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Missing Air Algerie flight has crashed, says Algerian aviation official

Bloomberg Video: Superfast cars give Maserati a birthday boost
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Maserati is bringing its fastest models to Japan. Maserati Japan CEO Fabrizio Cazzoli predicts their sales in Japan will triple in 2014. — Bloomberg 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

A girl take a nap while waiting the bus to return to her hometown ahead of the Hari Raya Aidifitri celebration next week. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

A girl take a nap while waiting the bus to return to her hometown ahead of the Hari Raya Aidifitri celebration next week. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa >view gallery

GM’s profit falls on recall costs, victims’ compensation fund

July 24, 2014

DETROIT, July 24 — General Motors Co reported a much lower second-quarter profit today due to numerous recalls and the expected cost of at least US$400 million (RM1.26 billion) for a compensation fund for those killed or injured by a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. GM also reiterated that it expected a moderately... 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

French nationals on board missing Algerian plane, says minister

July 24, 2014

PARIS, July 24 — Many French nationals are thought to be on board an Air Algerie jet which went missing after taking off from Burkina Faso for Algiers, Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said today. “What we know is that it was an Air Algerie flight that was likely carrying many French people,” he said. France has sent two Mirage 2000... 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

Closer look at ex-wrestler and ‘Hercules’ star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (VIDEO)

July 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES, July 24 — You’re watching “Celebrity Closeups”, bringing you the whole story and more on the lives of your favourite stars. 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... 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

Study pours cold water on paracetamol for low back pain

July 24, 2014

LONDON, July 24 — Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to the results of a large trial published today. A study published in The Lancet medical journal found that the popular pain medicine was no better than placebo,... 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