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Despite treaties, court remedy for MH17 dim, experts say

Cover Media Video: Pop star Iggy Azalea joins ‘Fast and Furious 7’
Check out the latest film news with this week's 'Movie Munch Roundup' featuring Jamie Foxx in talks for a Mike Tyson movie, Lady Gaga's big screen debut and singer Iggy Azalea in FF7. — Cover Media Read More

August 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, August 1 — Those seeking additional restitution for the death of 298 passengers and crew aboard Flight MH17 are unlikely to find it at any court, a US daily reported amid an international investigation... Read more

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Moon, Mars and Venus more familiar than MH370 search site, experts say

August 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, August 1 — The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will resume soon after a two-month pause but investigators said the uncharted waters of the southern Indian Ocean, where the plane is believed to have ended, pose a bigger challenge than exploring the moon, Mars and Venus. The Australian Transport Safety... Read more

Shoppers walk past a colourful slipper art installation at The Intermark, on August 1, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Shoppers walk past a colourful slipper art installation at The Intermark, on August 1, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

L’Oreal shares slip despite record underlying profit

August 1, 2014

PARIS, Aug 1 — Stock in the leading world cosmetics group L’Oreal slipped in morning trading on the French stock market today despite a 1.5-per cent rise in net profit in the first half of the year. Shares in the French group were down 2.18 per cent to €123.65. The France CAC 40 index of leading shares was down 1.29 per cent. The global... Read more

Investor Central Video: Unionmet (Singapore) Ltd ― Why did divestment result in cash outflow?
Contrary to its aim to free up cash by selling its traditional metals business, the company lost around US$813,000 (RM2.6 million) in cash on the sale of Unionmet Holdings. ― Investor Central Read More

Nigeria’s Amalaha stripped of weightlifting gold

August 2, 2014

GLASGOW, Aug 1 — Nigeria teenager Chika Amalaha has been stripped of her Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold medal after failing a doping test, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said today. The 16-year-old, who won gold in the women’s women’s 53kg competition, provided positive ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples that contained prohibited diuretics and masking agents. “The Commonwealth Games Federation has determined that Nigerian weightlifter,... Read more

Putin says WWI should be cautionary tale to the world

August 1, 2014

MOSCOW, August 1 — President Vladimir Putin today slammed political ambitions that he said threatened peace in Europe as he paid tribute to Russian soldiers who died during World War I. In a deeply symbolic speech mixing the past with the present, the Russian leader said the 1914-1918 war should be seen as a cautionary tale. “It serves as... Read more

NYT Video: Why the EU is set to escalate Russian sanctions
Why Europe had been so hesitant to act but is now set to dramatically escalate sanctions against Russia. — New York Times Read More

Beware the bold items on restaurant menus

August 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Aug 1 — Beware menu items that are in bold and dishes with flowery, elaborate descriptions, warn food scientists who say they’ve decoded the ploys and tactics used by restaurants to seduce diners. Because according to Brian Wansink of Cornell University, odds are high that a dish that’s been given the special treatment — bold,... Read more

Vegetable vendors wait for customers at a market in central Bangkok August 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Vegetable vendors wait for customers at a market in central Bangkok August 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ tops YouTube’s top 10 music videos of 2014 (VIDEO)

August 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES, August 1 — With Youtube being the best place to watch music videos on demand, they’ve released a top ten list of the most viewed clips so far of 2014. It’s probably no surprise that Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ came out on top with close to 500 million views to date. Shakira holds the second and third spot with ‘Can’t Remember To... Read more

Cover Media Video: YouTube unveils top 10 music videos of 2014
With Youtube being the best place to watch music videos on demand, they've released a top ten list of the most viewed clips so far of 2014. It's probably no surprise that Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' came out on top with close to 500 million views to date. — Cover Media Read More

New Hyundai i20 teased ahead of Paris debut

August 1, 2014

SEOUL, August 1 — The first official design renderings of the car, which hopes to go toe to toe with the latest Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, have been released. And in terms of styling, the new car has a very European feel with a wider stance, longer nose and smoother lines. The overall effect will be enough to help it stand out — for... Read more

Next Media Video: Hyundai recalls 883,000 Sonatas
South Korean automaker Hyundai will recall about 883,000 Sonata sedans in the United States and Puerto Rico over a transmission problem. - Reuters Read More

Comet surface is dark and crusty, deep-space probe suggests

August 1, 2014

PARIS, Aug 1 — A European probe approaching a comet in deep space has found the body's surface to be relatively warm, suggesting it has a mostly "dark, dusty crust," mission controllers today. Thermal readings were taken by the unmanned spacecraft Rosetta as it neared Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on the final leg of a... Read more

Next Media Video: Scientists create see-through mice for biomedical studies
The first successful attempt to perform whole body clearing in mice was published in the the journal ‘Cell’ yesterday (July 31). — Reuters Read More

‘FIFA 15’ brings better agility, control to the game (VIDEO)

August 1, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, August 1 — A few weeks ahead of the football game’s much-anticipated release, EA Sports has uploaded a new video showing off the improvements to player movement and control. After showcasing “FIFA 15’”s enhanced visuals, namely through a realer-than-real depiction of Lionel Messi and some intense action scenes, and pointing... Read more

AFP Video: 'Rayman' games for fun and challenge during your break
A selection of recent free to mid-price games for the relaxing holidaymaker, whether travelling or at home. — AFP-Relaxnews Read More

The View from the Shard to host giant Twister game for singles

August 1, 2014

LONDON, Aug 1 — For London singletons tired of hitting up pubs or the online dating world, The Shard will roll out a polka-dotted carpet for a friendly game of Twister that takes the search for love to new heights. If you’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places, consider ascending 244 meters (800 feet) into the sky and onto the... Read more

Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, poses with women while dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo in Times Square, New York, August 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, poses with women while dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo in Times Square, New York, August 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Choosing the comic book over the movie theatre (VIDEO)

August 1, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug 1 ― Reporter Dana Jennings tells why the comic book may be a better alternative than the movie theatre. In movies, the crammed pandemonium in each frame leaves little room or time for the viewer to reflect. However, by reading, the reader has ample time to pause and ponder, making the comic book both a reading experience and a... Read more

Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai autographs a copy of her book, ‘I Am Malala’, for acting President of Trinidad and Tobago Timothy Hamel-Smith, following a gala event in her honour at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, August 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai autographs a copy of her book, ‘I Am Malala’, for acting President of Trinidad and Tobago Timothy Hamel-Smith, following a gala event in her honour at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, August 1, 2014. — Reuters pic