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Malaysian becomes first to be infected by locally-transmitted Zika virus in Singapore

Reuters Video: Mothers of Plaza de Mayo march in Buenos Aires
Argentine activists Mothers of Plaza de Mayo and their supporters march to demand human rights. Julie Noce reports. — Reuters Read More

August 27, 2016

SINGAPORE, Aug 27 — A Malaysian woman is believed to be the first patient infected by locally-transmitted Zika virus in Singapore. The Singapore Ministry of Health... Read more

Three things we learnt from: #TangkapMO1 rally

BY KAMLES KUMAR
August 27, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 ― Nearly 1,000 Malaysians braved the scorching heat today to joined the #TangkapMO1 rally at the heart of the city. Despite not getting approval from Kuala Lumpur City Hall, the student-led rally saw crowds from all walks of life gathering in numbers at Masjid Negara and the Sogo shopping complex before marching to... Read more

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#TangkapMO1 rally

  • Police stand guard behind a barricade at the #TangkapMO1 rally at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Police stand guard behind a barricade at the #TangkapMO1 rally at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Police stand guard behind a barricade at the #TangkapMO1 rally at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Police stand guard behind a barricade at the #TangkapMO1 rally at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Police stand guard behind a barricade at the #TangkapMO1 rally at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Police stand guard behind a barricade at the #TangkapMO1 rally at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Police stand guard behind a barricade at the #TangkapMO1 rally at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Police stand guard behind a barricade at the #TangkapMO1 rally at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Protesters gather outside the Sogo Shopping Complex during a #TangkapMO1 rally in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

    Protesters gather outside the Sogo Shopping Complex during a #TangkapMO1 rally in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Protesters gather outside the Sogo Shopping Complex during a #TangkapMO1 rally in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

    Protesters gather outside the Sogo Shopping Complex during a #TangkapMO1 rally in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • A protester holds up a placard during the  #TangkapMO1 rally in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

    A protester holds up a placard during the #TangkapMO1 rally in Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2016. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa Read More

Samba queens take to Tokyo streets

Samba queens take to Tokyo streets

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Samba dancers perform during the annual Asakusa Samba Carnival in Tokyo August 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

Samba queens take to Tokyo streets
Shh, it’s naptime at Ikea in China

Shh, it’s naptime at Ikea in China

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At Ikea’s 21 stores in China, shoppers (and those simply looking for climate-controlled shut-eye) have no qualms about getting comfortable on the display furniture. — Picture by Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times

Shh, it’s naptime at Ikea in China
Rabbit cafe hops into Hong Kong

Rabbit cafe hops into Hong Kong

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A young customer plays with a rabbit at the first rabbit cafe in Hong Kong August 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

Rabbit cafe hops into Hong Kong
Pokeburgs: Can you eat them all?

Pokeburgs: Can you eat them all?

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Pokeburgs, hamburgers in the form of Pokemon characters, are seen at Down N’ Out Burger restaurant in Sydney August 26, 2016. — Reuters pic

Pokeburgs: Can you eat them all?
Pilgrimage of the Mexican wrestlers

Pilgrimage of the Mexican wrestlers

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Mexican wrestler known as Mini Psycho walks inside the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe during the annual pilgrimage in Mexico City, Mexico August 26, 2016. — Reuters pic

Pilgrimage of the Mexican wrestlers
Wild animals weigh-in at the London Zoo

Wild animals weigh-in at the London Zoo

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A zoo keeper weighs Humboldt penguins during the annual weigh-in at London Zoo in London, Britain August 25, 2016. — Reuters pic

Wild animals weigh-in at the London Zoo

Reuters Video: Aussie teen flies around the world solo

Duration: 0:39, Published 27 Aug 2016

Singapore’s air quality remains unhealthy as haze worsens

August 27, 2016

SINGAPORE, Aug 27 ― Singapore’s air quality stood at unhealthy levels as haze from Indonesian forest fires intensified yesterday, blanketing the city-state in a layer of smoke as the weekend approaches. The three-hourly air pollution index peaked at 215 as of 2pm before easing to 127 at 6pm, according to the National Environment Agency.... Read more

A picture of San Francesco church hangs on the wall of a damaged house following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy August 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

A picture of San Francesco church hangs on the wall of a damaged house following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy August 27, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

Werder Bremen coach Skripnik fears axe after Bayern rout

August 27, 2016

BERLIN, Aug 27 — Werder Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik admits he fears for his job already after his side were crushed 6-0 by champions Bayern Munich in their opening game of the Bundesliga season yesterday. “I’m in no-man’s land and... Read more

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Minister: Iraq willing to play active role in propping up oil prices

August 27, 2016

BAGHDAD, Aug 27 — Iraq is willing to play an active role within Opec to support oil prices, its oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi said today, without clarifying whether it was prepared to back a possible agreement to freeze output. “Iraq is seeking to play an active role in order to support oil prices while preserving a share that is... Read more

Reuters Video: Strong case for US rate hike, says Yellen
The case for a US interest rate hike is strong thanks to improving labour market and expectations for solid growth, says Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Bobbi Rebell reports. — Reuters Read More

From the food to the cocktails, Antara celebrates all things Malaysia

August 27, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — Five years after Chef Isadora Chai brought modern French cuisine to a once-sleepy Petaling Jaya suburb by opening Bistro à Table, she now turns her attention to Malaysian food. With the recent unveiling of Abacus Bar, the finishing touch to Antara Restaurant, guests can enjoy bespoke cocktails and... Read more

Reuters Video: Pokemon-inspired burgers pop up in Australia
A pop-up restaurant in Sydney has created Pokemon-inspired burgers. Julie Noce reports. — Reuters Read More

Hundreds bid farewell to Belgian jazz legend ‘Toots’ Thielemans

August 27, 2016

LA HULPE (Belgium), Aug 27 — Hundreds of people turned out today to pay their respects at the funeral of Belgian jazz legend “Toots” Thielemans, who died last week after a glittering career spanning seven decades. Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans, known affectionately as “Toots” and widely acknowledged as the king of jazz... Read more

Reuters Video: Oops! Britney does it again in latest comeback
Britney Spears does it again with her latest pop culture comeback thanks to Carpool Karaoke, a new album and the MTV VMAs. Simon Thompson reports. — Reuters Read More

US considering speed-limit device rule for trucks, buses

August 27, 2016

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 — Trucks and buses in the United States may have to be equipped with devices to limit their speed under a proposed rule issued yesterday by the US Transportation Department which said the move could save both lives and fuel. The department will weigh setting speed limits at 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour for heavy... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Do autonomous cars really make us safer?
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx comments on the safety of autonomous vehicles during an interview with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Markets.” — Bloomberg Read More

Ghost migrants eke out life on Greek-Macedonia border

August 27, 2016

IDOMENI (Greece), Aug 27 — Inside the sleepy canteen of Idomeni, the Greek railway post on the border with Macedonia, the ring of a phone breaks the endless silence. Stratos, the manager, jots down the order: five portions of okra, three of chicken, four salads, 10 bottles of water. There is no address. The delivery is made out to the... Read more

A man on a bicycle stands in front of Samba dancers after the annual Asakusa Samba Carnival in Tokyo August 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

A man on a bicycle stands in front of Samba dancers after the annual Asakusa Samba Carnival in Tokyo August 27, 2016. — Reuters pic view gallery

Facebook makes trending news feature more automated

August 27, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 27 — Facebook said yesterday it is further automating its “trending” stories feature, a move that will scale back human input to prevent personal bias from influencing which stories get highlighted. The social media giant will rely more heavily on an algorithm to operate the feature — which lists what news or... Read more

A customer at Down N’ Out Burger restaurant in Sydney August 26, 2016, takes a picture of popular Pokeburgs, hamburgers in the form of Pokemon characters (from left) Chugmander, Peakachu and Bulboozaur. — Reuters pic

A customer at Down N’ Out Burger restaurant in Sydney August 26, 2016, takes a picture of popular Pokeburgs, hamburgers in the form of Pokemon characters (from left) Chugmander, Peakachu and Bulboozaur. — Reuters pic Read More view gallery

West is best: Why the west of Singapore is the new place to play, eat and hang out

August 27, 2016

SINGAPORE, Aug 27 — “The east is the best side!” “The east has the best food!” “The air in the east is better!” For those who call the other parts of Singapore home, the above smug proclamations must be familiar. In fact, our friends living in the east never seem to tire of their grating campaign to inspire postal-code envy in... Read more

A samba dancer prepares to perform during the annual Asakusa Samba Carnival in Tokyo August 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

A samba dancer prepares to perform during the annual Asakusa Samba Carnival in Tokyo August 27, 2016. — Reuters pic view gallery

Wanita Malaysia dijangkiti virus Zika, kes pertama di Singapura

August 27, 2016

SINGAPURA, 27 Ogos — Seorang wanita rakyat Malaysia berusia 47 tahun dipercayai pesakit pertama dijangkiti virus Zika di Singapura. Kementerian Kesihatan Singapura (MOH) dan Agensi Persekitaran Kebangsaan (NEA) Singapura yang dimaklumkan mengenai kes itu berkata oleh kerana dia tidak berkunjung ke kawasan-kawasan yang kes itu dilaporkan,... Selanjutnya

Seorang lelaki memakai pelekat dengan mesej

Seorang lelaki memakai pelekat dengan mesej 'Burkini = Liberty' di luar Conseil d'Etat di Paris 27 Ogos 2016. — Foto oleh Reuters Artikel Penuh

Booklist compares him to John Irving; Irving compares him to Dickens

BY ALEXANDRA ALTER
August 27, 2016

NEW YORK, Aug 27 — Nathan Hill’s literary career almost ended before it started. Like so many optimistic young MFA graduates, Hill moved to New York City in his 20s with a hard drive full of short stories, hoping to land an agent and a publisher. Perhaps predictably, things didn’t go according to plan. His early overtures to... Read more

Ross Connelly, the owner of ‘The Hardwick Gazette,’ works on the week’s edition in Hardwick, Vermont, in this photo released August 26, 2016. Connelly announced in June that he was holding an essay contest to find a successor to take over the paper. Unfortunately, it has not generated much interest. — Picture by Jacob Hannah/The New York Times

Ross Connelly, the owner of ‘The Hardwick Gazette,’ works on the week’s edition in Hardwick, Vermont, in this photo released August 26, 2016. Connelly announced in June that he was holding an essay contest to find a successor to take over the paper. Unfortunately, it has not generated much interest. — Picture by Jacob Hannah/The New York Times Read More