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Muhyiddin to take over should Najib take leave of absence, analysts say

If you could see all the asteroids, what would the sky look like?
Scott Manley took all the asteroids near the Earth, calculate their positions and place them on a virtual Sky sphere in this ambitious 360° video he shared on his channel on YouTube. Read More

By Mayuri Mei Lin & Boo Su-Lyn
July 6, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Convention dictates that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will take over as interim Prime Minister should Datuk Seri Najib Razak take a leave of absence... Read more

GST puts damper on Raya spending

July 6, 2015

PETALING JAYA, July 6 — With the Goods and Services Tax (GST) weighing on everyone’s minds, spending for Hari Raya has seen mixed outcomes, with many slashing their Raya budgets. Malay Mail spoke to consumers who expressed a reluctance to spend because of GST and the recent drop in the value of the ringgit. Senior officer Mohd Faizal... Read more

Two ladies take a selfie at a makeshift traditional shop on display in Mid Valley megamall, in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations, in Kuala Lumpur, July 5, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Two ladies take a selfie at a makeshift traditional shop on display in Mid Valley megamall, in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations, in Kuala Lumpur, July 5, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng >view gallery

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Paul Ponnudorai’s legacy lives on

Dalai Lama turns 80

Dalai Lama turns 80

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The Dalai Lama speaks at a press conference in this May 12, 1993 file photo, during the second week of his visit to Britain. The Tibetan spiritual leader turns 80 tomorrow (July 6). — Reuters pic

Dalai Lama turns 80
Give me liberty: US 4th of July celebrations

Give me liberty: US 4th of July celebrations

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A girl dressed as a mermaid rides on the back of a pickup truck through Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, during the annual Fourth of July Parade celebrating the country’s Independence Day, in Barnstable, Massachusetts, July 4, 2015. — Reuters pic

Give me liberty: US 4th of July celebrations
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2015

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2015

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New Yorkers turn out in droves during the annual Fourth of July 2015 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, New York July 5, 2015. — Reuters pic

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 2015
World Fire and Police Games

World Fire and Police Games

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Members of the Turkish team from Istanbul walk to the start line for the hose cart competition of the Firefighter Muster event at the World Fire and Police Games in Fairfax, Virginia July 4, 2015. — Reuters pic

World Fire and Police Games
‘This KUL city: Discover Brickfields’ heritage walk

‘This KUL city: Discover Brickfields’ heritage walk

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'This KUL city: Discover Brickfields' heritage walk is organised by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with Think City and the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.

‘This KUL city: Discover Brickfields’ heritage walk
World Bodypainting Festival

World Bodypainting Festival

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The annual World Bodypainting Festival is taking place from July 3 to 5 at lake Woerthersee in Austria’s southern Carinthia province. — Reuters pic

World Bodypainting Festival

South Sudan promises atrocity probe

July 5, 2015

JUBA (South Sudan), July 5 — South Sudan’s government said today it was investigating United Nations allegations that its troops raped then burnt girls alive inside their homes during recent fighting in the country’s civil war. In a report released on Tuesday, rights investigators from the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the... Read more

Pope Francis looks on as Ecuador

Pope Francis looks on as Ecuador's President Rafael Correa makes his speech after he landed in Quito, Ecuador, July 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

Kelantan coach Azraai calls it quits

By Nicolas Anil
July 6, 2015

PETALING JAYA, July 6 — Kelantan lost their seventh coach in four years after Azraai Khor Abdullah quit yesterday following a 3-0 defeat to LionsXII on Saturday. Since B. Sathiananthan left in January 2011 after being in charge for two years, M. Karathu, Peter Butler, Bojan Hodak, Steve Darby and George Boateng all lasted less than two years. “I tendered my resignation after returning from Singapore. I was asked to help by the president... Read more

Greece’s overwhelming ‘No’ vote sends euro zone into the unknown

July 6, 2015

ATHENS, July 6 — Greeks voted overwhelmingly yesterday to reject terms of a bailout, risking financial ruin in a show of defiance that could splinter Europe. With nearly half of the votes counted, official figures showed 61 per cent of Greeks rejecting the bailout offer. An official interior ministry projection confirmed the figure as close... Read more

Bloomberg Video: What will happen after the Greece referendum?
Today will be one of the most important days in Greece's long history. The nation that almost invented democracy, will decide whether to accept austerity and stay in the euro, or reject it and face the future alone. Bloomberg Intelligence looks at the possible outcomes. — Bloomberg Read More

Reuters Video: Greek PM, Finance Minister, to resign if ‘yes’ vote wins

Duration: 1:33, Published 5 Jul 2015

The story behind Madam Kwan’s

By Lee Khang Yi
July 5, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 — You have probably tasted Madam Kwan’s iconic nasi lemak at some point. Believe it or not, the recipe is from a person who hates to cook. The namesake of the popular Malaysian restaurant, Madam Kwan Swee Lian, 81 admits that when she first ventured into the food business in 1977, she didn’t like to cook. Originally... Read more

Tony Mantia (left) buries his face in Key lime pie during the Mile High Key Lime Pie Eating Contest in Key West, Florida. — Reuters pic

Tony Mantia (left) buries his face in Key lime pie during the Mile High Key Lime Pie Eating Contest in Key West, Florida. — Reuters pic

Paul Ponnudorai’s legacy lives on

By Jordan Barnes
July 6, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Admired for his versatility, cherished for his eccentricity and respected for his inspiration, Paul Ponnudorai was simply one-of-a-kind. He mesmerised many with his skills that ranked him among the best worldwide.   Indeed, the guitar legend was  dubbed ‘the greatest music interpreter of our time’ by Time magazine... Read more

Festival-goer Bibi from Germany, who attended the festival for the past 25 years, gestures during Jamaican singer Barrington Levy

Festival-goer Bibi from Germany, who attended the festival for the past 25 years, gestures during Jamaican singer Barrington Levy's performance on the Orange Stage during the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark July 5, 2015. — Reuters pic

More power for the Porsche Boxster and Cayman GTS version

By YS Khong
July 5, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 — Porsche lovers who cannot afford the 911 can now look at the GTS versions of the Boxster and the Cayman, now that Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the importer of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia, has launched the new Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS variants, first premiered globally at the Auto China in Beijing last... Read more

Cars parade in convoy as part the annual Power Big Meet in Vasteras, Sweden. Touted as the world’s biggest show of American vintage cars — some 20,000 cars are expected over three days at the weekend — it highlights Sweden’s unusual love affair with post-War American cars, rock and roll and cultural rebellion, known here as ‘Raggare’. — Reuters/Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency pic

Cars parade in convoy as part the annual Power Big Meet in Vasteras, Sweden. Touted as the world’s biggest show of American vintage cars — some 20,000 cars are expected over three days at the weekend — it highlights Sweden’s unusual love affair with post-War American cars, rock and roll and cultural rebellion, known here as ‘Raggare’. — Reuters/Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency pic

‘Dead’ Turkish man spends 10 years fighting to prove he is alive

July 5, 2015

ISTANBUL, July 5 — A 46-year-old Turkish man mistakenly listed as dead by authorities has spent 10 years fighting to prove he is alive, state media reported on Sunday. Sinan Avci, who lives in eastern Erzurum province, was forced into an early retirement in 2003 after being diagnosed with epilepsy. The former worker discovered that... Read more

A reveller takes part in the annual Christopher Street Day gay parade (CSD) with a huge home-made coat-hanger costume in front of the Cologne cathedral, western Germany, July 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

A reveller takes part in the annual Christopher Street Day gay parade (CSD) with a huge home-made coat-hanger costume in front of the Cologne cathedral, western Germany, July 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

Four questions to ask Apple’s Siri (VIDEO)

July 5, 2015

LOS ANGELES, July 5 — Siri, part of Apple’s iOS, is billed as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. Siri  has been known to have some quirky answers to certain questions, as the BuzzFeed team finds out. This function has been a part of the iOS since iOS 5, and was introduced in 2011.

First look at all-new take on Minecraft universe
Minecraft: Story Mode is an adventure game, by Telltale Games, set in a Minecraft world. It is a five-part episodic series that will take you to the Nether, the Farlands, the End, and beyond!

Sleep in an Icelandic lighthouse

July 5, 2015

REYKJAVIK, July 5 —  For those who harbor a love of the sea, and wild, poetic images of savage coastlines, Icelandair has created a special vacation package featuring a stay at a refurbished luxury lighthouse. Located on the southernmost tip of the country, the century-old Dyrholaey lighthouse has been converted into luxury accommodations,... Read more

Visitors watch as water gushes from a section of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River, in Luoyang, Henan province, China. — Reuters pic

Visitors watch as water gushes from a section of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River, in Luoyang, Henan province, China. — Reuters pic

Global anticipation for Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’ book launch

July 4, 2015

NEW YORK, July 4 — Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” is the most anticipated literary release of the season, and various bookstores and cultural venues have events planned to mark the event. Due out July 14 in print and digital editions as well as an audiobook narrated by Reese Witherspoon, “Go Set a Watchman” follows up the 89-year-old... Read more

A woman takes in what she can of Greece’s problems in the euro zone in this village of Meyisti, on the island of Kastellorizo, most easterly of the islands in Greece, July 5, 2015. It was on this island that former Prime Minister George Papandreou announced in 2010 that Greece required a rescue package. — Reuters pic

A woman takes in what she can of Greece’s problems in the euro zone in this village of Meyisti, on the island of Kastellorizo, most easterly of the islands in Greece, July 5, 2015. It was on this island that former Prime Minister George Papandreou announced in 2010 that Greece required a rescue package. — Reuters pic Read More