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Umno: Form independent body to audit all Penang hillslope projects

Reuters Video: Fierce firefight as Philippines’ toughest urban war down to last building
Troops in the Philippines were locked in an intense battle yesterday with a pro-Islamic State alliance as the army seeks to declare an end to the country’s internal security crisis. — Reuters Read More

October 23, 2017

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 23 — The Penang state government must form an independent body to audit all approvals for hillslope development projects in the state, Penang Federal... Read more

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After fatal landslide, Penang admits DoE did not approve Tanjung Bungah project

By Opalyn Mok
October 23, 2017

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 23 — The Penang goverment admitted today that the Department of Environment (DoE) had previously objected to the development of a highrise housing project at a hill slope in Tanjung Bungah here where a landslide last Saturday killed 11 construction workers. State executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow also said that while DoE... Read more

MBPP Mayor Datuk Maimunah Sharif shows the location of the 49-storey affordable housing project in Tanjung Bungah where the deadly landslide occurred during a press conference in George Town October 23, 2017. — Picture by KE Ooi

MBPP Mayor Datuk Maimunah Sharif shows the location of the 49-storey affordable housing project in Tanjung Bungah where the deadly landslide occurred during a press conference in George Town October 23, 2017. — Picture by KE Ooi Read More

Stars grace the LA premiere of ‘Suburbicon’

Stars grace the LA premiere of ‘Suburbicon’

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Director George Clooney and his wife Amal attend the premiere for ‘Suburbicon’ in Los Angeles, California October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

Stars grace the LA premiere of ‘Suburbicon’
David Letterman honoured with Mark Twain Prize

David Letterman honoured with Mark Twain Prize

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Comedian David Letterman greets his wife Regina Lasko as he arrives for a gala where he is receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour, at the Kennedy Centre in Washington October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

David Letterman honoured with Mark Twain Prize
A howling good time at New York’s annual Halloween dog parade

A howling good time at New York’s annual Halloween dog parade

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A woman stands next to her aquarium-themed dog cart during the annual Halloween dog parade at Manhattan’s Tompkins Square Park in New York October 22, 2017. — Reuters pic

A howling good time at New York’s annual Halloween dog parade
Premiere for ‘The Breadwinner’

Premiere for ‘The Breadwinner’

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Producer Angelina Jolie poses at the premiere for ‘The Breadwinner’ in Los Angeles October 21, 2017. — Reuters pic 

Premiere for ‘The Breadwinner’
Thailand’s annual vegetarian festival

Thailand’s annual vegetarian festival

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People shop for vegetarian food at a market in Chinatown, Bangkok October 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

Thailand’s annual vegetarian festival
Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai receives Lumiere Award

Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai receives Lumiere Award

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Director Wong Kar-wai (3rd left) receives his Lumiere Award during a ceremony at the Lumiere 2017 Grand Lyon Film Festival in Lyon October 21, 2017. — Reuters pic

Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai receives Lumiere Award

Islamic State ‘executed’ 116 in Syria town revenge campaign, says monitor

October 23, 2017

BEIRUT, Oct 23 — The Islamic State group killed 116 people it suspected of collaborating with the Syrian regime in Al-Qaryatain this month before losing the desert down to government forces, a monitor said today. “IS has over a period of 20 days executed at least 116 civilians in reprisal killings, accusing them of collaboration with... Read more

Reuters Video: Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill ambassador
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organisation said on yesterday following an outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment. — Reuters Read More

Faiz Subri, Jafri ready to leave for greener pastures

October 23, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — Two Penang players Mohd Faiz Subri and Muhammad Jafri Muhammad Firdaus Chew are ready to consider offers from any local teams next season. For Mohd Faiz who was the winner of 2016 Fifa Puskas award, his focus now is... Read more

Hidden in tech supply chain, a Malaysian stock surges 400pc

October 23, 2017

TOKYO, Oct 23 — For technology stock investors, it sometimes pays to buy the companies that make the parts. Take Techfast Holdings Bhd, a small Malaysian supplier of everything from screws and self-clinching fasteners to materials for light-emitting diodes. The little-known firm has surged more than fivefold this year alone, making it one... Read more

Reuters Video: High noon for the ECB, Draghi at the QE Corral
The ECB will this week decide to trim its asset purchases, according to a Reuters poll of economists, while also extending its QE programme. But economists are split on just how long the extension could be, and on the scale of any reduction, just as doves and hawks at the bank may also be divided. — Reuters Read More

Getting to satay central on the MRT

By Rebecca Saw
October 23, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — Kajang is synonymous with satay. As not much else is associated with this sleepy town, it is unlikely that it’d be able to shake off its connection with these delicious skewered marinated meat. Even its signature spicy peanut sauce is unique, a slight deviation from the typical satay sauce of its Klang Valley... Read more

Consumers shop for food at a market in Sao Paulo October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

Consumers shop for food at a market in Sao Paulo October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

John Stamos announces his engagement to Caitlin McHugh

October 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Oct 23 — Wedding bells will be ringing soon for John Stamos who has announced that he is engaged to actress Caitlin McHugh.    The Fuller House star took to his social media accounts to reveal that he had proposed to his girlfriend: “I asked…she said yes! …And we lived happily ever after,” he captioned an image of a... Read more

Here’s a new TV spot for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
Check out this new TV spot for highly anticipated ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ that offers a bit more footage from the movie. Read More

Mercedes finally says farewell to the G Class

October 21, 2017

STUTTGART, Oct 21 — When it hasn’t been celebrating the 50th anniversary of its tuning arm, AMG, Mercedes has spent most of 2017 reminding car connoisseurs of the G Class, its iconic status among the SUV fraternity and the fact that after 38 years of continuous production, the car is finally being phased out. These nods and nudges... Read more

Toyota Motor’s new taxi vehicle, ‘JPN Taxi’, is pictured at its launching ceremony in Tokyo October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

Toyota Motor’s new taxi vehicle, ‘JPN Taxi’, is pictured at its launching ceremony in Tokyo October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

Nepali pilot revives crashed plane as aviation museum

October 23, 2017

KATHMANDU, Oct 23 — A Turkish Airlines plane that crash landed at Kathmandu airport two years ago will be welcoming ticket holders on board again — not for a flight but as the Nepali capital’s first aviation museum. The Airbus A330 was carrying 224 passengers when it skidded off the runway at Kathmandu’s airport in March 2015,... Read more

A model poses with a 37.30-carat ‘The Raj Pink’, the world’s largest known fancy intense pink diamond expected to fetch up to US$30 million in an upcoming Geneva auction, during a Sotheby’s preview in Hong Kong October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

A model poses with a 37.30-carat ‘The Raj Pink’, the world’s largest known fancy intense pink diamond expected to fetch up to US$30 million in an upcoming Geneva auction, during a Sotheby’s preview in Hong Kong October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

Amid Egypt’s anti-gay crackdown, gay dating apps send tips to stop entrapment

October 23, 2017

BEIRUT, Oct 23 — Amid an anti-gay crackdown in Egypt since a rainbow flag was hoisted at a Cairo concert, gay dating apps are sending users tips on how to protect themselves from entrapment. The flag was raised last month at a concert headlined by Mashrou’ Leila, a Lebanese rock band whose singer is openly gay. It was a rare public... Read more

Women take part in the First Central American Women

Women take part in the First Central American Women's Hackaton at the Technological Institute of Costa Rica in San Jose on October 23, 2017. — AFP pic

Cyprus struggles to manage waste as tourist numbers soar

October 23, 2017

AYIA NAPA (Cyprus), Oct 23 — Tourists on a crowded, sun-drenched beach in the Cypriot resort of Ayia Napa tossed drinks cans into recycling bins as a record-breaking holiday season drew to a close. With more visitors heading to Cyprus than ever, the Mediterranean island’s waste disposal system is under pressure, despite efforts to cut... Read more

A woman dressed up as ‘Catrina’, a Mexican character also known as ‘The Elegant Death’, takes part in a Catrinas parade in Mexico City October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

A woman dressed up as ‘Catrina’, a Mexican character also known as ‘The Elegant Death’, takes part in a Catrinas parade in Mexico City October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

Rakyat terbeban, Bajet 2018 diminta tambah katil hospital

October 23, 2017

KUANTAN, 23 Okt — Pemuda Umno Pahang memohon kerajaan mempertimbangkan masalah kekurangan katil di hospital pada pengumuman Bajet 2018 yang akan dibentangkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Jumaat ini. Ketuanya Mohd Shahar Abdullah berkata peruntukan yang sesuai perlu diberikan untuk mengatasi masalah itu kerana jumlah katil yang... Selanjutnya

Pegawai dan para pemain pasukan Sime Darby meraikan kemenangan mereka setelah menumpaskan UKM FC dengan agregat 3-2 sekali gus menjuarai Piala FAM 2017 di Stadium Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya malam kelmarin. — Foto Bernama

Pegawai dan para pemain pasukan Sime Darby meraikan kemenangan mereka setelah menumpaskan UKM FC dengan agregat 3-2 sekali gus menjuarai Piala FAM 2017 di Stadium Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya malam kelmarin. — Foto Bernama

Researchers raise doubts over cause of Chilean poet Neruda’s death

October 22, 2017

SANTIAGO, Oct 22 — International researchers investigating the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda raised doubts on Friday as to whether he died of cancer 44 years ago as previously presumed, and did not rule out foul play. Neruda, known for his passionate love poems and staunch communist views, died days after a coup in September 1973... Read more

A book on freedom of expression hangs on a burnt tree in Bidnija October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

A book on freedom of expression hangs on a burnt tree in Bidnija October 23, 2017. — Reuters pic

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