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Crime triumvirate exposed as main force in Bangladeshi smuggling racket

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By Emmanuel Santa Maria Chin
December 16, 2017

PETALING JAYA, Dec 16 — Three syndicates, each with a specialised role, were the prime movers behind the trafficking of Bangladeshi nationals into the country, said the... Read more

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Malaysia heading in the right direction, says PM

December 16, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR,  Dec 16 — Malaysia is heading in the right direction as attested by the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) report on the country’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth projection for 2017, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. The Prime Minister was referring to a recent IMF report which stated that Malaysia’s real GDP... Read more

A boy looks at Christmas decorations at Pavilion shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur December 16, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

A boy looks at Christmas decorations at Pavilion shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur December 16, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

A foggy evening in Macedonia

A foggy evening in Macedonia

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Ethereal sights as fog engulfs the city of Skopje, Macedonia December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic

A foggy evening in Macedonia
Goodyear airship’s journey to new home

Goodyear airship’s journey to new home

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The Goodyear Airship ‘Wingfoot Two’ arrives at its new home at the Goodyear air operation base in Carson, California December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic

Goodyear airship’s journey to new home
Chocolate with a luxurious hint of gold

Chocolate with a luxurious hint of gold

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Confectioner Wencke Schmid of Wenckeschmid patisserie displays a gold leaf-decorated Petit Four D’or chocolate at her bakery in Basel, Switzerland December 15, 2017. — Reuters pic

Chocolate with a luxurious hint of gold
UK royals attend memorial for Grenfell Tower fire victims

UK royals attend memorial for Grenfell Tower fire victims

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Duchess of Cambridge leaves St Paul’s Cathedral after a memorial service in honour of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, in London December 15, 2017. — Reuters pic

UK royals attend memorial for Grenfell Tower fire victims
Mexicans honour Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mexicans honour Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Clowns carry a portrait of the Virgin of Guadalupe as they pay homage to Mexico’s patron saint, Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City December 14, 2017. — Reuters pic

Mexicans honour Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Actor Dwayne Johnson poses on his star with Lauren Hashian and their daughter Jasmine Lia after it was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California December 14, 2017. — Reuters pic

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ramaphosa, Dlamini-Zuma in tight race to lead S.Africa’s ruling ANC

December 16, 2017

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 16 — The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s only ruler since the end of apartheid, votes this weekend in a race too close to call to replace Jacob Zuma as party leader with the winner also likely to become the next president. The election is perhaps the most pivotal moment for the ANC in its 23 years of... Read more

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in are pledging to put a spat over the US missile shield behind them. Meeting in Beijing, they said the focus now is on improving bi-lateral ties. Bloomberg’s Tom Mackenzie reports on ‘Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.’ — Bloomberg Read More

West Ham boss Moyes eager to strengthen squad in January

December 16, 2017

LONDON, Dec 16 — West Ham United will look to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window and recruit players who can make an immediate impact on the struggling Premier League side, manager David Moyes has said. West Ham are 19th... Read more

Jessica Kooreman (3) competes in a heat of the 1500-meter race during the US Olympic Team short track speedskating trials at Utah Olympic Oval in Utah December 16, 2017. — Picture by Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

Jessica Kooreman (3) competes in a heat of the 1500-meter race during the US Olympic Team short track speedskating trials at Utah Olympic Oval in Utah December 16, 2017. — Picture by Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

‘Nobody cares about gold’ as hedge funds seek thrills elsewhere

December 16, 2017

NEW YORK, Dec 16 — Hedge funds are pulling out of gold bets as more exciting moves in equities and cryptocurrencies make safe-haven investments look boring. Money managers cut their bets on a bullion rally at the fastest pace in five months as prices head for their worst quarterly loss in a year. Speculators are throwing in the towel as... Read more

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Chef Batali fired from ‘The Chew’ after sex harassment accusations

December 16, 2017

NEW YORK, Dec 16 ― ABC Television Network said yesterday that it fired celebrity chef Mario Batali from its daytime cooking show, The Chew, after he was accused of sexual misconduct. Online food trade publication Eater New York reported on Monday that four women, who were not identified, accused Batali of touching them inappropriately in... Read more

Ciler Safkin, one of 75 women working with the home-cooked meal delivery service of Mamame, cooks in her kitchen in Istanbul December 16, 2017. — Reuters pc

Ciler Safkin, one of 75 women working with the home-cooked meal delivery service of Mamame, cooks in her kitchen in Istanbul December 16, 2017. — Reuters pc

Oscar Isaac in talks to play ‘Addams Family’ patriarch

December 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Dec 16 — It looks like fans might get their wish to have Oscar Isaac play Gomez Addams. The actor is apparently in talks to play the character in an animated feature film, reports EW. Isaac has long been a fan favourite for the role, what with his uncanny resemblance to Raul Julia, who played the Addams patriarch in the last... Read more

‘Peanuts’ gets the ‘Riverdale’ treatment thanks to Jimmy Fallon
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Unique pre-production Aston Martin DB4 goes up for sale

December 16, 2017

LONDON, Dec 16 — There seems to be a bit of a thing going on at the moment for classic Aston Martins being put up for sale. Just over a week ago, a DB5 previously owned by Paul McCartney was auctioned for US$1.8 million (RM7.34 million), and then another 1960s DB5, this one previously owned by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, was put up for... Read more

A worker checks the new Alpine A110 sports car during the inauguration of the new production line in Dieppe December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic

A worker checks the new Alpine A110 sports car during the inauguration of the new production line in Dieppe December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic

Men’s fashion: Three male models to follow on Instagram in 2018

December 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Dec 16 — They may not be kings of the catwalk or social media sensations (yet), but these three male models are major influencers in the making. Whether luxury globetrotters, artists at heart or budding photographers, they match their passion for fashion and modelling with an eye for the hottest trends in all kinds of fields.... Read more

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Artists in Manila draw sketches of buildings about to be demolished, in a bid to conserve the city’s cultural heritage. Jayson Albano reports. — Reuters Read More

Google changes rules to purge news that masks country of origin

December 16, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 16 — Google moved to strip from its news search results publications that mask their country of origin or intentionally mislead readers, a further step to curb the spread of fake news that has plagued internet companies this year. To appear in Google News results, websites must meet broad criteria set out by the... Read more

A man speaks on his mobile phone in front of a jewellery shop in Istanbul December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic

A man speaks on his mobile phone in front of a jewellery shop in Istanbul December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic

Two days in Mumbai: A taste of the gateway to India (VIDEO)

December 16, 2017

MUMBAI, Dec 16 ― Bloomberg Pursuits' Nikki Ekstein shows you how to make the most of a trip to Mumbai whether you're there for work or play. ― Bloomberg

A New Year tree and giant illuminated Christmas balls installed on Oktyabrskaya Square for the upcoming New Year and Christmas season are seen in Minsk, Belarus December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic

A New Year tree and giant illuminated Christmas balls installed on Oktyabrskaya Square for the upcoming New Year and Christmas season are seen in Minsk, Belarus December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic

PAS perlu undi Umno walau tambah ahli baharu, kata Hadi

December 16, 2017

MARANG, 16 Dis — PAS masih memerlukan sokongan pelbagai pihak termasuk Umno walau mendapat pertambahan 40,000 ahli baharu, kata Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. Presiden PAS berkata sokongan anggota dan penyokongnya belum cukup untuk “menyelamatkan negara dan umat” dengan Islam, lapor Sinar Harian. “Kita perlu sedar negara kita yang... Selanjutnya

Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (kiri) bersama Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin menaiki Transit Aliran Massa Laluan Sungai Buloh-Kajang ketika melawat fasiliti rel kendalian Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana, 16 Disember, 2017. — Foto Bernama

Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (kiri) bersama Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin menaiki Transit Aliran Massa Laluan Sungai Buloh-Kajang ketika melawat fasiliti rel kendalian Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana, 16 Disember, 2017. — Foto Bernama Artikel Penuh

New York Times publisher stepping down, handing over to son

December 15, 2017

NEW YORK, Dec 15 — New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr announced yesterday that he was stepping down after 25 years at the helm of the renowned newspaper and handing over to his son. Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, 37, known as AG, will take over as publisher on January 1, 2018, the New York Times Co said in a statement. AG... Read more

A man reads a newspaper with headline about Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski as he walks past Lima Stock Exchange building in Lima, Peru December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic

A man reads a newspaper with headline about Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski as he walks past Lima Stock Exchange building in Lima, Peru December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic Read More