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Defamatory to call dog event organiser Christian or Shiah Muslim, lawyer says

Cover Media Video: ‘Breaking Bad’ doll controversy no child’s play
The hit show’s main actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have spoken out after Toys “R” Us pulled “Breaking Bad” dolls from its shelves following complaints that the toy store was selling the drug-themed products. — Cover Media Read More

By Ida Lim
October 25, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Accusations claiming Syed Azmi Alhabshi is Christian or a follower of the Muslim Shiah sect, deemed as deviant by Putrajaya, are false and defamatory, his lawyer Syahredzan Johan said... Read more

After Oktoberfest and ‘Pet-a-dog’ event, Muslims now warned against Halloween

October 25, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Several Muslim groups are now training their guns on the coming Halloween festival, warning that the annual event to remember the dead is part of Western culture and could wrongly influence local Muslim youths. According to a Sinar Harian Online report, banners promoting the October 31 event at a Seremban... Read more

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Syed Azmi Alhabshi's press conference on 'Touch-a-Dog' event

  • Syed Azmi Alhabshi arrives for his press conference held in Kelab Gold Seri Selangor, Petaling Jaya, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Syed Azmi Alhabshi arrives for his press conference held in Kelab Gold Seri Selangor, Petaling Jaya, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Syed Azmi Alhabshi speaks at the press conference, apologising for discomfort the event might have cause, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Syed Azmi Alhabshi speaks at the press conference, apologising for discomfort the event might have cause, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Syed Azmi Alhabshi speaks to reporters at the press conference, apologising for discomfort the event might have cause, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Syed Azmi Alhabshi speaks to reporters at the press conference, apologising for discomfort the event might have cause, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Social activist and co-organiser of the

    Social activist and co-organiser of the 'Touch-a-Dog' event Norhayati Ismail (right) speaks at the press conference, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Syed Azmi Alhabshi

    Syed Azmi Alhabshi's lawyer Syahredzan Johan (left) addresses the reporters at the press conference in Kelab Gold Seri Selangor, Petaling Jaya, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

Renault chief sees Europe auto market slowing in 2015

October 25, 2014

SHANGJAI, Oct 25 — French carmaker Renault chairman, Carlos Ghosn, said today (Saturday) that he expects slower growth in Europe’s auto market next year as it continues to recover from the global economic crisis. Ghosn, who is also Renault’s chief executive officer, said the European market was growing at six percent so far this year — the... Read more

A woman holds up a poster during a rally by union members from UNITE HERE Local 54 outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

A woman holds up a poster during a rally by union members from UNITE HERE Local 54 outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

Williams fights back to defeat Wozniacki in WTA semi-final thriller

October 25, 2014

SINGAPORE, Oct 25 — Serena Williams regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6 (6) today and reach the title match at the WTA Finals. The best of friends off the court, the pair slugged it out like two prizefighters for more than two hours until Williams delivered the killer blow to end a contest filled with drama and escalating tension. The world number one... Read more

Myanmar army killed an alleged reporter, says press body

October 25, 2014

YANGON, Oct 25 — Myanmar’s press council today said the army had admitted to shooting dead a man in its custody who activists claim was a reporter detained after covering clashes near the conflict-hit eastern border. Aung Naing was gunned down as he tried to flee detention in Kyaikmaraw town in southeastern Mon state on October 4, the... Read more

A state trooper walks by a grieving student following a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Washington October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

A state trooper walks by a grieving student following a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Washington October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

New York startup makes home cooking a breeze (VIDEO)

October 25, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 25 — Blue Apron is a New York City startup that offers tasty cook-it-yourself meals at everyday prices. Users pick three recipes from Blue Apron’s weekly offerings and then receive a box of ingredients along with step-by-step instructions to cook the gourmet meals for two people, right at home. — Bloomberg... Read more

Bloomberg Video: The delivery service that lets New Yorkers cook like pros at home
Blue Apron is a New York City startup that offers tasty cook-it-yourself meals at everyday prices. — Bloomberg Read More

Christina Ricci to reprise role as notorious axe murderer

October 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Oct 25 — In a limited series due to air on Lifetime in 2015, the actress will again play the woman accused of in a mysterious murder case that lives on in American folklore. After headlining the Lifetime original movie “Lizzie Borden Took an Axe,” aired on January 25, Christina Ricci will return to the role in a six-episode... Read more

Cover Media Video: Halle Berry’s naughty but nice lingerie line
Halle Berry has recently announced that she’s delving into the world of underwear design. ― Cover Media Read More

Porsche Macan – the real sports utility vehicle

By Y.S. Khong
October 25, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — The Porsche Macan, (pronounced ma-kan) is now officially available in Malaysia, brought in by Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the local official importers of Porsche vehicles. Four variants are available, with prices ranging from a very “affordable” RM420k Macan to RM560k for the Macan S, RM545k for the Macan S... Read more

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Porsche's compact Macan

  • The Macan on the road. — Picture by YS Khong

    The Macan on the road. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • The driver

    The driver's cockpit is sporty. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • Aluminium alloy parts used to reduce weight. — Picture by YS Khong

    Aluminium alloy parts used to reduce weight. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • Each Macan can be

    Each Macan can be 'personalised' according to personal taste. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • Macan, the Baby Cayenne. — Picture by YS Khong

    Macan, the Baby Cayenne. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • Porsche name plate at the rear is a little understated. — Picture by YS Khong

    Porsche name plate at the rear is a little understated. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • What could be accepted as decent consumption. — Picture by YS Khong

    What could be accepted as decent consumption. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

Google exec sets record in dive from edge of space

October 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 25 — A Google executive set a new record yesterday by jumping successfully from near the top of the stratosphere — some 41,000 metres high, his project website said. The record dive by 57-year-old Alan Eustace, who is a “senior vice-president of knowledge” at Google, was conducted as part of the Stratospheric Explorer... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Fancy dining in London’s abandoned subway stations?
Underneath the streets of London, up to 26 tube stations sit dormant, some not see by the public since World War II. One organisation is working to lease these so-called ghost stations ― planning to transform them into museums, bars or restaurants. ― Bloomberg Read More

‘Yellow Umbrella’, of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement fame, a hit among gamers

October 25, 2014

HONG KONG, Oct 25 ― How do you defend yourself against scores of tear gas wielding police while manning the barricades at Hong Kong's protest camps? Unleash the wrath of Chinese deity Guan Yu. That's just one of the options available to players of a new smartphone game which has swiftly become a hit among gamers and protesters in the... Read more

NYT Video: Robots join the war to stop Ebola in its tracks
The White House is now considering how robots can help fight Ebola. A look at the role three types of robots could play in combating the virus. ― New York Times Read More

Head to these destinations for a really creepy Halloween holiday

October 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Oct 25 — Edinburgh, New Orleans and Rajasthan have been identified as among the most haunting, scariest destinations in the world for getting your chill on in advance of Halloween. The list, curated by Cheapflights.com, shines the spotlight on cities that offer the best “creepy tours around the world,” deliciously frightful... Read more

People cross a bridge before entering Indios Verdes Metro station in Mexico City, October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

People cross a bridge before entering Indios Verdes Metro station in Mexico City, October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

Knightley to appear in Broadway play based on Emile Zola’s novel

October 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 24 — British actress Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next year in a new adaptation of Therese Raquin, based on the novel by Emile Zola. Knightley, who was nominated for a best actress Oscar in 2006 for her performance in Pride & Prejudice, will begin previews of the play commissioned  by Roundabout Theatre Company... Read more

Pro-democracy students read books at a study zone on a main road blocked by them at Admiralty district in Hong Kong early October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

Pro-democracy students read books at a study zone on a main road blocked by them at Admiralty district in Hong Kong early October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic