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Scotland decides to stay with Britain

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    Supporters from the 'Yes' Campaign sing outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    Supporters from the 'No' Campaign react to a declaration in their favour, at the Better Together Campaign headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    Supporters from the 'No Campaign celebrate at the Better Together Campaign headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    Supporters from the 'No' Campaign react to a declaration in their favour, at the Better Together Campaign headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    Supporters from the 'No' Campaign react to a declaration in their favour, at the Better Together Campaign headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    Supporters from the 'Yes' Campaign react as they sit in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    Supporters from the 'Yes' Campaign sing outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    Supporters from the 'Yes' Campaign react as they sit in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    Scots, based in Hong Kong, supporting Scotland's independence monitor Scotland's referendum results inside a Scottish bar in Hong Kong September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

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    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond leaves after speaking at the 'Yes' Campaign headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
September 19, 2014

BATU PAHAT, Sept 19 ― PAS deputy spiritual advisor Datuk Dr Haron Din today ordered an end to further debate on the party's perceived leadership rift, saying the issue was “hot” enough as it is. He said that further talk... Read more

Bomb threat at Bar EGM on Sedition Act, but lawyers unfazed

BY BOO SU-LYN
September 19, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 ― A bomb threat was greeted with derision at the Malaysian Bar's extraordinary general meeting (EGM), with lawyers dismissing the warning and proceeding to decide if they will march for the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948. Lawyer Edmund Bon said the meeting was still going on and that the police are scanning the hall... Read more

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (left) admires the batik-making blocks at the Kelantan Handicraft Centre in Kota Baru, in a picture released September 19, 2014. — Bernama pic

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (left) admires the batik-making blocks at the Kelantan Handicraft Centre in Kota Baru, in a picture released September 19, 2014. — Bernama pic

Thai government offers soft loans for rubber purchases to prop up prices

September 19, 2014

BANGKOK, Sept 19 — Thailand’s government has approved 30 billion baht (RM3 billion) in soft loans to help co-operatives and local firms buy rubber from farmers in a bid to prop up prices of the commodity, which are at multi-year lows because of weak global demand. However, today’s announcement made little impression on prices and farmers... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Is Alibaba ready to go global?
Frontier Strategy Group Associate Vice President Joel Backaler discusses the Alibaba IPO, the company’s global ambitions and the possibility of backlash from its competitors with Bloomberg’s Angie Lau on “First Up.” — Bloomberg Read More

Thanks for the memories, says Hingis on Li’s exit

September 19, 2014

TOKYO, Sept 19 — Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis said today Li Na’s retirement was a loss to world tennis, crediting the Chinese star with raising the game’s profile in her home country. “It’s a sad day for Chinese tennis and for the global sport in general,” Hingis, who won the five singles and nine doubles Grand Slam titles, said in Tokyo after hearing about Li’s decision during the WTA Pan Pacific Open. “I have good memories... Read more

Health team fighting Ebola found dead in Guinea (VIDEO)

September 19, 2014

CONAKRY, Sept 19 — Guinea officials have found several bodies during a search for a group of health workers and journalists were found in a septic tank after going missing earlier this week, according to multiple media reports. Officials in Guinea searching for a team of health workers and journalists who went missing while trying to raise... Read more

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Tropical storm Fung-Wong smashes into Manila

  • A woman holds a crying child as they and other flood victims are evacuated in a rescue boat after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A woman holds a crying child as they and other flood victims are evacuated in a rescue boat after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Residents hold onto a rope as they wade through a flooded area during Tropical storm Fung-Wong in Pasay city, metro Manila September 19, 2014.  — Reuters pic

    Residents hold onto a rope as they wade through a flooded area during Tropical storm Fung-Wong in Pasay city, metro Manila September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Residents make their way through a flooded area on a small boat during Tropical storm Fung-Wong in Pasay city, metro Manila September 19, 2014.  — Reuters pic

    Residents make their way through a flooded area on a small boat during Tropical storm Fung-Wong in Pasay city, metro Manila September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Residents make their way through a flooded area on a small boat during Tropical storm Fung-Wong in Pasay city, metro Manila September 19, 2014.  — Reuters pic

    Residents make their way through a flooded area on a small boat during Tropical storm Fung-Wong in Pasay city, metro Manila September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Residents look out from their shanties during Tropical storm Fung-Wong in Pasay city, metro Manila September 19, 2014.  — Reuters pic

    Residents look out from their shanties during Tropical storm Fung-Wong in Pasay city, metro Manila September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Flood victims are evacuated in rescue boats after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014.  — Reuters pic

    Flood victims are evacuated in rescue boats after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Flood victims are evacuated in rescue boats after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014.  — Reuters pic

    Flood victims are evacuated in rescue boats after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Flood victims wait on higher ground after they are evacuated from their homes swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Flood victims wait on higher ground after they are evacuated from their homes swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A woman holds a crying child as they and other flood victims are evacuated in a rescue boat after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014.  — Reuters pic

    A woman holds a crying child as they and other flood victims are evacuated in a rescue boat after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

How to get a reservation at The Fat Duck Australian outpost

September 19, 2014

MELBOURNE, Sept 19 — Details on the opening of celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal’s Australian pop-up restaurant have been released, including the official opening date, ballot-system reservation and new ‘super-sensory’ dining experience. If you’re a Blumenthal fan and will be in Melbourne in the first half of 2015, save these dates: February... Read more

Nobel Laureates Eric Maskin (left) and Richard Roberts sample the sausage from an Ig Nobel nutrition prize study at the 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prizes awards ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

Nobel Laureates Eric Maskin (left) and Richard Roberts sample the sausage from an Ig Nobel nutrition prize study at the 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prizes awards ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

Nicole Kidman speaks of strong bond with father at funeral

September 19, 2014

SYDNEY, Sept 19 — Nicole Kidman shared how “lucky” she feels to be her father’s daughter at his funeral in Sydney today. The 47-year-old actress lost her dad Dr Antony Kidman last week. He passed away aged 75, following a suspected heart attack in Singapore. Family and loved ones gathered at St Francis Xavier Church in North Shore to pay... Read more

Cover Media Video: People Magazine names Taylor Swift ‘Best Dressed Celebrity’
Taylor Swift has been named ‘Best Dressed Celebrity’ by People Magazine after she led their annual unranked list. The pop star, who has adopted a sexier look this year on red carpets around the globe, has some big names just behind her, including runner-up Blake Lively. — Cover Media Read More

Possible Lamborghini four-seater at Paris Motor Show?

September 19, 2014

ROME, Sept 19 — The Italian supercar company has sent out a cryptic press invite that simply reads: "Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it," suggesting that it is planning to reveal a new four-seat model at this year's event. Lamborghini is the only established supercar company that doesn't offer a 2+2 configuration. Ferrari... Read more

Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche next to the Mercedes S500 Intelligent Drive car at the Frankfurt Motor Show September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche next to the Mercedes S500 Intelligent Drive car at the Frankfurt Motor Show September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

Ecuador icon restorers take to work on live subjects

September 19, 2014

QUITO, Sept 19 — Antonio Puruncajas is sitting on a wooden bench getting his broken nose touched up after hoodlums smashed it while stealing his money during a recent robbery. But the woman working on the 52-year-old bus driver's nose is not a doctor or a plastic surgeon. She is a “restorer of saints,” an artisan who tenderly cares for... Read more

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Milan Fashion Week

  • Italian designer Giorgio Armani with the models at the end of the Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Italian designer Giorgio Armani with the models at the end of the Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Models parade at the end of the Prada Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Models parade at the end of the Prada Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A model presents a creation from the Prada Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model presents a creation from the Prada Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Italian designer Miuccia Prada acknowledges the applause at the end of her Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Italian designer Miuccia Prada acknowledges the applause at the end of her Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A model presents a creation from Fendi Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model presents a creation from Fendi Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A model presents a creation from Fendi Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model presents a creation from Fendi Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A model is silhouetted while presenting a creation from the Just Cavalli Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model is silhouetted while presenting a creation from the Just Cavalli Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A pair of shoes seen backstage before the presentation of the Just Cavalli Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A pair of shoes seen backstage before the presentation of the Just Cavalli Spring/Summer 2015 collection September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Chinese buyers first in line in iPhone 6 global debut

September 19, 2014

TOKYO, Sept 19 — Buyers from China, deprived of the latest iPhone launch at home, were today among the first in line in Japan to grab the “6” and its new large-screen cousin as Apple hit back at rivals. Licensing problems in China meant the global rollout went ahead without the huge and lucrative market, in a blow to Apple which had... Read more

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Shoppers try out the new iPhone 6

  • Shoppers are welcomed by staff on the first day of sale for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at the Apple Store in Tokyo

    Shoppers are welcomed by staff on the first day of sale for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at the Apple Store in Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • People try out the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at the Apple Store in Tokyo

    People try out the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at the Apple Store in Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A man wearing a mask depicting Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs holds up a cardboard cut-out of Apple’s new iPhone 6, as he walks into the Apple Store at Tokyo’s Omotesando shopping district September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A man wearing a mask depicting Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs holds up a cardboard cut-out of Apple’s new iPhone 6, as he walks into the Apple Store at Tokyo’s Omotesando shopping district September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone 6 is displayed at the Apple Store at Tokyo’s Omotesando shopping district September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Apple’s iPhone 6 is displayed at the Apple Store at Tokyo’s Omotesando shopping district September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • The interior of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is shown during a product teardown by iFixit in Melbourne, Australia September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    The interior of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is shown during a product teardown by iFixit in Melbourne, Australia September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • The rear-facing camera of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is removed with tweezers during a product teardown by iFixit in Melbourne, Australia September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    The rear-facing camera of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is removed with tweezers during a product teardown by iFixit in Melbourne, Australia September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • The battery is removed from the Apple iPhone 6 Plus during a product teardown by iFixit in Melbourne, Australia September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

    The battery is removed from the Apple iPhone 6 Plus during a product teardown by iFixit in Melbourne, Australia September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Go to New Zealand for solo trips, says Travel + Leisure

September 19, 2014

LONDON, Sept 19 — After considering factors like safety and ‘happiness,’ editors at Travel + Leisure magazine have given New Zealand the title of best country for solo, independent travelers. It’s where adventure seekers can trek glaciers and rainforests, bungee jump and jet boat and meet some of the “friendliest and most open-minded people... Read more

The skyline of Frankfurt

The skyline of Frankfurt's banking district and European Central Bank (right) new headquarters September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

Silicon Valley provocateur Thiel takes on ‘many-sided mediocrity’

September 18, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 18 — Forget striving for a well-rounded resume. According to a new book from Peter Thiel, the investor and PayPal co-founder, well-roundedness amounts to “many-sided mediocrity.” Instead, his “Zero to One” urges entrepreneurs to “focus relentlessly on one thing you’re good at doing.” And yet this very readable and... Read more

Liang Yanguo, 51, reads a book titled

Liang Yanguo, 51, reads a book titled 'Qigong and Prevention of Cancer', as he lies on a rope tied between two trees, as a form of martial arts practice, at a park in Huangyan district of Taizhou, Zhejiang province September 19, 2014. — Reuters pic