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Reuters Video: Italy’s Mount Etna erupts into life
Italian mountain guide Pietro Larosa describes the beauty and drama of Mount Etna in Sicily, Europe’s most active volcano which burst back into life yesterday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). — Reuters Read More

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
May 27, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — Once considered the most adept of local politicians, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is now seemingly collecting enemies faster than he... Read more

Don’t ignore red flags on graft, NGOs tell government

By Vanessa Ee-Lyn Gomes
May 27, 2016

PETALING JAYA, May 27 — The government should watch out for red flags that indicate possible graft to prevent scandals like the sabotage of the Malaysian Immigration System (myIMMs), anti-corruption groups said yesterday. Transparency International Malaysia president Datuk Akhbar Satar said indicators of unlawful activities included... Read more

A visitor admires one of the photos on display at ‘The best 50 Photographs of Asia’ photography exhibition in Publika Mall, Kuala Lumpur May 27, 2016. —Bernama pic

A visitor admires one of the photos on display at ‘The best 50 Photographs of Asia’ photography exhibition in Publika Mall, Kuala Lumpur May 27, 2016. —Bernama pic

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War scars at Syria’s Crusader castle

War scars at Syria’s Crusader castle

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A general view shows the Crusader castle of Crac des Chevaliers, in Homs province, Syria May 26, 2016. — Reuters pic

War scars at Syria’s Crusader castle
New optical illusion art at Louvre in Paris

New optical illusion art at Louvre in Paris

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Tourists walk near French artist JR’s latest work, an image of the facade of Paris’ Louvre that covers the museum’s Pyramid entrance in Paris, France May 26, 2016. — Reuters pic

New optical illusion art at Louvre in Paris
Vivid Sydney festival of light

Vivid Sydney festival of light

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A couple walk down the ‘Cathedral of Light’ during a preview of the Sydney Botanical Garden’s inaugural contribution to the Vivid Sydney light festival, an annual interactive light installation and projection event around Sydney, Australia May 25, 2016. — Reuters pic

Vivid Sydney festival of light
Views from the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Views from the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

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Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge greets guests attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain May 25, 2016. — Reuters pic

Views from the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
Premiere of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

Premiere of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

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From left: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and Johnny Depp pose at the premiere of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood May 24, 2016. — Reuters pic

Premiere of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’
The historic Amman Citadel in Jordan

The historic Amman Citadel in Jordan

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A tourist takes pictures next to the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules during his visit to the Amman Citadel, an ancient Roman landmark in Amman, Jordan May 24, 2016. — Reuters pic

The historic Amman Citadel in Jordan

Reuters Video: Italy’s Mount Etna erupts into life

Duration: 01:02, Published 26 May 2016

Peru to seek bodies of insurgent conflict victims

May 27, 2016

LIMA, May 27 — Peruvian lawmakers approved new measures yesterday to find the remains of people who went missing during a violent conflict between the state and armed insurgents from 1980 to 2000. The law approved by a vote in Congress sets up a national registry of people missing and a programme to try to find out what happened to... Read more

Reuters Video: Bank heist trail runs cold in the Philippines
More than three months have passed since US$81 million (RM33 million) was stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank and sent to Manila, and nobody has been arrested. Eve Johnson reports on what’s holding up the investigation. — Reuters Read More

Sparks to fly as Mourinho joins nemesis Guardiola in Manchester

May 27, 2016

MANCHESTER, May 27 — As Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez will testify, Jose Mourinho has had more than his fair share of public confrontations with opposing managers during his career. None of them, though, have been as bitter or keenly-felt... Read more

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Emerging stocks, currencies gain as crude touches US$50 a barrel

May 27, 2016

LONDON, May 27 — Emerging-market stocks and currencies gained for a second day as Brent crude prices exceeded US$50 (RM203.08) a barrel for the first time in six months, boosting the outlook for commodity-producing countries. A gauge of developing-nation energy stocks jumped 0.8 per cent, led by Cnooc Ltd in Hong Kong. Malaysia’s ringgit... Read more

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City. Picture released May 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City. Picture released May 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

Artisan chocolates from Vietnam fetch US$160 a kilo in Japan

May 26, 2016

TOKYO, May 26 — Naoko Otsuka didn’t think twice about paying the equivalent of US$23 (RM94) for five ounces of chocolate. The dark-brown slivers of sweetness weren’t just a treat, the Japanese homemaker said, but an opportunity to learn more about a superfood. The six bars Otsuka bought from a store in Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya shopping... Read more

A woman leaves a food store in Madrid, Spain, May 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

A woman leaves a food store in Madrid, Spain, May 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

Britney Spears teams with rapper G-Eazy for new hip-hop track

May 26, 2016

LOS ANGELES, May 26 — Singer Britney Spears has joined forces with Californian rapper G-Eazy for an upcoming track, titled "Make Me (Oooh)", to be featured on Spears' new album, out later this year. The song, reportedly delayed from its initial release date of May, is set to drop this summer and will be Spears' first single release since... Read more

Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler sing a song for US troops
Watch Jimmy Fallon and Adam Sandler perform a parody of Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” as a tribute to US troops. Read More

BMW invests in California-based carpooling app Scoop

May 26, 2016

DETROIT, May 26 — German luxury car maker BMW AG yesterday said its BMW iVentures venture capital arm has invested an undisclosed amount in California-based Scoop Technologies, which offers a smartphone-powered carpooling service called Scoop. BMW's move is the latest in a flurry of investments by automakers in technology industry startups... Read more

A BMW i-3 electrical car is refueled at a power station for e-cars in the city centre of the western German city of Koblenz,IN, Germany May 26, 2016. — Reuters pic

A BMW i-3 electrical car is refueled at a power station for e-cars in the city centre of the western German city of Koblenz,IN, Germany May 26, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum to launch life-sized ‘Catbus’

May 27, 2016

TOKYO, May 27 — The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo's Mitaka has revealed that it will soon offer an adult-sized version of the iconic “Catbus” — crafted from Hayao Miyazaki's classic anime My Neighbour Totoro — when it re-opens for business in July. The current “Catbus” at the Ghibli was originally designed for children under 12, but a life-sized... Read more

A woman sits at the edge of the field of US flags displayed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund on the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts, May 27, 2016 ahead of the Memorial Day on May 30. — Reuters pic

A woman sits at the edge of the field of US flags displayed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund on the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts, May 27, 2016 ahead of the Memorial Day on May 30. — Reuters pic

SpaceX postpones rocket launch after ‘tiny glitch’

May 27, 2016

MIAMI, May 27 — SpaceX yesterday postponed the launch of an Asian communications satellite after detecting a “tiny glitch” in the Falcon 9 rocket engine, CEO Elon Musk said. “There was a tiny glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator,” Musk said on Twitter. “Probably not a flight risk but still worth investigating.” The... Read more

Introducing Xiaomi Mi Drone
This is the Chinese electronic firm’s first foray into the drone market and its rival to DJI’s Phantom series. Read More

Disney ditches its iconic dollar

May 26, 2016

LOS ANGELES, May 26 — Disney has announced it is no longer printing and selling its beloved currency, the Disney dollar, sparking a buying frenzy among collectors. The distinctive bills, each featuring iconic characters and signed by treasurer Scrooge McDuck, have been a legitimate form of money within the Disney universe since they were... Read more

Tourists walk near French artist JR’s latest work, an image of the facade of Paris’ Louvre that covers the museum’s Pyramid entrance in Paris, France May 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

Tourists walk near French artist JR’s latest work, an image of the facade of Paris’ Louvre that covers the museum’s Pyramid entrance in Paris, France May 27, 2016. — Reuters pic

PTPTN masih gagal kutip hutang, hanya dapat RM7 bilion

May 27, 2016

KUALA KANGSAR, 27 Mei — Sasaran Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi (PTPTN) untuk mengutip balik pinjaman sebanyak RM15 bilion sejak ia ditubuhkan 19 tahun lalu belum tercapai. Pengerusinya Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah berkata bagi tempoh 1997 hingga Februari lalu, PTPTN sekadar mampu mengutip balik pinjaman berjumlah RM7.49... Selanjutnya

Seorang petani suku kaum Dusun Paini Rajuh, 80, masih menggunakan cara tradisional untuk meratakan tanah sawah tanaman padi di Kampung Rajunah dekat Kota Belud, 26 Mei, 2016. — Foto Bernama

Seorang petani suku kaum Dusun Paini Rajuh, 80, masih menggunakan cara tradisional untuk meratakan tanah sawah tanaman padi di Kampung Rajunah dekat Kota Belud, 26 Mei, 2016. — Foto Bernama

Winnie-the-Pooh meets the queen in birthday story

May 26, 2016

LONDON, May 26 — Winnie-the-Pooh meets Queen Elizabeth II and a little boy who looks just like her great-grandson Prince George in a new story published today to mark both their 90th birthdays. A.A. Milne’s honey-loving bear, who first appeared in a story in 1926, the year of the queen’s birth, travels to London with Christopher Robin,... Read more

‘Calvin & Hobbes’ — Art Before Commerce
A look at the comic strip about a precocious young boy and his wise stuffed tiger that elevated the medium and is one of the most beloved of all time. Read More