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BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
March 29, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — A social experiment run by a television channel has shown Malaysia’s ethnic Indian men saying that they will not marry rape victims. In the video... Read more

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Selangor draws fire over #KitaLawan motto for Sukma 2016

By Vijhay Vick
March 29, 2015

PETALING JAYA, March 29 — Sports officials, athletes and observers have lambasted Selangor for adopting the #KitaLawan motto for next year’s Malaysia Games (Sukma). The motto, revealed during a briefing with state sports associations at De Palma Hotel in Ampang on Friday, is the tagline used by jailed opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar... Read more

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#Kitalawan Rally

  • The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    The much-anticipated #KitaLawan rally here today for the release of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim takes place in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, March 28, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

Dufry to buy Italy’s World Duty Free for €$1.3b

March 29, 2015

BERN, March 29 — Switzerland’s Dufry AG agreed to buy a majority stake in Italian airport retailer World Duty Free SpA to expand globally in a €1.3 billion (RM5.2 billion) deal. Edizione Srl, a holding company controlled by the Benetton family, and its investment vehicle Schematrentaquattro SpA agreed to sell the 50.1 per cent stake for... Read more

A man holds a board with electric sockets used for commercial phone charging, at a phone booth along a road, in Nigeria’s Katsina city, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

A man holds a board with electric sockets used for commercial phone charging, at a phone booth along a road, in Nigeria’s Katsina city, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

Henderson: There will never be another Steven Gerrard

March 29, 2015

LONDON, March 29 — Liverpool’s England midfielder Jordan Henderson believes “there will never be another Steven Gerrard”, but he is determined to ensure that his club-mate’s legacy lives on through his own performances. Gerrard retired from international duty last year and will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, with Henderson, 24, the leading candidate to succeed him as captain at Anfield. The former Sunderland midfielder is now... Read more

Final send-off: Coffin bearers ready to receive Lee Kuan Yew

March 29, 2015

SINGAPORE, March 29 — With a singular focus on giving founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew a solemn and dignified send-off, the 18 members of his Coffin Bearer Party have been practising since Monday for the final two ceremonies they will perform today. After a seven-day period of national mourning — during which hundreds of thousands have... Read more

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Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

  • Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger pays his respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew beside wife of Singapore

    Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger pays his respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew beside wife of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Ho Ching, at the Parliament House in Singapore yesterday. — Reuters pic Read More

  • People pay their respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at a community tribute site in Singapore yesterday. — Reuters pic

    People pay their respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at a community tribute site in Singapore yesterday. — Reuters pic Read More

  • People queue up to pay their respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Padang grounds outside the Parliament House in Singapore yesterday. — Reuters pic

    People queue up to pay their respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Padang grounds outside the Parliament House in Singapore yesterday. — Reuters pic Read More

  • People queue up to pay their respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Padang grounds outside the Parliament House in Singapore yesterday. — Reuters pic

    People queue up to pay their respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Padang grounds outside the Parliament House in Singapore yesterday. — Reuters pic Read More

  • People queue up to pay their respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Padang grounds outside the Parliament House in Singapore yesterday. — Reuters pic

    People queue up to pay their respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Padang grounds outside the Parliament House in Singapore yesterday. — Reuters pic Read More

Italy’s bubbly prosecco: The tipple that toppled champagne?

March 28, 2015

VERONA, March 28 — If there was one tipple wine lovers couldn’t get enough of last year it was prosecco, the Italian sparkler that has outstripped champagne as the world’s favourite bubbly. And listening to industry insiders assembled in the city of Romeo and Juliet for the VinItaly wine fair, the global love affair with the country’s... Read more

People sell food under a lone tree along a dusty road in Katsina city, Nigeria, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

People sell food under a lone tree along a dusty road in Katsina city, Nigeria, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

In South Africa, Directioners mourn Zayn Malik’s exit as 1D plays on

March 29, 2015

JOHANNESBURG, March 29 — Best-selling boy band One Direction bounded onto the stage in Johannesburg yesterday for their first show since fans across the world were plunged into teenage distress over heartthrob Zayn Malik quitting the group. A deafening wall of excited screams greeted the remaining four members of the British-Irish group,... Read more

Singer Nick Jonas and girlfriend Olivia Culpo arrive at the 2015 Kids

Singer Nick Jonas and girlfriend Olivia Culpo arrive at the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

Looking ahead to the 2015 New York International Auto Show

March 28, 2015

NEW YORK, March 28 — This year’s New York show is expected to be bigger than Detroit for new model unveilings and will have a greater mass-market focus in terms of cars on show than the Geneva show that only closed its doors to the public two weeks ago. And of course, being a North American show, there are going to be a host of new US cars on... Read more

Ferrari crew members in the garage after Malaysian Grand Prix 2015 qualifying was halted due to rain, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

Ferrari crew members in the garage after Malaysian Grand Prix 2015 qualifying was halted due to rain, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Americans grooving to the beat of early morning dance parties

March 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES, March 29 — Partying before breakfast? It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But it is the concept behind “Daybreakers”, early-morning raves becoming increasingly popular in the United States. At 6.30 am one recent morning, some 250 young — and old — dance enthusiasts gathered in downtown Los Angeles to strut their stuff before many... Read more

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Earth Hour 2015

  • London Eye is seen during the Earth Hour in central London, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

    London Eye is seen during the Earth Hour in central London, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Leifeng Pagoda is seen behind the West Lake during Earth Hour in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Leifeng Pagoda is seen behind the West Lake during Earth Hour in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Hong Kong’s central financial district’s (from left) Bank of China Tower, Cheung Kong Centre, HSBC headquarters and Standard Chartered Bank are pictured with most of their lights switched off during Earth Hour, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Hong Kong’s central financial district’s (from left) Bank of China Tower, Cheung Kong Centre, HSBC headquarters and Standard Chartered Bank are pictured with most of their lights switched off during Earth Hour, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • The Hungarian parliament building is seen during Earth Hour in Budapest, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

    The Hungarian parliament building is seen during Earth Hour in Budapest, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • A combination picture shows St Basil’s Cathedral before (left) and during Earth Hour in Moscow March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

    A combination picture shows St Basil’s Cathedral before (left) and during Earth Hour in Moscow March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Madrid’s Royal Palace is seen during the Earth Hour in Madrid March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Madrid’s Royal Palace is seen during the Earth Hour in Madrid March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • The Taipei 101 building is seen during Earth Hour in Taipei, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

    The Taipei 101 building is seen during Earth Hour in Taipei, March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

From robotic sub-hunters to deep sea pods, US Navy looks to the future

March 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, March 29 — The robotic revolution that transformed warfare in the skies will soon extend to the deep sea, with underwater spy “satellites”, drone-launching pods on the ocean floor and unmanned ships hunting submarines. Officials at the US military’s research agency outlined new programmes this week that include a number of... Read more

Reuters Video: Space-faring robot Kirobo sets two Guinness World Records
The companion robot 'Kirobo' returns to earth from the International Space Station and sets two Guinness World Records. Sharon Reich reports. — Reuters Read More

World’s busiest airport title goes to … Georgia’s Atlanta International Airport

March 28, 2015

NEW YORK, March 28 ― Georgia's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has retained the title of world’s busiest airport after having shuffled a whopping 96 million flyers through its terminals in 2014, while Dubai has edged past London to become the busiest hub for international passenger traffic. That’s according to the latest... Read more

Tourists play volleyball on a beach at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh city, south of Cairo March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

Tourists play volleyball on a beach at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh city, south of Cairo March 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

Japan hosts world’s first ‘Otaku’ summit

March 28, 2015

MAKUHARI, March 28 — Japan opened what organisers are billing as the world’s first “Otaku” summit today, drawing visitors from around the world as the country looks to boost the international fan base for Japanese comic books and anime. So-called Otaku — usually translated as “geeks” — from at least 18 countries and territories, many... Read more

Bloomberg Video: 'Becoming Steve Jobs' — The story behind the legend
Rick Tetzeli, co-author of 'Becoming Steve Jobs,' speaks with Cory Johnson about the process behind the writing of the latest biography of Apple co-creator Steve Jobs. He speaks on 'Bloomberg West.' — Bloomberg Read More