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AirAsia Flight QZ8501: Sources say captain left seat before plane crashed

‘Photographs’ ― What happens when an elderly woman meets a Polaroid?
“Photographs” is a touching story about an elderly woman reliving her younger days by snapping instant photo selfies with an old Polaroid camera. ― PetaPixel

January 31, 2015

JAKARTA, Jan 31 — The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently... Read more

MH370 search drags on with greenhorn firm in lead

January 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 — The inexperienced firm awarded the US$41 million (RM149 million) contract to find MH370 is struggling to overcome lack of equipment and bad weather in its search for the plane now missing for nearly a year, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to the US daily, Dutch firm Fugro NV — an oil and gas company with... Read more

Hoe Tuck Meng and his wife, Chua Bee Lam, select brightly-coloured Chinese New Year lanterns at a store in Kuantan, January 31, 2015. — Bernama pic

Hoe Tuck Meng and his wife, Chua Bee Lam, select brightly-coloured Chinese New Year lanterns at a store in Kuantan, January 31, 2015. — Bernama pic >view gallery

Athens ups the stakes in fight with creditors

January 31, 2015

ATHENS, Jan 31 — Greece's new government dramatically escalated its battle with the country's international creditors yesterday, saying it would no longer meet with EU and IMF auditors and rejecting fresh loans offered for February. Athens had been promised another €7.2 billion (RM29.51b) in funds from the European Union, the IMF and the... Read more

Bail bond businesses are pictured opposite the Los Angeles County Sheriff

Bail bond businesses are pictured opposite the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Phoenix Open: Woods’ slump stuns fans, raises prospect of the ‘yips’

January 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 ― Stunned golf fans at the Phoenix Open were left to ponder how the mighty have fallen after Tiger Woods plunged to new depths with the worst score of his professional career in yesterday's second round. Looking more like a struggling amateur than the greatest player of his generation, and arguably of all time, Woods was out-of-sorts in every phase of his game as he laboured to a mind-boggling 11-over-par 82 at the TPC... Read more

Japan: Hostage negotiations in deadlock

January 31, 2015

TOKYO, Jan 31 — Japan’ deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become “deadlocked,” local media reported torday. Yasuhide Nakayama, who is leading Tokyo’s emergency response team in Amman, told reporters in the Jordanian capital... Read more

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America's first all-women mosque

  • Women sit down before the prayer service at the Women

    Women sit down before the prayer service at the Women's Mosque in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • A woman takes a photo before the prayer service at the Women

    A woman takes a photo before the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Donna Auston, waits for the prayer service to start at the Women

    Donna Auston, waits for the prayer service to start at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Women wait for the prayer service at the Women

    Women wait for the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Armani Barakat of Ventura, sits with her 10-week-old granddaughter, Maya, before the prayer service at the Women

    Armani Barakat of Ventura, sits with her 10-week-old granddaughter, Maya, before the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Women enter the Women

    Women enter the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Sana Muttalib, co-president, and M. Hasna Maznavi, founder and co-president of the Women

    Sana Muttalib, co-president, and M. Hasna Maznavi, founder and co-president of the Women's Mosque of America prepare for prayer service in downtown Los Angeles, California, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Nia Malika Dixon opens up the prayer service at the Women

    Nia Malika Dixon opens up the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Muslim women arrive for the prayer service at the Women

    Muslim women arrive for the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Winging it: Philadelphia eating record smashed

January 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, Jan 31 — A professional competitive eater from Chicago downed 444 chicken wings in 30 minutes at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, narrowly edging out his nearest rival and shattering the record of 363 wings set a year earlier. “I have the sweats but I feel a lot better because I know I don’t have to eat any more... Read more

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23rd Annual Wing Bowl

  • Defending champion Molly Schuyler (second from left) and Patrick

    Defending champion Molly Schuyler (second from left) and Patrick 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti (right) compete in the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Patrick

    Patrick 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti celebrates after winning the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Crowds cheer during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Crowds cheer during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Supporters of participants at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl wait for their turn to parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Supporters of participants at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl wait for their turn to parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Patrick

    Patrick 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti reacts after winning the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A supporter of a participant at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl hurls beads into the crowd during a parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    A supporter of a participant at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl hurls beads into the crowd during a parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Lukeja Wnuleowski (right), 18, a cheerleader supporting a participant, dances on stage during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Lukeja Wnuleowski (right), 18, a cheerleader supporting a participant, dances on stage during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Cheerleaders supporting participants wait for their turn at a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Cheerleaders supporting participants wait for their turn at a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Defending champion of the 23rd annual Wing Bowl Molly Schuyler (centre) parades through the Wells Fargo Center before the competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Defending champion of the 23rd annual Wing Bowl Molly Schuyler (centre) parades through the Wells Fargo Center before the competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Cheerleaders supporting contestants throw beads to the crowd while parading through the Wells Fargo Center before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Cheerleaders supporting contestants throw beads to the crowd while parading through the Wells Fargo Center before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Fans geek out as full ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 trailer leaks online (VIDEO)

January 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 — Fans and critics are going crazy online after HBO’s first full-length trailer for the new “Game of Thrones” Season 5 was leaked online, promising even more madness coming to the lands of Westeros and Essos.  CNET reported that the trailer was exclusively shown to those who ventured out to movie theaters to watch the... Read more

Actor Bryan Cranston poses at the premiere of the television series

Actor Bryan Cranston poses at the premiere of the television series 'Better Call Saul' at the Regal Cinemas LA LIVE in Los Angeles, California, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Honda confirms Takata air bag inflator rupture in Texas fatal crash

January 31, 2015

DETROIT, Jan 31 — Honda Motor Co Ltd yesterday said it has confirmed that a Takata Corp air bag inflator ruptured in a Jan 18 crash in Texas that killed the driver. Prior to the incident that took place near Houston, Takata air bags had been linked to at least five deaths. On Thursday, Honda issued a statement about the fatal crash... Read more

A woman and a child get out of a classic American car in a street of Havana on January 31, 2015. — AFP pic

A woman and a child get out of a classic American car in a street of Havana on January 31, 2015. — AFP pic Read More

‘Photographs’ ― a cute story of an old lady and a Polaroid camera (VIDEO)

January 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 ― “Photographs” is a touching story about an elderly woman reliving her younger days by snapping instant photo selfies with an old Polaroid camera. ― PetaPixel This short film was created back in 2010 as an undergraduate animation thesis project by animators Brendan Clogher and Christina Manrique while they were studying... Read more

Tightrope walker Siba, 9, is silhouetted against the setting sun as she holds a balancing pole while performing on a rope, on the banks of river Ganga in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 31, 2015. ― Reuters pic

Tightrope walker Siba, 9, is silhouetted against the setting sun as she holds a balancing pole while performing on a rope, on the banks of river Ganga in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 31, 2015. ― Reuters pic

Google Glass on hold, not dead, just yet

January 31, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 31 — Although reports of its demise may have been greatly exaggerated, the development of Google Glass is definitely on hold. On Jan 15, Google announced that its Glass Explorer programme, where developers and well-heeled members of the public tested Google Glass in exchange for a US$1,500 (RM5,447) deposit, was being... Read more

A man walks on an advertisement of Canon digital cameras at an electronics retail store in Tokyo, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

A man walks on an advertisement of Canon digital cameras at an electronics retail store in Tokyo, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Trip Tips: Head to Gdansk for a slice of its communist past

January 30, 2015

GDANSK (Poland), Jan 30 — Gdansk, the biggest city in northern Poland, seaside destination and party zone, was once a key centre of opposition to Communist rule. This momentous history has left its mark on the city, and traces of key events and personalities from that era can still be seen if you follow the trail of these main... Read more

Next Media Video: Pro-ice climber Will Gadd scales Niagara Falls
Professional ice climber Will Gadd scaled the world famous Niagara Falls on Tuesday (January 27), becoming the first person ever to climb the massive waterfall. ― Reuters Read More

Ian Fleming’s children’s classic celebrates its 50th anniversary (VIDEO)

January 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 ― A children's classic is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang,” about the adventures of a magical car and its owner, has been commemorated with the publishing of a special anniversary edition. But while many are familiar with the story ― and its 1968 film version ― few realise that the author of... Read more

Next Media Video: Ian Fleming’s ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang’ celebrates 50 years
A children's classic is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang,” about the adventures of a magical car and its owner, has been commemorated with the publishing of a special anniversary edition. ― Reuters Read More