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Sunday solidarity meet does not signal disunity, Umno leaders say

Reuters Video: Candlelight vigil ahead of MH370 anniversary
A candlelight vigil is held in Kuala Lumpur in remembrance of the passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines' flight MH370, which disappeared one year ago. — Reuters Read More

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

March 7, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — Umno leaders have downplayed the significance of tomorrow’s solidarity meeting for party chiefs, claiming the gathering was not organised due to... Read more

Controversial businessman Jho Low denies allegations over state investment firm

March 7, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — A Malaysian businessman has strongly denied a report by a website that he benefited from alleged improprieties in a complex 2009 financial deal involving a government-owned investment company. Lawyers for Low Taek Jho, known popularly as Jho Low, who has been at the centre of growing calls for a full investigation of... Read more

A young Malaysian girl sits in her mother

A young Malaysian girl sits in her mother's lap during a gathering to mark the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur on March 6, 2015. — AFP pic Read More

Apple set to join Dow Jones, AT&T gets the boot

March 7, 2015

NEW YORK, March 7 — Apple Inc, the largest US company by market value, will join the Dow Jones industrial average, replacing AT&T Inc, in a change that reflects the dominant position of the iPhone maker in the US consumer economy. The decision to nudge aside AT&T, which has been part of the Dow for the better part of a century, is a... Read more

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

With win over Braga, Porto keep the pressure on Benfica

March 7, 2015

BARCELONA, March 7 — FC Porto kept the pressure on Portuguese leaders Benfica with a 1-0 win over Sporting Braga on Thursday, Cristian Tello’s second-half goal giving the visitors the win. Both sides entered the game on the back of five consecutive league wins and there was nothing to separate them in a tight first half that saw Porto dominate possession but fail to make it count. Spaniard Tello, who scored a hat-trick against Sporting... Read more

US government experts say security for Seoul ambassador adequate before attack

March 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, March 7 — US government experts believed security for the US ambassador to South Korea was adequate before he was slashed by a knife-wielding attacker, in spite of current high tensions with North Korea, the State Department said today. US ambassador Mark Lippert needed 80 stitches after his face was cut at a forum discussing... Read more

Members of Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters sit on a vehicle in Al Hadidiya, south of Tikrit, where they are preparing to launch an offensive, March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

Members of Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters sit on a vehicle in Al Hadidiya, south of Tikrit, where they are preparing to launch an offensive, March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

Robert Parker says wine great for drinking, not investing

March 6, 2015

LONDON, March 6 — Splashing out on pricey wine is great if you plan to drink it down the road, says Robert Parker, the world’s most famous wine critic, but not as a financial investment. Parker, credited with popularising the 100-point system widely used to rate wine, says wine can be lucrative, but only if investors are willing to sit on... Read more

A Balinese vendor conducts a morning pray beside her egg stall in Badung market in Denpasar, Bali resort island, March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

A Balinese vendor conducts a morning pray beside her egg stall in Badung market in Denpasar, Bali resort island, March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

Festivalgoers hit out at Livescape Singapore organisers over permit issue

March 7, 2015

SINGAPORE, March 7 — Music lovers hoping for a reprieve from the authorities to allow Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) to go on as planned had their hopes dashed yesterday, after the Home Affairs Ministry dismissed the appeal from organisers of the two-day event. The news was greeted with an outcry of disappointment from ticket holders,... Read more

Actress Dakota Johnson (left) and Norway’s blogger Hanneli Mustaparta pose before French fashion house Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women’s ready-to-wear collection show during Paris Fashion Week March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

Actress Dakota Johnson (left) and Norway’s blogger Hanneli Mustaparta pose before French fashion house Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women’s ready-to-wear collection show during Paris Fashion Week March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

2016 Cadillac ATS Coupe review: Annoying, forgettable, yet a big improvement

March 7, 2015

NEW YORK, March 7 — Last week I posted an unlabelled photo of the 2015 Cadillac ATS online and asked people to guess the car. Suppositions included Bentley, “Alfa Romeo!” and “a Wraith”. The wide range of (enthusiastic) feedback may reflect more on my friends than on that US$47,845 (RM167,457) ATS, but Cadillac would surely be happy with... Read more

The steering wheel and dashboard of the new Tata ConnectNext concept car are seen during a press day ahead of the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva, March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

The steering wheel and dashboard of the new Tata ConnectNext concept car are seen during a press day ahead of the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva, March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic >view gallery

From ‘Admiral chic’ to ikat prints, Isabel Marant dazzles at Paris Fashion Week

March 7, 2015

PARIS, March 7 — Isabel Marant, the designer who has been a favourite of Paris fashion week for several seasons characteristically produced another highly covetable offering of modernist fashion. Playing with her tried and tested feminine, masculine, chic and sporty codes, Isabel Marant pressed all the right buttons yesterday at her hot... Read more

Reuters Video: Selma's 'Bloody Sunday' 50 years on
President Obama is slated to speak in Selma today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the violent civil rights march that came to be known as 'Bloody Sunday'. Reuters' Kia Johnson recently met some of those who took part. — Reuters Read More

Microsoft Office 2016 preview available to Mac users

March 7, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, March 7 — Microsoft has uploaded a preview of Office 2016 for Mac users, which means the beta version of the new software suite is now available on both the Windows 10 test preview and Mac OS Yosemite, as well as on Android, iOS and Windows Phone mobile terminals. The final version of Office 2016 is due to launch in the second... Read more

Online advertising software provider MaxPoint Interactive CEO Joe Epperson and his son Michael Epperson attend his company

Online advertising software provider MaxPoint Interactive CEO Joe Epperson and his son Michael Epperson attend his company's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

New international survey reports how independent women are shaping the travel industry

March 7, 2015

NEW YORK, March 7 — Released just in time for International Women’s Day, the results of a new international survey show that solo female travel is a robust market, with nearly three-quarters of respondents saying they that either plan to travel alone this year, or have already done so in the past. In a TripAdvisor survey that polled 9,181... Read more

The Cube365 is pictured overlooking the Rhone Valley; a project of the Sierre tourism office to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the entry of the County of Valais into the Swiss Confederation, March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

The Cube365 is pictured overlooking the Rhone Valley; a project of the Sierre tourism office to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the entry of the County of Valais into the Swiss Confederation, March 7, 2015. — Reuters pic

Thomas Edison’s memoirs shows ‘lost’ idea — a device to hear the dead

March 6, 2015

PARIS, March 6 — One of Thomas Edison’s little-known ambitions was to build a device to hear the voices of the dead, according to a nearly lost chapter of the inventor’s memoirs which is being republished in France this week. The American, who developed the phonograph and is often cited, inaccurately, as being the first to come up with the... Read more

Books are seen for sale on a stall on the opening day of the Green party

Books are seen for sale on a stall on the opening day of the Green party's spring conference in Liverpool northern England, March 7 , 2015. — Reuters pic