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Malaysians slam brakes on vehicle buys as GST hits

MMOTV: We speak to millenials on the streets
In the second part of the series on how or whether racial and religious differences affect the dating habits of our millennials, we speak to several 18- to 32-year-olds on the streets to find out what they think. Look out for the full story on the MMO survey on millenials' dating trend tomorrow.

May 23, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Vehicle sales in Malaysia fell nearly 33 per cent in April following the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), in a further indication of... Read more

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For some Muslim women, divorce not the end of marital hell

By Zurairi AR
May 23, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 ― Aida Melly Tan Mutalib spent eight years in an arranged marriage until, in 1996, she decided to divorce her abusive husband who had taken a second wife. She was then 29. It took her nearly eight more years before she finally got her divorce -- years spent going in and out of courts due to the tortuous bureaucracy in... Read more

A Malaysian street vendor sells grilled items outside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, May 23, 2015. ― AFP pic

A Malaysian street vendor sells grilled items outside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, May 23, 2015. ― AFP pic

Dollar rise as Yellen remarks add to inflation boost

May 23, 2015

NEW YORK, May 23 — The dollar extended gains as comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen boosted demand for the currency after a better-than-forecast inflation report. The US currency rose versus the euro as Yellen said she still expects to raise interest rates this year during a speech in Providence, Rhode Island. The greenback... Read more

The map of Europe is depicted on a twenty euro banknote in this photo illustration taken in Athens, Greece May 23, 2015. — Reuters pic

The map of Europe is depicted on a twenty euro banknote in this photo illustration taken in Athens, Greece May 23, 2015. — Reuters pic

McIlroy crashes out of European PGA Championship, Molinari advances

May 23, 2015

WENTWORTH, May 23 ― Rory McIlroy insisted he would not be too hard on himself after crashing out of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth yesterday. McIlroy missed the cut after collapsing to a six-over par second round 78 ― only the third time in 45 events he has failed to make the weekend. With the world number one out of the equation Italy's Francesco Molinari takes a one-shot lead into the weekend after adding a 69 to his first... Read more

US-China feud over South China Sea intensifies

May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, May 23  — The United States and China yesterday escalated their dispute over contested territory in the South China Sea, after the Chinese repeatedly ordered a US military surveillance plane to abandon flights over areas where China has been building artificial islands. The continued US surveillance flights in areas where China... Read more

A woman holds a sign that shows the Rabaa hand gesture, which symbolises support for the Muslim Brotherhood, during a march with protesters from Islamic Movement, against the Egyptian court

A woman holds a sign that shows the Rabaa hand gesture, which symbolises support for the Muslim Brotherhood, during a march with protesters from Islamic Movement, against the Egyptian court's decision to seek the death penalty for ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, Sudan May 23, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches award for people’s favourite

May 23, 2015

LONDON, May 23 — For the first time this year, diners can vote for their favourite restaurant in a new People’s Poll category at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Ahead of the gala event June 1 in London, organisers of the influential gastronomic awards have announced that they have opened up the competition to the public in a new... Read more

Diners eat lunch at a Hello Kitty-themed Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong, China May 23, 2015. — Reuters pic

Diners eat lunch at a Hello Kitty-themed Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong, China May 23, 2015. — Reuters pic

DJ Laidback Luke heads to Zouk Club KL next month

May 23, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Filipino-Dutch DJ and producer Laidback Luke is set to bring his disc-spinning magic to Zouk Club KL Malaysia next month as part of his tour. Luke is the master of evolution; he has inspired numerous musicians, rewired a worldwide passion for dance music and set a new model for fan interaction along the way. He... Read more

'Little Prince' premieres at Cannes
The animated production of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic tale "The Little Prince" is premiered at the Cannes film festival. The creators of the animated film knew they had to take extra care in adapting one of the most cherished works of 20th-century French literature for the screen. — Reuters Read More

Land Rover reveals unique Defender to carry the Rugby World Cup Trophy

May 23, 2015

NEW YORK, May 23 — Land Rover has converted its iconic Defender off-roaders into a unique mobile display case for the Webb Ellis Cup, the trophy that will be presented to the winning team at this year’s Rugby World Cup. Built by the company’s Special Vehicle Operations division, the car is based on a standard Defender 110 station wagon but... Read more

Land Rover has converted its iconic Defender off-roaders into a unique mobile display case for the Webb Ellis Cup, the trophy that will be presented to the winning team at this year’s Rugby World Cup. — AFP pic

Land Rover has converted its iconic Defender off-roaders into a unique mobile display case for the Webb Ellis Cup, the trophy that will be presented to the winning team at this year’s Rugby World Cup. — AFP pic Read More

Study shows fast heart rate could point to future diabetes risk

May 23, 2015

NEW YORK, May 23 — Researchers from the US and China have found an association between resting heart rate and diabetes that could help identify those with a higher future risk for the disease. In a study of 73,357 Chinese adults, they found that faster heart rates were associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes, as well as... Read more

Staff and volunteers work to clean oil off a brown pelican at the International Bird Rescue center in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States, May 23, 2015. — Reuters pic

Staff and volunteers work to clean oil off a brown pelican at the International Bird Rescue center in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States, May 23, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Google files patent for toy that pays attention

May 23, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, May 23 — Google has filed a patent for toys that pay attention to who is in a room and can interact with other media devices. The US Patent and Trademark Office shared diagrams Thursday depicting what resembled rabbit and bear toys with microphones in their ears, cameras in their eyes, speakers in their mouths and motors in... Read more

A journalist records Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on his mobile phone as she talks to the media after a campaign appearance at the Smuttynose Brewery, New Hampshire May 23, 2015. — Reuters pic

A journalist records Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on his mobile phone as she talks to the media after a campaign appearance at the Smuttynose Brewery, New Hampshire May 23, 2015. — Reuters pic

The single traveller: Why solo travelling is on the rise

By Stephanie Rosenbloom
May 23, 2015

NEW YORK, May 23 ― Vacations have long gone hand-in-hand with company: family bonding, honeymoons, babymoons, bands of oats-sowing college backpackers. Yet today, more and more travellers are going solo ― and they’re not who you might expect them to be. Some 24 per cent of people travelled alone on their most recent overseas leisure... Read more

NYT Video: 36 hours in Spain’s Bilbao
Beyond Bilbao’s Guggenheim museum, there’s much to explore, from Michelin-star restaurants and medieval streets, to a bar run by a world-class mixologist. — New York Times Read More

Cool books for hot days

May 22, 2015

NEW YORK, May 22 — Summer reading rarely involves as much déjà vu as it will this year. We’ll be reading a new Harper Lee book, Go Set a Watchman, only 55 years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. We’ll still be looking for that next Gone Girl, the thriller fan’s equivalent of Ahab’s great white whale. We’ll be hit with The Devil... Read more

Ethiopian people read newspapers a day before the country goes into a general election in capital Addis Ababa May 23, 2015. — Reuters pic

Ethiopian people read newspapers a day before the country goes into a general election in capital Addis Ababa May 23, 2015. — Reuters pic