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Halloween a ploy to make Muslims godless, says Isma

Cover Media Video: ‘Safety fears’ force Katy Perry to nix birthday celebrations in Egypt
Superstar singer, Katy Perry, who marks her milestone birthday today, was preparing to take her entourage to Egypt for a string of parties, tourist stops and even a cruise down the Nile River, until her itinerary was leaked. — Cover Media Read More

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
October 25, 2014

BANGI, Oct 25 — Halloween celebrations are organised by non-Muslims worldwide to shake the faith of Muslims and turn them godless, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) alleged today. Its president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman... Read more

Boy goes missing while on family trip to PD

October 25, 2014

PORT DICKSON, Oct 25 — A six-year-old boy who was an outing with his family at the Batu 3 beach in Jalan Pantai here this afternoon has been reported missing. Port Dickson police chief, Supt Baharudin Mustapha said police had been alerted about the case. “However, we do not know whether he is missing on land or at sea. Fire and Rescue... Read more

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Syed Azmi Alhabshi's press conference on 'Touch-a-Dog' event

  • Syed Azmi Alhabshi arrives for his press conference held in Kelab Gold Seri Selangor, Petaling Jaya, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Syed Azmi Alhabshi arrives for his press conference held in Kelab Gold Seri Selangor, Petaling Jaya, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Syed Azmi Alhabshi speaks at the press conference, apologising for discomfort the event might have cause, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Syed Azmi Alhabshi speaks at the press conference, apologising for discomfort the event might have cause, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Syed Azmi Alhabshi speaks to reporters at the press conference, apologising for discomfort the event might have cause, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Syed Azmi Alhabshi speaks to reporters at the press conference, apologising for discomfort the event might have cause, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Social activist and co-organiser of the

    Social activist and co-organiser of the 'Touch-a-Dog' event Norhayati Ismail (right) speaks at the press conference, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Syed Azmi Alhabshi

    Syed Azmi Alhabshi's lawyer Syahredzan Johan (left) addresses the reporters at the press conference in Kelab Gold Seri Selangor, Petaling Jaya, October 25, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

Gulf states risk deficit as oil price falls, Lagarde says

October 25, 2014

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 25 — Oil-dependent Gulf states will face budget shortfalls if the recent decline in oil prices persists, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned today (Saturday.) A sustained decline of US$25 (RM82) a barrel in the oil price would reduce the revenues of most Gulf countries by eight percent of gross... Read more

A woman holds up a poster during a rally by union members from UNITE HERE Local 54 outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

A woman holds up a poster during a rally by union members from UNITE HERE Local 54 outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

Saints climb to second, Liverpool held at home by Hull

October 26, 2014

LONDON, Oct 25 — Southampton beat Stoke City 1-0 and moved into second place while champions Manchester City slipped back to third after losing 2-1 at West Ham United in the Premier League today. Chelsea, who play at Manchester United tomorrow, lead the title chase with 22 points from their eight matches, while Saints, who beat Stoke with Sadio Mane's eighth goal of the season, are second on 19 from nine games. City are third on 17... Read more

Canada’s Parliament Hill reopens following Wednesday shooting

October 25, 2014

OTTAWA, Oct 25 — Canadians returned to the grounds of their parliament building today (Saturday,) three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after shooting dead a soldier in the second attack on the country’s military at home in a week. The grounds of the hilltop gothic building, whose clock tower is a centerpiece of... Read more

Next Media Video: Breakup may have triggered Seattle school shooting, say witnesses
Witnesses say Jaylen Fryberg, who opened fire on his classmates at Marysville-Pilchuck High School about 30 minutes north of Seattle, Washington, was upset about a recent breakup with his girlfriend. She was reported to be one of the victims. — Reuters Read More

New York startup makes home cooking a breeze (VIDEO)

October 25, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 25 — Blue Apron is a New York City startup that offers tasty cook-it-yourself meals at everyday prices. Users pick three recipes from Blue Apron’s weekly offerings and then receive a box of ingredients along with step-by-step instructions to cook the gourmet meals for two people, right at home. — Bloomberg... Read more

Next Media Video: Deadly fugu feast sends Brazilian dinner party of 11 to hospital
A Brazilian lunch party of 11 fell ill after eating a poisonous pufferfish that was a gift from a relative who works as a fisherman. — Reuters Read More

Jack Bruce, bassist with rock legends Cream, dies aged 71

October 26, 2014

LONDON, Oct 25 — Jack Bruce, a founding member of British psychedelic band Cream, died today aged 71 after a long battle against liver disease, his family announced. Although an accomplished songwriter, Bruce was best known as vocalist and bass guitarist alongside Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker in the 1960s supergroup. “It is with... Read more

Cover Media Video: Boys to men — Actors who broke the child star curse
From Jamie Bell to Zac Efron, we take a look at some of the child stars who have successfully grown up in the movie industry. — Cover Media Read More

Porsche Macan — The real sports utility vehicle

By Y.S. Khong
October 25, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — The Porsche Macan, (pronounced ma-kan) is now officially available in Malaysia, brought in by Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the local official importers of Porsche vehicles. Four variants are available, with prices ranging from a very “affordable” RM420k Macan to RM560k for the Macan S, RM545k for the Macan S... Read more

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Porsche's compact Macan

  • The Macan on the road. — Picture by YS Khong

    The Macan on the road. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • The driver

    The driver's cockpit is sporty. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • Aluminium alloy parts used to reduce weight. — Picture by YS Khong

    Aluminium alloy parts used to reduce weight. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • Each Macan can be

    Each Macan can be 'personalised' according to personal taste. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • Macan, the Baby Cayenne. — Picture by YS Khong

    Macan, the Baby Cayenne. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • Porsche name plate at the rear is a little understated. — Picture by YS Khong

    Porsche name plate at the rear is a little understated. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

  • What could be accepted as decent consumption. — Picture by YS Khong

    What could be accepted as decent consumption. — Picture by YS Khong Read More

Ice Age people in Peru’s Andes lived at extreme highs

October 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 25 — Ice Age people were able to survive at high elevations in the Peruvian Andes 12,400 years ago, almost a millennium earlier than previously thought, researchers said today (Saturday.) At an elevation of 4,500 meters above sea level, hunter-gatherers made their homes despite low oxygen, frigid weather and high solar... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Fancy dining in London’s abandoned subway stations?
Underneath the streets of London, up to 26 tube stations sit dormant, some not see by the public since World War II. One organisation is working to lease these so-called ghost stations ― planning to transform them into museums, bars or restaurants. ― Bloomberg Read More

Wearing your Instagram pictures… all over you

October 25, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 25 — Digital to analogue has been a growing trend for some time, and now one start-up is offering the chance for Instagram users to literally wear their photos. “SnapShirt” is an app which converts pictures from the social media site into items of clothing using a technique called ‘dye sublimination’, or all-over... Read more

NYT Video: Robots join the war to stop Ebola in its tracks
The White House is now considering how robots can help fight Ebola. A look at the role three types of robots could play in combating the virus. ― New York Times Read More

Head to these destinations for a really creepy Halloween holiday

October 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Oct 25 — Edinburgh, New Orleans and Rajasthan have been identified as among the most haunting, scariest destinations in the world for getting your chill on in advance of Halloween. The list, curated by Cheapflights.com, shines the spotlight on cities that offer the best “creepy tours around the world,” deliciously frightful... Read more

50 things to do in Southeast Asia
A long list of places to go if you want to experience Southeast Asia at its best. — YouTube

Knightley to appear in Broadway play based on Emile Zola’s novel

October 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 24 — British actress Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next year in a new adaptation of Therese Raquin, based on the novel by Emile Zola. Knightley, who was nominated for a best actress Oscar in 2006 for her performance in Pride & Prejudice, will begin previews of the play commissioned  by Roundabout Theatre Company... Read more

Pro-democracy students read books at a study zone on a main road blocked by them at Admiralty district in Hong Kong early October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

Pro-democracy students read books at a study zone on a main road blocked by them at Admiralty district in Hong Kong early October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic