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Reuters Video: N. Korea holds artillery drill as tension spikes
North Korea puts on a massive live-fire artillery drill as a US submarine docks in the South amid growing concern over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. Ryan Brooks reports. — Reuters Read More

April 25, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 — Self-declared “Raja Bomoh” Ibrahim Mat Zain today gave up his title as Shaman King and apologised to Muslims worldwide over his controversial... Read more

PM: Affordable housing project proof Indian blueprint not ‘empty talk’

By Tarrence Tan
April 25, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 — The government’s Residensi Pandanmas affordable housing project is proof that the Malaysian Indian Blueprint is not “empty talk”, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today. “Coincidentally, I launched the Malaysian Indian Blueprint last Sunday. Today proves that the blueprint isn’t just empty... Read more

MMOTV: Unearthing the Neolithic Penang woman
Archaeologist Prof Datuk Dr Mokhtar Saidin slowly uncovering the 5,000-year-old skeleton of a Neolithic woman who was buried with stone tools, pottery and shells surrounding her. — By Opalyn Mok Read More

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Tulips create a colorful quilt of colour in the Netherlands

Tulips create a colorful quilt of colour in the Netherlands

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An aerial view of tulip fields in Den Helder, Netherlands April 25, 2017. — Reuters pic

Tulips create a colorful quilt of colour in the Netherlands
London premiere of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’

London premiere of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’

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From left: Cast members Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Karen Gillan, director James Gunn and Michael Rooker pose as they attend a premiere of the film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in London April 25, 2017. — Reuters pic

London premiere of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’
Romans mark the anniversary of Rome’s founding

Romans mark the anniversary of Rome’s founding

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Members of the Gruppo Storico Romano (Roman Historical Group) dressed as centurions perform at Circus Maximus as they mark the anniversary of the founding of Rome April 24, 2017. — Reuters pic

Romans mark the anniversary of Rome’s founding
Young royals turn out to cheer for London Marathon runners

Young royals turn out to cheer for London Marathon runners

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Britain's Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry officially start the 2017 London Marathon, in London April 24, 2017. — Reuters pic

Young royals turn out to cheer for London Marathon runners
Traditional music on the streets of Tunis

Traditional music on the streets of Tunis

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Members of a traditional music group performs on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis in Tunisia April 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

Traditional music on the streets of Tunis
Chris Pratt gets star on Walk of Fame

Chris Pratt gets star on Walk of Fame

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Actor Chris Pratt (right), his wife actor Anna Faris (left) and their four-year old son Jack Pratt (centre) pose during a ceremony honouring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California April 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

Chris Pratt gets star on Walk of Fame

UK Conservatives of PM May hold big lead over Labour before June election, says poll

April 25, 2017

LONDON, April 25 — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives have a large lead over the opposition Labour Party, according to an opinion poll published today by the Kantar research group. The survey showed the Conservatives had the support of 46 per cent of likely voters in the June 8 election, ahead of Labour on 24 per cent,... Read more

Anti-Brexit campaigners, Borders Against Brexit protest outside Irish Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland April 25, 2017. — Reuters pic

Anti-Brexit campaigners, Borders Against Brexit protest outside Irish Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland April 25, 2017. — Reuters pic

Defiant Zidane hopeful over ‘small’ Bale injury

April 25, 2017

MADRID, April 25 — Zinedine Zidane remains positive Gareth Bale will feature for Real Madrid again this season despite being diagnosed with the latest in a series of calf injuries today. Bale hobbled off just 38 minutes into Madrid’s 3-2... Read more

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Nestle plans to cut 300 jobs in UK, move Blue Riband production to Poland

April 25, 2017

ZURICH, April 25 — Nestle SA plans to eliminate about 300 positions at its UK confectionery factories and move the chocolate-wafer biscuit brand Blue Riband’s production to Poland as the world’s largest food company implements efficiency measures. Most of the cuts will occur at the York and Fawdon factories in northern England this... Read more

Reuters Video: French election relief sends markets soaring
European shares open sharply higher and the euro briefly vaults to five-month peaks after the market’s favoured candidate won the first round of the French election, reducing the risk of another Brexit-like shock. Ciara Lee reports. — Reuters Read More

Hipster hangout Omotesando Koffee to open in Singapore

April 25, 2017

SINGAPORE, April 25 — Omotesando Koffee is a huge name in hipster brews. Come June, Singaporeans will not have to make a trip to Japan or Hong Kong in order to sample the cafe items from the Shibuya and Wan Chai outlets. Omotesando will be housed in Downtown Gallery Mall. To ensure the same quality of coffee is served, baristas from... Read more

People drink and eat at a cemetery on the eve of ‘Radunitsa’, or the Day of Rejoicing, a holiday in the Eastern Orthodox Church to remember the dead, in the abandoned village of Lomysh, near the exclusion zone around Chernobyl April 24, 2017. — Reuters

People drink and eat at a cemetery on the eve of ‘Radunitsa’, or the Day of Rejoicing, a holiday in the Eastern Orthodox Church to remember the dead, in the abandoned village of Lomysh, near the exclusion zone around Chernobyl April 24, 2017. — Reuters

Trump-era ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ presages totalitarian future

April 25, 2017

LOS ANGELES, April 25 — Decades after the release of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood's dystopian sci-fi fable and foundational feminist text arrives on television -- with critics noting its enduring resonance in Donald Trump's America. The first three episodes are released by streaming platform Hulu on Wednesday, with excitement... Read more

See Anne Hathaway belt out an epic rom-com soundtrack
Watch Anne Hathaway and James Corden turn pop songs into the perfect soundtrack for a romantic comedy. Read More

The Ford Mustang races to the top spot

April 25, 2017

NEW YORK, April 25 —Less than two years after officially launching its Pony Car beyond its domestic US borders, the Ford Mustang is the world's best-selling sportscar. In all, Ford sold 150,000 Mustangs around the world in 2016 which, according to the latest industry data from IHS Markit, means the car is not only America's most popular... Read more

Workers are seen assembling a Mitsubishi Pajero at the Mitsubishi car factory in Bekasi, West Java province, Indonesia April 25, 2017. — Reuters pic

Workers are seen assembling a Mitsubishi Pajero at the Mitsubishi car factory in Bekasi, West Java province, Indonesia April 25, 2017. — Reuters pic

Regular bedtimes, mealtimes for children could cut later obesity risk, study finds

April 25, 2017

NEW YORK, April 25 — New research from the US highlights the importance of regular bedtimes and mealtimes for children from three years old to help foster better emotional health and prevent obesity at preadolescence. Researchers at Ohio State University studied the impact of regular bedtimes and mealtimes for young children on their risk... Read more

NYT Video: Dogs with jobs
In New York City, everyone has a job to do — even dogs. ― The New York Times Read More

Wikipedia founder aims to ‘fix the news’ with collaborative website

April 25, 2017

LONDON, April 25 — Jimmy Wales, the founder of online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, has launched a website aimed at countering the spread of fake news by bringing together professional journalists and a community of volunteers and supporters to produce news articles. The new platform, called Wikitribune, will be free to access and carry no... Read more

‘Assassin’s Creed’ creator releases ‘Ancestors’ teaser
Sticking with a third person-perspective and an interest in historical tourism, just like the iconic ‘Assassin’s Creed’ series he helped create, Patrice Désilets’ ‘Ancestors’ takes players back to the origins of humankind. Read More

Here are some top money-saving destinations for airfare this summer

April 25, 2017

NEW YORK, April 25 ― Looking for a farflung summer holiday that won't break the bank? Consider a destination like Barcelona, where average airfares are 41 per cent lower than they were last year. To help holidaymakers plan their summer vacation this year, online booking site Cheapflights has crunched the numbers with a year-by-year... Read more

Women walk through a carpet of bluebells in Burleigh Woods, Loughborough April 25, 2017. — Reuters pic

Women walk through a carpet of bluebells in Burleigh Woods, Loughborough April 25, 2017. — Reuters pic

Mat Zin bertaubat, mahu berhenti dipanggil ‘Raja Bomoh’

April 25, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 April — ‘Raja Bomoh’ atau nama sebenarnya Ibrahim Mat Zin hari ini  mengaku bersalah di Mahkamah Syariah Wilayah Persekutuan atas pertuduhan menghina Islam atau menyebabkan Islam dipandang hina. Kes itu disebut di hadapan Ketua Hakim Syar’ie Datuk Mohamed Ibrahim yang bersidang sebagai Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi... Selanjutnya

Aksi pemain hoki negara, Jazlan Najmi (kiri) sewaktu merebut bola dari pemain New Zealand, Elder Nick pada Perlawanan Ujian Hoki 2017 Malaysia menentang New Zealand di Stadium Hoki Tun Razak kelmarin, 25 April, 2015. — Foto Bernama

Aksi pemain hoki negara, Jazlan Najmi (kiri) sewaktu merebut bola dari pemain New Zealand, Elder Nick pada Perlawanan Ujian Hoki 2017 Malaysia menentang New Zealand di Stadium Hoki Tun Razak kelmarin, 25 April, 2015. — Foto Bernama

‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ author Pirsig dies at 88

April 25, 2017

NEW YORK, April 25 — Robert M. Pirsig, author of the influential 1970s philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died yesterday at the age of 88, his publisher said. William Morrow & Co executive editor Peter Hubbard said in a statement that Pirsig’s wife Wendy had confirmed his death at his home in Maine “after a... Read more

Justin O’Neil of Esquire, Esquire Editor and Chief Jay Fielden, and Publishing Director, Hearst Magazines Michael Clinton attend The International Centre of Photography’s 33rd Annual Infinity Awards in New York April 25, 2017. — AFP pic

Justin O’Neil of Esquire, Esquire Editor and Chief Jay Fielden, and Publishing Director, Hearst Magazines Michael Clinton attend The International Centre of Photography’s 33rd Annual Infinity Awards in New York April 25, 2017. — AFP pic