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Sultan shouldn’t get power to decide on MB, says PAS MP

NYT Video: Who speaks Wukchumni?
This short documentary profiles the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni, a Native American language, and her creation of a comprehensive dictionary. ― New York Times Read More

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
August 21, 2014

SHAH ALAM, Aug 21 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will present the Selangor Sultan with only one nominee for the mentri besar’s post as providing options would give the ruler sole discretion on how to fill the position, PAS’s Khalid... Read more

Teresa Kok: Why slash medical studies intake at public universities?

August 21, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 — DAP’s Teresa Kok said today that the government must explain why it has slashed the intake for medical students at public universities to curb an oversupply of doctors, when private universities face no such restrictions. In a statement, she said places at public universities which offer affordable programmes have... Read more

Khairy, Nazri up for ALS ice bucket challenge
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz are the latest to take on the ALS ice bucket challenge. Read More

Air Berlin reports return to profit, plans restructuring

August 21, 2014

FRANKFURT, Aug 21 — Air Berlin, Germany’s second-biggest airline, said today it flew back into profit in the second quarter and promised a massive restructuring programme later this year. Presenting the company’s second-quarter results, chief executive Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said: “We were able to improve the net result and our operating... Read more

Bloomberg Video: CEO ― AirAsia X should be back to profit in Q4
AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer Azran Osman-Rani discusses earnings for AirAsia X and the company's growth strategy after reporting a quarterly net loss of US$40.6 million (RM128 million) with Rishaad Salamat on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move.” ― Bloomberg Read More

Crystal Palace drops Mackay after English FA opens probe on conduct

August 21, 2014

LONDON, Aug 21 ― Preferred candidate Malky Mackay is out of the running to take charge of Crystal Palace after the English Football Association opened an investigation into the conduct of the Scot during his time at Cardiff City, British media reported. The Daily Mirror and Daily Mail both reported that the FA were looking into a series of text messages sent between Mackay and Crystal Palace director of football Iain Moody when the pair... Read more

With no end to Gaza violence, children face a bleak future

August 21, 2014

GAZA CITY, Aug 21 ― Eight-year-old Malak is scared. With no end in sight to the six-week war between Israel and Hamas, she doesn't want to go back to school. “I'm frightened of going to school and that they'll start bombing,” she admits, full of dread. “My friends were killed, my house was destroyed,” says the little girl with large, sad... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Deadly landslide hits Hiroshima

  • Police and Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers search for survivors at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Police and Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers search for survivors at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A Japan Self-Defense Force soldier searches for survivors at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A Japan Self-Defense Force soldier searches for survivors at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A dog takes a rest under a destroyed house at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A dog takes a rest under a destroyed house at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Local residents walk on a street at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Local residents walk on a street at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A local resident throws a bucket of water from a house at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A local resident throws a bucket of water from a house at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A police officer searches for survivors at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A police officer searches for survivors at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Broken trees are seen at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Broken trees are seen at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Escriba makes sweet ‘dazzling theatrical showcase’

August 21, 2014

SINGAPORE, Aug 21 — The world of confections has always been a wonderland of mouth-watering creations that is limited only by one’s imagination. At least, that’s what renowned Catalan pastry chef Christian Escriba, of the historic family-owned pastry boutique Pasteleria Escriba in Barcelona, asserts. Driven by this grandiose notion, the... Read more

Cast member Chloe Grace Moretz (left) gives a birthday cupcake to co-star Liana Liberato at the premiere of ‘If I Stay’ in Hollywood, California, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

Cast member Chloe Grace Moretz (left) gives a birthday cupcake to co-star Liana Liberato at the premiere of ‘If I Stay’ in Hollywood, California, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

Robert Plant’s new album out on September 9 (VIDEO)

August 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Aug 21 — Robert Plant’s new album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, will be released September 9 on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters. The first single... Read more

Robert Plant Album Teaser (MALAYSIA): "lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar"
Robert Plant, most well known as the lead singer for Led Zeppelin will be releasing his tenth solo album on September 9th this year! "lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar" will be the first album with his new band The Sensational Space Shifters.

Infinity to reveal Q50L model made solely for China market

August 21, 2014

BEIJING, Aug 21 — The new Q50L is the first car from the premium Japanese manufacturer developed exclusively for the Chinese market and will also be the first Infiniti to be built in China. Although based on the existing Q50 executive sedan, Infiniti claims that the L is a result of “listening closely to customers’ needs” in what it... Read more

A back view of the Renovo Coupe, supercar on electric power. — AFP pic

A back view of the Renovo Coupe, supercar on electric power. — AFP pic Read More

Study says Japan rife with gambling, IT, booze addictions

August 21, 2014

TOKYO, Aug 21 — Nearly five per cent of Japanese adults are addicted to gambling, a rate up to five times that of most other nations, according to a study. The study, released to local media on Wednesday, also showed rising adult addiction to the Internet and alcohol in a society long known for its tolerance of boozing and its love of... Read more

Li Jingyang shows his home-made electric wooden horse at a court yard in Yongji county, Jilin province, August 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

Li Jingyang shows his home-made electric wooden horse at a court yard in Yongji county, Jilin province, August 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

Facebook awards ‘Internet Defence Prize’ to German researchers

August 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 21 — Facebook yesterday awarded a US$50,000 (RM158,300) Internet Defence Prize to a pair of German researchers with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in Web applications. Johannes Dahse and Thorsten Holz from Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany won the new cash award for a paper outlining how to find... Read more

Nerf-Star Wars office battle
This is the Nerf-Star Wars office battle, put together by the awesome special effects geeks at The Warp Zone. — Viralviral Videos Read More

Enjoy affordable luxury in the Maldives

August 21, 2014

SINGAPORE, Aug 21 — The Maldives pretty much represent the idyllic beach holiday: Fine pearly sand, the ocean in shades of water-colour blue, all accompanied by a natural soundtrack of crashing waves and rustling palm leaves. It’s beautiful everywhere you turn: As this vacation nation is made up of 99 per cent water, you get peerless ocean... Read more

Park Hyatt's flagship hotel in New York
The Park Hyatt has opened the doors to its new flagship property and one of New York’s most highly anticipated launches, a five-star hotel inspired by the iconic brownstone townhouses of the Upper East Side and old New York glamour. — AFP-Relaxnews Read More

Pushing boundaries in Singapore… one play at a time

August 21, 2014

SINGAPORE, Aug 21— Two central themes of Loretta Chen’s Woman on Top — sexuality and censorship — come at a timely moment for her home country of Singapore. In June a record crowd turned out for a gay rights rally in the city-state, an event opposed by some religious groups that want to maintain a legal ban on same-sex relationships. Then... Read more

A man gets his shave done by a roadside barber as another reads a newspaper while waiting for his turn, in New Delhi, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic

A man gets his shave done by a roadside barber as another reads a newspaper while waiting for his turn, in New Delhi, August 21, 2014. — Reuters pic