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Under pressure over 1MDB probe, MACC seeks divine intervention to save people ‘going to hell’

Aussie stuntman rides Tahiti waves on…a dirt bike?!
DC Shoes teams up with Australian thrillseeker Robbie ‘Maddo’ Maddison to present ‘Pipe Dream,’ giving the world a chance to witness history being made as Robbie rides his dirt bike on the powerful and iconic waves of Tahiti. Read More

BY JOSEPH SIPALAN
August 4, 2015

PUTRAJAYA, August 4 ― Troubled by uncertainty over its future investigations into state-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the country’s graftbusters held a special... Read more

Economist: To save ringgit, political uncertainty over 1MDB, Cabinet reshuffle must be resolved

By Ida Lim
August 4, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 ― The only way to stop the continuing decline of the ringgit is to temper the political uncertainty that arose from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy and the recent Cabinet reshuffling, economist Prof Emeritus Zakariah Abdul Rashid said today. Zakariah, the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research... Read more

MACC officers are seen in a special Islamic prayer session seeking Allah’s guidance for divine intervention, August 4, 2015. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

MACC officers are seen in a special Islamic prayer session seeking Allah’s guidance for divine intervention, August 4, 2015. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

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Around the world in 10 photos

Around the world in 10 photos

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A young woman in costume participates in the parade that initiates the festivities of the Divine Savior of the World, in San Salvador, on August 1, 2015. — AFP pic

Around the world in 10 photos
A closer look at Tesla’s P85D

A closer look at Tesla’s P85D

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A Tesla P85D is seen on display at a Tesla showroom in Pasadena, California, August 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

A closer look at Tesla’s P85D
Shadows of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Shadows of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Influenced by the shadows scorched into outdoor surfaces by the heat of the blasts 70 years ago, Reuters photographer Issei Kato pays homage to survivors, residents and historic buildings in both cities in a personal project that captures the shadows of today. — Reuters pic

Shadows of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Survival of the fittest

Survival of the fittest

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Competitors crawl under barbed wire during the Bravus Race in Brasilia August 2, 2015. Bravus Race challenges competitors to overcome several obstacles over a course of up to 15km. — Reuters pic

Survival of the fittest
Vikings invade Spain

Vikings invade Spain

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A man and a woman dressed up as a Vikings shout during the annual Viking festival of Catoira in north-western Spain August 2, 2015. The festival re-enacts past Viking raids in the area and is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August. — Reuters pic

Vikings invade Spain
Projecting change on the Empire State Building

Projecting change on the Empire State Building

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Images are projected onto the Empire State Building as part of an endangered species projection to raise awareness, in New York, August 2, 2015. — Reuters pic

Projecting change on the Empire State Building

Two Turkish soldiers killed in new PKK attack

August 4, 2015

DIYARBAKIR (Turkey), Aug 4 — Two soldiers were killed and two others wounded today in southeast Turkey when a mine exploded in an attack blamed on militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), security sources said. Kurdish militants detonated a remote-control mine when a military convoy passed in the Arakoy region of Sirnak... Read more

Fighters loyal to Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi gather on a road leading to the  al-Anad military and air base in the country’s southern province of Lahej August 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

Fighters loyal to Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi gather on a road leading to the al-Anad military and air base in the country’s southern province of Lahej August 3, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Guardiola: Schweinsteiger can only be successful at United if he can shake off injury problems

August 4, 2015

MUNICH, Aug 4 ― Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has cast a doubt on Manchester United's new midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger by saying his former player was never fully fit during the last three seasons. Guardiola said the 31-year-old Schweinsteiger can only be a success at the Premier League club if he can shake off his injury problems. “When he does not have injury problems, I am completely convinced he will do very well at... Read more

India central bank keep rates steady, leaves room for more easing

August 4, 2015

MUMBAI, Aug 4 — India’s central bank kept its policy rate on hold at 7.25 per cent today, as widely expected, while leaving the door open to ease further depending on the inflation outlook and how swiftly banks lower their lending rates. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) also said government economic reforms and the timing of any increase in... Read more

NYT Video: Love letters to the Gravity boss
Dan Price, chief of Gravity Payments, raised the annual salary floor for his employees to US$70,000 (RM269,700). Most responses were positive, but Mr Price says that even the negative letters were valuable. — The New York Times Read More

No baking required! This ice cream pie is an easy dessert to make (VIDEO)

August 4, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug 4 — Looking for ice cream pie recipes that are super easy to whip up? Look no further as we’ve got just what you need. Thanks to the good people at BuzzFeed, here’s a video of that shows you how to create a no-bake ice cream pie. So get ready to chill out with frozen delight that will make the perfect dessert at your next... Read more

No-bake mint ice cream pie
Here’s an easy, fun and delicious no-bake ice cream pie from BuzzFeed that you can try out. Read More

Comedians in Myanmar risk their liberty for laughs

August 4, 2015

MANDALAY (Myanmar), Aug 4 — Emerging from behind a tawdry blue curtain in the garage of his three-story home here in Myanmar’s second-largest city, U Lu Maw made his way onto a makeshift stage to do what he does best: tell jokes. “I don’t trust the government,” Lu Maw, 66, bellowed into the microphone in English one evening in June to an... Read more

Meryl Streep, (right) and Rick Springfield attend the premiere of ‘Ricki And The Flash’ at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York August 3, 2015. — Reuters pic

Meryl Streep, (right) and Rick Springfield attend the premiere of ‘Ricki And The Flash’ at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York August 3, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Here’s how BMW’s 7-Series lets you park by remote control (VIDEO)

August 4, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug 4 — Self-parking is already available on BMW's i3 electric vehicle and many others, but the all-new 2016 BMW 7-Series is the first to let you park when you're not even in the driver's seat. The Remote Control Parking allows owners to manoeuvre the car in or out of forward-parking spaces or garages without anyone at the... Read more

Visitors look at Toyota Motor Corp’s cars displayed at the company’s showroom in Tokyo, Japan, August 4, 2015. — Reuters pic

Visitors look at Toyota Motor Corp’s cars displayed at the company’s showroom in Tokyo, Japan, August 4, 2015. — Reuters pic

Undercover sceptic attempts to debunk psychics (VIDEO)

August 4, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug 4 — From the crystal balls, tarot cards and beaded doorways, many people seeking enlightenment have at some point in their lives reached out to a psychic. Are they legitimate at all, or are they just supernatural swindlers eager to cash off on gullible strangers in exchange for comforting lies? A team from Elite Daily set... Read more

A stranded humpback whale surfaces at the docks of Puerto Madero neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 4, 2015. — Reuters pic

A stranded humpback whale surfaces at the docks of Puerto Madero neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 4, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Sony focuses on endurance and camera quality with new phones

August 4, 2015

TOKYO, Aug 4 — Sony’s latest mid-range smartphones, unveiled yesterday, offer industry-first camera technology and place a premium on battery life but are aimed squarely at the mass market. A week after the Lenovo-owned company took the wraps off its Moto G and Moto X smartphones, Sony has launched two new mid-range handsets of its own that... Read more

A Nvidia computer graphics card for sale in San Marcos, California August 4, 2015. — Reuters picture

A Nvidia computer graphics card for sale in San Marcos, California August 4, 2015. — Reuters picture

Biking along Arcachon Bay in France

August 4, 2015

ARCACHON, Aug 4 — It was midnight in the French forest off the Gulf of Gascony, and I pedaled along the deserted bike trail, fuelled by the fumes of a fabulous bottle of Bordeaux and the memory of a seaside feast: oysters and turbot, overseen by a grandmotherly patronne in a flowered housedress. Far ahead my husband’s bike light glimmered... Read more

Epic 3-year journey around the world
Showcasing 60 countries in less than four minutes, this video tells the story of Walter Chang’s travels around the world over the span of three years. Read More

Author Kim Harrison shares insight on ‘The Drafter’ (VIDEO)

August 4, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug 4 — For those of you who loved the “Hollows” series by Kim Harrison, you’re in for another treat by the author thanks to her urban fantasy novel “The Drafter”. This new suspense trilogy is the first in the Peri Reed Chronicles trilogy, which is being billed as “The Bourne Identity meets Minority Report” and is set for... Read more

An attendee reads his book as she waits during a campaign stop for US Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky in Niles, Illinois, August 4, 2015. — Reuters pic

An attendee reads his book as she waits during a campaign stop for US Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky in Niles, Illinois, August 4, 2015. — Reuters pic