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Kit Siang: Defeat might do Umno and Malaysia good

February 11, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 — An Umno defeat in the next general election need not be catastrophic and could serve as impetus for the party to reform and return to its original people-oriented struggle, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang suggested today. A reformed Umno would also help create a stronger and more healthy democratic competition in a two-party... Read more

A diver wearing a Monkey King outfit swims among the fishes inside a tank at Aquaria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur, February 11, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

A diver wearing a Monkey King outfit swims among the fishes inside a tank at Aquaria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur, February 11, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Saint Laurent at the Palladium

Saint Laurent at the Palladium

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Lady Gaga poses as she arrives for the Saint Laurent fall collection fashion show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles February 10, 2016. — Reuters pic

Saint Laurent at the Palladium
2016 amfAR New York Gala

2016 amfAR New York Gala

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Model Heidi Klum attends the 2016 amfAR New York Gala in New York February 10, 2016. — Reuters pic

2016 amfAR New York Gala
Spain’s ‘Burial of the Sardine’ ceremony

Spain’s ‘Burial of the Sardine’ ceremony

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People take part in the ‘The Burial of the Sardine’ funeral procession, which marks the end of carnival festivities, in Madrid, Spain February 11, 2016. — Reuters pic

Spain’s ‘Burial of the Sardine’ ceremony
Party time: A peek at carnivals from around the world

Party time: A peek at carnivals from around the world

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Revellers in fancy costumes are seen during the Carnival of Cadiz, southern Spain February 10, 2016. The carnival will run until February 14. — Reuters pic

Party time: A peek at carnivals from around the world
Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations all over the world

Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations all over the world

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Scenes from various Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in China, Panama and the United States.

Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations all over the world
On Honda Malaysia’s hunt for the Red Pomelo

On Honda Malaysia’s hunt for the Red Pomelo

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A small group of motoring media was organised for a road trip to Ipoh. Considering that it was a run-up to the Chinese New Year, the trip became an opportunity to go on a hunt for the Red Pomelo.

On Honda Malaysia’s hunt for the Red Pomelo

Outrage and angst on inter-Korean border

February 11, 2016

PAJU (South Korea), Feb 11 — A sullen mood of anger and anxiety hung over scores of South Korean businessmen crossing the border today into North Korea to save what they could of a decade-long investment. A day after Seoul announced it was shutting down the jointly run Kaesong industrial park, which lies 10km inside North Korea, the heavy... Read more

US Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz hugs his wife Heidi at a rally at Ground Zero in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 11, 2016. — Reuters pic

US Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz hugs his wife Heidi at a rally at Ground Zero in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 11, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

Nasri wants to end career at Manchester City

February 11, 2016

LONDON, Feb 11 — Samir Nasri hopes to end his career at Manchester City despite the club replacing the injury-plagued midfielder with young striker Kelechi Iheanacho in their Champions League squad for the knockout rounds earlier this month. Nasri was initially expected to miss the rest of the season with a thigh injury he picked up in October but the France international said last month that he hoped to return to action by the end of... Read more

Southeast Asia stocks mixed after Fed stance; Malaysia’s key index drops

February 11, 2016

BANGKOK, Feb 11 — South-east Asian stock markets were mixed today, with Singapore extending slides in line with Asia while the Indonesian benchmark headed for its first gain in three sessions amid a rise in the rupiah and foreign-led buying in select large caps. Singapore’s Straits Times Index fell 0.9 per cent after yesterday’s 1.6 per... Read more

People are reflected in a display showing market indices outside a brokerage in Tokyo February 11, 2016. — Reuters pic

People are reflected in a display showing market indices outside a brokerage in Tokyo February 11, 2016. — Reuters pic Read More

Champagne, cognac lead record French alcohol exports

February 11, 2016

PARIS, Feb 11 — France scored record-breaking sales of wines and spirits in 2015, thanks mainly to robust exports of champagne and cognac, with €11.7 billion (RM54.5 billion) flowing in. On the downside, France’s place in the world market continued to slip in the face of cheaper, more aggressive rivals. “This good result should not... Read more

(From left) Rasmus Kofoed, Paul Bocuse and Enrico Crippa taste candidates

(From left) Rasmus Kofoed, Paul Bocuse and Enrico Crippa taste candidates' recipes during the 14th world final of the international culinary competition of the Bocuse d'Or (Golden Bocuse), in Chassieu, central eastern France, February 11, 2016. — AFP pic

Bowie learned he would be grandfather days before death

February 11, 2016

NEW YORK, Feb 11 — Days before he died from cancer rock legend David Bowie found out that he would have been a grandfather. Marking one month since Bowie’s death, his son, film director Duncan Jones, said yesterday that he had revealed the news to his father in the form of a Christmas card. “Due in June. Circle of life. Love you,... Read more

See the Tanners back in action in first ‘Fuller House’ trailer
Check out the first full trailer for Netflix’s “Fuller House” as the Tanner family bring back all the memories from the original series. Read More

Honda to preview new five-door Civic at Geneva Motor Show

February 11, 2016

GENEVA, Feb 11 — Honda is set to preview its new five-door Civic hatchback at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. The Japanese carmaker’s Clarity Fuel Cell hydrogen-powered vehicle will also be making its European debut at the Swiss event. Honda will be bringing a prototype of the new Civic to the Geneva Motor Show to showcase the... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Top speed for 24 hours with the Ford GT supercar
Bloomberg Pursuits' Hannah Elliott went to check out the Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway. The gruelling 24-hour race is a proving ground for some of the fastest cars in the world including the Ford GT. Watch from the pit as the crews, the drivers and the cars push the limits of endurance. — Video by Adam Wolffbrandt, Ryo Ikegami/Bloomberg Read More

US woman hates new hair so much she tries to shoot stylist

February 11, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Feb 11 — A California woman gave new meaning to the saying “bad hair day” yesterday after she tried to shoot her stylist over a botched haircut, police said. Adrian Blanche Swain, 29, allegedly stormed out of the 619 Barber Shop in San Diego after getting her hair done and returned shortly thereafter with a gun. Police said... Read more

Reuters Video: Celebrating 'British Vogue’s' century of style
A major exhibition celebrating 100 years of fashion, beauty and portrait photography by “British Vogue” opens at the National Portrait Gallery. ― Reuters Read More

Twitter woes deepen as user base fails to grow

February 11, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 11 — Twitter’s woes deepened yesterday as the struggling messaging platform said it failed to add users in the past quarter, adding to concerns it is lagging in the fast-moving world of social networks. The San Francisco group said its base of monthly active users was 320 million at the end of last year, unchanged from... Read more

A woman holds up her phone to record US President Barack Obama speaking at the Hoogland Centre for the Arts in Springfield, Illinois, February 11, 2016. — Reuters pic

A woman holds up her phone to record US President Barack Obama speaking at the Hoogland Centre for the Arts in Springfield, Illinois, February 11, 2016. — Reuters pic

Spanish sun attracts tourists shunning attack-hit Mediterranean resorts

February 11, 2016

BARCELONA, Feb 11 — It’s low season and the sun in Barcelona shines only timidly, but Noel Sheehan’s cycling tours are doing a roaring trade as holiday-makers shun their usual Mediterranean tourism hotspots after a spate of jihadist attacks. As the world’s third tourism destination after France and the United States, Spain has already... Read more

Tourists rest near the ‘Colombo Port City’ construction site, backed by Chinese investment, in Colombo February 11, 2016. — Reuters pic

Tourists rest near the ‘Colombo Port City’ construction site, backed by Chinese investment, in Colombo February 11, 2016. — Reuters pic

Debat Zamihan-Asri ‘remeh’, rugikan umat, kata ketua Jawatankuasa Fatwa

February 11, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 Feb — Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Fatwa Kebangsaan berpendapat bahawa perdebatan antara ulama tidak akan membawa kesan baik kepada masyarakat Islam, sebaliknya hanya memecahbelahkan umat dalam jangka panjang. Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Abd Shukor Husin berkata bahawa bermuzakarah atau berbincang lebih baik kerana setiap orang... Selanjutnya

Pemandangan dari udara kampung-kampung di sepanjang Sungai Sarawak yang diambil oleh Unit Dron Jabatan Pertahanan Awam Negeri Sarawak (JPAM) untuk memantau situasi banjir ketika ini. — Foto Bernama

Pemandangan dari udara kampung-kampung di sepanjang Sungai Sarawak yang diambil oleh Unit Dron Jabatan Pertahanan Awam Negeri Sarawak (JPAM) untuk memantau situasi banjir ketika ini. — Foto Bernama

Italian literary sensation Elena Ferrante’s novels get TV adaptation

February 11, 2016

ROME, Feb 11 — Italian literary sensation Elena Ferrante’s best-selling Neapolitan novels about female friendship are being adapted for television, with the author, who writes under a pseudonym, helping to transform the books for the small screen. Television and film producer Wildside, currently producing the Paolo Sorrentino drama The... Read more

An Indian man reads a newspaper as he sits in the corner of a courtyard at a community guesthouse in the old quarters of New Delhi on February 10, 2016. — AFP pic

An Indian man reads a newspaper as he sits in the corner of a courtyard at a community guesthouse in the old quarters of New Delhi on February 10, 2016. — AFP pic