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Missing Air Algerie flight has crashed, says Algerian aviation official

Cover Media Video: Maroon 5 unveils artwork for new album
This week's music report features news on Maroon 5's and Kanye West's new albums and the headlining acts for the eighth iTunes festival. — Cover Media Read More

July 24, 2014

ALGIERS, July 24 — An Air Algerie flight crashed today en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. There were few clear indications of what might... Read more

Tribute to MH17

Russia says will cooperate with MH17 probe led by Netherlands

July 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 — Russia will cooperate with the investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner a week ago and is satisfied that the Netherlands, rather than Ukraine, is leading the effort, the country’s ambassador to Malaysia said today. Lyudmila Vorobyeva also rejected suggestions that the pro-Russian separatists blamed by... Read more

Members of the public hold a candlelight vigil for the victims on board MAS flight MH17 in Bangsar, on July 24, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Members of the public hold a candlelight vigil for the victims on board MAS flight MH17 in Bangsar, on July 24, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More >view gallery

IMF lowers 2014 global growth forecast

July 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 24 — The International Monetary Fund lowered its 2014 global economic growth forecast today, warning of “negative surprises” from the United States and China and geopolitical risks in Ukraine and the Middle East. The IMF projected global growth of 3.4 per cent for this year, down from its April estimate of 3.7 per... Read more

InvestorCentral Video: What investment opportunity did Atlan raise cash for?
Atlan’s duty-free business has seen fluctuating profit margins. But it has stabilised in the past two quarters. Does it have a target profit margin? — Investor Central Read More

Socceroo Spiranovic to miss ACL quarters

July 24, 2014

SYDNEY, July 24 — Australian World Cup defender Matthew Spiranovic needs ankle surgery and will miss the Western Sydney Wanderers AFC Champions League quarter-final against Guangzhou Evergrande next month, his club said today. Spiranovic, 26, who played for Australia at this month’s World Cup in Brazil, will have an operation on Monday and is expected to miss up to 10 weeks of the club’s pre-season, the Wanderers said. That means the... Read more

UK minister warns Israel Western opinion is turning against it over Gaza

July 24, 2014

LONDON, July 24 — British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned Israel today that Western public opinion was turning against the Jewish state over its offensive against Islamist militants in Gaza. Israel launched the operation 17 days ago, aiming to stop militants from Hamas, which rules the coastal enclave, and their allies, from firing... Read more

Next Media Video: Twin explosions kill at least 40 in central Nigeria
At least 40 people were killed in twin explosions in the central Nigerian city of Kaduna yesterday afternoon (July 23). — Reuters Read More

Supermarket brand scotch wins top awards at international competition

July 24, 2014

LONDON, July 24 ― The results of an international spirits competition go to show that the best things in life aren’t always the most expensive, after a £12 (RM65)) bottle of supermarket-brand scotch scooped up more than a dozen medals in blind tastings. At the 45th edition of the International Wine & Spirits Competition out of the UK,... Read more

A vendor prepares traditional bread during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Raqqa province, eastern Syria, which is controlled by the Islamic State, July 24, 2014. — Reuters pic

A vendor prepares traditional bread during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Raqqa province, eastern Syria, which is controlled by the Islamic State, July 24, 2014. — Reuters pic >view gallery

Geldof, bruised, battered but still fighting

July 25, 2014

MELBOURNE, July 24 — After three months of private grief over the death of his daughter Peaches, Bob Geldof returned to the world spotlight today, taking up the cause of AIDS with his trademark mix of anger and empathy. In an interview with AFP on the sidelines of the International AIDS Conference, Geldof blasted rich countries that were... Read more

Cover Media Video: Celebrity Closeup: ‘Hercules’ star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Born in California, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson followed in his father’s footsteps and made a name for himself as a professional wrestler, but has since retired from that world and has become world famous for his acting. — Cover Media Read More

Toyota’s fuel-cell car buyers get 40pc off from Japan subsidies

July 24, 2014

TOKYO, July 24 — Toyota Motor Corp’s local prefecture will join Japan’s central government in subsidising the automaker’s forthcoming fuel-cell car, cutting the estimated price by about 40 per cent to that of an entry-level Lexus. Japan’s Aichi prefecture, where Toyota is based, may provide about one million yen (RM31,270) in subsidy... Read more

Fast and visually stunning Ferrari 330 (VIDEO)
As much as any other car, the Ferrari 330 P4 is the embodiment and culmination of an entire era of racing. With its low-slung stance and voluptuous lines, it is also among the most visually stunning cars ever produced. — Petrolicious Read More

Gates touts health and nutrition, receiving honorary degree in Ethiopia

July 25, 2014

ADDIS ABABA, July 25 — Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said today, as he received an honorary degree in Ethiopia. “By getting things right in these two areas, the gains can be exceptional,” Gates said, calling health and agriculture... Read more

George Harrison: All Things Must Pass
LOS ANGELES, July 23 — A pine tree planted in memorial to late Beatles guitarist George Harrison following his death in Los Angeles in 2001 has been killed by bark beetles amid California’s drought. The city council expects have a new tree planted in autumn. — Reuters Read More

Android grabs more tablet market share, survey shows

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 24 — Global sales of tablet computers edged higher in the second quarter, in the slowest growth since 2009, research firm Strategy Analytics said yesterday. The research firm said global tablet shipments reached 52.9 million units, up just six percent from the same period a year ago. Growth was led by devices using the... Read more

Assassin’s Creed Unity — Parkour style
Supertramp teamed up with Ubisoft and a slew of parkour masters to promote the new game with this eye-popping Assassin’s Creed Unity Parkour video.

Giant ketchup bottle up for sale in Southern Illinois

July 24, 2014

CHICAGO, July 24 — Want a giant historic order of fries with that? A water tower shaped like a 170-foot-tall ketchup bottle is for sale in southern Illinois, along with an adjacent warehouse, an owner said yesterday. Fans fear the 65-year-old landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, might be in peril if a sympathetic... Read more

Passengers in Kuala Lumpur queue for their tickets at the Etika Express counter to make sure they get to return to their hometowns ahead of the Eid celebration next week. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Passengers in Kuala Lumpur queue for their tickets at the Etika Express counter to make sure they get to return to their hometowns ahead of the Eid celebration next week. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa >view gallery

Jamil Ahmad remembered best for tales of the ‘Wandering Falcon’

July 24, 2014

ISLAMABAD, July 24 — Jamil Ahmad, the author of an acclaimed collection of short stories about life in Pakistan’s tribal badlands, has died after a long illness, his family said on Monday. Ahmad, a career civil servant, found fame as a writer late in life with “The Wandering Falcon”, which drew heavily on his experiences as an administrator... Read more

A man dressed as the Riddler, a comic book supervillain, stands with others during Batman Day at the Midtown Comics store in New York, July 24, 2014. — Reuters pic

A man dressed as the Riddler, a comic book supervillain, stands with others during Batman Day at the Midtown Comics store in New York, July 24, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More