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Taking up arms for God is fine, claims hardline Islamist group

NYT Video: Resurrecting a long-neglected Corvette collection
After sitting in different garages for the past two decades, 36 long-neglected Corvettes — the grand prize in a 1989 contest sponsored by VH1 — are coming out of storage. — New York Times Read More

October 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Muslims can take up arms if they are fighting for their God, hardline Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir’s Malaysian chapter said today. Hizbut Tahrir accused the West of wrongly giving negative... Read more

Uproar over dogs a lesson in ignorance and conspiracies, says PAS lawmaker

October 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The collective outrage among Muslims in the country over the recent “I Want to Touch a Dog” event only proves that many do not understand their own faith, PAS lawmaker Khalid Samad said today. The outspoken MP for Shah Alam said the events suggest the education system has failed to prepare Muslims for the realities of... Read more

Shopkeeper, Chong, checks on the condition of the altars sold at his shop in Klang, October 24, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Shopkeeper, Chong, checks on the condition of the altars sold at his shop in Klang, October 24, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Malaysia’s strong economy can weather potential fall-outs, says HSBC

October 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Malaysia’s sound macro fundamentals will help weather potential fall-outs in its equities market, HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd said. The bank said the country’s current account surplus and low inflation could help cushion the negative impact of tighter-than-expected US monetary policy and escalating geopolitical tensions on... Read more

Bloomberg Video: ‘Money politics’ in Brazil
Brazil’s Bolsa Familia, a monthly payment to families from the government, has helped lift 35 million people out of extreme poverty in the past decade. — Bloomberg Read More

Serena Williams is on top of the game again with WTA No. 1 rank

October 24, 2014

SINGAPORE, Oct 24 — Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball today after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals. Needing to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the semi-finals, Sharapova lost the second set of her match against Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium,... Read more

Indonesia’s anti-graft body probes former ministers, assesses new cabinet candidates

October 24, 2014

JAKARTA, Oct 24 ― Indonesia’s anti-graft agency, tasked by President Joko Widodo to assess candidates for his cabinet, said it is investigating several ministers in former leader Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s government and wants the incoming team to sign an integrity pact. Widodo, who was inaugurated on Oct. 20, dropped eight of his... Read more

Next Media Video: New York doctor tests positive for Ebola
A New York doctor who recently returned from Guinea where he had been treating Ebola patients tested positive for the disease yesterday, becoming the ninth person to be treated for the disease in the United States. — Reuters Read More

Best new restaurant in Canada? Wolf in the Fog! (VIDEO)

October 24, 2014

OTTAWA, Oct 24 — A fine dining restaurant in a West Coast surfing town — population 2,000 — has been crowned Canada’s best new restaurant for serving hyperlocal, honest Canadian fare. For the 13th year, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine enRoute commissioned food writers to eat their way across the country and come up with a list ranking the... Read more

Best new place to get some Canadian grub
A fine dining restaurant in a West Coast surfing town — population 2,000 — has been crowned Canada’s best new restaurant for serving hyperlocal, honest Canadian fare. — AFP-Relaxnews Read More

The Oscars? I don’t waste my time thinking about it, says Robert Downey Jr

October 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 24 ― Robert Downey Jr. thinks he should get an Oscar for "getting out of bed". The 49-year-old actor's latest role as lawyer Hank Palmer in “The Judge” has already sparked buzz over an Academy Award win, with critics praising his performance. But that doesn't concern the star, who was more interested in the movie itself than... Read more

AFP Video: ‘Ultraman’ lights up red carpet at Tokyo film festival
The Tokyo International Film Festival opened yesterday with cult superhero "Ultraman" swooshing down the red carpet. — Reuters Read More

Honda’s Mobilio muscles in on Toyota’s Indonesian turf

October 24, 2014

JAKARTA, Oct 24 — Honda Motor’s Mobilio, a spacious yet affordable multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), has nearly doubled its market share this year, triggering a price war with Toyota Motor in Indonesia, the latest battleground for global carmakers. Toyota and its Daihatsu Motor affiliate have long enjoyed a more than 50 per cent market share in... Read more

Belgium

Belgium's Princess Astrid arrives by car for a meeting with Peru's President Ollanta Humala at the Government Palace in Lima October 24, 2014. — Reuters pic

Britons had healthier gums during Roman times, study finds

October 24, 2014

LONDON, Oct 24 — Britons had far less gum disease in the Roman era than today, and oral health has seriously worsened despite the advent of toothbrushes and dentists, a study said today. A study of 303 skulls held at the Natural History Museum, dating from the years 200 to 400 AD, found that only five per cent showed signs of moderate to... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Stem-cell research allows paralysed man to walk again
A man, paralysed after being attacked with a knife, is able to walk again thanks to stem-cell research. The professor who led the research, Geoff Raisman, explains how it was done. — Bloomberg Read More

Google partners Oxford to teach machines to think like humans

October 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 24 ― Google yesterday announced a partnership with artificial intelligence teams at Oxford University to teach machines to think like people. Oxford professors behind spinoff startups Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory will work with DeepMind, a London-based startup that Google bought early this year. Financial terms of... Read more

A Long March 3C rocket carrying an experimental spacecraft, lifts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China, October 24, 2014. — Reuters pic

A Long March 3C rocket carrying an experimental spacecraft, lifts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China, October 24, 2014. — Reuters pic

Vanishing treasures! In ancient Morocco desert town, fossils at risk

October 24, 2014

ERFOUD (Morocco), Oct 24 —  In the middle of a sprawling palm grove in Morocco’s remote eastern desert, inhabitants of an oasis town watch over a rare and vanishing treasure. At the entrance of a traditional townhouse visitors are welcomed by a piece of Erfoud’s unusual bounty: the petrified skeleton of a prehistoric creature. This huge... Read more

Guests walk along the

Guests walk along the 'Peak Walk' bridge during a media preview, at the Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets October 24, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Knightley to appear in Broadway play based on Emile Zola’s novel

October 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 24 — British actress Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next year in a new adaptation of Therese Raquin, based on the novel by Emile Zola. Knightley, who was nominated for a best actress Oscar in 2006 for her performance in Pride & Prejudice, will begin previews of the play commissioned  by Roundabout Theatre Company... Read more

Ukrainian children read books at the refugee camp of Krasni Dessant outside the Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don on October 24, 2014. — AFP pic

Ukrainian children read books at the refugee camp of Krasni Dessant outside the Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don on October 24, 2014. — AFP pic