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Malaysia have expertise to detect, analyse VX nerve agent, expert says

Watch Will Smith battle mystical creatures in ‘Bright’ teaser
Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time, ‘Bright’ is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton). Read More

February 27, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Malaysia has the expertise and technology to detect and analyse the VX nerve agent which was used in the killing of Kim Jong-nam despite not having... Read more

PM lauds Saudi Arabia’s commitment to increase scholarships for Malaysia students

February 28, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today lauded the Saudi Arabian government’s commitment to increase the number of full scholarships for Malaysian students to pursue their studies in the Kingdom next year. Najib said the additional allocation from Saudi Arabia would complement and add up to the government’s... Read more

Reuters Video: Malaysia rolls out red carpet as Saudi king kicks off Asia tour
Malaysia welcomes Saudi Arabia's King Salman for the start of a rare, month-long Asian tour, where the monarch will build ties and seek to draw more investments to the oil-rich gulf nation. ― Reuters Read More

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Stars at the 2017 Oscars Vanity Fair party

Stars at the 2017 Oscars Vanity Fair party

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Actor Orlando Bloom at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in Hollywood, February 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

Stars at the 2017 Oscars Vanity Fair party
It’s party time at the Oscar’s Governor’s Ball

It’s party time at the Oscar’s Governor’s Ball

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Barry Jenkins poses with his Oscar at the Oscar’s Governor’s Ball in Hollywood, February 27, 2017. — Reuters pic 

It’s party time at the Oscar’s Governor’s Ball
Here are your 2017 Oscar winners

Here are your 2017 Oscar winners

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Casey Affleck, winner of Best Actor for ‘Manchester by the Sea’, holds his Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

Here are your 2017 Oscar winners
Oscars 2017 performances and awards

Oscars 2017 performances and awards

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Seth Rogan and Michael J Fox arrive onstage in a DeLorean to present the award for Best Film Editing at the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

Oscars 2017 performances and awards
Oscars 2017 red carpet fashion

Oscars 2017 red carpet fashion

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Priyanka Chopra poses on the red carpet at the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

Oscars 2017 red carpet fashion
Brazil’s Carnival starts with a bang

Brazil’s Carnival starts with a bang

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Revellers parade for the Mancha Verde samba school during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 25, 2017. — Reuters pic

Brazil’s Carnival starts with a bang

NYT Video: An illustrated interview with Anderson Cooper

Duration: 0:56, Published 27 Feb 2017

Trump proposes US$54b increase in defence spending

February 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 — President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal includes a substantial US$54 billion (RM239 billion) dollar increase in defence spending, with corresponding cuts in foreign assistance and other non-military spending. Highlighting what Trump has described as a “public safety and national security budget,” the plan... Read more

Filipino nurses, who were freed from Islamic State militants by Libyan forces in Sirte, pose for a group photo during a handover ceremony in the presence of a Filipino envoy in Tripoli, Libya, February 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

Filipino nurses, who were freed from Islamic State militants by Libyan forces in Sirte, pose for a group photo during a handover ceremony in the presence of a Filipino envoy in Tripoli, Libya, February 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

Vardy hits two as Leicester stun Liverpool in first game after Ranieri

February 28, 2017

LEICESTER, Feb 28 — Leicester City returned to form in stunning fashion yesterday as Jamie Vardy scored twice in a 3-1 Premier League defeat of Liverpool that lifted the champions out of the relegation zone. In their first match since... Read more

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US stocks, dollar fluctuate before policy speech

February 27, 2017

DUBAI, Feb 27 — US stocks fluctuated near all-time highs, while the dollar and Treasuries retreated as investors awaited clues on President Donald Trump’s spending priorities. Politics set the tone in Europe, with the pound retreating and French bonds gaining. Steelmakers and materials producers got a boost after Trump said he’d spend... Read more

Korean Airlines’ CEO Cho Won-tae stands in front of a B787-9 belonging to Korean Airlines at its aviation shed in Incheon, South Korea February 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

Korean Airlines’ CEO Cho Won-tae stands in front of a B787-9 belonging to Korean Airlines at its aviation shed in Incheon, South Korea February 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

Comforting Chinese soups for health and well-being

By Opalyn Mok
February 26, 2017

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 26 — The clear, broth-based Chinese soup made from double boiling or slow cooking a mix of ingredients is often a staple at most ethnic Chinese homes. For centuries, since the days of old China, these clear soups were not part of a meal but were prepared with specific ingredients and herbs as tonics to treat all sorts of... Read more

A bride eats a popsicle as she waits to take her wedding vow during a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 131 Muslim couples took their wedding vows in Ahmedabad, India, February 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

A bride eats a popsicle as she waits to take her wedding vow during a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 131 Muslim couples took their wedding vows in Ahmedabad, India, February 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

Oscars show photo of wrong woman during ‘In Memoriam’ segment

February 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 — The shocking best picture mix-up wasn’t the only Oscars night flub. During the event’s “In Memoriam” segment honoring film industry figures who died over the past year, the show’s producers mistakenly flashed a photo of a woman who is still alive. Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer who died in... Read more

Michael Fabiano and Sonya Yoncheva in the opera

Michael Fabiano and Sonya Yoncheva in the opera 'La Traviata' at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, February 28, 2017. Yoncheva’s voice has evolved to fill the opera house more easily, with a tone that’s simultaneously softer and stronger, less angled and more rounded. — Picture by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Peugeot to unveil Instinct concept car in Geneva

February 27, 2017

NEW YORK, Feb 27 — At the Geneva Motor Show from March 9, Peugeot will be offering a glimpse into the future of mobility with its ‘Instinct’ concept car, a unique Shooting Brake which offers the option of fully autonomous driving or driver control. Given a sneak peek Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona before the official... Read more

In an undated handout photo, Bosch

In an undated handout photo, Bosch's parking assistant software. Bosch, which makes safety systems, says a one-size-fits-all system would be easier to work with for automated cars. — Picture by Bosch via The New York Times

Milan’s fashion week wraps up with Armani’s expressive colours

February 27, 2017

MILAN, Feb 27 — Once again Italian designer Giorgio Armani stunned with bright and eloquent colours in his autumn and winter collection, wrapping up six days of catwalk shows at Milan’s Fashion week. As with his Emporio line, shown on Friday, the designer brought to life his creations with ruby and deep reds, purple, orange, emerald... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Grand Central Terminal's hidden secrets
750,000 people pass through New York's iconic Grand Central Terminal each day, but a majority of the 49-acre Beaux-Arts style building remains off limits to the general public. Bloomberg Pursuits got an inside look at the spaces and secrets of the century old landmark. ― Bloomberg Read More

Google and Uber are fighting over lidar technology. What is it? (VIDEO)

February 27, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 27 — Spacecraft use it to measure distance. Farmers use it to work out which fields need fertiliser. Archaeologists use it to map topography. And, crucially for Uber Technologies Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Waymo, self-driving cars use lidar to navigate. As carmakers and technology entrants scramble to develop autonomous... Read more

Robots assemble Renault and Nissan automobiles on the production line at the Renault SA factory in Flins, near Paris, February 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

Robots assemble Renault and Nissan automobiles on the production line at the Renault SA factory in Flins, near Paris, February 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

Explore Toledo, the Spanish city of fun, food and culture

February 27, 2017

SINGAPORE, Feb 27 — Most tourists come to Toledo, Spain, on a day trip from Madrid. But this small Unesco World Heritage city, famed for its marzipan, swords and monuments, has plenty to keep a curious traveller occupied for more than a couple of days, whether you are a history buff, foodie, souvenir hunter or art fan. Throughout history,... Read more

Francois Fillon (centre), former French prime minister, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 presidential election candidate of the French centre-right, and mayor of Meaux Jean-Francois Cope (left) taste cheese during a meeting with Brie cheese producers at thetourist office in Meaux, near Paris, France, February 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

Francois Fillon (centre), former French prime minister, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 presidential election candidate of the French centre-right, and mayor of Meaux Jean-Francois Cope (left) taste cheese during a meeting with Brie cheese producers at thetourist office in Meaux, near Paris, France, February 28, 2017. — Reuters pic

Pelaburan Arab tidak jejas daulat negara, kata Najib

February 27, 2017

PUTRAJAYA, 27 Feb ― Saudi Aramco dan Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) akan memeterai perjanjian pelaburan bernilai US$7 bilion esok, kata Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.  Di bawah perjanjian itu, Saudi Aramco, syarikat petroleum dan gas asli nasional Arab Saudi, akan membangunkan dan menguruskan loji penapisan minyak di ... Selanjutnya

Nelayan pantai Mansor Ahmad, 52 (kanan), dibantu anaknya Mohd Fais Mansor, 26, sibuk mengemas pukat sebagai langkah berjaga-jaga ekoran amaran angin kencang yang dikeluarkan Jabatan Meteorologi di Pantai Kampung Chempaka, Kuantan, 27 Februari 2017. — Foto Bernama

Nelayan pantai Mansor Ahmad, 52 (kanan), dibantu anaknya Mohd Fais Mansor, 26, sibuk mengemas pukat sebagai langkah berjaga-jaga ekoran amaran angin kencang yang dikeluarkan Jabatan Meteorologi di Pantai Kampung Chempaka, Kuantan, 27 Februari 2017. — Foto Bernama Artikel Penuh

Love story unites Turkish readers in troubled times

February 27, 2017

ISTANBUL, Feb 27 — A young Turkish man arrives in 1920s Berlin. Ignoring his business of soap manufacturing, he spends his days learning German and his nights reading books — especially the Russians, and especially Turgenev. He explores the city’s parks, its wide streets, its museums and art galleries. He is looking, as he put it, for... Read more

The cover of a Chinese magazine features a portrait of Kim Jong-nam, the late half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at a news agent in Beijing February 28, 2017. The headline reads: ‘Stranger than fiction assassination diary.’ — Reuters pic 

The cover of a Chinese magazine features a portrait of Kim Jong-nam, the late half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at a news agent in Beijing February 28, 2017. The headline reads: ‘Stranger than fiction assassination diary.’ — Reuters pic