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PM says cross protesters face action under Sedition Act

Cover Media: A look at Justin Timberlake’s love life
Welcome to ‘Love Life Lowdown’, where we find out how many women have been ‘Friends with Benefits’ for pop star turned movie man Justin Timberlake. — Cover Media Read More

April 21, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — Protesters who forced a church in Taman Medan to remove its cross will be punished under the Sedition Act and other laws if the incident is found... Read more

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Alvin Tan sparks ire again with ‘R&B cover’ of Muslim call to prayer

April 21, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — Fugitive Alvin Tan is under the spotlight again, this time with a video on his official Facebook page lampooning the azan, or the Muslim call to prayer, with an “R&B cover”. In the two-minute-and-50-second video, Tan appears topless with a pair of sunglasses on, and plays a keyboard while reciting the azan in... Read more

A man clearing the debris at the branch of the Kampung Pelet operation centre for the upcoming Permatang Pauh by-election in Penang, April 21, 2015. ― Picture by K.E. Ooi

A man clearing the debris at the branch of the Kampung Pelet operation centre for the upcoming Permatang Pauh by-election in Penang, April 21, 2015. ― Picture by K.E. Ooi

Welcome to tiny Liberland, world’s newest tax haven

April 21, 2015

PRAGUE, April 21 — The world’s latest contender for statehood, Liberland, is a tiny new, self-proclaimed country sandwiched between Croatia and Serbia that lives up to its “live and let live” motto by offering optional taxes, its president said today. “The key idea is voluntary taxes, creating a state so small that there’s almost no state,”... Read more

A worker puts the final touch on the 500,000th scooter produced in Vietnam during a ceremony at its factory in Vietnam’s northern Vinh Phuc province, outside Hanoi, April 21, 2015. — Reuters pic

A worker puts the final touch on the 500,000th scooter produced in Vietnam during a ceremony at its factory in Vietnam’s northern Vinh Phuc province, outside Hanoi, April 21, 2015. — Reuters pic

Troubled Cagliari lose new coach

April 21, 2015

ROME — Zdenak Zeman has quit as coach of Serie A strugglers Cagliari, the Sardinian side announced today. The 67-year-old Czech was only weeks into his second stint in charge of Cagliari, having been sacked last December only to be called back to replace Gianfranco Zola last month. Zeman decided enough was enough after last weekend’s 3-0 home loss to Napoli which came after players were attacked by irate fans at the team’s training... Read more

Boston bomber’s attack ‘inexcusable,’ ‘senseless’, says prosecutor

April 21, 2015

BOSTON, April 21 — Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attack in 2013 was “inexcusable” and “senseless,” a US prosecutor said today as the government began making its case that he should be sentenced to death for the bombing and its aftermath. Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old ethnic Chechen, was found guilty on April 8 of killing... Read more

Luca Hartai (left) and her grandmother Eva Pusztai-Fahidi (centre) a survivor of Auschwitz German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, arrive at the court in Lueneburg, Germany April 21, 2015, for the opening of the trail against Oskar Groening. — Reuters pic

Luca Hartai (left) and her grandmother Eva Pusztai-Fahidi (centre) a survivor of Auschwitz German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, arrive at the court in Lueneburg, Germany April 21, 2015, for the opening of the trail against Oskar Groening. — Reuters pic Read More

Michelin-starred chef whips magic with organic ingredients

April 21, 2015

PARIS, April 21 — France has many restaurants claiming the “bio” label, but only one to earn a star in the fabled Michelin Guide: Elsa, a Riviera eatery run by an Italian chef, Paolo Sari. Sari boasts he takes the credo to such lengths that his 40-seat restaurant barely outside Monaco’s border is “the only certified 100-per cent bio... Read more

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A staffer of Tokyo's French restaurant Narisawa pours transparent tomato essence made from juice from pureed tomato from a flask to a dish. — Reuters pic

Patrick Dempsey’s ‘diva antics’ annoy Grey’s Anatomy creator

April 21, 2015

LOS ANGELES, April 21 — Patrick Dempsey is reportedly in hot water with Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes due to his “diva” antics. The 49-year-old actor, who has played Dr Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shepherd since the show began in 2005, is said to be appearing in less and less episodes of the medical drama after being “suspended” due to ongoing... Read more

Vivek Mahbubani @ Crackhouse Comedy Club Kuala Lumpur
In partnership with Malay Mail Online, Crackhouse Comedy Club brings you Vivek Mahbubani @ Comedy Carnival this April 29 till May 3, 2015. Visit www.crackhousecomedy.asia for more details.

McLaren expands supercar line-up with its most affordable model to date

April 21, 2015

SHANGHAI, April 21 — British supercar manufacturer McLaren has unveiled its newest offering at the Shanghai Auto Show, the 540C, which alongside the 570S rounds out its “Sports Series.” It’s also the company’s most affordable supercar to date, with McLaren confirming a starting price of US$165,000 (RM600,000). McLaren’s fleet is now... Read more

A woman takes pictures of herself with her mobile phone inside an Audi car during the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai, April 21, 2015. — Reuters pic

A woman takes pictures of herself with her mobile phone inside an Audi car during the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai, April 21, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Ebola: A deadly killer lying in wait

April 21, 2015

NEW YORK, April 21 — A growing body of scientific clues — some ambiguous, others substantive — suggests that the Ebola virus may have lurked in the West African rain forest for years, perhaps decades, before igniting the deadly epidemic that swept the region in the past year, taking more than 10,000 lives. Until recently, Ebola had been... Read more

NYT Video: Watching an octopus move
How does an octopus control eight highly flexible and independent arms so well? — New York Times Read More

Microsoft to launch first flagship store outside US in Sydney

April 21, 2015

SYDNEY, April 21 — Microsoft today said it will open its first flagship store outside the United States in Sydney, as the technology giant expands its physical footprint to take on global rivals Apple and Samsung. Microsoft Australia’s managing director Pip Marlow said the shop, to be located in Sydney’s main Pitt Street shopping district,... Read more

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon poses for a selfie with supporters during a campaign visit to in Ayr, Scotland, April 21, 2015. — Reuters pic

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon poses for a selfie with supporters during a campaign visit to in Ayr, Scotland, April 21, 2015. — Reuters pic

Booking.com to loosen grip on hotel prices in France, Italy, Sweden

April 21, 2015

PARIS, April 21 — Hotel reservation website Booking.com has agreed to allow hoteliers in France, Italy and Sweden to charge cheaper prices elsewhere after a spate of legal challenges, the French competition authority said today. Up to now, Booking.com has prevented hotels who use its service from charging cheaper rates on alternative sites,... Read more

A woman lies on the grass under blossoming trees during a spring sunny day at Petrin Hill in the Czech capital Prague, April 21, 2015. — Reuters pic

A woman lies on the grass under blossoming trees during a spring sunny day at Petrin Hill in the Czech capital Prague, April 21, 2015. — Reuters pic

All of Missoula talking about new book on campus assaults

April 21, 2015

MISSOULA, April 21 — This town is bracing for a book. The local prosecutor wrote an urgent letter to its publishers trying to delay its release. Book sellers are taking orders for copies that wait in sealed boxes, ready to be opened today. Some people are dreading its revelations about rape in their football-loving college town. Others are... Read more

Tyson Beckford and Fern Mallis attend ‘Fashion Lives’ book launch at Saks Fifth Avenue on April 21, 2015 in New York City. — AFP pic

Tyson Beckford and Fern Mallis attend ‘Fashion Lives’ book launch at Saks Fifth Avenue on April 21, 2015 in New York City. — AFP pic