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Stop BR1M handouts instead of raising pump prices, Dr M tells Putrajaya

Bloomberg Video: Secret service number one quits amidst security lapses
Embattled US secret service Director Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency in charge of protecting the president, resigned amid mounting criticism over a series of security lapses. — Bloomberg Read More

October 2, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2 — The Najib administration should stop its Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) cash handout scheme instead of slashing fuel subsidies, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said, warning that the latest price hikes... Read more

Stop rewriting history to justify racist policies, Ambiga tells Putrajaya

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
October 2, 2014

PETALING JAYA, Oct 2 — Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan accused Putrajaya last night of rewriting history purportedly to justify its race-based policies and to strengthen its hold on power by driving wedges between the country’s different racial communities. The renowned lawyer and activist told a forum last night that to achieve this end,... Read more

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Azmi Sharom barred from UKM campus

  • Prof Azmi Sharom (right) speaks to UKM students gathered at a dimly-lit carpark of a KTM Komuter station after the university denied him entry into the university in Bangi, October 1, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Prof Azmi Sharom (right) speaks to UKM students gathered at a dimly-lit carpark of a KTM Komuter station after the university denied him entry into the university in Bangi, October 1, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • A crowd of UKM students gather off-campus after the university refused them permission to use the campus hall for the launch of a campaign to repeal the Sedition Act at Bangi, October 1, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    A crowd of UKM students gather off-campus after the university refused them permission to use the campus hall for the launch of a campaign to repeal the Sedition Act at Bangi, October 1, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Prof Azmi Sharom (right) speaks to UKM students gathered off-campus, after the university denied him entry into the university for the launch of an anti-sedition law campaign in UKM, Bangi, October 1, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Prof Azmi Sharom (right) speaks to UKM students gathered off-campus, after the university denied him entry into the university for the launch of an anti-sedition law campaign in UKM, Bangi, October 1, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Police officers on standby as Prof Azmi Sharom speaks to UKM students near Bangi, October 1, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Police officers on standby as Prof Azmi Sharom speaks to UKM students near Bangi, October 1, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Prof Azmi Sharom addresses the crowd of about 50 UKM students gathered off-campus after the university denied him entry into it

    Prof Azmi Sharom addresses the crowd of about 50 UKM students gathered off-campus after the university denied him entry into it's premises for the launch of a campaign to repeal the Sedition Act in Bangi, October 1, 2014. — Picture by Choo Read More

Ebola fears send US markets tumbling

October 2, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 2 — Wall Street stocks finished sharply lower yesterday following mixed US economic data amid worsening anxiety over global economic growth and the first confirmed Ebola case in the United States. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 238.19 points (1.40 per cent) to 16,804.71. The broad-based S&P 500 tumbled 26.13 (1.32 per... Read more

A Bank Of America sign is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York, October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

A Bank Of America sign is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York, October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Brazil’s Dani Alves finds greener grass in England, leaving Barcelona

October 2, 2014

RIO DE JANEIROC, Oct 2 — Brazil international Dani Alves is planning to leave Barcelona at the end of this season and join an English club, the fullback said yesterday. “I am moving to England next year,” he told Rio de Janeiro’s O Globo newspaper. “I am going to play in the cradle of football. This will be my last year at Barcelona.” He did not say which club he might join or why he wanted to leave the Spanish giants. The 31-year old... Read more

Spanish caver rescued in Peru after 12 days trapped in cave (VIDEO)

October 2, 2014

LIMA, Oct 2 — A Spanish caver was rescued on Tuesday after being trapped in a cave in northeastern Peru for 12 days. Univision reported that speleologist Cecilio Lopez Tercero fell in the Intimachay cave on September 18 and remained trapped 400 metres underground, where temperatures dropped to as low as 10 degrees Celsius and humidity... Read more

Next Media Video: iOS trojan attack launched at Hong Kong activists
Security researchers claimed to have discovered the first Apple iOS Trojan attack in a move to disrupt the communications of pro-democracy Hong Kong activists. — Reuters Read More

Top Spanish chef wants to know everything about candy

October 1, 2014

MADRID, Oct 1 — The chef behind a Spanish restaurant currently listed as one of the top 10 dining destinations in the world is on a quest to explore the humble world of candy. And given his track record for culinary innovation, it’s safe to bet that the outcome is sure to be a fascinating one. Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz of Mugaritz... Read more

The traditional dish of yopara, which is served annually on October 1 and is made out of vegetables, beans and cheese, is seen during

The traditional dish of yopara, which is served annually on October 1 and is made out of vegetables, beans and cheese, is seen during 'Karai Octubre' celebrations in Asuncion. — Reuters pic

Ben Affleck prefers dark, complex role like in ‘Gone Girl’

October 2, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 2 — Ben Affleck is not interested in playing nice guys and would choose an interesting, complicated character over a likeable one, which is what drew him to “Gone Girl,” a dark thriller about marriage, intimacy and the roles people play. It was that and working with Academy Award nominee David Fincher, who directed the film... Read more

Cover Media Video: Chauffeur firm sues Taylor Swift
Pop star Taylor Swift has reportedly been sued by a car rental company after she failed to pay for her car. — Cover Media Read More

Aston Martin releases first official Lagonda pictures

October 1, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 1 — Less than two years after the first design sketches were committed to paper, the new super-sport sedan is a reality and its incredibly limited production run is underway. At over five meters long and with a rumbling baritone note courtesy of a 6-liter V12 under its long, sloping hood, no matter how rare a sight it will be,... Read more

Employees prepare a Citroen C4 Cactus car for the Paris Mondial de l

Employees prepare a Citroen C4 Cactus car for the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile, October 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Don Quijote stores: Where tourists head for in Japan

October 2, 2014

TOKYO, Oct 2 — While Japanese retailers struggle to cope with the burden of a sales tax hike, discount store operator Don Quijote Holdings aims to extend its 25-year run of rising profits by taking a different approach: Turning Japan into a tourist mecca. Foreign tourists flock to its chain of 24-hour mega-stores for midnight shopping... Read more

A man covers a replica of Indian spacecraft Mangalyaan at the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

A man covers a replica of Indian spacecraft Mangalyaan at the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

‘Uber for Business’ rolls out in South-East Asia

By A. Asohan
October 2, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2 — San Francisco-based car-ride service startup Uber has rolled out its “Uber for Business” offering in South-East Asia, even as it faces a crackdown in Malaysia for allegedly failing to ensure its drivers have the proper commercial permits. The company first launched Uber for Business in July in Canada, France, the... Read more

Microsoft shows new operating system Windows 10
Watch Windows VP Joe Belfiore talk about some of the features in Windows 10, like the new Start menu, multiple desktops, and improved multi-tasking. Read More

World’s first interactive microbe ‘zoo’ opens in Amsterdam

October 2, 2014

AMSTERDAM, Oct 2 — The world’s first “interactive microbe zoo” opened in Amsterdam on Tuesday, shining new light on the tiny creatures that make up two-thirds of all living matter and are vital for our planet’s future. The €10 million (RM41.3 million) Micropia museum is next to Amsterdam’s Artis Royal Zoo, whose director came up with the... Read more

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Aurora Borealis at Mestervik, Norway

  • An Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen at the Bals-Fiord north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik late October 2,  2014. — Reuters pic

    An Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen at the Bals-Fiord north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik late October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen over a mountain camp north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik late October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

    The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen over a mountain camp north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik late October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A tourist takes photos of an Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over the Bals-Fiord north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik late October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A tourist takes photos of an Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over the Bals-Fiord north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik late October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A view of Lyngen-Fiord, north of the Arctic Circle, northern Norway October 1, 2014. Picture taken October 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A view of Lyngen-Fiord, north of the Arctic Circle, northern Norway October 1, 2014. Picture taken October 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • An Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen over a mountain camp north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik late October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

    An Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen over a mountain camp north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik late October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A commercial jetliner flies under the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over a mountain camp north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik early October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A commercial jetliner flies under the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over a mountain camp north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik early October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen over the Bals-Fiord near the village of Mestervik, north of the Arctic Circle, early October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

    The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen over the Bals-Fiord near the village of Mestervik, north of the Arctic Circle, early October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

MFD publishes book on sign language

October 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1  — The Malaysian Federation of the Deaf (MFD) has produced eight books on Malaysian sign language to help the deaf pursue studies at polytechnics and community colleges nationwide. MFD president Mohamad Sazali Shaari said the books included on the sign language for terminologies in the study of graphic design, fashion... Read more

People read the newspapers placed along a street blocked by protesters in Hong Kong, October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

People read the newspapers placed along a street blocked by protesters in Hong Kong, October 2, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More