reuters Video: California wildfire rages, threatens communities
Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred an area larger than New York City yesterday struggled to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline. Nathan Frandino reports. ― Reuters Read More

Russian Olympic Committee approves athletes competing under neutral flag

December 12, 2017

MOSCOW, Dec 12 ― The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) today gave a green light for its athletes to compete under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics despite a ban on the country’s national team.   “We all had the same opinion: our... Read more

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers looks on as Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) steals the ball from Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) and drives to the basket at Staples Centre, Los Angeles December 12, 2017. ― Reuters pic

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers looks on as Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) steals the ball from Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) and drives to the basket at Staples Centre, Los Angeles December 12, 2017. ― Reuters pic Read More

EU to toughen Brexit stance on ‘gangster’ Britain, say MEPs

December 12, 2017

STRASBOURG, Dec 12 — The EU will harden its position on Brexit trade talks after London said it would only pay its divorce bill if it got a deal, leading European parliamentarians said today. Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, said EU leaders meeting for a summit this week would now insist on the divorce... Read more

A man poses for a photo at the 11th World Trade Organisation

A man poses for a photo at the 11th World Trade Organisation's ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

In food waste fight, Brits turn bread into beer

December 12, 2017

DRIFFIELD (United Kingdom), Dec 12 ― At a brewery nestled in rolling farmland in northern England, the process of making beer begins with dropping dozens of unwanted loaf ends, thrown away by a sandwich factory, into a large stainless steel tank. Add water, hops and yeast, and out comes the unmistakable golden beverage popular the world... Read more

Britons drink beer in ‘le Pub’ in Eymet, France December 12, 2017. ― Reuters pic

Britons drink beer in ‘le Pub’ in Eymet, France December 12, 2017. ― Reuters pic

Adorable or deplorable? Porgs stir debate in ‘Star Wars’ galaxy

December 12, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Dec 12 — Furry, wide-eyed and winged critters called Porgs are invading the Star Wars galaxy, and Walt Disney Co hopes they will soon be roosting under fans’ Christmas trees. Porgs make their debut in The Last Jedi, the new Star Wars movie that reaches theaters Thursday. Film trailers have offered only glimpses of a single... Read more

Cast member Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian pose at the premiere for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ in Los Angeles December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

Cast member Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian pose at the premiere for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ in Los Angeles December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic view gallery

For the first time in Malaysia, potholes will be fixed when you report them in Waze

December 12, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 — There are three certainties in life: Taxes, death, and potholes on Malaysian roads. These deadly indentations have so common in our society that the more astute driver has already developed the uncanny twitch reactions of a white-water rafter when it comes to avoiding these death traps. But are we doomed to live... Read more

A Briton drives his car as he enters the village of Eymet, France, December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

A Briton drives his car as he enters the village of Eymet, France, December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

Is Peppa Pig to blame for putting pressure on doctors?

December 12, 2017

LONDON, Dec 12 — Peppa Pig, a cartoon loved by children around the world, could be to blame for creating unrealistic expectations of doctors, according to an article in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal. Doctor Catherine Bell examined whether the cartoon’s jolly Dr Brown Bear was responsible for people... Read more

A diver dressed as Santa Claus feeds fish inside a fish tank at the Malta National Aquarium in Qawra, Malta, December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

A diver dressed as Santa Claus feeds fish inside a fish tank at the Malta National Aquarium in Qawra, Malta, December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

Go on, hack us, says Singapore’s Ministry of Defence

December 12, 2017

SINGAPORE, Dec 12 — In a first for a government agency here, hackers will be invited to put the Ministry of Defence’s (Mindef) public-facing systems — including the National Service (NS) Portal — to the test, in order to expose vulnerabilities. The move, announced by Mindef’s defence cyber chief David Koh today, will involve 300... Read more

US President Donald Trump holds a space astronaut toy as he participates in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive at the White House in Washington, December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

US President Donald Trump holds a space astronaut toy as he participates in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive at the White House in Washington, December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic Read More

Zagreb voted Europe’s capital of Christmas 2018

December 12, 2017

PARIS, Dec 12 ― When it comes to the most magical place for Christmas ― outside the North Pole, that is ― Zagreb, Croatia is tops in Europe, according to the 2018 edition of European Best Destinations’ Best Christmas Markets poll.  In an online poll that received votes from as far as India, Kenya, Brazil, Canada and Mexico, the... Read more

Tourist take photos of a mosque across the Dubai Marina, surrounded by high towers of hotels, banks and office buildings, in Dubai December 12, 2017. ― Reuters pic

Tourist take photos of a mosque across the Dubai Marina, surrounded by high towers of hotels, banks and office buildings, in Dubai December 12, 2017. ― Reuters pic

Hina Bugis, Polis akan panggil Dr Mahathir

December 12, 2017

BUTTERWORTH, 12 Dis — Polis akan memanggil Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad untuk merekodkan keterangan berhubung kenyataan beliau yang didakwa menghina masyarakat Bugis, kata Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun. Beliau berkata pihaknya memerlukan sedikit masa untuk melengkapkan siasatan kes berkenaan dan berharap ia dapat diselesaikan... Selanjutnya

Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah dan Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin di Balairung Seri Istana Alam Shah 11 Disember 2017. — Foto Bernama

Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah dan Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin di Balairung Seri Istana Alam Shah 11 Disember 2017. — Foto Bernama

Marquis de Sade erotic novel, or some quantum theory? You choose

December 12, 2017

PARIS, Dec 12 ― Fancy some 232-year old pornography, written in the Bastille and hidden behind a stone? Or something more intellectually stimulating? How about mathematical equations sketched by quantum theory pioneers Erwin Schroedinger? Or poems from the pen of Arthur Rimbaud? All yours if you have the money. One of the world’s... Read more

Japan

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito (left) and Crown Princess Masako read a leaflet about this year's Disability Awareness Week at their residence in Tokyo, in this handout picture December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic