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Cover Media Video: All about Adam Sandler’s ‘Pixels’
We give the lowdown on Adam Sandler’s new movie ‘Pixels’, where aliens misinterpret video games as an act of war. — Cover Media Read More

April 19, 2015

ISKANDAR, April 19 — The existing glut of homes in Iskandar will be aggravated by a huge incoming supply this year and the next, which would put property values under... Read more

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10 things about: Chaing YiLing, the hometown girl turned international soprano

By Opalyn Mok
April 19, 2015

GEORGE TOWN, April 19 – A Penang girl who grew up on Armenian Street in the George Town Heritage Zone, Chaing YiLing never imagined that she would become an accomplished soprano when she fitst took singing lessons for fun. The 26-year-old had begged her parents to let her take singing lessons at the age of four and today, she has won many... Read more

Lions XII’s Gabriel Quak fights for the ball with Selangor’s Md Raimi Md Nor during their Super League match in Shah Alam April 18, 2015. — Bernama pic

Lions XII’s Gabriel Quak fights for the ball with Selangor’s Md Raimi Md Nor during their Super League match in Shah Alam April 18, 2015. — Bernama pic Read More

Greece bailout plan still lacking, ECB chief Draghi says

April 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, April 19 — Greece was told yesterday to urgently deliver a detailed fiscal and debt plan to official lenders as the IMF-World Bank spring meetings wound up amid escalating worries of a looming default. As Athens’ talks with creditors continued in Paris, both IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and European Central Bank chief... Read more

Picture released April 19, 2015 shows French Finance Minister Michel Sapin making remarks at a news conference after the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Plenary Session, during the IMF and World Bank

Picture released April 19, 2015 shows French Finance Minister Michel Sapin making remarks at a news conference after the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Plenary Session, during the IMF and World Bank's 2015 Annual Spring Meetings, in Washington DC. — Reuters pic Read More

Chelsea ‘almost there’, says Mourinho after edging past Red Devils

April 19, 2015

LONDON, April 19 — Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said that his team were “almost there” in their pursuit of the Premier League title after they beat Manchester United 1-0 at home yesterday. Eden Hazard put Chelsea ahead against the run of play in the 38th minute and his goal proved enough to end the visitors’ six-game winning run and open up a 10-point lead over second-place Arsenal. Louis van Gaal’s United are a point further back in... Read more

Conservatives, Labour neck and neck at 32pc, says ICM poll

April 19, 2015

LONDON, April 18 — Less than three weeks before Britain’s May 7 election, Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party are level with 32 per cent support, according to an ICM poll for The Sunday Telegraph newspaper. An early version of the newspaper’s front page gave few details about the poll but said it... Read more

Next Media Video: Car bomb explosion outside US consulate in Iraq kills three
Islamic State launched a car bomb attack near the US consulate in Erbil, Iraq on Friday, killing at least three people. — Reuters Read More

From dragon’s breath to cardboard chairs, a look at five cafés in George Town

By Opalyn Mok
April 19, 2015

GEORGE TOWN, April 19 – One has a black and white theme where all the furniture is made of cardboard and another has a wall full of slots for postcards that they will post for you. There’s also one full of hundreds of superhero action figures, another one that’s “safe” with dragon’s breath and finally, a place where specialty iced drinks... Read more

NYT Video: Breakfast with a twist — How to cook savoury spring oatmeal
At Egg Restaurant in Brooklyn, the sweet breakfast staple gets a savoury twist with the addition of farmers’ market finds and an egg. — New York Times Read More

Amber Heard wants Johnny Depp to get rid of bachelor pad

April 19, 2015

NEW YORK, April 19 — Amber Heard reportedly wants husband Johnny Depp to sell his bachelor pad. The Hollywood A-listers tied the knot in February after dating for three years. The couple are supposedly eager to have kids and it’s claimed 28-year-old Amber is asking Johnny to make room for their expanding brood by selling his beloved man... Read more

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midon performs during the Jazzablanca World & Jazz Music Festival in Casablanca April 19, 2015. — Reuters pic

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midon performs during the Jazzablanca World & Jazz Music Festival in Casablanca April 19, 2015. — Reuters pic

Carmakers race to Shanghai auto show in bid to tap burgeoning market

April 19, 2015

SHANGHAI, April 19 — China is crucial to foreign carmakers as the world’s biggest auto market, but slowing economic growth and a corruption crackdown are denting its appeal as they gather for the country’s premier industry show. The Shanghai auto show — the location alternates with Beijing — opens tomorrow and is a chance for global... Read more

Playmate girls pose before the 38th Le Mans 24 Hours motorcycling endurance race in Le Mans, western France April 19, 2015. — Reuters pic

Playmate girls pose before the 38th Le Mans 24 Hours motorcycling endurance race in Le Mans, western France April 19, 2015. — Reuters pic

Vinyl makes comeback as music lovers celebrate Record Store Day

April 19, 2015

NEW YORK, April 19 — Music lovers lined up for blocks and sellers reported bumper trade on Record Store Day, a sign of the rebirth of vinyl in one bright point for the long-troubled recording industry. Some 3,000 independent stores yesterday in nearly two dozen countries put out new and reissued records specially for the day, which was... Read more

First runner-up Vladislava Yevtushenko from Chita, Miss Russia 2015 Sofia Nikitchuk (centre) from Yekaterinburg and second runner-up Anastasia Naydyonova from Voronezh pose for pictures after receiving their awards during the annual national ‘Miss Russia’ beauty pageant at the Barvikha Luxury Village Concert Hall outside Moscow April 19, 2015. — Reuters pic

First runner-up Vladislava Yevtushenko from Chita, Miss Russia 2015 Sofia Nikitchuk (centre) from Yekaterinburg and second runner-up Anastasia Naydyonova from Voronezh pose for pictures after receiving their awards during the annual national ‘Miss Russia’ beauty pageant at the Barvikha Luxury Village Concert Hall outside Moscow April 19, 2015. — Reuters pic

Modular headphones let you personalise your listening experience

April 19, 2015

PARIS, April 19 — The Danish brand AIAIAI, known for its TMA-1 series headphones, is back with TMA-2 – a highly customisable product line that allows you to buy each part separately to create your ideal set of headphones. Introduced this week, the TMA-2 Modular System comes with the tagline “one system – 360 headphones.” Those configuration... Read more

A staff member talks to a humanoid robot developed by Hanson Robotics via a mobile phone during the Global Sources electronics show in Hong Kong April 19, 2015. The robot’s skin is made of elastic polymer material that mimics the human skin. — Reuters pic

A staff member talks to a humanoid robot developed by Hanson Robotics via a mobile phone during the Global Sources electronics show in Hong Kong April 19, 2015. The robot’s skin is made of elastic polymer material that mimics the human skin. — Reuters pic

Fishing for rusticity in Hong Kong’s Tai O

By Vivian Chong
April 19, 2015

HONG KONG, April 19 — The small roads are built for pedestrians and the occasional bicycle, AND you won’t hear the honk or motor of any other vehicle. Most buildings only reach as high as three storeys while pink dolphins are known to swim in the waters. If you’re very lucky, you might catch a glimpse of them on a boat cruise. These are not... Read more

Reuters Video: ‘Star Wars’ fever hits the skies with All Nippon Airways’ R2-D2 plane
Japan’s All Nippon Airways unveils plans for ‘Star Wars’ themed plane, modelled after beloved droid R2-D2. — Reuters Read More

Moleskine unveils ‘Alice in Wonderland-inspired’ notebooks

April 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES, April 18 ― A new collection from the premium notebook maker inspired by Lewis Carroll's timeless children's classic are now on sale in the US and in Europe. The series consists of four hardcover books, each featuring a faithful reproduction of a John Tenniel illustration. Tenniel was the man to whom Carroll turned to bring... Read more

Children learn to read and recite the Quran in the Sunehri Mosque in Peshawar April 18, 2015. ― Reuters pic

Children learn to read and recite the Quran in the Sunehri Mosque in Peshawar April 18, 2015. ― Reuters pic