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Kuala Lumpur bags sixth spot in best performing Asian cities survey, beating Singapore

NYT Video: 900 acres of incredible beauty ― 36 hours in Central Park, New York
With its endless trails, hidden nooks, museums and nearby night spots, Central Park is that rare tourist destination that is also a pleasure ground for locals. ― New York Times Read More

September 18, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — Kuala Lumpur was ranked the 6th top performing Asian city ahead of Shanghai and Singapore, thanks to an “impressive job growth”, a US-based think tank revealed today. Milken Institute’s first... Read more

Don’t betray PAS, Hadi tells PKR, DAP amid worsening ties over MB crisis

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
September 18, 2014

BATU PAHAT, Sept 18 — PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang today called on PKR and DAP to respect the spirit of Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) political consensus and to not make any unilateral decisions amid the worsening ties due to the prolonged Selangor mentri besar crisis. In his keynote address at the opening of PAS’s 60th muktamar here,... Read more

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PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar

  • During the PAS Ulama meet this morning, acting chief Datuk Ahmad Yakob pointed out that any decision the party makes, even as a partner in Pakatan Rakyat (PR), must still abide by Islamic principles.— Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    During the PAS Ulama meet this morning, acting chief Datuk Ahmad Yakob pointed out that any decision the party makes, even as a partner in Pakatan Rakyat (PR), must still abide by Islamic principles.— Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Attendees at the annual PAS Ulama Muktamar at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Attendees at the annual PAS Ulama Muktamar at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • PAS deputy spiritual adviser Datuk Dr Haron Din said it is mandatory for Muslims to obey and be loyal to their leaders, and to their preferences, as long as the leader is not heading towards vice. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    PAS deputy spiritual adviser Datuk Dr Haron Din said it is mandatory for Muslims to obey and be loyal to their leaders, and to their preferences, as long as the leader is not heading towards vice. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • (From left) Acting Chief Dewan Ulama Datuk Ahmad Yakob, PAS Deputy Spiritual Advisor PAS Datuk Dr Haron Din and Election Director Datuk Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh at the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    (From left) Acting Chief Dewan Ulama Datuk Ahmad Yakob, PAS Deputy Spiritual Advisor PAS Datuk Dr Haron Din and Election Director Datuk Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh at the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • A delegate reacts as he listens to a speech during the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    A delegate reacts as he listens to a speech during the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Some of the PAS delegates at the party’s annual meeting at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Some of the PAS delegates at the party’s annual meeting at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • (From left) PAS Ulama Vice Chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed, PAS Ulama Acting Chief Datuk Ahmad Yakob, PAS Deputy Spiritual Advisor Datuk Dr Haron Din and Election Director Datuk Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh at the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar. — Pi

    (From left) PAS Ulama Vice Chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed, PAS Ulama Acting Chief Datuk Ahmad Yakob, PAS Deputy Spiritual Advisor Datuk Dr Haron Din and Election Director Datuk Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh at the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar. — Pi Read More

  • Vice Chief Dewan Ulama, Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed during the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar held at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Vice Chief Dewan Ulama, Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed during the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar held at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Election Director, Datuk Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh during the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Election Director, Datuk Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh during the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

  • Information Chief, Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali delivers his speech during the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

    Information Chief, Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali delivers his speech during the PAS Ulama Wing Muktamar at the IOI Palm Villa in Kulaijaya, September 17, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Read More

Rupiah weakens beyond 12,000 as US Fed moves towards raising borrowing costs

September 18, 2014

JAKARTA, Sept 18 ― The rupiah weakened beyond 12,000 per dollar for the first time since June on speculation foreign investors will cut their holdings of Indonesian assets as the Federal Reserve moves toward raising borrowing costs. Foreign funds sold US$216 million (RM699 million) more local equities than they bought this month through... Read more

Federal Reserve Board chair Janet Yellen arrives to her news conference in Washington September 18, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Federal Reserve Board chair Janet Yellen arrives to her news conference in Washington September 18, 2014. ― Reuters pic Read More

Lampard vs Chelsea! Man City to renew Blues rivalry in weekend showdown

September 18, 2014

LONDON, Sept 18 ― Frank Lampard could make an emotional appearance against former club Chelsea this weekend as his new employers Manchester City host Jose Mourinho's side in an early showdown between the Premier League's heavyweights. Lampard, who became a talismanic figure at Stamford Bridge before leaving in the close-season after 10 successful years, is in contention for a place in City's midfield for Sunday's game (1500GMT) despite... Read more

Four Uighurs jailed for ‘jihad’

September 18, 2014

BEIJING, Sept 18 — China has sentenced four people to up to 20 years in jail for “plotting terror attacks”, state media said, the latest in a wave of rulings as the government accelerates a crackdown on what it says is violence fuelled by Islamist militants. The sentences came as the separate trial of a prominent Muslim academic began in... Read more

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Yay, or Nay? Day of destiny for Scotland

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    Campaigners wave Scottish Saltires at a 'Yes' campaign rally in Glasgow, Scotland September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    A 'Yes' campaign supporter is seen near the town of Portree on the Isle of Skye September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Preparations for the Edinburgh count are made in Ingleston, Scotland, September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Preparations for the Edinburgh count are made in Ingleston, Scotland, September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    A young 'Yes' supporter smiles as he supports Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond as he campaigns through Largs, Ayrshire, September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    Catalunya's separatist supporters hold a banner supporting Scotland's independence as they wave Esteladas (Catalan separatist flags) at Sant Jaume square in Barcelona, September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • 'Yes' campaigners gather for a rally in George Square, Glasgow, Scotland September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Campaigners wave Scottish Saltires at a

    Campaigners wave Scottish Saltires at a 'Yes' campaign rally in Glasgow, Scotland September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a

    Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a 'Yes' campaign rally in Perth, Scotland September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond speaks at a 'Yes' campaign rally in Perth, Scotland September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A woman waves a Scottish Saltire at a

    A woman waves a Scottish Saltire at a 'Yes' campaign rally in Glasgow, Scotland September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Hong Kong’s Tim Ho Wan to open its delicious doors in Kuala Lumpur

By Lee Khang Yi
September 18, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — Dim sum junkies can rejoice as they don’t need to make a trip to Hong Kong for their fix of Tim Ho Wan. The revered dim sum masters will be opening their first outlet in Malaysia at The Boulevard, Mid Valley City. Previously, the outlet housed Blu Med Ristorante e Bar. Tim Ho Wan made its mark in Hong Kong with... Read more

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Tim Ho Wan in Kuala Lumpur

  • The hoardings are up... proudly proclaiming the soon-to-be opened dim sum eatery from Hong Kong. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    The hoardings are up... proudly proclaiming the soon-to-be opened dim sum eatery from Hong Kong. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • These Baked BBQ pork buns at Hong Kong

    These Baked BBQ pork buns at Hong Kong's Tim Ho Wan are absolutely delicious. — Picture by Lee Khang Yi Read More

  • One of Hong Kong Tim Ho Wan

    One of Hong Kong Tim Ho Wan's signature dim sum dishes: rice vermicelli roll with pig's liver. — Picture by Lee Khang Yi Read More

Neeson stars in new cop thriller ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’

September 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Sept 18 ― Liam Neeson returns to the darker side in his latest film, playing a former copy haunted by his past as he becomes caught up in a murky drug underworld. “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” by director Scott Frank, is based on the eponymous novel by Lawrence Block from 1992, a police story full of black humor and... Read more

Cover Media Video: Green activist Leonardo DiCaprio anointed UN Messenger of Peace
Leonardo DiCaprio has recently taken his political activism to the next level, and has been appointed Messenger of Peace for the United Nations, who also have Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson on their books. ― Cover Media Read More

After nearly 50 years missing, rare Jaguar XKE finally found

September 18, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept 18 ― US authorities have recovered a Jaguar XKE stolen 46 years ago outside a New York City apartment after finding it on a ship to the Netherlands and tracking down the 82-year-old original owner of the British luxury car, officials said yesterday. A man who shipped the car from the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaport complex... Read more

A stolen 1967 Jaguar XKE convertible recovered by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Los Angeles is seen in an undated handout picture released September 18, 2014. ― Reuters pic

A stolen 1967 Jaguar XKE convertible recovered by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Los Angeles is seen in an undated handout picture released September 18, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Asia’s rising tobacco epidemic a result of anti-smoking policy neglect

September 18, 2014

SEOUL, Sept 18 ― Smoke-filled bars and packed cancer wards reflect decades of neglect of no-smoking policies in Asia, where both high- and low-income countries are belatedly waking up to a growing tobacco-related health epidemic. Researchers say inadequate public awareness of smoking risks, coupled with aggressive tobacco marketing, has... Read more

Bloomberg Video: 215 Chrystie ― The ultimate luxury building
Ian Schrager and 215 Chrystie interior designer John Pawson discuss the ‘ultimate’ luxury building on ‘Taking Stock’. ― Bloomberg Read More

New Apple wares excite … only up to a point: Analysts

By Edwin Yapp
September 18, 2014

PETALING JAYA, Sept 18 ― A week after Apple Inc’s much-awaited new announcements, the industry is still buzzing and busy analysing its impact on the consumer tech ecosystem. On September 9, the Cupertino, California-based company unveiled three new initiatives: Two new smartphones, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus; a wearable electronic watch... Read more

Next Media Video: New robot arm to boost search and rescue efforts?
A new robot designed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab is soft and rubbery, and built to get around tight corners. ― Reuters Read More

Record numbers throng commemorative 9/11 museum

September 18, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept 18 — The 9/11 Memorial Museum reached a major milestone near the anniversary of America’s darkest day, receiving more than one million visitors just four months after opening. In addition to visitors from all 50 US states, the museum also received visitors from more than 130 countries. The biggest international source... Read more

Stranded tourists board a plane of the Mexican Army in San Jose del Cabo, that will transport them to Mazatlan international airport, after Hurricane Odile hit in Baja California September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic

Stranded tourists board a plane of the Mexican Army in San Jose del Cabo, that will transport them to Mazatlan international airport, after Hurricane Odile hit in Baja California September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

‘The Miniaturist’ — Jessie Burton discusses new book

September 18, 2014

LONDON, Sept 18 — Jessie Burton thought small when she wrote her debut novel, but much to her surprise it’s been sold in 30 countries and, during one heady week in August, shifted more copies than J.K. Rowling’s recent offering. “Unless you were a complete maniac you’d never expect that,” she told Reuters. “The Miniaturist” is set in... Read more

A Ukrainian serviceman smokes as he reads a book at his trench near the eastern Ukrainian town of Pervomaysk, September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic

A Ukrainian serviceman smokes as he reads a book at his trench near the eastern Ukrainian town of Pervomaysk, September 18, 2014. — Reuters pic