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Cameron: Britain will help retrieve data from MH17 black boxes

Next Media Video: MH17 wreckage shows clear signs of fragmentation missile damage, say experts
Military and aviation experts say it now seems almost certain that a fragmentation warhead fired from a missile battery is responsible for bringing down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. — Reuters Read More

July 22, 2014

LONDON, July 22 ― Britain has agreed to a Dutch request for air accident investigators to retrieve data from the black boxes of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane that was downed over Ukraine with the loss of 298 lives,... Read more

Tribute to MH17

At candlelight vigil, praise for Najib’s handling of MH17 tragedy

July 22, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 — Several Malaysians expressed approval today of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s handling of the Flight MH17 crash, in stark contrast to the dissatisfaction over the government’s response to the disappearance of Flight MH370. Participants at a candlelight vigil held in memory of the Flight MH17 victims last... Read more

People gather for a candlelight vigil to pay respect to victims of the MH17 tragedy at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, July 22, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

People gather for a candlelight vigil to pay respect to victims of the MH17 tragedy at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, July 22, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More >view gallery

Death of 193 Dutch strains Russian relations for Shell, Heineken

July 22, 2014

AMSTERDAM, July 22 — For centuries, the fortunes of the Netherlands, the wind-swept country carved out of North Sea wetlands, have relied on preserving the peace with its global trading partners. Last week’s downing of an airliner carrying 193 Dutch nationals is testing one of its most important relationships, involving companies from Royal... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Russian billionaires paying the price of sanctions
Matt G. Miller breaks down the losses suffered by Russian billionaires from sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe for the nation’s actions in Ukraine. — Bloomberg Read More

Dunga succeeds Scolari as Brazil manager

July 22, 2014

SAO PAULO, July 22 — Brazil named Dunga as their manager for the second time today, two weeks after they were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, which led to the resignation of former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. The 50-year-old Dunga, who captained Brazil to their fourth world title in 1994, was last in charge of the national team in 2010 when he was sacked for failing to take them further than the World Cup... Read more

UN says ‘no safe place for civilians’ in Gaza

July 22, 2014

GENEVA, July 22 — Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel’s military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the United Nations said today. Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip, saying no ceasefire was near as US and UN diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has... Read more

Next Media Video: Texas to boost border patrols in effort to halt influx of child migrants
Texas Governor Rick Perry announced yesterday that he would send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to boost patrols along the Mexico border in an attempt to tackle an influx of illegal child immigration. — Reuters Read More

London bar The Artesian named best in the world for the second year

July 22, 2014

LONDON, July 22 — London hotel bar The Artesian has cemented its stronghold as the best watering hole in the world by snagging the title for the second year in a row at a major international cocktail event in New Orleans this week. The bar at London boutique hotel The Langham was named the World’s Best Bar at the 8th edition of Tales of the... Read more

AFP Video: Astrid y Gaston, one of Latin America's best restaurants
The Peruvian chef of Astrid y Gaston, which was named the best restaurant in Latin America last year, has released a video of heady food porn to mark the 20th anniversary of his flagship restaurant in Lima. ― AFP-Relaxnews Read More

Obama taking a pass on Kimmel live show, for now

July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 22 — President Barack Obama, who’s not shy about appearing on late-night talk shows, is going to bypass comedian Jimmy Kimmel, for now. The entertainment news website TMZ said yesterday that Obama would appear on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Los Angeles while on a three-day, West Coast fund-raising trip, starting today in... Read more

Cover Media Video: Eva Green ― Hollywood’s new kid on the block
Eva Green started her movie career with a bang in 2003's “The Dreamers”, but since then she's grown, nabbing roles next to Daniel Craig in “Casino Royale” and working with Tim Burton in “Dark Shadows”. ― Cover Media Read More

Opel Vauxhall to build low-end cars, says source

July 22, 2014

FRANKFURT, July 22 — Opel plans to build a range of entry-level cars to recapture the type of budget customer who in the past bought its Chevrolet brand, a person familiar with the matter said yesterday. Value brands including Dacia and Skoda have enjoyed robust growth in austerity-plagued Europe, but the European arm of General Motors has... Read more

NYT Video: The 2015 Lexus NX200t F
At the Seattle press launch, Tom Voelk focuses on the pre-preduction NX200t F Sport. ― New York Times Read More

Flightradar app goes viral as Flight MH17 crash spawns planespotters

July 22, 2014

TOULOUSE, July 22 — The downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17 over Ukraine has thrust a plane-tracking application into the limelight as more people study global flight paths that previously only drew aviation enthusiasts and professionals. The Flightradar24 app, which comes for free or as a paid service with more content, tops the charts of... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Has Congress really gone to the dogs?
Bloomberg takes us to Capitol Hill, where every day, dozens of congressmen and staffers bring their dogs into the Congressional Offices with them. — Bloomberg Read More

Nvidia launches tablet for on-the-go gamer

July 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, July 22 — US computer chip maker Nvidia launched a high-performance tablet today aimed at gamers who want the convenience of a mobile device. The Nvidia Shield, with an eight-inch high-definition display, “was built specifically for gamers,” according to the California company. The US$299 (RM950) gadget has an optional... Read more

Next Media Video: SmartCane, a smart walking stick for the visually impaired
A new device developed by researchers in India uses ultrasound to guide the visually impaired through the busy streets. ― Reuters

Spain sets new record for tourist arrival in first half

July 22, 2014

MADRID, July 22 — A record 28 million foreign tourists flocked to Spain during the first half of the year, with British and German holidaymakers leading the wave, the government said yesterday. The number of foreign visitors was up 7.3 per cent over the figure for the same time in 2013, when the country set a new record for tourist... Read more

AFP Video: Hundreds party on beach for South Korean mud festival
Hundreds party on a South Korean beach, caked head-to-toe in mud at the annual Mud Fest. — AFP-Relaxnews Read More

‘Inherent Vice’ to premiere at NY Film Fest

July 22, 2014

NEW YORK, July 22 — Joaquin Phoenix stars in the Paul Thomas Anderson adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel “Inherent Vice,” which will be given an October 4 debut at the New York Film Festival. Anderson and Phoenix worked together on 2012 film “The Master,” which saw Phoenix, Amy Adams and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman all nominated for... Read more

Bill Gates’ favourite business book
Bill Gates shares his thoughts on John Brooks, author of his favourite business book Business Adventures, a collection of 12 stories that originally appeared in The New Yorker. ― YouTube Read More