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The Economist: Jail would martyr Anwar, but not sink Pakatan

Cover Media Video: All-female Spider-Man spin-off?
Since Marvel clearly dominate the comic book movie market, and the news of an all girls Ghostbusters has spread like wildfire, Sony Pictures have tried a new tactic, and launched the idea for an all-female Spider-Man spin-off. ― Cover Media Read More

November 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 — A Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim behind bars would not doom the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact he leads as there is a clear line of successors to fill his spot, the Economist said. A decision to uphold the... Read more

In case of billionaire versus ex-beauty queen, spotlight on Malaysia’s patriarchal law

BY BOO SU-LYN
November 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 ― Tycoon Tan Sri Khoo Kay Peng’s billion-ringgit divorce has prompted scrutiny on a common law in Malaysia that binds a married woman to her husband’s domicile, a rule critics contend is archaic and discriminatory. Khoo, chairman of international brand Laura Ashley, is battling to get the divorce heard in Malaysia on the... Read more

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is draped in a Palestinian scarf in conjuction with the International Islamic Art and Cultural Festival Putrajaya 2014 (PIIACuF), November 1, 2014. Standing beside him is the Palestinian ambassador, Dr Anwar Al Agha (left). ― Bernama pic

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is draped in a Palestinian scarf in conjuction with the International Islamic Art and Cultural Festival Putrajaya 2014 (PIIACuF), November 1, 2014. Standing beside him is the Palestinian ambassador, Dr Anwar Al Agha (left). ― Bernama pic Read More

Apple Pay unable to inject momentum into fragmented market

November 1, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 1 ― Apple Pay, meant to inject momentum into a fragmented market for the emerging mobile payments sector, has instead highlighted the squabbles between retailers and the banking and payments industry. Since Apple Pay made its debut October 20 for US customers with the iPhone 6, several major retailers have said they would... Read more

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda points to a placard showing BOJ policy decisions during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo November 1, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda points to a placard showing BOJ policy decisions during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo November 1, 2014. ― Reuters pic

EPL: In derby clash, Manchester supremacy on line

November 1, 2014

LONDON, Nov 1 — Manchester football supremacy will be at stake at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow when Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United face off in a potentially momentous derby showdown. United goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel, who also played for their cross-town rivals, opined this week that City’s status as champions meant that they are presently “a bigger club” than United. His words echoed a claim made in... Read more

Ex-US Marine on weapons charges released from Mexican jail

November 1, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Nov 1 — A former US Marine, who had been held in Mexican jail for months after arriving at the border from California with guns in his vehicle, was freed on psychological grounds yesterday, a Mexican court said. Andrew Tahmooressi, 26, an American veteran of the war in Afghanistan who left the US Marines in 2012, had been held... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Virgin down!

  • Virgin Galactic

    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two (SS2), the world's first commercial spaceship owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments PJC is shown in this April 29, 2013 file photo. — Reuters file pic Read More

  • A piece of debris is seen near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic

    A piece of debris is seen near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A piece of debris is seen near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic

    A piece of debris is seen near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Sheriff

    Sheriff's deputies gather near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A search and rescue crew drives near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic

    A search and rescue crew drives near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Law enforcement personnel gather near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic

    Law enforcement personnel gather near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Champagne bubbly inspired by… umami?

November 1, 2014

TOKYO, Nov 1 — A champagne house in France has borrowed the concept of umami to produce a limited run of bubbly that likewise aims to replicate the fifth taste and serve as a pairing for umami-rich foods. Launched this fall, Champagne De Sousa’s wine Umami is made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes and attributes its minerality, salinity... Read more

An offering for the Day of the Dead is pictured on display at the Tambo Quirquincha in La Paz, November 1, 2014. Traditionally, Bolivians celebrate Day of the Dead with a feast of home-baked, doll-shaped breads, fresh fruit and coca leaves and flowers. — Reuters pic

An offering for the Day of the Dead is pictured on display at the Tambo Quirquincha in La Paz, November 1, 2014. Traditionally, Bolivians celebrate Day of the Dead with a feast of home-baked, doll-shaped breads, fresh fruit and coca leaves and flowers. — Reuters pic Read More

Daniel Radcliffe takes his driving test for the first time (VIDEO)

November 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Nov 1 ― Daniel Radcliffe is apparently becoming sick of travelling around on a broomstick from his Harry Potter days, so he’s decided to finally take his driving test for the first time in early November. ― Cover Media

Hosts Kathie Lee Gifford (left) and Hoda Kotb dressed as Saturday Night Live characters Wayne and Garth from

Hosts Kathie Lee Gifford (left) and Hoda Kotb dressed as Saturday Night Live characters Wayne and Garth from 'Wayne's World' during NBC's 'Today' show in New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Lister to build new car, challenge Ferrari and McLaren

November 1, 2014

LONDON, Nov 1 — Less than a year after being resurrected as a brand, the British sportscar company's new owners are already talking about challenging the likes of Ferrari and McLaren with an all-new model. Although Lister is keeping the exact plans under wraps, it has confirmed that in terms of power and performance it wants to rival the... Read more

Liu Fulong tests his home-made wooden electronic vehicle in Shenyang, Liaoning province, November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Liu Fulong tests his home-made wooden electronic vehicle in Shenyang, Liaoning province, November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Want to hit the snooze button on your biological clock? Freeze your eggs!

November 1, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov 1 — She is 44 and single, but journalist Sarah still dreams of having a child, while TV producer Susanah, 38, is waiting for her younger boyfriend to be ready.  To keep their hopes alive, these New York women have spent tens of thousands of dollars on freezing their eggs in a practice that has become increasingly... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Happy Halloween!

  • Children in costume take part in the 24th Annual Greenwich Village Children

    Children in costume take part in the 24th Annual Greenwich Village Children's Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama receive children on the South Lawn for a Halloween trick-or-treating celebration in Washington November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama receive children on the South Lawn for a Halloween trick-or-treating celebration in Washington November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Canada

    Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen greet a Halloween trick-or-treater at his official residence, 24 Sussex Drive, in Ottawa November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Children dressed in costumes eat pizza at the Flint family

    Children dressed in costumes eat pizza at the Flint family's annual Halloween block party in Silver Spring, Maryland November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • People with masks celebrate Halloween in Berlin November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    People with masks celebrate Halloween in Berlin November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • People in plush costumes celebrate Halloween in Berlin November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    People in plush costumes celebrate Halloween in Berlin November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Children dressed as a witch and Harry Potter play with bubbles at the Flint family

    Children dressed as a witch and Harry Potter play with bubbles at the Flint family's annual Halloween block party in Silver Spring, Maryland November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Aaron Rocamp, dressed as Superman, dumps leaves on his brother Benjamin, dressed as Batman, at the Flint family

    Aaron Rocamp, dressed as Superman, dumps leaves on his brother Benjamin, dressed as Batman, at the Flint family's annual Halloween block party in Silver Spring, Maryland November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A child dressed as a tiger dances at the Flint family

    A child dressed as a tiger dances at the Flint family's annual Halloween block party in Silver Spring, Maryland November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A girl dressed as Wonder Woman walks with her father at the Flint family

    A girl dressed as Wonder Woman walks with her father at the Flint family's annual Halloween block party in Silver Spring, Maryland November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Google to improve on US flu trend prediction

November 1, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 1 — Google Inc. is updating the software model it uses to estimate the spread of the flu to improve its accuracy, so that public health officials can quickly respond to outbreaks. The company introduced Google Flu Trends in 2008 to help track the spread of the virus by using Web-search data. Now, Google will incorporate... Read more

A researcher prepares DNA in a laboratory at the Bioaster Technology Research Institute in Lyon, November 1, 2014.  — Reuters pic

A researcher prepares DNA in a laboratory at the Bioaster Technology Research Institute in Lyon, November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Ebola: Travel bans issued

November 1, 2014

LONDON, Nov 1 — The deadliest outbreak on record of the Ebola virus has prompted some countries to respond with travel bans, in an attempt to curb the spread of the deadly virus. The World Health Organization has recommended against any general ban on travel or trade with the West African countries that have been affected by the epidemic.... Read more

A Thai woman dressed as a ghost poses as tourists look on along the famous backpacker paradise Kao San Road on Halloween night in Bangkok November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

A Thai woman dressed as a ghost poses as tourists look on along the famous backpacker paradise Kao San Road on Halloween night in Bangkok November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Rowling’s Haloween treat: Inspiration for Potter nemesis Umbridge unmasked

November 1, 2014

LONDON, Nov 1 — As a Halloween treat for her fans, J.K. Rowling has revealed that the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge from her Harry Potter stories is based on a teacher to whom she took an instant dislike - but whose name she has not disclosed. Umbridge, played by actress Imelda Staunton in the film adaptations of the hugely popular... Read more

Richard Branson poses for a portrait in support of his book,

Richard Branson poses for a portrait in support of his book, 'Screw Business As Usual' at the Virgin Offices in New York. — Reuters pic Read More