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Weak policing track record suggests problems for Kelantan compulsory Friday prayer plan

Next Media Video: Cuba to send 91 additional health workers in fight against Ebola
Cuba is planning to send 91 additional doctors and nurses to two of the West African nations most affected by the Ebola outbreak. Fifty-three of them will be stationed in Liberia, while 38 will be heading to Guinea. 165 Cuban medical workers are currently working in Sierra Leone, bringing the total number of Cuban medical staffers in the three countries to 256, according to a report by McClatchy. — Reuters Read More

BY BOO SU-LYN
October 22, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 — A Muslim women’s rights group today questioned how Kelantan plans to enforce compulsory attendance of Friday prayers when the state has not been able ensure child maintenance payments in divorce... Read more

Ulama who mislead are like dogs with tongues hanging out, says religious scholar

October 22, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 — Popular religious scholar Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin yesterday compared Islamic clerics who twist the truth to dogs amid the continuing fallout from an event at which some Muslims touched the culturally “haram” animal. The former Perlis mufti stressed that he had not expressed his support nor opposition to the... Read more

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MIC's Deepavali celebrations at Putra World Trade Centre

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrives to attend MIC

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrives to attend MIC's Deepavali celebrations at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, October 22, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor admiring the beautiful peacock kolam at MIC

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor admiring the beautiful peacock kolam at MIC's Deepavali celebrations at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, October 22, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other VIPs cut the cake at MIC

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other VIPs cut the cake at MIC's Deepavali celebrations at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, October 22, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other VIPs cut the cake at MIC

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other VIPs cut the cake at MIC's Deepavali celebrations at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, October 22, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other VIPs cut the cake at MIC

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other VIPs cut the cake at MIC's Deepavali celebrations at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, October 22, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • The Putra World Trade Centre hall is filled with guests attending MIC

    The Putra World Trade Centre hall is filled with guests attending MIC's Deepavali open house at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, October 22, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Guests at MIC

    Guests at MIC's Deepavali open house helping themselves to the food at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, October 22, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Ex-IMF head Rato pays €3m bond in Spanish bank scandal

October 22, 2014

MADRID, Oct 22 — Ex-IMF head Rodrigo Rato paid a €3 million court bond today over allegations of lavish spending on company expenses while he was an executive at a bailed-out bank, a judicial source said. Rato provided a bank guarantee to cover his liability in the scandal, in which he and more than 80 other former bosses in the Bankia... Read more

NYT Video: Chasing Paper — How one woman turned her wallpaper dreams into reality
Elizabeth Rees, who grew up in the printing industry in the Midwest, came up with a new type of removable wallpaper. — New York Times Read More

Champions League: Real rout Liverpool in Anfield with Ronaldo leading the masterclass

October 23, 2014

LONDON, Oct 23 — Cristiano Ronaldo inspired a Real Madrid masterclass and closed in on the Champions League goalscoring record as the holders thrashed Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield yesterday. Ronaldo maintained his majestic start to the season with a dazzling display capped by the predatory opening goal that took him to within one of Champions League record goalscorer Raul’s total of 71. The Portugal forward has now scored 20 times in all... Read more

Shooting locks down Canadian parliament; one suspect reported dead

October 22, 2014

OTTAWA, Oct 22 — A gunman shot and wounded a soldier in Ottawa and then entered the country’s parliament buildings chased by police, with at least 30 shots fired, according to media and eyewitness reports today. CBC TV said that a suspected gunman was shot dead inside the parliament building. It was not clear if he was acting... Read more

Next Media Video: Officials detain Denver teens on the way to join IS
Three teenage girls from Denver have been flown back to the United States after they were taken into protective custody in Germany for allegedly wanting to join the Islamic State. ― Reuters Read More

Three more two-star restaurants in new Michelin guide Kansai

October 22, 2014

TOKYO, Oct 22 — Three more restaurants in Japan have been added to the club of two Michelin stars in the 2015 edition of the red book for Kansai. In its sixth year, inspectors bestowed two stars on two new restaurants in Kyoto and the same rating on another dining destination in Osaka. In Kyoto, the new distinctions were awarded to... Read more

French President Francois Hollande is offered slices of dry sausage at a food exhibition Sial near Paris, October 22, 2014.  — Reuters pic

French President Francois Hollande is offered slices of dry sausage at a food exhibition Sial near Paris, October 22, 2014. — Reuters pic

‘Ally McBeal’ star Calista Flockhart to return to TV

October 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Oct 22 — The former “Ally McBeal” star will appear in the second season of “Full Circle,” the DirectTV original drama due to return in spring 2015. Calista Flockhart, who became a 90s icon by playing the eccentric lawyer Ally McBeal from 1997 to 2002, has found her next TV role. She will take part in the second season of... Read more

Cover Media Video: Scarlett Johansson to be paid US$10m for 'Ghost in the Shell' remake?
This week's Movie Munch Roundup features Scarlett Johansson, who has reportedly been offered US$10 million (RM32.5 million) to star in a live-action remake of popular Japanese comic book Ghost in the Shell, and Inception star Tom Hardy being offered roles in two upcoming superhero movies. — Cover Media Read More

BMW’s tribute to Marco Wittmann’s DTM title is limited edition M4

October 22, 2014

BERLIN, Oct 22 — As a tribute to the 2014 DTM champion Marco Wittmann, the German manufacturer is launching a special version of its M4 coupe in an extremely limited edition of just 23 units. Available exclusively in Alpine White, the car bears the number 23 and the German flag at the rear, along with “WIT” and “DTM Champion 2014”... Read more

A man sits on a car with campaign stickers for Brazil

A man sits on a car with campaign stickers for Brazil's President and Workers' Party (PT) presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff during a campaign rally in Duque de Caxias near Rio de Janeiro October 23, 2014. — Reuters pic

Ebola gives US ‘preppers’ another reason to prepare for worst

October 22, 2014

DALLAS, Oct 22 — With the closest known US cases of Ebola diagnosed about 258km (160 miles) away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances. If, as the former correctional officer fears, the virus spreads to hundreds of people, Griffin is headed to the woods. “I’ll do what the English royalty did to survive the bubonic plague,” Griffin... Read more

Bloomberg Video: World's fastest flying woman joins extreme wingsuit flying contest
Death-defying stunts are all in a day's work for one group of adrenaline junkies as they compete in a sporting contest laced with danger. Competitors — including Ellen Brennan, the so-called 'world's fastest flying woman' — launch themselves off China's Tianmen Mountain for Red Bull's 2014 Wingsuit World Flying Contest. — Bloomberg Read More

No more Nokia soon as Microsoft rebrands

October 22, 2014

PARIS, Oct 22 — As a direct consequence of Microsoft’s 2013 acquisition of the Finnish group’s mobile devices division, the Nokia name will soon be phased out and replaced by Microsoft Lumia, according to The Verge. The new name echoes that of Nokia’s Windows Phone device range sold since 2011. Nokia France is among the first local... Read more

Aides assist Philippine President Benigno Aquino (right) as he reads the answers to a reporter’s question from his mobile phone during a Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines forum in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, October 22, 2014. — Reuters pic

Aides assist Philippine President Benigno Aquino (right) as he reads the answers to a reporter’s question from his mobile phone during a Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines forum in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, October 22, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Catch the partial solar eclipse over North America today

October 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 — A partial solar eclipse will be viewable across much of North America today, but experts urged would-be sky watchers to use the proper gear to avoid damaging their eyes. The eclipse will be visible when the Moon passes in front of the Sun, obscuring just about half its bright light, in the late afternoon of October... Read more

A porter guides his trekking client, 26-year old Yvonne Yip (left), from Hong Kong down the Baltoro glacier in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan September 23, 2014. — Reuters pic

A porter guides his trekking client, 26-year old Yvonne Yip (left), from Hong Kong down the Baltoro glacier in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan September 23, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

New recipe books compile papal favourites

October 22, 2014

VATICAN CITY, Oct 22 — From an Argentinian dessert that translates as “milk candy” to Polish ravioli, a member of Vatican’s famed Swiss Guard yesterday unveiled a range of recipes of dishes favoured by popes. David Geisser, 24, who joined the elite Vatican security corps a month ago launched his cookbook “Bon Appetit, Swiss Guard” in... Read more

TombQuest Book Trailer
The tombs are opening! TombQuest is an action adventure series by Michael Northrop that brings the magic and intrigue of ancient Egypt to life.