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KL International Comedy Festival returns in April

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — Malaysian God of Comedy Harith Iskander is ready to deliver another dose of non-stop laughter at Black Box and The Bee in Publika for the 2017 KL International Comedy Festival which is set to take place from April 21 to 23, 2017, featuring some of Harith’s greatest comedian friends from […]

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Nora Danish and Nedim Nazri’s wedding invitation leaked

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — It must be love when a man agrees to accompany his girlfriend to a Justin Bieber concert — which is exactly what Nedim Nazri did to celebrate Nora Danish’s birthday earlier this month. Now news has emerged that the popular actress and her longtime boyfriend will finally be tying the […]

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‘Low content’ claims on food labels may confuse consumers

Food labels that say ‘low salt’ or ‘no fat’ may be misleading, suggests a new study. These ‘low-content’ claims are based on comparisons with other foods and are not standard definitions. Making such a claim doesn’t necessarily mean the food is more nutritious than other brands, the authors say. Consumers should “turn the package around […]

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Pakatan Harapan is a recognised brand, says Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today appeared somewhat reluctant to change the name Pakatan Harapan(PH) of the opposition coalition, to Barisan Rakyat. He said that PH is a recognised brand among voters. “We will wait for the decision by the technical committee which will study the proposal. “But people are familiar with Pakatan Harapan, and […]

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Captain James Cook waistcoat fails to sell at Sydney auction

SYDNEY, March 27 — A waistcoat owned by British explorer Captain James Cook, who claimed Australia for Britain in 1770, has failed to sell at auction, with bids far below its anticipated million dollar price tag, the auction house said today. The 250-year-old waistcoast was passed in at A$575,000 (RM1.9 million) at yesterday’s auction in […]

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Minister moots compulsory national insurance for cancer patients

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — Finance Minister II Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani suggested today a mandatory national insurance scheme as an option to help cancer patients pay for expensive treatments. Johari said the proposal could be brought up with the Health Ministry for further discussions. “At this moment, I don’t have any specific strategy to […]

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Now, Thai woman denies immigration officer raped her

BANGKOK: A Thai woman who was allegedly raped by a Malaysian immigration officer in Malacca has told the Royal Thai Embassy in Malaysia that the incident did not occur. According to Thailand’s foreign ministry, the 32-year-old woman denied sexual assault took place as was previously alleged, as well as the accusation regarding the use of […]

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PAS fears Amanah entering Selangor government

SHAH ALAM: If the resolutions by various divisions in the party to sever ties with PKR are approved by the PAS leadership, it would only benefit offshoot and rival party Amanah. This warning comes from Selangor PAS commissioner Iskandar Samad who said PAS’ presence in the Selangor state executive council ensures that Amanah is kept […]

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‘Scared’ father of Bangladesh ‘tree girl’ ends treatment

DHAKA, March 27 — A young Bangladeshi girl diagnosed with a rare condition known as “tree man syndrome” has left hospital, her father told AFP today, saying he feared she would never be cured. Surgeons operated on Sahana Khatun last month and removed some of the bark-like growths she has developed from the extremely rare […]

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Paul McCartney working on new music

LONDON, March 27 — Paul McCartney has a new album in the works. The ex-Beatle is teaming up with producer Greg Kurstin on the new and as yet unnamed record, Billboard reports. He told BBC Radio 6 during an interview: “Greg is musical and he’s great to work with.” 2017 is shaping up to be […]

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Schwarzenegger shuts down troll who slammed Special Olympics like only Arnie can

VIENNA, March 27 — Arnold Schwarzenegger crushed a troll who left a comment on the Terminator actor’s Facebook page objecting to the establishment of the Special Olympic World Games. Schwarzenegger has been in his home country of Austria to attend the international sporting competition for those with intellectual disabilities. He shared a video of himself […]

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Cuti sakit haid kepada pekerja wanita, dalam kajian

Pernah tak anda mengalami senggugut tetapi masih perlu bekerja kerana “tidak larat” berjumpa doktor untuk mendapatkan sijil cuti sakit atau memohon cuti kecemasan atau tahunan dari syarikat? Kini, anda mungkin boleh mempertimbangkan untuk bekerja di Itali kerana sudah ada perbincangan di peringkat Parlimen untuk memperuntukkan 3 hari cuti sakit kepada pekerja wanita ketika datang haid. […]

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Menjelang PRU14, Umno rai ulang tahun terbesar pada Mei

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 Mac — Sambutan ulang tahun Umno pada 11 Mei depan akan menjadi yang terbesar pernah diadakan dalam sejarah parti itu dengan jangkaan penyertaan lebih 140,000 anggotanya dari seluruh negara. Setiausaha Kerja Umno Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusof berkata sejajar dengan ‘mood’ pilihan raya umum (PRU) ke-14 yang semakin dirasai, sambutan ulang tahun kali ini […]

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘moving in together’

LONDON, March 27 — It looks like things are getting serious between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. According to Daily Mail, the couple who have been dating for almost a year are taking the next step and moving in together. It is understood that renovations have begun on an apartment at Kensington Palace in London, and […]

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Dr Mahathir: I expected Nazri to tell me he was quitting Umno

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was silent during the much-publicised meal with Umno minister Nazri Aziz on Saturday because he was expecting Nazri to tell him he was quitting Umno. “I thought he wanted to ask questions and that he wanted to tell me he wanted to resign from Umno,” Mahathir told […]

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Suaram decries student’s detention under Sosma after acquittal

KUALA LUMPUR: The human rights and civil liberties NGO Suaram has called on the attorney-general’s chambers to withdraw its arrest of student Siti Noor Aishah Atan over alleged possession of illegal books. Its executive director, Sevan Doraisamy, said Siti, a research student at Universiti Malaya, should be released from her detention under the Security Offences […]

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Colombia’s City of Women rebuilds homes and hopes (VIDEO)

TURBACO (Colombia), March 27 — When fighting in Colombia forced Everlides Almanza to abandon her farm, she ended up in a slum near the coastal city of Cartagena where with only some plastic tarpaulin to shelter her, she longed for a new home. She dreamed of a brick building with a sturdy roof and a […]

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Drake sets new streaming record with ‘More Life’

LOS ANGELES, March 27 — Drake has broken his own streaming record with his new release More Life. The Canadian rapper’s latest playlist earned the equivalent of 505,000 album sales in the week ending March 23, Billboard reports — the highest weekly number for any album since the star’s 2016 effort Views shifted the equivalent […]

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ retains grip on worldwide box office

LOS ANGELES, March 27 — Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has seen its global box office total reach $690.3 million, after taking in over US$207 million (RM913 million) this weekend.  The live action remake of the famous animated movie retained its number one position on the worldwide box office charts for the weekend of March […]

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Ina Garten to teach viewers how to cook like a pro in new TV show

LOS ANGELES, March 27 — Heads up, Ina Garten fans, a new TV show is coming your way.  After teaching viewers how to make the perfect roast chicken and host an elegant dinner party that friends will be talking about for months, the domestic doyenne best known as the Barefoot Contessa will be teaching home cooks […]

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Japan loans Manila military planes for South China Sea

MANILA, March 27 — The Philippines today took delivery of two Japanese military surveillance aircraft to help it patrol vital sea lanes in the South China Sea, despite Manila’s increasingly conciliatory stance to Beijing’s claims over the disputed waters.    Japan will lease a total of five surplus Beechcraft TC-90 planes to the Philippines, according […]

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Ronaldo tops Messi in earnings, says report

MADRID: Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo was the best paid footballer in 2016-17, with 87.5 million euros (US$95.3 million) in earnings, ahead of his Argentinian rival at Barcelona, Lionel Messi (76.5 million), according to figures to appear in Tuesday’s edition of France Football. Messi’s Brazilian teammate Neymar is third with 55.5 million euros ahead […]

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Pakatan Harapan jenama dikenali ramai, kata Dr M

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad nampaknya teragak-agak dengan cadangan menukar nama Pakatan Harapan kepada Barisan Rakyat. Beliau berkata PH jenama yang dikenali ramai dalam kalangan pengundi. “Kita akan tunggu keputusan jawatankuasa teknikal yang akan mengkaji cadangan itu. “Tetapi kita perlu mengambil kira yang orang ramai sudah terbiasa dengan Pakatan Harapan,” kata pengerusi Parti Pribumi […]

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Elton John’s birthday celebrated by Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder

LOS ANGELES, March 27 — Rock and roll legend Elton John was the recipient of plentiful tributes at his 70th birthday party, with Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder combining for a duet at the do. Held on March 25, 2017, in Los Angeles, the Elton John birthday celebrations included a number of originals and song […]

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Iconic Jamaican beach vanishing as pollution, climate change take a toll

KINGSTON, March 27 — Hellshire Beach, one of Jamaica’s cultural icons, has appeared in countless documentaries, movies and travelogues about the island nation. The strip of sand, a half-hour drive from the capital and backed by seafood restaurants, is a weekend favourite for Kingstonians, a place to kick back and “lyme” — the local term […]

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Hepatitis C drug faces fresh battle

PARIS, March 27 — Medical NGOs mounted a new legal bid today to break a US pharma giant’s hold on a hepatitis C drug whose price — costing thousands of dollars for a typical course — has unleashed a fierce patent battle. The drug, known by its lab name as sofosbuvir, cures 90 per cent […]

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Ronaldo beats Messi as world’s best paid footballer

PARIS, March 27 — Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo was the best paid footballer in 2016-17, with €87.5 million (RM420.2 million) in earnings, ahead of his Argentinian rival at Barcelona, Lionel Messi (€76.5 million), according to figures to appear in tomorrow’s edition of France Football. Messi’s Brazilian teammate Neymar is third with €55.5 million […]

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North Korea sanctions: Insufficient & inconsistent

By Dennis Ignatius North Korea’s nuclear weapons development programme and its testing of related delivery systems have long evoked international concern. As international pressure grows to contain the rising threat from Pyongyang, greater attention is also being paid to the enforcement of UN sanctions against the regime. The recent assassination of Kim Jong Nam and […]

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Selepas 13 tahun, Sime Darby beri rumah kepada bekas pekerja

SEMENYIH: Selepas 13 tahun hilang mata pencarian, seramai 17 keluarga pekerja di Ladang Semenyih milik Sime Darby di sini akhirnya mendapat pampasan berbentuk rumah. Mereka menandatangani perjanjian penyelesaian dengan Sime Darby pada 28 Februari lalu, di mana setiap keluarga bekas pekerja ladang diberi rumah teres kos rendah satu setengah tingkat bernilai RM40,000. Rumah tersebut akan […]

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‘Anina, Ezam not strong enough to take on PM in Pekan’

PETALING JAYA: Neither Anina Saadudin nor Ezam Mohd Nor is strong enough to go against Prime Minister Najib Razak in his Pekan parliamentary seat, political observers say. Universiti Malaya associate professor Awang Azman Awang Pawi said Najib is just too strong for both Anina and Ezam, whose political influence and machinery are nothing compared with […]

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Two arrests in Spain after cocaine found in fake bananas

MADRID, March 27 — Spanish police said yesterday they have arrested two men suspected of smuggling cocaine hidden inside fake bananas made of resin. The Guardia Civil police force said it made the arrests after agents in November found 7kg of cocaine stuffed inside 57 fake bananas in a shipment of real bananas that arrived from […]

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Brazil anti-corruption protests draw weaker turnout

SAO PAULO, March 27 — Brazilians furious at corruption demonstrated yesterday in support of a politically explosive probe into high-level embezzlement and bribery, but turnout was significantly lower than at previous protests. The long-planned day of nationwide demonstrations kicked off in the capital Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, before shifting to the nation’s biggest city Sao […]

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Kim Jong Nam’s body released to family, says report

PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) has released the body of Kim Jong Nam for repatriation to his family, according to a report by TheSun. The daily said arrangements were believed to have been made between Wisma Putra and the family, who are reportedly planning to receive the body in Macau by tomorrow. This follows […]

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Mampu milik atau mampu lihat? 5 cabaran skim perumahan

Oleh Salkukhairi Abd Sukor Harga rumah semakin meningkat, dan pelbagai pihak termasuklah kerajaan dan swasta tampil menawarkan skim perumahan mampu milik kepada rakyat. Misalnya, skim perumahan Rumah Mampu Milik (RMM), PR1MA, MYHOME, PPA1M, Rumah SelangorKu dan banyak lagi. Yang terkini, Skim Rumah Impian Bangsa Johor (RIBJ) di bawah Yayasan Sultan Ibrahim (YSI). Skim perumahan mampu […]

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Merkel’s party easily beats centre-left in state poll

SAARBRUCKEN (Germany), March 27 — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party won a regional electiyesterday by a wide margin, dealing an early blow to centre-left hopes of ending her more than decade-long reign. In the Saarland state vote held six months before a general election, Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) won 40 per cent against 30 per cent […]

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New arrest over London attack as govt eyes WhatsApp

LONDON, March 27 — British police investigating a deadly attack on parliament made a new arrest yesterday as officials set their sights on accessing WhatsApp, the heavily-encrypted messaging service that was used by the killer. The arrest came four days after the lightening assault that unfolded in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament, in which […]

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Federal Court brings closure to Sosilawati murder case

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Court’s decision to uphold the conviction of a lawyer and two others for the murder of cosmetics millionaire Sosilawati Lawiya and her three friends nearly seven years ago brings to close one of the most brutal crimes the nation has seen in the past decades. On that day, Sosilawati, then a […]

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Scotland’s hopes still alive after late Martin winner

GLASGOW, March 27 — Chris Martin came off the substitutes’ bench to keep alive Scotland’s World Cup dreams with a dramatic 88th-minute winner in a 1-0 win that ended Slovenia’s unbeaten run in European qualifying group F yesterday. The victory at Hampden Park left Scotland’s under-pressure manager Gordon Strachan saluting his team, saying: “These guys […]

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Police make new arrest after Westminster terror attack

LONDON: British police investigating the terror attack on parliament made a new arrest on Sunday as authorities try to piece together the assailant’s motive. A 30-year-old man was arrested in the central city of Birmingham on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement. A dozen people have been arrested […]

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Malaya’s last survivor from Death Railway turns 100

PETALING JAYA: The last survivor from one of the darkest chapters of Malaysia’s history reached a milestone yesterday and his family plan to make it a memorable celebration. Ellan Kannian was one of thousands from then Malaya who were forcibly recruited by the Japanese army to work on the Death Railway during World War II. […]

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Iraqis remove bodies from rubble in west Mosul

MOSUL: Iraqi civil defence forces and volunteers removed bodies from the rubble of houses on Sunday in a west Mosul area where air strikes reportedly took a devastating toll on civilians. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still trapped, caught between advancing Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group jihadists that they are fighting to […]

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Thousands on alert as Cyclone Debbie bears down on Australia

SYDNEY, March 27 — Thousands of Australians were being urged to evacuate from coastal communities in the path of a powerful cyclone today, as the storm bore down on the nation’s northeast. Cyclone Debbie is forecast to strengthen to a Category four storm, bringing winds of up to 300kph, before it makes landfall in Queensland state early […]

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Warisan: Voter’s constituencies changed without their knowledge

PETALING JAYA: Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) is urging people to check their voting status amid reports that voters have had their constituencies changed without notification in the Election Commission (EC) system. Warisan vice-president Junz Wong also expressed concern over the matter and demanded an explanation from the EC, The Borneo Post reported. “We are a […]

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Scarlett Johansson becomes the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (VIDEO)

LOS ANGELES, March 27 — Based on a comic book series obsessed with the ever-closing gap between humanity and AI-powered technology, March 2017 film Ghost in the Shell gets ready to rocket onto cinema screens worldwide. What’s it about?  Android security agent The Major and the team she leads within a counter-terrorist unit find themselves set […]

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Trump to roll back Obama clean power plan

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday to undo his predecessor Barack Obama’s plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fueled power plants, according to the new environmental chief. Speaking on ABC’s Sunday talk show “This Week,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said rolling back Obama’s 2015 Clean Power Plan would […]

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What happened today in France’s presidential race

PARIS, March 27 — Four weeks to the day before France goes to the polls for the first round of a presidential election that is being watched around the world, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen savaged the EU.  Here are two things that happened in the campaign yesterday: Fillon camp makes wiretap claims Conservative candidate Francois […]

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Street art revives divided Spanish village

FANZARA (Spain), March 26 — Fanzara is a small Spanish country village whose handful of mostly elderly residents were once so bitterly divided that their allegiance to one camp or the other determined which bar they frequented. So heated became the local tussle over plans to build a toxic waste dump that it aroused old […]

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True or false? Eight myths and facts about allergies

GENEVA, March 26 — The World Health Organisation estimates that 50 per cent of the population will suffer from at least one allergy by 2050. Relaxnews spoke with Christine Rolland, director of the French association Asthme & Allergies, to help sort fact from fiction when it comes to allergies. More people suffer from allergies in […]

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US: Mass Moscow arrests an ‘affront’ to democracy (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON, March 27 — The United States criticised Moscow yesterday for arresting hundreds of people demonstrating against corruption, calling the move an “affront” to democracy. The march in Moscow was one of the biggest unauthorised demonstrations in recent years. Police put the turnout at 7,000-8,000 people.  “The United States strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of […]

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Innovative fabrics bark up Tokyo fashion tree

TOKYO, March 27 — Wood fashioned into lace and sculpted into evening dresses: the Hanae Mori Manuscrit label led the way this Tokyo Fashion Week in showing the world the original craftmanship that helps set Japan apart from the crowd. Dresses of persimmon wood lace paired with soft falling black fabric were the star of […]

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Support is key for those who lose a partner to suicide, say researchers

NEW YORK, March 26 — New research has found that those who lose a partner to suicide are at a higher risk of both physical and mental disorders, highlighting the need for support systems for bereaved partners and others who’ve lost loved ones to suicide. Carried out by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, […]

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Explorers, De Niro denounce Trump on climate change

NEW YORK, March 27 — Top British explorer Ranulph Fiennes and Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard are expressing fears about US President Donald Trump’s moves to roll back environmental protections. Their criticism was backed by actor Robert De Niro, who joined them late Saturday at the 113th dinner of The Explorers Club in New York, held […]

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China Southern Airlines in talks over American Airlines cooperation deal

BEIJING: China Southern Airlines is negotiating a potential strategic tie-up with American Airlines that could involve a share issue and other forms of business cooperation, it said on Sunday. A stock exchange filing from China’s largest carrier by passenger numbers said the proposed cooperation is subject to approval by shareholders and government authorities and no […]

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Opposition leader among hundreds arrested at Moscow protest

MOSCOW: Hundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption. Navalny had called for the marches after publishing a detailed report this month accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property empire through a shadowy network […]

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DAP: Why pay more after global forum no longer under ministry?

PETALING JAYA: The Global Transformation Forum (GTF) 2017 continues to come under fire from DAP’s Ong Kian Ming as he disclosed more information on the organisers, questioning the need for the government to spend RM15 million on the event. Ong revealed that while GTF 2015 was organised by a company which was owned by the […]

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Barron’s: Viacom’s shares could jump 40%

NEW YORK: Shares of Viacom Inc could rise 40%in the next year as the New York-based media company’s new CEO Bob Bakish focuses on its Paramount Pictures studio and a handful of its networks to turn the business around, according to Barron’s. Viacom, which is controlled by 93 year-old media mogul Sumner Redstone and his […]

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Tears and laughter for Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher

LOS ANGELES, March 27 — Friends, family and hundreds of wellwishers gathered in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday to celebrate the lives of beloved celebrity mother and daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Comedy actor Dan Aykroyd and singer James Blunt were among the stars who made their way to the Forest Lawn cemetery, where the […]

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Egypt’s last Jews aim to keep alive heritage

CAIRO, March 27 — Once a flourishing community, only a handful of Egyptian Jews, mostly elderly women, remain in the Arab world’s most populous country, aiming at least to preserve their heritage. Egypt still has about a dozen synagogues, but like many of the country’s monuments they need restoration. Part of the roof of a synagogue in […]

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‘Beauty’ stays on top, but much-maligned ‘Rangers’ shows box-office power

LOS ANGELES, March 27 — Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continued its blockbuster ways this weekend, dominating North American movie screens with a three-day take of US$88.3 million (RM390.77 million), according to an estimate from the specialised Exhibitor Relations. In just its second week, the film’s cumulative North American take of US$317 million is the best […]

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Netherlands sack coach Blind after latest setback

AMSTERDAM, March 27 — Netherlands coach Danny Blind was sacked yesterday, less than 24 hours after a 2-0 defeat away to Bulgaria left the team floundering in fourth place in World Cup qualifying Group A. The Dutch FA (KNVB) announced the decision in a statement after Blind, had been called in for crisis talks. The 55-year-old had […]

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It is good to be right, it is better to be wise

By Carol Leong The teen that drove against traffic in the North-South Expressway and caused the death of a motorist was criticised by many netizens for pleading not guilty when charged in court. One of them was reported to have said, “Her pleading not guilty is as if she felt no remorse for what she […]

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A countdown to Brexit (VIDEO)

LONDON, March 26 — Finally time to get down to business for Brexit. British Prime Minister Theresa May expected on Wednesday to notify the EU of Britain’s intention to leave. Triggering Article 50 will then start two years of unprecedented negotiations. Britain appears to have set its course for a “hard Brexit”, where a clean […]

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Vertical Up Tour concludes in sunny Wengen (VIDEO)

BERN, March 26 — The Vertical Up Tour concluded in sun-drenched Wengen yesterday (March 25), with Austrian pair Dominik Salcher and Susanne Mair crowned tour champions. The tour, which sees competitors race up steep ski slopes, reached its fifth and final stop yesterday at the Swiss ski resort and competitors were treated with perfect sunny […]

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PKR: Perbandingan ‘biawak’ Hadi tak cantik, imej ulama tercalar

PETALING JAYA: Pemimpin PKR dan Umno hari ini menyifatkan analogi “biawak” yang diberikan Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang kepada Barisan Nasional (BN) dan Pakatan Harapan (PH) sebagai keterlaluan dan menjejaskan kewibawaannya sebagai seorang agamawan. Setiausaha Agung PKR, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail berkata, PKR menghormati apa sahaja pendirian politik PAS, tetapi perbandingan “biawak” Hadi itu tidak […]

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Opposition should not politicise Batu Puteh issue, says Umno man

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — The Opposition is trying to politicise Malaysia’s application for a revision of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling that awarded Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore, an Umno lawmaker alleged today. Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Seri Irmohizam Ibrahim claimed that Putrajaya’s attempts in restoring Malaysia’s sovereignty over the island fiasco […]

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Hanya 26 bukan 44 senjata Rela hilang, kata Khalid

MELAKA: Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) mengesahkan hanya 26 laras senjata api milik Jabatan Sukarelawan Malaysia (Rela) dikesan hilang sejak awal bulan ini selepas semakan semula dilakukan, kata ketua polis negara. Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar berkata, 12 individu berusia 40 hingga 60 tahun turut ditahan di utara tanah air, termasuk anggota Rela yang disyaki terlibat […]

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Nazri explains his silence during meeting with Mahathir

PETALING JAYA: Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz today said the awkward silence during his encounter yesterday with Dr Mahathir Mohamad was due to his respect for the former premier. Nazri explained the standard etiquette during Mahathir’s tenure as prime minister was that “you don’t speak to him unless he speaks to you first”. “Those […]

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Wrong body taken for cremation: Ministry to pay compensation

BALIK PULAU: The health ministry will pay an ex gratia to the family of Fong Meng Tuck whose body was wrongly handed over to another family by Penang Hospital’s Forensic Department in November last year. Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the matter had been brought to ministry level and it was discussing the […]

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Nuclear infrastructure review report to be tabled in cabinet soon

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — The final report of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Mission Phase 1 will be tabled in the cabinet soon to find out whether it could be made public or not, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri. “I need to table it because of time […]

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Futuristic Florida eco-friendly town ready for occupants

BABCOCK RANCH, March 26 — With a farm-to-table restaurant, driverless shuttles, homes built with the latest green techniques and a massive solar farm to offset energy use, Florida’s first sustainable town is now open for business. The buzz about Babcock Ranch, an eco-friendly city of the future and the largest development of its kind in […]

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Alarming number of obesity-related kidney patients in Pahang, says health director

KUANTAN, March 26 — The number of people suffering from obesity-related kidney disease in Pahang is becoming increasingly serious. State Health Department director, Dr Shaari Ngadiman said that as of March, there were about 2,000 kidney patients undergoing haemodialysis in Pahang, including 500 patients using the Health Ministry’s facilities and the rest using private and […]

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Sweden hotel offers refund — only if you divorce

STOCKHOLM: A Swedish hotel chain said Sunday it is offering guests a refund — but with strings attached: you only qualify if you get divorced in the year following your stay. The Countryside luxury hotel group said its “radical” idea was designed to make “more people understand the degree to which it is important to […]

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OPEC, non-OPEC committee recommends extending output cut by six months

KUWAIT CITY: A joint committee of ministers from OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers recommended extending by six months a global deal to reduce oil output, a draft press release from their meeting on Sunday showed. OPEC and rival oil producers are meeting in Kuwait to review progress with their global pact to cut supplies. The […]

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China will open more to investors, but others must be fair

BOAO: China will substantially cut the number of sectors closed to foreign investment, its central bank governor said on Sunday. But Zhou Xiochuan of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) also said that as his country opens wider, “we want China to get fair treatment overseas”. Among financial sectors targeted for further opening in China […]

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China slinging salmon on the Internet lures Norway seafood fund

OSLO, March 26 — China is the next market to conquer for Norwegian salmon and this seafood investor. “China is too big to ignore,” Hogne I. Tyssoy, portfolio manager of the Holberg Triton fund, said in an interview in Oslo on Tuesday. “Now when it’s opening again, Norwegian seafood has an exciting future in China.” […]

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Heartifacts: From railway tracks to retro furniture

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — The stools and side tables are retro chic: weather-aged hardwood tops paired with smart-looking black metal legs. What is astounding is that barely half a century ago, these had a former life as railway sleepers used in the Malayan Rail system. And before that, the wood came from hardy Chengal […]

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UiTM student wins Asean oratory competition

TANJUNG MALIM: A student from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam was crowned champion of the Asean Oratory Competition for the Aminuddin Baki Trophy, organised by Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). Adam Muhammad Taufiq Mohamad Suharto, 21, a diploma programme student from UiTM’s Faculty of Creative Writing, beat six other contestants in the final today. […]

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France’s Fillon ‘very likely’ wiretapped, ally says

PARIS, March 26 — It is “extremely likely” that French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon has been the subject of wiretapping in the course of a judicial investigation, a campaign aide said today, in the latest accusations to be made by the Fillon camp against the authorities. Fillon, a former front-runner who is now lagging […]

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Iran to sanction 15 US companies for Israel ties

TEHRAN: Iran said Sunday it will impose sanctions on 15 US companies for supporting Israel’s “terrorist actions” as part of reprisals for the increasing pressure being announced by Washington lawmakers. The decision, which is largely symbolic since the firms do not do business with Iran, come two days after the US announced new sanctions against […]

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Polis masuk Kedutaan Korea Utara ambil keterangan suspek

PETALING JAYA: Empat pegawai polis buat julung kalinya dibenarkan memasuki Kedutaan Korea Utara di Kuala Lumpur untuk mengambil keterangan 3 suspek Korea Utara berhubung kes pembunuhan Kim Jong Nam. China Press melaporkan 4 pegawai itu terdiri daripada pegawai penyiasat kes pembunuhan Jong Nam, ketua bahagian undang-undang jenayah polis Selangor dan pegawai dari unit pendakwaan polis […]

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Perak MB denies his office offering RM40,000 haj package

LUMUT: Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir today rubbished a posting doing the rounds on WhatsApp claiming his office provided a haj package worth RM39,500. Zambry said he was surprised when informed of the matter by State Secretary Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan and considered those behind it as being irresponsible. “My advice (to the public) […]

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Lady Gaga’s Japanese designer makes Tokyo debut

TOKYO, March 26 — They’ve dressed Lady Gaga and now they want to dress more fashionistas in Asia: the husband-and-wife team behind Japan’s award-winning Roggykei label made their Tokyo Fashion Week debut yesterday. Their edgy installation made much of the circle symbol of their brand, presenting circular skirts, capes and coats cut in the round, […]

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Elton John to celebrate his 70th birthday (VIDEO)

LOS ANGELES, March 26 — British musician Elton John is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Known for hits like Your Song and Rocket Man — the British star’s career has lasted five decades. John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in England in 1947. His music journey began early on in life; he picked up a […]

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Rooney still has role to play for club and country, says Scholes

LONDON, March 26 — England’s record goal scorer Wayne Rooney can still play an useful role for both his country and club Manchester United, his former team-mate Paul Scholes told the BBC today. Rooney, who has scored 53 goals in his 119 international appearances, is not definitively out of the England picture, according to coach […]

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Mother, daughter caught stealing RM1,300 essential items

JOHOR BAHRU: A mother and daughter were arrested for allegedly stealing various items of daily essentials worth RM1,300 at a supermarket in Taman Bukit Indah, here, yesterday. Iskandar Puteri district police chief Supt Noor Hashim Mohamad said the two, aged 58 and 30, were arrested at about 1pm by a security guard at the supermarket […]

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IGP: Only 26 shotguns belonging to Rela missing

MALACCA: The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has confirmed that only 26 shotguns belonging to the Volunteer Department of Malaysia (Rela) were missing early this month after rechecking. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said 12 people, including a Rela member, aged between 40 and 60 years, suspected to be involved in the sale of Rela […]

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At Ultra festival, finding ‘best energy’ through EDM

MIAMI, March 26 — Nick is usually known as a lawyer in Detroit but when he travels the world’s electronic music festivals he takes on a new persona — he shaves tribal figures into his hair and sprinkles glitter over his biceps. His latest occasion to live out his alternative life is taking place this […]

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Mani Ratnam’s 25th film is a musical gift

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — Mani Ratnam is a name largely credited with transforming the face of Tamil cinema. Soft spoken, media shy, and a man of few words; Ratnam has built an aura that completely contradicts his demeanour as an individual. The incoherence in his public speech is a sharp contrast to how eloquent […]

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Disneyland Paris parade celebrates 25th anniversary (VIDEO)

PARIS, March 2016 — Disneyland Paris held a colourful parade to celebrate its 25th anniversary yesterday (March 25) as classic characters like Minnie Mouse and Captain Hook waved from floats to the crowd below. The popular Disneyland tourist resort located in Chessy, just outside Paris, opened its doors on April 12, 1992 for the first […]

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London’s Tate Britain celebrates queer art

LONDON, March 26 — From April 5, the London-based museum is hosting its first exhibition dedicated to queer British art. The exhibition features work from a host of major artists, from Francis Bacon and Virginia Woolf to Pre-Raphaelite painters, and marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. […]

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Teachers actively discrediting govt should resign, says education minister

KUALA TERENGGANU, March 26 — Teachers actively promoting the opposition or discrediting the government have been advised to resign from the civil service. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said all civil servants should realise that they are bound by the rules established in the General Orders and criticising to the point of defaming was […]

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Dutch coach Blind ponders on future after World Cup setback

SOFIA, March 26 — Danny Blind has said he will think about his future as coach of the Netherlands after yesterday’s 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria left them facing an uphill struggle to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia. The loss in the Bulgarian capital saw the Dutch drop to fourth place in Group […]

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Sultan willing to expose middleman offering RM2 million for Tan Sri title

JOHOR BAHRU: The Sultan of Johor has expressed willingness to disclose to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) the middleman who attempted to bribe him over the conferment of medals. In his Facebook posting today, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said he wanted MACC to have an audience with him immediately so that the matter could be […]

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Cops deny Tioman female tourist raped by tourist guides

KUANTAN: Police have denied news reports which went viral on the social media that a female tourist was raped or assaulted by tour guides on Pulau Tioman here. Rompin police chief DSP Azli Mohd Noor said there had been no report on such an incident. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot(‘/26812591/FMT_ROS_InContent_300x250’, [[300, 250],[336, 280]], ‘div-gpt-ad-1462811451620-0’).addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().collapseEmptyDivs(); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1462811451620-0’); […]

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