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You reap what you sow, Dr M tells Penang in volunteer corp storm

NYT Video: Rebecca Gomperts and the abortion ship
Rebecca Gomperts is a Dutch doctor who pushes the limits of abortion law. In this excerpt from Diana Whitten’s documentary “Vessel,” Gomperts creates a mobile clinic aboard a ship. — New York Times Read More

September 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — Penang must face the music for challenging the country’s top policeman with its controversial volunteer patrol unit, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. The former prime minister echoed Home... Read more

FT blog explains Malaysia’s post-colonial middle-income blues

September 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — Fifty-seven years after independence, Malaysia remains a middle-income income nation due to a lack of quality in political and financial institutions, Financial Times (FT) said in its recent beyondbrics blog. Comparing the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of seven countries which achieved independence from... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Langkawi's Sky Dome

  • Lada chief executive officer Tan Sri Khalid Ramli (third from right) poses for a picture with a ‘Malaysia Book of Record’ (MBOR) certificate in front of the Sky Dome after the launching ceremony in Langkawi, September 1, 2014. — Bernama pic

    Lada chief executive officer Tan Sri Khalid Ramli (third from right) poses for a picture with a ‘Malaysia Book of Record’ (MBOR) certificate in front of the Sky Dome after the launching ceremony in Langkawi, September 1, 2014. — Bernama pic Read More

  • Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad tries out a Formula 1 race car simulator after the launching ceremony of the Sky Dome in Langkawi, September 1, 2014. — Bernama pic

    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad tries out a Formula 1 race car simulator after the launching ceremony of the Sky Dome in Langkawi, September 1, 2014. — Bernama pic Read More

  • Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad (third from right) presents Lada chief executive officer Tan Sri Khalid Ramli with a ‘Malaysia Book of Record’ (MBOR) certificate at the launch of the Sky Dome in Langkawi, September 1, 2014. — Bernama pic

    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad (third from right) presents Lada chief executive officer Tan Sri Khalid Ramli with a ‘Malaysia Book of Record’ (MBOR) certificate at the launch of the Sky Dome in Langkawi, September 1, 2014. — Bernama pic Read More

  • Audiences looking at the 360-degrees animation display in the Sky Dome, at Langkawi, September 1, 2014. — Bernama pic

    Audiences looking at the 360-degrees animation display in the Sky Dome, at Langkawi, September 1, 2014. — Bernama pic Read More

Merdeka 2014 Tributes

European investors focus on ECB despite Ukraine unrest

September 2, 2014

LONDON, Sept 1 — European markets advanced despite the conflict in Ukraine, focusing on whether the European Central Bank will announce plans for economic stimulus when it meets this week. Ukraine reported its forces were under fire from Russian tanks again today, as new signs emerged that the turmoil was damaging the European... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Modi visits Japan

  • India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before their talks at the state guest house in Tokyo September 1, 2014.— Reuters pic

    India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before their talks at the state guest house in Tokyo September 1, 2014.— Reuters pic Read More

  • India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) meets with Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their talks at the state guest house in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) meets with Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their talks at the state guest house in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before their talks at the state guest house in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before their talks at the state guest house in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) enjoys a cup of green tea next to Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a tea ceremony at the Omotesenke tea hut in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) enjoys a cup of green tea next to Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a tea ceremony at the Omotesenke tea hut in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe attend a welcome ceremony hosted by Abe at the state guest house in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe attend a welcome ceremony hosted by Abe at the state guest house in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) tries to play a soprano recorder before school children at a music class during a visit at Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) tries to play a soprano recorder before school children at a music class during a visit at Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front second left) is greeted by children upon his arrival at Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front second left) is greeted by children upon his arrival at Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) talks with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (right) as they visit Toji Buddhist temple in Kyoto, western Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo August 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) talks with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (right) as they visit Toji Buddhist temple in Kyoto, western Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo August 31, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front left) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe smile during their visit to Toji Buddhist temple in Kyoto, western Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo August 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front left) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe smile during their visit to Toji Buddhist temple in Kyoto, western Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo August 31, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Javier Hernandez joining Real Madrid on loan

September 1, 2014

MADRID, Sept 1 — European champions Real Madrid confirmed the signing of Mexican international striker Javier Hernandez on a season-long loan from Manchester United today. “Real Madrid and Manchester United have reached an agreement for the loan of Javier Hernandez, who will be tied to the club for this season” the Spanish club said in a statement. “Real Madrid reserves the option to buy the player.” Hernandez becomes Real’s fourth... Read more

British PM Cameron outlines new anti-terror measures

September 1, 2014

LONDON, Sept 1 — Britain will make it easier for police to seize passports from would-be jihadist fighters, increase air travel checks and tighten controls on the movement of suspected radicals under plans announced by Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday. Cameron was addressing the House of Commons after Britain on Friday raised its... Read more

Next Media Video: Nine killed in Bolivia bus crash
At least nine people were killed and more than 20 were injured when a tour bus carrying 40 people overturned on a highway in Bolivia on Saturday (August 30). — Reuters Read More

Rémy Martin unveils new cognac glass for Paris Design Week

September 1, 2014

PARIS, Sept 1 — Cognac brand Rémy Martin will be unveiling a selection of new cocktail glass designs as part of Paris Design Week this autumn, under the theme of “Rémyxologie”. The designs have been created by international students at the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) as part of Rémy Martin’s “Futur Héritage” program and offer a... Read more

A vendor selling bananas, waits for customers at his roadside stall in Kolkata September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

A vendor selling bananas, waits for customers at his roadside stall in Kolkata September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Drama and secrets galore in ‘Downton Abbey’ S5 (VIDEO)

September 1, 2014

LONDON, Sept 1 — ITV has unveiled the first trailer for its period drama's next season, which premieres September 21 in the UK. The fifth season of "Downton Abbey" is poised to be an eventful one for the protagonists of the popular series. In its new video, the British network hints at romance — as Lady Mary grows closer to Lord Gillingham... Read more

NYT Video: Anatomy of a scene — ‘Life of Crime’
Daniel Schechter narrates a sequence from his film “Life of Crime.” — New York Times Read More

Get your hands on the Aston Martin DP-100 for just US$39.99 (VIDEO)

September 1, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept 1 — If you want to take Aston Martin’s new supercar for a spin, you’ll have to buy the latest edition of Gran Turismo. The car was built exclusively for the virtual world. Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman explains what sets the car apart. — Bloomberg

Bloomberg Video: Aston Martin's latest supercar can be yours for US$39.99
If you want to take Aston Martin’s new supercar for a spin, you’ll have to buy the latest edition of Gran Turismo. The car was built exclusively for the virtual world. Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman explains what setsthe car apart. — Bloomberg Read More

George Town Festival ends with a grand finale on streets of heritage zone (VIDEO)

By Opalyn Mok
September 1, 2014

GEORGE TOWN, Sept 1 — The highly successful annual George Town Festival (GTF) ended on a high note last night with exuberant public performances at street corners and within the compound of a youth centre between 4pm and midnight under the Victoria & Armenian Street (V&A) Project. The V&A Project is one of the pillars of GTF where all the... Read more

MMOTV Video: V&A Project @ GTF 2014
The highly successful annual George Town Festival (GTF) ended on a high note last night with exuberant public performances at street corners and within the compound of a youth centre between 4pm and midnight under the Victoria & Armenian Street (V&A) Project. — Video by K.E.Ooi Read More

Japan firm creates ‘touchable’ 3D technology

September 1, 2014

TSUKUBA, Sept 1 — Technology that generates touchable 3D imagery was unveiled in Japan today, with its developers saying users could pull and push objects that are not really there. Know-how that could improve a gaming experience, or allow someone to physically shape objects that exist only on a computer, will soon be available to buy, said... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Meet Kirobo, an astronaut’s best friend
Being an astronaut can be an overwhelming experience, so Japanese researchers are using a robot to see if an artificial friend can help lonely spacemen bear the solitude of the cosmos. — Bloomberg Read More

With launch of e-visa, Myanmar targets 5 million tourists annually by 2015

September 1, 2014

YANGON, Sept 1 — Myanmar launched an online visa application today promising an end to painful waits for permits to visit the once secretive nation as it tries to lure five million tourists a year by 2015. The e-visa is open to tourists from 41 countries, from the United States and Britain to China, Japan and North Korea, Minister of... Read more

A view shows the 25-metre vertical garden (Vegetal Wall) called ‘L’Oasis d’Aboukir’ in the 2nd district of Paris designed by French Botanist Patrick Blanc, September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

A view shows the 25-metre vertical garden (Vegetal Wall) called ‘L’Oasis d’Aboukir’ in the 2nd district of Paris designed by French Botanist Patrick Blanc, September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Book reveals MI6’s role in torture of Nepal Maoists

August 31, 2014

KATHMANDU, Aug 31 — British authorities funded a four-year-long intelligence operation in Nepal that led to Maoist rebels being arrested, tortured and killed during the country’s civil war, according to the author of a new book on Kathmandu. Launched in 2002, “Operation Mustang” targeted Maoist guerrillas and saw British intelligence agency... Read more

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reads his notes before delivering a speech at the end of the Socialist Party

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reads his notes before delivering a speech at the end of the Socialist Party's 'Universite d'ete' summer meeting in La Rochelle, western France, September 1, 2014. — Reuters pic