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Without rain, Penang paddy farmers may lose RM37m rice bowl

Reuters Video: May Day rallies across Asia
Workers across Asia take to the streets on May Day to fight for their rights and demand better pay. Yiming Woo reports. — Reuters Read More

By Opalyn Mok
May 2, 2016

GEORGE TOWN, May 2 — Kedah may be the country’s rice bowl, but paddy farmers in neighbouring Penang are at risk of losing a whopping RM37 million in revenue for the current... Read more

Nilai hill residents, resorts in water feud

By Jonathan Edward
May 2, 2016

NILAI, May 2 — The scorching dry spell has ignited a furious water war with unlicensed resorts and residents of the sprawling Pantai Hills here fighting over a dying creek. A Malay Mail probe showed that people at Pantai Hills — covering some 40 hectares and up to eight resorts, some falsely being promoted as homesteads — depend on water... Read more

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Hindu devotees walk on fire to mark Thimithi festival

  • Malaysian Hindu devotee (centre) walking on hot coals to celebrate Thimithi festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Malaysian Hindu devotee (centre) walking on hot coals to celebrate Thimithi festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Malaysian Hindu devotee (centre) walking on hot coals to celebrate Thimithi festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Malaysian Hindu devotee (centre) walking on hot coals to celebrate Thimithi festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Malaysian Hindu devotee (centre) walking on hot coals to celebrate Thimithi festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Malaysian Hindu devotee (centre) walking on hot coals to celebrate Thimithi festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Malaysian Hindu devotee (centre) walking on hot coals to celebrate Thimithi festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Malaysian Hindu devotee (centre) walking on hot coals to celebrate Thimithi festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Malaysian Hindu devotee (centre) walking on hot coals to celebrate Thimithi festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Malaysian Hindu devotee (centre) walking on hot coals to celebrate Thimithi festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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My, how you’ve grown! Princess Charlotte at one

My, how you’ve grown! Princess Charlotte at one

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Britain’s Princess Charlotte, daughter of Prince William and his wife Kate, poses for a photograph in this undated photograph taken by her mother, at Anmer Hall in Norfolk and released on May 1, 2016. — Handout via Reuters

My, how you’ve grown! Princess Charlotte at one
Movers and shakers at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

Movers and shakers at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

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US President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner in Washington April 30, 2016. — Reuters pic

Movers and shakers at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner
Easter celebrations around the world

Easter celebrations around the world

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An Ethiopian boy holds candles during the Holy Fire ceremony at the Ethiopian section of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City. — Reuters pic

Easter celebrations around the world
The circus is in town!

The circus is in town!

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A performer waves as she rides an elephant during a performance in Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' ‘Circus Extreme’ show at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania April 30, 2016. — Reuters pic

The circus is in town!
Ukrainians get ready for Easter

Ukrainians get ready for Easter

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A woman touches a traditional Ukrainian Easter egg 'Pysanka', which is on display as part of the upcoming celebrations of Easter, in central Kiev April 30, 2016. — Reuters pic

Ukrainians get ready for Easter
Looks and designs from Brazil Fashion Week 2016

Looks and designs from Brazil Fashion Week 2016

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Models present creations from the Iodice collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil April 28, 2016. — Reuters pic

Looks and designs from Brazil Fashion Week 2016

Derailed train in Washington leaks hazardous chemical, disrupts rail service

May 2, 2016

WASHINGTON, May 2 — A CSX freight train derailed in northeastern Washington yesterday, spilling hazardous material near a subway station and disrupting commuter rail and long-distance Amtrak passenger trains but causing no injuries, authorities said. Thirteen rail cars were strewn across the tracks at the derailment site in the early... Read more

Peruvian Gerson Aldair Galvez Calle, known by his alias

Peruvian Gerson Aldair Galvez Calle, known by his alias 'Caracol', an alleged drug kingpin captured by Colombian police, is shown to the media at a military base in Bogota, Colombia May 2, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

Pellegrini focuses on Champions League after Southampton defeat

May 2, 2016

SOUTHAMPTON, May 2 — Manuel Pellegrini insisted he had no regrets about making eight changes to his Manchester City side ahead of this week’s trip to face Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final. The City manager... Read more

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Yen near 18-month high as Asian futures signal losses; oil drops

May 2, 2016

TOKYO, May 2 — The yen traded around its strongest level in more than 18 months as concern over the global economy damps the outlook for US interest-rate increases. Index futures signalled declines in Asia, with many markets closed for holidays. Japan’s currency traded below 107 per dollar after touching its strongest level since October... Read more

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seal is pictured on a gate outside the RBI headquarters in Mumbai, India, February 2, 2016. — Reuters pic

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seal is pictured on a gate outside the RBI headquarters in Mumbai, India, February 2, 2016. — Reuters pic

What it’s like to queue 90 minutes for Bake Cheese Tarts on opening day

By May Seah
May 2, 2016

SINGAPORE, May 2 — I’ve never queued for Hello Kitties at McDonald’s, newly launched iPhone models or a H&M designer capsule collection. I have, of course, queued for restaurants and food — I’m Singaporean and proud of it — but mostly in other countries, where no one is likely to recognise me, and never on the first day of a much-hyped... Read more

Leader of the Austrian Freedom party Heinz-Christian Strache drinks beer after delivering a speech during a May Day event in Linz ,Vienna, Austria, May 2, 2016. — Reuters pic

Leader of the Austrian Freedom party Heinz-Christian Strache drinks beer after delivering a speech during a May Day event in Linz ,Vienna, Austria, May 2, 2016. — Reuters pic

‘The Good Wife’ wraps up May 8 with series finale on US TV

May 2, 2016

LOS ANGELES, May 2 — Sunday, May 8, the small screen bids farewell to esteemed attorney, Alicia Florrick, in a series finale titled “End”.  After seven seasons following her legal affairs and tumultuous personal life, TV viewers will soon find out what fate CBS has in store for the series heroine, who brought her own touch to the world... Read more

Reuters Video: Celebrities, politicians walk Washington red carpet
Politicians who want to be celebrities and celebrities who want to be politicians arrive for the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. — Reuters

The road to cleaner cars is dirtier than you think (VIDEO)

May 2, 2016

NEW YORK, May 2 — Cars and trucks make up about 22 per cent of US climate pollution and 17 per cent globally. Fighting climate change comprehensively will mean — gradually — reducing that to zero with new vehicle technology and clean power. Electric vehicles could one day be the answer to truly cleaner cars, but for now the way EVs get... Read more

Bloomberg Video: The road to cleaner cars is dirtier than you may think
Electric vehicles could one day be the answer to truly cleaner cars, but for now the way EVs get their power may be dirtier than you think. — Bloomberg

New Princess Charlotte photos mark her first birthday

May 2, 2016

LONDON, May 2 — Four new photographs of Britain’s Princess Charlotte playing at her family’s country home were released by the royal family yesterday to mark her first birthday. The photographs were taken by her mother, Kate, last month at Anmer Hall, the secluded house in Norfolk, eastern England, where the family spends much of its... Read more

Ringling Brothers circus calls it a night
The famed circus Ringling Bros. retires the last 11 elephants, which will then travel to Ringling's 200-acre Centre for Elephant Conservation in central Florida. — Reuters Read More

Malaysian inventor behind iPhone camera extension

By Danial Dzulkifli and Jerry Choong
May 2, 2016

PETALING JAYA, May 2 — A Malaysian in New York is taking the iPhone 6 and 6S to new heights by adding a new dimension to them — videography. Brandon Hoe, a New York-based professional filmmaker, has come up with the Helium Core and Helium Core+ add-on that can turn iPhone users into professional mobile videographers. This is done by... Read more

A delegate of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) takes a picture of AfD leader Frauke Petry with her mobile phone during the second day of the AfD party congress in Stuttgart, Germany May 2, 2016. — Reuters pic

A delegate of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) takes a picture of AfD leader Frauke Petry with her mobile phone during the second day of the AfD party congress in Stuttgart, Germany May 2, 2016. — Reuters pic

First US-to-Cuba cruise ship in decades sets sail

May 2, 2016

MIAMI, May 2 — The first US cruise ship bound for Cuba in half a century set sail from Florida yesterday, marking a new milestone in the rapprochement between Washington and Havana. The Adonia, a vessel from the Carnival cruise’s Fathom line, raised its anchors and departed from Miami, the heart of the Cuban diaspora in the United States,... Read more

Tourists stand inside Belvedere Castle at Central Park in New York May 2, 2016. — Reuters pic

Tourists stand inside Belvedere Castle at Central Park in New York May 2, 2016. — Reuters pic

Airin terpaksa lupakan sekolah akibat ketumbuhan di kaki

May 2, 2016

IPOH, 2 Mei — Pada usia sembilan tahun, Airin Mohd Faizal sepatutnya seronok bermain dan bersekolah seperti kanak-kanak lain, namun penyakit kanser yang dihidapinya sejak lahir memaksanya berehat buat sementara. Airin yang menghidap kanser pada bahagian kaki kiri dinasihatkan doktor berehat selama setahun di rumah setelah menjalani... Selanjutnya

Orang ramai beriadah mengeratkan hubungan kekeluargaan sambil bermain layang-layang gergasi yang dibawa khas oleh Persatuan Layang-Layang Pasir Gudang, Johor semasa tinjauan foto Bernama di Pantai Sura, Ahad. — Foto Bernama

Orang ramai beriadah mengeratkan hubungan kekeluargaan sambil bermain layang-layang gergasi yang dibawa khas oleh Persatuan Layang-Layang Pasir Gudang, Johor semasa tinjauan foto Bernama di Pantai Sura, Ahad. — Foto Bernama

Jenny Diski’s ‘In Gratitude’, an uphill life on and off Cancer Road

By Dwight Garner
May 2, 2016

NEW YORK, May 2 — When the essayist and novelist Jenny Diski, who died last week at 68, learned she had inoperable lung cancer, her first impulse was to make a Breaking Bad joke. She turned to her husband and said, in front of her doctor, “We’d better get cooking the meth.” Diski’s second impulse was to fear she was a cliché.  In her... Read more

Christian worshippers read prayers books during an Orthodox Easter service at Sioni cathedral in Tbilisi, Georgia May 2, 2016. — Reuters pic

Christian worshippers read prayers books during an Orthodox Easter service at Sioni cathedral in Tbilisi, Georgia May 2, 2016. — Reuters pic