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After Najib axes Muhyiddin, Johor leaders fear hammer to fall on Umno birthplace in GE14

Social experiment of the day: Can I have your number?
British prankster extraordinaire Edward Headley hit the streets of London in a bid to ask 100 male strangers for their phone numbers. Read More

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
July 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 ― Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's unceremonious ejection from Cabinet has created a deep schism within Umno which must be fixed soon or it will bite into... Read more

Alleged PM ‘charge sheet’ draft not by AGC, prosecution head says

July 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — The head of the prosecution unit in the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has rubbished claims that it had drafted corruption charges against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in connection to the debt-riddled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) that is still under investigation. In a late night post in response... Read more

A man selling stinky beans in front of a heritage house in Balik Pulau, Penang on July 30, 2015. ― Picture by K. E. Ooi

A man selling stinky beans in front of a heritage house in Balik Pulau, Penang on July 30, 2015. ― Picture by K. E. Ooi

Grevin Wax Museum opens in Seoul

Grevin Wax Museum opens in Seoul

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A boy poses for photographs next to the wax figure of South Korean singer Psy at Grevin Wax Museum in central Seoul, South Korea, July 30, 2015. ― Reuters pic

Grevin Wax Museum opens in Seoul
John Lennon tribute at Ellis Island

John Lennon tribute at Ellis Island

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Artist Yoko Ono (left), widow of John Lennon, and Irish singer Bono attend the unveiling of a tapestry honoring Lennon at Ellis Island in New York July 30, 2015. ― Reuters pic

John Lennon tribute at Ellis Island
Colombiamoda 2015

Colombiamoda 2015

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Models strut their stuff during Colombiamoda fashion event in Medellin, Colombia, July 30, 2015. ― Reuters pic

Colombiamoda 2015
International food brands head to Penang

International food brands head to Penang

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Penang is well known as a food paradise so there's no better place to introduce a popular food and beverage brand than here, as the recent opening of at least five international brands here seems to suggest.

International food brands head to Penang
Colombia struggles to find its missing

Colombia struggles to find its missing

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As the Colombian government wades through complex peace talks with the FARC, human rights advocates and families hope rebels will reveal grave locations as part of a deal which would allow them to avoid long prison terms.

Colombia struggles to find its missing
The Musee d’Orsay in Paris

The Musee d’Orsay in Paris

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The national museum of the Musee d’Orsay opened in December 1986 and it displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914. — Reuters pic

The Musee d’Orsay in Paris

India hangs 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts plotter Yakub Memon

July 30, 2015

MUMBAI, July 30 — India executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon today for conspiring in the nation's deadliest attack, a series of blasts that killed hundreds in Mumbai more than two decades ago. Memon was hanged at Nagpur jail in the western state of Maharashtra on his 53rd birthday after India's president and Supreme Court rejected... Read more

Piper Hoppe, 10, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, holds a sign at the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota July 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

Piper Hoppe, 10, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, holds a sign at the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota July 30, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Chelsea’s Cech sale a ‘favour’ to Gunners, says Flamini

July 30, 2015

LONDON, July 30 — Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has stoked the fires ahead of the Gunners' Community Shield meeting with Chelsea on Sunday by saying the champions have done them a "good favour" by selling Petr Cech. The Czech goalkeeper ended an 11-year stint at Stamford Bridge after moving across London to the Emirates Stadium last month for a fee of £10 million (RM59.8). "I was surprised by (Chelsea boss Jose) Mourinho because he... Read more

US stocks flat, Expedia up 8pc after the bell

July 31, 2015

NEW YORK, July 31 — Wall Street ended flat yesterday as investors digested ho-hum corporate earnings and new data showed that the economy grew more quickly in the second quarter. Procter & Gamble, Facebook and Whole Foods Market all fell after quarterly reports that left investors wanting more. US economic growth accelerated in the June... Read more

SoftBank Group Corp Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son reacts as SoftBank’s human-like robots named ‘Pepper’ performs during the SoftBank World 2015 event in Tokyo July 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

SoftBank Group Corp Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son reacts as SoftBank’s human-like robots named ‘Pepper’ performs during the SoftBank World 2015 event in Tokyo July 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

Malaysian bakers conjure birthday treat for JK Rowling

July 30, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 ― To celebrate JK Rowling’s birthday tomorrow (which also happens to be Harry Potter’s birthday) three Malaysian bakers have joined a worldwide collaboration to recreate an edible world of Harry Potter! Malaysia’s Sheryl Bito (Buns in The Oven Cupcakery), Jessica Ting (Ms. Shortcakes), and William Tan (Ipoh Bakery) are... Read more

American kids try breakfast from around the world
Watch as these American children try breakfast from around the world. Despite their initial hesitation, kudos to them for trying!

Amazon signs ex-‘Top Gear’ trio for new car show

July 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES, July 30 — Jeremy Clarkson, the TV presenter who was ousted as host of “Top Gear” this year, will front a new show on Amazon.com Inc in 2016, underscoring the online retailer’s drive to push its streaming service with big-ticket names. He’ll be joined by his “Top Gear” co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May, Amazon said on... Read more

Jimmy Kimmel chokes up over killing of Cecil the lion
Known for his biting wit and sarcasm, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel put all jokes aside to share his thoughts on the Minnesota dentist who illegally killed a lion who was a local favourite in Zimbabwe. Read More

Polaris declares victory in electric motorcycle race

By Kyle Stock
July 30, 2015

CHICAGO, July 30 — Until recently, electric motorcycles were kind of like jet packs: They didn’t go far and it was almost impossible to figure out how to buy one. Polaris’s Victory brand is hoping to change that on Tuesday evening as it pulls the cover off an all-new, all-electric bike dubbed the Empulse TT. With the lean look of a sport... Read more

See the supercars of ‘Spectre’ in action
Watch footage from the set of ‘Spectre’ that focuses on a car chase in Rome between Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 and the Jaguar C-X75 driven by villain Mr Hinx. Read More

Ultra-local ‘Facebook’ turning city neighbours into friends

July 30, 2015

VIENNA, July 30 — Perched on makeshift seats next to a buffet with fresh fruit, elderflower cordial and homemade muffins, neighbours laugh and chat on a leafy patch amid modern apartment blocks in Vienna's 15th district. The motley gathering includes a social worker who recently retrained as a language teacher, an actress in her... Read more

Mountain biking run captured in one single shot
This amazing 4-minute video is the world’s first full mountain biking segment to be captured in a single continuous shot. Seen in the film unReal, the shot shows top slopestyle mountain biker Brandon Semenuk tackling a custom trail while the camera seemingly-magically follows his tricks down the hill.

A fresh Start: Microsoft’s Windows 10 wins plaudits

July 30, 2015

BANGALORE, July 30 — Microsoft Corp’s launch of its first new operating system in almost three years, designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones, won mostly positive reviews for its user-friendly and feature-packed interface. The launch was seen critical for the company, particularly after the poor response to Windows 8, an... Read more

Lexus Hoverboard debuts on August 5!
Brace yourselves, hoverboard fans! The Lexus Hoverboard is almost here! Marrying unparallelled technology, design (and no small amount of imagination), the hoverboard represents a true engineering innovation. Read More

France’s Grevin wax museum opens first Asian outpost in Seoul

July 30, 2015

SEOUL, July 30 — Psy, Paris Hilton and Queen Elizabeth II all made it, but South Korean President Park Geun-Hye turned down her chance of immortality in the first Asian outpost of France’s famous waxwork museum, Musee Grevin, that opened in Seoul today. The new museum’s focus is firmly on the world of entertainment and, in particular, stars... Read more

A boy poses for photographs next to the wax figure of South Korean singer Psy at Grevin Wax Museum in Seoul July 30, 2015. French wax museum Musee Grevin has opened its first Asian branch in central Seoul with about 80 wax figures including those from hallyu displayed. — Reuters pic

A boy poses for photographs next to the wax figure of South Korean singer Psy at Grevin Wax Museum in Seoul July 30, 2015. French wax museum Musee Grevin has opened its first Asian branch in central Seoul with about 80 wax figures including those from hallyu displayed. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

Review: ‘The Speechwriter’: Pumping up hot air to the governor’s level

BY SARAH LYALL
July 30, 2015

JULY 30 — As an unwitting participant in the America’s Craziest Governor contest of 2009, Mark Sanford of South Carolina bestowed many gifts upon the American people, some of them linguistic. There was the phrase “hiking the Appalachian Trail,” which really meant “meeting my lover in Buenos Aires.” There was the surreal effluence of words at... Read more

Silverfish Books owner Raman Krishnan came up with the name for the

Silverfish Books owner Raman Krishnan came up with the name for the 'Silverfish Festival of Cabbages' from a quote from the Mark Twain novel 'Pudd’nhead Wilson'. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More