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With ‘Save Malaysia’, pundits see Kit Siang on DAP rescue mission from sinking Pakatan ship

NYT Video: The physics of droplets
ScienceTake explains why droplets on a glass slide move as if they were alive. — New York Times Read More

By Zurairi AR
March 30, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Sensing an imminent breakup of Pakatan Rakyat (PR), veteran opposition lawmaker Lim Kit Siang proposed a bipartisan “Save Malaysia” coalition in... Read more

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Debt-ridden eye hospital mulls hiring PI

By Haresh Deol
March 30, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital, despite having suffered a RM3.5 million deficit, is contemplating hiring a private investigator to uncover moles within. It is learnt the inquiry committee, tasked to probe dealings between a top hospital official and two medical companies as exposed by Malay Mail on Nov 22... Read more

Family members are seen cleaning a grave site at a Chinese cemetery in Shah Alam during the Qing Ming festival, March 29, 2015. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Family members are seen cleaning a grave site at a Chinese cemetery in Shah Alam during the Qing Ming festival, March 29, 2015. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Australia to sign agreement, join China-backed investment bank

March 30, 2015

SYDNEY, March 30 — Australia said yesterday it will sign an agreement to become a prospective founding member of a China-backed infrastructure bank, but stressed that no one nation should control the institution. China and 20 other countries signed a memorandum of understanding last October to establish the Beijing-headquartered US$50... Read more

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A woman walks past a Banca Privada d'Andorra (BPA) office in Andorra la Vella March 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

Germany back on track for Euro campaign with Georgia win

March 30, 2015

TBILISI (Georgia), March 30 — Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller’s first-half goals sealed a 2-0 win in Georgia yesterday to put world champions Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign back on track. After suffering a shock defeat to Poland and drawing at home to Ireland last October, Joachim Loew’s Germany arrived in Tbilisi needing three points to stay in the hunt for top spot in Group D. Scotland’s 6-1 drubbing of bottom side Gibraltar in... Read more

Tsunami warning issued after 7.7 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea

March 30, 2015

SYDNEY, March 30 — A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea today, official monitors said, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after. The epicentre of the 33 km (22 mile) deep quake was near the town of Rabaul in the northeast of Papua New Guinea, The US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The Pacific Tsunami... Read more

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Russia‘s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) share a light moment before a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland March 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Russia‘s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) share a light moment before a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland March 30, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Lombardy back on the map as the new Caspian for caviar

March 30, 2015

CALVISANO, March 30 — With pools 85 times the size of the nearby pitches where Rugby Calvisano plays, the company Agro Ittica Lombarda is putting this northern Italian town on the map again — as the world’s top caviar producer. The story began in the late 1970s, when the town’s steel mill teamed up with a Californian biologist to use the... Read more

Maple syrup emerges from the evaporator at Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg, Massachusetts March 30, 2015. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. — Reuters pic

Maple syrup emerges from the evaporator at Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg, Massachusetts March 30, 2015. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. — Reuters pic

Animated movie ‘Home’ trumps expectations with US$54m debut

March 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES, March 30 — Jeffrey Katzenberg must be breathing a huge sigh of relief after the embattled DreamWorks Animation chief scored a much needed box office win with the release of “Home.” The family film was the weekend’s top ticket seller, pulling in a sterling US$54 million (RM198.6 million), easily eclipsing projections that had it... Read more

Cover Media Video: David Walliams and Lara Stone set to divorce
David Walliams and Lara Stone are expected to finalise their split with a divorce. — Cover Media Read More

Looking ahead to the 2015 New York International Auto Show

March 28, 2015

NEW YORK, March 28 — This year’s New York show is expected to be bigger than Detroit for new model unveilings and will have a greater mass-market focus in terms of cars on show than the Geneva show that only closed its doors to the public two weeks ago. And of course, being a North American show, there are going to be a host of new US cars on... Read more

Sweet victory for Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel as he celebrates winning the Malaysian Grand Prix with the trophy on the podium March 29, 2015, for Ferrari. It was Ferrari’s first win in Formula One since 2013. — Reuters pic

Sweet victory for Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel as he celebrates winning the Malaysian Grand Prix with the trophy on the podium March 29, 2015, for Ferrari. It was Ferrari’s first win in Formula One since 2013. — Reuters pic Read More

Britain’s May election campaign puts focus on ‘Aldi Mum’

March 30, 2015

LONDON, March 30 — Whether labelled “Worcester Woman” or “Aldi Mum”, the struggling middle class is at the heart of the campaign for Britain’s May elections despite an economic recovery under David Cameron’s coalition. The terms refer to a key swing constituency in England’s West Midlands and a discount supermarket but are catch-alls coined... Read more

A child model is reflected in a mirror as a staff member applies make-up on her prior to the Comme Tu Es Liu Jia Parent-child outfit collection show during China Fashion Week in Beijing, March 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

A child model is reflected in a mirror as a staff member applies make-up on her prior to the Comme Tu Es Liu Jia Parent-child outfit collection show during China Fashion Week in Beijing, March 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

From the Galaxy S to the S6, Samsung continues innovation push

March 30, 2015

NEW YORK, March 30 — The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, officially launching on April 10, are the latest in a range that has been setting new benchmarks for high-end smartphones each spring since 2010. Samsung Galaxy S Launched in Asia in June 2010 and worldwide over the following months, the Galaxy S was clearly positioned as a rival to... Read more

Child models play with a mobile phone backstage prior to a parent-child collection show during China Fashion Week in Beijing, March 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

Child models play with a mobile phone backstage prior to a parent-child collection show during China Fashion Week in Beijing, March 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

Feel the heat in New Zealand’s Maori heartland

By Vivian Chong
March 29, 2015

ROTORUA, March 29 — Just follow your nose and it will get you faster than any GPS can to Hell’s Gate, the most active geothermal park in Rotorua, New Zealand that earned its memorable moniker from George Bernard Shaw when he visited in the early 1900s. The Irish playwright was reportedly so enamoured by what he saw that he cast his atheism... Read more

A musical group performs in honour of the victims of a deadly attack on the Bardo national museum, in Tunis March 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

A musical group performs in honour of the victims of a deadly attack on the Bardo national museum, in Tunis March 30, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Japan hosts world’s first ‘Otaku’ summit

March 28, 2015

MAKUHARI, March 28 — Japan opened what organisers are billing as the world’s first “Otaku” summit today, drawing visitors from around the world as the country looks to boost the international fan base for Japanese comic books and anime. So-called Otaku — usually translated as “geeks” — from at least 18 countries and territories, many... Read more

An attendee reads the funeral service booklet for former leader Lee Kuan Yew at the University Cultural Centre at the National University of Singapore, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

An attendee reads the funeral service booklet for former leader Lee Kuan Yew at the University Cultural Centre at the National University of Singapore, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More